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Thursday, February 12, 2009

21st-century slavery must end...

A World Enslaved
By E. Benjamin Skinner,

There are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history. True abolition will elude us until we admit the massive scope of the problem, attack it in all its forms, and empower slaves to help free themselves...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

weapons of mass destruction...

I've been trying to understand derivatives and hedge funds, and feeling like an idiot. At least I'm in good company--billionaire George Soros avoided them because he didn't "really understand how they work," and Buffet called them "financial weapons of mass destruction."

Sean Gonsalves, syndicated columnist and news editor with the Cape Cod Times writes:

It's kinda like playing craps at the casino, where instead of gamblers betting on the dice-roller to crap-out, with derivatives, investors are betting on whether a creditor is going to go under. But instead of buying chips, the lender buys risk-insurance and makes a "swap" with a third-party. If the borrower doesn't pay the loan back, the lender loses the loan but collects the insurance.

That's rather simplistic, but when you consider the $500 trillion derivatives bubble as compared to the $50 trillion world GDP (World Bank, International Monetary Fund), it's astounding.

Really now, is anyone following what that guy is saying? I'm sure not. I need the Idiot's Guide version:

idiots guide to subprime

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