Power & sex sometimes get mixed up with each other, leading to sexual indiscretions. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, recently accused of sexual assault, knows this all too well. As a member of the French Socialist Party, perhaps he was taking “from each according to their ability; to each according to their needs” just a little bit too personally.
Another man who recently got into heat with the media is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently was revealed to have fathered an illegitimate child. If he were not such a public figure, this might not be such big news, but since he is, it is. It must not be easy for the family to have the spotlight shone on them like that. I enjoyed watching his movies when I was younger, such as Terminator 2, and his story starting from Austria to California is pretty interesting. Sad to see him and the family get caught up in this, but surely he knew what he was getting himself into and he needs to take responsibility for his actions.
So, reader, what do you think? In another day and age, this might not even be news. After all, men in power commonly had mistresses or multiple wives, and sometimes the women did not have much choice in the matter. If the king wanted you to be his mistress, could you reasonably refuse? Thankfully our ideas of moral norms have evolved since then, but perhaps not enough. Do men in power still get somewhat of a free pass?
When technology can be too smart for its own good…
As an aside, we finally bought a TV for our condo, watched a movie on it, and man did it look weird! The movie was too “smooth”, like it was a TV soap opera or like it was recorded with a home video camera. It made the movie feel really cheap. We were missing that movie experience, and I figured maybe it was because the TV was just too good for the DVD we were playing. Well, in a way it was: apparently there was a “movie smoothing” option that increased the framerate from the default 24 to a much higher rate using motion interpolation. After we disabled that, the movie felt like a MOVIE again. It’s a neat effect, but why would the manufacturer enable that by default? :S
Posts of the week
Here are the most recent posts on Invest It Wisely:
- Why I Support Ron Paul for President 2012 – The one politician that will actually fight for you. He has opened my mind to what liberty and freedom really means.
- Weekend Reading: Evil Still Exists Edition – Evil still exists, and we should not grow apathetic to the plight of others, even if they do live halfway across the world.
- Future Imperfect: How to Prepare for an Uncertain Future – The world as we know it is changing rapidly. Keeping up with this change is not only easy. How can we better prepare ourselves for an uncertain future?
- Will Oil & Gas Stocks Rise Again? (Beating The Index)
- Canadian Finance Carnival #36 (Canadian Finance Blog)
- Totally Money Carnival #19: The New Oreo Edition (retireby40.org)
- Grocery Store Seafood: What to Eat and What to Avoid (Mark’s Daily Apple)
- Can You Live Off Your Dividends? (The Dividend Ninja)
- Is the Bull Market In Silver Finished? (101 Centavos)
- Market Timing And The Myth of Loss Aversion (Financially Consumed)
- William Bernstein Praises Millionaire Teacher (Andrew Hallam)
- Bitcoin: a new “peer-to-peer currency” (boingboing)
- Conscription Is Slavery (Overcoming Bias)
- Dealing with Advertiser Criticism (Budgeting in the Fun Stuff)
- Highest Speed Limits (Frugal Zeitgeist)
- How To Trick An Employer Into Hiring You (Financial Samurai)
- Pyongyang and Mt. Myohyang (The forbidden railway: Vienna – Pyongyang 윈 – 모스크바 – 두만강 – 평양)
- Review: Teen Mom (The Ultimate Juggle)
- Tips For Setting Priorities And Getting The Right Things Done (Everyday Tips and Thoughts)
- The Man Who Successfully Challenged Five Speeding Tickets Using Traffic Photo Timestamps (GIZMODO)
- The Money Aspect of Piracy (The Amateur Financier)
- April 2011 Financial Goals Update (Mom’s Plan)
- Getting Out Of Debt (Buy Like Buffett)
- Power Saving Technology that Helps You Save Money on Energy (Sustainable PF)
- When Being Generous Doesn’t Pay Off (youngandthrifty.ca)
- Wow..Debt Really is a Motivator (First Gen American)
- Why your financial resolutions might have failed (My Own Advisor)
The Economy and The Government
- Mises on Action (Mises Daily)
- So You Thought The Debt Crisis Was Over? (The Wise Buck)
- State or Private-Law Society (Mises Daily)
- The Economy Is Sliding Into A Stagflationary Spiral (The Daily Capitalist)
This video raises quite a few interesting points, although it does have its own agenda and I believe it is too cynical as far as the value of college education is concerned. My own experiences were mixed.
So what’s going on with that debt-ceiling, anyhow? Is a ceiling really all that useful if it is always extended? Sure, it gets people talking, but can it actually force meaningful change?
Thanks for the support and the great comments everyone; I always appreciate it, and hope you all have a great weekend.