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Disruption, Web 2.0 Style

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 12, 2007

As Web 2.0 wave continues to evolve, a falling housing market has become the least of every realtor’s nightly worries. Buried beneath the surface is something potentially more disruptive than any quiet open house could ever be.

What do Stocks Have to do with the Price of Pork in China?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 8, 2007

By tripling the tax on brokerage transactions, the Chinese government succeeded, at least temporarily, in restraining the surging Chinese stock market. But my expectation is that the correction will be short-lived. It's not that the Chinese stock market is not a bubble, as it clearly is, only that more air will likely inflate it further before it finally bursts.

Enough Energy for 30,000 Years

Written by Jeff Siegel
Posted June 8, 2007

In terms of coal production, the US will likely hit its peak between 2020 and 2030. And that has nothing to do with all that legislation coming down from Capitol Hill (as well as individual states) that will continue to make it harder and harder for coal-based generation to prosper.

The Business of Peace

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 7, 2007

KETURA, ISRAEL: What do you get when you mix an Israeli father and a Jordanian son? A bright idea and a hundred million dollars.

Your FICO Score on Steroids

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 7, 2007

As Barry Bonds continues to assault the home run mark established by Hank Aaron in 1976, I’m reminded of the last great home run record to fall. That was in 1998 as Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa dueled it out over the course of a long hot summer to see who could top Roger Maris’s magical record of 60 home runs in a season.

Threats and Opportunities: Israel Knows Both

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 6, 2007

In the same way that the State of Israel was not born into a vacuum, it is essential to put Israel's energy development in a regional context. Today on the Red Sea, I heard European, Jordanian, and of course Israeli perspectives on Israel’s future in the age of Peak Oil.

America's Growing Cyber-Defenses

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 5, 2007

As the series of cyber-attacks in Estonia demonstrated this spring, the battles of ones and zeros fought out between hackers and security experts all over the World Wide Web are by and large bloodless affairs.

Better than British Petroleum

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 1, 2007

Sam, our intrepid international investing guru, isn't here to say "I told you so." But we know he's thinking it from afar.

The Bloodless Battles of Cyber-Space

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 30, 2007

Like a stealthy member of the Special Forces, the first digital intruder slipped in completely unnoticed. A collection of ones and zeroes disguised like all of the rest, it sneaked deep within the system, riding in along with an endless stream of data.

Israel: In a League of Its Own

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 30, 2007

Many international soccer fans are surprised when they learn that Israel competes in the European league, UEFA. Though it is a Middle Eastern country, in sports and trade Israel plays best with the West. But you need a deeper understanding of Israel's position to tap its profit potential.

Global Warming--The Great Vote-Getter!

Written by Jeff Siegel
Posted May 25, 2007

There’s no doubt that the Democrats used the global warming issue to get votes. Whether they believe this stuff is real or not is irrelevant. Facts are facts. Global warming is a vote-getter. And job number one for a politician is to get re-elected.

Pain at the Persian Pump

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 24, 2007

This Tuesday, western news outlets reported the beginning of gasoline rationing in Iran with terse certainty. But the view from Iran is much more complicated, and shows the disarray of oil refining operations in the world's number-three oil producer.

The Blame Game Has Begun

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 24, 2007

As the housing market continues to plummet and the mortgage morass delivers one borrower after another into the pit of foreclosure, the blame game has begun in earnest.

Robotic Surgeons Answer the Call

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 23, 2007

For 54 years, Dennis Murray had definitely beaten the odds. Unlike most people his age, he had never been hospitalized, not even once. Sadly, though, his streak wouldn’t last. It ended instead with the news that all of us dread. He had cancer.

24 Cents an Hour, 70 Hours a Week

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 23, 2007

Fluent in Mandarin, Benjamin Ross has conducted research for several multinational corporations involving migrant workers, cell phones, Internet cafés, and people with disabilities as they pertain to the Chinese market and its 11% annual growth.