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Saturday, December 31. 2011
Saturday morning links
What's become of England's aristocracy?
30 years later, revisiting Brideshead
Vanderleun on prayer
Yuletide Mead on the Trinity
Khan Academy Jumps To 4M Uniques Per Month
Like the Teaching Company and the MIT online courses, this is the new model for self-motivated learning
Brooks: Midlife Crisis Economics
Payroll tax cut raises worries about Social Security’s future funding
CT Gov Schemes With SEIU To Unionize Day Care Providers & Others Without A Vote
California is trying to unionize babysitters too
How do the rich earn their livings?
Lots of small businesses in those stats
The Case for Walmart - New York City politicians should drop their misguided war on the retail giant.
MSM Refuses To Ask Obama Tough Questions They Ask GOP
Barone: Voters Want Growth, Not Income Redistribution
Surber: It’s bully government, not nanny
Watching the painful death of the welfare state
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The Pilar still exists but it needs some serious restoration. It's located at Casa Hemingway outside of Havana, Cuba and is on the hard. There are some who credit Hemingway as the father of sportfishing - I'm not willing to go quite that far.
Wheeler has a really interesting history - they built boats minesweepers, tug boats, sub chasers and USCG patrol boats during WW II at their Brooklyn, NY yard. Wheeler folded in 1966 I think. They built a lot of boats over the years - over 4,000 hulls from 15' to 100'+ foot depending on their use. The majority of their hulls and boats were built for the sport fishing.
Wheeler Yachts is kind of back in business. The hulls are being made by Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington, NC. Don't know if they are going to produce their own hulls at some point. Supposedly, the hulls are going to be modernized replicas of the Pilar.
CT Gov Schemes With SEIU
And this surprises who? Dan Malloy ran Stamford into the ground at full speed at the behest of the city's unions and now he's trying to do the same with the entire State. The man is a fool - I am very glad we do not live in CT anymore. It is a beautiful state ruined by the greed of state unionization.
Bird Dog: What's become of England's aristocracy?
Before: "two-thirds of the British Isles was owned by 11,000 people".
Redistribution of wealth.
After: "Successive governments—Liberal and Conservative—accordingly passed a series of Land Acts which made huge amounts of taxpayers’ money available to tenant farmers, enabling them to buy the land they farmed. Millions of acres changed hands."
Bird Dog: "Lesson: If you want redistribution, you better first produce growth."
Growth helps resolve a multitude of problems.
Due to his "failings" with women they no longer read Hemingway in college, nor high school, unless of course some brave professor who already has tenure demands his right (confronts the on-campus female tyranny) to use Hemingway as text in an "elective" course.
So I take it you are a supporter of bailouts for the rich? Or how do you take that the governments used tax dollars to supply the borrowed funds to the tenant farmers to purchase the land, at what I'm sure were above market prices.
Growth which comes from capitalism. The freer market the capitalism the better for growth.
Or as former President of Brazil Lula de Silva said, "I decided then that it was necessary to first build capitalism, then make socialism, we must have something to distribute before doing so. “
Faculty Wife: Due to his "failings" with women they no longer read Hemingway in college, nor high school, unless of course some brave professor who already has tenure demands his right (confronts the on-campus female tyranny) to use Hemingway as text in an "elective" course.
Just checked several high schools, and they all seem to have Hemingway as part of their reading curriculum. Do you have information that Hemingway has been banned because of his "failings with women?"
JKB: Or how do you take that the governments used tax dollars to supply the borrowed funds to the tenant farmers to purchase the land, at what I'm sure were above market prices.
Most prices were reasonable as estates were subject to large inheritance taxes, and most estates had large mortgages as the elites tried to maintain their previous standards of living.
JKB: Growth which comes from capitalism. The freer market the capitalism the better for growth.
That's generally correct. That's why having a small number of people controlling nearly all the property is a bad idea: It's not a free market.
The land prices would have been much more reasonable if the government had not provided the bailout as those aristocrats with mortgages would have had to find buyers who weren't flush with taxpayers' cash.
So you agree that we need less government intervention, since most regulations raise the cost of entry thus protecting the few owners from competition?
Faculty Wife ... Don't let Zachriel bother you too much. Ask him why Rudyard Kipling is now a pretty much of a no-no in English classes. Also why youngsters are no longer encouraged to read Mark Twain. In both these cases, modern teachers are trying to "protect" young minds from the taint of really learning something about the social substrate in which these authors wrote. It doesn't matter to most of today's English teachers that these writers were really good writers who wrote moving first-rate prose which reflected the societies in which they lived. Today's teachers want to censor their writings to make them "acceptable" to modern minds, and they don't care that much of beauty and interest is lost in their efforts to Bowdlerize.
It is a well known fact that the "American Cannon" is under assault from within, mostly by female faculty who want a world without borders. These gals believe that the more Anglo/American pride they can destroy the sooner the "ideal world" will become a reality. Doing away with great American writers is only one step to understanding that other cultures had an equal if not better tradition. Sorry Zachriel--you seem to be a day late and a bumper sticker short!
We asked for specifics, which you apparently can't provide.
Seems to me, Zachriel, I gave you two specific authors. Let me add another: Booth Tarkington -- Penrod and Penrod and Sam. Ask today's English teachers whether they have ever read Tarkington and they may try to shoot you with silver bullets. Yet Tarkington presents an honest picture of turn-of-the-century American middle class life.
Why don't you list for me what authors you would accept? Or is that too much trouble?
So Zachriel, what are you and God doing for New Year's Eve?
Sorry, let me amend that...what are You and God doing for New Year's Eve?
Lay off Zach. Welcome his comments. He's not a troll, he's a commenter.
I knew that most authors on my required reading list (actually imposed by my father during my preteen tears) have been ignored to replaced but, I must say that Zachriel does ask a question which may be appropriate in some areas. Fortunately, Not all school districts and schools are created equal.
My favorite Hemingway anecdote, which came from a now fire-lost book on WWII Fighter Aircraft, concerned his service in France in 1944. Supposed to be a war correspondent, but found gathering intelligence among the French Resistance he was greatly admired by the French Partisans. Hemingway was asked by his new french friends why, he, a man of such great presence and manly bearing had only attained the rank of Captain?
Hemingway replied, "Its a sad story, my friends. And a lesson for you all. The reason for my lowly rank is this. I am completely illiterate and are unable to read or write."
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