May 8, 2012
commented on It's Time to Embrace Inflation
I just want to say how great it is that this discussion has become one based on people who have differing opinions (albeit with the same objective) who are offering up actual information to support their opinion. The original post and the earlier comments made me think that The Stranger had gone to hell in a handbasket. Thanks for restoring my faith.
@24 You are quite right other than in suggeting that what you are saying is what Goldy said. He said nothing of the kind and that was the problem.
@29 Thank you!
Generally speaking, direct stimulus would appear to be a decent alternative but experience (see Great Depression followed by stimulus) is probably not effective in getting us out unless it is massive beyond anything anyone could imagine (see Great Depression followed by WWII which is what snapped it).
Ultimately some longer term sensible financial management (the kind that virtually anyone could understand) is probably the best formula. Control spending better and increase revenues from people who are least harmed by the increase and who have benefitted most by living in this country ( i.e. don't swing for the fences and don't score a home run, don't steal bases, just work on that "on base" %).
May 8, 2012
commented on It's Time to Embrace Inflation
Until I got to @21 and @22 I wondered whether anyone here actually followed the news and had a clue of what was going on. Is it really possible people were not aware that we have been dropping money from helicopters (Helicopter Ben is Bernanke's nickname) for years?
We are part of a global economy and our money is the world currency. So you have think about the fact that when we print more money it can easily go anywhere in the world since that is, in effect, their currency too. And it has, we have arguably caused inflation in many emerging economies.
It is also in the interest of the government to keep reported inflation down because it has a direct impact on things like national debt, social security, etc. It makes our ridiculous debt crisis even worse (although ultimately the only way we will get out of it is by carefully inflating it away).
Despite the under-reported inflation numbers, common sense and everyday experience will easily demonstrate that inflation is already underway. Don't use the complex calculations of the government market basket - look at how much your basket cost and tell me it isn't getting much more expensive.
The only thing you seem to have glanced at getting right is that net debtors (almost everyone, and esp. anyone that owns a house with a mortgage) usually benefit from inflation if they have fixed interest rates. Obviously the asset values rise with inflation, but fixed interest rates don't change.
It's a complex subject, but I have rarely seen it put worse or less correctly. It does you, The Stranger, and your readers a serious disservice to just spout whatever you think without having a clue, or at least backing up an opinion that is at odds with virtually anyone who has a basic understanding of the economy.
May 6, 2012
commented on The Selfish Gene Goes to War
Genes do not have "desires" and so anything that comes after that assumption is irrelevant (i.e. everything Wilson says).
Apr 9, 2012
commented on Education Is Everything
I wore a uniform and let me assure you that there is plenty of room for individual expression even in a black suit - your picture could have been from my school. The guy in the red shoes would have been expelled. I had no problem wearing a uniform, but the fact that it was an all boys school was damaging to most of the boys socialization.
Jul 4, 2011
reviewed Po Dog
1. It IS overpriced. And don't give that crap about "more food". If you just get a plain dog with nothing on it, it' still a rip.
2. They do things to a hot dog which shouldn't be done IMO. It's be nice if they just made a high quality, simple dog. It's un-American not to.
3. The dog is taste is overall pretty lame... not a good grilled dog which would be seemingly so easy. Why oh why can't they do that.
Jul 3, 2011
commented on The Formula Is Broken
Paul. It looks like your readers are not quite on the same page with you and I have to agree. Campbell didn't come up with the idea of the hero story and it was popularized as a theme long before him (as I'm sure you know). Stories of course can be told in less conventional ways but often still have an underlying journey and hero - whether that be anti-hero or obtuse journey. You should check out Vladimir Propp 1921 Russian Folktale structures for a pre-Campbell model.
I think Star Wars was the cause of the hero story success in Hollywood. It was a poorly acted movie with no star talent (at the time) that was a legendary success. Hollywood rarely tries to do anything new and so they have been trying to remake Star Wars ever since. Campbell was often mentioned in the same sentence as Star Wars by the critics.
Jun 13, 2011
commented on Possibly the Worst Idea Ever
Bethany you are SO SO RIGHT!
And I just love Seattle for all the other misanthropes who posted here.
Communal tables are bogus, if I want to eat with somebody I'll bring them.
Jun 5, 2011
commented on Boston Red Sox to Create "It Gets Better" Video
I think it's great that the Sox are doing this. You would be hard pressed to find a place more racist and bigoted than Boston. Sure, the intelligentsia isn't so bad, but even among them there is a right wing faction. The people who file into Fenway are the people who have to hear this message. Great job Dan and Terry.