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  • Can Progressives Mobilize to Save the Middle Class?
    • No

      The USA middle class can not be saved unless Americans are willing to embrace "socialism light" and be willing to drastically reshape society to deal with the FACT that technology has eliminated most middle class jobs.

      The reshaping will have to be the opposite of the path trump and his cronies are on. That is, the wealthy and businesses will have to be heavily taxed and society will have to provide a basic sustenance for all but the wealthy.

      The simple reality is the USA has a large excess of workers and no hope of ever changing that situation so social structures will have to change to reflect that.

      BUT . . .

      The USA myth of the "rugged individual" will prevent Americans from making the necessary changes. They will fight "socialism" to their last breath rather than make the necessary changes to deal with reality. Myths die hard - just talk to trump voters.

  • Trump's Warmongering on Steroids: But who Supplied the Steroids
    • When the situation gets worse and the "brown stuff hits the fan," trump can start firing generals, but since there is NO MILITARY SOLUTION, the situation will just keep getting worse until some general that cares more about the USA and his employees than his ego tells trump he will have to rebuild the state department and give them the ability to make "really bad deals" that will be the best them can get (sort of what Obama did with Iran- he got the best deal possible, but far from the "ideal" deal Americans wanted).

      In other words, the USA will have to admit it does not control the world and other people have their own agendas and the USA has to work with the rest of the world as best as it can

  • As Scientists March, Will Trump give away US Science Lead to China?
    • FYI - China has already launched its SECOND aircraft carrier on 29 April 2017.

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      USA sources think it will be operational by 2020, but given how wrong they were about the operational capabilities of the first carrier, the new carrier will probably be operational by late 2018.

      Note how disparaging the CNN story is about the alleged "inferiority" of the Chinese carriers while failing to note most other nation's carriers use a design similar to the Chinese design.

      While the USA brags about their engineering, China, Iran and many other nations quietly make "war toys" that are very effective and much less expensive than USA war toys.

      USA Hubris know no bounds.

    • Nobel prizes are worthless except to the very old men (mostly) that are essentially getting a "life time" achievement award.

      Nobel prizes are awarded multiple decades after the "achievement" and do not reflect current states of knowledge.

      Note that in just over 50 years (less than two generations), Chinese scientists and engineers have already caught up and are now AHEAD of most western scientists and engineers. Yes, they reverse-engineered lots of 1960s technology, but then rapidly implemented it on a massive scale and completely re-engineered it much quicker than Americans have ever been able to do.

      In some ways the Chinese are lucky in that they had nothing to unlearn or discard so they could charge ahead while USA companies were extremely resistant to just scrapping the stuff they had and rebuilding everything. Even today, most USA companies are unwilling to take a few years of losses and to completely rebuild their business to better compete with Chine. They would rather try to rig the game as long as possible, but China is advancing so fast that instead of having imaginal decades ahead, most USA companies may only have a few marginal months left.

      This is the BIG problem the USA has, USA businesses are so focused on next months profits, there is no though given to what happens next year. Also there is a mindset in the USA that no one can ever be better than the USA so USA businesses constantly get blind-sided by the advancements in Asia, even though the Asian business, scientific and engineering press make most of the advance public. USA businesses are too arrogant to even read the English versions of the Asian press (I do though), let alone try to learn Chinese.

    • For almost 5000 years China was a MAJOR regional power and heavily influenced all of Asia, which is why there are "china towns" all throughout Asia.

      Then in the 1600-1700s the Europeans sprinted ahead and for about 200 years China was subservient to the "west."

      BUT . . .

      Over the last 60 years or so, China has managed to catch up with the west and in many areas of science and technology they are now surpassing the "west." The "west" helped by providing lots of help in exchange for exploiting China as much as possible, but once China achieved parity, they quickly left their "western" counterparts in the dust.

      Now in many areas, robotics, manufacturing, non-carbon energy to name a few, China is the clear world leader And as noted in the the article and comments, China is INVESTING, not in war (like the USA), but relationships and advancing their capabilities ahead of the USA as fast as possible.

      Chinese leadership has drawn on 5000 years of community based culture to enhance the future of most Chinese, unlike the USA which has followed the teachings of Ayn Rand and glorifying the ruthless individual. Since WW2, the USA has wasted trillions of dollars that could have been used to vastly improve the lives of all Americans instead of just a few because of racism and "rugged individualism."

      Americans will react very negatively to the rise of China, but will find that they have wounded themselves because of hubris.

      America has made some very, very bad choices and they will have severe consequences in the coming years as the economy declines. I fully expect that over time, Asia and Europe will eclipse the USA.

      BTW - the "flyover states" clearly have a deep anti-intellectualism mindset which prevents them from understanding how the world is evolving.

  • Is Trump Taking Us to War Everywhere?
    • The "weak" are not so weak any more as I noted above. In fact many nations on earth are more than a match for the USA military, especially as Super390 notes if the USA forces are spread thin.

      In every category of weapons, other countries now have sufficient firepower to cripple and in many cases DEFEAT USA military.

      Military weapons are based on technology and due to globalization, the vast open communications networks and the accelerated optimization of technology while driving down the cost, it is now possible for even medium size nations to out-gun the USA.

      There are two basic reasons for this (1) solid, high performance technology is readily available to every nation on earth for cheap prices (2) the USA vastly wastes every dime they spend on weapons technology.

      Some examples of cheap technology. . . Quad-core 64-bit 1.2 GHz Raspberry Pi computers cost US$35 . . . Linux is free . . . GPS chips without the USA restrictions are readily available . . . detailed global mapping software and data is free . . . There are over 100 MILLION AK-47 and equivalent weapons on earth with thousands more being made each and every day . . and the list goes on and on.

      Sure the USA has high-tech (barely flyable) F-35s but they are pretty much useless in most battles the USA will fight.

      "Friends any come and go but enemies accumulate" and when you have enough enemies you can't win.

    • Wars WASTE a nation's wealth and over time destroys the nation.

      While war seems to be a "glorious" manifestations of a nation's pride, the REALITY is war is simply a wasting away of a nation.

      Trump campaigned on "America First" but his actions clearly say lets destroy America as quickly as possible out of pure greed driven hubris.

      While the USA has spent large amounts of money on war toys, most of that money was wasted buying "gold plated" jink (F-35 is the most recent example). So in reality, the rest of the world is more than capable of making the lives of American soldiers, sailors and airmen short and useless.

      The world is awash in war toys that are equal to or better than anything the USA has, so when the USA starts wars because it can't control the situation with negotiations, the USA is more likely to lose than to win.

      It is long past time for the USA to give up the Empire mentality and just do what is best for Americans in America instead of trying to control the rest of the people on earth who have no desire for any USA control.

