On the sidebar, I mentioned that I am doing a free trial of Amazon Prime now. So I thought I would share my experience so far. Continue reading
OK, it is not the whole title. The title is - Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed - a bit too long for a reasonable headline.
Much to my surprise, I liked this book quite a bit. But I’m getting ahead of the story so let me begin where this book ended up on my Kindle. Continue reading
There is a series of dystopian novels called The Hunger Games. You may have heard of them. There is renewed popularity recently because of the movies based on the novels.
You also may have read or heard of other dystopian novels by Ray Bradbury and George Orwell. There are quite a few examples of dystopian fiction. Some are better than others.
But we seem to have our own real-life version in Black Friday and other shopping frenzies. The term Shopping Games came to mind Continue reading
Katie Reidy, the daughter of my great grandfather William Ready (or Reidy), was born in New York City on 11 October 1895.
She died on 25 July 1896 of whooping cough in her family’s tenement apartment at 303 E 110th St. Continue reading
I had previously written about cost of living adjustments (COLAs) in retirement. It is a hard subject since there are many ways to estimate this.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS; website bls.gov) has developed several tools to estimate this. They developed the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which approximates a cost of living index. But this is not simple to estimate. Continue reading
I previously discussed that President Obama and the House have proposed 2 different plans to allow you to keep your existing health plan.
In my opinion, neither is a very good idea. Both plans say they allow holders of existing plans that do not meet ACA requirements to keep there existing plans. One problem is that they allow this cannot actually do this since Continue reading
Much has been said about the millions of cancelled health insurance policies. Often the insurance company explains that these plans do not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are 2 offered fixes. Continue reading
Since I seem to be pointing out articles I really liked here is another. It is What’s the matter with motherhood? by E.J. Dionne, Jr and starts like this: Continue reading
I enjoyed Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution by Edward Caudill but did not finish it.
I liked this book and believe that evolution is by far the superior theory but that creationists are often winning the argument in the United States. At least winning much more often than the evidence would support. I am a scientist so I find it shocking Continue reading
I had mentioned last month that I had subscribed to the Wilson Quarterly for years and enjoyed it. They stopped printing paper copies so now I can get the articles on-line or on my Kindle. Continue reading
If you are thinking about upgrading your smartphone or maybe considering moving up to a smartphone, it might be a good idea to invest a few dollars in a book that can tell you what the new phone can and can’t do. And of course if it does something, you’ll want to know how. Continue reading
Supply and demand is important economically. But since the Reagan revolution in politics, we have largely focused on growing the supply side.
Now with the current emphasis on austerity, we are actively cutting more and more into the demand side.
Is it any wonder that our economy is weak and not recovery very quickly?