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  1. As I understand it the plan was for government to "step up" and provide an economic supprt by leasing vacant space. Plus, it was a clever plan since government services act as an "anchor" amd draw customers and foot traffic to the retail shops.
  2. Is it? I remember when it opened. Quite a bit different area then. I think it was the Rouse Company's first mall. Even by the late 1960's it started to fade. Possibly a combination of "grants" and tax considerations has helped? But it is "blessed" by the fact that Baltimore City is a retail desert. Being the only mall in the middle of 600,000 people make be enough to keep a weak operation going.
  3. Don't know about you all but I spend some time "sneaking a peak" at people all over the world. The purpose of my curiosity is to mimic those groups who outperform and abandon those practices that are not effective. The US just happens to be the best place on earth to study immigration models. Some just work better than others. Nothing shameful about replicating a useful tool. Immigration is a difficult and stressful operation. Everyone benefits when it goes well.
  4. The Economist magazine has done lots of coverage of East Africa over the years. They follow closely the creative money system and inventive banking devices. Just recently they reported on the Eritrean and Somali immigrants to the US. They found that like many other groups who migrate, in the US they outperform the native born. But, it was interesting, that they did not do so at first. There was a time lag. The writers attributed this to a conscious and effective self imposed transition practice! They would almost always, regardless of education or skills, take an "entry level" job as cab driver or kitchen worker for several years with an established countryman. As a group they realize that living in America has great value and wish to assimilate immediately. But with a comfortable employment position with a sympathetic countryman they can avoid the embarassment and trauma of applying for "benefits" and use the two years or so to polish their language skills and become comfortable with the American culture. When they eventually enter the workforce as a skilled and educated contributor, they can excel with gusto and eliminate at least some of the awkwardness and trauma that is so common to the immigrant experience.
  5. Easy. The traditional method (used in the US for centuries) is to apply capital (of all sorts) in order to increase the take for labor and rent. Conversely, if one wishes to decrease labors compensation one would remove capital from the production process (see third world) so that people will produce with basic primitive tools upon valueless land. I doubt that's the answer you were looking for?
  6. Already have. Any nations that have been so receptive to "foreigners"? Pontification is fun! As the worlds largest private landholder the Vatican could do a little more I would think. Maybe not.
  7. Why? Their decision making in the native lands does not seem inspiring. They come here because the US is NOT like their native land.
  8. Do you still retrieve your water from a hand dug well with a rope and bucket? All civilized peoples have used fluid movement to supply as opposed to cartage. Although Warren Buffet appreciates your attitude.
  9. No, not at all. I probably addressed the wrong post! Sorry. I meant that when a society does not wish to engage in "lower" level employment, and encourages immigration to do the work that Americans "wont do", it's a serious problem enabled by adequate amounts of wealth (surplus labor). I'm not sure that education can or will correct that. From history it would seem that motivation and curiosity is what drives education, not the other way round.
  10. Are you certain? I believe it was "America's Greatest Generation" that changed the priorities of our society! Seldom in history has a generation gone from the poorest quintile (and least politically powerful) to the wealthiest and the most influential.
  11. How does everyone on this board provide enough energy to to service their home, business , leisure time, and so forth? Where I live there is only one source of energy. We just quibble over the exact way to harvest it.
  12. That's Not an education issue, it's a cultural decision. It's generally only possible in societies that are wealthy and can afford lots of non productive labor.
  13. Sorry. Apparently I misread your post. So the drug is NOT available at low cost?