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L.A. housing back to 2007 prices

Restating the Obvious

Nominally, anyway, although the Los Angeles Times notes that, adjusted for inflation, they are still 11% short. In summer 2007, the Los Angeles County median home price hit an all-time high of $550,000. It soon plunged as the housing bubble burst and the national economy crashed. Now the ...

Another Trump ally exposed

Restating the Obvious

This time it's the tub-thumper for fake news about voting, Kris Kobach. A federal court fined him $1,000 for lying. (See http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article322569/Beware-Kobach%E2%80%99s-lie-about-KC-voter-fraud-case.html and ...

Nazis? What Nazis?

Restating the Obvious

Neonazis rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Why not? (See http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/dc/anti-hate-and-alt-right-free-speech-rallies-today-on-the-steps-on-lincoln-memorial/451986853) The son of Trump's favorite Flynn was scheduled to speak, but I have not been able to find a report that says ...

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Winning edge

Restating the Obvious

In 1884, an Oxford undergraduate, Charles Oman, won the Marquess of Lothian’s Prize for an essay on “The Art of War in the Middle Ages.” Although he essay is still read and has even been updated to reflect 20th century scholarship, it hardly seems likely to be of more than antiquarian ...

A fraud against the courts

Restating the Obvious

If you read all 86 pages of the 9th Circuit’s devastating ruling against Whiny Baby Donald and his travel ban, the big message — never explicitly stated — comes through like thunder: the judges are not ready yet to allow the neonazis in the White House to permit wholesale fraud against ...

And a fraud against the Congress

Restating the Obvious

Secretary of State Tillerson has been smoking rabbit grass again. (See Los AngelesTimes story about his fake news given to Congress: http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-tillerson-palestinians-payments-20170614-story.html) Don't these guys ever check anything?

Grade inflation

Restating the Obvious

And another one bites the dust. (See http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-trump-comptroller-dartmouth-degree-20170610-story.html) Inflating a 4-week course in credit management into an Ivy League degree isn't as uncommon as it ought to be, because you can get away with it in the low-pressure ...

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Book Review 388: The Gene

Restating the Obvious

THE GENE: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. 592 pages. Scribner, $32 Evolution by means of natural selection is the profoundest concept in biology; it may be the profoundest concept that humans are capable of. It can be expressed in a couple of sentences, and this has seduced many ...

Highland clearances, American style

Restating the Obvious

Two hundred years ago, when Britain was pretending to oppose tyranny at Waterloo, at home the army was used to drive crofters off their land to be replaced with sheep. (See https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n10/david-craig/a-useless-body) as the Countess of Sutherland wrote in 1799, tenants who refused ...

Hey, Rube!

Restating the Obvious

Remember when George Romney visited a foreign country and his career was ruined when he said, "When I came back from Viet Nam, I'd just had the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get." (Refresh your memory at ...

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The view from the north

Restating the Obvious

Land of the Morning Calm -- until the Americans came Korea began the unbroken string of American military defeats that shows no sign of ever ending. (If Flynn and McMaster are examples of our best military leadership, that says it all.) In the London Review of Books, Bruce Cumings ...

Free Kurdistan

Restating the Obvious

Apart from celebrating the delectability of greasy pork, RtO's consistent purpose has been to advocate a free and independent Great Kurdistan. This would require breaking up Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. Two down, two to go. Breaking up Turkey looks like a better and better choice, all on ...

Even the 99% cheat

Restating the Obvious

Forsooth! According to UBS -- which ought to know as it is one of the crookedest banks in the world -- people looking for auto loans are hyping their credit scores. (On UBS, see http://www.corp-research.org/UBS. On auto borrowing see ...

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Book Review 386: The Tools of Empire

Restating the Obvious

THE TOOLS OF EMPIRE: Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century, by Daniel R. Headrick. 221 pages. Oxford paperback Professor Daniel Headrick contends that historians of imperialism have ignored or even denied the impact of technology on the success of 19th century ...

Could RtO have been wrong?

Restating the Obvious

I have had a lot to say about Timothy Snyder's "On Tyranny," both directly and as a background to my numerous posts about the neonazi style of President Trump. I am not taking any of it back, but there has been some dissent in the comments, so here's an example of someone who does not think ...

How Hitler did it

Restating the Obvious

The daily probes to see how little the American public cares about the Constitution have gotten occasional comment here. Not nearly all of them have been noted by RtO, but the Internet is a big place and you can find others if you care to. Less noted, except at RtO, are the moves by Trump ...

Cow College was never like this

Restating the Obvious

I went to one frat rush party, over 50 years ago, and there was underage drinking going on. And I saw classmates pass out from booze and being dragged away at football games. But I never heard of "back-packing" until now. Possibly that was because Moo U didn't offer any 15-foot flights of ...