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.
Imagine what a horror 2011 was for progressives as Americans began to comprehend their stunning abundance of fossil fuels — beyond their two centuries’ supply of coal. Progressives responded with attempts to impede development of the vast proven reserves of natural gas and oil here and in Canada. They bent the willowy Obama to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canadian tar sands; they raised environmental objections to new techniques for extracting gas and “tight” oil from shale formations.
The way to revive sustainable growth is with more government aid to help create jobs, support demand and prevent foreclosures. As things stand now, however, Washington will provide less help, not more, in 2012. Republican lawmakers refuse to acknowledge that government cutbacks at a time of economic weakness will only make the economy weaker. And too many Democrats, who should know better, have for too long been reluctant to challenge them.
I bought a copyy of the NYT on 12/24 as I use newspapers to safeguard plants during the winter and, thanks to the Internet, seldom purchase the print editions anymore. It was the only paper left at my local newstand -- what can I say -- and I was way behind in horticultural duties this year.
Didn't get around to using it until last night's weather took a plunge, but I did leaf through it before making mulch of it.
Just want to ask...why is this paper still in print?
There are times when using HDR really enhance an images impact that this is one of them. Not everybody likes the bright colors and color clarity, but I do. Admittedly, most HDR images aren't very good but that is because the technique isn't very well understood even by professional photographers.
NYT Squeezes Bad News From Good
Its not just the New York Times, it's the whole parade of eco-warriors that just do not want to use carbon based or nuclear energy. And I just don't get it. No nukes, no oil, no coal, no natural gas, no nothing. Honest to pete, you just have to wonder what goes on in their heads.
Espersen's column on privatizing schools was an unfortunate case of flies in the perfume. He makes some good points about what the free market offers, and how everyone could benefit by ending the government monopoly on education, however, he also includes such fantastic, idealized notions of how the free market is a utopia, that he will do more harm than good in convincing an average citizen that schools need a revolutionary change.
The NYT believes that people (other than them and those in NYC and maybe some of NY state) are a plague upon the earth and should just die already. Or so it appears. Their knowledge exceeds mine (they try to tell me).
Good for cage lining and fish wrapping and fire starting, and fun for ridiculing, but otherwise a waste.
My humble opinion. It has to be humble, since they know so much more than I do.
Humble Sam L. --You forgot birthin' babies and washing windows.
Frankly, the NYT is not alone. As Tom Francis suggests, the media in general are arrogant as well as under-educated about those they believe sorely rely on their every opinion. The NYT is simply more blatant. The whole paper appears to be one massive op-ed piece.
I don't understand why advertisers haven't pulled every dime as the consumers seek more effective ways of making purchasing decisions.
jma ... I'll take your word for the New York Times being one massive op-ed piece. I don't read it any more. But I assume most liberal newspapers use The Times as their bellweather. I can guarantee that The Houston Chronicle is one massive op-ed piece written by folks of limited understanding. My husband still subscribes to it for sentimental reasons. His first post graduate job was for The Chronicle, but he soon moved on to more interesting and challenging work. The Chronicle, however, has finally got a copy editor who has some sense of the English language, but the content of the paper is very liberal and confused, and it's reporters do not follow the Who, What, Where, When, Why journalistic rules.
I cut out the TV schedule and line the catbox with the rest.