Month: November 2019

I recently gave you the rules of this game in a post called Schadenfreude as Tax Policy. The original trolls, who lived under bridges and looked nasty, were actually a good bit better than today’s trolls, who gallivant about on social media picking fights. Today’s trolls are kind of like boys who can’t get dates, […]

Many years ago, when my daughter was in middle school, the mother of one of her close friends gave her daughter a cell phone. As far as I know, she was the first of her group to have one. At the outset, this seemed like a splendid thing and it was, no doubt, the source […]

Conjure in your mind the image of a terrorist who is sometimes called a fighter. If the latter there is often a prefix like ISIS, for example. The image rarely varies from a young male whose face is hidden by a bandanna or a ski mask. Sometimes he has the semblance of a uniform but […]

The first most important thing about taxes is to have someone else pay them. Sadly, most everyone knows this, and the others are busily setting about making you pay theirs. Hence, you are most unlikely to win this battle. The fallback option is to remember that if you want more of something subsidize it, but […]

Who’s Morfy? I have a son in law of Scandinavian ancestry and, when grandchildren appeared, I decided to find out about grandfather name customs from his part of the world. Turns out, they are defined by the relationship of the grandparent to the grandchild. As the father of the mother I became Morfar, now shortened […]