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.
Re Photos of E. Germany
They are amazing photos. What's more amazing is that some peddle the ideology that brought that on and what's most amazing is that some (far too many) follow them.
Everybody should have to see picture 21 and read the caption:
"What was spared by war doesn't survive under socialism!"
Amazing photos. Commies don't do construction, or at least run of the mill stuff such as maintenance. Photos of Havana indicate two things: 1) that there has been minimal construction of new buildings in the 50 years of Fidelismo and 2) for the most part, buildings have not been maintained and have been allowed to deteriorate. Granted, there has been some renovation in Havana, but not that much.
Similarly, under 11 years of Thugo Chavez in Venezuela, housing construction per capita is half of what it was before. Oh, the glories of Socialism/what have you.