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Sewers are Socialism!

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Via: NYT – Paul Krugman

I see that some commenters on my traffic externalities post are speculating what Republicans would say about sewers if they didn’t already exist. Well, we don’t know about Republicans, but we do know what The Economist said, in 1848, about proposals for a London sewer system:

Suffering and evil are nature’s admonitions; they cannot be got rid of; and the impatient efforts of benevolence to banish them from the world by legislation, before benevolence has learned their object and their end, have always been more productive of evil than good.

Sewers are socialism!

It wasn’t until the Great Stink made the Houses of Parliament uninhabitable that the sewer system was created.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/?8dpc

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‘Suffering and evil are nature’s admonitions; they cannot be got rid of’

Case in Point: We got rid of Ron Paul, and got ‘Ayn’ Rand Paul.

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‘The Great Stink’ – wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Stink

March 19, 2013 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1930 – London – Policemen testing life-jackets

Via: Retronaut

http://www.retronaut.com/2012/11/policemen-testing-life-jackets-london/

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November 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thurston Hopkins – Image Gallery

Via: Facie Populi

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London, 7th August, 1954

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See more photos, HERE:

http://www.faciepopuli.com/tagged/Thurston-Hopkins

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Born in London in 1913, Thurston Hopkins originally trained as a graphic illustrator at Brighton College of Art, but discovering that the camera “paid better than the brush,” he began working as a freelance press photographer in 1930.

When WWII broke out, Thurston joined the RAF Photographic Unit. After the war he freelanced for a wide variety of newspapers and later worked exclusively for Picture Post, where he remained until its demise in 1957.

Hopkins then set up his own studio and embarked on a highly successful career in advertising. Retiring in the late ’60s, he continued to teach and lecture in a number of academic institutions before returning to his first love, painting. He currently lives on the south coast with his wife.

http://corporate.gettyimages.com/masters2/mastersBios.aspx?id=hopkins

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August 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Kids – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

Children in King’s Cross Street have a “peanut race’”

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See more photos, HERE:

http://firsttimeuser.tumblr.com/tagged/kids

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August 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘photo of the day’

‘US Women’s Gymnatics Team Wins First Team Gold Since 1996’

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Via: Huffington Post

Read more, HERE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/us-womens-gymnastics-gold-medal-team-final_n_1724404.html?utm_hp_ref=sports

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August 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

photo of the day

First Lady Michelle Obama congratulates members of Team USA after defeating France (98-71) in a preliminary men’s basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London.

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See more, read more, HERE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/29/michelle-obama-usa-basketball-olympics-pictures_n_1716449.html#slide=1297004

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July 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Henri Cartier-Breeson – Image Gallery

Via: Facie Populi

Trafalgar Square on the Day of the Coronation of George VI, 1937

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See more photos, HERE:

http://www.faciepopuli.com/tagged/Bresson

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Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism.

He was an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the “street photography” or “life reportage” style that has influenced generations of photographers who followed.

Read more, HERE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Cartier-Bresson

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July 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney – the American Borat

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July 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Romney – British reaction, “Worse than Sarah Palin” (see gif)

Via: Democratic Underground

The British reaction to Mitt Romney has gone from openness, to skepticism, to mocking, to concluding that Mitt Romney is worse than Sarah Palin.

Daily Mail Political Editor James Chapman has been providing the world a play by play of Romney’s British implosion via his Twitter account. Romney started things off by criticizing London’s preparedness for the Olympics. He then forgot the name of British Labour Leader Ed Miliband, and then he admitted that he had been given a secret briefing by MI6. This led the British to ask aloud if they have another George W. Bush (remember, him?) on their hands,

“Romney blunders again by revealing he’s had (supposedly) top secret briefing by John Sawers, MI6 boss. Do we have a new Dubya on our hands?”

After his visit to Whitehall, Chapman offered two of the kinder reviews of Mitt Romney, “Serious dismay in Whitehall at Romney debut. ‘Worse than Sarah Palin.’Total car crash’. Two of the kinder verdicts.”

Chapman also reported another verdict from British meet and greet with Mitt, “Another verdict from one Romney meeting: ‘Apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity’”

Read more, HERE:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021029244

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July 27, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Palin, President Bush, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Romney: “England [sic] is a tiny island that makes stuff no one wants”

Via: Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney has already gotten in a ‘spot of trouble’ in London for suggesting that Britain may not be quite ready to host the Olympic Games. Romney has walked back his comments, but it’s not the first time the candidate has said some not-so-flattering things about the Sceptered Isle.

In his book, No Apology, he writes:

“England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population.”

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/07/26/romney_book_britain_is_a_tiny_island_that_makes_stuff_nobody_wants

Romney, jus’ keeping “the special relationship, special”

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personal thought:

So when Romney visits Jeruslem, is he going to quote his idol, St. Ronnie, and say?

“Tear Down This Wall!

Man, I wouldn’t bet against it.

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July 27, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment