• When a successful entrepreneur stops investing and starts donating, paradoxically, he slows down the economy somewhat.
  • The brits must have done something right cause their ex colonies rule the world…
  • If people stop having kids once they realized that they were more of a financial burden than a pension…why were they having them?
  • The Chinese Com Pty is hooked on selling goods to USA. US govt is hooked on selling paper to the Chinese Com Pty.
  • If rich people need poor people to be rich, who r the poor that make the Scandinavians so rich?
  • Piracy of US content has led to Chinese who want to be “American”. The world can’t afford this.
  • Will the MBA of the future be a file transfer into our brain?
  • China is now a nation of lone children.
  • Most of the GDP of the world is concentrated in 7 times zones out of 24. So r most of the people.
  • Why r most rich countries socialist at home and liberal abroad?
  • USA has a very poorly distributed income still it is better distributed than in “socialist” Venezuela.
  • Why do most rich countries support the welfare state but not the welfare planet?
  • Why don’t we elect the secretary general of the UN in a global election?
  • In capitalist NYC the rich pay much higher taxes (48%) than the rich in comunist China.
  • Land should be taxed if left unused. Patents should be taken away if left unexploited.
  • They should teach intro to consumer society at schools so kids learn all the tricks that advertisers use on them
  • Humans r still killed by animals. As we grow smarter our rivals get smaller.
  • Spain’s presidents don’t speak English
  • education for entrepreneurs should be based on problem solving rather than memorization
  • Cultures of innovation, homogeneous: Nokia, diverse: Google
  • To promote organ donation they should give organ priority to those who declare themselves donors
  • China is the biggest contributor to global warming now, but the one who suffers desertification the most.
  • As the Chinese go for religion again the poor become christian and the rich budhist
  • Plug in hybrids has the big advantage that cars are charged at night.
  • Plug in hybrids are a distributed solution to our inability to store electricity
  • In the Hudson River they r testing current based electricity generation.
  • I like novels that manage to explain what science has fail to understand
  • If knowledge is 100 I think that in 1800 we were at 5 and in 2007 we r at 10
  • I can understand people who believe in God slightly better than those who believe in any organized religion
  • Some predict political demands will increase in China if the economy stops growing. I think the opposite.
  • Jews believe that the world was created 5768 yrs ago. 5.768bn would be almost right.
  • Now that we have C sections, will brain size continue to grow?
  • USA co’s beat other countries because USA’ co’s can attract best from those countries
  • A true love story can’t have a happy ending
  • Before science was discovered religions used to evolve.
  • An avatar in Second Life consumes as much electricity as the average Brazilian
  • Worldwide internet related emissions are now equivalent to those generated by the airline industry
  • Most marriages fail because being everything to one person is just too hard
  • The treatment of pedestrians by car drivers says a lot about a culture
  • Most work a third of the day for a third of the year. Should people be defined by what they do at work?
  • Is the real death of a person the last time somebody thinks about them?
  • If u want to go fast go alone if u want to go far go in a group, African proverb
  • Tutu is the only religious figure who makes me like religion
  • You Tube should launch You tube Live for people to have live web casts of long tail sports events
  • Politicians are people who are particularily trained in acting slowly.
  • The key to successful parenting is that your kids get it by the time u don’t anymore
  • Apple proves that decline does not mean extinction and it can be reversed.
  • all currencies are sinking except the euro and the pound, when are the Arabs going to stop holding dollars?
  • France still has to do the reforms that Germany did. Without this and with the euro at 1.42….
  • All students should have a laptop, but not during class.
  • The test of self esteem: when you find someone who has done something great, do you feel admiration or envy?
  • In the US there r more black people in jail than in college
  • the internet is an extension of our neural system, in a few centuries we will connect ourselves to it
  • Japan’s population is aging and shrinking but the Japanese still reject immigration as a solution.
  • The problem with capitalism and democracy is that capitalism, as China and Russia show, does not need democracy.
  • The trouble with some journalists is that in their eagerness to tell the truth, they imagine it.
  • Time mag talks about winning the climate war. Why do Americans think so many problems r “wars”?
  • To rule in NYC u need $, in San Fran talent, in Paris elegance, in Madrid humor, in London all of the above.
  • 2 competing urbanization models, downtown vs suburban fight it out around the world
  • The Holocaust survivors who founded Israel thought that Christians were far more dangerous than Muslims to Jews.
  • In ancient times kings were very rich, now the very rich r kings.
  • On the average children are the poorest people in the world. Is that partly because they can’t vote?
  • All children of UN countries should have one year of common education around how to get along with each other and the earth.
  • When will we stop saying that Europeans discovered America and say the simple truth: that they invaded it.
  • Why does my native Argentina reinvent the wheel when it gets to economics (price controls) and politics (Peronism instead of right and l … …
  • A German Politician is proposing that marriage be a 7 year renewable and not a lifetime committment
  • if stats show that spaniards read less books, spend less time on the net, see less movies than northern europeans, what do they do?
  • Divorced parents with kids still have a lifetime relationship in a way.
  • pinging is so much more energy efficient than crawling!
  • Dollars r the new pesos! Funny
  • A historian is a matchmaker of the past and present.
  • If it wasn’t for that we still pay for stuff in the real world the ad supported virtual world would cease to exist.
  • While many worry about Iran going nuclear Pakistan is and it’s on fire.
  • high school is the last time in your life in which you are expected to be good at everything
  • I am frequently surprised how quickly Americans call strangers amigos. Facebook is the $15bn amigo corporation.
  • The best combination: Europe’s values, America’s creativity and Asia’s drive.
  • If global warming increases plant mass. Shouldn’t climate change be self correcting?
  • Downloading requires a lot of time and hard drive space. Streaming sites are much easier and cheaper to use.
  • Spanish is an underepresented language on the internet because hispanics love to talk in real life!
  • We should start a campaign on the internet against the frequent attacks from traditional media. Si a la red! Yes to the internet!
  • American incomes look very high til you divide it by the amount of hours they work or convert it to euros.
  • Chavez likes to say that you are either with him or with Bush. Many of us find both pathetic leaders.
  • At my home streaming sent to the big TV is replacing satellite TV
  • Marriage’s challenge: it’s hard not to underdeliver when u start with such an overpromise.
  • what goes up must come down…. unless it goes into orbit
  • if carriers implemented number portability, google should implement ranking portability so u can take your blog to another platform
  • my twitter is only quiet when Loiclemeur is asleep in California 😉
  • if internet advertising is so great, why do people dislike mags without ads and instead dislike web sites with ads?
  • If property is theft…. what is poverty?
  • Wikipedia is a collective approach to reality.
  • A living organism is a genetic plan looking for approval
  • PCs of all kinds should be considered cultural goods and move around the world duty free.
  • selling marijuana is illegal, selling weapons is legal ??!!
  • The reason infectious disease does not succeed wiping us out is that we r the pathogens homes. They could but they also need a place.
  • That the US has not been attacked again proves that civilians at home do a much better job than the military abroad.
  • For a country having tons of oil is a curse. Hard for citizens to come up with anything that beats money pumped from the ground.
  • Many foreigners believe that USA is a dictatorship because what they get to see, US Foreign policy mostly is.
  • Is the US bad loan a 50bn write off or a half a trillion write off?
  • Charity is not sustainable
  • Everything changes but flying hasn’t changed in 30 yrs.
  • why are internet companies taking over tv and not the other way around?
  • My dream wifi router would download my favorite movies on its own while I am at work.
  • judaism does not oppose abortion emphasis is on healthy baby not conception
  • Populist leaders are bad, but unpopular leaders are worse.
  • Oil is bad but coal is worse
  • USA is the only country that supports the death penalty….that you would want to live in.
  • Christmas was invented to get over the depressing winter days, in my native Argentina it comes at exactly the wrong time.
  • Slim, #1 rich man in the world has wealth equiv to 7% of the Mex GDP. Gates 0.4% of US GDP.
  • Methamphetamine is the most important drug you have never heard about (or taken)
  • Life’s challenge is not to have problems but to learn how to deal with them.
  • Why should we care more than China about North Korea’s atomic bombs?

