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Tuesday, October 04, 2021

Putting the notorious but insightful credo of “mo’ money, mo’ problems” to the ultimate macroeconomic test, the kingdom of Bhutan is challenging the notion that societies’ level of satisfaction need be tied to their level of economic development.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/04/2021 11:42:42 PM
Category: Political, Society
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In Belarus, Soviet-style totalitarianism never did go out of style, despite the end of the Cold War and collapse of Communism.

A prime example?

The KGB is alive and well here. Even after the collapse of the USSR, the local branch in Belarus didn’t bother to change its name.

“Why would they?” [democracy activist Vitali] Locmanau asked. “It’s a very strong brand name.”

Who knew secret police were so attached to branding principles? Next thing you know, the Belarussians will sue Green Bay Packer DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila for unauthorized use of their initials as a nickname.

This might be revealing vis-a-via our own spooks, and why they’re so resistant to yielding turf to Homeland Security: They feel those three little letters are valuable marketing territory.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/04/2021 11:28:19 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., History, Political
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What better way to mark the NHL’s imminent opening night (tomorrow) than by getting a pewter Zamoni playing piece for your next round of Monopoly?

If you like Monopoly, that is. I can’t stand the game. But I likes me my hockey.

(Via Tom McMahon)

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/04/2021 02:33:49 PM
Category: Hockey, Pop Culture
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