Yeah I'm a lousy blogger; I know that. But I originally started this blog, not to dazzle you with my erudition, but to keep a few links to some of the more interesting (to me, not necessarily to you) articles I read. So even though I have nothing original to say I would like, for my own reasons, to note these things:
1. The Rural Way
by Victor Davis Hanson.
When the sun goes down, you are on your own, and in some sense are better for the challenge. At six I can remember sitting (in the very place I am sitting now) as my grandfather at 70 jumped up to "investigate" a couple of yahoos drinking by the barn. The difference in those days, aside from the absence of armed gang-bangers, was that there was some deference shown the owner, or perhaps he earned it in a way I have not. He was known as "Mr. Davis," me nothing much at all. So he returned with a laconic, "I asked those trouble-makers to leave, and they did." Not now necessarily.
His best essay in some time. Read it all
. I have, twice. And for VDH, who can be somewhat long-winded, that says a lot.
2. What is Going On With Jobs?
By Christopher Chantrill. This is a follow-up to my previous post
in which I teased the retired people. Turns out it's not the old folks who are dropping out of the labor force, it's the 16-to-54-year-olds (third chart down
). More 65-and-older are working now than ever before.
3. What's with those young people anyway? Can't get 'em out of the house? Don't feel bad, in Japan they won't even come out of their room: Japan's Epidemic of Hikikomori
by Chris Queen.
For years, Takeshi hid from the world, playing video games all night and sleeping all day, eating from a tray his mother left outside his room. Takeshi re-entered society after four years, thanks to a government program that sends female outreach counselors known as "rental sisters" to coax the hikikomori out of the house.
4. The problem with outside, as Mr. Badger once observed, is weather. Michael Barone wonders do we face a disastrous century due to global cooling?
Probably so. Better start digging.
5. Megan McArdle argued in support of the resolution Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue
and won the debate — on the Upper West Side. Huh.
6. And, finally, Professor Reynolds pointed out in USA Today that Government conspiracy theories aren't crazy
. Not any more, they're not.
Now I can close my browser and take a break. Thanks.