‘Gimme Shelter’ for Refugees

[This article was originally published on September 28, 2015. DSI updates and republishes this article annually to draw attention to the plight of refugees worldwide.] Oh, a storm is threat’ning, My very life today, If I don’t get some shelter, Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away War, children, it’s just a shot away, It’s just a shot away, War, children, it’s just a shot away, It’s just a shot away  1969, Rolling Stones, ‘Gimme Shelter’, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, ‘Let it Bleed’ album This is now. Over 30,000 Palestinians gathered along Gaza’s border with Israel on Friday, March 30th, to vent their pent-up frustration in a protest that quickly turned violent. Israeli forces reportedly killing 15 at the border fence. In the course of Israel’s creation in 1948 and its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, more than half the Arabs living in pre-1948 Palestine are thought to have been forcibly displaced. Today, some 5 million Palestine refugees are registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Palestinians represent one of the oldest refugee populations on earth. South Sudan has suffered years of civil war in the process of becoming a nation in 2011, leaving it one of the poorest countries in the world. South Sudan cannot provide its people the basics of adequate healthcare, education, and income opportunities. Children are paying the price with their lives. More than 5.7 million South Sudanese cannot feed themselves, and food insecurity continues to rise, poised to reach six million in 2018. Nearly four million people are displaced because of conflict and hunger, including two million who have fled to neighboring countries since December 2013. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan; 60 percent of the displaced are...

Cascading Black Swans – 2018

December 30, 2017 By Richard L. Wottrich, Senior Consultant, International Services  There are shadows in 2018 that are contradictory. Central banks are turning off the stimulus spigots at an excruciatingly slow pace. Yet the entire U.S. yield curve is flattening and a steep credit market correction is in the cards. A Danish energy company just issued a 1,000-year bond with a maturity date of 3017, and some corporations are selling negative interest rate bonds. Global stock markets are at record highs, yet extraordinarily low volatility across most asset classes belies investor worries. Total global debt has topped 325 percent of total GDP as government sovereign debt jumps past $63 trillion [Pew Research Center analysis of International Monetary Fund data]. China’s shadow banking assets grew more than 20 percent in 2016 to 64 trillion yuan ($9.8 trillion), equivalent to 86.5 percent of GDP. The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen to a 50-year low, yet wages have hardly budged.  And Congress just passed a corporate tax bill that blows a hole in the U.S. budget. Yet no one seems to be concerned. As Alfred E. Neuman said, “What me worry?” What are the “Black Swan” risks and events that could cause this ‘Alice in Wonderland’ world to collapse. Or is that just foolish worry. Has exploding technology taken the risk out of humanity’s endeavors? This is our take on plausible Black Swan risks on the horizon. Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Event  Governments are concerned about North Korea’s burgeoning nuclear weapons program. We however are far more concerned about their ability to create an EMP event, which would detonate a nuclear device in...

Proximate Cause of Climate Change

Richard Wottrich, Atlanta USA Summary Global warming and climate change are linked to overpopulation. Developed Economies experience slowing birth rates, leading to less attention given to overpopulation effects. The earth cannot support its human population today, let alone in 2050, or in 2100. Air conditioning is on track for huge increases in global energy consumption. Perception Charlevoix, Michigan USA, is a tiny wealthy enclave of vacationers in Northern Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan. It is a truism that as populations of humans in Developed Economies become more wealthy their birth rates decline. Charlevoix’s population has dropped from 3,183 in 1990 to 2,529 in 2016 – a decline of 20.5 percent. These are the rose colored glasses that people of means and ‘influencers’ gaze through in Developed Economies when contemplating climate change and its connection to overpopulation. That global warming and climate change are impacted by humans is a given. Scientists have done the work and the connection is clear. Why then will nobody discuss the proximate cause of climate change – overpopulation? Humans consume and use natural resources to gain consumption opportunities. The more humans we have, the more consumption we have, the more climate change we have. Why is discussing human overpopulation the ‘third rail’ of the climate change discussion? Population growth and climate change are both geometric. The link is unquestionable. Too Many Humans There are 7.4 billion humans on earth today. Over two billion humans have nothing. Over 700 million humans are starving to death at any given time. Leaving the politics of the wealth gap and food distribution aside, earth cannot support the humans it has now....

