The American school system is a bad parody of an optimum allocation of resources, and nearly everyone knows it, but we always talk as if it were not so.When I first read the last bit, I could see Dr. Hairston clearly in my mind, mouthing the word accolades.
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I think the underground economy is growing rapidly in the U.S.
He was running for PR and ratings, much the way Ump-Tray, Alin-Pay and Ingrich-Gay still are.
A big government guy, he has a smarmy affect and talks too much about his faith. I don't much care what religious beliefs politicians hold as long as they don't go on and on about them.
Also, guitar-playing politicians have a tendency toward narcissism.
Sooner or later our society must back off the beaches as concerns increase about beach quality and as preservation of major coastal cities becomes a higher priority. The first step will be to discourage beachfront urban renewal. That would mean moving or demolishing threatened buildings, prohibiting the rebuilding (and certainly the super-sizing) of destroyed buildings, and ending further subsidy of beachfront development, including tax-supported beach nourishment and federal flood insurance. It's time to learn to live with the shoreline, not on it.Other things Pilkey doesn't like, US Army Corps of Engeering policies and seawalls.
Twenty-five years ago, when I began speaking and writing about seawalls and how they destroy beaches, I was shocked at the tenor of the response to this idea both from professional engineers and from developers and politicians. The attacks on me were often quite personal, and letters damning me were written to my university president and to the papers. As a scientist, I was unaccustomed to such personal attacks.
The authors sound like a cool pair:
Noted coastal geologist Orrin Pilkey and environmental scientist Linda Pilkey-Jarvis show that the quantitative mathematical models policy makers and government administrators use to form environmental policies are seriously flawed. Based on unrealistic and sometimes false assumptions, these models often yield answers that support unwise policies. . . .I stumbled on the book after reading of Pilkey in a John Stossel piece on federally-subsidized flood insurance. Stossel says Pilkey "has been one of the most persistent critics of the government's [flood insurance] policies."
The authors demonstrate how many modelers have been reckless, employing fudge factors to assure "correct" answers and caring little if their models actually worked.
*It sounds like one of Gary Jones's headlines at Muck & Mystery
Under Daniels's leadership, Indiana recently jumped ten spots to #6 in the state rankings of business friendliness. He came across very well in a recent interview with Peter Robinson.
Judging from these numbers and the ones below, maybe Governor O'Malley should be asking Scott Walker and Mitch Daniels for advice.
- Texas #1 (for seventh straight year)
- Biggest gainers: Wisconsin (+17) and Indiana (+10)
- #50 was California (for seventh straight year)
- Biggest losers: Alaska (-10) and West Virginia (-8)
#7 Virginia (-3)
#16 Delaware (-4)
#37 Maryland (-4)
#39 Pennsylvania (-7)
#42 West Virginia (-8)
take the square of the perimeter of any [district], and divide it by the [districts’s] area, you arrive at a number, which can be called its irregularity.Of course, you'd need a way of simplifying boundaries along meandering coastlines. But that's very doable.
Rahe points out the biggest problem with Ron Paul :
[Ron Paul's] stance with regard to American foreign policy is utopian and dangerous. If left to its own devices, the larger world will tend towards anarchy. Throughout human history, in the absence of hegemony, piracy is the norm. Spontaneous disorder is the dominant propensity, not spontaneous order.Well said.
I like some of Ron Paul's ideas, but he's not the right guy.
- Don't be afraid to go into enemy territory.
- [Use video to] expose the left for who they are -- in their own words.
- Be open about your secrets.
- Don't let the Complex use its PC lexicon to characterize you and shape the narrative.
- Control your own story -- don't let the Complex do it.
- Ubiquity is key.
- Engage in the social arena.
- Don't pretend to know more than you do.
- Don't let them pretend to know more than they do. (Ask for sources and evidence and ask why.)
- Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
- Don't let them get away with ignoring their own rules.
- Truth isn't mean. It's truth.
- Believe in the audacity of hope.