Black and White Program

Essays

It’s GO GO times for the Financial Markets and IPO’s in 2014

January 23rd, 2014 by John Eastman | Essay

Looking at the financial markets, there is a sense of energy in the air regarding the year ahead. Take the markets uptrend performance in 2013 along with the IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) executed, then look at early 2014 activity (estimated over 70 filings already), and you have a recipe for another high growth year, that […]

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Freedom of choice! and Responsibility?

December 9th, 2010 by T.I. Elias | Essay

In light of recent news regarding cigarette labeling (substantial warnings and photos), cutting toys (though not necessarily calories) out of happy meals and the increasing amount of cheese in American diets (thank you pizza) – in light of all of these things perhaps a reality check is in order about the health of Americans. It […]

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A little anger please

December 3rd, 2010 by John Eastman | Essay

Much has been written about President Barrack Obama’s cool, calm, and collected demeanor. Low key in his outward (and perhaps inward) emotion, our president has been known since the presidential election as a cool customer in his approach to crises, large and small alike. “No-drama Obama” has been the course during his two years in […]

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Where is the real Revenue?

November 19th, 2010 by John Eastman | Essay

As any experienced CEO will acknowledge, you can never save a company by cutting expenses alone. Republicans, with their newly found status in the U.S. Congress, and now democrats alike are focused on reducing the budget deficit and doing so in a dramatized manner for political gain along the way.   Perhaps with all good intentions, […]

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The FDA is smoking…….with ideas

November 12th, 2010 by John Eastman | Essay

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently presented its ideas and somewhat of an ad campaign for continued deterrence of smoking.  The primary elements of their campaign ideas consist of requiring cigarette makers to print bold and extreme graphic health warnings on cigarette packages and billboard advertisements. Their newfound power of regulating tobacco (The Family […]

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Retention

September 11th, 2009 by Joshua M. Patton | Essay

It was 7:30 in the morning and I was suffering from both jet lag and a terrible gin hangover but I was still thankful to be back in the United States.  I hadn’t slept, afraid that I would awake again in the desert.  Cheering the sunrise, my unit began the redeployment process, and mine began […]

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The Opportunity with Iran

December 8th, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

Amidst the activity of the lame-duck Bush presidency, the incoming Obama administration, the global economic, banking, and credit crisis, the war in Iraq, and an escalating effort in Afghanistan, there exists an opportunity. It exists immediately, and in some ways we should not wait until the Obama presidency commences on January 20, 2009 to address […]

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U.S. Treasury Funds: Hidden Intentions or Seat-of-the-Pants Management?

October 31st, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

It is widely known that the U.S. Treasury is funneling money to commercial banks through what some economists and analysts call a bank nationalization effort. The Treasury has, in some instances, taken an equity stake in an outright takeover and, in other instances, offered an availability of funds in exchange for preferred shares and restrictions. […]

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We Are the Dollars and Sense

October 3rd, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

While Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and the Bush Administration push its $700 billion financial crisis bailout package, Barrack Obama and John McCain posture, and appear to inject their input. The U.S. Congress wrestles with itself, watches the U.S. credit markets deteriorate, and meets the constituents’ reactions to the wild fluctuation of the stock market. The […]

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Letter to Hank Paulson Jr.

September 17th, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

September 17, 2008 Henry Merritt “Hank” Paulson Jr. Secretary of the Treasury United States of America Dear Hank: I hope you don’t mind me calling you Hank. You seem to be such a nice guy and so friendly with businessman types that I thought I’d be rather informal with you right from the start and […]

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The Taxpayer Stands By

September 11th, 2008 by Kyle Rankin | Essay

As taxpayers watch news of the federal government’s takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, they realize that their taxes are being spent again, and, further, this unfolding mess is the fault of distant executives, lobbyists, and government regulators. They may begin to question the bits and pieces of the information that is streaming out […]

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Neil Young and T. Boone Pickens: Brothers in Turbine

August 8th, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

What do Neil Young and T. Boone Pickens have in common? In many aspects of their lives, not very much. One is an icononic acoustic rock musician, who has been writing creative material for over forty years, and is widely known for his liberal political stances. The latter is a well established oil tycoon and […]

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The iPhone and the Killer App

July 18th, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

In three days, one million units have been sold, and 10 million downloads of the software have been performed from a host of 500 applications. All of this activity occurred for a product that did not even exist 14 months ago. What will this lead to? Apple announced that in the first three days of […]

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Global Ideas Outside the Box

July 11th, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

The phrase “thinking outside the box” refers to a process in which individuals and groups disregard outside limiting parameters of the norm, and generate ideas to solve problems. Often in this process, thinking patterns are different and unconventional, almost always the participants enter in from a new or different perspective. In some instances this novel […]

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Venezuela, Chavez, and the Divide of the People

June 27th, 2008 by Federica Robles | Essay

The economic relationship between Venezuela and the United States is centered around oil. Venezuela produces 3.8% of the world’s oil and the U.S. imports 10% of its oil from Venezuela. Of the amount of crude oil that the country exports, the U.S. purchases 44% of it. In 1998, Venezuela democratically elected Hugo Chavez as its President. In 2002, a political coup forced Chavez to lose power for nearly 48 hours; massive protests and a lack of military support for the coup’s leaders assisted Chavez’s return to power. The political relationship between Venezuela and the U.S. has been contentious. President Chavez recently denounced the Bush administration at a United Nations meeting. The relationship has been on a collision course for many years, with increasing oil profits fueling Venezuela’s growing political power in the South American region.

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Voice to Text and Back

June 13th, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

At the urging of a friend, I have cautiously entered the world of cell phone text messaging. Email and voice are still my communication methods of choice, and I have yet to become fluent in text messaging. I cannot bring myself to use messaging abbreviations like “u” for “you”, “ruok” for “are you okay?” Although […]

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Voices from India

May 23rd, 2008 by Anita Choudhary | Essay

In July of 2005, there was a highly successful summit meeting involving Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and United States President George W. Bush. According to Indian Embassy sources, it signaled a significant level of transformation in India-U.S. relations wherein the establishment of a global partnership was the focal point. Both Prime Minister […]

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The Global Positioning System and Foreign Policy

April 25th, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

The Global Positioning System is a U.S. space-based global navigation satellite system that provides, amongst other benefits, dead certain positioning, time and speed information, and navigation services to users. The GPS consists of three parts: earth-orbiting satellites, control and monitoring devices located on the ground, and GPS receivers held by users. These components communicate via […]

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The Focus of Discussion Regarding Sovereign Wealth Funds

February 4th, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

Several months ago, mentions by the media of the term Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) were few and far between. SWF commonly was thought of as an acronym for Single White Female, but a new common reference to SWF may be on the horizon. Currently, SWFs with estimated values of two to three trillion U.S. dollars […]

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I Don’t Want To Talk To You Either … At Least Not Right Now

January 8th, 2008 by John Eastman | Essay

A widely published Reuters news service article entitled “Iran Leader Suggests U.S. Ties Possible in Future” indicated that Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei stated that restoring ties with the United States now would harm the Islamic state, but that he would not rule it out in the future (Reuters, January 3, 2008). Further high points […]

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To NIE, or not to NIE

December 24th, 2007 by Ben Bowser | Essay

Following the exhaustive back-and-forth Weapons of Mass Destruction debate that culminated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the National Intelligence Council’s November 2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) should come as no surprise— except to those who read the last NIE. Conflicting with the statements of the 2005 report, the most recent estimate assessed that Iran […]

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