Book Review The King of California
Mark Arax and Rick Watzerman wrote the story of a family of means originating from the antebellum period in Georgia, though they claim to have roots in fifteenth century Scottish Royalty, who came to California with the bold patriarch Lieutenant Colonel J.G. Boswell. The book is titled The King of California, J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire. It follows much of the family, with anecdotes from family and friends, primary sources, moments with J.G Boswell’s nephew and heir to the empire Jim Boswell, and a narrative like structure following J.G. Boswell’s life after being discharged from the army. The book tells readers how the Boswell family became one of the countries largest land holders, and the biggest in California. At 200,000 acres they are masters of the central valley landscape. The book raises many questions on how these cotton barons, and the cotton crop in general has affected the environment in California, and the treatment of ethnic labor in California.
California Coastal Access Law
California Coastal Access Law History of Coastal Access in California. The current rules in California are such that with the exception of a few military bases and natural geographical barriers, a person should be able to walk up and down the California Coast line, on west sand, completely unmolested. If the tide rose to its high mark the individual would have to wade or swim until the tide subsided. This is because in California, people have the right to access the coastlines for the purpose of recreation.
How to care for Tiger Barbs Aggressive Fish
Tiger Barbs are wonderful aquarium fish, having tiger barbs in the fish tank can add lots of color and activity. Tiger Barbs come in several different color types, including glow fish, and are popular aquarium fish as they don’t grow to be very large. Still properly caring for your tiger barbs is easy as long as you provide them with a safe environment.
The Gin Diaries #2
This piece originally ran in the Long Beach State Union Weekly in the fall of 2016, and is authored and owned by me. I’ve been in Coventry for two days. On this, the morning of my second full day in England I’d say I have three feelings about it. The first being cold; the second being hung-over; the third being my girl being hung-over and grouchy beside me.
My First Encounter with the LB Union Weekly
This was originally published in the Long Beach Union Weekly in 2015 I was on my usual Friday afternoon walk from the dorms to 7-11 to get scratchers and starbursts (as you can see I am a man of vice), and on my way I grab a Union Weekly to read as I walk. Within the classifieds I encounter this advertisement:
Powers of the Modern Monarchies of Europe
The Monarchies of Europe Western Civilization and culture is connected in its belief of liberal democracy. Human rights and democratic processes are central tenants of many European institutions. European history can be characterized by the rule of divine right monarchs; yet, in present day Europe ten democratic nations still have monarchs claiming divine rule. John Locke on the founding fathers of liberal democracy said in his Two Treatises on Civil Government that the Divine Right of Kings was an illiberal idea. Only 19% of Swedish people are religious making it one of the least religious nations in the world ("Religion In Sweden"), yet they still retain a King anointed by the church. While the monarchies present today are constrained by constitutions they are still unelected leaders holding large amounts of legal power.
Analysis of Convergence, Interdependence, and Divergence by Kamal Derviş’
Kamal Derviş’ Essay in his essay “Convergence, interdependence, and divergence” presents three globalization trends. The convergence of global incomes per capita, the cyclical interdependence of countries, and the divergence of income distribution within nations. The trends suggest that while developing nations are catching up with developed nations, global income inequality is on the rise, and the interdependence of nations is cyclical meaning that while developing nations are growing faster than their developed counterparts, economic crisis in the developed world can be devastating to the developing world.
Racial Segregation in Los Angeles
Los Angeles life underwent major changes after the Second World War, it was pretty much the same for most citizens, races mingled very seldom on equal footing. Still the method of separating race, and the geography changed in a prominent manner. Racist laws that allowed for legal segregation were phased out. So now economic segregation ruled supreme, with detrimental effects to communities as identities were shaped, and minorities began to seek better lives. While white Los Angeles residents sought to maintain their status, and profit from it.
Your Suburb has a Racist History
Coming out of the Second World War and the Zoot Suit Riots, whites in Southern California decided they were not going to share space with minorities anymore. Mexicans, Latinos, and Los Angeles’ new black population were all excluded from the visions of suburbia planned in the postwar period. Still the minorities exist in Southern California, so whites sought to find the space for their homogeneity that had declined during the prewar period and defend it with laws, distance, physical barriers, and culture.
An analysis of "The First Picture Show"
Edward Wachtel’s article “The First Picture Show: Cinematic Aspects of Cave Art” has an interesting premise; Wachtel suggests that cave art has a different way of addressing time and motion than contemporary art (Wachtel). There are some flaws in Wachtel’s ideas about the use of the caves, however the ideas he presented on the perspectives of the artists and how the art was intended to be presented seems to be sound. So Wachtel has made a great point on viewing and investigating cave art, but as usual the purpose of cave art remains dubious.
American Taxes are built for cheating
The American tax system, or more specifically the United States Federal Income tax is not democratic enough. It doesn’t create an equal playing field for all Americans. By nature it is convoluted, and headed by a bureaucracy that does not hold people accountable for avoiding or cheating their taxes sufficiently. A system based in more direct democratic ideals would streamline the tax system and make it more egalitarian.
5 ways to give Eco Friendly Christmas Gifts
With Black Friday Behind us, last minute Christmas Shopping has everyone scrambling, but relax, going green is the answer. Gifts are an excellent way to show your love during the holidays, but the environmentalist in you bristles at the thought of all the consumerism and waste that goes into the holiday. Having Christmas lights up for a whole month just because they are fun is hardly carbon neutral. That is the tragic point, Christmas is fun, but it isn't earth conscious. Still here are easy gifts that will help you speed through your nice list this year, whilst shrinking your Christmas carbon footprint.