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G. on December 30, 2007  · 

I have enjoyed reading your thoughts -even if I do not agree with some of them. Thanks and congratulations for the Blog.
All the best for 2008!

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dompierre on December 30, 2007  · 

interesting. Especially the German politician’s 7-year renewable on marriage. I’ve been advocating a 5-year renewal.

i find it amusing that a middle-aged guy likes to use “r” for “are” and all the teen-aged stuff.

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Simon on December 30, 2007  · 

“Chavez likes to say that you are either with him or with Bush. Many of us find both pathetic leaders.”

Hmm… Where have I heard that before :-D?

(hint: You are either with us or the terrorists!)

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neoyorquina on January 2, 2008  · 

Hola Martín,
Have you ever thought of packaging your Twitter comments into a book? Like one of those little impulse buy books or a quote per day calendars that one sees at the front of any Borders or Barnes & Noble bookstore. I could see reading one of these comments daily as “food for thought”.

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Haim Ac on January 5, 2008  · 

This phrase is interesting:

“The best combination: Europe’s values, America’s creativity and Asia’s drive.”

How would you categorize the combination of “Asia’s creativity with Europe’s drive and America’s values”?

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JJ on January 8, 2008  · 

Hola Martin,

I am a spanish reader of both of your blogs. I think it would be great to have this thoughts, which I find very inspiring, in spanish so that everybody from Spain and Latin America who read your blog but don’t speak English (too many of them) can get to know what you think.

I agree with neoyorkina: what about a book with your thoughts and impressions of the world??

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