Göksu; The Undercover Economist – Tim Harford

This book claims to offer the hidden story behind the forces that shape our everyday lives – it’s like spending the day wearing x-ray goggles and suddenly understanding the economic incentive that drives everything. In theory economics can illuminate every aspect of the world ewe inhabit – if it is explained clearly enough. This covers, among other things, why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, why it’s so difficult to get a foot on the property ladder, or why you can’t buy a decent second-hand car.

Supermarkets have price targeting down to a fine art: walk 500 metres in Liverpool Street and you can save 15 per cent on pretty much everything. Coffee shops are the same, but who would walk that distance to save 30p? Price targeting in products goes to extremes: IBM have to put an additional chip in their low-end printer to slow it down and justify the lower price. Pricing strategies encounter snags when they ‘leak’ – either when rich customers buy cheap products, or when products leak from one group to another. Group price targeting is inefficient because it takes products away from customers who are willing to pay more, and gives them to those who pay less.

Neslin.; The Stranger … Albert Camus

strangerMOTHER died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home says: YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. FUNERAL TOMORROW. DEEP SYMPATHY. Which leaves the matter doubtful; it could have been yesterday. The Home for Aged Persons is at Marengo, some fifty miles from Algiers. With the two o’clock bus I should get there well before nightfall. Then I can spend the night there, keeping the usual vigil beside the body, and be back here by tomorrow evening. I have fixed up with my employer for two days’ leave; obviously, under the circumstances, he couldn’t refuse. Still, I had an idea he looked annoyed, and I said, without thinking: “Sorry, sir, but it’s not my fault, you know.” Afterwards it struck me I needn’t have said that. I had no reason to excuse myself; it was up to him to express his sympathy and so forth. Probably he will do so the day after tomorrow, when he sees me in black. For the present, it’s almost as if Mother weren’t really dead. The funeral will bring it home to me, put an official seal on it, so to speak. …

 

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Tibet ; The first picture of Jesus Christ?

The 70 ancient book, which stood in a cave near 2000 years, has come to light. The oldest image of Jesus Christ could be on the cover of one of these books. A familiarimage; A bearded man with long curly hair… The 70 library, located in a cave overlooking the Galilee Sea, was thrilled by the Bible historians. In one of the covers of the ancient books discovered recently, there is a portrait that was claimed to belong to Jesus and was made by someone who knew him during the time the Prophet lived. The booklet, which is slightly smaller than the credit card, is sealed by four, and there is a three-dimensional human head on both the front and back cover. One of the figures is bearded and the other is no beard. It’s written in ancient Hebrew texts under the pictures, but they haven’t been fully deciphered yet. If one of the booklets is translated, it bears the name of the ‘ Savior of Israel ‘. The owner of the cave refused to sell booklets, only 2 booklets were sent to the UK and Switzerland for testing. Research revealed that the ruins found in the Sahaam region of Jordan were genuine.