Randoms of the day

Daphne finds one of the better takes I’ve read on the London riots.

Kalim Kassam points to modernitysucks.

More on Eisenhower, though I still stand by my position.

How many world-views can cope with this sort of video?

We should have more laws like this one: "Under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886, the police, not insurance companies, bear ultimate responsibility for compensating people who have had their property damaged by rioters." Though I’d prefer if blame fell on the people responsible for modern policing methods.

Michael Lewis on Germany: "For better or for worse, the Germans now own Europe." His description of German national identity is pretty incredible.

Blogging will be light for a couple weeks due to a combination of lots of work, travel, and a need for a short break.

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6 Responses to Randoms of the day

  1. Steve Johnson says:

    “He then offers me the same survey of German banking that I will hear from half a dozen others. German banks are not, like American banks, mainly private enterprises. ”

    I see what you mean by “incredible”.

    • Steve Johnson says:

      That was overly harsh.

      The first two thirds of the article had too much semi-Freudian nonsense. It does actually highlight some very interesting cultural differences.

  2. rightsaidfred says:

    …the Germans now own Europe.

    Looks like a lesson there, perhaps a testament to brains, hard work, and efficiency. Maybe it should be tried elsewhere.

    But if it is all spent maintaining the Greeks et al in “a style to which they’ve become accustomed”, I can see where one would take a pass.

  3. asdf@asdf.com says:

    It’s worthwhile to google sites where a lot of liberals hang out. Metafilter, DailyKos, Democratic Underground, and Reddit.

    Specifically on the topic of communism, you can see exactly the tropes play out:

    http://www.metafilter.com/26546/50-year-anniversary-of-the-Rosenbergs-execution#507345

  4. Doug1 says:

    Daphne’s found and also added take on the London riots was one of the best. Good find on your part.

  5. anonymous says:

    One of those little “hmmm” moments when you look deep into the cathedral:

    Chesa Boudin was born in New York, NY, on August 21, 1980. His parents, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, were radical anti-war activists and members of the Weather Underground.

    When Chesa Boudin was 14 months old, his parents were arrested for their role in the fatal Brinks Robbery (1981) in Rockland County, New York. His mother was sentenced to 20 years to life and his father to 75 years to life. Chesa Boudin was adopted by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn,

    Chesa Boudin attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for high school and Yale University for undergrad, where he majored in history. After college he went to Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. At Oxford he earned two masters degrees, one in Forced Migration and the other in Public Policy in Latin America. He is currently a student at Yale Law School.

    A golden child born of the 60s revolution is a rhodes scholar and studies ethnic cleansing (la wik: Forced migration (also called deracination – originally a French word meaning uprooting) refers to the coerced movement of a person or persons away from their home or home region.) AND how to govern a latin american country…

    …!

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