Buds Blog

“WHAT CAME FIRST; THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?”

Sun, 03 May 2015 06:31:09 +0000

May 2, 2015: For years, curious young people have asked their science teacher to answer the above question. It seems to challenge the logic that one held about which could come first. I think there is an analogy for the question, one that can be stated as which came first, unruly behavior of the citizens [...]

WHY THE DELUGE OF HIGHER PRICED HOME OFFERINGS IN RESORT AREAS

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:45:36 +0000

April 8, 2015: While in Palm Desert to escape from what we expected to be a harsh winter in the Reno Tahoe Area this past winter, my wife, and I got the idea that we ought to buy a place in that area and have a winter place where we could stay and enjoy relaxing [...]

SAVING AND INVESTING DEBUNKED

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:05:06 +0000

March 18, 2015: I read an article today written by Michael Hiltizik, a columnist with the Los Angeles Times Newspaper. In it he claims that the theory that any average person can become rich by way of hard work and rigorously virtuous thrift is one of the compelling myths of the American experience”. The idea [...]

A FUNDAMENTAL ECONOMIC PRINCIPLE

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 05:13:34 +0000

March 16,2015:  This chart below shows what the term “falling off a cliff” looks like in the security markets, in this case, the price of oil.  Only once before in the past 30-40 years has this commodity had such a sharp drop in market price and that was during the global economic financial collapse of [...]

Giving Us “the Bird”

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:51:32 +0000

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), often referred to simply as Birdman a “black” comedy-drama film co-written, co-produced, by James W. Skotchdopl My wife  and I watched the Academy awards last Sunday along with several million people around the World.  I normally don’t pay much attention to the Hollywood scene although I grew up [...]

Having Skin In The Taxable Income Game

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:12:01 +0000

With seemingly good intentions, President Barack Obama began his pursuit of and eventual election to the most powerful office in the World, the Presidency of the United States of America, with a fundamental economic belief: The U. S. Federal Government has the obligation under the Constitution to place in effect those policies, legislation and regulations [...]

ARE COLLEGE CAMPUSES LIKE ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY SAFE FOR STUDENTS?

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:48:11 +0000

Late on Saturday night January 27th, my grandson Scott, a 24 year old junior at Arizona State University and two other students were walking toward a popular Jack in the Box fast food restaurant at 2145 East University Drive in Tempe, whereupon arriving at the restaurant, the two friends went inside to order something. Scott [...]

WHY IS THE GAME OF BRIDGE SO MUCH FUN

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:44:06 +0000

Unknown to most of the under 50 year old generations (except for a growing number of high school and middle school students across the Country like these in Reno, Nevada), the game of Contract Bridge is the most popular card game in the world. Created from the century old English game of Whist, Bridge was [...]