Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
Hi CapMovies often ruin travel destinations, I lived on Phi Phi for over six months while I was recovering from surgery. I needed to learn to walk again after having surgery on my amputated leg. So I decided to go live on an island where I would be forced to walk everyday and scuba dive to aid my recovery.The island was full of people copying the travel plans from the movie the beach, one of the bars capitalized on this rather well. They set up a seating area in a bar saying it was where DiCaprio chilled out. They charged extra for the privilege of using the area and to pull people into the bar, could not fault them to honest.I was also told how the movie ruined the natural beach for the sake of the movie as they pulled up a lot of trees, if you watch the movie you will see the trees on the beach are in a straight line. When they removed the trees it upset the natural structure of the beach which contributed of its erosion. In summery the movie ruined the island yet DiCaprio is a big environmentalist who actually started its destruction.On a side note I purchased bachelor pad economics and the rational male series for my friends son who is 21 and he's eating it up. I bought enjoy the decline, I was already of this mindset but was good to know I'm not alone.I dont use facebook it's brain cancer, enough said.
Cappy,To your point about lies making more money than truth:In college (BS in Nutritional Science) one assignment was to write a proposal and do a presentation for a diet book. The specifications were that it didn't have to be backed by science, but it had to be at least plausible in terms of working. Most of my classmates did very bland takes on a soup-and-salad theme. I, meanwhile, presented the "4-elements diet." I made up some mumbo jumbo about how every food falls into one of 4 categories: earth, fire, wind, or water. I cited the theory of the 4 humors from Hippocrates' time, and the elemental "chi" eastern medicine concepts to give it some superficial gravitas.My case was that, if you eat too many of one element, and not enough of the others, you develop an imbalance in your body that leads to weight gain. I arbitrarily put all high starch/high sugar foods in the earth category, and fresh fruits/veggies, fish, meats, nuts, etc. went in the other elemental categories.Boom, to cure obesity, eat fewer starches/sugars, and more healthy meats, non-starchy veggies, and drink water instead of sweetened drinks. "Balance out the elements in your body."My professor said that if I wrote that book I'd be a bestseller and get featured on Oprah.Sometimes being an honest guy is a curse.
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