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Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 09:28:44 EST

But only in a manner of speaking, alas.

Still dealing with computer issues that, candidly, I thought would be quickly resolved.

Wrong.

Once we're clear of our blizzard, I'll call the Doc.

Until then, well . . .

Until then.

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Computeritis
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 20:36:35 EST

Or some such virus, keeping me from writing here, requiring a visit to the local computer doctor.

I would illustrate the problem, but I can't because that's a part of the problem.

Back . . .

Eventually.

Sigh.

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Big Dream?
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 20:34:36 EST

Utopian nightmare.

The Great Society.

lbj

A wet dream of Progressives that - again, and quite predictably - turned out to be not so great after all.

Gone bad for more than half a century now . . .

And still counting.

Suffice it to say, the United States arrived late to the 20th century’s entitlement party, and the hesitance to embrace the welfare state lingered on well after the Depression. As recently as the early 1960s, the "footprint" left on America’s GDP by the welfare state was not dramatically larger than it had been under Franklin Roosevelt — or Herbert Hoover, for that matter.

In 1961, at the start of the Kennedy Administration, total government entitlement transfers to individual recipients accounted for a little less than 5% of GDP, as opposed to 2.5% of GDP in 1931 just before the New Deal.

In 1963 – the year of Kennedy’s assassination – these entitlement transfers accounted for about 6% of total personal income in America, as against a bit less than 4% in 1936.

During the 1960s, however, America’s traditional aversion to the welfare state and all its works largely collapsed. President Johnson’s "War on Poverty" and his "Great Society" pledge of the same year ushered in a new era for America, in which Washington finally commenced in earnest the construction of a massive welfare state. In the decades that followed, America not only markedly expanded provision for current or past workers who qualified for benefits under existing "social insurance" arrangements, it also inaugurated a panoply of nationwide programs for "income maintenance" (food stamps, housing subsidies, Supplemental Social Security Insurance, and the like) where eligibility turned not on work history but on officially designated "poverty" status.

The government also added health-care guarantees for retirees and the officially poor, with Medicare, Medicaid, and their accompaniments.

In other words, Americans could claim, and obtain, an increasing trove of economic benefits from the government simply by dint of being a citizen; they were now incontestably entitled under law to some measure of transferred public bounty, thanks to our new "entitlement state."

The expansion of the American welfare state remains very much a work in progress; the latest addition to that edifice is, of course, the Affordable Care Act.

Which, mirabile dictu, turns out to be not so affordable at all.

When will we ever learn?

Alas, no time soon.

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And Still . . .
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 11:35:03 EST

No plan.

arlo

Not really.

But then, as is said ruefully, if you want to make God laugh, tell Him you have a plan . . .

Right?

Right.

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Conspiracy Theory
Topic: Just Wondering
Posted by Everyman - 11:27:25 EST

Conspiracies have been around for a very long time - think of Julius Caesar and his encounter with Brutus - and the ways to deal with them have been around for just as long.

conspiracy

Joint venture criminality has a range of consequences, from being an accessory, to aiding and abetting, to shared responsibility as a principal for the wrong done.

The power of conspiracy theory in dealing with international terrorism is that it makes all actors responsible for all of the wrongs it does, and there's no refuge for those who would claim only tangential involvement; everyone's into the pool, all in for a dime, all in for a dollar. So it's legitimate to examine relationships between and among all of them, and with our vaunted claim of ability to listen in on their electronic communications in the cyber realms, it should be possible to delve into the depths of all of their conspiratorial interactions and to hold all of them equally criminally responsible for all of the wrongs done, a prospect that should give pause to those tempted to get involved in the scheming in the first place.

A chilling prospect, indeed.

Let's do it, People, and take control of our civilizations while there's still time to get it done and to defeat the barbarians at our gates . . .

Shall we?

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A Quality Of Life . . .
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 10:20:04 EST

Thing.

calvin

Calvin's not buying it.

As he was sometimes wont to do, before his creative snowmen came to his mind . . .

And so to his yard.

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Multitasking
Topic: Just Thinking
Posted by Everyman - 10:03:24 EST

Once beyond imagining, now routine.

arlo

Arlo to the contrary . . .

Notwithstanding.

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The Sweet Life . . .
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 09:53:52 EST

Remembered.

It hit local movie screens like a bomb and started a revolution which goes on, even to this day, a half century later.

Led by a full-breasted Swede bombshell of almost unimaginable proportions, at least to an adolescent like me at the end of the benighted 1950's.

La Dolce Vita.

la dolce vita

Gone now to her reward.

ekberg

'La Dolce Vita' actress Anita Ekberg dies at 83

Anita Ekberg, the Swedish-born actress and sex-symbol of the 1950s and `60s who was immortalized bathing in the Trevi fountain in "La Dolce Vita," has died. She was 83.

Ekberg's lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi confirmed her death Sunday. She said Ekberg had been hospitalized most recently after Christmas following a series of illnesses.

Ekberg had long lived in Italy, the country that gave her worldwide fame thanks to the iconic dip opposite Marcello Mastroianni, one of the most famous images in film history.

Even as she became one of Sweden's most famous exports, Ekberg maintained a problematic relation with her native country. She never starred in a Swedish film and was often at odds with Swedish journalists, who criticized her for leaving the country.

Ah, but sexual history had been made.

And in 1960, the '50's were, in more ways than one . . .

Done.

Very much gone, for good, the early years of sexual revolution to be outlasted, a sweet/sour memory to those of us who lived then, one not, however . . .

To be much missed.

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On The Economy
Topic: Muttering
Posted by Everyman - 15:48:19 EST

With a boost from an ever-enabling media, the president's approval rating is being filled with more hot air.

economy

Good times, good times.

bull market

Playing catch-up?

Not even.

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