Talking Points: Cell Phones, Legos, Coffee

Cell Phones, Legos, Coffee

Ninety-six percent of the world’s population now live within reach of a cell phone network. DailyMail, December 7, 2018

Collecting Legos — yes, the plastic toys made of interlocking bricks, returned more than large stocks, bonds and gold in the three decades ending in 2015. Bloomberg, January 17, 2019

“History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.”  George Santayana

Nearly 1 in 5 Japanese women in prisons are seniors. Japan’s population is the oldest in the world, and many seniors- searching for “community and stability” are committing minor crimes to get locked up. Fivethirtyeight.com, March 19, 2018 

Thirty-three percent of mobile users say they’ve read an email based on its subject line. The average length of subject line for the highest read rate is 61 to 70 characters. Lifewire, January 3, 2019

A cup of coffee in Caracas, Venezuela now sells for 400 bolivars, up 285,614% over the year. Much of that has come in the past 3 months — if the inflation rate over the past three months was stretched out to a year, inflation is running at an annualized rate of 1,700,000%. Bloomberg, December 5, 2918 

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money. Margaret Thatcher

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