Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Billboard Drives Home Extent of Corruption as Schools Suffer - NYTimes.com

Billboard Drives Home Extent of Corruption as Schools Suffer - NYTimes.com:



"MEXICO CITY — All over Mexico, children have begun making their way to school for the start of a new year — many stepping into run-down buildings without running water, new textbooks or trained teachers."



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Monday, September 01, 2014

Chris Christie’s Trip to Mexico Doubles as a Foreign Policy Test - NYTimes.com

Chris Christie’s Trip to Mexico Doubles as a Foreign Policy Test - NYTimes.com:



 "A few days after Russian forces invaded Crimea, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was asked at a confidential meeting of Republican activists how he would have handled the situation differently from President Obama."



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Europe’s Migration Crisis - NYTimes.com

Europe’s Migration Crisis - NYTimes.com:



"Unusually calm seas in the Mediterranean and stagnant European economies are contributing to a perfect storm over migration."



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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water - NYTimes.com

Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water - NYTimes.com:



"FRESNO, Calif. — The small prefab office of Arthur & Orum, a well-drilling outfit hidden in the almond trees and grapevines south of Fresno, has become a magnet for scores of California farmers in desperate need of water to sustain their crops. Looking at binders of dozens of orders for yet-to-be-drilled wells, Steve Arthur, a manager, said, “We’ve got more stacked up than we’ll do before the end of the year.”"



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The Medicare Miracle - NYTimes.com

The Medicare Miracle - NYTimes.com:



"So, what do you think about those Medicare numbers? What, you haven’t heard about them? Well, they haven’t been front-page news. But something remarkable has been happening on the health-spending front, and it should (but probably won’t) transform a lot of our political debate."



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Sutpen and Buendia:Two doomed races

William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez were prophets. Thomas Piketty deciphered them.

Absalom, Absalom!, and One Hundred Years of Solitude, exemplify the cold logic of capitalism. The authors did not have to painstakingly go through the French Tax Records from 1789 to the present to know what they wrote about: They just knew.

The rest of us need proof, just like the Greek mathematicians did, with The Elements of Geometry written by Euclid. Step by step demonstrations, so we  don't lose the argument. We could use a computer, like Thomas Piketty did, but at the end of the day we have to see with our mind's eye, what prophets know without these tools, just like paper, pencil, and eraser, the rest of us need these tools so we can understand. The Scientific Method, is the guide to the unenlightened masses. Knowledge is collective, or it is not knowledge. The human race may be the first conscious species of the Universe.

After finishing Absalom, Absalom! I see the destruction of the Sutpen family. Out of nowhere a Scott-Irish rolls down from the Appalachian Mountains down to the Southern plains. Thomas Sutpen was a half conscious son of a drunk father. He has enough understanding to go to Haiti and father a mixed race son. After the Independence War in that God forsaken land, he leaves with ill gotten wealth, with the intention to start a dynasty in the semi-tropical South of the United States of America.

Sutpen buys land and slaves, with the help of a Methodist Minister, too idealistic to survive that jungle. Eventually he gets a white wife and lets the blind forces of capitalism do the rest.

The story ends like Gabriel Garcia Marquez's, incest and inequality destroy those races.

And Fairly Won - NYTimes.com

And Fairly Won - NYTimes.com: "One hundred fifty years ago today, William Tecumseh Sherman’s corps, which had pulled back from in front of Atlanta — deceiving the Confederates into believing that they were in retreat — were scything around south of the city, cutting the rail lines. Hood’s army got away, but the victory was nonetheless decisive, for political reasons: the fall of Atlanta convinced voters that the war could and would be won, and Lincoln was reelected.



 I’ve written before about my U.S. Grant obsession; Sherman, too. And the friendship between these two men — men who had no illusions about war, who understood the modern world and did what had to be done — is, to my mind, one of the great stories of American history."



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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Central America Hit by Severe Drought - NYTimes.com

Central America Hit by Severe Drought - NYTimes.com:



 "A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America, and as many as 2.8 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Program said Friday. The drought, which is also affecting South America, has been particularly hard on southern Guatemala, northern Honduras and western El Salvador. Guatemala declared a state of emergency after 256,000 families lost their crops. Farmers growing peas, green beans and broccoli estimate that they will lose 30 to 40 percent of their crops. Jesús Samayoa, a farmer in Jutiapa, Guatemala, said, “I am 60 years old, and this is the first time I have seen a crisis like this.”"



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Friday, August 29, 2014

Is Owning Overrated? The Rental Economy Rises - NYTimes.com

Is Owning Overrated? The Rental Economy Rises - NYTimes.com:



"Things that you can now rent instead of buying: a power drill, a song, a tent, an office for an hour, a Prada handbag, a wedding dress, a painting, a dog, your neighbor’s car, a drone."



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Study Offers Clues To Swift Arctic Extinction - NYTimes.com

New Study Offers Clues To Swift Arctic Extinction - NYTimes.com:



 "Seven hundred years ago, the Dorset people disappeared from the Arctic. The last of the Paleo-Eskimos, the Dorset culture had dominated eastern Canada and Greenland for centuries, hunting seal and walrus through holes in the ice and practicing shamanistic rituals with ornate carvings and masks."



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty - NYTimes.com

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty - NYTimes.com:



"WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress."



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