Daily Archives: August 15, 2011
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck.”
“We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa. “But over the last six months we’ve had a run of bad luck.”
Survey here claims that mean people earn more money. But is that true? The study seems to record that “disagreeable” people earn more, but perhaps they’re just contrarians – people who don’t go along with the consensus may deserve to earn more. I don’t see what that has to do with disrespecting others or treating them badly.
The Swiss and their rifles. As I noted before, I never felt safer than when riding Zurich trams with businessmen and their rifles. But it’s not about the rifle, it’s about who has one.
How to know when it’s time to retire. Fortunately, I enjoy my work, and there’s always writing.
They’re buying up Manhattan, if your believe this. Fudrucker’s got a number of tire kickers from China but, so far, they aren’t adventurous enough to leave the island. We’re working on it.