Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Hungary’s Pro-Family Policy Is Working, Births Up 9.4 Per Cent

Via Billy


The pro-family policies pursued by Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orb├ín’s government as an alternative to mass immigration are reaping dividends, with births up 9.4 per cent year on year.

Eduard von Habsburg, the Central European country’s ambassador to the Holy See — and great-great-grandson of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary — reported that the “much-ridiculed” policies were also accompanied by a near-100 per cent increase in marriages and the number of children per woman rising to an average of 1.6.

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Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables

Via Billy

Mounds of harvested zucchini and yellow squash ripened and then rotted in the hot Florida sun. Juicy tomatoes were left to wither — unpicked — in farmers' fields.

Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.

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[Photos] Rare Black-and-White Images Showcase Vung Tau's Calm in the 1960s


Towns are never settled, their characters forever suffering wanderlust.

In recent decades, Vung Tau has grown from a quiet seaport into a tourist destination, its streets filled with hotels and restaurants, its shores strewn with rejectamenta. But before the developments ushered in by a booming economy and tourism efforts, it was a city swaddled in the calm routines of fishing and harvesting.

These photos taken in 1967-68 reveal the town's once-slow pace, but also contain signs of changes to come: seaside bars with English names and foreign goods trickling into markets. Cities, like cultures, remain forever in flux, and the present reality is no more fixed than its past. The transition one catches glimpses of in these images are no different than the ones that exist today, as each place slips towards an unknowable future aesthetic and atmosphere.

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Key West 1948? & Birthday Party

Via Nephew Bill

Left to right Brock and Brother Henry. I walked straight out to sea until I became tired. :)


My birthday party and I'm not sure of the year.  Left to right around the table: Teddy Sharp, Winston Huffman, the Baptist minister's daughter whose name I can't recollect at the moment, Daddy, Mother, Henry, Michael Peters and Georgia Whitford.

Michael was the son of Reverend Harold Peters, minister of Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains.  He and I were going to room together at Randolph-Macon in the fall.  I was working for my father in his office that summer and remember when my mother told me of this while at my desk.  I got up, walked to the front door, peered through the screen and was dumbfounded as to why there were cars still traveling on the street. He and I had double dated some that summer with two cousins, Jaque and Courtenay Green and I believe it was the next day that I picked up Jaque. She said that the last thing she remembered was playing with his big toe the night he left her to travel to Fredericksburg, but never made it as he evidently fell asleep and crashed into the front of a tractor trailer full of watermelons.  He loved his Jaguar and was buried with the gearshift knob in his hand. Michael's brother, Peyton was killed in a wreck after this and his sister Polly was horribly mangled in a wreck also, but survived. (My first daughter born in Saigon was named Emily Michael Townsend)

The South in Arms…What Might Have Been


Literature, be it works of fact or fiction, might well be described as a window through which the reader is invited to view the world as the author chooses to see it.  Between fact and fiction though there is a third world in which the writer is granted literary license to transform the two other worlds into the fantastic realm of alternate history . . . the land of what might have been.

The route to an alternate history was first taken by the Roman historian Titus Livius over two thousand years ago when he imagined that Alexander the Great had survived his Asian adventures and returned to Europe to fight a losing war against the Roman Empire.  This genre did not, however, become truly popular until the early years of the Nineteenth Century when a French author, Louis Geoffroy, envisioned Napoleon defeating Russia, invading England and ultimately ruling the world.  While both the First and Second World Wars brought forth many examples of alternate history, the War Between the States has perhaps accounted for the greatest number, with over fifty authors producing such works.  The two earliest examples of this were novels in which the Confederacy became a nation without war . . . the first being Frank Williams’ fanciful 1900 tale “Hallie Marshall” in which an abolitionist Yankee wakes from a Rip van Winkle-like sleep and finds himself at a plantation in the independent Confederate States of America.  Three years later, Ernest Crosby wrote “If the South Had Been Allowed to Go,” a polemic in which the author described the War Between the States as one of Northern corruption and America’s first imperialist war.  Crosby then offered an alternative world in which the South was allowed to go in peace and slavery had finally been ended by the slaves themselves all fleeing north from the Confederacy.

Trump’s Economic Approval Rating Hits Highest Level Ever

 US President Donald Trump gives a press briefing about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) alongside members of the Coronavirus Task Force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, March 14, 2020. - President Donald Trump says he has taken coronavirus test and waiting for the result. …
This has got to be driving the liberals nuts! 'Teflon' Donald

Trump’s overall approval rating jumped as well, to 46 percent from 40 percent. That too is the best ranking of the Trump presidency.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the American economy into a deep contraction and sent unemployment soaring but Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis.

Approval of President Trump’s handling of the economy rose to 52 percent, the highest level of his presidency, CNBC’s “All America” survey showed Wednesday. That is up from 49 percent in December.

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Press Release: Real Clear Foundation Unveils American Civics Media Portal

Via Nick

RealClearPublicAffairs: American Civics

RealClearFoundation, a nonprofit organization in partnership with RealClearPolitics, announced today the publication of a new website dedicated to renewing civic education in the United States.

RealClearPublicAffairs: American Civics presents an authoritative and inspiring account of the civic history of the United States that avoids a blind chauvinism or a warts-only view of our country and its people. Above all, it seeks to explain, as the contemporary Irish poet Bono once said, why America is “one of the greatest ideas in human history—this idea that you and me are created equal.”

The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee

A review of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee (Forge Books, 2006) by Thomas Fleming
Fleming uses this 2006 fictional courtroom drama to formulate arguments for his 2013 Disease in the Public Mind non-fiction book identifying the causes of the Civil War. The story is set in early June 1865 when Robert E. Lee is secretly tried by a military commission prompted by Assistant War Secretary and former editor of the New York Tribune, Charles Dana. Lincoln is dead. Andrew Johnson is in the early stages of shaping his presidency while Radical Republicans use the trial as one way to work behind the scenes to gain control of the federal government.

As a leading Radical, Dana  insists upon a military tribunal for two reasons.

Did Trump Advisor's Anti-China Bias Squelch Prophetic Pandemic Memos?

Trump Is Poised to Sack 7 Inspectors General ‘in One Fell Swoop’

Via Billy

Report: Trump Is Poised to Sack 7 Inspectors General 'in One Fell Swoop'

On Tuesday night, Real Clear Politics’ Susan Crabtree reported her sources have confirmed that President Trump is firing seven inspectors general “in one fell swoop.” She believes the group will include IGs who were appointed by either President Obama or a previous administration. She wrote that the President “wants his own people in those positions now” and noted that, during his briefing on Tuesday afternoon, he said he had “put in seven names.”

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FBI arrests A CoronaVirus Creator

Via Tuan Hong


New study investigates California's possible herd immunity to COVID-19

Via Daughter Christine

Antibody testing for covid-19 at ARCpoint Labs in Monterey

Researchers at Stanford Medicine are working to find out what proportion of Californians have already had COVID-19. The new study could help policymakers make more informed decisions during the coronavirus pandemic.

The team tested 3,200 people at three

Bay Area locations on Saturday using an antibody test for COVID-19 and expect to release results in the coming weeks. The data could help to prove COVID-19 arrived undetected in California much earlier than previously thought.

The hypothesis that COVID-19 first started spreading in California in the fall of 2019 is one explanation for the state's lower than expected case numbers.

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