Banning Nuclear Weapons

April 21, 2017 The ongoing tension between the U.S. and Russia over NATO’s expansion to the Baltic and Black Seas -and Russia’s strategic countermeasures in the Crimea, the Ukraine, Syria, and to a lesser extent Iran- is reminiscent of the powder keg that was Europe just prior to World War … Continue reading


The Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council (FIRREA) is a formal federal interagency body empowered to make recommendations to promote uniformity in the supervision of financial institutions and to prescribe uniform principles, standards, and report forms for the federal examination of financial institutions by the: 1.    Board of Governors of the … Continue reading

Dodd-Frank Frank Law

Subtitle F–Appraisal Activities SEC. 1471. PROPERTY APPRAISAL REQUIREMENTS. Chapter 2 of the Truth in Lending Act (15 U.S.C. 1631 et seq.) is amended by inserting after 129G (as added by section 1464(b)) the following new section: “Sec. 129H. <<NOTE: 15 USC 1639h.>> Property appraisal requirements “(a) In General.–A creditor may … Continue reading

A California Template

January 22, 2017 ‘We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves’ – President Donald Trump The Situation California, long the nation’s trendsetter, is a land of extremes. It has the highest summit (Mount Whitney) and the lowest natural depression (Death Valley) … Continue reading

Resetting U.S.-Russian Relations

February 4, 2016 Henry Kissinger’s speech at the Gorchakov Fund in Moscow From 2007 into 2009, Evgeny Primakov and I chaired a group composed of retired senior ministers, high officials, and military leaders from Russia and the United States, including some of you present here today. Its purpose was to … Continue reading

Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Department’s Budget Request

February 2, 2016 Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter revealed the 2017 fiscal year budget request. Essentially it is a continuation of former Secretary Chuck Hagel’s view that the path forward for the U.S. is an open-ended arms race to safeguard the nation’s interests, even if they perpetuate our addiction … Continue reading

Doomsday Clock 2016

January 22, 2016 It is still three minutes to midnight Lynn Eden, Robert Rosner, Rod Ewing, Lawrence M. Krauss, Sivan Kartha, Thomas R. Pickering, Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Ramamurti Rajaraman, Jennifer Sims, Richard C. J. Somerville, Sharon Squasson, David Titley From: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board … Continue reading

President Reagan Quotes on Disarmament

“I can’t believe that this world can go on beyond our generation and on down to succeeding generations with this kind of weapon on both sides poised at each other without someday some fool or some maniac or some accident triggering the kind of war that is the end of … Continue reading

President Kennedy on Disarmament

Address to the U.N. General Assembly, September 25, 1961 …“Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at … Continue reading

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