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.
The Democrat Who Took on the Unions - Rhode Island's treasurer Gina Raimondo talks about how she persuaded the voting public, labor rank-and-file and a liberal legislature to pass the most far-reaching pension reform in decades.
It's only a hate crime if it fits the narrative. Eventually they will start walking back the Zimmerman case now that (1) he's Hispanic and (2) it looks like it was self defense.
It's all about the narrative.
Coyote's First Solar Update
Back in Woodstock, one of my neighbors installed a solar array which cost, including the panels, frames, concrete foundation, sun tracking system and the proper gizmo to hook up to the house so it could switch from suppler electricity to solar produced electricity, $93K. The State of CT gave him a $23,000 subsidy, so his "cost" was $70,000 which was done on a low interest loan from the Feds (.80% if I'm not mistaken) over 15 years. CL&P paid him a small stipend for any electricity he generated that he couldn't use.
When it was all said and done, figuring in the days when the panels couldn't produce any power (which according to him is about 30% of the time in New England) or insufficient power (high latitude, lower exposure to sun in the winter,etc.) , he will have paid for the system about 38 years after he is dead and gone.
Now that's efficiency. And this is the best part - he's gone through 3 sets of panels all under warranty. So if that is factored in, it will probably be 45 years after he is dead and gone that the system is paid for.
The end of canterbury is an interesting story. I think there is a greater historical story that everyone has missed. When England (that is when the king) broke from the catholic church and created the church of England it severed the two way power and information link to the pope. Prior to that the Pope was the seat of power in all of Europe. France, Spain and England vied for supremacy and power but the Pope and his minions were everywhere and more importantly were plugged in to raw information thanks to confession, spies and conspiracies. The Pope could pit one country against another to prevent any king or country from becoming dominant. The church became rich and powerful by wielding the power they had. But when England through the catholic church out of England there was a power vacuum that England began to take advantage of and became the dominant world power. The sun never set on England and England ruled the waves all because a English king had a strong sexual desire and the will to challenege power to have his way. Had England stayed within catholicism perhaps we would all be speaking Spanish or even French instead of English. The world today looks very different because of this one decision.
The Anglican Church considers itself catholic -- not Roman Catholic, but catholic as much as RCs and Orthodox; a form of orthodox anglicanism will continue in the Anglican Church in North America and its allies in the global south, no matter where Canterbury and the liberal Episcopal church wander.
The tragedy of the western church wasn't the monty python view on history described above, but is more complex. it began when the roman church inherited a great deal of administrative authority and cultural influence after the collapse of the western empire in the 5th century -- things that the invaders envied, aped and eventually adopted.
Trinitarian Christianity -- Roman, Anglican, Lutheran, virtually all protestant groups -- survived in the west because the Frankish warlord Clovis whose dynasty unified western Europe from the late 5th century onward was a late catholic convert (the one catholic amongst pagans and arian christian germans). The church validated the transformation from migrating tribal warlords to kings and benefited in return from their patronage, in some ways that eventually went sour.
So Rome became a political player, one of many. By the time of the Reformation, the winds of change -- political and economic, rising concepts of nationalism -- were tearing apart the increasing less-unified west, especially the Holy Roman Empire. Rome and its political allies fought protestant warlords in a series of religious wars lasting a century where there were only losers.
what roman catholics and protestants fail to get is that the blame for disunion falls equally on everyone. the conscripts and hired thugs of the Catholic League and Protestant Union who depopulated Europe during the religious wars of the 16th and 17th centuries were tools of kingmakers and opportunists.
"inherited" is a passive word that fails to describe the curch during the time period you discuss. The history is much more clear then you imply, the church was aggressive in acquiring the "administrative authority" not to mention a lot of wealth. Through their network and practices they were like an early CIA or KGB that funneled information back to the Vatican who in turn used the information to thwart anyone or anything that would usurp their power. All of this is understandable and normal even considering history and human nature. My point was simply that once England cut themselves out of the churches sphere of influence and good intelligience was no longer easy for the church to acquire that England flourished. I was not trying to set either England or the Vatican above or below any arbitrary measure of good or evil but merely pointing out that if England had not made this break it is likely that the Vatican could have continued to play one nation against another indefinitely and today we would all be speaking Spanish or possibly French. Sometimes it is seemingly very small things that determine history. "For want of a nail..."
the collapse of the western empire was complex, not unclear. western roman imperial authority in gaul ended by 486 what remained was, to various degrees, an administrative, trade and fiscal structure controlled by a (mostly) catholic gallo-roman aristocracy that included church hierarchy, all trying to accommodate and be accommodated by germanic invaders who were either arian christian or pagan.
the warlord who founded merovingian dynasty converted to roman catholicism rather than arianism or orthodoxy-- without the least amount of compulsion or vatican "CIA" or "KBG" cold war style politics. european history fuses all these factors and factions and what europe might have looked like otherwise is speculative fiction.
that the roman church was deeply involved in politics I think was wrong, but I also think was inevitable in the 5th century and a thousand years later. just as it was for the protestant state churches after the reformation.
if we are christian, we need to move away from the bullwinkle and rocky caricatures of history and each other.