Michael Craig

Michael Craig is a writer in Scottsdale, Arizona.

You Da’ Ma’am!

 

It certainly didn’t seem like a slow news week. Internationally, there was the rumored re-emergence of both Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Nationally, the Bush Administration raised the terror alert status, and Congress grappled with a tax cut. Nevertheless, this is the lead for a Page One story in the Arizona Republic on Wednesday: […]

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Nano and the Professor

 

In 1959, physicist Dr. Richard Feynman gave birth to the concept of nanotechnology. Feynman described the theoretical approaches to “manipulating and controlling things on a very small scale.” For instance, he recognized that computers, then the size of buildings, would need to get continually smaller to become important to our lives. He also predicted advances […]

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Boies Will Be Boies

 

I am right so infrequently that you’ll have to excuse me for rubbing it in. Last September, star-crossed conglomerate Tyco International was rallying in the stock market on the hope that sending off its prior management in chains and replacing it with a blue-ribbon group would make shareholders rich. I told you then such optimism […]

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The Hidden Divorce Tax

 

President Bush’s economic stimulus package is in trouble, but he is actually in a no-lose situation. If Congress passes a compromise version and it stimulates growth, Bush gets to take credit. If they don’t pass anything, or they pass something that doesn’t work, Bush can blame his opponents for not adopting his original plan. We […]

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The Greatest Protest Ever

 

Dear Prowlers: I am too exhausted to write my regular column. I caught the social conscience bug and flew to Augusta, Georgia, to help Martha Burk fight the good fight for women’s rights. (I guess in this circumstance, it’s for one woman’s right.) I called Burk at the last minute after I heard a rumor […]

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The Lawful Truth

 

War of (No) Words I’m not talking about the war or investing — the two are closely related these days. In part, I want to demonstrate that Americans have the attention span to support a war that is measured in weeks rather than days. (I can’t help but ask one question, though: How long until […]

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Media and Medusa

 

If I’m reading the war stories correctly, this may be the time to buy into the broadcasting business. Certainly, the stocks of media giants like General Electric, AOL Time Warner, Viacom, and Disney are well off their highs. Even though people aren’t going to amusement parks or buying airplane parts like they did in the […]

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Arabian Nights with Boots & Coots

 

I started writing about investing in 2000, for a now-defunct magazine called Online Investor. My favorite topics came from the Message Boards. Message Boards are forums set up by financial websites like Yahoo! and CBS Marketwatch for members to post messages on particular companies. During the day, the messages usually consisted of nothing more sophisticated […]

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What’s the Big Idea?

 

It has been several weeks since I wanted to talk about the stock market. Consequently, recent columns have focused on Augusta National (in favor), lawyers (in favor), the Ku Klux Klan (in favor, because it has made August National and lawyers look good by comparison), Nelson Mandela (against), SUVs (in favor), and Joe Millionaire (in […]

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Masters Sheets

 

I Didn’t Know the Klan Kept Daytime Hours Things sure look bad for William “Hootie” Johnson, Chairman of Augusta National. Supposedly a good guy on civil rights, and a proponent of expanding Augusta National’s membership, he has been forced into a polar position on the issue of admitting women because Martha Burk, a career opportunist […]

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