Monthly Archives: December 2016

Jamie Dimon Talks Trump

“I think it’s a reset moment for how businesses are going to be treated: 145 million people work in America; 125 million of them work for private enterprise; 20 million work for government—firemen, sanitation, police, teachers. We hold them in very high regard. But you know, if you didn’t have the 125 you couldn’t pay for the other 20. Business is a huge positive element in society. But for years it’s been beaten down as if we’re terrible people. So I think it’s a good reset.”

Worth a read.

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Today’s Quote: 23 December 2016

Advantage is a better soldier than rashness.

–William Shakespeare, Henry V, III.6

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Word of the Day: Jolabokaflod


Icelandic for “Christmas book flood”

“The culture of giving books as presents is very deeply rooted in how families perceive Christmas as a holiday. Normally, we give the presents on the night of the 24th and people spend the night reading.”

I really must visit Iceland next year. It sounds like my kind of place.

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Today’s Quote, 22 December 2016

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” 

– Soren Kierkegaard

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Trump, Tyranny and True Evil

… when we were brought face to face with tyranny—with a kind of tyranny that surpassed the boldest imagination of the most powerful thinkers of the past—our political science failed to recognize it.

—Leo Strauss, On Tyranny

The fearful cries against President Donald J. Trump on the grounds that he is a tyrant in the making would have more credibility if a yuuge swath of Western media and political elites had not spent much of the last century missing, ignoring or excusing the worst tyranny in human history.

This Christmas Eve, celebrate the 25th anniversary of its defeat.

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How to Change the World

I saw someone save his own life today.

Some things happen slowly, but conversion can be fast. That moment when someone’s entire frame of mind changes and they can’t continue to act as they did before.

When someone walks into the office and you’re not sure if it’s their twin.

The formal word for it is metanoia.

If people are stuck in the wrong mindset, these moments are how they save their lives, all at once.

And when they save themselves, they create more space to save others too.

If you can change people’s minds, you can change the world.

We don’t think enough about how that happens. We forget it’s even possible.

But it’s real. I saw it today.

Here’s Scott Adams on the art of persuasion. Self-recommending.

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Robots are Stealing our Eyeballs

First they came for our jobs, now the bots have started to hijack our reading. 

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