Friday, August 14, 2009

A woman helps Bernanke

"Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn." // John Wesley

A woman tried to commit suicide by setting herself on fire inside the Mall of the Americas in West Miami-Dade on Thursday, August 13, 2009. The Mall of the Americas was closed Thursday afternoon following this apparent suicide.
The husband of a 43-year-old woman who set herself on fire at The Mall of the Americas says she has a history of mental problems and went to Jackson Memorial Hospital three times recently for psychiatric help.

One can make a lot of fun puns about something like this, but let’s stay serious for a while and look at this from an economic point of view. Apparently the mall closed for a short while which means, temporarly, less shopping which means; lower GDP. Although, this also means rising health-care costs, probably some psychic evaluations and some mental-ward expenses. Also it means that some doctors and nurses have more work in addition to the entire trauma that comes with for all those witnessing this event. All in all probably a plus, economically (=GDP) speaking. And since Ben Bernanke seems to be looking for ways to improve the economy, maybe he doesn’t need to look further then towards Miami-dade? In some expects he has already put forward similar solutions so that’s the tip of the day to cornflake economists around the globe; encourage people to lit themselves or other ones/things on fire. Great stuff for GDP.

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