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The Past, The Present and the Future



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The final regular show of 2018…

It is still kind of bothering me. That article a couple of weeks back about why the number of History Majors is in such a critical decline. after a bit more reading on the matter, it is true that all of the Humanities are down, but none so much as History. I wonder if the reason is a two-fold confluence of cultural touchstones. First, there is the general discrediting of history. This is necessary to avoid Santayana’s Maxim. But second is we historians shooting ourselves in the foot. The lessons of history aren’t meant to be used as a cast iron pan with which to whack people over the head with our own brilliance.

Can we find a reasonable solution before it’s too late?

Our State Governor has asked for $1.1 Billion in new taxes. To save the Orcas.

On December 14, 1972, we did (corporately) something for the final time.


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CT – The 2nd Bank of the United States



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This often happens to me. I start down a thought road, planning to talk about one thing, and then I get off on a different road. As Sherlock Holmes described it, I follow the thread where it leads. I had planned to talk about this weeks refusal by the Supreme Court to issue a writ of cert to hear Gee v Planned Parenthood, but I got interested in Justice Thomas’ dissent.

Understandably, he is upset at the refusal of the Court to hear the case. There are those who believe that his dissent is rooted in ideology, and it may be. Clearly, he hates abortion and would vote to overturn Roe v Wade faster than a Michael Cohen news story gets on the air. But he does make a valid point – the jurisdiction and duty of the Court, as intended by the Framers, was to resolve questions such as this case asks. Especially when there are differing opinions as to what is going on with a given law in the lower Courts.

So…

There once came a time when the economic situation was chaotic. A long war had drained national resources and there was an overabundance of land and property available for speculative deals. To that end, numerous banks began making speculative loans backed up by literally nothing. The overextension of easy credit along with declining prices of non-land goods was causing a great deal of concern. And when the crap hit the fan, all hell broke loose.

Banks panicked and began calling in loans and foreclosing on the properties.

And then the politicians got involved…


Music Two-For-One: Pink Floyd and the Supreme Beings of Leisure

For me, It’s “Keep Talking”

There’s a silence surrounding me
I can’t seem to think straight
I’ll sit in the corner
No one can bother me

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Rather than have two points of divergence from what I normally post on this blog, I rolled up my thoughts on two different bands into one. Enjoy…

“What is your favorite Pink Floyd song? And why?”

I suck at rules on Quora; I cannot give just one example, therefore I shall limit my submissions to only two.

“Marooned”

This track was pleasant on the ears when I heard it, despite the fact that it took a while to warm up to “The Division Bell” in its entirety. However, the video moved it up several notches in my regard.

I cannot easily put my finger on why this video resonates so strongly with me. The footage from the ISS is beautiful and – in my opinion – a reflection of Mankind’s fascination with the dynamic between technology and nature. Countless hours and resources have resulted in the ability for a select…

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