Monthly archives: July, 2013

I know I don’t know what I don’t know, but do you?

I have heard that “ignorance is bliss,” but I wonder. I don’t consider myself blissfully unaware of anything. That is to say, I’m certain there are many things I am unaware of, but the fact that I am ignorant of something doesn’t make me feel blissful. Quite the opposite: I am ashamed and……


The difference between now and then

The Pentagon Papers revealed that the Vietnam War was an unnecessary lie that resulted in the deaths of over 58,000 young, mostly lower-income and working class Americans (and lest we forget, approximately 3.8 million Vietnamese). We know this because of Daniel Ellsberg (former military analyst/RAND Corporation employee, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to……


Paradise, but only for those able to afford it

Although the cost of living in Hawaii is among the highest in the U.S., people earn less here than they could doing the same job on the mainland. A lot of jobs here pay the federal minimum wage, only $7.75 an hour, which isn’t bad when you consider the federal minimum wage for……


The root of all our problem$ and answer to all our prayer$

In July 2013, it was announced that NYSE Euronext would be taking over LIBOR to restore its credibility. Since most people are unfamiliar with what this means, here is a quick primer:

LIBOR = London Interbank Offered Rate. LIBOR is the global benchmark for short-term interest rates. This rate is……


Why own when you can rent?

My father had a reel-to-reel tape player when I was a kid that I have seen in pictures and I vaguely remember 8-track tapes. I listened to albums until around 1988, by which time I had also amassed a sizable cassette tape collection, but traded the whole thing for a handful of CDs……