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 Death and Life of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Malanga at City Journal. Fascinating. It's partly the story of government policies gone wrong - as usual. One quote:
As race riots ripped apart other cities, including Detroit and Newark, unscrupulous real-estate agents and speculators tried to frighten white Bushwick residents—a practice known as “blockbusting.” Homeowners would find ominous messages in their mailÂboxes—“Don’t wait until it’s too late!”—as well as encouraging ones: “Houses wanted, cash waiting.” In a massive scandal reminiscent of today’s subprime-mortgage meltdown, speculators bought homes from Bushwick residents for an average of $8,000 apiece, and then, using fraudulent appraisals and a Great Society federal mortgage program that insured home loans to low-income buyers, sold them to poor blacks and Puerto Ricans at prices that they couldn’t afford— on average, about $20,000 per home. Many defaulted, abandoning their homes and massively depressing local property values. By 1972, in one city estimate, some 500 Bushwick buildings stood empty because of the bad loans; others, not part of the federal program, also emptied as housing prices plummeted and buyers balked at investing in the neighborhood.
That was an interesting article re 'talking doesn't help' but really, the gist of it was that people are different in their needs and requirements for stabilization after trauma. The most relevant sentence for me was...
"imposing therapeutic techniques, rather than just creating or offering therapeutic opportunities, often is counterproductive."
And at first I thought, cool, nice site. But the further I read the more I realized there was a decided slant to their point of view. Oh well.
re: Florida insurance
Gov't Crist, you know the one with his nose up McCain's rear, swept into office promising insurance relief. The insurance companies laid all their risk in Florida and gave almost nothing in return. I think when politicans retire they become insurance executives. At least ethanol subsidies result in more jobs etc in Iowa.
By the way when someone around here complains about gas prices I ask them if they want to drill in the Gulf off Florida, if they say no then I tell them to quit complaining.