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"Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice" - Adam Smith

And another thing...

Written by Junksmith | Friday 26 September 2008

A message from a good friend of Junksmith:

Did you see the bit of news last week that had a Labour MP for Halifax, bemoaning the potential loss of jobs in her constituency as a result of the merger between HBOS and Lloyds – because HBOS was the second biggest employer in her constituency!! (after the Local Authority) How the hell does the largest UK provider of mortgages employ fewer people than the Local Authority of the town they just happen to be located in….???

He's got a point, you know...

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Written by Junksmith | Thursday 25 September 2008

Clowns in Zippo's Circus have been forced to down trumpets because their three-minute sketch would require them to apply for a live music licence at every location they perform. Circus chiefs say that is too costly and time-consuming for travelling circuses.

But Jacqui Kennedy, the Director of Regulatory Services ['Regulatory Services' ???] in Birmingham, where they are currently performing (or not performing) is uncompromising: "We do not condone unlicensed events," she said.

I would think that if Ms Kennedy tried to prosecute a troop of clowns under this daft law she'd be laughed out of court.

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Written by Junksmith | Saturday 27 September 2008

The moral of the story: vice shares outperform ethical investments.

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Written by Junksmith | Tuesday 30 September 2008

A friend of Junksmith forwarded him this email:

1. Teaching Maths In 1970:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for £100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
 
2. Teaching Maths In 1980:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for £100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or £80. What is his profit?
 
3. Teaching Maths In 1990:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for £100. His cost of production is £80. Did he make a profit?
 
4. Teaching Maths In 2000:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for £100. His cost of production is £80 and his profit is £20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.
 
5. Teaching Maths In 2008:
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of £20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers.)

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Written by Junksmith | Thursday 02 October 2008

The Guardian's Will Hutton believes the only viable British Paulson plan - bar a £500bn-plus international loan - may require us to join the euro to win the support of the whole of the European economy and the ECB as part of a pan-EU initiative to create `good banks` for Europe.

Just goes to show, sometimes the cure's worse than the complaint!

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Written by Junksmith | Saturday 04 October 2008

The IG Noble Awards from Improbable Research.

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And Another Thing...

Written by Junksmith | Monday 06 October 2008

There are benefits during a financial crisis. 

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And Another Thing...

Written by Junksmith | Tuesday 07 October 2008

The Scots have taken Adam Smith to their hearts and given him their customary welcome, while also sympathetically protecting him from the pigeons...

Hat-tip to Scottish Diary

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Written by Junksmith | Wednesday 08 October 2008

Does the free market corrode moral character? Here Michael Walzer, Michael Novak, John C. Bogle and others give their answers to this question for the John Templeton Foundation.

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Written by Wordsmith | Thursday 09 October 2008

Who knows that 'gove' means "to stare stupidly"? This man does; he has just finished reading all twenty volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary.

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