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Month: December 2006

Little Mosque on the Praire

Seasons Greetings,
I just saw something on TV you might find interesting, The Canadian crown corporation, The CBC, has just announced the beginning of a slapstick comedy series called Little Mosque on the praire.
It starts with a young islamic monk flying to a small town on the canadian praires, getting waylaid by toronto airport security for using metifores about suicide and explosions in a cell phone call. then he gets into a feminist argument with one of the women at the mosque, then he has trouble convincing one of his assistants not to use the word “infidel” at the local open house.
And the Dutch got into trouble for one little cartoon. Well those Gheads are dealing with the Canadians now.

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I just got back from Hawaii, I had a good time. I found it an interesting microcosym of the Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Very interesting Archetecture there, it really fits. Form follows function. No gargoyles. Quiet Central A/C, no furnaces as it rarely goes below 80 degrees F. On the windward side of the island many structures were built on stilts with only car parking or a modest shed under the building. Smart, when you consider that waves regularly wash well up the beach, waves that easily wash away ground level structures pass harmlessly underÂthe raised buildings. Low pitch or flat roofs everywhere, no danger of snow.

The Atlas Shrugged part is the strange antaganism towards business. Government interference has killed the sugarcane industry. There is no more sugarcane on Oahu. Regulated to death. Pineapples are almost gone, same reason. The number one industry is Tourism, It won’t pay the bills. It won’t employ everyone. There is no privately owned land in Hawaii. It is all leased from the government, so the potential for political interference in real estate is completely unlimited. A person can’t own land so it is very difficult to invest money there, everything is very expensive there, it is hard to calculate potential for profit. The place needs individual property rights.


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