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We had a zombie outbreak in Texas recently, if you believe the blogs and TV news: http://bennettandbennett.com/blog/2009/01/zombies-in-area-run.html
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2009 on When Zombies Attack! at The Faculty Lounge
Interesting debate. I've not seen the site but from the description I agree with Eric about how they addressed Lincoln's Richmond visit and particularly that it's absurd for the tour to fail to mention slavery. But he's reading too much into the presence of the black employee. Wouldn't he have complained equally if everyone there was white? Should the fellow have been denied the job because of race? Also, IMO it's too easy to dismiss legitimate arguments about the Civil War and its aftermath by using the "Lost Cause" label and dismissing every contention identified with such sentiments. Reconstruction WAS an occupation. In fact, it was a period of outright martial law, a brutal fact for Southerners which is glossed over by the term "Reconstruction." My own family owned no slaves (or "butlers" for that matter) but was burned out by Sherman and fled Union occupation to Texas with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They shared much of the "lost cause" ideology described here but it was rooted in bitter loss and personal experience. Winners write history with the terms they prefer, but that doesn't completely invalidate the language and perspective of losers in great historical conflicts.
On the positive side of the ledger, beyond taxes, you're ignoring the economic growth benefits from recent immigration. Illegal immigrants doing day labor, for example, aren't taking jobs from Americans, they're creating small businesses for the guys in pickup trucks who come hire them and couldn't operate with fixed overhead, paying benefits, etc.. Also, for those who favor mass deportations, reducing CA's population by such a large amount would reduce demand for business services, products, etc., in a dramatic way that would tank the economy even worse. That's basic, Keynesian, demand-side economics. The logic of free markets applies equally to labor markets, and we benefit much more than we've been harmed by Latin American immigration, both legal and illegal.
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I've run through most if not all of the available translations, and IMO the one by Thomas Cleary is superior to the others.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2005 on The Art of War? at WWdN: In Exile
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I've run through most if not all of the available translations, and IMO the one by Thomas Cleary is superior to the others.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2005 on The Art of War? at WWdN: In Exile
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