Shutters, A Great Invention

Shutters should be added to our list of the world’s greatest inventions. What’s on our list? Crispy duck. Berets. The semi-colon. And now shutters.

It has been hot here in France. The sun beats down; the temperature has risen to the high ’80s. We have no air conditioning. But we have shutters. We close the shutters, partially, in the morning to block out the sun. Then, in the evening, when it cools off, we open them up and enjoy the cool air. In the winter, you close shutters at night to conserve heat. In the summer, you use them to regulate heat and light. And always, they protect windows, curtains and fabrics.

We still remember the louvre shutters on our grandparents’ house in Maryland. With the shutters closed, rooms were mysteriously dark…even in the middle of the day. When they were opened, it was like the opening of the cathedral doors on Easter Sunday…the light came in and the room was transformed. And in the summer, when it rained, we left the shutters closed and the windows opened. The fresh, moist air was a delight.

And now, with the coming of the credit contraction, real shutters are ready for a comeback.

Until tomorrow,

Bill Bonner
for Markets and Money

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.
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Thanks for the tip-off Bill. Going long now on Shutters Are Us.

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