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Osama Bin Laden – My Part in his Downfall

Little did Life’s Little Ironies know when pontificating on how the US Lost its Mojo (March 13th) that Obama was about to wrestle it back. It seems that the US figured out last August where FBI’s Most Wanted was hiding … Continue reading

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OK, I’ve seen the birth certificate, but what about the grocery bill?

Life’s Little Ironies has taken the extraordinary step of releasing, today, its grocery bill. This has long been a controversial topic in the bloggosphere. Some had questioned whether LLI’s had shopped at down market Big Lots or up market Whole Foods. Others speculated … Continue reading

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Cameron Gaffe Watch

Life’s Little Ironies is getting a sense that David Cameron is more gaffe-prone than his recent predecessors. Going back in history, Margaret Thatcher was always so well prepared and on top of the facts that a ‘mis-statement’, rarely if ever stumbled from her lips. I do … Continue reading

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US Government Shutdown. Why it does not add up!

Life’s Little Ironies has been thinking that with another looming US Government Shutdown it is worth asking why the UK does not have the threat of Government Shutdown’s when its finances are arguably worse that the US? Firstly, the threat … Continue reading

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A modest proposal #1 – Libraries

Apparently novelist Zadie Smith has taken to the airwaves berating the government for instituting a round of library closings. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23936767-zadie-smiths-anger-at-shameful-library-cuts.do. Of course the Government cannot actually close libraries as they are funded by local councils. But if central Government funding … Continue reading

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The US Does have a socialist Welfare State. It’s called ……

When trying to understand the global recession you invariably wander over to the ponderous economics text books looking for some clue that better explains the current situation than the mad-barking noises made by various politicians and Fox News contributors. One basic economic … Continue reading

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When did the US lose its Mojo?

In 1997 Life’s Little Ironies lived in the center of the Universe. OK that sounds like typical American hyperbole. I actually resided at 1640 Vista Club Circle Santa Clara. But in the pre-Y2k, pre 9/11 world it might as well … Continue reading

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How the Republicans view the deficit: A family parable

Imagine for one moment if you will that the fiscal deficit was a family crisis. Living with the Party family over the past few years I have observed the children run riot with family’s finances and their behavior has been … Continue reading

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Life’s Little Ironies Goes to Washington – Part One

This was an exciting week! I was taken on a tour of the Houses of Congress arranged by those who can make these things happen, no less. I have always been interested in Neo-Classical Colonial architecture and this was an opportunity to view the best examples up-front so to speak. As we were being escorted around by our congressional aides my eye caught a wonderful example of Empire style architrave and I peeled off the group to get a better look where upon I came across this large imposing double white-painted door atop with a spectactular pediment. In contrast to the Neo-Classical dominated architecture this was pure High Renaissance, almost Mannerist Continue reading

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US Military Expenditure

This website from Global issues website has soem interesting analysis of US military vis-a-vis other countries and compared with the other US Government expenditure. Most of the comparison is since 2001 when Military expenditure as % GDP had reached an historic low of about 3% so it gives an impression of massive growth since then. It has now (2008) reached about 4% of GDP, which is lower than during the Vietnam war (9%) and WW2 (40%-45%). Nonetheless the most interesting stat is that the US accounts for 45% of the entires world’s military expenditure; 8 times higher than its nearest rival China Continue reading

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