Saturday, June 13, 2015
Out Just in Time, by the Looks of
In the valedictory post of The Sweden Report, a blogger describes a nation with a ... limited time horizon. Among many other things:
Since there is a delay in the changes in the school system, it is only in recent years the full impact of the knowledge-averse "progressive" school system is starting to be felt. Hard facts are largely irrelevant; the important thing is to sit in a group and discuss things until a consensus is reached. But with no hard facts to base the conclusions on, it becomes an exercise in futility because it's all random assumptions and opinions. As a university-level history student (!) was quoted as saying in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet the other day: "Why would all these dates matter? Who cares in what order things happened?"The "About" page of the blog sums things up as follows: "As an American citizen currently living in Sweden, I find that the simplistic view [of Sweden as some sort of mixed economy paradise] is rather outdated." I'll forgive the author for saying "outdated" when he should have said "deluded". There was never a time when food and poison could be mixed safely.
That's not exactly fertile soil for creating the researchers and engineers of the future.
"[P]ressuring yourself to remember something actually interferes with the recall process." -- Michael Hurd, in "Exercise Your Memory!" at The Delaware Wave
"You don't have to impose yourself on others, but you don't have to fake it, either." -- Michael Hurd, in "Make Your Relationships Real" at The Delaware Coast Press
Zimbabwe to Corner Market on Wallpaper?
I see that Zimbabwe is finally scrapping its hyperinflated currency, for which I long ago calculated an exchange rate in Mardi Gras doubloons:
Bank accounts with balances of up to 175 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars will be paid [five U.S. Dollars]. Those with balances above 175 quadrillion dollars will be paid at an exchange rate of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars.The story also notes that some Zimbabweans sell notes to tourists.
The highest -- and last -- banknote to be printed by the bank in 2008 was 100tn Zimbabwean dollars. It was not enough to ride a public bus to work for a week.