Sunday, August 07, 2005

Globalization and its Future Consequences

John Mauldin's Weekly E-Letter of August 5, 2005 at InvestorsInsight presents his book review of The World is Flat, a book by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman dealing with the globally important topic of "the growth and extent of globalization".

Mauldin defines globalization as referring "to the increasing economic integration and interdependence of countries" and adds: "Economic globalization in this century has proceeded along two main lines: trade liberalization (the increased circulation of goods) and financial liberalization (the expanded circulation of capital). Friedman starts with insights on the ten forces that flattened the world. Things like: the fall of the Iron Curtain, search engines, out-sourcing and in-sourcing, the development of software which controls supply chains, a wired and wireless world and more".

I sent Mauldin's review of Friedman's book to a good friend who it turns out had already read the book and offered the following perspicacious comments:

"Yup. I read the book and enjoyed it despite being somewhat put off by Friedman's smooth-tongued assertions.

Mauldin states that "The shift from a US-Centric world to a more balanced world is going to create a great deal of pain and opportunity, but when the world does sort it out (and it will, if not easily!) we will have a more balanced world economy." If wishes were horses!

And there's the rub: the peaceful attainment of this so-called balanced economy, imho, remains very much in doubt. History teaches us that the competition for resources has often been the cause of some of the worlds great conflagrations...

And who's to say that our competitive partners are prepared to view the world quite the same way we do. (After all, Friedman's observations, are very self-serving and very US-centric).

- CaryGee"


There is lots of food for thought in those terse but incisive statements.

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Megaliths and Evidence

We find that the archaeologists largely ignore megalithic sites because they are simply unable to deal with this evidence of ancient man's culture. The mainstream simply has no clue.

As one can see at Yahoo,

our book on the megaliths,
Stars Stones and Scholars: The Decipherment of the Megaliths as an Ancient Survey of the Earth by Astronomy

is currently ranked Nr. 1 at Yahoo!
out of 415 thousand hits for the search term "megaliths".

In interpreting the megaliths, the major issue is:
Evidence vs. Mainstream (Unfounded) Opinion.

Yahoo Search Internet Law


This is simply the case of the application of normal legal research skills to a previously unsolved problem of archaeology, a discipline in which academic standing tends to rule the game and where actual evidence and proof and sound research appear to be disturbances of the status quo.

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