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  1. Arahant Member

    I’ve said from the beginning that there are things that even Bloomberg can’t buy.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 10:17 AM PST
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  2. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Bloomberg, if stuck on a farm and expected to feed himself and provide a surplus for market. Would starve.

    Not only are these few million farmers feeding America, they’re also providing a surplus that is exported to the world at large…

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    • February 19, 2020, at 11:22 AM PST
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  3. Jim Beck Member

    Afternoon Arahant,

    If you haven’t read it already “Fields without Dreams” is my favorite VDH book, it focuses on farming after the depression in raisin farming. It has parts that are tragic.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 11:25 AM PST
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  4. colleenb Member
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    Listening to Byron York on Bill Bennet’s podcast he mentioned that Bloomberg still needs to meet the voters and one just doesn’t know how that may turn out. My feeling is that Bloomberg will spend a lot of money on himself, some money on whoever is the Democratic nominee (I don’t think it will be him), and a lot of money on gun control and other things he advocates. I think @Arahant that Bloomberg can buy some things and get some candidates in office but the Presidency may be too big even for him.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 11:49 AM PST
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  5. Jim Wright Coolidge

    For those into science fiction (and a bit of military sci-fi), John Ringo’s The Last Centurion does a great job of describing the skillset of the modern farmer, and shows what can happen when the Enlightened try to show the hicks how to farm with a Green New Deal in mind. 

    The narrator, the “Last Centurion,” is a type of modern day soldier-farmer Cincinnatus called to both duties in a double-whammy of a superflu and sudden global … cooling. Fun read, but warning that it’s filled to the brim with military-grade profanity.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 12:53 PM PST
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  6. Richard Easton Member

    Stalin wiped out the kulaks and there was mass starvation in the Soviet Union. He also nationalized farming, so it’s due to more than one factor, but the loss of intelligent farmers hurt output. Bloomberg’s too stupid and ignorant to know how sophisticated farming is today.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 1:16 PM PST
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  7. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Making an inane comment, including thanks to this channel “The Classicist,” so I can find my way back if bookmarks do not work.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 1:25 PM PST
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  8. Henry Castaigne Member

    Jim Wright (View Comment):

    The narrator, the “Last Centurion,” is a type of modern day soldier-farmer Cincinnatus called to both duties in a double-whammy of a superflu and sudden global … cooling. Fun read, but warning that it’s filled to the brim with military-grade profanity.

    So it’s like talking with Boss Mongo? Just an Irish mess of gun knowledge and swearing. 

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    • February 19, 2020, at 3:31 PM PST
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  9. Arahant Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    So it’s like talking with Boss Mongo? Just an Irish mess of gun knowledge and swearing.

    @bossmongo? Are you an Irish mess of gun knowledge and swearing?

     

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    • February 19, 2020, at 3:33 PM PST
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  10. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    Jim Beck (View Comment):

    Afternoon Arahant,

    If you haven’t read it already “Fields without Dreams” is my favorite VDH book, it focuses on farming after the depression in raisin farming. It has parts that are tragic.

    Victor’s father told him you can’t be a farmer, it’s too risky. you need a back up plan, another source of revenue. One reason he became a classicist and military historian.

     

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    • February 28, 2020, at 8:34 PM PST
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  11. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    Jim Wright (View Comment):

    For those into science fiction (and a bit of military sci-fi), John Ringo’s The Last Centurion does a great job of describing the skillset of the modern farmer, and shows what can happen when the Enlightened try to show the hicks how to farm with a Green New Deal in mind.

    The narrator, the “Last Centurion,” is a type of modern day soldier-farmer Cincinnatus called to both duties in a double-whammy of a superflu and sudden global … cooling. Fun read, but warning that it’s filled to the brim with military-grade profanity.

    on to cincinnati

     

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    • February 28, 2020, at 8:35 PM PST
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  12. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    Stalin wiped out the kulaks and there was mass starvation in the Soviet Union. He also nationalized farming, so it’s due to more than one factor, but the loss of intelligent farmers hurt output. Bloomberg’s too stupid and ignorant to know how sophisticated farming is today.

    Farming is not innate knowledge.

    You have to learn and have someone teach you the tricks of the trade.

    I can barely change a tire on my honda civic. Anything else? forget about it.

    There are welders in Texas whose starting salary is 150k!

    You become a welder after completing an apprenticeship.

    All these ‘manual’ fields require special subject matter knowledge, pragmatic and consequential expertise.

    Contrast that with our favorite linguist Noam Chomsky.

     

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    • February 28, 2020, at 8:40 PM PST
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  13. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    I have a friend who has a master’s degree in botany.

    He couldn’t grow a plant to save his life (his words, not mine).

     

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    • February 28, 2020, at 8:44 PM PST
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  14. kedavis Member

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    I have a friend who has a master’s degree in botany.

    He couldn’t grow a plant to save his life (his words, not mine).

    “Those who can’t do, teach?”

    Or maybe just do research…

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    • February 29, 2020, at 1:13 AM PST
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  15. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    I have a friend who has a master’s degree in botany.

    He couldn’t grow a plant to save his life (his words, not mine).

    “Those who can’t do, teach?”

    Or maybe just do research…

    Great comment. Same difference. Not sure which is worse, teach or research 

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    • March 3, 2020, at 1:56 AM PST
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  16. kedavis Member

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    I have a friend who has a master’s degree in botany.

    He couldn’t grow a plant to save his life (his words, not mine).

    “Those who can’t do, teach?”

    Or maybe just do research…

    Great comment. Same difference. Not sure which is worse, teach or research

    Research might actually be a lower rung on the ladder. Those who can’t do OR teach, might be doing research while their grad students do the teaching.

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    • March 3, 2020, at 12:07 PM PST
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