Column: In land of blind, one-eyed man is king

August 8, 2016, by John Norris

The other night, I broke a bottle of soy sauce unloading the groceries. No, this wasn’t me being a clumsy old man. I had removed another item from the same bag, and it simply tipped over and shattered like a stage prop on the counter. Loose leaf paper is thicker than that glass. If you have ever cleaned up such a mess, you know a few ounces of liquid in a container magically translates into...

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Some Common Cents for July 15th 2016

July 18, 2016, by John Norris

The cover of The Economist for the first week of November 1997 is one of my all time favorites. Here it is, and a quick note to the good folks at the magazine: I am not making a dime from this, but thanks: If you are reading this on your phone, you might have a hard time reading the captions. On the far left, a broker is telling a client over the phone “I’ve got a...

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Some Common Cents for July 1st 2016

July 1, 2016, by John Norris

I suppose it would be appropriate to write about what I learned from the fallout due to last week’s referendum on the European Union in Britain, the Brexit. Here goes: British political leaders resign when things don’t go their way. That about sums it up. Other than that, it is hard to glean too much insight other than the world doesn’t seem to think the long-term economic impact is meaningful, at least as I type. After...

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Some Common Cents for June 24th 2016

June 24, 2016, by John Norris

Hmm. What to write about today? Last night, I stayed up pretty late watching the BBC report the results of the ‘Brexit’ referendum. I had one eye on the TV screen and another on my iPhone watching global stock futures; it wasn’t pretty. After the vote became a fait accompli, I went to bed knowing today was going to be, well, less than fun, with more than enough red ink to fill the wells of...

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