      The USA can NOT win the current and coming wars in any sense of the word "win." The ONLY thing the USA can do is lose or lose extremely badly while destroying itself.

  • The Coming Muslim Century: Bad news for President Bannon
    • They can not succeed - another waste of energy, time and money by trump and the republicans.

    • There are a LOT of people that are "christian " in name only. That is, they do not actually practice any religion on a daily or even a yearly basis.

      The LDS church keeps very detailed member records and in a typical ward (congregation), as many as 35% of the people listed on the member records are inactive. Note that this is after very aggressive attempts to get them active.

      This "christian in name only" situation is why the republicans could become more centrist and ignore the very minor christian conservatives if they wanted to. The christian conservatives do NOT have the numbers they claim to have.

  • Don't want to lose the Next Mideast War? Don't Fight One
    • If you want real change, you should understand the math and work to change one of the two active parties. CGP Grey explains . . .

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      In reality, you only have two choices and in many states you are even more restricted because of closed primaries.

      California has changed the math slightly by having open primaries where everyone competes in the primary to get one of the two general election spots. This tends to weed out extreme candidates for more "centrist" candidates.

      Note also that most voters (in the USA and other countries) do NOT make rational voting decisions. Example the trump voters that voted for more jobs that economically can not exist.

  • 40% of California Grid Power from Solar, Sometimes Costs less than Nothing
    • Yes

      All that is needed is the POLITICAL WILL to make the investment in non-carbon energy and to drive out carbon energy.

      All the technology exists today and is getting cheaper by the month.

      Investment today means near free energy for the rest of time.

      This "almost free" energy concept is why China is investing so much today. By 2030 china may not need to import any energy from other countries and will be spending much less for energy internally meaning a massive increase in social capability with very low cost.

  • In 3 months, Trump has Charged into 4 Mideast Wars, to no Avail
    • No message actually sent.

      It was just a very expensive fireworks display because it has been very well documented that air power is actually a very ineffective form of warfare.

      To understand this, you might want to note that Nixon literally "bombed the sh*t" out of Vietnam with dozens of B-52 bombing runs every day.

      YET . . .

      The USA LOST big time in Vietnam.

      As for Russia, then can more than hold their own against USA attacks in Syria. If the USA escalates, USA aircrews are going to start dying in large numbers. The USA is NOT the "mighty warrior" everyone things it is, especially when USA taxpayers do not want to spend any money fighting for others.

      BTW - the number of people killed by the saran gas is minuscule, meaning that who actually used the gas is impossible to determine and there is a very good chance it was NOT the Syrian military. This "gas attack" was more for TV theater" than actual combat.

  • 1 in 50 new Jobs in US is in Solar Energy, despite Trump
    • Last night I was watching videos from the Discovery/Science channels program "how its made" and realized just how few humans were in many of the videos. Most of the things that are made theses days, whether it is in the USA or some other part of the globe, are made by heavily automated processes with very few humans and as robotic engineers increase their expertise and technology costs go down, fewer and fewer humans sill be needed.

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      Unfortunately as super390 notes, there is a large amount of racism in how the labor displacement is handled.

      BUT . . .

      As a little bit of a defense of the lack of action to deal with the automation, most of the automation takes place over an extended period of time. That is the old "slow boiled frog" situation. To the workers, the automation appears to arrive "overnight" but in reality it is slowly increased until the day the remaining workers look around and discover that there are very few humans left and they will be shoved out the door sooner than later.

      This problem is going to get much worse until Americans realize that socialism is a much better social contract than social Darwinism free markets. The rest of the world has figured this out, so maybe the USA myths will eventually die.

    • Economics dooms carbon based energy no matter how much trump tries to keep it from happening.

      For every joule of carbon energy we harvest, the cost can only go up because over the last 150 years humans have extracted all of the carbon energy that was easy and cheap to extract ALL of the carbon energy that is left, will cost increasingly larger amounts of wealth.

      On the other hand as I have pointed out several times the cost of harvesting solar and wind energy is decreasing while the technology improves at an exponential pace. Note that wind is actually just another form of solar energy,

      In many parts of the globe right now, non-carbon energy costs have decreased to well below the direct carbon energy costs (not including the additional indirect costs of carbon energy such as global climate change, etc.).

      Basically, the energy users are looking at the hard economic numbers and running away from carbon energy and anything trump does to try to slow that transition down will fail in the long term and damage the republican party.

      I realize the coal miners (like the cod fishers of the northeast) do not like losing their lifestyles, but instead of trying to fight the inevitable end of coal, they should be voting for the politicians that will give them the social services they need to start a new life in other parts of the USA where jobs exist.

      Yes they are going to have to leave their "beloved" mountains and start their lives over because there is no economic reason for any modern business to locate in coal country because the area has NOTHING a modern business needs.

  • Asian Doctor Violently Pulled Off US Plane by Security Guards
    • Paramedics were on site very quickly

    • This had nothing to do with race, but with one very stupid man.

    • Nope you are wrong.

      Once no one "volunteered," the passenger management system randomly chose which tickets to void.

      At that point there were no volunteers, just people that were involuntarily being denied flight. The people that were denied flight had their ticket refunded and received additional compensation per both USA and International law.

      Once the volunteer option was completed, then all the others that left the aircraft were "denied boarding."

      Note that the legal term "denied boarding" applies no matter where the person physically is, whether they are in the waiting area or already on the aircraft. Once a person is in "denied boarding" status, they no longer have any right to fly and must, by law, accept compensation as defined by law. They have no right to be on the aircraft and must vacate the aircraft. If they feel they are owed more compensation than the law requires they can sue after the fact, but they can not hold an aircraft and the other passengers hostage.

      If you are denied boarding and are on the aircraft, get off and argue with the ground management, but do not hold the aircraft hostage as that can legally be considered air piracy.

    • You make an INVALID assumption that there was another flight.

      Note that LOTS of people commenting on this are making a LOT of very invalid assumptions.

  • We are heading for the warmest climate in half a billion years
    • Economics . . .

      Arctic extraction is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE in practical terms not just because of environmental danger.

      Shell and several others have already seen that the cost/reward equation is badly reversed and it will only get worse as China floods the world with cheap non-carbon energy technology.

      Simple economics is going to leave most of that Arctic carbon in the ground.

      Also thanks to Trump, the cost of carbon energy is going up. Destabilizing the middle east further makes the price of carbon energy increase and makes non-carbon energy even more of a bargain.

      The technology adoption curve looks like a hockey-stick - it is a gentle slope for a while, then at some random moment in time, the adoption becomes exponential, shooting through the roof.

      Taking the long view, carbon energy has no future because non-carbon energy is super abundant and the technology cost curve ensures that non-carbon energy will get cheaper by the day.

