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37 Lose job – keep house

Let’s continue Tuesday’s discussion around “you lose your job, you lose your house.” Obviously, I was looking for better than that: namely, that everyone keeps an appropriate dwelling regardless of employment vagaries. That is practical stability. Housing swaps occur when the job moves too far away to commute. Otherwise, keep doing what works; stay with the house. When asked how we pay for this, I propose having all of us pay for it. Think “happy family.” After all, we are discussing neighborhoods, and neighbors appropriately help each other. In the Tuesday post, the terms “large scale” and “aggregate” indicate the …

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31 Should you resist?

To many athletes, resistance training is the preferred exercise for increasing muscle size. If there is no load (stress) placed on muscles, they do not enlarge. Resistance equipment is appropriate in a gym. It is not appropriate if you are unloading a truck. There is a difference between enlarging yourself and moving a payload. If you want to get a practical job done, don’t add resistance equipment. Expressing strong opposition makes my life harder without making the world better. It uses up strength unproductively. I might become tougher, but my energy is wasted against friction, not spent for locomotion. People …

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2 The Promised Land: Mexico

Can we learn to support Mexico as the Promised Land–the destination of choice?  I’m not thinking overcrowded refugee camps.  I’m thinking SEMI-AUTONOMOUS (self-governed) PERMANENT SETTLEMENTS where people of similar (international, primarily Spanish speaking) background can start a new life including agriculture and cottage industry from the start.  These people have already entered Mexico, out of the reach of their former persecutors.  Strengthening them where they are seems much closer to economic viability (for them and for Mexico) than trying to push water uphill across yet another international border. Let us not subject these suffering fellow beings to a bitterly divided …

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