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  • keoug2 2:25 pm on 2015-12-11 Permalink  

    I was skeptical about taking this course online as I am with any online course, because it is easy to forget about assignments and lose track of the course, especially when you take into account all of your other course work. However, the 2 week deadline was great. It gave me room to breath and fit the course into my schedule, WHICH IS THE WHOLE POINT OF ONLINE COURSES! It bugs me when online courses have multiple deadlines for different assignments throughout the week, it contradicts the meaning of an online course. So, I liked the freedom from a scheduling standpoint. I liked the freedom and the layout of the book review, but an example of what is an acceptable book review should be provided to future students. I just kind of went ahead and did it, and wasn’t very sure of what to create. So I guess I like the freedom all together. One thing I would change is the comments to the commons. Based on the fact that we were responsible for reading a heck of a lot of information for every unit and only a very small portion of that information was reinforced by the short quizzes we had (5 to 10 questions at most). So I was thinking the commons posts could be used as a tool to better reinforce that information that the professor wants reinforced. So each unit has 1 or 2 commons posts with a topic or question and the professor can comment on those posts. I thought that the fact that the commons posts were unchecked and we were not provided any feedback on them, rendered them ineffective in reinforcing what we should be learning. Feedback from a professor who has studied these topics extensively is why we go to school, to see if we are learning correctly. There’s my 10 cents. Bon voyage everybody and bon chance in your future endeavors!

     
  • keoug2 2:03 pm on 2015-12-11 Permalink  

    The information covered in this course is great, in the sense that it presents the history of America in an objective way by presenting the facts through an economic lens therefore clarifying some of the misconceptions about our history. I was stunned to learn about the indentured servitude that was present in British colonies and how that transpired into a wealth gap that we still see today. I was also fascinated to learn how both the world wars propelled the Unites States into a wealthy nation. We covered a lot of information and I especially liked how it was all fact based.

     
  • keoug2 9:17 am on 2015-11-29 Permalink  

    How do you view the book reviews? When I click on the Book Review Projects 2015 link, all it says is “of course there isn’t anything here yet, the book reviews aren’t due until November.”

     
  • keoug2 4:58 pm on 2015-11-23 Permalink  

    A great American success story is that of Isaac Stephenson. Stephenson was born into a relatively poor family in Maine. He became the protege guided by Jefferson Sinclair. Sinclaiar was known as the “Napolean of lumbering”. Sinclair gained his experience in Maine along the Saint John River and Penobscot River. Sinclair’s teachings did not fall on deaf ears, Stephenson’s career accelerated quickly, being a partner of a lumber business at the age of 19. Stephenson was one of the few lumbermen who made it through the Panic of 1857 and the pre-Civil War era. Post-Civil War Stephenson organized the Menominee River Boom Company that was essential to the success of the lumber industry along the most important river in Michigan. As vice president of the boom company the company was able to build over 40 dams, purchase a number of privatley owned dams, remove boulders, blast shoals, and create a network of cribs and piers that anchored the log channel to improve the efficiency of log driving down the Menominee River. Within the first year as vice president the company was able to handle 60 million feet of logs. Without Stephenson the lumber industry in the Upper Peninsula would have had a different landscape, pretty impressive for a young buck.

     
  • keoug2 4:37 pm on 2015-11-23 Permalink  

    It is amazing that tall tales are rooted in some true and fascinating history. One of the entertaining aspects of Karamanski’s book is the stories about real people. Here is a story of true vigilante justice on the wild frontier. On September 19, 1881 in Menominee, Michigan, Frank McDonald and John McDougal were finishing a long night of drinking and looking for ladies of the night when they stumbled upon an enemy, Billy Kittson. Apparently Kittson had aided the Sheriff in arresting McDonald and sending him to a state prison. Hard words between Kittson and McDonald quickly erupted into a fight. The fight was halted when Kittson broke a whiskey bottle over McDonald’s head. Belligerently Kittson went into the street, excited to tell his brother about his triumph. When McDougal and the revived McDonald overtook Kittson. They knocked him to his knees with a log peavey and McDonald drove knife into his back. Norman Kittson witnessed what happened to his brother and when he tried to help he was stabbed in the neck with the same knife. Norman then unveiled his pistol and began firing. McDougal was grazed in the leg and he and McDonald fled the scene. Billy Kittson after being stabbed through the back staggered into the nearest bar, ordered drinks for everyone and immediately dropped dead on the floor. Miraculously Norman Kittson survived the ordeal after his neck wound was treated. McDonald and McDougal were both arrested after being caught trying to flee. However the ordeal was not over. Soon after Billy Kittson was burried, a mob formed outside the jail with plans to lynch McDonald. Even with the reinforcement of the local Grand Army of the Republic chapter, the sheriff’s deputies could not safeguard the prisoners. The mob broke down the cell door with a large log and took the prisoners. Ropes were wrapped around their necks and they were thrown out of the jail. The mob dragged the two men through the muddy streets, kicking, hitting and assaulting them. At some point the men died from injuries sustained and then their bodies were hung from the railroad cross post.

