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Archive for May, 2007

As part of their work on the Fertility Trap Hypothesis, Edward Hugh and Claus Vistesen argue that an aging demographic profile will lead to an export-oriented economy. More controversially (at least to me), they argue that a move towards an export economy will make it hard to raise birth rates to replacement levels. They think […]

My Problem

Though you would not know it by how infrequently I update my essay site, I have lots of subjects that I would like to write an essay about. Yet, on this blog I rarely touch upon those subjects about which I wish to write an essay because I am afraid of ruining the effect of […]

This from the New York Times…. As cultural coordinator for a resource center for new Quebecers, Gabriel Garcia is leading an effort to bridge the gap between the growing number of immigrants here and the mostly French-speaking society into which they have moved. But one issue is proving to be a bridge too far for […]

All of us barbarians here in the ethereal land are down on vegan’s for a variety of reasons. But their fundamental problem is that they are not connected to reality. This from the New York Times…. When Crown Shakur died of starvation, he was 6 weeks old and weighed 3.5 pounds. His vegan parents, who […]

In the absences of human support, how long do you think it would take before an urban neighborhood to turn into wilderness rural again? I have always wondered about that question. But apparently, I need not speculate too much. The process is actually happening in Detroit. This from Detroitblog….. It’s always fun to go up […]

Although a lot of liberals would rather die then admit it, the Bush administration has been very good for the US economy. In fact, it has been a long time since this country has had it so good. Tax revenue is up. Unemployment has stayed low. People complain about the widening disparities in wealth, but […]

In America older people tend to vote more conservatively than the rest of the population. Apparently, the French are no different. According to this article in the in The Independent (h/t tompeters! and the Brussels’s Journal) Sarkozy would not have won the recent election in France if it were not for the over 60 crowd. […]

Well, the title might be overplaying it a little bit. But I have been thinking about a financial product that I think I ought to be able to buy, but can’t (at least to my knowledge). To start off, let me explain the problem that this product needs to fix. To put it succinctly, I […]

When I was writing an essay a while back, I came across this web site put out by Peter Bueschen that argued that Winslow Homer put hidden images in his paintings. Now I dismissed that idea out of hand at the time, but I just can’t get that idea out of my head. On the […]

Minorities and the countryside

Life brings its share of surprises. But few things have surprised me more in life than finding out that almost everyone in America who is not white fears rural areas. I never would have thought the only areas of the country left where people do not lock their doors would inspire such fear, but apparently […]

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