overpaid CEOs, calm down- have some serotonin, poverty builds charactercter

‘Econophysics’ points way to fair salaries in free market

 “In reality, the self-correcting free market mechanisms have broken down for CEOs and other top executives in the market, but they seem to be working fine for the remaining 95 percent of employees.”


Some interesting notions on using statistical analysis plus physics and economics to find out how CEO salaries are probably not in proportion to the value they add to a company. This researcher might want to step back and reassess how he is assigning worth and contributions at the other 95 percent level. Responsibilities, knowledge, duties and contributions to success of a company very widely below that easily defined CEO level. It has just been my observation that at some companies they could do away with most of the executive management since mid-level managers are actually more responsible for the day-to-day workings of the company and many executive ‘ideas” come from the middle.

Nat King Cole “Autumn Leaves”

Brain needs serotonin to restrain aggression

The scans showed that in all volunteers, the connectivity between the amygdalas and the prefrontal cortex was reduced when they viewed angry faces (Biological Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.07.033). The effect was strongest in those with violent tendencies, as identified in a questionnaire. “It’s as if the intervening voice of reason was lost,” says Luca Passamonti, head of the team at Italy’s Neuroimaging Research Unit in Catanzaro.


While one can take serotonin supplements some people have had adverse reactions. A healthier route to boosting serotonin levels is to increase certain foods in your diet: turkey, chicken or fish in combination with vegetables, nuts, milk, beans, peas, avocados or bananas. Omega-3 supplements are also said to help. I ‘m assuming the last option would be one course of action for vegetarians.

Jascha Heifetz playing Beethoven’s Violin Romance No. 2 in F Major (Op. 50)

Terrible Ten in Congress or ten people who watch A Christmas Carol every year and believe Scrooge is the hero.

According to the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released on September 22, for too many people in Kentucky’s 5th District, 2010 was not a good year: nearly 27 percent of the district’s more than 175,000 people lived in poverty, including 34 percent of children and more than one in four women. Nearly 20 percent of the district’s constituents had no health insurance.

You might think that the good news for residents of the 5th is that their congressman, Republican Hal Rogers, has enormous power and influence over Congress’s spending decisions as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

You’d be wrong.

The widespread pain of his constituents didn’t stop Rogers from voting to cut food stamps and healthcare for those same women and kids. It didn’t stop him from voting for the “cut, cap and balance” proposal that would have cost this dangerously weak economy another 700,000 jobs. Nor did it stop him from voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that the only positive sign on the insurance front is the declining rate of uninsured young adults ages 18–24, now that they can stay on their parents’ plan thanks to healthcare reform.

Rogers did manage to cast a “yes” vote for new tax cuts for millionaires though.

For his callousness to the suffering of his own constituents, and voting in direct opposition to their needs, Rogers was named to “The Terrible Ten” in Congress by Half in Ten, a national campaign to reduce poverty by 50 percent over the next ten years.

I’ll do the comments these stories usually get: These people are just lazy and enjoy being poor and hungry.

There are plenty of great jobs out there, some people just don’t like to work.

Why work when the gov’mint will feed, house and cloth you. These poor people live better than I do.

The problem, starting with that statist Abraham Lincoln, is too many people expect the government to fix their lives and make it perfect.

This is all nature’s natural course. Some people are just naturally producers and others leeches.

God sees who is really virtuous and gives them a comfortable life. Those people are poor because God is punishing them for being lazy, shiftless and immoral.