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Posts Tagged ‘death’

…On A Little Bit of Context

Posted by Steve on August 4, 2009

Overall population of the world: ±6,000,000,000 people.
Population of the United States: ±300,000,000 people.
Annual traffic fatalities in the US: ±40,000 people.
Traffic death impact on US population: -.013% per year.
Annual change in US population despite that: Increases.
Annual change in world population: Increases.

Not going to go into more details, but I attended a conference where I thought that was some badly needed missing context.

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…On Grassley.

Posted by Steve on March 17, 2009

You know, in certain older civilized cultures, when men failed as entirely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords.

Indeed, and well they should have, for an utter failure’s life is forfeit. The only alternative to suicide, then, is execution. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley hit upon it rightly yesterday, in his comment about AIG executives: “The first thing that would make me feel a little bit better towards them if they’d follow the Japanese model and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say I’m sorry, and then either do one of two things — resign, or go commit suicide”. Indeed. Their gross failure – and the failure of many others like them – do indeed merit seppuku or execution, and their deaths are months overdue.

But now Grassley’s saying “he doesn’t really mean they should kill themselves.”

Well, I do. As the Good Book says, the wages of failure are death.

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