Category Archives: Economics

Big Dreams

I went on a date, which was of course a mistake. As we were cruising in her Volkswagen Golf, stopping at green lights and crossing red ones, she asked a straightforward question: “So, what do you want to do next … Continue reading

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A Government Shutdown is Nothing Unusual

Other countries have them all the time, too. Let’s look at when some specific countries went through a similar period of limited capacity to act. USA: today Germany: 1945 Russia: 1917 France: 1789 Japan: 1945

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Red Star

“OK, we’ll tear down the old houses, put up a high-rise building and sell expensive apartments. Long live capitalism! But don’t touch the monument with the Red Star, comrades!” (Photographed in Tivat, Montenegro.)

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If you care neither about the deficit, nor about providing public services, it’s actually quite easy to cut taxes. When I saw books by Džon Grišam at the bookshop in Montenegro, I was happy that my name wouldn’t have to be … Continue reading

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But what will become of James Bond if we don’t tolerate sexual harassment anymore? Trying to cash in on crypto-currencies, I have now invested all my savings in Paypal. I always find it strange when people say “I am writing … Continue reading

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Two Books on North Korea

If there will be a nuclear war in 2018, it will most likely have something to do with North Korea. So you may as well use your last weeks alive to read about that country. Suki Kim pulled off a … Continue reading

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How about tipping?

Wikipedia has this map of tipping customs in restaurants: This might be useful for those of you who like to do things as they are done customarily. Me, I am rather skeptical regarding tipping. And it really pisses me off … Continue reading

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