The Ethiopian multiplier, paid for by some of you

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Well, it doesn't look like infrastructure (e.g., high speed rail) funded by China, but it does reflect a culture of work. What Cowen has done is view Ethiopia in the image of China, culturally, historically, and economically. I hope he is right. Now, if only Cowen would have the same view of America.

Well, it does look like infrastructure (e.g., high speed rail) funded by California.

and it is cheaper.

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Tyler, how about some context.

I can't remember. Isn't it if we buy the books linked to Amazon in the what Im reading threads?

No, it's if you buy a specific book, which I bought but haven't read yet, all proceeds go to this one guy in Ethiopia who impressed TC.

Bonus trivia: they are making concrete without a mixer, "old school" style like they do with small projects in Greece (for big projects Greece is more advanced than even the USA, using a cantilever arm to pour slurry, which is much faster but also requires a bit more difficult cleanup at the end of the day) , and still do in the Philippines (though the use crane lifted buckets too). The formula: 1 part cement, 2 parts sand, 3 parts gravel, and 0.5 part water, all done by eye, without measurement, like making bread.

Proceeds from Stubborn Attachments go to Yonas (pseudonym?) in Ethiopia:

https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2018/09/update-yonas-stubborn-attachments.html

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and if you a desk jockey trying to help, it will result in a guaranteed sore back, if you try to help for a few hours.

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"s more advanced than even the USA, using a cantilever arm to pour slurry, "

You mean just like every Concrete in the US uses to pour concrete?

"Concrete truck"

No, I mean pouring concrete with 20m to 60m cantilevered arm booms, said concrete being a slurry. A quick Google result yielded no hits and just one picture, proving it's not that popular in the USA, they prefer the more slower concrete truck open culvert gravity fed way that you're thinking of, or, mixing individual buckets that are poured via a crane. In Europe a German company specializes in the cantilever way, and there's also an American company that exports their expertise.

Bonus trivia: I've built a house in PH, and my family's built a house in VA, from scratch. Part of being in the 1%, adding value.

Yeah, those types of trucks are used commonly on larger sites in the US.

https://concretepumpsusa.com/

Thanks, that's the company I was thinking of, the world leader, I see they have a US division now: Putzmeister ("Putzmeister is a German manufacturer of concrete pumps") And their competitor: Schwing!

Unforgettable names.

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Five years ago, the contractor on our house in coastal Maine used a concrete pumper. He said it was more expensive for the pump truck, but he saved on labor. I got the impression he does that all the time.

Maybe where labor is cheaper, like Ethiopia, it wouldn't make sense.

Those have been common in the US for a while. Lends credibility to your pH stories.

@Ethan Bernard, yes, thanks. But I doubt concrete pumps are common. Here in northern Virginia I've never seen one, as they prefer the traditional crane and bucket setup. But I'll keep looking, maybe you're right in that they've become more common.

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I will take a shot. Perhaps they are mixing concrete?

Sure looks that way - though it is hard to tell whether that is being mixed in place for a footing, or whether such a pit is intended for longer term use (doubtful, as an opinion).

On the other hand, those are some impressively clean work clothes (especially the white shoes), potentially leading one to wonder, with perhaps excessive cynicism, whether the picture is more for demonstration than representing actual work. Balanced, on the other hand, by the obvious preparations for a building project.

Though what is odd is the lack of even something as basic as a wheelbarrow (that pile behind them is hard to transfer shovelful by shovelful), or something along these lines - https://concretecountertopinstitute.com/free-training/concrete-countertop-mixers-how-to-decide-on-size-power-and-drum/

However, there is a box in the background at what appears to be the cement pile, and a couple of what seem to be sacks on the smaller piles near the pits, and if what they are doing is a footing, well, it seems fairly practical as a method - though the amount seems a bit unrealistic to be mixing by hand. Depends on technique, though - I have never mixed that amount of concrete by hand, but possibly you start small, and keep adding more in the correct proportions as you go along, until you reach the amount seen in the picture.

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"I will take a shot. Perhaps they are mixing concrete?"

I was looking for something a little deeper. Like this crew is pouring a footer for the new ?????

Ah....okay. Nobody is stopping you from making your own constructive guess yourself as to the details.

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Cowen and Ethiopia: https://www.omaha.com/opinion/tyler-cowen-what-ethiopia-s-economy-has-in-common-with/article_d93f9e80-e664-5a3e-a1c4-1bd82da8323e.html

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What is the concrete for? My $15 made me emotionally invested, and I'm in the construction industry so doubly interested in these old school methods.

