Happiness and Money

Most people don't believe the saying that 'money can't buy happiness.' There's a sense that with enough money, happiness follows automatically. The key, of course, being how 'enough' is defined.

There's science (assuming that one believes economics is a science) that says money does have a strong relationship to happiness, but it's not a simple linear relationship.

German Football Hooligans and Islamic Law

Are football hooligans defenders of western civilization? Interesting news from Germany reported in this Soeren Kern article: "Hooligans from rival football clubs have temporarily set aside their mutual hatred for each other in order to unite against a common enemy: radical Salafists who are bringing Islamic Sharia law to Germany."

The A-10 Warthog

The retirement of the A-10 Warthog is a recurring topic in circles interested in the air-to-ground support mission, and most of the stories exude sentimental attachment to the plane. Like WWII Marines and their battleships, it's easy to love this Warthog and argue for its retention.

The Politician and the Frog

From the Wall Street Journal today:

"On the night of his 2012 re-election triumph, following his victory speech, President Obama walked off the stage and made separate phone calls to Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic campaign chairman Steve Israel . He told them he would spend the next two years helping Democrats retake the House in 2014, and he pledged to raise $50 million and devote his 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina to the task."

Boilerplate

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew." Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln's quote was delivered to reflect the circumstances of the Civil War, and as a call that something different must be tried when one is faced with an emerging disaster, it's indisputable.

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