Land of the McBeths

Crucible of War
I ran across this in the book I was reading. It seems awful familiar.

Only then, after all these preparations were well under way, did the governor call the House of Burgesses into special session and ask for the money necessary to pay for everything. Faced when they convened on February 14 with the fait accompli of war measures already undertaken, the Burgesses did their patriotic duty and appropriated ten thousand pounds, but only after attaching provisions that guaranteed them strict oversight of all expenditures. A war may have been in the offing, but the legislators were not such fools as to forget that the threat to their own authority (and even perhaps to their rights as Englishmen) came not from the French but from the rotund Scot who demanded they outfit an expedition to the Ohio Country. The last thing they intended to do was to give an unpopular governor carte blanche to start a war that, for all they knew, would be no more than a pretext to expand the scope of the prerogative in Virginia government while enriching himself and his Ohio company cronies at public expense.

Some things never change
On the other hand, if Congress had made the same provisions we wouldn't be in quite the mess we are now.
Posted -- 2008 08 04 17:57:15.
I really enjoy watching the TED talks. Most of the time. When the speakers talk about making the world a better place, those are the best.
A Powerful idea about teaching Ideas
Once upon a school

Sometimes they talk about what they are passionate about, and those can be pretty good
Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen
The joy of rockets

Sometimes their passion gets self-serving, and the talks start getting too corporate and too creepy.
WorldWide Telescope
On the verge of creating synthetic life
Posted -- 2008 03 20 15:01:00.
Third Test
This should be the final test.
Posted -- 2007 12 21 01:16:41.
Second Test
Now we are testing adding entries
Posted -- 2007 12 20 23:04:09.
Testing 1 2 3 ...
This is a test of the emergency broadcasting system, this is only a test.
Posted -- 2007 12 20 23:04:01.