      Heck, even though climate change will make life for all living things on earth extremely problematic, it will ensure LOTS of low cost solar energy for the survivors.

  • Washington's Supreme Hypocrisy on Chemical Weapons and Civilian Deaths
    • Congress and the Constitution.

      What trump just did, is technically prohibited by the USA Constitution. Obama followed the Constitution and asked Congress for a declaration of war (actually its equivalent called the "Presidential war powers act") , which congress refused to even vote on. If Obama had ignored the hostile congress, he would have been impeached withing days.

      Why didn't congress vote? Quite simply because most Americans are sick of war and the waste of USA treasure and lives. Most Americans simply want better lives for themselves and do not care how many other humans on earth die. Any congress critter that had voted for more war would have had a hard time hanging on to their job.

      Trump may be able to get away with a simple (and ineffective and wasteful) "fireworks display" but if he goes any further he will pay a huge price and will be putting his presidency further in jeopardy.

      If enough congress critters start fearing for their jobs due to war, the republicans just may throw trump out. Contrary to popular notion, impeachment only needs the president to anger 218 house members and 67 senators and he is gone. No actual crimes need be proved which is why the Constitution is so vague.

      As Obama quickly came to understand and is taking trump a LOT LONGER to understand because he is much dumber, is there are no easy answers to international situations and most "solutions" range from extremely bad to really, really terrible.

      In fact, often the "best" solution for the USA is turn on the TV to a nice comedy and ignore what is happening elsewhere.

  • ISIL: Imbecilic Buffoon Trump leading America to Extinction
    • No - they are NOT all that "smart," but just the usual greedy power hungry blind people that are usually in power.

      Remember that people in power are NOT there for community gain, but for PERSONAL POWER and wealth.

      CGP Grey has interesting take on the whole thing . . .

      - The Rules for Rulers

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      - Death & Dynasties

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  • Why $54 bn for Pentagon won't fix US Security
    • Energy and climate change have been identified by USA intelligence groups and the USA military as the KEY dangers for the USA, NOT Islam or any of the other things the USA politicians keep ranting about.

      AND the USA is FAILING to realistically plan for either threat because Americans are psychologically incapable of planning for the future (anything beyond three days).

      China and Europe are furiously working to manage both problems by developing and implementing non-carbon energy systems instead of wasting huge amount of wealth on war toys.

      A few decades from now, China, Asia and Europe will have viable economies with abundant low cost energy and much better environments because of their investments and the USA will have . . .

      nothing but rutting war toys and a terrible standard of living. As Gandhi noted ""Action expresses priorities," and Americans have clearly decided that stupidity is their priority.

  • Are Progressives Suffering from Trump Fatigue?
    • Actually, racism is a very valid starting point.

      It has been evident for over 1000 years that the white christians felt they were "special" and deserved to rule. Just look at the Spanish missionaries that destroyed entire populations all across the Americas because the white christian people were "clearly superior" to the natives. The same thing happened all over the European empires.

      Now, due to demographics and technology, the USA white christian middle class is losing both economic power and social power and they just do not like that.

      Technology, robotics, global trade and global communication are causing vast shifts in global power and finally killing off the old European empires which the USA attempted to continue after the Europeans failed. This end of the USA empire is causing Americans to lose their "privileged" status and they react as any good racists would - attack the new power structures.

      The democrats lost the "trump voters" because they were unwilling to LIE to the voters and say that the future would be like the past. All the democrats could offer were ways to minimize the painful transition to lower power for white christians, not a false promise of regaining power. Trump had no problem with outright lying to the delusional voters.

      The bottom line is EVERYTHING trump said was a LIE and things will NOT get better for the white christians, only worse. They basically cut their own throats because they do not like losing power to the "others."

      Because it is extremely;y emotionally painful to admit they screwed up completely , they will continue to support trump even as they lose everything. Humans with low self esteem and low knowledge base are emotionally incapable of admitting they are wrong and to change their behavior.

      What the democrats have to do is ensure the people with brains, regardless of their religion or skill color get out to vote because the trump voters are less than 25% of the population. Trump voters should just be written off as incapable of thinking or acting in their own self interest.

  • The simple Number that will Defeat Trump's attempt to Roll back Obama Energy Policies
    • FYI - More about Tesla Power Packs . . .

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    • Carbon based energy is nothing more than stored sunshine and we now have the CHEAP technology to harvest solar energy directly making "stored" carbon energy a very EXPENSIVE energy form.

      China and Europe are BIG drivers of non-carbon energy because carbon energy has always been very expensive in those areas since much of the carbon energy was imported from other places.

      Chinese leaders understand that for China to continue exist and thrive, requires millions of gigawatts of cheap energy and there is no way for carbon energy to meet that need because all the "cheap" carbon energy has already been used up. Sure technology and robotics can slow the rise in carbon energy extraction and transportation costs, but not by much and the investment is a waste of money in the long run. One of the reasons the USA oil companies pulled out of the arctic region is because the extraction and transportation costs far, far exceed the costs of non-carbon energy that is available today and as the non-carbon energy technology improves exponentially over time (years not decades), the costs will go down even further.

      The trump energy plan is a false future that will deliver the global energy markets to Chinese and European technology companies on a golden platter with a nicely embossed "T." Once again , trump screws Americans and Americans are thrilled with their "action president." Such dumb rubes (and yes, I know they hate being called dumb, but their actions are really, really dumb).

      BTW - Energy storage is the next big market and Tesla is the only USA company playing in that market but the Chinese are rapidly catching up and will soon be able to under-sell Tesla which wants to be the Tesla of energy storage not the corolla of energy storage. While there can be a profitable niche market for "high-end" stuff, the major profit is selling lots of low profit stuff.

      So, the USA is "investing" in dying industries (carbon energy, etc.) while China, Korea, Asia and Europe are investing in the future - I wonder how that will work out?

  • How to Impeach an American President
    • One slight quibble . . .

      The Constitution writers deliberately made the grounds for impeachment very vague with the intention that if the president angered enough congress persons and senators, they could simply remove him for being a jerk. No real crimes need to be proven.

      So in reality, if 218 congress people and if 67 senators don't like the president, then the president is simply thrown out on his ear REGARDLESS whether any real crime was committed.

      BUT . . . as the TV person noted, right now, trump has not yet angered enough republicans and even if a substantial number of republicans, but less than 218/67, become convinced that trump has to go, the democrats may decide that it is strategically better to let a deeply wounded trump remain in office instead of dealing with Pence, knowing that trump's ego will not allow him to simply resign and leave the rotten mess for Pence to regret ever running for VP.

      The next four years will be fun to watch now that my healthcare and SSA are less in danger.

