"David Copperfield" 1850
[The prison] was an immense and solid building, erected at a vast
expense. I could not help thinking, as we approached the gate, what
an uproar would have been made in the country, if any deluded man had
proposed to spend one half the money it had cost, on the erection of an
industrial school for the young, or a house of refuge for the deserving
I don't know. When I was in school I was able to get through "Great
Expectations" OK. I was a bit bothered by the two endings however. I
also read (but only partially absorbed) "A Tale of Two Cities".
Now that I'm retired I can finally get to his other works and have read
"Bleak House" , "David Copperfield" and re-read "A Tale of Two Cities"
Additionally , I decided to also read "Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding
All of the above I enjoyed immensely.
A lot of the literature I was going to save for retirement such as the
"War and Peace" , Anna Karenina and "Ulysses" I read a number of years
prior to retirement.
I found that the secret to getting through "Ulysses" was to read the
corrected version. It seems there were so many publication errors it
took a group of scholars ten years to go through Joyce's manuscripts and
sort things out.
Maybe it would be good to meet some of the folks that they were going to
society from, and their potential further costs to society, before we
decide they overspent!
That said, the institution seems to have big issues these days.
Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble
their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
[info][add][mail][note]Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
I like to read but no one can accuse me of being smart.
The U.S. defense secretary is talking about cutting our defense
forces down to pre WWII levels.
On Monday, February 24, 2014 4:52:12 PM UTC-8, Dean Hoffman wrote:
Hmmm ..might not be a bad idea, considering how much of said budget is graf
t to contractor friends of the government(Iraq, Afghanistan,etc.etc. And g
azillions for unnecessary equipment, especially horrendously over-run aircr
aft being built in the states of corrupt Senators and Members of Congress w
ho gobble pork for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The military actively doesn't want & can't use some of this wildly expensiv
e stuff, but pork must be pork, the taxpayers be damned.
So yeah, let's take a look at where the money really goes.
Perhaps a few sous thrown in the direction of brain-damaged, addicted, wrec
ked veterans who were getting shit for care until recently, with very gradu
al improvement as a result of popular outrage...?
Recommended reading: THE GENERALS by Thomas Ricks. Contrasts the REAL gen
eral officers of WWII with their bureaucrat time-server ass-kisser equivale
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