Points And Figures

Do not fear mistakes, you will know failure, continue to reach out.-Ben Franklin

At the zoo
Amazing set at Chicago Jazzfest #bestsummercityinamerica

“I think it’d be cool if companies like Walmart, Target, Kroger, and Kmart all got together, 10 big retailers, and said, “We’re going to do our own currency to save the transaction fees, and we’ll back it up with a pool of stock.””

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http://www.thealphapages.com/content/senator-paul-rand

Interview with Rand Paul.  Love some of the principles he espouses here.  If you are a startup investor, or founder, you will like them too.

Schmooze

A couple of years ago, a child hood friend of mine had breakfast with me.  He had an idea for a better way to give gifts to clients.  Today he unveiled the app.  Try it at Schmoozeme.net.  

This artist absolutely killed it at the Chicago Jazz Festival last night. She is 24 years old. Amazing voice, and control of her voice.

“The German submarine glided through the icy water past New York City, its captain noting the glowing skyscrapers of Manhattan and then Coney Island’s brilliantly-lit Ferris wheel. Soon his lookouts spotted a large oil tanker, steaming ahead without escort. Maneuvering into position, the captain easily acquired his target, framed by the city’s lights, and fired a torpedo into the vessel, sending a fireball into the sky worthy of America’s most dazzling city.”

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http://www.realclearbooks.com/articles/2014/08/29/how_close_u-boats_came_to_america_84.html

9/11 wasn’t the first ever attack on New York City, and it won’t be the last.  

“However there is a major problem with these renewable energy sources. Their electrical output is not dispatchable. Their output is entirely unable respond to electricity demand as and when needed. Energy is contributed to the grid in a haphazard manner dependent on the weather, and certainly not necessarily when it is required.”

Let’s accept, arguendo, that the outgoing DIA chief is right, and that we are now in an era of danger similar to the mid-1930s. How did we get here? It’s worth looking back into the mists of time — an entire year, to Labor Day weekend 2013. What had not happened then? It’s quite a list, actually: the Chinese ADIZ, the Russian annexation of Crimea, the rise of ISIS, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the fall of Mosul, the end of Hungarian liberal democracy, the Central American refugee crisis, the Egyptian-UAE attacks on Libya, the extermination of Iraqi Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the scramble to revise NATO’s eastern-frontier defenses, the Kristallnacht-style pogroms in European cities, the reemergence of mainstream anti-Semitism, the third (or fourth, perhaps) American war in Iraq, racial riots in middle America, et cetera and ad nauseam.

All that was in the future just one year ago.

What is happening now is basically America’s version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The President of the United States — supported to an exceptional extent by an electorate both uncomprehending and untrusting of the outside world — is Clarence the Angel, and he’s showing us what the world would be like if we’d never been born, Unsurprisingly, Bedford Falls is now Pottersville, and it’s a terrible place. Unfortunately we do not get to revert to the tolerable if modest status quo at the end of the lesson: George Bailey will eventually have to shell the town and retake it street by street from Old Man Potter’s Spetsnaz.

But the larger point here is not what’s happening, because what’s happening is obvious. Things are falling apart. The point is how fast it’s come. It takes the blood and labor of generations to build a general peace, and that peace is sustained by two pillars: a common moral vision, and force majeure. We spent a quarter-century chipping away at the latter, and finally discarded the former, and now that peace is gone. All this was the work of decades.

Look back, again, to Labor Day weekend 2013, and understand one thing: its undoing was the work of mere months.

a little EDM for a Sunday morning

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