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I'm mostly curious if that's some tiny animal or a toy AT-AT walker (painted red) near the right edge of the photo about the height of the guys shoveling...

I saw that too. It’s got to be plastic.

That is a tent post driver, left in place for the eventual time when the tent is again raised.

Possibly rusted iron, but it could be cheap hardy plastic, or painted aluminum, or something similar.

Actually the top 25 percent of a tent post driver, the other 75 percent is below the surface of the soil.

Human artifacts are easy to interpret.
Actually, even angelic artifacts are easy to interpret.

It is hopes and dreams and compassion that are difficult to interpret, even for an arrogant bastard like me.

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to be accurate, that is the top 25 percent of a tent post driver.
Human artifacts are easy to interpret.
Angelic artifacts are easy to interpret as well.
You know what is hard?

Parental love, Fraternal love, basic human love, the love between a sad lonely person and their beloved pets, those are all easy to understand.

What is hard to understand is this:

are those poor spergerville losers living in a substandard love-free zone, where they do not care about anyone but LOVE their stamp collections or their collected looseleaf binders full of notes on The General Theory of Keynes or, God forbid, Finnegans Wake ----

or are they really just as much creatures of God as much as the rest of us who know we were born to love, to cherish our families and our friends and to be fun to be around, to help others understand the joy of life?

I mean, it is not hard for me to understand, but maybe it is hard for you to understand.

"La nuestra ultima esperanza esta la injusticia de Dios"
HA HA HA HA HA ......

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(a) I understand the difference between artifact and artefact and yes, I meant to say artifact

(b) decide for yourself, is this how mentally ill people talk about things or is this how people with a healthy understanding of the world talk about things? ( a commenter a couple nights ago implied I might be mentally ill - imagine that!, I am not, I am a gifted psychologist, nothing more, nothing less....)

Proverbs 8.

3 by luck, one for friendship, and the last and best thanks to the angels

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Tyler is one of my favorite people.

Fundamentally unsound on substantive due process and on most other controversial Supreme Court decisions in the lifetimes of you young people, but free markets have been a blessing to billions of peoples in thousands of locations (hundreds of countries) and I gotta give him props for that.

Trust me I know what I am talking about (something said, in that exact sequence, between fifty and a million times in the 50s, between 10 and 20 million times in the 60s, and so on in later years, with diminishing frequency I guess)

3 by luck, one for friendship, and the last and best thanks to angels

God loves us all, from the first moment to that moment where everyone looks around and says:
that was a life worth living

I remember

Pushkin often rang the variations on "Trust me I know what I am talking about"

he was joking

but lots of people who say that are not joking, not at all, they see the way the heavens interact with the earth

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Trust me I know what I am talking about

or go ahead and read trendy Houellebecq or poor tragic Wallace or sad angry Joyce Carol Oates it is your choice

but I know how to say this and they never said this

it is no small thing to be a friend to a creature who never had a friend in this world

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Pushkin knew a lot about people

but he had so little love in his heart

poor sap!

that is why it is temerarious to consider the latest crop of RC saints - bureaucrats with nice stories, or who were victims of crime at moments when they could take so much credit .... as real saints, as people who really understood what they needed to do when they were alive

pray for Father Wojtyla
pray for Father Kolbe
pray for poor "Pope Paul VI" .... I know how much he would have preferred to be a simple humble priest in a small town in his beloved Northern Italy .... I know, trust me .....

pray for poor John Paul XXIII.

they were somebody's baby once.

It is no small thing to be a friend to a creature who never had a friend in this world.

Word.

Trust me.

God loves all of us who pay attention to those who have not been fortunate in this world, or at least there is a presumption in favor of such people

Over the Hills and Far Away.

Pleasanton, back in the Day.

I remember.

If you want to have the best dream you have ever had, or if you want to know the best that life has to offer

try and remember, remember too, today and the future are gifts for the fortunate, memories are the consolation of all of us, trust me, God answered my prayer and everybody I wanted to be happy in memory was happy .... trust me

Proverbs 8, baby, that is why I know you can trust me, because Proverbs 8 are the words that are the words that are the expression of my soul

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Good morning Ethiopia

God loves all of you!

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Word

I ventured down here to comment on the tiny mysterious animal and look what I got! Thanks for this.

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cor ad cor loquitur

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"The Ethiopian multiplier, paid for by some of you"
if a fella writes a book and donates
the profits it looks like the bookwriter
is the one paying for the concrete?

there is no free lunch in foot!notes!

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These poor fellows had never had a shovel in their hands and dont know how to use one. Obviously, they are not working as a team. In fact, judging by their cloths and shoes, they are just starting or acting. Please somebody tell me I am wrong.

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