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Archive for May, 2014

Memorial Day: Long Ago In Basic Training

Memorial Day: Long Ago In Basic Training

Long ago in the summer heat of Fort Bliss, TX, I joined the Army’s Third Training Brigade, Third Battalion, Company A. It was a basic training unit and for many of the 200 or so trainees it was the last stop before Vietnam. Basic Training In The Desert Sun Getting to Fort Bliss — 1,700 […]

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Real Estate: The Trillionaires Are Coming

Real Estate: The Trillionaires Are Coming

Are you tired of billionaires? Does it bother you to see one billionaire with what appears to be a live raccoon on his head, two others who are trying to tilt the political system because $40 billion apiece is not enough or a billionaire who thinks black people are best unseen — except on a […]

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Is There Really A Real Estate Bust Ahead?

Is There Really A Real Estate Bust Ahead?

There are a number of signs that the real estate marketplace has begun to stall. Yes there are bright spots but on the whole things are hardly rosy. “After a decade of boom-bust-boom,” says Bloomberg Businessweek, “the U.S. housing market is going downhill just when many economists thought it would be heading higher. Sales of […]

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Mortgage Rates: Why Are Zero-Zero Loan Quotes Missing?

Mortgage Rates: Why Are Zero-Zero Loan Quotes Missing?

Whatever happened to zero-zero mortgage quotes? Two years ago the government said lenders needed to change their ways and proposed four adjustments. The result was that three of the proposals were approved and one fell by the wayside. Three out of four is pretty good in Washington, but would it surprise anyone that the missing […]

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Why The White House Is Wrong On Privacy

Why The White House Is Wrong On Privacy

The new White House report on big data and privacy would surely be more interesting if it started with a factually-correct premise. “Americans have always cherished our privacy,” says the¬†White House. “From the birth of our republic, we assured ourselves protection against unlawful intrusion into our homes and our personal papers. At the same time, […]

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