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.
A house has been made so "energy-efficent" that it can't go two weeks without dehumidification, humidification, heating, cooling, mechanical ventilation, sump-pumping, and ten other things I'm too weary to write.
We were all better off before we "fixed" houses, and housing.
Our ruling class’s agenda is power for itself. While it stakes its claim through intellectual-moral pretense, it holds power by one of the oldest and most prosaic of means: patronage and promises thereof. Like left-wing parties always and everywhere, it is a “machine,” that is, based on providing tangible rewards to its members. Such parties often provide rank-and-file activists with modest livelihoods and enhance mightily the upper levels’ wealth. Because this is so, whatever else such parties might accomplish, they must feed the machine by transferring money or jobs or privileges—civic as well as economic—to the party’s clients, directly or indirectly. This, incidentally, is close to Aristotle’s view of democracy.
From I'm just quitting: "But I wonder how long it’s going to be before businesspeople really do start walking away and deciding it’s not worth doing business in America today. Or it it already happening and we just don’t know it?"
It's already happening. I haven't quit altogether, but I will not take on work in Maryland that involves breaking new soil or building any new structures. I know of at least one engineer who has the same policy. It's not worth it. The layers of regulation and exposure to NIMBYs and imperious Vogons is so great, all it does in the end is damage our reputation because it takes so long and is so difficult. Other competitors are getting stuff built in neighboring states and you end up looking bad. So I've scratched the state of MD off my list and several other municipalities that have been entirely unreasonable in the past. It's beyond not worth it to work there - it actually harms people professionally who accept the work.
As a MD resident, that's interesting to hear. Not surprising by any stretch. The cronyism and politicking here is disgusting. We need more people like you so that the residents here begin to understand that their approach is unsustainable.
As for the Whole Foods guy, he seems like a complainer. He empirically verified Romans 3:23. I doubt he'll be happy anywhere.
The "site plan" review process in most MD counties is completely out of hand. There was nobody in the Planning Dept who could even express to me what the process was or what we would need to do the last time through. I couldn't even get an answer on exactly how many sets of prints they would need. In the end, 10 different County agencies reviewed and commented on the plans for a very small project, and the State Historic Office. Oh man, they don't even reply to submitted studies. Their apparent policy is to just let the clock run out to a deemed approval if they have no objections, wasting everyone's time and avoiding accountability. It's just a big fat onerous time wasting process that nobody understands, but it keeps alot of people in government 'positions'.
I think the biggest problem with MD is that it's insulated from reality by all the lard brimming over from DC. They put capitalists through the wringer and get away with it because all that ill-gotten money is flowing.
The only product I buy at the local Whole Wallet is the fresh kale for my wife's pet rabbits. For everything else, we look for it at COSTCO or we go without. I have never shopped at Wal-Mart. I went to the local one for the first time and noticed the parking structure was so dirty that I just turned my car around and left without going into the store.
Have you noticed? Is it important? Do you care? How will you respond?
The subject is writing (cursive) vs. printing. Your children and your children's children are no longer able to write in script. Rather they have only been taught to print in block letters. The reason for cursive writing is so that the hand can keep up with the mind. When using block printing the hand moves so slow that it forces the mind to slow down and thus become not fluent. Of course if you are not taught to do your own critical thinking--it probably doesn't matter much. However, it will be much easier to teach bumper sticker logic now that the student cannot write.
Question: what did the teachers and schools do with all that money they saved when they stopped taking the time to teach cursive writing? Please post how old your student is and if they are able to write, or to only print--Thank you.
My children will learn cursive writing in 2nd grade and that is all that will be allowed after that point. My daughter took to it amazingly well last year and loves to write longhand - she was terrible at block printing.
Sorry, you're just flat out wrong about the value of cursive writing. The people who could do it well assigned a moral virtue to it, thoroughly undeserved. There is no known positive correlation between skill at cursive and other intellectual endeavors.
Teach your children to shoe horses or make their own soap instead, if you want them to have an older skill.
Re Whole Foods. Of course there is a large amount of artificiality and even scam in it. The idea behind it, however much its customers wish it were true, is only about half-true. The company cannot improve on that reality, and resorts to a good deal of artifice.
The complainer is at a point of conflict where reality has come up against fantasy. At the moment, he is choosing fantasy, telling himself he is noble for not "selling out." I was like that once myself, as were others here. We'll see how he resolves it over time.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Re: the Jongs
this line summed it up: "Molly goes off to phone her therapist..."