Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America


Climate Crap Trap (Economics)

The U.N.’s climate chief, Christiana Figueres, says openly that the aim of the talks is “to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.” Let’s take a look at what has and what has not happened during the so-called ‘reign’ of the current economic development model and the projected consequence of climate saving proposals.

In the past 150 years; life expectancy has more than doubled from 30 in 1870 to 71 in 2013, it’s estimated that 75% lived in extreme poverty and the world bank estimates that less than … Continue reading


Fighting terrorism is much akin to the effort to eradicate Ebola, or any disease. Addressing those who are infected and stopping the spread must occur simultaneously—and both are equally important.

The metric of success isn’t the numbers that have died—it’s the number saved. The risk of doing something far outweighs the risk of doing nothing.

America’s troops have and are deployed to regions known to be centers of training for terrorist. That’s the eradication front. Pulling out before eradication is complete simply allows the disease to once again gain hosts and spread.

It’s complicated and I don’t understand all that… Continue reading

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