We’ve reached Autumn in the North, the beginning of the great time of distraction for the sheeple. While they watch their NFL games, prepare for the gluttony of Thanksgiving, then transition quickly into the iPhone buyfest that is Christmas, who knows what the NSA is tapping into or what Obama and Kerry are bombing. The Fall indeed… That's why it's nice to have a bolthole. Down in Chile it is Spring and a time of renewal... and a lot more freedom.
[Editor’s Note: The following post is by James Guzman and Ben Vincent, and is excerpted from this week’s TDV Homegrown]
In 2008 the prospective career paths for much of America went up in smoke as jobs became more and more sparse. Many, still desperately clinging to the fantasy of the American Dream, are getting money the only way that they know how; borrowing it.
[Editor’s Note: The following post is by TDV contributor, Dr. Kenneth Karger]
“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.” – H. L. Mencken
[Editor’s Note: The following post is by TDV Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Berwick]
We’ve long held to the old adage that there are lies, damned lies, and government statistics. Our work over the last four years has shown that in every way imaginable.
One of the most egregious is official US government “unemployment numbers”. This number has been what they call "hedonically adjusted" (and what we prefer to call hedonistically adjusted) into pure fiction.
[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Berwick]
Since I’ve upgraded to the new Samsung Galaxy S4 I have never understood why anyone would want an iPhone… but that is beside the point. And I do realize many people are Apple-fanatics… but here is a very urgent warning about why you should not buy the iPhone 5S or even upgrade to iOS7.
Like any intelligent person with good tastes who was raised in the US in the period after the 1960's, I am a tremendous Neil Diamond fan. While Boston baseball types are notorious for belting Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" repeatedly during the warm months, your editor prefers to belt out "I Am, I Said" at a rate of about a dozen times per year. I'll lay odds that if you know the song, you now have the urge to sing it, too...
What a week it has been. Last weekend I sat at the same spot, at my chair at Mangos bar on the beach, writing about how it was unusually rainy. That downpour didn't fully stop until four days later and still there is rain, off and on, but much lighter, including at the moment.
[Editor’s Note: The following post is by TDV contributor, Wendy McElroy]
“Simplify, simplify.” — Henry David Thoreau
“Simplify.” — me
It occurred to me over the kitchen table last night, after a dinner of fried chicken.
A good friend has come a long distance to assist us in constructing a patio to increase the value of our farmhouse when we sell and move to Chile. A veteran house builder, he drew up the rough plans for our ultimate new dwelling. For the second time in my life, I fell in love at first sight.