11 June 2010
That photo, thats you old folk reeling in shock at the new colour scheme, thats what that is. I was considering volunteering to help out at those "silver surfer" courses teaching old people to use the net but I think I've got my hands full with you lot ;)
I changed it back, then few said "no i like it, easier to read", then others said "harder to read, dont like it". But this is the UT after all so to be expected...
Anyway, perhaps we give it till Monday, so we get a bit used to it, and can make an informed choice. I prefer it because its less obvious when boss walks by, the white that is, and the old colour scheme felt a bit drab to me at times. But we'll have it for a couple of days and then have a vote maybe.
Madison and the financial crisis:
"In fact, our current crisis and power structure were summed up with stunning accuracy by the Founding Fathers themselves. What James Madison called, “the daring depravity of the times.” As he described, “The stock-jobbers will become the praetorian band of the government, at once its tools and its tyrants, bribed by its largesse, and overawing it by clamors and combinations. Substituting the motive of private interest in place of public duty, leading to a real domination of the few under an apparent domination of the many.”
Leave it to Madison, the Father of the Constitution, to give us one of the most prescient quotes on modern-day America you can find. For those of you who have never heard the term “stock-jobbers,” here’s the definition from a dictionary written in 1811:
“Stock Jobbers -
Persons who gamble in Exchange Alley, by pretending to buy and sell the public funds, but in reality only betting that they will be at a certain price, at a particular time; possessing neither the stock pretended to be sold, nor money sufficient to make good the payments for which they contract: these gentlemen are known under the different appellations of bulls, bears, and lame ducks.”