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    Archive for May, 2010

    Monday

    Monday, May 17th, 2010

    Dollars, Happiness, Mass, and More Oh oh: “The beneficial impact of last weekend’s $1 trillion “shock and awe” intervention by Europe to save Greece and safeguard the Euro is fading-even more quickly than officials had feared.” That’s not some renegade Gold Bug blog talking. That’s from the revered Financial Times, a publication that Axel Merk […]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, May 16th, 2010

    “Holiness means the eager acceptance of every trial sent them by God. . . It is the philosophers’ stone that changes into gold all their worries, their troubles, all their sufferings.” de Caussade, Abandonment. Whenever I fear that I’m getting too holy for my own good (chuckle), I read this mini-meditation on my iPhone and […]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, May 14th, 2010

    Grappling with Grapes My grape vines arrived yesterday. I opened the box and read the instructions: “After the plants are set, select the largest, strongest cane and cut it back so that two nodes or buds remain. Cut off all other canes.” Great. What’s a “cane,” a “node,” and a “bud”? I looked at the […]

    No Blogging Wednesday

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

    Iron Man 2 with big kids last night. No time for blogging. Just these pics from our Mother’s Day trip to the Lake Michigan dunes and Lunker’s Fishing Store in Edwardsburg, Michigan (and its assortment of weird stuff). Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

    Chartering a New Course? One of the best new ideas I’ve heard recently: Charter cities. You find a host country, acquire some land, set your city limits . . . and set your own rules. If you make good rules, people will flock to your city and prosper. If you make bad rules, people will […]

    Monday

    Monday, May 10th, 2010

    Greece and Other Fun Stuff Best cover story title of the year so far: “Acropolis Now,” an article about the Greek debt crisis, from the May 1st issue of The Economist. * * * * * Speaking of Greece: when things crossed the Styx in a hand-basket last week, the dollar and gold both rose […]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, May 9th, 2010

    “[W]e cannot be really fed, strengthened, purified, enriched and made holy unless we fulfill the duties of the present moment.” de Caussade. Abandonment Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Friday

    Friday, May 7th, 2010

    Neo-Prohibitionism in Different Shapes Mormon morality run amok? Big Brother Syndrome? Stupidity? Not sure, but I’ve never heard of anything like it before: Utah bar owners must run “an electronic scanner on driver licenses of anyone who looks 35 years old or younger. The penalty for failing to electronically verify licenses is akin to serving […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, May 6th, 2010

    Hubris IOU Some people are debt-averse. Others aren’t. Why? Well, it’s hard to say, but Nassim Nicholas Taleb recently pointed out that over-confident people take on a lot of debt. His words: “Nobody gave a thought to the idea that overconfidence translates 1-1 into accumulation of debt.” (Link to podcast.) The podcast’s host economist signaled […]

    RIP, Ernie

    Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

    Long-time Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell died last night. Just a few of the stories I’ve heard this morning: Ernie was telling a friend that the worst part of his job was the pre-game show. After a while a woman who had been looking at Ernie all evening from the bar approached him and said […]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

    Chunks, Checking Out, and Chumbawamba Is this a good or bad thing? a study of schoolchildren found that being overweight increased the risk of being the target of bullying by 63 percent. That sucks, but I prefer that thin bullies take care of bodily nonconformance rather than legislative bullies taking care of it by outlawing […]

    Monday

    Monday, May 3rd, 2010

    But He Kept His Distance from Obama Girl? So Obama makes it a triumvirate of sex: Kennedy, Clinton, and Obama. It’s just the National Enquirer, of course, but the story is out there. It’ll be fun, if nothing else. I haven’t heard a good cigar joke in ten years. * * * * * The […]

     


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