Welcome to Toby Scott's Page

I started this to publish essays on financial issues, but have moved to Substack publishing service. After retirement I have time to publish every week (on Wednesdays). Have a look. In the meantime some of my older stuff is still relevant. I am available on Mastodon

The following are a series of essays that I was writing in response to events of the day -- and particularly to the views of others that I find in contradiction to the truth as I know it. These views are my own. I am not on any political mailing lists, nor do I subscribe to any newsletters on these topics. I hunt and peck to find information and don't want it spoon-fed to me. This is not a blog and I don't need or want feedback. Please read, enjoy (if possible) and get on with life. Below is a brief synopsis of the content of the essays.

Why Cameras Are Dangerous: What happens when advertisers link online data with ID cameras?
Posted: August 27, 2019

The Middle of the Road: Why the extreme attacks on president Trump are counter-productive.
Posted: February 7, 2017

Why Russia is in Syria: Russia is going after all the proxies NATO is using to fight Islamic State to force NATO to use their own troops.
Posted: February 14, 2016

China's Economic Outlook: China's stock market gyrations demonstrate the structural weakness of the Chinese economy
Posted: September 13, 2015

Germany, Exports and Growth: World weak economic growth threatens even Germany's robust-looking economy
Posted: September 13, 2015

PRISM, NSA & Journalism: The stories about PRISM completely miss the point. Should we allow NSA to archive the net. That's the real question journalistic silliness prevents us from asking.
Posted: June 15, 2013

EU Tax on Financial Transactions: Eleven nations of the European Union have gotten permission to institute taxes on financial transactions.
Posted: January 21, 2013

Lesson From Japan: What Japan's economic malaise can teach us about dealing with the current world-wide budget problems.
Posted: June 22, 2012

Liberty vs. Security: Civil Libertarians have misjudged their abilities to prevent abusive security legislation.
Posted: April 24, 2012

Greece Should Default: Some thoughts on why Greece should default on all its debts and leave the European Union.
Posted: February 5, 2012

Wealth Disparity: Some thoughts on the disparity of wealth in America and how it is being analyzed.
Posted: July 31, 2011

Israel's PR Problem: A suggestion for modification of Israel's policy to provocateurs -- particularly Hamas and Syria.
Posted: June 8, 2011

Debt Brinksmanship: An analysis of the debt of industrialized nations and the possible outcomes of the worldwide recession. A comparison of the current problems of the European Union and Japan starting in 1990, with a warning for all nations.
Posted: December 27, 2010

The Wrong War, Again: We have all but abandoned the war we could have won in favor of increasing troop levels in the war we cannot win.
Posted: June 30, 2010

Unhealthy Debate: Why do the Democrats care what the Republicans say or think about the Health Care bills? They have massive majorities in both House and Senate.
Posted: September 13, 2009

Age of Non-Reason: I posit that modern political rhetoric has underlying assumptions no one is examining that lead to fundamental misunderstandings.
Posted: July 9, 2009

Nuclear Proliferation: I theorize that posturing about having nuclear weapons is more important than actually having them.
Posted: July 1, 2009

Stimulus Packages: On the Efficacy of Stimulating Your Way Out of a Recession, where I suggest that the economy needs the money far more in private hands than it does in government programs.
Posted: April 2, 2009

Death of Journalism: I speculate on the effects of burning down the oligarchical media and replacing it with the vastly more democratic, but less responsible "everyman as a journalist."
Posted: February 14, 2009

Banking: Some thoughts on the problems of the banking system and why we need the banks no matter how guilty they might be of mismanagement.
Posted: February 1, 2009

Israel/Gaza: My take on the invasion of Gaza by the Israeli army and why it may have been a mistake.
Posted: January 5, 2009

Ides of March: Worrisome thoughts on why 2009 may not be a safe year for Americans living in the US.
Posted: January 1, 2009

Future of Computers: Speculation on the computer of the future and why it will look a lot more like your cell phone than your PC.
Posted: November 22, 2008