Peter’s Firstborn Shall Be Called… Anatole

The Times – The pay gap is putting democracy in danger, by Anatole Kaletsky Mr Cameron asked Mr Hutton, a lifelong Labour supporter and passionate campaigner for social equality, to chair a Fair Pay Review. Mr Hutton suggests that extreme inequality, as well as being morally repugnant, imposes huge economic losses on society. Far from […]

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Hail Sweden

It helps that I’m undergoing a resurgence in love for Scandinavian interiors… NRO – Duncan Currie: Sweden’s Quiet Revolution Without much fanfare, the Scandinavian country has been moving away from socialism. In fact, contemporary Sweden is much less socialist than many Americans realize. Since the early 1990s, when it suffered a painful financial crisis, the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

We’ve been watching Vicky Cristina Barcelona. It’s a good movie, generally. I’ll make no comment on the bohemian morality here. But the pacing and music and light is lovely (and apparently Woody Allen is good for a baby’s frayed nerves, too). It’s funny though. Everyone in the film is idle. The Americans because they’re rich, […]

Categories: Entertainment

If Only There Were Illegals in American Samoa Doing the Jobs the American Samoans Won’t Do

My parents were up today and my dad was talking about this story which, naturally, I hadn’t heard of. Congress raised the minimum wage again and this time, in their wise benevolence, didn’t give American Samoa an exemption: When Democrats in Congress increased the minimum wage in 2007, the U.S. territory of 65,000 in the […]

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Getting Germany Out of the Euro

It’s Gerry! Spectator – Germany’s eurozone dilemma: should they stay or should they go? By Gerard Baker As the euro continues to dance on the brink of calamity, the people responsible for the deepening debacle have finally come up with a scheme that will save it once and for all. It’s a cunning plan that […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Ascent of Money Does Not Leave On a High Note

We finished our Niall Ferguson documentary on a financial history of the world. I love this show but of my lord I didn’t get so much of it. Not to ruin the ending though, but basically the US is screwed, it’ll end up in hyperinflation like Argentina or else in a world war with China, […]

Categories: Business & Media

From a Couple of Years’ Retirement Age in Greece to a Nuked-Up Fourth Reich in a Couple of Sentences

Liberals should like this argument tho. It’s all about interconnectedness: PJM – VDH: The New Old German Problem [W]hat will happen with Germany, when it is lectured by the French, insulted by its debtor dependencies in southern Europe, and starting to become angry that only its own work ethic and productivity—not some grandiose platitudes about […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Arizonastan

NRO – Mark Steyn: What Arizona Must Live With Gordon Brown called Gillian Duffy a “bigot,” then got into his limo and drove away. Remind you of anybody? I’m skipping some rather good lines, here. It was a struggle, but I overcame. Gillian Duffy lives in the world Gordon Brown has created. He, on the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Great White North and Land of Unexpected Phrasing

A hilarious bit from a Mark Steyn article I barely didn’t link to the other day: In 1993, government spending averaged 52.2 percent in Europe, and 70.9 percent in Sweden. The Swedes have reduced government spending (as a fraction of GDP) by almost a third in the last 15 years. Their corporate tax rates are […]

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More Than Crazy, Perhaps

An infographic: North Korea: The Craziest Country In the World

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The I’m Sick Link Dump of February, 2010

SO MUCH but so little energy… On Unions and how to deal with them: Corner – State of the Nation, by John Derbyshire This headline brightened up my breakfast: Unionized Rhode Island Teachers Refuse To Work 25 Minutes More Per Day, So Town Fires All Of Them Yeee-HAH! The teachers at the high school make […]

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American Decline, Where Neither the Second Amendment Nor the Caliphate Can Save Us

Mark Steyn – THE SEDUCTIONS OF DECLINE I don’t even know where to begin quoting this (RC2, who is probably better at hiding her straight razors than I, quoted it fairly extensively – and thoughtfully! – here, and as testament to the resilience of her state of mind, she manages to wade through a similarly-themed […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Pinch!

Here’s a book I, or one of you who then report back to us on your findings, need to read: The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – And Why They Should Give it Back From here: The Guardian – The Tory frontbencher deserves to be cherished as a rare politician who […]

Categories: History

Sunday Quotations

From Tony Blair: This isn’t about a lie or a conspiracy or a deceit or a deception,” Mr. Blair said. “It’s a decision. And the decision I had to take was, given Saddam’s history, given his use of chemical weapons, given the over one million people whose deaths he had caused, given 10 years of […]

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One Hundred Trillion Dollar Bank Notes

Another quick post (I swear I meant to do more today but then I got locked out of my bathroom by a bathtub shaped like a whale): NRO – Kevin Williamson: Against Zimbabwefication Zimbabwe has for many years been a rich source of black humor for people who are interested in inflation, grotesque misgovernment, and […]

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