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💻 Daniel Miessler points out that what America is facing now is a common cycle in history. The “elite” have hoarded money, and everyday people feel forgotten and left behind. The natural cycle, played out over and over again in history, is that everyday people rebel against this. This is when populist strongmen can come to power. Read A More Positive Take on America’s Potential Fall

Bridge west of Greenup
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💻 It could have ended badly, but careful listening and understanding resolved a tense situation. brandib has the story. Read How This Story Ends

💻 “The urgent advice usually ends with ‘blogs are dead.'” So says Seth Godin as he exhorts us to keep on blogging, rather than always shifting to whatever platform is hot right now. Read Chasing the cool kids

💻 Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO. Ben Thompson wrote a pretty good analysis of the strategies Amazon used to grow, and to dominate anything it touched. Read The Relentless Jeff Bezos

📷 You know I have a thing for medium-format folding cameras. Theo Panagopoulos puts a Voigtländer Bessa I through its paces. This camera is spare, but solid. Read Voigtländer Bessa I – Folding it big

📷 Shawn Granton bought a Dacora Digna medium-format camera for $10 and put it through its paces. Read Dipping my toes into medium format: Dacora Digna

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14 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    Interesting viewpoint from Daniel Miessler, but once again, Soooo many inaccurate assumptions about “elites” and the “left”. This conversation can go on forever with charts and graphs, but I’ll just bring up two points:

    In a nation that prides itself on individualism, risk-taking etc., that has a multitude of examples of people getting into Conestoga wagons, and model T’s in times of duress to make monumental journeys to follow a better life and find work; staying in your town with disappearing jobs, and stewing on it while looking for someone to demonize about it is most decidedly not in the American psyche.
    In my lifetime, we are rolling off a 40 year history of Republicans, conservatives, and everybody identifying as right wing, defunding any safety net for the working poor and indigent. Reagan, the Bushes, all defunders of work reeducation programs, support for people needing retraining, breaking unions, funding colleges, any kind of help for working class people. The Republican mantra is that if you lost your job, you are just not working hard enough and pulling yourselves up by your own boot-straps! Very little of the “fly-overs” problems can be laid at all, at the feet of liberals and the Democrats!

    I will say that when you look at the history of business, especially in the “Germanic-Socialist” Midwest, a lot of business owners were benevolent to their employees and benefactors to their communities. The post WW-2 surge to make businesses public and trade on the stock market, with the behavior behavior that the analysts demanded, under the “Harvard-Yale” business think model, was the end of a benevolent owner-worker relationship. A business analyst told me years ago, always try to work for a smaller, successful, non-publicly traded company, you’ll always be better off!

    • I’m a little confused by your comment because I didn’t read Daniel as making any real assumptions about “elites,” and he never used the word “left” in the article.

      However, I do agree that the change in the second half of the late 20th century toward businesses going public. I wrote about that a long time ago:

      https://blog.jimgrey.net/2008/07/23/products-and-customers/

      I, too, find that smaller, successful (relatively), privately-held companies are the best to work for. I’ve done VC-funded startups, private equity owned companies (the worst!), public companies, and private companies. I’m in a small private company now and it’s great.

      I adored Ronald Reagan back in the day but he was fundamentally wrong: the money never trickled down.

      • Andy Umbo says:

        Ronald Reagan was not only wrong about “trickle down”, a totally discredited economic “fad” (which I still hear espoused today under different names), he was also fundamentally wrong about “small government”. Government needs to be as big as it needs to be to act in service to the society you want! What government needs to be is efficient! You’re getting a good look in the U.S. right now on how small government works in a pandemic!

  2. Good read…and yes it’s true to me as well conversations can go on forever with charts and graphs…living in UPC Alberta has our own history and backyard issues…lots of wonders as well … have a good day ~ smiles hedy

  3. Ward Fogelsanger’s says:

    Where did you take the picture of the data plate from 1920. There used to be ones like this on both of the bridges between the Marathon tank farm and Martinsville on old 40.

  4. DougD says:

    The Daniel Miessler article was interesting, and reminded me of what you’d said earlier about the how the American dream is dead, if it ever existed.
    “Anyone can make it if they work hard” sounds inspiring, but the corrosive flip side of that coin is “If you haven’t made it, it’s because you haven’t worked hard enough and you have nobody to blame but yourself” which is increasingly less true, if it ever was.

    • I’m starting to think that this is similar to the 1920s, when the wealth gap had grown wide. The haves have more and more and the have nots have less and less. That’s a dangerous moment for any society.

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