Author Archives: odeboyz

Relative Income and Personal Happiness

Sara Solnick and David Hemenway found that most people would prefer (pdf) an income of $50,000a year when everybody else get $25,000 than an income of $100,000 a year when everybody else has $200,000. If all of us become worse … Continue reading

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Britain’s Ceases to be a World Power, December 1943

The USA entered the European theatre following Hitler’s unbelievable declaration of war in December, 1941. Over the next two years, huge numbers of American troops entered Britain. Dwight D Eisenhower became Supreme Commander in Chief of Allied Forces, December 1943, … Continue reading

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Books! Do you remember them?

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An honest judge

Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers. “So,” he said, “I’ve been bribed by both of you.” Both lawyers squirmed uncomfortably. “You, attorney Leon, gave me $15,000. And you, attorney Campos, gave me $10,000.” The … Continue reading

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Theresa May really, really needs Tony Blair to rescue her

“Tony Blair did not sit at the pinnacle of power for double-digit stretch without having a first-class capacity to master any brief, however dodgy, mount any argument, however specious, slide past any question, however difficult, parry any critique, however piercing, … Continue reading

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That’ll teach them

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Hard Work in the 1970s

Bob died some years ago and was a formidable builder. He and I gravitated together. We teamed up on small construction projects, with the occasional larger job. Once we were in The George, just off of Lea Bridge Road, Hackney. … Continue reading

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