by Brian Maher
A martian — Warren Buffett once razzed — would marvel that earthlings dig gold from the ground… only to rebury it in vaults.
That is, the business is idiotic… pointless… and wasteful.
At first blush, our space man is justly puzzled. Why would humans shovel up hunks of metal — only to lock them away, idle?
Yet the martian — and the Nebraskan — jump past a fundamental truth of human nature.
As one insightful fellow (whose identity we cannot recall) has noted…