Monthly Archives: January 2015
Much has been written and talked about QE during the last few weeks. To be honest, for the past few years I haven’t really concerned myself much with macro-economic, monetary or debt policy.
So as I first heard the acronym QE I thought: “what the …. is QE?” I hadn’t a clue. Well. Thanks to Google and a couple of hours later it became a little clearer what the topic was.
In the recent history we have seen a few incidents where similar effects were sought by somehow inundating the economy with fresh money. The idea has always been the same: increase investments and get the economy going. Whether you name these policies Marshall Plan, big push theories or QE it amounts to the same: Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
A few days ago one of the basic freedom rights – the freedom of speech and expression – has been challenged on home ground. The right to voice an opinion was not challenged in some “foreign” country. No, it was challenged with ferocity in a country, where freedom of opinion has been institutionalized since the French revolution – give or take a few years for adjustment.
About 30 years ago my Mum and I spent a couple of nights at the Overseas Club in London, a Club for British Citizens living abroad. All of a sudden in the middle of the night, a Bomb Alarm went off. Needless to say I jumped out of bed, ready to head downstairs, as we were urged to do by the Hotel Management. Well, not so my Mum.
Thoughts and emotions do not only affect the person who has them, but more often than not also the people in close proximity as well as unknown people further away. A good example and place to test the immediate effect of thoughts and emotions is in the kitchen.