“Surveying the vast literature of happiness research, they suggest: Buy experiences instead of things; buy many small pleasures instead of a few big ones; pay now for things you can look forward to and enjoy later.”—The Haimish Line - NYTimes.com
“I met the most sexy girl possibly the one for me I feel like I could give myself to you a million times over to you. Ok this was all a plan by my friends to celebrate my birthday even my birthday had passed. they decied that since i didnt even drink on my 21st b-day that iI should at least exprience downtown. Nothing matters until the point where I am outside watching the cutest girl being given a piggyback ride by another girl. Just so happens that her BIRTHDAY pin falls on the ground. I proceed to pick it up and say “excuse me you dropped this” her friend turned around and i gave her back her pin. This is where i messed up in the slur of things given I drank a whole personal bottle before hand100 prof Capt. M i told her hey its my bday too. BIGGEST mistake and ill tell you why. As she took her pin back I told her happy bday and asked why she is being carried. Her friend responds “she lost her flip-flop” I say “Well I will give you a piggy back ride to where you need to go where are you going?” As i’m giving her a piggyback ride im asking if shes single you know flirting with her to the xtreme. When we get to the car i put her down and ask her to look at me so i can check her out and as she looks at me i lean in for a kiss. She responds by meeting me and we lock lips and it was instant. I liked this girl a lot she was cute, funny, just my type.If your reading this you know who you are you looked at my liscense and said you lied to me……………..I know but I was DRUNK.. SHIT its not an excuse can i say that i got caught up in the heat of the moment while under the influence of alcohol. One chance to show you that i could be the man for you. I would do anything for just one date one call just to show you that i can be everything you need. You had two cousins with you that I mistook as your friends. You had your number on the side of your car because you were trying to sell it I think. Light tan sedan older model.I sat in the back seat while that fight broke out and i made you kiss me before you pulled away. Please if you see this and figure out that I am talking to you email me back.”—Downtown Birthday PiggyBack Ride - m4w
“But instead of self-consciously providing Buffalo a point of greatness around which to rally, the A-K has struggled to define itself in recent years. (Everyone in Buffalo seems to know that it is a home to great American architecture, but in my experience residents seem much less aware that the Albright is anything special.) Several years ago the A-K sold off its best non-modern/contemporary art in an effort to devote its limited resources to what it has done best for the last few decades, modern and contemporary art, but handled the situation poorly. Last year it hosted the worst and most problematic exhibition any significant American art museum has shown in at least a decade.”—The Albright-Knox’s Nancy Rubins triumph | Tyler Green: Modern Art Notes | ARTINFO.com
“Mr. Hansen and Mr. Malkmus were not averse to a little 1990s nostalgia of their own, and said the lingering good feelings for the decade were understandable. While the 1960s and ’70s were defined by cultural and political upheaval, Mr. Malkmus said: “The ’90s had the Internet, great. I don’t know what really traumatic thing happened in the ’90s. It’s probably going to seem like this ideal time to a lot of people, eventually.” Mr. Hansen recalled that decade as a “weird dead zone” — he meant this affectionately — in which “we weren’t competing with a bunch of Britney Spears and superstar-type people. You could do some other things.”—Stephen Malkmus, the Jicks and Beck - ‘Mirror Traffic’ - NYTimes.com
“Once he found his footing, Mr. Chaudhry decided to give back to the community, and held an elementary-school fund-raiser in which he provided the parent-teacher organization with 25 percent of the sales. Though the $450 seemed a generous amount, the publicity he received did not seem right to him. “It felt like I got more in return than what I was giving,” he says. Just like that, the Dairy Queen began to become the center of communal good, notwithstanding its contribution to the high obesity rate recorded among adults in Berks County. Mr. Chaudhry immersed himself in fund-raising, splitting everything 50-50 so that he only covered his costs. Good for promoting the business, yes, but also good for Hamid.”—Good Will to All, With a Side of Soft-Serve - NYTimes.com
Eurobonds (and EuroVAT) are clearly the only answer
Both leaders ruled out issuing collective bonds, known as eurobonds, to share responsibility for government debt across member states, and they opposed a further increase in a bailout fund that will not be put into place until late September at the earliest. Mrs. Merkel repeated that there was “no magic wand” to solve all the problems of the euro, arguing that they must be met over time with improved fiscal discipline, competitiveness and economic growth among weaker states.
The keystrokes of a birthday greeting cost the person who enters them next to nothing, a penny in exertion and symbolic labor. But the Facebook greeting still carries something like eye contact, recognition and a smile — humanness. Which is, paradoxically, what people most fervently traffic in the shimmering cyberworld of the Internet.
But not everyone sees Facebook’s birthday-nomics as the creation of efficiencies in a marketplace of kindness and humanity. In Slate, not long ago, David Plotz decided that Facebook birthday greetings were fakery itself, and an attempt by people who offer them “to build social capital — undeserved social capital.” What was so obnoxious and opportunistic about the greetings? Plotz had an answer: “It’s all too obvious that the greetings are programmed, canned, and impersonal, prompted by a Facebook alert.”
“I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone — not even when capital gains rates were 39.9 percent in 1976-77 — shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain. People invest to make money, and potential taxes have never scared them off. And to those who argue that higher rates hurt job creation, I would note that a net of nearly 40 million jobs were added between 1980 and 2000. You know what’s happened since then: lower tax rates and far lower job creation. Since 1992, the I.R.S. has compiled data from the returns of the 400 Americans reporting the largest income. In 1992, the top 400 had aggregate taxable income of $16.9 billion and paid federal taxes of 29.2 percent on that sum. In 2008, the aggregate income of the highest 400 had soared to $90.9 billion — a staggering $227.4 million on average — but the rate paid had fallen to 21.5 percent.”—Stop Coddling the Super-Rich - NYTimes.com
The idea he and his fellow dissident German economists have cooked up is to split the European Union in two, for financial purposes. One euro, a kind of second-string currency, would be issued for, and used by, the deadbeat countries—Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and so on. The first-string euro would be used by “the homogenous countries, the ones you can rely on.” He lists these reliable countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, and (he hesitates for a second over this) France.
“Are you sure the French belong?”
“We discussed this,” he says seriously. They decided that for social reasons you couldn’t really exclude the French. It was just too awkward.
“There is smoke and grease, there is the wrist’s exhaustion, there is laughter, there is the letter seized in the clock and the apple’s tang, the river sliding along its banks, darker now than the sky descending a last time to scatter its diamonds into these black waters that contain the day that passed, the night to come.”—A Selection of Poems by Philip Levine - NYTimes.com