One size fits all and just $20 each. I confess, I’m tempted. I just can’t decide which sweater to get for my laptop. Pepto-Bismol pink and cigarette ash snowflakes or the classic diarrhea brown?
Archive for March, 2009
I am starting to think that “Missed Opportunities” should be the credo of the marketing departments for most independent Czech breweries, come to think of it, most Czech breweries in general. Evan has commented several times about how poor our local breweries are here when it comes to using labels creatively.
- Why are there 4 city crests on the label? What cities are they?
- What is Klostermann’s connection to Strakonice?
- What did Klostermann do?
- Why is “Lager Bier” on the label in German instead of Czech?
It was only when I read his wiki entry that it became clear, and I had checked the back label, to be told the ingredients of the beer and the best before date.
But grumbling without suggesting an alternative is pointless, so here is what I would do:
- Use a complete wrap around label, rather than the more usual front and back efforts
- Leave the front section largely as it is
- On the back section, put the smallest possible barcode on it, and have it horizontal rather than vertical, decrease the size of the font for the ingredients and then give a potted biography of Karel Klostermann.
The potted biography could be something like this:
“Born in 1848 in Haag am Hausruck, Karel Klostermann was an author in both the Czech and German languages. His later writings are based in the Šumava region under the title “In the Heart of Šumava”. Klostermann died in 1923 in Štěkeň, a village near Strakonice.”
For the Japanese, JS Kirishima (DDG 174) is acting as the tracking vessel while JS Kongo (DDG 173) and JS Chokai (DDG 176) are currently deployed with SM-3s capable of being launched, according to Japanese news reports.
For the US Navy, the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is the only identified US Navy ship deployed off the coast of North Korea, but based on open source intelligence, there does appear to be two Pearl Harbor destroyers capable of AEGIS BMD supporting the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).
While Gates made clear there is nothing the US can do to “prevent the launch” of the North Korean missile system, it is very much possible for the US to shoot it down.
I have not entertained the possibility of a US shootdown as likely. I also find news reports discussing the USS Chafee (DDG 90) being deployed interesting. You see, USS Chafee (DDG 90) doesn’t have AEGIS BMD capability, although she is a very modern destroyer. USS Chafee (DDG 90) would only be deployed to protect AEGIS BMD ships from “other” threats.
Politically speaking, there are very good arguments to be made why we should shoot it down. I would run it by China first as a courtesy, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they privately supported us in that position if for no other reason than to get a good look at our AEGIS BMD capability.
While it would be a bit of an overreach, it would send exactly the right message to both friends and foes regarding the Obama administration, essentially saying “Don’t F— with me.” Under the “speak softly and carry a big stick” theory, that would set up the Obama administration to make an example of an illegal missile launch, rather than having to deal with a foreign army crisis in order to make a political statement.
It is much easier to send messages when the risks are low, but without informing the Chinese it wouldn’t be a smart option.
The first few pages of Thomas Sowell’s Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One explains the incentives that doom government do-good programs.
People evaluate political decisions on intentions and economic decisions on results. A political decision, such as using taxpayer money to bail out banks, is made to make the politicians look well-intentioned in order to win favor with voters, whether the result matches the intentions or not. Often government programs hurt the very people they’re intended to help because of unintended consequences. Yet programs continue on and grow because of the visible good intentions.
On the other hand, when I make an economic decision, like buying dinner from a restaurant, I evaluate the result. Was the dinner worth what I gave up in exchange (money, time, drive)? The restaurant workers may have good intentions, but if they don’t deliver a tasty meal in a reasonable time I won’t return.
Sowell described that his Harvard economics professor, Arthur Smithie, got him to think through potential unintended consequences by asking which policy he favored and why and then asking, “And then what will happen?” He would keep asking the last question over and over again. I’ll give that a try.
Indeed, 2009 represents 100 years since Frank Shailor and General Electric came up with the D12 in 1909. It may look like a major fire and burn hazard, but this device was the world’s first commercially successful toaster and it paved the way for the Pop-Tart you had this morning. That’s right—without Frank Shailor’s invention, nerds would surely starve. [Daily Express via Fark / Image via Jitterbuzz]
For the love of Pete America,man up already. I know it is tough out there,Lord knows Obamabi,Geithner,and Bernanke are doing anything to help. My advise is, if you feel a little stressed, to remember we have 130,000 troops in Iraq and 25,000 in Afghanistan. Do you think they are worried about the economy right now? Nope. They are worried about that guy with a rag on his head,screwing the goad,and holding the AK. Now,do your problems seem all that bad now,or are going to spas out like a 13-year old girl at a Jonas Brothers concert.
Yeah,didn’t think so,now go have that beer and man up America.