Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas Everyone

If I were God

I am not a religious person. Religion is about belief. I do not know what I believe but sometimes I do believe what I do not know; my ignorance has no bounds. Continue reading

Put Your Fingers in Your Ears and Sing Loudly

Unfortunately banking is important in every economic system. I write “unfortunately” because bankers and banks have singularly failed to understand that their decisions not only affect the wealth of their shareholders but also the prosperity of all the people who live in the regions in which they operate. So far banks and bankers have demonstrated that they cannot be trusted to discharge their duties (for which they are handsomely paid) without adversely affecting the lives and well-being of millions of folk, many of whom have no direct connection with the banks and bankers. Continue reading

The Shortest Day

In London today is the shortest day and I have an essay as short as the day. Continue reading

Why Mr Buffet?

Warren Buffet must be a very clever business man. In 2013 he added $12.7 billion to his fortune. He has a net worth of more than $59 billion and that is nearly as much as Mr Gates whose net worth seems to be more than $72 billion.

Now I have never met Mr Buffet or Mr Gates but I expect that they are or consider themselves to be nice and decent people. I congratulate them on their astuteness but I have to ask them two questions, if I may.

  1. I know that these people are renowned for their charitable giving but an increase in their net wealth presupposed that their giving was less than their earning in 2013. Is this actually the case?
  2. Why do they need money that they can never spend?

I am very puzzled by these questions and would welcome the answers from Mr Buffet and Mr Gates or any of the other world’s 2,170 dollar billionaires who control $7.3 trillion of wealth. It is hard to understand why anyone should seek to acquire so much more than they will ever need to ever be capable of spending.

The Purpose of Surveillance

It is odd how things change. In the 1970s I visited the United States of America. The security checks were friendly and the people at immigration were polite and generally helpful. Of course, the security was not one hundred percent; I was on one flight in which the crew had captured a person who wanted to hi-jack the plane and locked him in the lavatory while the plane proceeded normally to its destination, without fuss and without a plethora of armed intervention when we arrived at our destination. Continue reading

Words Come in a Rush but Words are not Ideas

Sometimes I do not have to time to write an essay which I find satisfactory. We cannot buy or extend time, either in microcosm or in our lifetimes. Sometimes the ideas are ill formulated in my mind because I have spent insufficient time thinking about the ideas. Sometimes the words flow, but the ideas are not significant.   Continue reading