I want a model like this for Christmas! You get caught up in the view when suddenly someone steps onto the taxi way like Gulliver. Very jarring.
The world’s largest miniature airport has gone on display Hamburg, Germany. Miniatur Wunderland is also home to the world’s largest model railroad landscape.
The model airport is based on Hamburg’s Fuhlsbüttel International airport. It took 7 years and roughly $4.8 million to build and includes 40 planes, 40,000 lights, 15,000 figurines, 500 cars, 10,000 trees, 50 trains, 1000 wagons, 100 signals, 200 switches and 300 buildings.
For those who are interested, this article spells out Paul Krugman’s position on how to revive the economy and why the hysteria over deficits has worsened the unemployment crisis and threatens to keep America mired in near depression condition for years to come. Only a cynic would suggest that the republican party actually wants to maintain high unemployment in order to win an election. However when you listen to their speeches and look at their positions on economic policy it’s hard to come to any other conclusion…
How to End This Depression
Paul Krugman | New York Review of Books | 24 May 12
The depression we’re in is essentially gratuitous: we don’t need to be suffering so much pain and destroying so many lives. We could end it both more easily and more quickly than anyone imagines—anyone, that is, except those who have actually studied the economics of depressed economies and the historical evidence on how policies work in such economies.
The truth is that recovery would be almost ridiculously easy to achieve: all we need is to reverse the austerity policies of the past couple of years and temporarily boost spending. Never mind all the talk of how we have a long-run problem that can’t have a short-run solution—this may sound sophisticated, but it isn’t. With a boost in spending, we could be back to more or less full employment faster than anyone imagines.
An unemployed man selling apples during the Great Depression, circa 1930s. Interim Archives/Getty Images
The question is, if a politician running for President says he will or will not do something, should we believe him? Now say that politician’s name is Mitt Romney, who has a long record of changing his views on policy issues depending on the latest polls and the makeup of his audience? Should we believe him when he says being a Mormon will never influence his decisions as President? Do you?
The Mormon Constitution
Gary Wills | New York Review of Books | 24 May 12
Some years ago I had a brilliant student in several of my classes—the only student, in fact, I ever recommended for a Rhodes Scholarship. In the first class he took, we were discussing the Declaration of Independence, and I argued that the Continental Congress was wise in deleting Jefferson’s attack on the King of England for keeping open the slave trade. Jefferson’s original draft claimed that the King did this against colonial efforts to restrain the trade. I pointed out that some colonies (South Carolina and Georgia, for instance) were for keeping that traffic open. Virginia, it is true, had tried to put limits on the importation of slaves—but mainly because the state was suffering a surplus of them, with consequent reduction in their value. Congress was therefore eliminating an inconsistent and hypocritical attack on the King, one that falsely suggested he was foisting slavery on a people opposed to it.
Howard Chandler Christy: Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, 1940
This writer helps debunk the myth of Obama being a profligate spender. What he doesn’t do is point to the cause – the incessant, unwavering barrage of right-wing media lies about this President and democrats in general. Nor does he explain the strange silence of the democratic party in failing to respond clearly and loudly to these attacks. From Charlie Rose to Sixty Minutes to the never ending Fox News the refrain is the same… deficit, deficit, deficit. John Maynard Keynes answered the deficit hawks many years ago. He said their policies would bankrupt the country. Roosevelt ignored him and almost made him right were it not for WWII and the jobs created to make bombers and battleships. And so here we are again. Maybe what Obama needs is a good war…
Obama Spending Binge Never Happened
Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.
Rex Nutting | Marketwatch.com | 22 May 12
As would-be president Mitt Romney tells it: “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.”
Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an “inferno” of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children’s future. Even Democrats seem to think it’s true.
But it didn’t happen. Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.
Government spending under Obama, including his signature stimulus bill, is rising at a 1.4% annualized pace — slower than at any time in nearly 60 years.
Here is an extraordinary collection of images of Russia taken around 1910 by a Russian photographer who used a special camera to capture three images which he filtered to create color images. What is astonishing about these pictures is how they make what are normally seen as “archaic” views of a long-past era come to life. Aside from their dress and some haircuts, these people could have been photographed a week ago, not a hundred years ago. It also shatters a common misconception we have of Russia as a drab, frozen place. This Russia is green and lush and beautiful. Very interesting indeed…
Russia in Color, a Century Ago
Click (HERE) to go to Boston.com to view the complete collection
Mr. Boehner’s lamentable desire to repeat bad history
Editorial | Washington Post | 17 May 12
IT’S NOT OFTEN that a senior political figure announces an intention to behave irresponsibly and risk inflicting great harm on the U.S. economy. It’s even rarer that the politician, having already behaved irresponsibly and inflicted harm on the U.S. economy, announces his intention to do so again.
Yet that is the situation in which House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has placed himself. In a speech Tuesday to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s fiscal summit, he vowed to use the next debt-ceiling debate to extract additional spending cuts as the price of lifting the country’s borrowing limit.
Every once in a while a public figure comes along that outshines all the others. Take Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, NJ. Aside from being an eloquent and compelling speaker, Booker is a certified hero. A couple of months ago he was in the news for rushing into a burning house and rescuing a neighbor trapped inside. He’s not a firefighter, he’s a politician. Recently he was asked for his views on the latest political hot potato, gay marriage. Listen to how he responds…