Monthly archives: November, 2010

The Decline of Western Civilization

That’s the name of a documentary made in 79-80 about the LA punk scene. It is mostly concert footage of various bands like X, The Germs, Black Flag, The Circle Jerks, etc. but also includes a fair number of interviews of fans, promoters, and musicians too. I’ll admit to always thinking of the UK first …

Ireland

I’m just left shaking my head over what’s going on in Ireland. We all saw the financial meltdown coming, but now the government is falling apart at the seams as well. What’s scary is that we still have Spain and Portugal to go in Europe. Scarier still is who holds the majority of Portugal’s debt. …

Rapping economists Rd. 2 (RE2?)

If you haven’t seen it yet, you have to check out the original Keynes vs Hayek rap battle:     They covered a lot of ground. Animal spirits, circular flow, human action, cheap credit, inflation, etc. I really think they did a great job explaining economic macroeconomic ideas in a catchy manner. Well, there’s a …

The Beatles

As you may have heard, the Beatles are now available in the iTunes store. It’s a pretty big deal from a business perspective, I’ve heard that last year the Beatles were the second highest selling artist. That’s pretty amazing considering how long ago they broke up… They’ve been playing the Beatles non-stop in the store …

Richard Nixon, Laugh In, and political campaigns

Here’s a great piece talking about the impact of Nixon’s “Sock it to me?” utterance on Laugh In. I had no idea that the writing for Laugh In was so supportive of the Nixon administration, and conversely, I didn’t know how much Nixon hated the Smothers Brothers. This blog piece has some great clips in …

Outsourcing

I promised a separate post on outsourcing, and here it is. I started to think about this a little more carefully in the context of income disparity. Outsourcing was the one thing I could possibly think of where someone in the top 1% could benefit at the expense of someone else. I do not believe …

New favorite Safari extentions

Here are some great extensions to add to Safari to improve your browsing experience. You can get them here. If you’re on a Mac, you should definitely take a look at that page.   1) Youtube5 will automatically switch all youtube videos from flash to html5. This makes your computer run much cooler and have …

Love and Rockets (comics)

Just finished up three of the 7 volumes of the Love and Rockets collection I recently purchased. When the comics were originally published, the issues would have stories from both Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez. These reprints have separated them out, so I’m unable to read them in the original order they were published. I decided …

And even more income disparity stuff

So I’ve been trying to say that the top 1% income earners aren’t by default crooks, and I’ve even tried to say that it’s no big deal if over the past 30+ years the top 1%’s incomes have gone up dramatically while hourly wages have gone down by 7% or so. Keep in mind, I’m …

Income inequality again

A friend of mine posted a link to a NYT opinion page entitled “Our banana republic,” and in it the author says: Our Banana Republic – NYTimes.com: “In my reporting, I regularly travel to banana republics notorious for their inequality. In some of these plutocracies, the richest 1 percent of the population gobbles up 20 …