We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Junkie linked to the following a few days ago, but I thought it deserved re-mention not because of its content, which was excellent, but its writing style.
Let's say your editor hands you a tough assignment. He wants you to write on one of the most crashingly boring subject in the Southwestern Galaxy, economics. And not just American economics, mind you, but foreign economics. And not some fun, hip place like Japan or China, mind you, but (discrete barf) European economics.
Here's how you do it:
In the private sector, countries like Spain saw huge real estate bubbles develop as home buyers rushed to take advantage of cheap mortgages — and developers enjoyed cheap financing as well.
Central banks are supposed to be the chaperons at parties like this, locking up the liquor cabinet when the guests start getting too happy, but the European Central Bank wasn’t paying attention. That wasn’t a mistake; it was on purpose. The ECB is supposed to think about the European economy as a whole, so it was watching economic conditions in the biggest economies like Germany and France. The ECB sat in the living room, watching Mom and Dad stay sober even while the kids were whooping it up in the basement. Mom and Dad were pretty well behaved so the bankers left the punch bowl alone — but things got a little out of hand down below and now the whole house is on fire.
Tenacity is such an endearing trait. The anti-Bisphenol-A (also known by many people as "plastic") nutcases are still hard at work, despite a mountain of evidence that's piled up in recent years discrediting their claims. (You could draw an exact parallel to the cellphone-brain-cancer stories that refuse to die.)
A good starting point on the current battle is Truth Or Scare, a Junk Science counterpart (and winner of this week's coveted 'Clever Blog Title' award), and there's an interview with an expert here.
Ah, there you go again, "judging a book by its cover".
What's important here are what he's saying, not what he looks like or his name or ethnic heritage or sexual persuasion. Words are what count, good friend, and are the only true judge of a master of his craft. Well, actually, I guess Obama would be the 'master' in this case, but you know what I mean.
Personally, I thought he made a pretty good point when he interpreted the Second Amendment as meaning the government actually had to furnish everyone with a gun. Makes sense to me.
And I think his anti-abortion stance makes sense when you consider that wiping out a whole litter might mean seven or eight or more lives, and at that point, as he says, you're quickly heading toward the definition of "genocide". One or two children, fine. But seven or more? There oughta be a law.
No, good friend, I think you have judged this blogger much too harshly, and I urge you to give him a second chance. Look for that special insight that only a blogger such as Bo can provide.
I almost fell off my chair when I saw that picture - that's funny.
Right on on the Euro piece - Alan Greenspan practically said as much yesterday on CNBC. And he admitted that he was WRONG about the Euro. His opinion is that the Euro is doomed as the cultural and economic disparities are to enourmous for any single cross-cultural currency to over come.
RE: Stupid predictions. I was at a mini-computing seminar with Ed DeCastro of Data General, Ken Olsen of Digital Equipment and Mike Holsten of Prime Computer chairing various portions and Ed DeCastro stated "Electronic mail will only be an company infra-structure means of documentation with no practical application other than that".
HAH!!! My favorite mini-computer company story. There are others, but that was probably the best. :>)
It appears none of them suffered from their shortsightedness. The only one in play was "Grandpa Recording", which supposedly turned down the Beatles, but that was Decca, and they went on to do quite well with the Rolling Stones, if I recall correctly.
Re: the euro, did you read the 'stylish' piece? It appears that doomed is becoming the operative word of the day.
Great computer story about the future of email. I've always particularly liked the "death of..." articles. There are probably a million people out there still using Windows 98 or Millennium. There are zillions of businesses still using Windows 2000. There are about 200 million computer users who view anything that uses touch screens for input to be the most lamebrained idea in history. But stay tuned for the next "Death of the keyboard" or "Death of the mouse" story.
"White washing mountains?"
No, whitewash is flat, so I'm presuming they're going with a good high-gloss acrylic enamel. Funny, though. You'd think using converted crop dusters would be much quicker. Didn't these people say "time was running out"? Doesn't seem to make sense to do it by hand, and, while I've never been to the Andes, my guess is that it's going to take these four guys longer than a few weeks to complete this vital task.
What hurts, Tom, is that you're paying attention to trivial matters like the world economy and global warming, when right up above someone has made an attack against a distinguished member of the White House. Remember, it's not who's in the seat, but the seat, itself, that must be respected. Disagree with policies, sure, but personal attacks are considered disrespectful of the office and an affront to the very integrity of the nation.