Is my flight from IAD to LHR (scheduled departure 7 PM) going to take off or not? JUST IN: Heathrow airport has suspended departures due to "drone sighting". https://t.co/Rve1LoJ3Pb pic.twitter.com/BuMnJCPvGg — euronews (@euronews) January 8, 2019 https://twitter.com/euronews/status/1082709878320316417
Today at 7 PM Eastern, I am leaving on a jet plane for Mumbai via London. Flight plan: IAD to LHR to BOM. Track flight from IAD to LHR: Virgin VS 22. Track flight from LHR to BOM: Jet Airways 9W 119. Bye for now.
It makes good sense for the slave master to persuade his slaves that idleness is a sin and he's doing god's work when he flogs the slaves to work harder. The harder the slaves work, the more the master can take for himself. But of course the real motive has to be concealed and clothed … Continue reading In Praise of Idleness
Even though I know precious little about the formation of mass psychology, I am certain that how the citizens of a nation collectively view the world must have a causal relationship with the fortunes of a nation. As individuals we are singularly powerless to alter the environment we grow up in. We have to take … Continue reading Government as the Overlord
Sudipta, a dear friend in the Silicon Valley, asked me to comment on a March 2013 article titled "Orphaned currency, the odd case of Somali shillings." The piece is about how the Somali shilling continued to circulate even after the Somali central bank was literally destroyed in the civil war around 1991. The bank notes … Continue reading The Peculiar Case of the Somali Shilling
The Winter Solstice began yesterday at 5:23 PM Eastern Time. It was the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere. Around here (Latitude: 39.68N Longitude: 75.75W) the length of the day was approximately 9 hours and 21 minutes. Happy Winter Solstice. Here's a track from George Winston … Continue reading Winter Solstice Greetings
I normally don't do numbers. But in this post, I will have to refer to numbers because wealth and poverty have to be understood quantitatively too. So let's do the numbers. It is an amazing fact that extreme poverty has fallen both in absolute and relative terms. The world’s population living in extreme poverty has … Continue reading Economic Growth, Population and Poverty Numbers