Why is it important to you?

6:03 am - Jason G. - Politics

The European Central Bank was nice enough to put together this educational video that explains price stability and (as per the sub-title) why it is important to you.

I’m richly amused by the animation techniques that allow them to dub different languages with the same animated visuals…  here’s the French, German, and Spanish versions…  The ECB usually issues press releases in 20 different languages, I’m guessing they have a video for each one.

Now if we can just get people here in the US to understand price stability…



8:45 am - Jason G. - Quotes

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.

-George Jean Nathan


Opt Out

6:47 am - Jason G. - Finances

Interested in cutting back on your junk mail and unsolicited credit card offers? Follow the suggestions on this consumer protection website:


You can also put a fraud alert on your credit files every 90 days. It’s free and just takes a phone call and a reminder on the calendar to re-request it:



Philosophy of Liberty

6:55 am - Jason G. - Politics

I’ve often wondered why I am drawn to Libertarianism…

Philosophy of Liberty is a cute little animation that tries to distill Liberty down to a format that you can share with children (though many adults could benefit from seeing it…).



6:48 am - Jason G. - Humor

As Wally says, sadness is just another word for “not enough coffee”… Yet sometimes you can have too much. Here’s a favorite except of mine…

“As I sat with a jug of Jahavan coffe, each molecule of which is
programmed to pelt round the body kicking the shit out of any alcohol
molecules it finds. I considered where to go from here…

By the time I finished the jug I was completely sober. More sober than I
wanted to be, in fact: I’d drunk to much coffee and was now too far in
the black, sobriety-wise. It made me notice things like … { insert
introspective thinking } … See what I mean? Foolish, unhelpful
thoughts. I took a look at the packet of Jahavan and saw I’d picked up
Extra Strength by mistake. ‘Warning’, it said in the blurb. ‘Anyone
except alcoholics may find themselves experiencing foolish and unhelpful

… I went into the kitchen and threw the coffee away. I don’t need that
kind of shit from a beverage.”

-Only Forward, Michael Marshall Smith


Prime Filet

6:35 am - Jason G. - Commentary

Those folks over at Second Empire sure know how to make a great steak…  And hey, they have a new website too!


Future Shock

6:43 am - Jason G. - Technology

Over at Viral Video Chart, I found this little film…

If you want to know what happens next, I’d start here…

Vernor Vinge – Rainbow’s End – a science fiction novel that does a good job presenting a world built on the foundations of Wikipedia, and Google…



6:27 am - Jason G. - Quotes

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

-Calvin Coolidge


Stupid Newspaper Tricks

6:21 am - Jason G. - Commentary

Letterman has his stupid pet tricks, and usually you can get a good laugh out of stupid criminals, but here’s a stupid newspaper trick for you…

Lottery Post:
Maine’s Morning Sentinel newspaper appears to have revealed a lottery winner’s address and social security number in a published photo.

In a story that ran in the February 27 edition of the Sentinel, Newport resident Venison Turner Jr. was pictured together with his son, holding a copy of a winning ticket worth $300,000 and the paperwork filed with the Maine Lottery. The man’s personal information is clearly visible.

(I found this from the Freaknomics Blog…)


If something is worth doing…

8:14 am - Jason G. - Quotes

We all know the saying “if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing it right.”  Here comes a logical consequence…

“Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.”
-Elias Schwartz

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