Covfefe

“In a democracy political power comes ultimately not from a gun’s barrel or a monarch’s manifesto but from a voting booth. Understanding political power in a democracy requires understanding elections. Explore a single individual deeply enough, Emerson noted, and truths about all individuals emerge. This is as true about campaigns as it is about men….

What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man, You cannot say, or guess, for you know only A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, And the dry stone no sound of water. Only…

I’m only reading “short” books from now on

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.  Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested…we are not given a short life but we make it short, and…

  The nymphs are departed. And their friends, the loitering heirs of city directors; Departed, have left no addresses. By the waters of Leman I sat down and wept . . . Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song, Sweet Thames, run softly, for I speak not loud or long. But at my…

“A solution still seeking a problem”

This is the best article I’ve ever read about Bitcoin and crypto-currency – and why cash is still king. I have a friend in Edinburgh who, late last year, was invested heavily in crypt-currency; when I pulled out a bill to pay for lunch, he asked condescendingly, “You still use fiat currency?”  He kept buying…