Unexpectedly Intriguing!
12 March 2007

China. Subprime lenders. Trade deficits. Low orders for durable goods. Oil prices. All have been suggested as reasons why the stock market dropped so sharply on Tuesday, February 27, 2007. Feh. If you really want to point a finger at the culprit personally responsible for shaving so many billions off the value of assets held in equities in just one day, point it here....

Hey look! Gasoline rationing is coming to oil-rich Iran! Sure they call it a rationing system, complete with coupons allowing the purchase of a certain amount of gasoline at a specified "market" price with additional amounts able to be purchased at a much higher level than the defined "market" price, but isn't this proposed rationing method, given the reasons behind it, really just a kind of progressive Pigovian tax? Does this mean that Ahmadinejad has joined the Pigou Club?

And because we mentioned Iran, for the sake of historical balance, we must now consider Greece....

Being fans of the ancient history surrounding the early survival of Western Civilization against outside forces, the more we hear about it, the more we want to see 300. It's now only a matter of choosing between a regular movie screen and IMAX.

On a related note, why is it that writers with experience in writing for comics seem to produce much higher quality work and more compelling stories for the movies and television than their peers with resumes exclusively dominated by screenwriting credits? Frank Miller, Joe Straczynski, Neil Gaiman, Joss Whedon and Alan Moore, to name just a handful off the top of our head, are among those whose work on the big and small screen stands out from the pack - so much so that we'll seek out their next projects in the theaters more than we care about who's directing or starring in their scripts or scripts based on their work in the comics (although to be honest, the names involved are very interesting!) Just a thought, Hollywood: More, please.

Why do we have this nagging feeling that Hollywood's response to our request might be cribbed from Dickens?

Question of the Day: How comfortable would you be with the idea of having members of the Teamsters Union, or for that matter, any politically-active labor union, "duplicate" 1 out of every 7 ballots in your county's elections? Better Question of the Day: If that prospect doesn't bother you, what does that say about your honesty and integrity as a citizen in a representative democracy?


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