Thinking about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs today, comparing individualistic versus collectivist societies.

And then, remembering the kid on the playground who ended the game by saying, “It’s my ball and I’m going home,” while reading about the U.S. and Iran trading words over a no-longer flying electronic gizmo called a drone.

Will Brazil clear the Amazon rain forest in my lifetime?

Will governments shrink as retirement/pension plans are taken away from workers, thus decreasing the desire of people to get quasi-guaranteed-for-life government jobs?  How will decreased tax revenues (a/k/a redistribution of wealth) change sociopolitical behaviour in the longterm?  Is there a destabilising effect by fewer government bonds being issued?

Should the leaders of MF Global be hung by their short and curlies as a lesson to everyone else who says, “Well, sure, I was the head of the company — ‘the buck stops here’ and all that — but I’m just there as a leech to earn a big salary, using my face recognition as a selling point.  I have no idea what I’m doing and certainly don’t know what’s going on in the company.  I use coded words and phrases all the time — management doublespeak — how am I supposed to know which code words or phrases are actually interpreted and implemented by my employees?”?

Is there a tipping point in biodiversity for our species?  Do we really want to find out?

What is the economic impact of Burt Rutan’s new venture?

Insects fly past the window.

A solar cell charges a battery on the front deck.

How many times have you gone out on a date with someone you met via an e-dating site and the date tells you, after meeting you in person, “Oh, well, I’m really serious about someone else”?  We use coded words and phrases all the time.  It’s up to us to figure out how to change our tactics/behaviour to hear different words and phrases the next time.  Remember, insanity is hearing the same thing over and over and expecting to hear something different even though you haven’t changed.

Thanks to Garrett, Linda, Tiffany and Heath at Cracker Barrel; Batteries Plus; Sophie’s link to a Simple Guide to Having Fun; those who don’t use mobile phones, the Internet or electronic social networks.

Time to have fun away from the computer-connected global subcultural meme set.  I assume the freedom of the Internet will be here when I get back.

Oh, and hey, be careful out there when buying Chinese real estate — the price of nest eggs in China DOES have an effect on you right now.  Somehow, I feel like I’m repeating myself, repeating myself, myself, myself, self, my, oh my…

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