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1 Jul
London again. 8 lively, different Sunday papers. Some great writing, some fun, some hysterical but happy change from boring Sunday NYT.


The Euro

5 Feb
Euro can only work if whole euro zone becomes German, which ever-increasing productivity. Surely impossible, may yet take years to bust.

5 Feb
If Britain had joined euro it would be in even deeper doodoo than already. Cheap pound compared to year ago only thing keeping state going.

29 Apr
Europe needs growth strategies as well as scrapping entitlement culture. Very hard with euro choking everything.

26 May
Why should Germans have to pay Greeks for laziness and cheating? Now Spain in real pain, next comes shocks from France. More.

26 May
Majority of public never wanted Euro to be foisted on them by political class but nobody saw today’s awful but inevitable cost of collapse.


Tax Loopholes

18 Jan
Romney tax uses long-term legal loophole. carried interest makes all fund managers rich. Time both parties stopped selling out to Wall S

19 Jan
Carried interest tax racket. Billions over many years. Why and where has Obama been?

26 Jan
Absolutely pay full income taxes plus NY state plus NY city! No joy, but no dodges.

29 Apr
Social fabric means all. Must wake up before coming apart more. That includes closing tax loopholes for rich people and companies.


California

14 May
Watching California richest most beautiful inventive state anywhere busy driving people out, going broke.

14 May
Middle America mostly in great shape and spirit, versus both coasts almost opposite but with some great exceptions.

20 May
Back from crazy California. Cutting great universities and schools, building 10 Bn fast railway to nowhere. Huge deficit can’t fill.

26 May
Back to LA today! Another mess, beaches, parks being closed as counties run out of money. School system disaster, 50 percent drop out.


Crowds

31 Dec
Vacations great time for thinking. St Barth’s too many people. Thoughts best kept private around here. Like London!

2 Jan
NY cold and empty, even central park. Nice!


Clouds

28 Jan
Back in the land of the free. First sight of blue sky in ten days. NY beautiful.

19 Feb
Miracles do happen! Sun shining in London.


Being Cold

25 Mar
Back in LA. Cold after warm London and NY.

18 Jun
Glorious sailing and very cold swimming in Croatia. Big excitement tonite if they win Euro football. Back to work in two days.


Snack Gouging

15 Jan
Agree about cinema prices which out of our controlbut even more offensive are prices for popcorn and sodas.


David Cameron

19 Feb
Alex Salmond clearly most brilliant politician in U.K. Gave Cameron back of his hand this week. Loved by Scots.

26 Feb
Britain strange. Month ago Cameron anti-business every chance, now equally pro-business. On the road to Ed Milliband!

1 Jul
Cameron usual double talk about EU. will consider referendum on membership after euro crisis cured which will be never.

1 Jul
Cameron again. Missing last opportunity for devastating row with Lib Dems and winning single issue election! Govt weak bar 2 or 3 stars.


Politicians, Generally

14 Feb
To hell with politicians! When are we going to find some to tell the truth in any country? Don’t hold your breath.

15 Apr
Economic problems made by waves of politicians making impossible promises. Now the bills are arriving.

30 Apr
Governments worldwide have borrowed 100 trillion last ten years. Defaults inevitable sometime soon. Means crash, hurting rich and poor.


Hate-Tweeters

23 Jan
Why can’t we have sensible tweets. You’re mainly just crazy and fun to read. No loss of sleep here.

10 Feb
Please keep tweeting. I read all but how about cleaning up language? Incidentally most credit me with non- existent power and money.

15 Apr
Tweeters who don’t like particular newspapers don’t have to buy them. Thousands of crappy blogs available.

5 May
Seems impossible to have civilised debate on twitter. Ignorant, vicious abuse lowers whole society, maybe shows real social decay.

7 May
One or two tweets on FCC okay, but hundreds identical Just phony and abuses twitter. By the way, what law?


Pessimism

31 Dec
Have just. Read The Rational Optimist. Great book.

13 Apr
Economists state Americans in real terms grew 700 percent in last 100 years by tech inventions electricity, cars, stainless steel etc.

13 Apr
Now we on cusp of new wave of tech transformations to beat last century growth. Big data, smart manufacturing and wireless. Exciting!

29 Apr
Re-reading Rational Optimist. All should. Western world’s psych needs turnaround and encouragement. Plenty to celebrate.

29 Apr
Public education real threat to social fabric, but great inventions continue. Change coming everywhere next five to ten years. 29 Jun Tough week, but went better than I expected.

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