The Story of American Ingenuity


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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Ricky and Louisa find out that America is leading the way for the world in an exciting new industry.


For-profit prisons: an ironic invention of the free market.


Kudos Bolling - you’ve captured a pitch-perfect encapsulation of what’s rotten in Denmark, uh I mean the United States. Obviously we’re capable of great innovation: moon walks, curing Polio, color tv, yada yada. So it’s really horrifying we have a prez that thinks coal is our path forward (among the many horrifying things he represents).



Yes, let’s step bigly into the future with a tremendous 6000 year old method of energy production. Innovation!


For-profit prisons have been an onerous problem for a long time. Trump’s been breaking a lot of norms, but embracing the prison industry isn’t one of them. He’s following the lead of short-sighted, conservative state governments all around the country, unfortunately.


Coal as a practical energy source only dates back about three hundred years. It was nearly a hundred years from the atmospheric engine to the pressure engine. Something Trump doesn’t seem to realise is that whereas coal fueled the British industrial revolution, it was oil that fueled the American one. But given his apparent desire to emulate Louis XIV, perhaps he’s really stuck in the early 18th century.


It’s sad/odd how they’ve backdoored the reintroduction of a form of slavery for relatively the same reasoning that slave owners justified actual, historical slavery.

They culturally push the idea that criminals (and previously black people according to slave owners) aren’t really human, don’t deserve rights, aren’t like “us” (i.e. good, Christian “real Muricans”), etc.


“If Alabamians can put man on the moon, we can build new prisons.”

  • Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s State of the State address.

We like to think big in America. And by “think big” I mean come up with new wrinkles on slavery. Coal and slavery and only allowing white Christian immigrants - we’re returning to the good old days of the 18th and 19th centuries!






Louis XIV had style and taste.
(and competence)


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