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Hopkins Hears a Hu

Posted April 18, 2006

Man, I missed China. I missed delicious dumplings, eye-popping neon signs, and bombastic speeches. I especially missed the speeches. Halfway between high school coach and preschool teacher, Chinese bureaucrats have a flair for the sentimental as motivation. Last week in England, I refueled my reservoir of rhetoric.

Hose Water is it, Anyway?

Posted April 17, 2006

England isn't generally thought of for its dearth of H2O. But as I watched a spokesman for Thames Water interviewed on the anomalous beach of a Sussex reservoir, I knew the land must be thirsty.

Gasoline Soars Ahead Holiday Weekend

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted April 14, 2006

With the holiday weekend upon us, retail gasoline prices are soaring across the nation as the crude oil market prices increase dramatically.

Beatrice the Bellwether

Posted April 11, 2006

Scotland is in transition. A recently instituted smoking ban finds Edinburgh bars emanating stale sweat and baked potato essence instead of the pleasant-by-comparison nicotine stench. Meanwhile in the hills and off the shores, the Scottish energy indust

Truth And Consequence

Posted April 6, 2006

It's interesting how $60 oil has gone so gently into this good night. Even though prices have eased, the consumer has accepted this new paradigm, like so much else, without much thought.

In a Hand Basket

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted April 3, 2006

The clock is ticking. Last week the UN Security Council told Iran it had 30 days to halt its uranium enrichment endeavor. If the country refuses to cordially roll over to meet the demands by the time the clock runs out...well...the UN will be forced to.

The Premier's Old Coat

Posted March 28, 2006

When you ask a stranger for directions in China, you'd better ask another. Though "which way is the post office?" wouldn't normally fall within the realm of opinion in most countries, I've learned that in China, saving face is more important than misleading someone.

The True Value of a Penny

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted March 27, 2006

Up until early this morning, pennies really bothered me. Smug in their copper brownness, the tiny coins are virtually worth nothing.

A Sweet Investment

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted March 20, 2006

Before I begin today I want you to take a quick look at this commodity chart

Web Warriors

Posted March 17, 2006

The great Baltimorean H.L. Mencken once quipped, "War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands." We remain unfortunately stagnant in our progress towards Mencken's horizon, but our contemplation of the belligerent institution is now a new source of profit.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Posted March 14, 2006

It's the most infuriatingly oblivious statement I've ever heard, and it's all too common: ""If other countries want the American dollar, they've gotta speak English!"

3 Trillion Tons of Coal

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted March 13, 2006

If it hasn't happened already (like Kenneth Deffeyes believes), worldwide oil and natural gas production will soon peak.

Who's Your Daddy?

Posted March 10, 2006

This is an article about reproduction. Don't worry, Wealth Daily isn't delving into the abortion debate. Nope, this is a piece on what it means to procreate. For you and your children, and your prosperity.

Red Nightmares

Posted March 7, 2006

Lenin stares at me while I sleep. I know it's not something you'd expect from an editor of Wealth Daily, but let me explain my motivation. The red satin banner on the wall next to my bed bears the face of that famous Bolshevik, and the following words in Russian...

Military Oil: The Hunger for More

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted March 6, 2006

It's difficult to hear about how much oil is consumed by the U.S. Department of Defense and not be shocked.