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Social Security Ponzi scheme Tue, Dec 30, 2008
A Ponzi scheme is a type of pyramid scheme where investors are paid returns from the enlistment of new investors, instead of from profits.  Bernard Madoff, former chairman of the NASDAQ, just got in trouble for this.  Neatorama makes the case that Social Security is essentially a Ponzi scheme as well because it provides investors (retirees) returns from the enlistment of new investors (taxpayers).  But those returns also include a little bit of profit because they're invested in government bonds.  However, the number of retirees will likely eventually outgrow the number of taxpayers, which will make the whole system implode.  Don't worry; I'm sure somebody will fix it eventually. #money

See you next year Tue, Dec 30, 2008
I remember being in about third or fourth grade when I first heard someone say, "See you next year!" in reference to the arbitrary calendar event of December becoming January.  It boggled my mind.  What do you mean "next year"?  Are you moving to a different school?  Is school closed for the rest of the year?  What other explanation could there be for why you won't be seeing me until next year?  I don't underst--oh.  I get it.  That's funny. 

Like any kid, I used the saying a few times myself, joining in on the fun that is exposing other people's ignorance of calendar-based wordplays.  Oh the fun. 

Things changed sometime around, oh I don't, the age of 12, when the saying lost its affect on me.  See you nex--yeah yeah I understand.  It's funny.  Look how we're all laughing. 

For the life of me, I can't figure out why grown adults still say this to other grown adults.  "See you next year" should be "See you in one to two days, or whenever you come back from your work-sponsored vacation." #language

Book content ratings Tue, Dec 30, 2008
Why aren't books rated for content?  The MPAA rates movies.  The RIAA rates music.  The FCC and TV networks rate TV shows.  The ESRB rates video games.  Why are books exempt from this?  Not that I think the world needs more censorship, but it just seems a little unbalanced. #entertainment