The biggest legacy left by the British empire is the chaos, war and enmity
remaining after it collapsed. The last half of the 20th century was full of
wars in which cultures tried to realign the arbitrary boundaries left over
from British rule. Africa, northern Ireland, Sri Lanka are only a few.
British inventions such as concentration camps and apartheid have enriched
this half century of warfare. Their statesmanship and world leadership
(concepts such as appea***t and peace in our time) led to two world wars
in that century alone (although not without French help). We became a world
power very reluctantly after ww2 to fill the vacuum left by the British
bankruptcy and the USSR's belligerent militancy. The middle east mess was
caused by British nation building as they played one Arab state against the
other to secure oil; and add to that the Palestine mandate that led to the
establishment of Israel and the British/French invasion of Egypt to secure
the Suez canal. All of this was left to smolder when colonial power and
subjugation of native peoples were stopped.
It is a messed up world, but one not of our making,we just have to hold the
British philosophy is Greek idealism corrupted by imperialism.
IIRC, the highly touted Magna Carta empowered only the nobility, not the
common man. Marxism is the complete, unchecked empowerment of the mobs.
The US model is a mix, one designed to be fair and succeeding most of the
time. It was also designed to correct the british legacy that left
colonials few rights.
> > Mike,
> > What did the brits leave to the Americans? In fact, ***y little.
> A language and a philosophy.
> > You may
> > recall a little skirmish that began in 1776 where the brits attempted to
> > force-feed their form of "freedom" to us.
> Ah, then it wasnt so much what was left, as what you were unable to steal
> that causes the irritation?
> > That might begin to explain why we don't care to do things the brit way.
> Ah, but you do, just not very well :(
> > --
> > Herb Winston AMA 50438
> > Bonita Springs, FL
> > "He may look like an idiot,
> > and he may sound like an idiot,
> > but don't let him fool you.
> > He really is an idiot."
> > Mark Twain
> > Ok, got it working....
> > Apparently, we'd put too much ether in the fuel (pre-ignition??), and
> > flooded the engine while priming...
> > It starts ok now.
> > Matthew, we tried only 4 times coz we had classes after that... else I
> > could tell you stories of the 'night of the prop-flickers'... another
> > maybe, + I already posted this on the the grp a few month ago.
> > Yes, we tried flicking it the other way, but its ***y painful for a
> > righthanded person to do so.
> > Dear Mr. Hubbard,
> > I knew someone would post THAT. :)
> > British English (the Queen's English if you may) is spoken in all the
> > commonwealth countries (ahem, speaking of which. shouldn't america be
> > of the commonwealth?? ;)),i.e India, Australia, New Zealand, most of
> > Africa, Canada?? etc.
> > SO most of the english speaking world will go with 'ANTI-clockwise'.
> > They also follow Brithsh traffic laws (driving on the left-hand side,
> > the steering wheel to the right) etc.,
> > Wonder why the americans changed everything the brits left them? :-D
> > Cheers mate,
> > Rishi
> > Btw, Cricket rules!
> >>By the way (and, yes, I'm being picky here), it's COUNTER-clockwise, not
> >>ANTI-clockwise. ;-)
> >>>>Went to the flying field today, laid out the lines, fueled up the old
> >>>>kite (A battered but airworthy Senior Sky Bee II), and the engine (3.2
> > cc
> >>>>diesel) always turned clockwise (so it was a super weird pusher
> >>>>engine for the time being) instead of anti CW even though I flipped
> >>>>the prop in the ACW direction. And this happened 4 times, before we
> > gave up.
> >>>A whole 4 times? Your persistence is overwhelming. 4 times is nothing.
> >>>Sometimes engines can start up backwards 12 or more times before
> >>>running in the proper direction. Now, if it's taking you a long time
> >>>to get the engine to start each time, you need to learn how to
> >>>properly start a diesel. That's something I can't help you with,
> >>>>Can anyone tell what the problem with the engine might be and how to
> > go
> >>>>about correcting it?
> >>>There isn't necessarily a problem with your engine. It may be your
> >>>starting technique. You can't just flip the engine in the direction
> >>>it's supposed to run; you have to flip it THROUGH compression/ignition
> >>>with enough force that it keeps running in that direction. Otherwise,
> >>>the engine bounces off compression and starts running backwards. Some
> >>>people use this to their advantage, using "reverse psychology" to make
> >>>their engines run in the correct direction. They flip the engine
> >>>clockwise, it bounces off compression and starts running