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February 8, 2014

What’s in a name?

Filed under: Economy,Notes from the Household — hannah @ 5:37 am

Every so often I check the Google to see what’s new in the shadows or the underground economy or even the black market. Several different terms for the same entities, in this case people who trade and exchange goods and services without sending a “cut” to satisfy their tax obligations, signals quite unequivocably that there’s confusion about. That was obvious when the U.S. encountered “insurgents,” “terrorists,” “Iranians,” “extremists” and ethnic fighters in Iraq and simply refused to recognize that the invasion had spawned a resistance and legitimately so. And here, in the economic realm, we’ve got the same problem even as more terms are being invented.
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November 16, 2013

Of Dollars and Lords and Vassals

Filed under: another perspective,Hannah's views,Notes from the Household — hannah @ 10:42 am

This is an idea that occurred to the brain during the night. It may not make any sense, but I want to write down as much as I remember.

When Richard Nixon liberated the U.S. dollar from the bands of gold in 1971, he did it, he said, to prevent foreign speculators from undermining the value of our currency. That there might be ancillary, long range consequences from the devaluation of a relatively scarce metal for the two authoritarian nations, the Soviet Union and the Union of South Africa, most dependent on gold production to finance their global purchases, did not, according to Nixon, influence his decision.
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September 5, 2013

1991

Filed under: hannah news,Notes from the Household — hannah @ 5:24 am

Somehow, this post lost its title yesterday, but the program saved it anyway without a title. Good thing. It took a long time to scan all this stuff.
http://hannah.smith-family.com/?page_id=7745
I suppose I should mention that younger son, having prudently saved all his medical records, was ultimately not sent off to the Persian Gulf and only missed a semester of his University studies.

September 4, 2013

1990

Filed under: hannah news,Notes from the Household — hannah @ 6:14 am

http://hannah.smith-family.com/?page_id=7724

September 3, 2013

1989

Filed under: hannah news,Notes from the Household — hannah @ 4:52 pm

http://hannah.smith-family.com/?page_id=7697

September 2, 2013

1988

Filed under: hannah news,Notes from the Household — hannah @ 5:38 pm

http://hannah.smith-family.com/?page_id=7650

August 5, 2013

Obesity

Here’s a thought. What if obesity is a consequence of the effort to shut people up by stuffing their mouths with food. Are people being fed so others don’t have to listen to their critiques or even nonsensical speech? If so, then are anorexics merely resisting, instead of going along?
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July 17, 2013

Heat Wave

Filed under: hannah news,Notes from the Household — hannah @ 7:21 pm

In honor of Joshua’s birth, were having a heat wave. What’s annoying about New England weather, we’ve decided, is the gross fluctuations in temperature. One never has time to get used to a dramatic jump or fall. Summer and winter it’s the same. However, in the summer, the heat distresses the train tracks, so all the trains are late.

July 16, 2013

Why I wanted to become a nun.

Filed under: Notes from the Household — hannah @ 10:53 am

Why I wanted to become a nun.

I was reminded of it this morning as I donned my uniform of t-shirt and shorts. Of course, as a nun I wouldn’t be wearing shorts, but it was the uniform that appealed. Also, the solitude and the silence enjoyed by a cloistered order.
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July 4, 2013

The Genesis of Social Stratification

Filed under: Hannah's views,Notes from the Household — hannah @ 8:31 am

Again. Much as I hate being redundant, it seems it can’t be helped. So, this morning’s musings on the authoritarians.
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