American breakfastIt’s the most important meal of the day.video
It’s the most important mean of the day.
Posted by Adask on December 30, 2012 in Humor, Video
Tags: Breakfast at Ginger's
December 31, 2012 at 2:32 AM
that is so funny! Nice post Alfred!
pop de adam
December 31, 2012 at 7:33 AM
Odd & terrible:
January 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM
Famine in Wartime England 1793-1801
In 1798, the Rev. T. R. Malthus published his explosive thesis
population had a natural tendency to expand with the capacity of any society to feed itself.
The most strident component of the Malthusian cased turned on the ‘positive check’ to demographic growth,
a subsistence crisis generating malnutrition-induced disease and starvation,
and thereby inflicting a marked drop in population.
Historians, while acknowledging that Tudor and Stuart precedents, and contemporary experience in continental Europe, and even in colonial Ireland, could be marshaled in support of Malthus’s position at that time, have ignored any consideration of why an English country clergyman,
should have developed such a pessimistic theory.
English historians unthinkably, and automatically, take an implied refuge in the optimistic view
that English capitalism had, through industrialisation and an agricultural revolution,
achieved a ‘maturity’ enabling the country to escape incarceration in a ‘pre-industrial’ vicious circle, turning on a fragile agrarian-based economic environment.
This book reverts Malthus in a thoroughly English context.
It proves that Famine could, and did, occur in England
during the classic period of the Industrial Revolution.
The key economic determinant proved to be the ideologically-inspired War,
orchestrated by the Prime Minister, the younger Pitt, against the French
and their attempted export of revolutionary principles at bayonet point, to the rest of Europe.
This international context, in part, conditioned the recurrent development of Famine conditions
in England in 1794-6 and again in 1799-1801.
Here the multiple ramifications of Famine in this country,
as it lurched from crisis to crisis in Wartime, are explored in considerable depth.
These were repeated Crises of capitalism,
juxtaposed with the autocratic and aristocratic state’s total Commitment to War,
which contrived to challenge not just the Commitment to War,
but both the equilibrium and the Survival of the State itself.
‘WANT’ stalked the land;
intense rioting periodically erupted;
radical politicisation, notably of unenfranchised working people, proceeded apace,
in part stimulated by the catastrophic events projected on the world stage
by the process of the French Revolution.
The book finally explains how such an oligarchic, Unrepresentative government
managed through determined economic interventionism,
manipulation of the unique English social security system,
and final resort to Army Rule,
to preserve itself and the political structure
during a key epoch within the Age of Revolutions.
January 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM
America’s Future unless the Factories Return
In Tudor England, on average, 50 to 60 per cent of the population lived on the edge of Starvation. They ranged from the absolutely destitute to the wage-earners.
The causes of this situation were a rising population (and rising unemployment),
illnesses (the plague), enclosures (people chased from common grounds for the rising of sheep), bad harvests and perhaps, the dissolution of the monasteries.
Rebellion (a certain percentage of the destitute were demobilized Soldiers)
seemed to be the only way
of bringing the grievances of the poor to the attention of the government.
For their own security and out of fear for insurrections by the vagrant class
(eventually manipulated by political opponents),
the wealthy, who controlled the government, acted strongly and Inhumanly.
They imposed harsh laws,
based on the assumption that employment was available for all who sought it.
The able-bodied man who wanted to work was put in an impossible position:
unable to find employment, yet forbidden by statute to beg,
he had the alternative of breaking the law or facing death by slow Starvation.
As those brutal `negative’ laws didn’t have much effect to maintain `social order’,
they were replaced by the more `positive’ Elizabethan Poor Laws
(which lasted 250 years until 1888),
imposing forced private charity on the `haves’
in order keep the `have-nots’ from Starvation, nothing more.
The author brushes a far too rosy picture of the forced donations
(`merchants, nobility, yeoman displayed an intense interest in the relief of the poor’!).
At the end, he is forced to admit
that even this minimal national legislation was Seldom implemented
and that local relief schemes were Inadequate.
The authorities adopted only Temporary solutions
in order to prevent a state of complete anarchy.
In the mean time, All municipal schemes went Bankrupt, except one, in the city of Norwich.
This small book sketches a brutal picture of the state of humanity in the 15th till the 17th century.
It is a must read for all those interested in the history of mankind.
I also highly recommend the works of E.J. Burford.
January 25, 2013 at 3:35 PM
Starving the South:
How the North Won the Civil War
In April 1861, Lincoln ordered a blockade of Southern ports
used by the Confederacy for cotton and tobacco exporting as well as for the importation of Food.
The Army of the Confederacy grew thin
while Union dinner tables groaned and Northern canning operations kept Grant’s army strong.
In Starving the South,
Andrew Smith takes a gastronomical look at the war’s outcome and legacy.
While the war split the country in a way that still affects race and politics today,
it also affected the way we eat:
On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter,
Andrew Smith is the first to ask
“did Hunger defeat the Confederacy?”.
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