Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

more coolidge

More choice excerpts from Coolidge by Amity Shlaes (review): The constant apprehension was, so long as then-existing legislation remained in force, that the unit of existing monetary relations would be changed. Such an apprehension is the surest ground for panic which can be offered. The panic which resulted when this fear became more specific was [...]

May 7, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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coolidge by amity shlaes

Calvin Coolidge is my favorite president. Has been for a long time. So when I saw Coolidge at my local bookstore recently, I was very excited to grab a copy and read Amity Shlaes rendition of his life. In just the first 18 pages is enough to inspire anyone to love the man we call [...]

May 1, 2014 · antipaucity · 5 Comments
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kingmakers by karl ernest meyer and shareen blair brysac

Karl Ernest Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac present what should be a fascinating history of the modern Middle East in their recent book Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East. I have been interested in Middle Eastern history (ancient and modern) for many years, and so was excited to see this book as I [...]

April 23, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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why nations fail by daron acemoglu and james a robinson

I first came across Why Nations Fail at my local Half Price Books. After seeing it on the shelves a couple times, but still being unsure about whether I really wanted to read it or not, I reserved it at my local library. Now I wish I had bought it (and likely will) – Daron [...]

April 16, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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redecentralizing school

I have a very long-term interest in education. As I look at the current public education “system” in the US, I can see a variety of major problems. The biggest problem, endemic of any system built around the premise that the only people who should be together all day long should all be “similar”. Somewhere [...]

February 8, 2013 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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more irrational gun maneuvering – president obama living up to [my] expectations

I was harshly criticized a few years ago when I pointed-out Mr Obama’s anti-gun stances. While several good things for gun owners did happen in his first term, irrational exuberance over the recent shooting in Connecticut has led Vice President Biden to say the following: “The president is going go act,” said Biden, who is [...]

January 9, 2013 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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why the electoral college matters

This year’s election results seem to – again – be confusing a LOT of people. The incumbent presidential candidate, Mr Obama, won ~51% of the popular vote. His main opponent, Mr Romney, won ~48% of the  popular vote. However, when you look at the electoral votes (the only ones that really matter), you see a different picture: [...]

November 12, 2012 · antipaucity · 7 Comments
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taxation as a solution to the “gay marriage” issue

While I have some pretty strong personal views on the issue of “gay marriage”, I have a possible solution that not only gets it away from being a societal problem, but also gets the government out of being involved in our personal lives a little more. There is a side benefit of being able to [...]

September 12, 2012 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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on twitter and the police

Dave Winer had an interesting take on the recent Twitter-NYPD flare-up. Personally, the thought of any government organization demanding records without a warrant is abhorrent. However, since the entire point of Twitter is to make your tweets public … then what is there to subpoena? They’re all out there – visible to the world… Unless the user [...]

May 9, 2012 · antipaucity · No Comments
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tax day

Tax Day in the US is “late” this year because the 15th of April was a Sunday. I was able to prepare and file my taxes early-ish (January) thanks to a proactive employer who got our W2s out quickly. Every month I look at my pay stub, and am appalled at how much the various [...]

April 16, 2012 · antipaucity · No Comments
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