Saturday, June 24, 2017
God save our souls.
I don't believe in metaphor
The way I say is what's in store
Right or wrong history is past
And helps to show my lack of class.
The dollar mine is what I wear
And those with equal value share
A family crypt made of gold
While suffering is for young and old.
The uniformed come and go
Our young die because they're' told
Protect freedom at all cost
Unforgiving ways profit loss.
The world is but a resting place
That cares for the human race
All the others man and beast
Will be here to the end of feast.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
All presidents face a dilemma regarding the economy. They are judged in large part according to how wages, jobs, and retirement nest eggs perform on their watch. Yet they have little control over that performance. Growth, ultimately, is determined by long-term (and in some cases mysterious) factors: demographic trends, business innovation and technological progress, the education level of the workforce. Under the right circumstances, some measures—tax cuts, government spending—can boost growth, at least for a while. But for the most part, presidents cannot quickly influence the deeper elements that govern growth.
Source the atlantic.com SEBASTIAN MALLABY
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Saturday, June 10, 2017
The poet's joke
You say gray, and what of black
You say white, and what of gray
Never the way of knowing is neither
It matters only the moment of meter
Born in Chicago Illinois, raised in Tampa (above downtown picture), lived St.Petersburg for thirty years. A family is where ever you choose to live. Is one place safer than the next? Maybe, because children seek out friends they feel most accepted by - usually images of themselves.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Turn On Notifications
As a Russian native who has moved to the US recently I feel like I have something to share, too.
- OMG INTERNET, PEOPLE! In Russia there’s such a plurality of ISPs that it’s not uncommon to have 3–4 providers to choose from in a given apartment building. For this and other reasons the prices are much lower – in Moscow compared to $65 for 25Mbps in my Seattle apartment (Comcast only). Come on!
- The same goes for cell phone service – cheaper and better in Russia, at least in the cities.
- Banks. I have found the ones in Russia to generally have superior online banking tools and mobile apps. And the fact that there are still many credit card readers in the US that don’t have chip capability was very surprising to me! Personally, this feels so unsafe – definitely an area where the US could learn from Russia.
- Metric system. ‘Nuff said.
Also, some of the answers here are outright bullshit so I just have to interfere. INCOME TAX IN RUSSIA IS NOT 13% –(see note 1) if you count Social Security, Medical and Pension taxes that are hidden because they are paid directly by an employer. Even many Russians don’t know or care for this fact – a neat accounting trick indeed! Now compare this (see note 2) to an in the US and also note that the income tax rate is flat in Russia – which IMO sucks badly – and it’s a very different picture from “Oh look, they have 13% income tax, awesome!”. Nope, sorry, not true.
And better education in Russia, honestly? At least a VERY debatable point. The fact that it’s mostly free is really nice, though, and there definitely ARE some high-quality universities. Most of higher education in Russia is garbage, however, so having 53% of college graduates doesn’t really mean anything.
Finally, I’d like to say that every country has some good and bad things about it, so take my words with a grain of salt.
Thank you for reading.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Anyone can write poetry, philosophers and kings
Who can write the words that say, listen to what I mean
That interest young and old, blind and deaf as well
Propel them to the stars, or to the depths of hell.
Savant you say, he means no harm while wid'ling away
Both time, truth and sanctity hard earned by all each day
This message clear to anyone when lofty words do prey
On man both fool and king, enlightened and dismayed.