supporting Nepal Earthquake Relief for Rural Communities

If you have been shocked and horrified by the images and news from Nepal, and you are looking to perhaps donate to an organization in Nepal, please consider donating to this effort to rebuild two schools in Nepal which have been badly damaged in the earthquake. Sadly, 120 are confirmed dead and 400 injured just in these two rural communities. My friend Yat Siu is organizing this effort to rebuild schools that are run by Tenzing Norgay‘s grandchild, Tashi Tenzing and his wife.

Nepal Earthquake Relief for Rural Communities

There are many worthy organizations and it may be hard to choose one, but this is a worthy cause and Yat will make sure that the funds will be used properly. I am donating today.

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Japan net vs gross debt to GDP

245% vs. 41%. A very different narrative than what is in the mainstream press.

“Japanese government owes debt of 1,269.1 trillion yen, and owns assets of 822.2 trillion yen, therefore the net debt is 447 trillion yen at the end of March, 2013. The net debt relative to GDP ratio is about 90 percent.

As of December 31, 2014, the BOJ holds JGBs worth 254 trillion yen. If we subtract this from the net debt, the net debt relative to GDP ratio becomes 41 percent.”

Japan’s Fiscal Situation Is Not As Bad As Many Assume

Posted in Japan, News

MV Augusta BRUTALE 800 DRAGSTER RR rear wheel

Detail of rear spoked wheel from the 2015 MV Augusta Brutale 800 Dragster RR.

I’d love to know more about who is making the rim.

Posted in Motorcycles

Rest in peace Mark Alpen

Mark Alpen, photo by Phil Kopp











A wonderful man has left us too soon.

My condolences to Ln and Mark’s family and everyone who was touched by their love.

Posted in Personal

US as Nation of Privilege Versus Rule of Law

Noah Smith: “The U.S. is slowly becoming a country where income and race determine the degree to which a citizen is bound by the law of the land. That’s true privilege. That’s the dangerous kind. Dangerous for those on the bottom of the privilege system, but ultimately dangerous for those on the top as well.”

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