Simon posted the following last Thursday (Thanksgiving Day):
I’d like to briefly pass along two interesting articles and one video that have struck me recently, and should you find the time today for a quick dose of reality, I highly recommend them.And, of course, let's not ignore the U.S. Congress and its own insider-trading scandals--all "perfectly legal" (for them; just not for anyone else). You know, regular citizens get thrown in prison, for years, for far less obvious infractions than these "ladies and gentlemen" engage in. But who are we to question?
The first is from Ross DeVol of the Milken Institute The Eight Best Innovation Ideas From Around the World. [Very inspiring! --JAH] Now, while it’s hard for me to support state-sponsored anything, DeVol does a great job of underscoring one of our primary points in this publication– countries around the world are starting to offer huge incentives and COMPETE for the best talent, labor, and capital.
From Singapore to Finland to Switzerland to South Korea, DeVol breaks down just a few of the places in the world that have made key policy changes to attract foreign businesses, professionals, and investment.
The second is a short article profiling Chinese professor and TV host Larry Lang’s recent comments during a lecture he gave in mainland China. In Lang’s words, the Chinese government is on the brink of bankruptcy, and that “every province is Greece.” [Disturbing! --JAH]
We’ve been beating this drum for quite some time, and if just a fraction of what Lang is saying pans out, the implications to the global economy will be severe. It makes me happy to be in Chile at the moment, working hard on our resilient community.
The last is a short investigative clip from German television
. . .shedding light on the corruption and personal gain that goes on in the halls of the European Parliament.
It’s just another example of the political class criminally enriching themselves at the expense of the taxpayers. [Fascinating to watch political "leaders" scramble like cockroaches out of the limelight! --JAH]