I would just like to re-emphasize my appreciation for your kind donation to the cause. Volcanic ash is a drastically under-utilized resource, and this makes the procurement of it such a frightful bore. Needless to say the foundation is deeply grateful to you for trucking six tons of it up the mountain and spreading it all over our terraces. Please feel free to avail yourself of as much coca as you can carry whenever you care to drop by.
I was just thinking how Wayne Huizenga built the Florida Marlins from the ground up. They played their first game in 1993, and they won the World Series in 1997. Huizenga sold the team in 1998. He still owned the Dolhins for much longer and never won it all. Are we saying that winning a World Series is comparatively easy? Getting that Superbowl victory is much harder? What exactly is the story there?
I think it’s kind of obnoxious that Huizenga dropped into Baseball, won it all and then dropped out again. I think though, that it demonstrates once and for all that these “competitive balance” fools are just a bunch of whiners. The people in KC and Pittsburgh should be upset with their ownership and management structures much more than with the fact that NY and Boston spend so damn much. The Red Sox have always spent a fair bit, but they lost for 86 years straight. Only since John Henry and Tom Werner bought the team (finance billionaire, creator of Cheers et al) took over and installed a few bright minds did the Red Sox start to win World Series.
Basically, the statement is that anybody can do it, and the real clubbiness of Major League Baseball is the competition in management schemes. All the rest of this noise is just excuses. Very much akin to Arab countries vilifying Israel: if they didn’t have their populations so full of hate, they might start thinking about the lack of electricity and indoor plumbing. Bad for the leadership….
Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. Lehman brothers complained bitterly when it was happening, saying it was bullshit they were being excluded from the bailouts which were being handed out left and right. (Bear Stearns apparently didn’t count)
Now it turns out that Lehman was full of shit. Big surprise.
Here’s what the problem with this is. America’s system is set up so that taxes and regulation of corporations remain low, or “lower” than most other countries. The burden of regulation is taken up by the ability of private citizens/shareholders to litigate against corporate malfeasance. This always happens after the fact.
This latest round of giant corporate and Wall Street crooks identifies a larger problem that will very likely bring this country down. The permissiveness on the front end is apparently not going to work out indefinitely. The argument in favor of “Too Big To Fail” is that the pain everyone will experience as a result of certain conglomerates going down is too great to preserve the principles of market forces retribution for corporations that exercise poor/criminal judgement.
As the entire country moves further along the line of “personal irresponsibility,” so does the corporate culture and the entire system of culpability. This just makes it easier to act in an irresponsible manner. Apres moi, le Deluge.
With the federal government - in effect, the larger community - picking up the tab for these failures, everybody breathes a sigh of relief that a major crisis is averted. However, the people with their fingers on the levers or crisis-engines are disincentivised to avert future crises. Further, the Federal Government now lacks the power to undo another such crisis. Who will lend whiskey to the alcoholic?
When the United States (which really is actually too big to fail) fails, there will be no one even capable of resuscitating it. Our way of life will be completely at an end. I cannot understand why our elected leaders are running around desperately trying to assume further economic obligations in the form of socialized medicine when their own fiscal collapse is staring them in the face. Do they realize the number of people who are going to die when the United States defaults on its debt? It’s a problem that has nothing to do with Trial Lawyers, Doctors, Hospitals, or Insurance Companies. It’s a problem that has to do with the collapse of the Rule of Law. See: Haiti.
So yes, this sounds like a lot of doom-and-gloom, but the people who worked at Lehman for the last five or ten years are not all going to go to jail. Even the people who temporarily parked as much as 50 billion in debt off their balance sheets for a day while they reported their vital statistics to the SEC are not going to go to jail. They have too much money to spend on top-notch lawyers to go to jail. And if they did, it would have less of an effect than a lethal injection on a Texas inmate has on a cuckolded husband in Georgia.
The only way to pull out of this spiral is to adopt ridiculous, draconian austerity measures with regards to Federal Spending. If something like Health Care Reform is enacted, it would need to be repealed immediately. Housing and Urban Development, gone. Agriculture, Interior, Labor, and Transportation, severely curtailed. More than anything else, however, is the need to end United States Military interventions and occupations. I don’t just mean Iraq and Afghansitan, I mean Germany, Japan, and Korea. Huge chunks of our budget that we do not have are going to the policing of the world. A job we are not even doing very well and that is thoroughly resented by our neighbors.
I won’t even talk about social security, but the days of wine and roses are at an end. Start planning for your (bleak) futures, people. The fat pigs in Washington haven’t quite caught on to the fact that there’s no more gravy in the troth, they’re just eating their own shit now…
Right. So there’s a jackass in New York who blogged about making cheese out of his wife’s extra breast milk. Soon some jackasses who go to his restaurant were asking him for the breastmilk cheese because they like to think of themselves as hipster foodies. Or perverts. Possibly perverts.
HOWEVER, before I go ahead and start making value-judgements it might be smart to think about the fact that humans have gone ahead and turned the lactation cycle of a subject animal into an industrial processed food. The genesis of this was no doubt back in the day when humanity was in its transitional period during the Neolithic Revolution. When you’re in the process of trying to figure out if you can shift from a nomadic hunting-gathering setup to a permanently-settled agricultural society, you’ll probably try just about anything to increase your static food sources. So, cow’s milk is as good a thing as any (oysters) to try.
I recently started to avoid drinking milk, because while I believe it used to be a wholesome and nutritious food source possibly even as late as when I was growing up, the increasingly industrialized techniques used to produce the milk are degrading the food value of the product. Which is fine, they can do that. I’m just not going to drink it anymore. I’m presently dicking around with things like “Almond Milk” to have my cereal with. It’s okay.
The circuitous point I would like to make about breastmilk cheese chef and his wife is, if you guys have so much extra breast milk lying around that you can make cheese out of it (and they can’t actually, they have to add cow’s milk to it to get it to curdle up right) then you should probably indulge your foodie nerdery in the privacy of your own home. People have all kinds of funky hangups about this sort of thing and the guys who invested in the restaurant that you’re a chef at probably don’t want all those hangups brought to bear on their investment.
As perverse as it is to drink cow’s milk in the first place, people have gotten very used to the idea over the last 10,000 years or however long it’s been. Breastmilk from women is also totally cool, right up until the baby is teething or can talk, whichever comes first and/or is more painful. Once you start watching documentaries about nine-year-olds breastfeeding, things start to get a little wierd.
Once you start floating your breastmilk chees out on your blog, things also start to get a little wierd. So yeah, don’t complain about losing your job, or the restaurant shutting down due to a lack of business, or bizarre, hateful people shouting obscenities at you. You’ve had twenty or thirty years to live in the world, and as long as you’ve been around animal cheese has been totally available, and human cheese has not. I’m not saying there’s anything right or wrong about that one way or the other, but knowing that’s the lay of the land, dropping trou in the town square and shouting “I’M AN INNOVATOR!!!” almost never goes that well.
Unless you’re Martin Luther and the local Prince has been racking his brains about how to repatriate Church Lands.