Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bright and cold. I’m indulging in three things: reading, watching icicles grow on the eves of the house in the deceptively cold day, and thinking that watching icicles grow has the same attributes as watching paint dry.

With an exception. The sunlight through the ice is much more beautiful.

I’m reading Modesitt Jr. an author I’m suppose to be faulting. Faulting because he is a semi-tree hugger and I’m not of that sub-set. However, he does make a point in his quasi-factual books (as opposed to his truly fiction).

It also depresses me that I haven’t the insight he displays in many areas.

Most times, the court ended up deciding for the party with the most resources, unless the case happened to be one that was truly egregious. The same thing began to happen with the legislative bodies, because once large nation-states developed and semimodern communications emerged, the number of citizens represented by each legislator grew so large that only those candidates with the resources to purchase those communication services could reach the citizens. So, in the end , both the laws and their interpretation became commodities purchased by the highest bidders. This still would not have been a problem, except that the so-called common people opted for what was called ‘bread and circuses’ and voted for those legislators who levied higher taxes on the richer segments of society in order to pay for public services first for the poor, then for even the middle classes. Just before the Commonocracy collapsed, only ten percent of the population owned something like three -quarters of the assets and resources, and those few were paying ninety percent of the taxes.”

Modesitt Jr., L. E. (2010-08-24). The Ethos Effect (Kindle Locations 3102-3104). Tom Doherty Associates. Kindle Edition.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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