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    Archive for February, 2011

    Monday

    Monday, February 28th, 2011

    George was More Popular? Where are we today, as a nation? I’m not sure, but very few of us like the leviathan that we’ve allowed to creep into every facet of our lives. Significant: According to Harvard and Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, only 11% of the American people have confidence in Congress. King George [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, February 27th, 2011

    “You must also pay attention to the thoughts of arrogance and presumption which attack you … For when the demons see the soul freed from passions and temptations, they attack it through such thoughts.” From The Philokalia

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, February 26th, 2011

    Fear? I feel like an orc outside of Gondor, Third Age 3019. I smell fear. The Arab world shook and the stock market rattled. I talk with clients, friends, and colleagues: they all seem concerned. There’s something in the air, and the “something” is fear. For the past year, I have made it a habit [...]

    Friday

    Friday, February 25th, 2011

    Drinking Night in Canada I like wine, but sometimes it’s out of place. Like at Oktoberfest. Or at the typical frat party. Or a bachelor party. Or Thursday night bowling league. Those occasions call for beer. And if you drink wine at a hockey game, someone’s going to ask what kind of bra you wear. [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, February 24th, 2011

    Consumer Culture You want to see golf carts that cost $20,000 and go nearly 40 miles per hour? Go to The Villages in Florida. Swanky golf carts are all the rage, and people are putting serious time and money into them. Lawfully, they’re only supposed to go 20 mph, but the cops aren’t checking under [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

    Put that in Your Pipe Everyone wants to be a leader. Bloomberg is the leader of the smoking Nazis: “Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation into law today that bans smoking in many public spaces around the five boroughs. Under the new law, smoking will be banned in the city’s 1,700 parks and 14 miles of [...]

    Margins?

    Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

    I occasionally receive emails from TDE readers, telling me that the right-hand margin is all screwed up. I have never experienced this problem, and my web consultant tells me he has no idea why/how it could be happening. I’m curious to know how rampant it is. Please let me know (comment box or email) if [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

    Catholic Arts and Letters Weekly They bilk people out of billions with impunity. They get bailed out. America is there for Wall Street, and DC is feeding it the sheople’s money. Rolling Stone magazine’s take. . . more>> The Lord of the Rings from the perspective of Mordor. It sounds terrible, but the concept is [...]

    Monday

    Monday, February 21st, 2011

    The Fed and Food Riots Primary dealers (“PDs”) attend U.S. government auctions and buy bonds. They then go to the Federal Reserve, who buys them from the PDs at a premium (it’s my understanding that the Federal Reserve is prohibited by law from buying directly from the U.S. government). In the past, the PDs couldn’t [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, February 20th, 2011

    “Be the living expression of God’s kindness–kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your warm greeting.” Mother Teresa

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, February 19th, 2011

    Nickel and Copper Best econ story of the week: Today’s Best Investment…Rhymes With Pickles. Excerpt: “Every single circulating nickel still has 3.75 grams worth of copper each…along with 1.25 grams of nickel. Copper is currently about $4.46/lb. Nickel is currently about $12.97/lb. So if you do the math, each nickel is worth about 7.3 cents. [...]

    BYCU

    Friday, February 18th, 2011

    Loko Legislatures Bans against alcohol energy drinks have picked up steam, and it looks like the legislatures are trying “one-up” each other in their prohibitions. Consider Iowa: “The caffeinated frenzy has also spread to Iowa (House File 25 and Senate File 1) where caffeine in liquor, wine and beer is banned, including cocktails. No more [...]

     


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