It’s the Economy, Seamus

Personal Finance

It’s the Economy, Seamus

It’s the Economy, Seamus

I’ve always been a political junkie. Since my earliest days as an observer and later as a participant in all things electoral, the golden rule has not changed: Love thy neighbor’s wallet as though it were your own. Americans “vote their pocketbooks.” I have always accepted it as a truism–doesn’t everybody? Can’t you just hear… Read More

Identity Theft: Are We Doomed?

Identity Theft

Identity Theft: Are We Doomed?

Identity Theft: Are We Doomed?

Opening my e-mail reminds me of walking through the bazaar of a third world open air market—the pickpockets are everywhere. In the last 30 days I have received spam purporting to be from the Better Business Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, the United States post office, the FBI, and most recently (this morning) even one… Read More

Eastwood Meets the West Wing

Mortgages

Eastwood Meets the West Wing

Eastwood Meets the West Wing

I am a New Yorker. I am a Giants fan. They made my day last Sunday. Sorry, Gisele. Like over 100 million of you, I saw the Chrysler commercial and, for the record, Clint Eastwood made my day. Now, in the interest of full disclosure—my college flame was the granddaughter of a famous Chrysler design… Read More

Google’s New Privacy Policy: Close But No Cigar

Identity Theft

Google’s New Privacy Policy: Close But No Cigar

Google’s New Privacy Policy: Close But No Cigar

Last week was a pretty good one for the notion of privacy in America, which  has increasingly become forlorn and tattered as a result of the advancement of digital technology. First, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Jones that warrantless GPS tracking of a criminal suspect by the FBI was unconstitutional, and then… Read More

The Real SOPA Opera Should Be ID Theft

Personal Finance

The Real SOPA Opera Should Be ID Theft

The Real SOPA Opera Should Be ID Theft

The Stop Online Piracy Act, and its sister legislation in the Senate, the Protect Intellectual Property Act caused quite a stir in Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Washington. The two bills were intended to put a hard stop on theft of intellectual property on the Internet, by means that are controversial in terms of the First… Read More

The S&P and the EU: Timing Is Everything

Personal Finance

The S&P and the EU: Timing Is Everything

The S&P and the EU: Timing Is Everything

In keeping with a tradition firmly established in the 20th century, Europe suffered a late-night bombing raid on Friday evening. This time the attacker was Standard & Poor’s, everybody’s favorite rating agency, which announced well after the markets closed in New York it was downgrading the debt of no fewer than nine European countries. France… Read More

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