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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Resume of the Future

Somewhere along the line, colleges convinced the business world that a college degree was a good measure of ability. It is becoming apparent that is not the case. I believe the resume of the future will contain the following, and maybe a college degree:

1. A portfolio: as is commonly used in arts and creative fields.
2. A bar exam: as is used in the professions.
3. An apprenticeship: which has fallen out of favor into quick, cheap, internships.

The Power of Money: Round Two

Backing a currency with electricity.

There's an addition reason why electricity is an ideal backing for a currency. Power consumption is strongly correlated with economic activity, so in a growing economy, as demand for power rises, the value of the currency would increase. In a recession, it would decrease. It has built-in monetary policy.

The Market in a Generation

I was reading the Economist Blog, and to sum up, until the U.S. economy is delinked from oil, it's not going to recover. I think it shall never recover, because the transition period will last until the cohort risk of baby boomer retirement, and their mass sales of assets to fund said retirement--made even more massive by their reduced value and the decrease in savings from the recession--will force the price of assets down. We'll go straight from an oil-linked recession into a retirement-linked recession, and may not see a recovered market for a generation.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Demand and Healthcare

Perhaps the rising cost of healthcare is entirely due to the rising age of the Baby Boomers. They have overwhelmed every social institution they've come across, so why should the healthcare industry be any different? As they age, they demand more and more healthcare, so naturally the prices are rising in face of demand.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

God is Imaginary: #19 "Notice You Ignore Jesus"

Notice You Ignore Jesus

I will begin by acknowledging that they are right. We are too focused on money, and too focused on ourselves. We are ignoring the poor, and failing to do what He commands.

Yet this is a defining feature of Christianity. When we compare ourselves to the law, to the perfection which God demands, we can do nothing but hang our heads in shame. It is by no means a reason that God is imaginary, but a reason why we are unworthy of God. It is no more an argument for the existence of God than getting a C+ on a test means the teacher does not exist. Indeed, the very existence of a test lends credence to the theory that a teacher exists.

When reading those verses, you should recognize how great a failure you are, and throw yourself on the mercy of the court.

P.S. It should also be kept in mind that one needs the whole picture, rather than select views, to formulate doctrine. Compare the verses cited with 1 Timothy 5:8 "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." How does that change the meaning of the verses cited?

Back to the Fifty Reasons.


Book Review: Containment

Shapiro, Ian. Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy Against Global Terror. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007.

This was a very short book, which was a good thing, though it should have been shorter. It would have been a good newspaper column, but it was a book instead.