October 2011

23 October 2011
Croziervision quote of the day

“Their shouting could be heard down the corridor in the concert hall where an orchestra was about to play the EU’s anthem, Ode to Joy,” said an incredulous EU official.

All is not well between Merkel and Sarkozy.

If you were ten times richer would you be ten times better off? Because I think the answer is “no”.  Which kind of undermines the argument about inequality which seems to be getting quite an airing these days.

09 October 2011
The early days of gun control in New York

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From the (London) Times, Tuesday 10 October 1911:

Many respectable citizens are giving up their weapons rather than pay the heavy licence fee, but few of the really dangerous classes are doing so.  Shooting affrays continue to be frequent, burglars and highwaymen carrying pistols as before.