Pressure and Time

Red: [narrating] In 1966, Andy Dufresne escaped from Shawshank prison. All they found of him was a muddy set of prison clothes, a bar of…

1914 is the New Black

Man in Black: All right. Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and…

The Clash of Civilizations

Thomas Cole, “The Course of Empire: Destruction” (1836) In the emerging world of ethnic conflict and civilizational clash, Western belief in the universality of Western…

Signs and Portents

Young nanny: Look at me, Damien! It’s all for you.   [she jumps off a roof, hanging herself]  – “The Omen” (1976)   When one has…

Calvin the Super Genius

People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the…

The Game of Thrones and the Game of Markets

Two items for the mid-week. First, an invitation to attend a Salient Webinar I’ll be presenting next Thursday, September 18th at 2pm ET, titled: “The Game…