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.
My grandfather had purchased after WW1 some land and a manor in Hungary. He had a doctorate in economics and expert knowledge of agriculture. In a country dominated by large, badly managed latifundia, from his small base he created the income of the landed rich. That he achieved by producing for the market – not by ignoring it as did the absentee owners of the neighboring estates. Irritatingly for these, he even paid his workers above the going rate. Furthermore, he was, as an old worker put it decades later, “his best hired hand”. The locals could not understand grandfather’s agribusiness and the natural origins of his success. In a typical reaction, the native found a logical, explanation. It was that there is a gold mine under the “Black Castle”.
I just got a catalog with WH Christmas ornaments and other tchotchkes. I wonder how much it cost to produce and mail.
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Ah, Paullie "The Beard" Krugman. The peril and tragedy of over-inflated self-esteem, exemplified.
Every seventh year, tenured faculty must take a sabbatical year away from their home institution at reduced pay (or even no pay). Usually, the sabbatical is spent at another elitist, like-minded, cloistered institution, which serves as temporary host and pays the guest professor's salary for the duration of his stay. Perhaps it would be more beneficial to both the academic employer and the faculty member if the sabbatical year were spent out among the "common people" instead of within the bubble that higher education has become.
Left PDX yesterday on a business trip. Off to the side of the North TSA station were a couple of mid-teen girls holding (I kid you not) "We support the TSA signs" (Sorry no picture). I was joking about how much the TSA was paying them with the guy in line in front of me. Does that make me a criminal? I thought as a Tea Partier I already was. Or was that an economic terrorist? I'm confused...
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