An Interesting ‘Parable’ on Economics

I saw a story on economics on Facebook and thought it was quite well put. I figured it’d be interesting to share. It is posted from this website – Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”.. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on) These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?
Neither could I.

Food for thought.


Game Life

The mandrosphere is as varied in topics as it is in the range of how deep each topic is explored. In terms of game, some men use game solely on the basis of chasing women. Other men call for gaming life itself, and not limiting one’s potential by not applying game’s principles to all areas of one’s life.

More and more I am moving into this camp. There may be other names for this (or different parts of it) such as having charisma, being operational, being savvy, and etc, but the idea is still the same. You want to get the most out of your life for the least amount of effort. That is not to say you can just work smart and not hard – I advocate working both smart and hard. But the harder you work now, the smarter you can work later and not have to work as hard.

As for how I came to write this post:

A couple of weekends ago, on Thanksgiving furlough, I made plans for two girls to come over my house and stay the night. They were going away for Thanksgiving and driving back on Sunday, so I couldn’t spend time with either of them earlier in the week. I assumed one of them would cancel (too tired from driving) so I didn’t think planning for two girls on one night wasn’t sound. I had met them both off POF (foreign girls) and so I know how flaky girls can be. The day they’d be coming, one of them cancelled and one of them, I had not heard from. I made plans with a third girl to watch a movie before I would have met up with a girl who was going to visit for the night. It ended up that both girls that night cancelled on me. So when I saw the movie, with movie girl, she came back to my house to “get directions” and I ended up fucking her that night. Had I not planned to movie, I probably would not have gotten laid that night.

This weekend, I planned to go home to meet up with a Colombiana one night and to meet up with fellow blogger the next day. I couldn’t get any rides from family or friends home, so I started to look into taking a taxi and a bus. The day before I would have left, one person told me they could take me home. I agreed to pay for gas in exchange for the ride. Because I thought I had a sure thing, I neglected to even check taxi or bus rates or times. The next day, when I got ready to go, I went to my friend’s room, and lo and behold, she had already left the previous day. The problem was more due to a failure of communication than anything else, but, had I arranged to take a taxi and bus as a back-up, just in case, I would be getting home right now.

Have a good week end.


How to Run 10 Miles

In the current Zeitgeist of fat apologism, the world’s collective waistline increases constantly at an alarming rate. Corporate interests, feminists, and fat-asses have cooperated, conspired, and colluded to change the public perception of attractiveness and establish that obesity is a medical condition and not a crime against vitality itself.

It’s in times like these that the men and women of today, more than ever, need to know how to trim the inches from their waist.

I advocate running. If you run 10 miles a week, you will never be overweight.

I used to run 10 miles twice a week in high school. My running schedule allowed me to eat whatever the hell I wanted and increased my recovery by several orders of magnitude. That is to say, my recovery from workouts, injuries, and all night benders was faster. To this day, I actually wake up earlier and easier when I have gotten a good night’s drunken rest (the no hangover part is probably a function of my youth). When it comes to stripping body fat – running had the most noticeable effect of anything in my earlier days.

The way I did it was simple. I ran a circular path in my high-school past a tennis court, through a golf course, through a parking lot, down a school driving, onto the side-walk that passed my dorm and past the tennis court again. The distance was such that one lap was roughly one mile, if not a little more. One day I ran one lap. Two days later I ran three laps. I continued like this on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Three laps became five laps. Five laps became seven laps. Seven laps became nine laps, and nine laps became ten. I always ran with music and got started right away so my mind didn’t have time to convince me not to run. I ran in the snow. I ran in the fog. I ran in the dark. Little stopped me from running.

By adding on a little bit extra to my run each time, I was able to go from running one mile to ten in three weeks. Learning from that, I often take large tasks and break them up into more manageable chunks. I also got a confidence from being able to run ten miles. I felt like most people I knew could walk ten miles, let alone run them. This new found confidence in myself, reinforced by the remarks of people who watched me run formed part of the foundation of the start of my journey into the game.