  • Grassroots Resistance forces Republicans to Postpone Health Care Vote
    • The bill FAILED on Friday causing Ryan to escape from WDC in embarrassment and trump to be extremely angry at Ryan, his son-in-law, democrats, Americans and everyone else on earth.

      The emperor does not like being told "NO."

  • Does Trump's slashed Foreign Aid Budget give China the Advantage?
    • "Does Trump’s slashed Foreign Aid Budget give China the Advantage?"

      In a word, YES

      Between trump slashing the aid and the state department budgets, China will have an open field to do whatever they want, which will be making as many friends as possible by spreading all their excess dollars around via major investments that will better the lives of he people instead of making it easier for the government to make war.

      Just like when USA companies PAID Chinese companies to take the USA IP, the USA is now handing the world to china on a gold platter with a big, ornate "T" on it.

    • But how much more?

      Why make bad loans to trump when an equal amount will deliver HUGE benefits when loaned or given to other countries?

  • New Scientific Evidence that Middle East may become Uninhabitable
    • One report was from the CIA and the US military intelligence.

      The USA intelligence services and the USA military are well aware of the dangers of climate change, but they are unable to convince the people they work for, since the people they work for would have to admit publicly they have lied all these years.

      Basically the political leadership only wants to increase their personal wealth and bail out before the brown stuff hits the fan, except they don't realize that by the time the brown stuff hits the fan, the rich will have no safe place.

  • Kellyanne "Inspector Gadget" alleges Obama Microwave-Camera Surveillance
    • Why does any "real news" organization even talk to Kellyanne let alone give her any air time?

      Let her spout her delusions on Fox and ignore her.

      No "real News" organization should let her anywhere near their studios or news rooms.

      It has been WELL DOCUMENTED that she lives in a delusional fantasy land so nothing she says has any value.

  • Addicted to Racism: Why Populists Literally get off on Bigotry
    • Over time, the white so-called "christians" are going to discover just how "not special" they are and it is going to be emotionally extremely painful.

      Most of the people they subjugated between the 1500s and the 1900s have now caught up and in many cases (most of Asia for one), they will soon surpass the Europeans and Americans and there is absolutely NOTHING the white christians can do about it except weep and wail.

      Shear numbers show that the white christians can not maintain supremacy Sure they can try to fight their becoming just another humans on earth instead of as "superior race," but they will lose.

      This is part of the reason why the USA is in such turmoil. The "others" are now starting to be highly competitive with a laser focus on education and achievement. Something the USA has not focused on at all for decades.

      The transition of power is going to be very painful and like all previous transitions of power, the losers are not going like it.

  • Texas GOP tried Gerrymander away Latino, Austin Votes: Fed. Court
    • The laws should set limits on the GEOMETRY of every voting district:

      - a MAXIMUM of eight straight line sides on any voting district.

      - The longest side can not be more than 1.5 times the length of the shortest side.

      Sure districts with geometric limits might still be gerrymandered, but it would be much harder and much less precise.

      Of course we should also remove political leaders from the process of setting the boundaries.

  • Let them eat iPhones: Jason Chaffetz on Health Care & the Poor (Young Turks)
    • This will come back to bite the republicans.

      Some REALITY that far too many do not understand . . .

      - The total amount of health care required in the USA is a FIXED, and increasing in COST. That is, while there is no way to know what particular health care each individual will need, we KNOW almost to the penny how much the USA, in aggravate, will spend on cancer, heart disease, and every other type of health care.

      - NONE of the health care proposals can decrease the AMOUNT of money the USA spends on health care, all they can do is shift the cost around and make everything more expensive. The republicans are trying to shift the costs to heath care providers, the poor and elderly instead of the wealthy. This will NOT lower the costs, but merely bankrupt huge parts of the USA population and kill an increasing number of people that do not have to die.

      - Health care really is a classic case of "pay now or pay even more later." In the end, every person in the USA will pay a lot more for health care, even the rich. The bills will come due and will have to be paid by society because individuals will not be able to pay.

      - Using the metrics "average healthcare cost per person" and healthcare costs per GDP, the USA is the WORST in both metrics. In fact the next country in line spends HALF of what the USA does and every other country is even less than that. That is, the USA could provide Medicare for all and probably cut total healthcare costs (per person and per GDP) by almost 50%! If the USA adopted a national health program like the VA where most medical services are provided directly by the government (no insurance companies and no for-profit medical services), the cost could decrease by almost 65%!

      - Americans are extremely stupid when it comes to healthcare are economics.

  • Dirty, Hot, Deadly: The Real Trump Scandal is What He's done to the Environment
    • China has an energy problem due to massive sociological and technological changes over the last 50 years.

      Although most Americans do not know it, China has been a major power center for most of the last 5000 years. Basically China only lost power between the mid 1700s and the mid 1900s due to the European empires having more military power. Since the death of Mao, China has made 300 years of progress in less than 50 years. Now China is back to being a major power center and there is NOTHING the USA can do about it. The Chinese leadership is not afraid of trumpette and his band of idiots.

      The Chinese middle class has returned, is growing and is now larger than the USA population.

      Because of the growing middle class and the transition from agrarian to a brains based economy, China needs LOTS of cheap energy while improving the quality of life for the citizens. As a result, China will flood the world with cheap solar panels and power walls because the USA and the rest of the world are now just "extra markets" after internal needs are met. Combining the internal market with the "extra markets" gives enormous manufacturing scale.

      China will indeed be a major player in the green change because it benefits them a lot. They will also apply Sun Tzu's ideas and embarrass trumpette every chance they get just to keep him on the edge of insanity which will make China a very attractive partner for most of the world.

      Basically, just as USA companies, in search of more profit, handed China most of their IP for free during the last 50 years, the USA will now drive most of the world to politically partner with China because it is the adult on the earth.

      I learned long ago to never underestimate China. The world has changed dramatically since the mythical 1950s and trump is only going to accelerate the decline of the American empire (which is a poor extension of the UK, French and Spanish empires).

      I think China will do just fine and totally frustrate the Americans that want to cling to the last rags of the USA empire.

    • I find it "interesting " that while China has learned the reasons why EPA type control is necessary and is rapidly putting many EPA type regulations in place (albeit with death penalties) , the USA is killing many EPA type regulations.

      If both counties continue on their current paths, living in China could end up being much, much nicer than living in the USA (unless you are a Chinese polluter, then life could be very short).

      China's problem s were caused by basic greed combined with no regulation, which they are changing for the common good. Now the USA is going to let basic unregulated greed determine everything.

      I am sure that will work out really great.

    • I suspect the law suits from California will be fast, furious and numerous.

      I am old enough to remember the many law suits that used to be in the courts where states and cities downstream of polluters sued constantly. Back then the polluters realized that the thousands of law suits were going to bankrupt them so they welcomed the EPA regulation to stabilize the situation.

