Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Great Soda Controversy

Mayor Bloomberg recently announced that he’d like to see limits on the size of soft drinks larger than 16 ounces at movie theaters and restaurants. The idea seems to have a lot of people up in arms, but I don’t think it’s particularly terrible, and I’d like to address some of the objections.
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They say “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Luckily, the people living such a life will never find out.

I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid.  Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities.  Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments.  Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy.  The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations.  But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!

—General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord