Friday, 29 August 2008

Ross Garnaut

On Bloomberg TV.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Ancient Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire 1

Rome was once a largely democratic society, with regular elections. This Republic lasted for 500 years, but then came Tiberius Gracchus. He believed in the ideals of the Republic - fairness, decency and justice for everyone -but was appalled by Rome's aristocrats' treatment of the poor. So he unleashed the power of the mob upon the streets of Rome, with devastating consequences.

Brandenburg Concert No 3

excellent!

STEELY DAN - THE ROYAL SCAM

Flashback to my youth!

Steely Dan - Any Major Dude Will Tell You

Nice Song..

7/20/2008- Peter Schiff On Charles Osgood's Sunday Morning

Worth a watch.

Nov 2006 Peter Schiff Mortgage Bankers Speech Part 1 of 8

Peter had it right! Watch it!

Mr Mortgage on the Fannie/Freddie Crisis

Worth a watch

Friday, 15 August 2008

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Inside USA - Al Jazeera English

Ancient Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire 1



Rome was once a largely democratic society, with regular elections. This Republic lasted for 500 years, but then came Tiberius Gracchus. He believed in the ideals of the Republic - fairness, decency and justice for everyone -but was appalled by Rome's aristocrats' treatment of the poor. So he unleashed the power of the mob upon the streets of Rome, with devastating consequences.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: the prophet of boom and doom

link

1. Scepticism is effortful and costly. It is better to be sceptical about matters of large consequences, and be imperfect, foolish and human in the small and the aesthetic.

2. Go to parties. You can't even start to know what you may find on the envelope of serendipity. If you suffer from agoraphobia, send colleagues.

3. It's not a good idea to take a forecast from someone wearing a tie. If possible, tease people who take themselves and their knowledge too seriously.

4. Wear your best for your execution and stand dignified. Your last recourse against randomness is how you act — if you can't control outcomes, you can control the elegance of your behaviour. You will always have the last word.

5. Don't disturb complicated systems that have been around for a very long time. We don't understand their logic. Don't pollute the planet. Leave it the way we found it, regardless of scientific ‘evidence'.

6. Learn to fail with pride — and do so fast and cleanly. Maximise trial and error — by mastering the error part.

7. Avoid losers. If you hear someone use the words ‘impossible', ‘never', ‘too difficult' too often, drop him or her from your social network. Never take ‘no' for an answer (conversely, take most ‘yeses' as ‘most probably').

8. Don't read newspapers for the news (just for the gossip and, of course, profiles of authors). The best filter to know if the news matters is if you hear it in cafes, restaurants... or (again) parties.

9. Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.

10. Answer e-mails from junior people before more senior ones. Junior people have further to go and tend to remember who slighted them.