June 30th, 2005

Rodent with Antlers

Office rents

My answer to the question about office rents: Of course a business that owns it's own office building has to think about rising rents in surrounding buildings. Why? In addition to rising taxes that chiaspod mentioned, think of it this way. Why would you make $5 a day running your own office when you could rent out the space and make $100. It's less work. Better return on investment. Now, if the business owners are content with making one twentieth the money they could make, then perhaps the managers don't need to worry. But I suspect that few owners will tolerate leaving that much money on the table.

It's a classic description of opportunity cost.


My letter to Jim McDermott

2301 Fairview Ave E Apt 107
Seattle, WA 98102

The Honorable Jim McDermott
1809 7th Avenue Suite 1212
Seattle, WA 98101-1399

Dear Representative McDermott,

Subject: The crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan

I write to you today to learn your stance on actions the United States should take to combat the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.  As you know, the conflict in that region pitting the Sudanese government and associated Janjaweed militias against Darfur based rebel groups has taken thousands of lives and driven hundreds of thousands into refugee camps, becoming one of the largest international crises in years.

After World War 2, the world said “Never again” to genocide.  After Rwanda, we wrung our hands and said “Never again.”  Before we put ourselves in that position again, I urge you and the Congress to act speedily to implement measures that will effect change in that region.  According to Thomas, the Congress’ web site, the Darfur Genocide Accountability Act of 2005 (HR 1424 IH) is currently sitting in committee.  This bill would implement sanctions against the Sudanese leadership as well as authorize the President to use limited military force to enforce a no-fly zone.  There are numerous other provisions which will serve to generally put the pressure on the Sudanese to establish an effective peace agreement.

I am glad to see that you co-sponsor this bill.  What are the chances that this bill will make it out of committee or that it will pass?  Is there anything you can do to speed the adoption of this measure?  I do not believe the people of Sudan can wait six months or a year for resolution of their crisis, so any steps we can take would be more effective if taken sooner.


Thank you,

Philip A. Weiss

Hard Hat

No peers

Today, I feel like I do not have a single true peer. I'm goddamn yuppie management, and no one else I know is. SO when I have yuppie management problems, I'm kind of stuck commiserating with myself, or explaining to other people the basics of yuppie management.