Archive for August 2017

Fáfnir Wasn’t German, Was He? (Don’t Know About Smaug)

From an article in Mining.com, linked from Naked Capitalism: Germany’s central bank completed Wednesday its plan to bring back home 54,000 gold bars it had in vaults located in New York and Paris to beneath its Frankfurt headquarters, three years ahead of schedule… …The lender said it ‘thoroughly and exhaustively’ tested all of the bars […]

If We Can Somehow Bring Ourselves To Take the Long View, We Probably Should….

Revised from a recent comment of mine on this Crooked Timber thread: A sort of Marxist point about our present distempers: the conditions of existence have changed, probably irrevocably, for the Scots-Irish coal miners of West Virginia, the libertarian ranchers of the West, and the industrial workers of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and they’re not happy about […]

Okay, Never Mind Decency. Have You No Sense of Irony?

A question for Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, and all the rest of the Confederate flotsam and jetsam clinging to the present occupant of the White House: The White House, that supposedly august parsonage of liberty’s American church, was built by black slaves. Do you really think you can make us forget that?

Consolation

I don’t know in the world’s great house we were raised in different rooms maybe and passed on stairways you along the wall me already more than half way over the railing Was it then we began sending each other pictures? I was wearing the shirt you made me The way the sun was you […]

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

If you go down in the woods today, you better not go alone. It’s lovely down in the woods today, but safer to stay at home…. Courtesy of Furrious Leader (a Wookie amongst the Ewoks, as he never tires of reminding us):