Thursday, August 09, 2012

Forbes’ Rich Karlgaard
  • ’Roids. From Steve Sailer on one of his fave subjects, HBD and sports, related to the Olympics.
  • Lance made suffering cool. Lance is like a secular Jesus. His suffering and ultimate triumph gives hope. This hope is why most weekend cyclists, along with most cancer patients and survivors throughout the world, DO NOT WANT TO HEAR about the possibility of Lance and steroids, Lance and human growth hormones, Lance and EPO, Lance and blood transfusions. We do not want to hear that Lance Armstrong cheated to win. Millions of us have too much invested in Lance Armstrong to learn otherwise. LRC once rhetorically asked why not come clean (ha) and have drug-enhanced sports. Because the customers still buy the myth of pure sports.
  • How tech is changing health care and especially college. As Jim C. has mentioned here, Khan Academy. More. I don’t believe the Luddites’ and the granolas’ scare posts on how the ’Net is turning people more autistic. I like Steve Jobs’ saying that these computers are a (exercise) bicycle for the mind. I think it’s made me smarter anyway.
  • How Visa is a Silicon Valley company.
  • Why the Facebook IPO flopped. Yes but I think Cracked spoke for most of us about LinkedIn. When it was hacked, we didn’t give it a second thought. ‘I think my boss two jobs ago linked to me.’
  • Free enterprise builds peace. The good sense of ‘money talks, bullsh*t walks’. Procter & Gamble. This global titan first reached $1 million in annual sales in ... 1859. Think about that milestone: It was two years before the Civil War, two decades before electri­city found its first practical use in Thomas Edison’s lightbulbs, a lifetime before the Wright brothers demonstrated powered flight at Kitty Hawk and a century before television soap operas, of which P&G was a prime sponsor. ... The company was started in the 1830s by William Procter, an English candlemaker, and James Gamble, an Irish soapmaker. Rather than squabble over the tense political topics of the day, such as Irish home rule, they put aside their differences, married sisters and built a company. Love and enterprise bridge all gaps. Nikola Tesla’s lightbulbs but anyway.

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