      I suspect that current polluter managers have no knowledge of the mess from those days and how many companies were endangered. I KNOW that the bots that trade stocks these days have no knowledge of the danger the companies will face in just a few years from law suits that will drain profits.

      Then again the current managers of the polluters plan on making their personal wealth as quickly as possible and be long gone from the companies before the brown stuff hits the fan. This is why most of CEO pay should be deferred for ten years so that if the CEO makes a decision that negatively effects the company they will never get their deferred pay - It will change the mind set of CEOs.

  • All the President's Generals: Do they Want War with Iran?
    • Any country that uses nukes will quickly regret it. including the USA.

      Using nukes on Iran will not only kill millions of Iranians, but ALSO kill lots of Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis and lots of other humans living east of Iran. Note also that after a week or so, the explosions over Iran will contaminate the USA agricultural areas (California and Midwest) and I am sure Americans will just "love" eating radioactive contaminated food.

      Then there is the "slight" problem that three of the nations that would be extremely negatively impacted by an attack on Iran are nuclear nations with ICBMs that can reach the USA. China just may decide to retaliate directly instead of brutally punishing the USA economically.

      Given the huge disaster any USA nuke strike would be, I would hope the generals would simply ignore trump. But given how insane trump is and how insane some of his followers are, it could happen.

      BUT . . .

      not only would the "short term" effects of such an attack be extremely bad for Americans, but the long term effects would be even worse. I suspect that Americans would have to hunker down inside the USA and slowly starve because most of the world would be looking to kill Americans.

      So yes trump could do it, but it would probably be the last thing he every did and multiple generations of Americans that survived the retaliation would have miserable lives..The empire would go out in a huge blaze.

    • What is even worse for the USA military than a Russian S-300/400, is the S-400 clone that Iran and China have worked together on. Not only is the hardware better, but the Iranians and the Chinese have vastly improved the software. Flying any USA aircraft or cruise missiles into Iran will be a very dangerous venture.

      As for USA ships, not only are there thousands of Sunburn missiles, but also small subs designed to work well in the Persian gulf that fire supercavitating (200 MPH) torpedoes. Plus, it is highly likely that Iran has either the Chinese DF21D "carrier killer" or a clone which means that USA carriers have to stay at lest 1000 miles from Iran. This causes extreme pilot fatigue because any mission from a carrier REQUIRES at least two in-flight refuelings and decreased munitions load to compensate for all the fuel needed for the mission. And of course all the fuel used to avoid falling from the sky because of S-400.

      Iran has been paranoid about a USA invasion for over 35 Years and has dedicated LOTS of resources to making the best, most deadly, lowest cost defense systems possible. When they couldn't buy what they needed, they "borrowed" core technology expertise and designed their own. Iranian weapons systems are just as capable as any designed in the USA and because there is no industrial complex profiting from the weapons systems, Iran can produce far more than the USA. The USA WASTES over 60% of their military budget because of the "new toy" syndrome and the profitability of the weapons makers.

      Hopefully the generals have taken the intelligence data to heart and KNOW that attacking Iran would be terrible for the USA, BUT given the huge egos and delusions Americans have, I will not be surprised if the USA invades and gets severely beat, the "generals" will be "shocked" at how badly the USA loses.

      Iran is NOT a good place for the USA to attack and Americans will not like the result.

      BTW - the prediction of a massive USA loss is based on Russia and China just watching. If either decides to help Iran, the USA loss will be even worse.

  • Trump covers Rockwell: Sometimes it Feels like, Obama's Watching You
    • Obama is "too nice" to sue trump.

    • Several points to consider . . .

      - White Christian Americans are losing economic power. But not because of the "others" but because technology is eliminating most human work. This can NOT be reversed.

      - Rural (mostly white christian) America is depopulating because there is not enough economic activity to support more than a minimal population. People just do not want to live in rural areas and there is no reason for any business to operate there.

      - Most of the world is non-white and non-christian so the possibility of white christians being dominate is a delusion. There is no reason for white christians to retain power.

      The bottom line is the last vestiges of the old white christian empires (UK, french, Spanish, dutch and USA) are quickly dying off and white christians are indeed losing economic, political and social power and they do not like being part of the riff-raff. They will brutally fight to the bitter end , but will lose eventually,. Unfortunately they will damage themselves a lot in the process.

      The flow of power constantly changes throughout history with no single group retaining power for very long, but each group that loses power resists the loss of power.

    • Realistically, If the USA and Russia start a war with China, China will win.

  • Sorry, Trump, China's cut-back on Coal Dooms Industry
    • Keep in mind that by abandoning the non-carbon competitive landscape to China and Europe, the USA is PERMANENTLY dooming itself to being non-competitive since the expertise to catch up can not be bought only learned during the development phase.

      So while the USA is protecting the carbon energy companies, it is dooming the USA to be a second rate nation over time buying energy technology from other countries.

    • And as I have noted, solar and wind follow the technology capability and cost curves so there is no way for hydrocarbon energy to compete.

      China's and Europe's pushes for non-carbon energy will constantly drive solar and wind toward "zero" cost.

    • Unfortunately, mountain top solar plants are impractical due to the problems of transporting the energy from the remote mountains to the users in the cities.

      California faced a similar problem when they started putting solar farms in the remote desert. Since California needs so much energy, they paid to put in a new electrical energy backbone from the deserts to LA.

      BUT . . .

      California still has not increased the capacity of the north/south backbone, so the energy can't be transferred to northern California.

      While it is "technically" possible to build new backbones from the Appalachian mountains to eastern cities, the costs would be very high compared to building across an open desert.

    • Energy economics dooms coal.

      Coal is nothing more than stored solar and geothermal energy and it is much more efficient and cheaper to just use the two "primary " sources of energy directly.

      From a human perspective, the only primary and "permanent" energy sources are solar energy, which includes wind and hydroelectric, gravitation (tidal), and earth geothermal. All other sources of energy are derived from the primary sources and have limited viability.

      All the hydrocarbon based forms of energy are finite. All the "easy" to obtain coal, oil and gas have already been used up. Now humans are having to use increasing forms of exotic and expensive technology to extract the remaining hydrocarbons, which makes hydrocarbon energy increasingly expensive versus the primary forms of energy, which are "free" after the technology to harvest the energy is perfected.

      While USA high-tech companies try to harvest the most energy per square meter (often at high cost), China has chosen to harvest the lowest cost energy per square meter. The result is less efficient harvesting requiring a larger energy harvesting area, but at a very low cost per watt of energy. The lower efficiency systems are also much less expensive to manufacture. As a result, China and India will very likely exceed their goals of replacing hydrocarbon with "permanent" energy.

