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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Money talks

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Something different, and yet, not.

* There are a lot of lessons to be learned here: How Detroit went broke: The answers may surprise you - and don't blame Coleman Young

* Frightening. From the comments:

... They became, in essence, soldiers and bonded closely with their “brothers in arms,” which gave them a purpose in life that they couldn’t get elsewhere in their own communities.

Someone else:

Some jobs, opportunities, and healthy outlets would go a long way.

It may seem simple, but that is exactly right. You get up in the morning, get the kids ready for school, get yourself ready for work, spend all day at work, come home, fix dinner, go over homework, watch some TV, get the kids ready for bed, fall into bed exhausted, then start the whole thing all over again. You spend the weekends doing arts and crafts, sports, shopping, visiting friends, going to church. In the summer you keep them busy swimming, reading, building birdhouses. A lifestyle of such routines is certainly dull, but it works, and it is healthy. That is, stay so busy moving forward, being focused, being productive, you and them don't have time or inclination to pay any mind to the drug dealers. You got to start them young, very young. But, like I said, simple. I don't have all the answers and I may be wrong, but the jobs part has got to be a factor.

* On Lincoln's Mind: A plea for help from the frontier:

Another potential powder-keg for Lincoln was growing tension between the federal government and Native Americans on the frontier. The federal government paid relatively close attention to its relations with Native Americans before the war, but the rebellion in the South drew Lincoln's attention away from the West.
As a result, the often-corrupt federal Indian Agents were free to abuse their power even more than during peacetime, while the Native Americans they were supposedly assisting grew increasingly frustrated.

Read the whole thing.

* How Wal-Mart’s Waltons Maintain Their Billionaire Fortune.

* This is amazing: Island Girl Begins Her Next Southbound Migration:

She is engaged in her fifth full migration since we tagged her back in 2008 with a GPS, solar powered transmitter. This remarkable unit has been operating for almost five years now. Let's hope it lasts all the way back to Chile once again. Pretty sure that this is a record for both distance and longevity for a satellite tagged peregrine,...

* Moving a barn.

* But it don't sing and dance.........................

Posted by Marie at September 21, 2013 9:16 PM