Farmers in Crisis (No, Not in the Soviet Union)

Among my morning scan of the depressing, depressing news of the world, I came across this piece in The Guardian: "Why Are America's Farmers Killing Themselves in Record Numbers?" In a way, this is not a new story. As the article notes, the farm crisis of the 1980s, which brought us Farm Aid and other … Continue reading Farmers in Crisis (No, Not in the Soviet Union)

Today from the Leftists at the New Yorker

This story, The Family That Built the Empire of Pain, which recently appeared in the New Yorker, was recommended by a friend the other day. The New Yorker does print good stuff, even if it's often interspersed with costal provincialism and cultural preconceptions. This is one case of the good, even if there is a little … Continue reading Today from the Leftists at the New Yorker

Resurrected: “It’s Pronounced Pick-a-TEE, Comrade”

This and other posts titled "Resurrected" are reposts from an earlier blog I kept that now, thanks to no longer being affiliated with UNC–Chapel Hill, I cannot continue to use. I'm adding them to jumpstart the process, and to provide some examples of the kind of commentary I envision adding in the coming weeks and … Continue reading Resurrected: “It’s Pronounced Pick-a-TEE, Comrade”