Comments on: Evening Links Option ARMageddon Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:06:34 +0000 hourly 1 By: dearieme Sat, 29 Aug 2009 11:00:31 +0000 A young friend of mine witnessed an emergency on a beach in Malaysia. The Malays panicked, the Chinese watched inactively, the (young, mainly) Europeans co-operated to solve the problem. It could have been a scene out of Somerset Maugham, but my young friend had no knowledge of old-fashioned views – he’s of the generation that’s been indoctrinated not to stereotype, not to be judgemental. Reality, eh?

By: TheMrs Fri, 28 Aug 2009 19:37:30 +0000 Before you ask why I wasn’t carrying any of the kids…if you know my husband you would know that this is his thing. I don’t ask him to do arts/crafts, readings or dance around the house and do sing-alongs with me and the kids because that’s my thing. Plus the kids all really love “riding” Daddy at the same time…they even fight for position. This is just one of the things he does that I know he wants the kids to remember when they grow up…and I think it’s great! And YES…he IS Dad of the year and always has been. I’m SO blessed to have him in my life…plus he’s pretty fun to hang out with. Oh BTW…my husband impresses me all of the time…that’s why we have 5 children.

By: 20 steps to avoid sequestration/ liquidation Fri, 28 Aug 2009 07:48:21 +0000 ‘I suspect society might also handle financial emergencies better than policy-makers expect.’

Somebody made a comment lately that we all list challenges, but don’t come up with solutions. All levels of society are freaked out at the moment. Let’s look at the environment from a financial angle: the Earth’s diameter is +- 13 000 km’s, the atmosphere +- 100 km’s. Warming gasses don’t ‘leak’ out to the Solar System, so it falls back to Earth. That leaves a narrow margin which is decreasing by the millisecond. From this point of view de-urbanisation looks like the only option to give the large cities and ecospheres a breather. That won’t happen. So what to do when illiquidity has led to insolvency, on a macro, velcro and micro level?:

1. Don’t panic (irrational decisions – gets exploited);
2. Don’t borrow more (debt trap);
3. Don’t sell assets (value will recover at some stage);
4. Don’t artificially inflate assets and reserves;
5. Increase wealth taxes;
6. Cut operational expenses;
7. Talk to your neighbbours to form a local power block/insurance pool;
8. If that fails, talk to your family;
9. If that fails, talk to your friends;
10. If that fails, talk to your enemies;
11. If that fails, negotiate with your creditors;
12. If that fails, talk to the Bank for International Settlements;
13. If that fails, talk to the World Bank;
14. If that fails, talk to the IMF;
15 – 20. If that fails, again, don’t sell assets, don’t pay debts (your creditors don’t really want to write off your debt and needs your business in future), don’t print money, cut operational costs such as external defense spending, increase middle class taxes and then general taxes.

Sooner than later the balance will restore, surely collective budget and trade deficits are set-off by collective surpluses ?

Society easily panics, points fingers and throws tantrums, but invariably has a nest-egg stashed somewhere.


By: fatbear Thu, 27 Aug 2009 22:01:10 +0000 The Time mag article is 38 YEARS old! Probably older than you are.

What was the point?