We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Dodd out? That's a problem for the Repubs. Dodd would have been easy to run against. We think Linda McMahon might be the best deep-pocket bet against Blumenthal. She is not a social conservative so she won't frighten the CT voters - and her past co-ownership of the WWF (now WWE) gives her some street cred.
If published as is, this paper could really do some damage. It is also an ugly paper to review because it is rather mathematical, with a lot of Box-Jenkins stuff in it. It wonít be easy to dismiss out of hand as the math appears to be correct...
Now they are using the redskins to block Cape Wind. What next? Of course, the whole project is a dumb scam anyway, but uncovering the elite hypocrisy is the fun part. They don't want oil, they don't want wind, they don't want nuclear - but they do want their overland SUV permits and their 10,000 square foot houses overlooking Nantucket Sound.
Re Dr. Sanity's post, we also latched on to the Encore Westerns channel over the holiday week. They were showing some great stuff --- Gene Autry reruns, Cheyenne (with Clint Walker) and, of course, The Virginian. Good clean fun, with tall handsome guys, pretty ladies and strong values.
Whenever I get rather depressed, which is quite often in these days of an outstandingly corrupt Congress in charge of my life, I look for older movies, especially good Westerns, for a short seminar on the values I grew up with, as well as the wit and wisdom of classic scriptwriters. High Noon was a favorite of mine. And the early Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry movies.
Not that I'm an advocate of shooting strangers or people who annoy me [there are an increasing number of those these days] but there is a certain clarity in a quick resolution of knotty problems. And the 'solution' is blessedly free of political correctness, that liberal con game we have all been sucked into in the last few years. I gave up on political correctness and multiculturalism about five years ago and it's amazing how it clarifies the mind and "summons up the blood," as Will Shakespeare was wont to say.. And helps me "imitate the action of a tiger."
Re the wealth of nations: the linked article claims that there has always been a large gap between wealthy nations and poor ones. The gap has only been very large over the last several hundred years -- several human generations but a drop of human history. The gap has grown not because the poor countires are much poorer than they were but because the wealthy countries are wealthier than ever and have left the poor behind. The basic thesis of the article seems valid to me -- where people are free to succeed and to fail, the society flourishes in material well-being. Material well-being is a sine qua non for spiritual well-being; starving people are focused on food rather than education, morality or family values.
Re: Institutional Racism. I've experienced this first hand and is one reason why I don't teach and left a research facility at the University level.
It was very hard to for me to justify grading under performing students based entirely on their "competitive misfortune" as one administrator put it to me. Worse, the whole issue had graduated from being one single department chair's vision of the world to the entire educational facility's vision of the world which, at it's base, is horrendously flawed.
I will argue the obvious - yes, whites did have an advantage in educational opportunities if only because of their economic status. However, and not to be Darwinian about it, the competitive drive should be how ethnic and racial groups strive to achieve not degrading the system to a point where the "playing field" is leveled and "competition" becomes nothing more than attending and obtaining a grade. Creating an atmosphere conducive to original thought regardless of its political ramifications should be the goal and that requires competition not mere attendance. Applying reverse racisim and politically correct thought isn't a desired outcome.
Sorry for the rambling and incoherent rant - it's a sore subject.