1. Happy New Year, Markus! How about, “the best of times and the worst of times?” Aren’t they always intertwined? 2016 is an election year for us, which probably puts much of the world in a state of anxiety, this year more than ever. Critical juncture. I hope we do the right thing for everyone’s sake!

  2. Happy New Year, Michael – to the best of times and the worst of times, you are right!.

    Yes, elections in the U.S. are watched throughout the world. I was in China for a conference/trade fair in 2008, and when Obama’s victory was declared, quite some Chinese were dancing with completely foreign people, expressing their joy and hope. So let’s hope for the best!

  3. Hi Markus. I like your new years post, both the photo and your comment about the state of the world. Perhaps you could include the increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of a few at the direct expense of the middle-class. I’m reminded of the old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” Unfortunately we live in very “interesting” times. Here is wishing both you, and the world, a happy new year.

    1. Jeff, wealth distribution is certainly a hot topic that interests me since I saw those transformation curves for the first time in school – and they’ve certainly grown worse in those decades passed. Interesting times for sure…

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