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The PPACA

Obamacare has been upheld. I won’t bother blasting links to all the sources as I’m sure everyone’s heard by now. I just wanted to comment a little about the political ramifications and one neglected argument against the act. For one, it’s unclear who is the ultimate winner in this. True, Democrats can point to a […]

Dreams From My Future?

Dream 1. On a train heading over the countryside with other members of the BTA team (wtf?). Our carriage is attacked by men in suits, who are currently trying to batter down the door linking the previous carriage and ours, causing us to deploy defenses. Gorilla glass walls slam down between each of the men, […]

How the Eurozone Would Adjust

If it were like the USA, a hypothetical example: Germany and some other northern EU countries, being hypercompetitive relative to their currency on the world scale, have a labour shortage, necessitating them to attract workers from peripheral EU countries with high unemployment whose people want better paying jobs. As such, Spaniards, Italians, and Greeks all […]

The Endless Game

If this is any reflection of our future, it’s going to be dismal indeed. Funny things dredged from the comments (the best of crowdsourcing humour, so to speak) very much in the vein of slashdot: Brian Reynolds made Civ II and Alpha Centauri… and now he works for Zynga. How the mighty have fallen. Can’t […]

High vs Low Wage Society

Comparing Australia and the US, especially in discussions with friends from down under, I’ve found that the most salient difference is how protectionist the Australian labour market is. Skilled workers trying to enter the country face visa hurdles, and are significantly limited in what they can work in. Even for medicine, one has to practice […]

Arab World Trip 2012 – Day 5 – Evening Under the Stars

Woke up early. Everything is easy to pack quickly thanks to my packing cubes. The thing really just packs itself. Check my shoes. Ugh. Still wet, but at least the sand’s mostly out. So I head down to the stable yard reception area and turn in my keys. There was some syrup from I don’t know what […]

Choices Going Forward

Or how to spread the pain. As most major financial blogs and major media outlets have postulated, the solution for countries currently under crisis are as follows: default or devalue. Let’s look at each possibility in turn and what the expected outcomes would be. Default: The most sensible scenario from my mind. It may or […]

Name the Greatest, and Then the Most Underappreciated (People Edition)

(My own choices given, reflecting personal prejudices) Actor (Kate Winslet, Nathan Fillion) Artist (Rembrandt, Darrell Sweet) Author (Haruki Murakami, Roger Zelazny) Blogger (Tyler Cowen, Jeff Atwood) Composer (I’m afraid my musical talents are not sufficient to judge this category) Director (Francis Ford Coppola, Terry Gilliam) Economist (Adam Smith, Ludwig von Mises) Game Designer (Shigeru Miyamoto, […]

Eurozone Jokes

Sorry, but humour is a good way of deflecting the pain all of our portfolios are sustaining at the hands of the Eurozone crisis. “I felt a great disturbance in the Euro, as if Billions of EUR cried out in terror and were suddenly swallowed by sovereign debt. I fear something terrible is about to […]

The Great List of Waynisms

Unedited, uncensored, and unbowed. I hereby present a list of Waynisms during the time I spent rooming with him at Berkeley. Get an inside scoop on the [inappropriate] inside jokes that we shared. Read carefully; there is a theme. Plus, we’re quite nerdy.   me: i need to tighten the belt even more w: any […]