Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The End of the World is Just the Beginning

I take all predictions with a grain of salt, especially so when the predictor is so confident in his assertions. Predicting the future correctly is extremely difficult, and to do so without the requisite humility is a giant red flag. So I had a hard time getting through The End of the World is just Beginning.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The Eagle and the Viper

Following the French Revolution, Napoleon sought to conquer more lands. But fans of the French monarchy would not go quietly. From England and elsewhere, they plotted to have France's leader assassinated so that another Louis could be crowned in his stead. This was the backdrop behind the novel The Eagle and the Viper

Friday, October 28, 2022


We wonder why our leaders are often such terrible people. Everybody knows that "Power Corrupts", but there's much more to power's effect on society, as explained in Brian Klaas' Corruptible

Friday, October 7, 2022

Karsan Value Funds: 2022 Q3 Results

Karsan Value Funds (KVF) is a value-oriented fund, as described here. Due to securities regulations, the fund is not open to the public at this time. Should that change in the future, there will be an announcement on this site.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Ways and Means

The US Civil War was a big deal. The violence, the effect on families, and the eventual emancipation of the slaves are the oft-discussed themes. But the financing of the war played an underrated role in determining not only the winner but the trajectory of the country following the surrender. In Ways and Means, author Roger Lowenstein describes the money situation for both sides during the war, and does so without making it boring!

Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Last Neanderthal

It's believed that humans once shared the world with Neanderthals. But our evolutionary cousins eventually died out, but not before leaving their marks in our gene pool. Why or how did they die? Nobody knows for sure, but using archeological findings there are a number of theories.The Last Neanderthal is a novel that offers one such interpretation.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Say Nothing

The IRA was big news for a number of decades, and then it just kind of disappeared from the public eye as peace took hold. Documents and other evidence from that period has now come out. What happened behind the scenes is fascinating, as told in the fantastic book, Say Nothing.