Chip Wood Archive
Chip Wood is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference. Email this author.
In the interest of “security,” the Transportation Security Administration overlords have decided that, in order to fly on a commercial flight, you must either be radiated and electronically stripped or manually felt up by a TSA goon. Read on to get Chip Wood’s acerbic take on the fiasco…
*One heck of a payday. Have you seen how much money the lawyers handling the liquidation of Bernard Madoff’s firm are being paid? The Manhattan Bankruptcy Court has approved payment of $5,010 a day for trustee Irving Picard. That sounds like a lot — until you learn that his law firm, Baker & Hostetler LLP, is receiving $283,179.45 a day for the work the rest of the staff is doing. Wonder if that includes Sundays and holidays?
Yesterday was the date that Franklin Delano Roosevelt said would forever “live in infamy,” thanks to the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
My children were shocked last week when I told them what I wanted for Christmas this year. I asked for a pig. Or a goat. Or some chickens. Or maybe even a heifer. Read on to see what Geopolitical Editor Chip Wood is up to this week…
*Now here’s a generous boss. It seems appropriate to follow up this week’s Straight Talk with an item about Clive Palmer. The Australian mining magnate has had a very good year: a nickel refinery he bought for $10 million earned him $200 million in profits. So he decided to throw one heck of a “thank you” party for his 750 employees. The festivities included an all-expenses-paid holiday trip to Fiji. His top 50 employees also got a brand-new Mercedes sedan. “These people have made a lot of money for me this year,” he said, “and I thought I’d give some of it back.” As our friends Down Under would say, “Good O!”
You think some of our recent elections have been controversial? Consider what happened in this country 186 years ago today.
*Benjamin Franklin on Thanksgiving. My friend Mark Skousen finished a labor of love recently when he helped a distant relative complete his autobiography. When Benjamin Franklin died in 1757, he was only halfway through writing about his life. Mark and his wife finished the job for Mark’s many-times-great-grandfather.
Did you know that our Pilgrim forefathers tried communism when they first landed at Plymouth Rock? How’s that for a dramatic beginning to a story? Read this article to get the true story behind the people credited with holding the first Thanksgiving on American soil…
If you’re of “a certain age,” you still remember where you were and what you were doing on Nov. 22, 1963, when you heard the shocking news from Dallas that “The President has been shot!”
*Why they’re called lame ducks. The phrase “lame duck” was first used in the 18th century on the London Stock Exchange. It referred to a broker who defaulted on his debts. The first written mention occurred in 1761, when Horace Walpole wrote Sir Horace Mann and asked, “Do you know what a Bull and Bear and a Lame Duck are?” It was not until the 19th century that the term came to refer to a politician who had been defeated for re-election but had not yet been replaced in office.