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.
It's not hard to understand how complicit FDR, indeed the entire US government, was in the Holocaust - at least in the beginning.
Varian Fry spent a great deal of time helping higher-profile people escape, building a network of accomplices and spies (for lack of a better word) and the US government more or less was ready to turn him in by the end of his time in France.
Several good books have been written about Fry, most recently "A Quiet American". The efforts he exerted, and lengths he went to, in order to procure funding and escape routes is essential to understand what was happening during the buildup to American involvement in WWII.
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The scam of off ashore wind energy is the same scam of solar energy. There are large companies and coordinating activists that make all of this happen. What they are doing is not about creating alternative and sustainable energy but rather about extracting huge sums of money from government and ultimately the tax payers.
Part of the scam is to hide the facts. To put it simply a PV solar generation facility will never generate as much energy is it took to manufacture, transport, build and maintain the facility. But, much like the ethanol in gasoline scam, who cares as long as the checks keep coming. To hide this obvious problem all commercial solar generation facilities are heavily subsidized up front. That is before anything is built the company that is going to build get about 50% of the total cost in cash before they even begin. Then during and after construction they get additional cash subsidies from state and federal government. Then once the facility begins producing electricity they get a non-cash subsidy in that the electric utility is mandated to buy the electricity and blend it in with their other sources. Of course the utility gets to raise the rates on all the consumers and that is where the rest of the subsidy comes from. It is all a scam but done so well that no one wants to stop it.
Today, three American mothers and six children were brutally murdered in northern Mexico by drug cartels.
I took Mexico off my list of places to visit years ago. It is unsafe. But worse the traffic in both directions at the border is unsafe. That "unsafety" reaches into every state and almost every city in the U.S. It is time to close the border perhaps for good. They can hand the avocados, Dos Equis and tequila through a chain link fence at guarded locations but otherwise build the wall with no more roads and pass throughs. No immigration, no visas and absolutely no illegal border crossing.
Just this past year I finished reading That Hideous Strength the third book of Lewis' The Space Trilogy. It was unlike the first two books and can be read alone if you're interested, it was quite good.
They were all three terrific and I've re-read them a few times throughout my life. In this age of CGI it would be possible to make pretty terrific movies of the material as well, but alas I fear too much thinking would be involved, or too much over-simplification of the plots.
After seeing how A Wrinkle In Time was de-Christianised, I would worry what modern filmmakers would do with Lewis.
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I read this post while waiting for an ultrasound here in israel. The technicians are typically Arabs or immigrants from the former soviet bloc. Preponderance of Arabs in xray, dental, optometrists, and pharmacists. These are good stable fields with a moderate credential process. Of course there are also doctors but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Factories for everything from Soda Stream to office furniture to dry cleaning have opened up over the "green line" or in the industrial zones of large Israeli Arab towns.
Go to any large Israeli supermarket and you will see Arab women filling online orders for delivery. They are also taking phone orders and staffing call centers - and the rumor is that businesses in other Arab countries route customer service calls to Israel.
This is nothing new as the mythical "palestinian people" are largely the children of economic migrants from Egypt and Lebanon - drawn to opportunities created by Jews (and Turkish railroad projects) since the late 19th century.