Who knew 2 cents could go so far?

About a week and a half ago I had a terrible sinus infection… I’m talking -really- bad. My sneezes were so ferocious that I half-expected the US Geological Survey to register them on the Richter Scale.

In the midst of all that misery, I became acutely interested in the[...]
  • Simon Black
  • November 21, 2019
  • San Juan

The five scary new rules of upside-down capitalism

Roughly 23,000 years ago in modern-day Israel, a small tribe of ex-cave dwellers built a tiny village near the Sea of Galilee that may have been one of the earliest agrarian societies in human history.

Archaeologists discovered the site more than thirty years ago.

And they found tens[...]
  • Simon Black
  • November 20, 2019
  • San Juan

Have you claimed the most valuable asset your ancestors passed down to you?

If you were a southern Italian peasant around the turn of the 20th century, your life was pretty rough.

The feudal system had officially ended with the unification of Italy a few decades earlier. But most laborers probably didn’t notice the difference.

The vast majority of southern Italians[...]
  • Simon Black
  • November 18, 2019
  • San Juan

Retired man’s home seized over $8.41 in unpaid property taxes

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, your finances, and your prosperity.

County government seizes home over $8.41 in unpaid tax


When an 83-year old retiree paid his property taxes late,[...]
  • Simon Black
  • November 15, 2019
  • San Juan

Just in case the Fed ignites the atmosphere…

In early 1940s as World War II raged in Europe and the Pacific, the most powerful person in the world was NOT Adolf Hitler. Nor Franklin Roosevelt. Nor Winston Churchill. Nor Josef Stalin.

Not even close.

The most powerful person in the world was a Nobel Prize winning[...]
  • Simon Black
  • November 14, 2019
  • San Juan

They’re building a wall, but not the one you think

Bernd Lünser was by all accounts a popular, promising student.

He was studying civil engineering at the State Engineering School of Architecture in West Berlin in 1961.

Unfortunately, he lived in East Berlin. And during the summer break of that year, the Berlin Wall was completed, shutting off[...]
  • Simon Black
  • November 13, 2019
  • San Juan