The light in the end of the tunnel is probably just a train

A week ago there was a rerun of Fun with Dick and Jane, the 2000s version, and it reminded me of the cyclical nature of the economy. With the one-year anniversary of the Lehman collapse around the corner I had to remind myself that the movie built on scandals of Enron and WorldCom. The beginning of the 2000s was an exciting time to study business and economy. Various crashes and scandals succeed each other and after each one we try and convince ourselves that it won’t happen again – not now when we know that it can happen.

I see this pattern time after time. Real-estate bubbles, Asian Crisis, Baring Bank, DotCom bubbles, Accounting scandals, the Polly Pecks, the Enrons, the WorldComs, the Lehmans, the AIGs, the Parmalats, the Fannie Maes, the Icelands and the Madoffs. How can we criticize efforts to prevent actions that are borderline if not full out fraudulent? I believe that the invisible hand might need a hand sometimes and that Obama’s ideas are genuinely sound. But when I hear that it looks like we made it I get cynical. Well, perhaps Bernanke is right but so what. I’m just curious how we’ll fuck it all up next time.

I’ll finish off with a little quote:

If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it. And if it dies, nationalize it.

The fucking Mondays

Some would say the glass was half full, some would say half empty, I just wish it was vodka in it. Today started out crappy and just went on being a really crappy Monday. With the little optimism still residing in me I just hope it’s upwards from here.

Let there be light

For some time this place of the web has been too dark and it’s time to turn on the light. Exactly what will be found in this light is hard to say. I cannot at this point say exactly what topics I’ll cover. However, it’ll most certainly be about living a good life whatever that means. Sometimes I might have to air my thought on what’s going on in the world and maybe I’ll cover different web, PR and communication topics.

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