Thursday, August 26, 2004


A few random things

Alice cooper on the rock musicians doing concerts for Kerry:

"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."

In other news, I am so buying this book. I will give a review when it comes out. It is Hardball, and this line from the economist article sums it up: "Popular business books urge managers to hug their customers or find the “leader within”. Nobody focuses on what really matters in business, they argue: the profits and pleasure that come from making competitors suffer."

My sneaking suspician is that some of the strategies will be good for consumers and still get a bad rap and that others will just be economically infeasible (selling below cost for extended duration) and get latched onto by people as proof that companies are doing "evil" things that they always thought they were doing. Of course the point of the book is that companies aren't doing the evil things that they should be doing so there you go.

I also liked this line from an article in the economist on work related stress:

"The advantages of having happy and productive workers are likely to push other companies the same way. Given the vagaries of stress, preventing it by regulation is as impractical as trying to legislate against tiredness or, for that matter, boredom."

One other thing for the night, I'm going to recommend this CBO paper entitled "Effective Federal Tax Rates Under Current Law 2001 - 2014." Boy, us government bureaucracies sure know how to title papers don't we?

As usual, the Democrats and the Republicans have both decided to ignore what it says and just keep saying what they were saying all along. Here is Spinsanity's take on it.

Okay...I have to get out of the office...Catch ya all on the flip side.

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