Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


Making errors: business vs politics

Last Sunday's blog, Panic in Beijing and its original Bloomberg article, made me realize that there is a difference between business and politics that is easily overlooked. Unlike businessmen, politicians are not allowed to make serious errors, especially in countries like China. Despite that seeing is believing, (communist) ideology is (much) stronger than seeing....

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What to do when there’s no solution or alternative?

I have a dilemma and don't really know what to do besides my acceptance of a certain decision. The how of that decision is the center of my dilemma. I fail to see a solution - or an alternative - for that how. I'm afraid that the how will cause hurt and pain and possibly even regret and/or remorse. Strictly speaking, the model of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004)...

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World of Debt

My blog title has been borrowed from a recent Project Syndicate article: A World of Debt. Early 2018, I published my blog Deficits, Losses, and (Government) Debt. My 2018 diagram (obviously) excluded the impact of the 2019-2023 pandemic, which created lots of new government debt. With hindsight, my 2018 diagram contained too much and too little information. Hence,...

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The ingredients of a happy life (Axios)

Axios Finish Line title: The ingredients of a happy life By: Mike Allen, Erica Pandey and Jim VandeHei Date: 26 April 2023 "Just 12% of Americans classify themselves as "very happy," according to a new Wall Street Journal-NORC poll. So The Journal asked them what drives their happiness. 💡 Why it matters: The share of Americans who say...

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Inflation: cash flow versus home equity

Most articles about inflation focus on cash flow and argue that inflation is bad. Some articles on inflation (eg, my 2021 blog) focus on home equity and argue that inflation is good. Actually, both perspectives are (generally) correct. This article will elaborate on this apparent contradiction. Inflation impact on cash flow: Cash flow IN (eg, salary): Inflation...

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‘Live free and die?’ The sad state of U.S. life expectancy (NPR)

NPR title: 'Live free and die?' The sad state of U.S. life expectancy NPR subtitle: Life expectancy continues to decline in the U.S. as it rebounds in other countries By: Selena Simmons-Duffin Date: 25 March 2023 “Just before Christmas, federal health officials confirmed life expectancy in America had dropped for a nearly unprecedented second year in a row...

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