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The Minyanville take daily on news, commentary and opinion from around the world:

Ever since the formation of the East India Company at midnight on December 31 1599, Britain has espoused a culture of free trade, writes Richard Sykes in today's Financial Times. "Our history as a seafaring and trading nation underpins our formidable record in international enterprise. This bold spirit nurtured the success of world-class financial institutions in the City of London and great international companies," he adds.

  • Bottom Line: Dude, you're going back to 1599 for this? Seriously? I think it's time to move on.

Britain: Free Trade since 1599


"Enceladus, the bright little moon now making headlines for its spouting geysers, had to wait until 1789 (for a name), when Royal Astronomer John Herschel had the benefit of achromatic lenses clear as spring water, as well as Sir Isaac Newton's newfangled reflecting telescope," writes physicist Russell Seitz in today's Wall Street Journal.

  • Bottom Line: Dude, you're going back to 1789 for this? Seriously? I think it's time to move on.


"In the 1830s de Tocqueville saw a contradiction in America. He thought that a power of the majority was needed to maintain democracy, but at the same time he worried that a "tyranny" of this same majority could also destroy democracy," writes Walter Winch in the Kansas City Star.

  • Bottom Line: Alright, now you're messing with me. 1830? What happened, did I go to bed last night and fall into some kind of timewarp?

Time Warp


Ever wonder what kind of sweet whip (whip: n 1. car. Origin: street/hip-hop slang from New York City; "Get in the whip and turn left at the next block.") your tax dollars buy for your congressman? Here are the results, according to Knight Ridder:

Bottom Line:
Most Expensive Congressional Car Leases:

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark: Ford Expedition, $1,248.31
Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.: Lexus, $1,062.85
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.: Cadillac DeVille, $998.48

Least Expensive Congressional Car Leases:
Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C.: Honda Accord, $214.79
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.: Chevrolet Impala, $219
Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.: Nissan Altima, $256.74
Rep. Danny Dav .... wait a second.
Go back one.
Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.: Nissan Altima, $256.74
No, no, back one more.
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.: Chevrolet Impala, $219
Ha ha, yeah that one! Ha ha. An Impala? Ha ha. Dude, what's wrong with you! It's taxpayer money! An Impala? Ha ha. I hope your cousin, like, owns a Chevrolet dealership or something. Ha ha. An Impala. Ha ha.

The Chevrolet Impala


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