     
  • keoug2 4:07 pm on 2015-11-23 Permalink  

    Deep Woods Frontier: A History of Logging in Northern Michigan by Theodore J. Karamanski is an interesting book. It gives a very in depth look into the lumber industry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The book is very dense with information and stories of the times. So in my main report I tried to filter the stories and dense information just to include the economic aspects, and some descriptions as to what the pine era of logging in Michigan was. So I’ll take some of this blog space to tell a story or two and some outside information of the logging industry. Ill start with the environmental aspects of the aggressive pine logging in Michigan. One of the most detrimental aspects of logging was the squaring of logs to make mast for ships. Early on in the Michigan logging history, loggers (typically French-Canadian) would pick the cream of the crop trees to be harvested. In order to square these massive 60 to 100 foot logs, lumberjacks would have to hew the logs with a broad axe. Hewing these logs meant chipping away an immense portion of the trunk area and through the length of the log. So huge piles of wood chips and/or slash would be littered throughout the forests. The slash was terrible for vegetation, stunting natural growth of indigenous plants. The wood chips when dried out were a serious fire hazard and the Upper Peninsula was plagued with forest fires during the logging years. The forest fires burned the organic material in the soil making it difficult for the regeneration of vegetation. The fires also made the soils hydrophobic meaning the soil repelled water, having a devastating effect on the wildlife.

     
  • keoug2 4:44 pm on 2015-11-09 Permalink  

    The Miller & Sexton book was pretty good up until the end, when they decided to tackle the “issue”; will increasing the income all lead to greater happiness? That came out of left field, I guess we are going into finish the book with a huge open-ended question. This topic is way to huge and spans over to many subjects to put into three pages as a side note at the end of an American Economics book. They severally over simplified this question and weakly attacked it from one side. strange way to end a book.

     
  • keoug2 3:30 pm on 2015-11-09 Permalink  

    The Stagflation in the 70’s is an interesting occurrence. So much for the Keynesian hypothesis that aggregate demand determines the change in the economy over a short term. Even with employment, goods, and services on the decline the economy managed to inflate. This economy thing is very strange, and doesn’t seem to have a good model to fit. Maybe the problems are caused from some kind of fundamental flaw; like how we have only tried to regulate and deregulate, maybe, it needs to evolve. Maybe we shouldn’t hold ideas of the past to such a high esteem, I am assuming that an economics degree entails studying many different economic hypothesis, especially Keynesian and Monetarism, and none of them are on the money. If we all knew more about it maybe we could influence that. America needs to get smarter! New ideas need to be generated!

     
  • keoug2 3:29 pm on 2015-11-09 Permalink  

    Before this unit, I knew that “trickle down economics” was somewhat of a failed economic hypothesis. After this unit I learned just how much of a failure Reagonomics was. Seeing those graphs of the National debt was staggering. After seeing this information it was very clear that those methods of running the economy are not good. I don’t understand how people today can support Republicans campaigning on those same principals. Well… I take that back I know how Republicans get votes and it has nothing to do with anything of substance. Republicans use religious dogma, petty claims and fear mongering to prey on the ignorant and they beg for money from big business to buy votes. My point is if Americans would get their heads out of their ass, get informed, educate themselves, and read a damn book other than the Bible it would be very clear that the “Right” has become a joke and caters to the billionaire class. Now I don’t consider myself a liberal, I have mixed political views on different issues and I am not trying to advocate for the Democrats, but I use simple rationality to develop my stance on issues and it is so obvious that the current ideals of the “Right” have no place in modern government. America has already tried them and they do not work.

     
  • keoug2 12:31 pm on 2015-10-22 Permalink  

    I am reading, Deep Woods Frontier: A History of Logging in Northern Michigan, for the thing

     
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