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There are times when I miss having a big dog with a loud, ferocious bark. Whenever someone came to the door, one would have thought we had the Hound of Baskervilles even though she was a female golden retriever. Often, when I opened the front door a solicitor would have retreated about 30 feet to […]

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Martin Luther King Jr. has just been #MeToo-ed and it may be close to a Cosby level hit. Or is it? Please look to the original story in Standpoint Magazine, “The Troubling Legacy of Martin Luther King,” for your own assessment of the merits. What follows is a brief consideration of the MLK case, compared […]

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CBS this morning aired a recent interview their chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford did with Attorney General Bill Barr while he was in Alaska (addressing native concerns I think). This may be the best interview with a public servant I’ve heard. Ms. Crawford asked some very good questions, but it’s the depth in Bill Barr’s […]

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Those of us who are plugged in to politics (everyone who visits this site) are incredibly lucky to live in a time when we can access the intramural debates on the right in real time. You can pop back and forth between articles and responses to them, hear intense debates on podcasts (there were 3-4 […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Hayek

 

Friedrich August Hayek was a brilliant proponent of classical liberalism and a mortal enemy of centralized economics. He earned the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1974, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991, and sold more than two million copies of his seminal work, The Road to Serfdom. I thought I’d share three of my favorite Hayek quotes:

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”

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I’m a technical writer by profession. It’s something I’ve been doing for more than a quarter of a century, and I’m good at it. Give me some complex technical information, and time to understand it, and I can explain it clearly. I’m lucky enough to have a good job, one that allows me to use the skills that I’m best at.

But just doing things you’re good at can get boring.

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So, Governor Gavin (almost makes you miss Jerry Brown) Newsom is inviting woman (and men, I suppose) to have their abortions in California. Formally known for beaches, movie glamour, redwoods, the state come now known as the Baby Killing State (maybe that could be a new slogan on the license plates.) Well, some states do […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: The Scent of a Woman

 

The scent of rumduol is the scent of a woman. Phka rumduol, phka being the Khmer word for flower, is the national flower of Cambodia. Rumduol has been a beloved bloom of the Khmer people for thousands of years. It graced many of our temples and sculpted female figures are adorned with rumduol in their hair and bodies. They also graced the temples’ colonnades and door frames.

Rumduol is the single most recurring character in Khmer literature. Countless poets, playwrights and lyricists, in the past as in the present, have gone to great lengths to extol the beauty of rumduol the flower and rumduol the woman and sometimes both. In Khmer culture, rumduol is synonymous with women and represents feminine beauty. This doesn’t just apply to literature. Khmers use rumduol and women interchangeably in real life as well. In the past, young women would thread rumduol blooms into body chains to wear before entering temples to receive blessing. But the flower itself bears neither Hindu nor Buddhist connotation. Khmers just simply love rumduol.

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Is it because most are government backed against default? Is it because colleges can knowlingly raise their prices due to the availability of loans in the first place? These are extreme examples in this article, but it does raise the issue once again: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-27/debt-laden-americans-flee-country-escape-crushing-student-loans More

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This excerpt of an interview of Bill Barr by CBS is really giving me hope that the facts about the 2016 election cycle and the soft coup attempt will be eventually documented:

JAN CRAWFORD: But when you came into this job, you were kind of, it’s like the US Attorney in Connecticut, I mean, you had a good reputation on the right and on the left. You were a man with a good reputation. You are not someone who is, you know, accused of protecting the president, enabling the president, lying to Congress. Did you expect that coming in? And what is your response to it? How do you? What’s your response to that?

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Design It for Fools

 

“Always invest in companies that could be run by any fool because sooner or later one will be running it. It’s funny, from dog clubs to HOAs to the US Congress to major corporations, events collude that cause humans to put idiots in charge of their affairs. It only isn’t the rule in small firms and start-ups. Not that it doesn’t happen there, but they fail so quickly that the public doesn’t become aware.” – Peter Lynch, Fidelity Magellan Fund

Peter Lynch led the Fidelity Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990. In those 13 years, the fund posted an average annual return of 29%, building assets from $20 million to $14 billion. At that growth rate, your money doubles about every 2.5 years. Of course, the stock market was relatively moribund during the 1970s, due to oil embargoes and Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” economy. After Reagan took office, the economy boomed, which explains a significant portion of the gain. But in the quote above, Peter Lynch identified a truth about complex systems and management. The question is “how robust are the country’s important systems to fools?”

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For a metropolis of 500,000, Mesa, Arizona still has a small-town feel. Each year, veterans’ organizations and community members gather to honor our war dead at the original Mesa Cemetery, established in 1891. This year, the downtown posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion hosted the ceremony. The ceremony was simple and dignified, conducted in unseasonably mild weather.

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It’s been some number of years since voter ID first became law in Texas. It’s one of those things where if you are person of even moderate views, you wondered why we hadn’t been doing it already for years. https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/politics/article/Former-San-Antonio-mayor-Lila-Cockrell-turned-13906697.php  More

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From President Trump: “To address the emergency at the Southern Border, I am invoking the authorities granted to me by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Accordingly, starting on June 10, 2019, the United States will impose a 5 percent Tariff on all goods imported from Mexico. If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through […]

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Pres. Trump has now threatened a 5% tariff on all goods coming to the United States from Mexico. This will go up over time to 25%. Trumps demand is that Mexico stop the flow of Central Americans crossing Mexico to illegally enter the United States.  More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. TV History 8: High Definition Television

 

Ask any critic: We’re living in the era of Peak TV, when major cable and streaming projects have become as important and glamorous in our world as theatrical films are, sometimes even more so. Television’s been an important part of our lives for seventy years, but other than for live events, it’s always been the (relatively) family-friendly, 21 inch-wide, generally low prestige cousin of the movies. That all changed in this century, and this post will claim it’s partly due to a non-artistic advance that’s supposedly “merely” technical, as if anything is “merely” technical: The stunning quality, size, and affordability of today’s high definition home screen.

The traditional movie theater is increasingly reserved for spectacle; your living room flatscreen is now your movie screen, just as your laptop or tablet has become your kitchen table TV, and your mobile phone became your daily, carry around computer message center. Just considering sheer cultural impact, “The Sopranos”, became “The Godfather” of our era, and “Game of Thrones” has been “The Lord of the Rings” of the past decade. It’s hard to recall how recent this all is. Even a quarter century ago, you’d have to have been a Hollywood millionaire with a 35mm home theater to see a picture anywhere nearly this good in your living room. Now you only need $500, and 55 inches (diagonal) of wall space. The story of how video reached film quality, and is now approaching the limits of human eyesight, involves enterprise, decades of backdoor deals, art, science, the politics of the Sixties through the Eighties, and a high money stakes engineering fight with Japan; which we won. Here’s how it happened.

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