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    Archive for January, 2012

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

    Do It for the Children The number one friend of big government: The Crisis. When there’s a crisis, the government says it needs more power in order to deal with it, and then it scarcely ratchets its newly-acquired power back down after the crisis is over. Big government’s second best friend: the children (pronounced, “The [...]

    Monday

    Monday, January 30th, 2012

    Antifragility Nassim Taleb is coming out with a new book. It sounds great. Unfortunately, it won’t be available for another eight months. I listened to a podcast about it. Twice . . . but mostly due to circumstance (I was driving in bad weather in the dark and didn’t dare take my eyes off the [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, January 29th, 2012

    “Limiting one’s desires actually helps to cure one of fear.” Seneca

    Saturday

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    So colleges and university take it on the chin twice: First, Obama tells them they need to control tuition. Second, Apple announces that they’ll sell textbooks . . . for as low as $17.99. Obama’s words, of course, are fatuous. In the same speech, he pushed for more college tax credits and grant moneys . [...]

    Friday

    Friday, January 27th, 2012

    BYCU I’m not sure why it’s newsworthy, but it’s definitely brewsworthy: Pat Sajak says he and Vanna White got drunk before Wheel of Fortune tapings back in the day. Gotta love Sajak’s candor: At the time, the show had a long break during tapings when he and White would go to a nearby Mexican restaurant [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, January 26th, 2012

    Harsh, but truth be told: It’s kinda how I feel about Facebook. Print Time Well, Bernanke is unleashing the printing presses. I’ve been pretty depressed about my mining stocks lately, but yesterday was great: GDX up 6.68%, GDXJ up 7.62%, Yamana Gold up 9.8%, Endeavour Silver up 7.16%. Those were my top performers, but most [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

    Soros the Austrian? George Soros grabbed headlines yesterday with an interview in Newsweek. The rabid leftist octogenarian investment icon and social activist ain’t too optimistic. He’s expecting riots in the U.S., lots of deflation, and a gold smack-down (though one source says he’s buying gold . . . we won’t know until the Q4 reports [...]

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

    “During a debate, Mitt Romney said he grew up in the real streets of America. Yes, the real streets, where people pull up next to you and ask if you have any Grey Poupon.” Kimmel — Mobile post

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

    I bought a greenhouse. It’s just a little thing: 57″w x 29″d x 77″h. It’s an exaggeration to call it a “house,” since it’s really a tent and it’s portable. You can click on the picture to see what it looks like. So does anyone know anything about greenhouse gardening? I live in southern Michigan, [...]

    Monday

    Monday, January 23rd, 2012

    Like Waiting for Godot? If there is any literary merit to The Adventures of Beer Man, it came from my close study of Flannery O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose. It’s a great book for the fiction writer. I would lend you my copy, but it’s scarcely legible, what with all the underlinings and notes [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

    The Present Moment is the temporal position of Just Looking.

    Saturday

    Saturday, January 21st, 2012

    Econ Saturday The Dental Shake-Down I’m a fan of dentists. For whatever reason, my practice has always been graced with a large number of them, and I typically find them congenial clients. But I have a complaint with the American Dental Association, and I’ve had the beef for about twenty years: By refusing to accredit [...]

     


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