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  • Is Daesh/ ISIL a modern Raiding Pirate state?
    • Revolutionary Russian Empire seems like the European example the Caliphate is sort of like? Their world wide revolution seems sort of Trotskyite. Their supporters in other countries also mirrors previous groups like the Red Army Faction.

      Unlike the pirates you mention the Caliphate seems to have a large population base, with a comparatively large number of military age males.

      While I understand why the G-20 wants to cut a deal with G-20 members excluding all others, I have to wonder how a deal that does not include the people living in the 'Caliphate' will work? It sounds a lot like the de-Bathification and then repression of the Sunnis that resulted in the current tragic situation. If the Caliphate has actual support from its populace, I wonder if a government imposed by the G-20 can really work. The assumption seems to be the people in the Caliphate areas will be thankful for being liberated, which may or may not be true.

  • The "Hindenburg Trap": Dump Oil, Coal & Gas Stocks if you Want to Retire
    • 1) Fertilizer is made of natural gas.
      2) Asphalt is made of crude oil.
      3) Many other things are made from crude oil

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      A better argument for non petroleum energy sources is it will free up resources for agriculture, road surfaces, and chemicals.

      Surprisingly even coal has non energy uses, but not many.
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  • Top 3 White Terrorist Attacks in America this Week
    • A few years ago there were a spate of police killings by african americans.

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      There was a third if I recall correctly but can't remember enough details to find it.

      At the time no political interpretations were made of the black shooters motives. I suspect that the shooting in Las Vegas was more of an attempt at suicide fueled by meth. They may have had other personal grievances against the police. I personally have doubts about this sovereign citizen organization. I doubt it really exists.

  • The Coming Israeli-Russian War?
    • Absolutely correct, Hizballah cannot operate or maintain an S-300 missile system, let alone hide one. Russia will not supply anyone except authorized countries will parts and support. Russia likely can disable the missiles at will, search on [france falklands exocet code] for how that might work.

      A possible but unlikely scenario is an s-300 and crew is captured, and the captors immediately force the crew to fire the missiles before Russia can deactivate the missile system.

  • Dems Reluctant to Allow Taxes on Rich to Rise
    • "What, are they going to cut back on their yacht-buying?"

      Yacht building is a highly paid labor intensive job. They may chose to buy them somewhere else and sail them somewhere else. A minor scandal unfolded when Sen Kerry of Massachusetts chose Rhode Island as his preferred port of call. The rich have options about where they are taxed.

      "Some seem to be sending the extra money down to Colombia for coke, which doesn’t exactly help the US economy"

      The Las Vegas economy depends on such people.

      "you can’t be for fiscal discipline or for a balanced budget and also be in favor of lower taxes on the super-wealthy"

      The super wealthy have options. For example Alabaman Investor and guru James Rogers has moved to Singapore, founder Jay Walker has moved to Switzerland. Most super wealthy as it turns out are not US nationals so are beyond US taxation. A better solution might be not to bail out super rich that go broke, but that is a done deal.

      "The fact is that the Bush tax cuts for the super-wealthy are the main reason for the large size of our current budget deficits"

      The multiple wars were responsible. Since the consensus for the wars could not have occurred if there were tax increases the Bush tax cuts were a done deal.

      A tax cut on the rich is a way of stealing from the middle class. See Paul Buchheit, “Top 10 Reasons for Higher Taxes on the Top 1%”: “Funding for our country’s children is being cut, but we allow a hedge fund manager to make enough money to pay the salaries of every public school teacher in New York City. Most of his earnings are taxed at a rate less than that of his secretary.”

      The original income tax scheme only applied to the top few percent. So the only the top 1% argument is an old propaganda ploy. The appeal to save the children is also a propaganda ploy, throwing in teachers for good measure.

      Please see Paul Craig Roberts for better arguments than I can come up with.

      Obama’s Attack on the Middle Class
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  • July Deadliest Month ever for US troops in Afghanistan
    • In the scheme of things 66/month is not going to change anything. That is just the way it is. I am guessing but if a large state missed pension or bond payments that might change things.

  • Meyer: NY Times: Saber-rattling Against Turkey
    • The news paper of record (whatever that means) made a whoooopsie.

      Correction: July 23, 2010

      An article last Friday about the connections between Turkey’s political elite and I.H.H., the Turkish charity that organized the Gaza-bound aid flotilla stopped by a deadly Israeli raid on May 31, contained several errors.

      Because of an editing error, the article misstated the effect of a ban on I.H.H. in Germany, where a charity that operates under the same name and was founded by the same people became legally separate in 1997. The ban applied only to the German charity, not the Turkish one.

      The article also misstated the price paid by the Turkish charity for the lead flotilla vessel, the Mavi Marmara. It was $1.2 million, not $1.8 million.

      And the article referred incorrectly to the relationship between Istanbul Fast Ferries, the municipal agency that sold the Mavi Marmara to the Turkish charity, and the Istanbul City Municipality Transportation Corporation, another city agency. While both are controlled by Turkey’s ruling AK party, the transportation corporation is responsible for land transit; it does not oversee the ferry agency.

  • Palin on the Ground Zero Mosque vs. the Founding Fathers
    • One block from ground zero? The location I find on the net is 45 Park Place. That's not ground zero that's the financial district, almost Tribeca, or maybe even formally Tribeca (will they have an entry in the film festival?). If you were trying to give a more conservative impression you might claim it is 'City Hall' not Tribeca. Seriously everything down there is packed together. A bigger problem is removing more real estate from the tax base. I would not consider it ground zero unless is was part of the old WTC complex or immediately faced it. My personal take is building a mosque in the financial district is more evidence of the decline in the finance business in NYC in general, but that is beside the point.

  • NATO Secretly Planning to Leave Afghanistan by 2014;
    5 NATO Troops Killed
    • The article talks about Britain, not NATO. The whole "conditions-based and phased transition" seems vague. In short the troops will pull out when the Afghan National whatever is in charge, which is never. It looks more to me like the various NATO nations are bailout out one by one. So what is a practical politician to do? Claim bailing out one by one is really the plan.

      It sounds sort of like Vietnam where the 'allies' pulled out leaving the North Vietnamese Army operating in South Vietnam and the Viet Cong intact. I suspect the Karzai government will fare better as they will be supported by China and Iran.

  • Lockerbie Bomber released for Sake of BP Libya Drilling Rights
  • Germany Will Seek 100% of its Electricity from Renewables by 2050
    • In some parts of the world like the North Sea and Baltic people live sufficiently close to the wind that losses due to transmission are low enough to make it worth the effort. It is not clear that in the US same circumstances exist.

      I also wonder how effective future wind projects will be as prime locations are exhausted and wind turbines are located in locations with less potential. I suspect they are looking at current projects and assuming that future projects will achieve the same success.

      As the number of wind power projects grows I suspect that people will begin to notice the negative aspects of these projects and fall out of love with large scale wind power as they have with all other energy sources.

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