      Chinese leadership KNOWS how much energy the country will require for most of the population to thrive and they know that the cost of using hydrocarbons to do that is an impossibly high number. Which is why they have invested in "permanent" energy because once the harvesting systems are in place, the maintenance costs are low and the energy is "free." The fact that the quality of live will dramatically increase in China without the problems of hydrocarbon energy is an added bonus.

      As for the USA coal miners, they are doomed for two MAJOR reasons -

      - Robots - Robotic capability is INCREASING in a near exponential fashion and the costs are DECREASING in an accelerated linear fashion. PLUS in the USA, robots are considered a "capitol investment" under USA tax laws, so their entire cost can be deducted from a company's tax bills over a few years. That is, the USA taxpayers pay for the robots. Also when a mine collapses, the robots are just left under the rubble and the insurance pays for more (newer, better) robots with no nasty headlines plus robots cost less than humans..

      - Energy economics - as noted above, the market for coal is rapidly decreasing because other forms of energy are much less costly. Already natural gas has replaced coal in most power plants in the USA and the same is happening across the world. Close behind gas are the "permanent" energy harvest and storage systems, which also follow the two technology curves (exponential INCREASE in capability and linear DECREASE in cost). There are too many coal producers and not enough buyers. A classic collapsing market that will end with only a very small number (one or two) highly automated producers supplying an exotic niche market. We have over 10000 years of history showing how this ends.

      Basically, coal mining jobs will NOT increase but continue to decrease as more and more mines close.

      The cruel reality is other than coal, there is no reason for any business to locate in "coal country" so there will not be any other jobs replacing coal jobs. Virtually all "modern" jobs are "brain jobs" that require extensive skill development. There are virtually no jobs for people with less than an AA degree or a Journeyman level certification. And the jobs that exist are located near population centers where employers have the highest possibility of finding the skill they need.

      The REALITY is the USA government is going to have to provide FREE skills development and moving assistance for the coal miners so they can move to where jobs are. Yes, they will have to abandon the hills that their ancestors moved to, in search of jobs when there were none where they came from. The hills of "coal country" are no longer a viable economic area and should be left to nature to turn back into wilderness.

      * Yes, I know that republicans are loath to use any tax dollars to actually help humans instead of companies, but if enough people get angry, maybe they will do it anyway - pure fantasy on my part.

  • With Trump, has the Israeli Right Wing caught the Car?
    • While Apartheid may be "successful" in the short term, it will FAIL MISERABLY in the long term, then what?

      The history of humans over the last 10000+ years shows that power never remains static and oppressed humans ALWAYS eventually throw off their oppression and cause the oppressors immense pain.

      So while Netanyahu may partially "succeed" in the short term, I suspect he is setting the stage for the end of Israel which may make life for all Jewish people around the globe worse off.

      I just do not see this working very well for Israel over time.

  • "Get out of my Country!" White Terrorist Shoots Asian-American Engineers in Wake of Trump Visa Ban
  • Buyers' Remorse: Americans think Trump is bad at almost Everything
    • The big question is WHY do so many people (especially men) hate on Clinton?

      Just looking at Clinton's very long record of accomplishments without putting her name on it, is very impressive. She really was the best qualified person to ever run for president.

      I don't know you husband reasons, but most of it appears to boil down to pure sexism.

      All the garbage written about the Clintons has proven to be lies, so why should anyone believe them other than wanting an excuse to cover over their real extremely prejudiced reasons?

      BTW - every company on earth has a "private email server" run by computer professionals.

  • Is Israel's Netanyahu running Rings around the inexperienced Trump?
    • Netanyahu is conning the conman and endangering the long term future of Israel.

      Trump does not have the intelligence to know when he is being conned and he has a enormous personal bias against Muslims, so he will indeed ignore the Palestinians and let Netanyahu make a huge number of very bad long term mistakes.

      The Israeli people are going to sleep walk into a huge and possible very deadly mess and when the brown stuff hits the fan, whoever is POTUS at the time (possibly trump if it happens before he "leaves" office) , will throw Israel overboard in a heartbeat because Americans will not want to be on the losing side with Israel. Americans are only "friends" with Israel as long as Israel does not cause harm to Ame3rincas.

      As for Iran, trump will again show his bias against Muslims and sabre rattle against Iran, BUT both the USA military leadership and the Israeli military leadership KNOW that any military action against Iran would have terrible results for the USA and Israel, so they will undercut both Netanyahu and trump.

      So trump will give Netanyahu a blank check and Netanyahu will screw everything up and Israelis will pay a BIG price down the road.

      Hubris is so easy to do and so hard to recover from.

  • Trump endangering rest of Us to hunt down the Law-Abiding Undocumented
    • #09 - Technology is eliminating jobs at an exponential pace, which means that no matter how many workers we "retrain," most will NOT be employable. This is the BIG problem demonstrated by a small five person company able to have multiple millions of revenue. It just does NOT take very many humans these days to create and make a highly profitable product or service. The USA (and the world for that matter) has a huge excess of humans that we do not need.

      #08 - The kids are going where the jobs are. If a person is starting their career, why wouldn't they do that, especially when it is so obvious there is no future in the rural areas. Most jobs these days are IP based and companies locate where they have the biggest pool of skilled brains, so the brains move to where the jobs are. If the older rural people were not so "stuck in the past," they would also improve their brains and move to where the jobs are.

      #07 - Global trade is nothing new. Remember the original Silk Road? The major changes are (1) the USA military invented shipping containers that make movement of goods super efficient and cheap - the last quote I got to ship a 40' container from Hong Kong to LA or SF was less than US$1800. (2) the USA military invented a high speed global digital communication network that allows everyone on earth to share all the world's knowledge. Basically, there is no going back no matter what trump wants, especially since no country is self sufficient in all the goods and services that are needed for humans to survive today.

      The hiring problems you mention (#01 - 06) are actually a problem all over the world, not just in the USA, but the USA tends to have these problem in higher quantities. Part of the reason for these poor hiring practices is the excess of humans has caused employers to look for the mythical IDEAL employee instead of a reasonably good employee.

      Basically the rural people in the USA are permanently screwed by forces that no POTUS or congress critter can control. Until they embrace socialism, instead of emotionally lashing out at the world, their lives will just get worse. There is a very valid reason why socialism is he dominant for of governance on the earth - it works best.

    • There is no real "undocumented" problem.

      What there is, is a very real white, christian, rural loss of both social and economic power that they can not emotionally deal with in a rational way.

      Due to technology, the "heartland" and south of the USA are losing eco0nomic power because most of the jobs that were done by "warm bodies" (humans with less than an AA degree or a Journeyman certificate) have been eliminated by technology. There is no reason for any company to operate in the Midwest or south when the few highly skilled workers they need are on the coasts where living is better.

