Time Machine *cries* Curtsy: Vanderleun.
Categories: Sports and Leisure
The Telegraph – IMF sees 140m jobs shortage in ageing China as ‘Lewis Point’ hits China’s vast reserve of cheap workers in the hinterland is vanishing at a vertiginous pace. We can now discern more or less when the catch-up growth miracle will sputter out. Another seven years or so – enough to bouy global [...]
Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs
This is about the most amazing thing I’ve read in ages; I don’t know WHY the headline points out that they missed WWII when they missed EVERYTHING and that is hardly the most interesting thing about their story (the missing of events, that is). Smithsonian – For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off [...]
Obviously I sat on this till it was too late to be of any actionable interest to anyone, BUT STILL! Look out for four steam trains in London this Saturday And then I’ve had this sitting on my desk, from the October issue of WIRED (I can’t find it online), page 48: BACK ON TRACK [...]
Categories: Science and Nature
Yeah so I just watched this whole thing: Liz Taylor & Mike Todd – A Happy Marriage Random observations: • People have been saying their daughters are so smart they’ll be the first female president since before the Baby Boomers invented the line. • Liz Taylor is cool.
NRO – Mark Steyn: The Edge of the Abyss The default setting of American society is ever more liberal and statist. In the weeks ahead, Democrats and Republicans will reach a triumphant “bipartisan” deal to avert the fiscal cliff through some artful bookkeeping mechanism that postpones Taxmageddon for another year, or six months, or three, [...]
This is really interest. Mostly because it proves that the obligatory cupcake-and-chiffon dress wasn’t a Thing for (shall we say) post-virginal brides until, yup, the 1990s. I actually like dresses 2, 3, and 4 the best (the first one is lovely but if it’s done by a studio’s costume designer I don’t think it particularly [...]
Wheat & Weeds – Trains! Sigh, think what the world would look like if we still got around by train. We live right next to the little downtown of the little town we live in and running along side us and it is a 4 lane road (quite lovely, at least) which was paved over [...]
An overlooked area of history, I think: BBC (video) – Archaeologists ‘find palace site’ at Kingsholm
This is making me cry with laughter, but rather than make it the Funniest Item of the Day, I’ll just use it to illustrate what a thing it was to have been Neil Armstrong. The Onion – Late Edition: Monday, July 21, 1969 Somebody on the internet said a couple weeks ago on the occasion [...]
Categories: Science and Nature
In the annals of REALLY BAD IDEAS: io9 – Secret Histories: China’s Worst Self-Inflicted Environmental Disaster: The Campaign to Wipe Out the Common Sparrow To wit: Back in the 1950s, China was going through its Great Leap Forward, an effort to transform China from a largely agrarian nation to a thriving industrial Marxist powerhouse. DOT. [...]
This is very good: Reason – Obama’s Shaggy Dog Story About the Golden Gate Bridge Matt Welch The history of who, and how, they built the Golden Gate Bridge is very good (I especially like that it took lobbying from the automotive industry, cuz boy have times changed, to get the Feds to sell them [...]
Telegraph – Harry Mount: Architectural beauty – and private home ownership – relieve poverty There’s a show on BBC 2 called “Secret History of our Streets” which sounds amazing: Caledonian Road is near where I was brought up – and the programme illustrates really well how architectural beauty, and private ownership, relieved the poverty of [...]
Cracked.com – The 5 Most Adorable Stories in the History of War Curtsy: Brett McS, via Twitter. So awesome.
Categories: War and Peace
So, on Twitter, as I am most of the time these days (sorry, blogs/news/kitten sites), I saw that the President made a pretty bad speech (I didn’t read or see it, but even journalists thought so), and that he seemed to have brought up going to the moon together. So this is a bit of [...]