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SNS Subscriber Edition Volume 18, Issue 17 Week of May 4, 2015






10 Global Economic Trends

Off the Mainstream Radar




In This Issue




10 Global Economic Trends

Off the Mainstream Radar


Quotes of the Week


Upgrades and Numbers

Adobe Gets

"Hackers' Best Friend" Award




Inside SNS


Upcoming SNS Events


Where's Mark?


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Recommended Reading:


Japan Unmasked, by Ichiro Kawasaki (Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1st edition 1969)


I found a copy of this 1969 paperback in a small bookstore in Hanapepe, Kauai. The author, a member of the Japanese Foreign Service at the time, provides a startlingly blunt assessment of Japan, its people, and their cultural and trade practices. All of this comes just before Japan was to rev up its InfoMercantilist national business model, providing a rather fascinating inside look at the forces driving IP theft, "bleeding bid" dumping prices and practices, and government / industry cooperation. I felt in many ways as though I were reading about the inside state of Japan just before WWII, only this time the coming conflict would be economic. - mra





10 Global Economic Trends Off the Mainstream Radar




Takeaway Points from this Week's Feature:


  • Dumping the energy tax.
  • International IP Flows.
  • China's SAD program and its global effects.
  • Japan's progress.
  • IP benefits of the two trade treaties (vs. labor concerns over other issues).
  • Productivity gains and corporate cash vs. human values.
  • Global liquidity and currency wars.
  • The floundering Commonwealth states.
  • The German plan.
  • The real costs of global warming - and who pays.




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