Paris In the Rain #laVilleLumière

Atlanta USA, 24 June 2017 Recent market sentiment is trending optimistic about the French economy, but there is scant evidence to support this view. Much of this jingoism is generated by the election of France’s new President Emmanuel Macron. However, Macron faces the same intransigent bureaucracy that every French president has faced for decades. Meanwhile the EU is jumping with glee at the prospect of driving the UK down in economic misery for its Brexit effrontery. We have not seen this level of ‘piling on’ since Europe subjugated Germany after World War I. But such venom is misdirected. The EU has lost an important partner and euro zone problems have not improved a wit. With Germany the runaway economic leader in the EU [German GDP: $3.4 trillion], and with the UK leaving the euro zone [UK GDP: $2.8 trillion], France remains the only other economic powerhouse in Europe [France GDP: $2.4 trillion]. But France is the weakest of the big three. Prior to the big crash of 2008, France’s growth rate was in step with the rest of the EU.  But now France trails the EU trend GDP growth rate of 1.6 percent. It has taken longer for French productivity to return to pre-2008 levels. France’s per capita income finally recovered to those levels in 2016; compared to UK recovering in 2015, the U.S. in 2014, Japan in 2013, and Germany in 2010. French debt is now close to 100 percent of GDP, while its government spending as a percentage of GDP is among the highest in the EU at 31.5 percent. France’s 10 percent unemployment rate reveals a skills gap...

The Government Pension Fund Global

The Government Pension Fund Global (Norwegian: Statens pensjonsfond Utland, SPU) is the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund created from Norwegian petroleum production. The fund changed its name in January 2006 from The Petroleum Fund of Norway. The fund is known in Norway as The Oil Fund (Norwegian: Oljefondet) [hereinafter “Fund”]. One of the largest such funds in the world, as of March 2017 its total value is NOK 7.75 trillion (USD 892 billion), holding .8 percent of global equity markets. With 2.33 percent of European stocks, it is said to be the largest stock owner in Europe. (Wikipedia) The Fund averages 1.3 percent ownership of every listed company in the world, and has become an active investor in recent years to influence company behavior. The Fund voted against company-backed resolutions by half of its top 50 holdings in 2016 and joined a class-action lawsuit against Volkswagen over its emissions scandal. The Fund also claimed partial credit for an increase in the number of U.S. companies offering proxy access, as well as governance changes in Brazil, Japan and Sweden. The Fund distributes earnings in Norway and to Norwegian enterprises deemed constructive to the country. The domestic Fund is managed by the Folketrygdfondet. The global investment Fund is managed by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), part of the Norwegian Central Bank on the behalf of the Ministry of Finance. It is currently the largest pension Fund in Europe and is larger than the California public-employees’ pension fund (CalPERS). The Fund is estimated to be at its peak and it is expected to decline as future Norwegian oil production drops. The Fund is enormous when compared to...

DSI Technology Licensing Case Study – Curozone USA

DSI Technology Licensing Case Study Aurora, Ontario, Canada – CurOzone USA, Inc. developed HealOzone, a patented dental treatment system that utilizes Ozone to replace traditional drilling systems. Ozone, a triatomic very reactive form of oxygen, is utilized by the HealOzone appliance. Injected within a specialized oral appliance, ozone seeps into the pores of a tooth and effectively kills off the bacteria that cause caries inside and on the surface of a tooth. A high concentration of ozone kills bacteria very quickly and is thousand times more powerful than other bacterial killing agents. Once the bacteria are dead the tooth replaces lost mineralization in a matter of a few weeks with patented mouthwash treatments. CurOzone entered into European Manufacturing and Distribution Licensing Agreements with KaVo Dental. DSI Global View (DSI) exclusively represented CurOzone in coordinating a DSI Intellectual Property Valuation (IP-VAL) of the CurOzone technology and patents to establish the Commercial Enterprise Value utilized in negotiations with KaVo Dental. [CurOzone was subsequently acquired by KaVo] KaVo Dental GmbH & Co. – KaVo Group designs and manufactures dental equipment and instruments for dentists and dental technicians. KaVo Dental provides laboratory equipment, including workstations, dust extraction systems, laboratory motors, articulators, diagnostic devices, and processing equipment. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Biberach, Germany. It has operations in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, the Russian Federation, Scandinavia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as Lake Zurich, Illinois. KaVo Dental GmbH & Co. operates as a subsidiary of Danaher Corp. DSI is an international strategic planning consultancy focused on assisting businesses in researching, analyzing and implementing cross-border...