      So the Midwest and south are depopulating, which angers the people still left there. While they would never take any of the jobs "undocumented" people do because the jobs are beneath their dignity, they resent that the "undocumented" have jobs when the white people don't and the white people can't process being angry at the white people that have screwed them

      Coupled with the loss of economic power the people in the Midwest and south also see humans that are darker than them getting more political power because of demographics and they resent the fact they will have to share power instead of being the"master."

      This really is about emotions driven by delusions and racism so reality and facts are useless with the people screaming the loudest about "undocumented" people.

      This is really about shifting economic and social power and for over 1000 years humans have not dealt with it very well. The losers always fight to the death and he winners eventually get so tired of the resistance, they often mistreat the losers when the power shifts far enough. Humans are rarely capable of transferring power in a rational manner, especially when there is caste shift mixed in.

  • Israeli, Palestinian officials react to Trump's shift away from 2-state solution
    • Again, what is Israel's "end game?"

      Israel can easily unilaterally declare the Jordan River as its eastern border because very few countries will make a big stink about that.

      BUT . . .

      Then what does Israel do about the millions of non-Jews that live inside the new Israeli border? In real world terms, Israel does not have very many options:

      - "Round up the usual suspects." That is, round up all he non-Jews and ship them out of Israel. But to where? I can not think of any nation that would accept millions of poor, angry refugees even if Israel paid the receiving country (which would bankrupt Israel). Note that the USA would especially not take any refugees.

      - Oppress in place. That is, make small, impoverished, concentrated ghettos throughout Israel similar to the native American reservations in the 1800s or the ghettos in Europe during WW2. Since the humans in the ghettos would have no hope of a "normal" life, they would eventually be as massive powder keg leading to massive violence. This could also lead to massive BDS from countries other than the USA.

      - Fellow Citizens. Follow the 1900s USA example where native Americans have FULL USA citizenship and the ability to live anywhere in the USA and vote and travel freely. Of course this would lead to Israel being a secular state, not Jewish.

      - Kill zone. Of course Israel could just kill all the non-Jews to prevent the eventual explosion from the oppressed or deported.

      All indications are that Israeli have NOT thought about what happens when they no longer have to pretend the non-Jews have any rights. It does not appear that Israeli have a plan, they appear to think the non-Jews will simply, "magically" disappear, which based on 10000+ years of human history is a completely invalid assumption.

      No matter what Israel decides, eventually eh Mid East is going to explode without a fair compromise with the Arabs and Israel will be the big loser.

      So much hubris, pride and delusion. The likely end to this mess is fairly obvious and it is NOT pretty for Israel, but there really is far too much delusion.

  • Could Trump's War of Words with China turn Hot?
    • I think Putin is smarter than tangling with China.

    • After the USA loses, China will ensure that the USA is strip mined to pay our debts in full.

    • FYI - S-400 systems can easily stop cruise missiles and China has LOTS of operational Chinese/Iranian designed clones of the S-400.

    • China has a community focused culture, whereas the USA culture tends to be more "rugged individual" focused.

      A six to one population difference coupled with a "community" culture will pretty much ensure the USA loses badly.

      To understand just how fierce China can be, look at their 5000 year history and read Sun Tzu's 2500 year old "the art of war" which has proven, REPEATEDLY, to be extremely accurate.

      The USA would be very foolish to pick a fight with China

    • I forgot about the subs.

      The only reservation I have is USA sub designs have been optimized to be either boomers or fast attack.

      - Boomers are designed to be missile launch platforms with few other capabilities.

      - Attackers are designed to be smaller and faster to destroy opponent's boomers and fast attack subs.

      Laying mines requires different technology on board the sub, so while either type of existing sub might be retrofitted to sort of do the mine mission, the result would be sub-optimal.

      As for restricting shipping, China would be LEAST effected by the loss of trade because it has a HUGE internal market. Also, china could quickly ramp up the usage of the Silk Road giving it access to most of the world's markets over land instead of via the sea.

      Sure, China would lose the USA market, but the USA market is relatively small (compared to the entire rest of the globe).

      Basically any war between the USA and China would cripple the USA far worse than China.

      As I noted, the USA would be humiliated. After China "won" it would not bother to waste its money occupying the USA, it would simply leave the Americans to starve in the rubble.

    • Some "interesting facts" . . .

      - Military spending does **NOT** equal military effectiveness or ability to control any particular situation. Yes, the USA military spends an ungodly amount of money, BUT a significant part of that spending is wasted mostly on military suppler profitability. For example the USA F-35 is marginally better than existing USA (and non-USA) aircraft, but costs orders of magnitude more than most of its only slightly less capable competitors - wasted money. Comparing what the USA wastes on the military and what China (or Iran, or whoever) spends on military is NOT a valid comparison, especially since **ALL** "war toys" are based on the SAME science (physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, etc) and all are based on the SAME technology derived from the sciences. Essentially most wealthier nations are EQUAL in military capability. That is, the USA does **NOT** have any military superiority.

      - Chinese DF-21D "carrier killer." While there is some debate in USA military circle as to just how dangerous the DF-21D is, there can be no doubt that it greatly complicates the lives of USA carrier crews. The most optimistic range for the DF-21D is 1000 miles and the pessimistic range is about half that. In either case, if the USA carrier has to stay out of range and expend lots of resources just defending itself, that will severely limit the capability of the 30 or so aircraft on the carrier. How far the carrier has to be from the target determines how much extra fuel the aircraft need to carry (limiting munitions loads) or how many times they have to do very exposed refueling. If the aircraft have to refuel inbound to the target and outbound from the target, that means many fewer sorties and much higher risks especially from long distance, deadly and accurate anti-aircraft systems like the S-400 and its Chinese/Iranian clones.Note also that long transit times to the target and multiple in-flight refueling vastly increase air crew fatigue causing very costly mistakes (missed landings, etc.). BTW - USA carriers only go about 35 MPH so during the DF-21D flight time, the carrier has moved very little and defending against something dropping on you at Mach 10 is somewhat difficult.

      - China will NOT back down. Unfortunately only a minuscule number of Americans have even a moderate understanding of the Chinese culture, so Americans are almost guaranteed to miss all the subtle warnings the Chinese will give and let their extreme pride (hubris) send them right off the cliff. While the Chinese PREFER to solve situations through negotiations, they have no problem brutally settling a disagreements to their satisfaction. Trump is no match for the Chinese government and his big mouth will lead him into a big trap. China has had over 5000 years to learn how to effectively deal with a noisy upstarts like trump.

      - There is a very good reason why there is a heavy Chinese influence throughout Asia - China has been heavily involved with all of Asia for thousands of years. Other than a two hundred or so year period (1750-1950) when "western" empires controlled Asia, China was the dominate power for the previous 4000 years and now China is reasserting that dominance and will simply shove the USA aside. There is nothing the USA can do to change this and trying to do it militarily will just get the USA humiliated.

