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by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:15 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:05 pm

BRI is an amazing initiative.
Lhasa, 1959.
Its not the road that's bad... its the dudes who come down that road... which brings me back to - I don't think we want China dominating international affairs. Give it time, that road will also bring the world into China... that's another effect.
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

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I frankly see no compelling arguments that negate Hayek's basic thesis here, despite whatever faults his other work may bear. re: " The Road to Serfdom" - It's dated (it's a complete reaction to the rise of fascism in the 20 and 30's) and both Hayek's assumptions and conclusions are false. That sho...
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Chinese diplomacy comes out of trucks of money. $8 trillion earmarked for infrastructure projects across Asia, Europe and Africa. Gwadar Port Pakistan, 62 billion, 80% from China. Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State Myanmar 8 billion for oil and gas pipelines, a 5 million container a day port and a super high...
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

As much as I loathe Trump, it's not as if most professional politicians do a "good" job. They usually do a job that helps them maintain power, and the status quo. Unless you are one of those people that somehow remembers the Obama, Bush or Clinton eras as these idyllic times, there's not much reaso...
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Time doesn’t permit a point-by-point discussion on these but they are all very well-researched topics. On the legal system, compare cost of litigation, timelines and ability to frustrate access to civil suits by expensive discovery in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore - the major ...
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

What would you think developing countries should emulate in the US model? Not the legal system - it’s the least efficient and highest cost version of common law around. That's a vague assertion. Least efficient? Most expensive? What is your standard? Not the banking system (almost the entire academ...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

That's fine, where are they supposed to get the money? As long as we can still hear the big sucking sound of all that cash headed up to the 1% or into corporate treasuries, we're stuck. There is no longer any major US city where minimum wage will afford you a one bedroom apartment, much less down p...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Works well for white people, not so much for others. Works for property owners. And they tend to be white. So, yeah. But our system is fundamentally built on property rights... And I think you agree that getting rid of that basis for the system would be a mistake... So then the only option is to en...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I generally find, though, that those in the US tend to have a very high estimation of those strengths and limited appreciation of life in other countries. Point taken. There are many possibilities from which one can take their lead. My point was really about Americans having some confidence in doin...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

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Sorry link above I described as affluent white civil war should have been this.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/opin ... alism.html
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:24 pm
Basically, no one has any f*&^ing idea of what is going on or what to do about it -- and frankly, no one ever has.
We don't need a savior. We just need a vague picture of where we want to be and we push. We will all get there together.

That's what I got from the Battlestar Galactica reboot.
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

As much as I loathe Trump, it's not as if most professional politicians do a "good" job. They usually do a job that helps them maintain power, and the status quo. Unless you are one of those people that somehow remembers the Obama, Bush or Clinton eras as these idyllic times, there's not much reaso...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

PeterC wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:34 pm
Dwayne Johnson has never been a reality TV star. Doesn’t pay enough.
I am totally on board. Rock 2020. Jesse Ventura did it, and he's not nearly as cool and good looking as the Rock.
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

This comes to another point - The US has to become confident in our way of doing things again, because that is what motivates us to help other countries develop in our mold. US influence in Latin America is a mess and the US has historically not done right in the region. There is, however, plenty o...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

A little diversion...

How to solve political discord.

https://www.vox.com/2018/10/17/17952996 ... sm-oneness
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

The only person I can think of who would have even the slightest chance of winning is Joe Biden. Well respected by many Dems, lots of experience and knows how to work DC, good orator, ain't skeert of Trump. Except he's probably too old. I think its Bannon who admitted only Biden actually raised con...
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Illegal immigrants are not competing for professional positions in the US. Q has no fear of losing his job to a migrant apple picker in Upstate NY. True, I in fact very much benefit from the migrant apple pickers. If I may say, the policies I advocate for would hurt me. My landscaping, snow removal...
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

In Canada when I was younger our immigration was a policy of tap on/tap off. Every January our department of labour would do a labour market study and then inform parliament to tailor immigration to current economic conditions. If there was a skills shortage that area could be opened up. If student...
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:58 pm
I'd vote for anyone who can get this mother*&^%#$ out of the Whitehouse.
That's the question... Who? We can't let establishment Democrats choose the candidate. It will be Clinton again.
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1733

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Wow, Trump really did win. Sad! Its a mistake to give Republicans all the ground on fixing immigration. "No" is not a workable policy. Immigration has been a problem needing fixing for over 2 decades. The issue has been forced. Let's deal with it. Or are you actually suggesting that "Abolish ICE" i...

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