Wednesday, October 13, 2010

History, Guns, Germs, and Steel

Reinventing the Wheel - By William Easterly | Foreign Policy:
Late Bronze Age culture in what is now Western Europe already had pack animals, ceramics, and metalwork, while the Central African Neolithic culture did not. In short, the winners keep winning. As Billie Holiday sang, 'Them that's got shall get/Them that's not shall lose.'
Historian of technology,
Sam Kinison
I'm reminded of Sam Kinison (screaming, of course), "YOU LIVE IN A DESERT!! UNDERSTAND THAT? YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT!! NOTHING GROWS HERE! NOTHING'S GONNA GROW HERE! Come here, you see this? This is sand. You know what it's gonna be 100 years from now? IT'S GONNA BE SAND!! YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT!"
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