      The world is changing the the USA is losing power. Trump can get his panties in bunch about it, but there is realistically nothing he can do about it. Americans will just have to accept that their egos are going to get knocked down multiple notches.

  • Give us your Huddled Scientists: France woos US Climate Researchers, Inventors in age of Trump
    • As Friedman noted, the world is indeed "flat" when it comes to knowledge.

      Every country on earth that is connected to the global communication networks has access to all the world's knowledge.

      This is why all nations are virtually equal when it comes to "war toys" and war tactics.

      I have been on the Internet since long before it became public (ARPAnet days) and helped developed some of the technology that is in wide use today, so I have seen just how "universal" technology is now. There is no need to "push" technology to countries since it is already ubiquitous. In reality, no country has any real "technology edge," everyone is equal.

      While humans fight losing power very hard, there is no way to prevent power shifting, so over time the once powerful nations ALWAYS have the power drained from them.

    • Between China's very pragmatic and generous offers to its expats to come home and the US belligerence against non-USA creative people, China is winning hands down.

      Note that China is working hard to change aspect of its culture and political system that hinder creative people so the country benefits from the creative energy of the ex-pats.

    • While most humans are fairly intelligent there are a limited number of humans that are highly intelligent in very useful areas.

      It turns out that concentrating these highly intelligent humans in a particular geographic area tends to make that geographic area wealthier than areas with slightly less intelligent humans.

      The smarter non-USA governments are realizing that now is a good time to strip-mine the USA for raw human talent and concentrate it in areas of their own country to increase their wealth.

      Even though I am now retired, my linked-in profile is still active, so I will NOT be surprised to start getting "interesting" emails over the next few years. For many years I have received "friendly emails" about Asian opportunities and suspect that I may start receiving European emails.

      One of the things we had to learn real quick in silicon valley is that our intellectual property generators walked out the door every night and if we didn't treat them OK, they would keep walking to our competitor. Given how many of the most intelligent humans in the USA did were not born in the USA, it is very probable that given the right incentives, they will just walk out of the USA to some other place on earth where they are more welcome.

      I suspect that trump does not realize that brains are the new generators of wealth and brains have feet.

      Other nations have spent lots of thinking trying to come up with ways to pry more talent out of the USA and into their own country. Now trump has handed them the golden key.

  • Could Trump stumble into a Mideast War? It has happened before to Headstrong Presidents
    • Attacking China or North Korea, especially with nukes will just get the USA destroyed. Essentially, attacking China is suicidal.

      Unfortunately I suspect that far too many Americans have never thought about that.

      BTW - nuking China, will contaminate most of the USA food supply in California and the Midwest within a month - ooops.

      Even if China didn't retaliate, there would be the "slight" problem of whether to die of starvation, freezing from nuclear winter or radiation poisoning - "fun choices!"

  • Trump's Travel Ban is to Keep US Snow White: Take it from a Chronic Interviewee
    • The Chinese sneakers will be replaced by nothing because the USA does not have the manufacturing capability.

      The USA does not have the manufacturing engineers needed to build the new robotic factories that would be needed to produce anything in the USA. Existing factories are rusting junk incapable of being "restarted."

      To manufacture in the USA would require USA companies to spend huge amounts of the cash they are sitting on to even start the process and no USA CEO will make that long term investment when his job depends on next weeks numbers.

      As noted, the more the USA withdraws, the more interwoven the rest of the world will become so everyone but the USA thrives.

  • Trump's Coming "Islamo-China" War . . . or, Whatever
    • Note that **ALL* wars COST both the "winner" and the loser because wars require resources be taken from the society and turned over to the war machine where the resources are literally burned up in a massive fire.

      Sun Tzu noted over 2500 years ago that wars are the least productive way to deal with difference between groups. This is a lesson the Chinese have mostly internalized, so China will avoid war with the USA if possible, but Sun Tzu also advised that is war can't be avoided, then use as much brutality as necessary to end the war in your favor. China can decimate the USA even without using nukes.

      As I have noted elsewhere, Iran is a lot more powerful defensibly than Americans understand. All the war simulations so far have shown the USA being humiliated by Iran.

      So not only will the USA very likely lose any wars it starts, but the damage to the USA society could be extreme with the country bankrupt and most people unemployed and starving. Note that unlike the USA helping Europe and Japan after WW2, the rest of the world will NOT help rebuild the USA after the war, but will actively work to disable a possible competitor.

      War would destroy what is left of the USA.

  • Taking Iraq’s Oil
    • It is stupendously EASY to make oil stay in the ground for as long as the Iraqis want it to stay there.

      Even if the USA flooded Iraq with millions of troops (which the USA does not have nor can it afford), oil infrastructure is so fragile that it is easy to stop the flow.

      For example, a simple Thermite bomb on a well head (thank you Youtube for the instructions) not only sends the oil up in flames but create a massive hazard to other wells.

      Additionally, most oil infrastructure is "custom hand built" so once it is blown up it can take as long as several years to rebuild it, assuming that no one is trying to blow up the replacement.

      So the bottom line is the USA is not getting the oil and trying to take it will just ensure that someone else profits and the USA loses even more.

  • Here we go Again: Trump Admin Threatens Iran
    • Someone needs to sit trump down and explain the real world to him before he screws the USA.

      - The China International Payment System (CIPS), which is an alternative to the US controlled SWIFT network, is on-line and growing. It will allow any company on earth to freely trade with any other company on earth in several different currencies (but NOT US dollars) without any USA interference. Even if a company is "delisted" from SWIFT, they can easily do business on CIPS. Not only will this blunt USA sanctions, but also reduce the number of dollar transactions. Note that no matter how trump huffs and puffs, China will just politely tell him to go f*** himself and keep implementing CIPS.

      - Iran has been paranoid about a USA invasion for over 35 years, so during that time, they have meticulously studied USA weapons and tactics, then they put together an extremely deadly defense network. The anti-aircraft network is mutilayer with S-400 type systems, BUK type systems and lots of other "fun stuff." In addition to the air defense systems, they have implemented anti-ship systems that the USA has no defense against other than to stay away form Iran. IF (big IF) Americans were to actually land on Iran, they would be slaughtered because Iran has a huge, well trained army, plus there are several million citizens that are armed and ready to defeat the USA.

      - Sure, trump could nuke Iran, but it would lead to the end of the USA because the rest of the world would retaliate economically.

      The bottom line is attacking Iran is a fools errand and most USA military leadership KNOWS this as does Iranian leadership, so trumps threats will snot achieve what he thinks they will. trumps threats will simply make him look more foolish.

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