Category Archives: Standard of Living

my children attempt to use the sink

The most amazing thing happened the other day. I had led my children into the bathroom at a restaurant, they used the facilities, and then they walked over to the sink to wash their hands. I was at the correct … Continue reading

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a reality check on american standards of living

From an excellent article entitled 16 People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here: When my husband moved here (to Canada) he was a Chilean living in Spain. When he first arrived, he couldn’t believe how … Continue reading

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the terrible ending of the bet

The Bet is a very informative book by Paul Sabin. Sabin, an environmentalist, has nicely documented the history of the environmentalist doomsday prophets (e.g. Paul Ehrlich) and the prophets of plenty (e.g. Julian Simon). He does this through the events … Continue reading

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eating twice a day is gluttony

In Athenaeus’ Banquet of the Learned, he quotes Plato talking about his visit to Italy. Now Athenaeus lived around 200AD and Plato lived around 400BC, but both authors seem to think of multiple daily meals as exuberance. Here is Plato … Continue reading

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anarchy in the walled city

All this intensity of random human effort and activity, vice and sloth and industry, exempted from all the controls we take for granted, resulted in an environment as richly varied and as sensual as anything in the heart of the … Continue reading

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ocd – a sign of prosperity

In a recent article on Huffington Post, the author details her own struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is “characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry; by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety; … Continue reading

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miracle fatigue

The modern world really doesn’t understand our current wealth. A large section of society even believes they would be able to survive off the land if they were forced to do so. Nature wants to kill us, it is only … Continue reading

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mortality and the western mindset

There is a very interesting article on the blog Experimental Theology in which the author discusses the difference between educated Western sensibilities and those of prison inmates. I’ve read some of the most scandalous passages in the bible to men … Continue reading

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the simon- ehrlich bet

“If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.” – Paul Ehrlich, 1971 In 1968, Paul Ehrlich published the book “The Population Bomb”. The first couple sentences of the book … Continue reading

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minimum wage maximum economic ignorance

Huffington Post is it at again. Showing their disdain for science, a new article declares that: The minimum wage debate is a shining example of the left’s vigor and academic prowess. Sadly, that is true. The minimum wage debate is … Continue reading

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