I learned from and enjoyed this piece.
Yet a detailed examination of the preparation and execution of the attack on the Pacific Fleet reveals a much different story. Even after 10 months of arduous planning, rehearsal, and intelligence gathering, the attack was plagued by inflexibility, a lack of coordination, and misallocated resources. A plan for a likely contingency was cobbled together by three midgrade officers while en route to Hawaii. The attack itself suffered significant command blunders. Though armed with enough firepower to destroy up to 14 battleships and aircraft carriers, the Japanese landed killing hits on only three battleships; luck, combined with American damage control mistakes, added two more battleships to their tally. Not only was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor far from brilliant, it also narrowly avoided disaster.
An article by the recently deceased UCLA econ professor George W. Hilton putting to rest, if it is needed, the claim that GM destroyed mass transit in Los Angeles.
But this California history shows once again that in times of boom, people were too busy to fall into the hole of zero-sum hatreds. Its the old story. Prosperous people or people who take seriously the prospect of prosperity are nicer and more tolerant.
The story ends with the predictable "give us more money." More money has been going to employee pension funding -- and even then there is a reported unfunded pension fund gap. We get the gap, high prices, floods, and questionable service. There is never enough money when there is a politically influential and unionized workforce.
"Small" only in the sense of being relatively short. In "Deirdre McCloskey and Economists’ Ideas about Ideas" Don Boudreaux, Joel Mokyr, and John Dye discuss McCloskey's recent work. Of interest, I think, to anyone who is interested in economics, history, or public policy.
Few places, I'll wager, have seen as much physical change in a few decades.
The problem with the story of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire is that so much of what we think we know about this story just is not so.
Fanne Foxe, Elizabeth Ray, Donna Rice, Paula Jones, Rielle Hunter, and others. Good times, good times.
P. J. O'Rourke doing what he does so well.
Anyway, things went along pretty well for almost 400 years. (Pretty well by Russian standards—a free peasant was known as a smerd, meaning “stinker.”)
This wasn't covered in my college history course: in 1597 thirteen Joseon (Korean) ships defeated 133 Japanese ships. The Japanese supposedly lost 31 ships while the Koreans lost none.