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Sun Mar 26

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:19 AM

OT: Just saying hi

Sitting in a market in Bangkok and getting a 1 hour $5 foot massage and a bit sad that less than four weeks left to trip before I dive back into the US.

Dependinfg on you to keep stock market up :-)

Jeff

Sat Mar 4

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:45 AM

Re: Europe doesn't want US tourists

Well .... being as Google is not allowed into China (except circumventing with VPN's), a Chromebook would be only marginally more usefull than my bricked laptop. Similarly, since Samsung is among the missing in Japan, the couple of Chromebooks I [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:26 AM

Re: Europe doesn't want US tourists

Houn, generally it i true thaat the cruise ships get transit visas for their passengers (for a fee). This is not true, however for China or for India and you have to get theem in advance. In the case of Russia, for instance, the tour groups or ships [more]

Fri Mar 3

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:49 AM

Center of the universe

The Chinese idioram for their country's name likes like a horizontal rectangle (or sometimes parallelagram) bsected by a verticle line extending out the top and bottom. The character is pronounce in Japanese as "Shin".

Anyway, [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:42 AM

Re: Europe doesn't want US tourists

Well, to get a Chinese visa, one has to fill out paperwork showing every day's accountment between the time you leave homee and the day you arrive back - eve if only a bit of your trip is in China. That said, once you get the visa (as a US [more]

Thu Mar 2

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:07 PM

Re: Europe doesn't want US tourists

It's a matter of reciprocity. To be honest, it's a PITA for a US traveler already. We pay a $160 "reciprocity fee" when we visit Argentina - which doesn't even need a visa. The US is putting onerous costs on almost all travelers [more]

Wed Mar 1

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:41 PM

Re: A better "Dollar" store

Interestingly, we bought some attracttively packaged driied fruit and nuts ((a pack each of pistachios, almonds, mango and papaya). The package of nuts weree marked as products of the USA (another "premium" location here) and were tthe best [more]

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:58 AM

A better "Dollar" store

Sometimes, while traveling in or doing business with companies in Asia, I am amused by the Western sounding names of companies. These are presumablly choosen to add a perception of polish and quality to the company's products and [more]

Tue Feb 28

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:12 AM

Re: The poor penny

We in the us could easily move to a "cashlsss" economy. Many of us are almost there already. There are also advantages to the taxman and disadvantages to those trying to avoid notice of their transactions.

Jeff

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:55 AM

The poor penny

We laughed at how silly Canada was when they discontinued all coins worth less than a nickle (forgetting that the US had, years ago, discontinued the half-penny.

So here I am in China and the US buck is worth 6.88 Yuan - and the Yuan is [more]

Mon Feb 27

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:10 AM

OT: Musings on jobs, eenergy, etc.

I just saw a piece on CNN about workers at a coal fired power plant in Ohio who are lamenting the announcement of the closing of the plant after Trump accended the presidency. They indicated that they were disappointed that, while nearly everyone in [more]

Sun Feb 26

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:39 PM

Re: OT: A few impressions of Beijing

Foot massages are waiting for Shanghai. It was about a mile walk from the market we dropped into yesterday and it was getting late (and the feet were getting tire - but I guess that's the whole point:-).

Hsving a lot of good Chinese food [more]

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:31 AM

OT: A few impressions of Beijing

We;ve been trapsing around Asia a bit and have just spent a few days in Beijing (and will be taking the bullet train tomorrow morning to Shanghai - where we will sojourn for a bit oiver a week). I just thought it would be fun to post a fiew [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:30 AM

Re: Macroeconomic? cheering sections

Macroeconomics is just a facet of geo-politics. We are currently undergoing a regime change in the US where the acendent president and party have promised numerous fundimental changes to our economy. Whether they end up being ablle (or even willing) [more]

Wed Feb 22

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:18 AM

Re: Saw it at the mall

OK, since you asked :-)

I encrypt the hard storage of all my gadgets (PC's, laptops, phones, tablets) to protect the data if they are lost or stolen. My current laptop is a bit of a hybrid: Lrnovo LaVie (originally a Japanese model sold [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:01 AM

Re: Saw it at the mall

Give him the grace of Honda's Asimo and hook him wirelessly to IBM's Watson and sit him in a hospital room to chit-chat with the critically ill (or have hi act as an aide in Congrss for the critically insane) - the potential is only limited [more]

Tue Feb 21

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:43 PM

Saw it at the mall

Softbank and Aldibaren Robotics have been deploying Pepper for about three years at Softbank phone shops and now I saw (and interacted with) one at a clothing store in the mall:
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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:45 AM

Re: China credit bubble burst?

China is in the process of engineering a shift from an export based economy to a consumer based economy. This has caused a distortion in "THE fORCE" which has made evaluation of their current economic status more opaque than usual. That [more]

Mon Feb 20

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:07 AM

Re: taxing robots?

I've run into a number of robotic salespeople in Jaapanese shops (the actual non--breathing type rather than some of the normal sales staff). They have scanners in their eyes and can naintain eye contaact, while they evaluate the language [more]

Sun Feb 19

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:46 AM

OT: The shakes

A little while ago, our hotel room (in Tokyo) swayed back and forth for about a minute. Either this was an earthquake or else it was Godzilla passing by on his way back to Osaka.

Jeff

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