Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saturday Summary [finally]

In 2009 Elinor Ostrum won the Nobel Prize in Economics. Unlike the many men who've won in economic Ms. Ostrum did not study the competitive nature of economics; she studied economic cooperation. It takes a woman.

In fertility clinics where couples are able to choose the sex of their children, 75% choose girls.

For every two men who graduate from college these days, three women graduate from college. Let's have three cheers for women!!!

For a real change of subject: Three new books: Washington's Rules: America's path to Permanent War by A. Bucavich, Reasons to Kill: America Chooses War, R. Rubenstein, and The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris by P. Blimart all chronical why the U. S. has been at war almost uninterruptedly for 30 years. Shortly after I read this list I saw a cartoon which showed three generals sitting around a table. One was saying, "The good news is I think peace can be avoided."

The giant Tata Motor Company of India introduced an affordable automobile hoping to put less fortunate Indians behind a wheel. The Tata Nano only cost $2900; but it has been a flop, with only 509 sold. A rival small car called the Alto, priced at $6200 sold over 30,000 in the same period of time.

More finances: the Malibu, CA house that Bing Crosby bought for $2500 in 1920 was bought by Robert Redford in 1982 for $2 million. It's probably worth twice that today.

Finally in medicine: between January 2006 and January 2009 the high tech inplantible defibrilator heart device which costs $35,000 each was been implanted in 111,707 people at 1227 hospitals in America. A recent study showed that 25,000 of the people who had the device implanted did not need it.

Sorry to have so few pieces of good news to pass on the first of this year.

6 comments:

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

June -- All good pieces of information. Here are three cheers for women. Upset about the Congresswoman today. When will all this hate stop. -- barbara

June Calender said...

Thanks for your note, Barbara. I see a dilemma: I strongly beleive in freedom of speech but I also believe that as long as the public media, which now also includes the internet, spews hate, paranoia, bigotry and violence, people mentally unbalanced people will be inspired to violence. Having easy access to guns contributes, of course.

schmidleysscribblins said...

Interesting post June. I like your name. It was my Mom's name. I will be back. Dianne

Kass said...

Interesting tidbits.

I don't understand inflation. I don't understand economics or politics. It all seems so confusing and at cross purposes.

Travelin'Oma said...

My mom was also named June and I have two granddaughters with June as a middle name. So cute. Thanks for your comment on my blog. It's fun to connect through the blogosphere!

schmidleysscribblins said...

I also have a granddaughter with the middle name June.