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    It may have been meant in jest, but Fred is...

    It may have been meant in jest, but Fred is actually unwittingly right.

    If the US had a single-chamber parliamentary system, rather than the current 18-th century mess, it could get a lot more...
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    I think people like me and Kunstler pick on the...

    I think people like me and Kunstler pick on the Democrats precisely because they would be our natural political tribe, but they have been so disappointing, concentrating on irrelevant bullshit at the...
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    Nobody, really. I know him quite well, read...

    Nobody, really.

    I know him quite well, read most of his books and corresponded with him for a while. He is his own man with his own, controversial opinions and take on various issues. He is a...
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    In a way, yes, but this also happened during the...

    In a way, yes, but this also happened during the Great Depression and the US bounced back quite nicely from that. It took a decade and a world war, but the US reached the peak of its power in the...
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    Probably you're right, at least all the signs...

    Probably you're right, at least all the signs point towards imperial decline.

    But, the question is, if the American Empire ends, what will take its place?

    There is no answer to that question,...
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    There's relatively little news on the Coronavirus...

    There's relatively little news on the Coronavirus front lately. The first wave of the pandemic seems to be passing, at least in Eurasia, though we're not out of the woods yet in the Americas. The...
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    https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-unspoo...

    https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-unspooling-2/

    The Unspooling

    What “the Resistance” really fears more than anything is General Michael Flynn’s mouth. He’s been under a judicial gag...
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    To be perfectly honest, this is more like the...

    To be perfectly honest, this is more like the Protestant version of Christianity, at least the kind that has become dominant in the New World. It is all about personal responsibility,...
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    I haven't seen those numbers, but it is important...

    I haven't seen those numbers, but it is important to differentiate between the Case Fatality Rate and Infection Fatality Rate, they are vastly different.

    CFR= Deaths per officially diagnosed and...
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    I'm not an expert, but I did talk to some RAF...

    I'm not an expert, but I did talk to some RAF veterans in various aviation museums in the south of England and read a bit about the Harrier's history. If I recall, they mentioned the thrust vectoring...
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    Gawd works in mysterious ways... You obviously...

    Gawd works in mysterious ways...

    You obviously don't get the thinking of the Christian Evangelical / Alt-right / Qanon crowd.

    It's funny because they come from your country, not mine, yet I...
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    It was the Brits with the Harrier in the sixties....

    It was the Brits with the Harrier in the sixties. That pegasus engine is mighty impressive, only now has it been surpassed by the F-35 VTOL version. Still, the US marine corps are still using their...
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    To be fair, those foreign adventures hardly ever...

    To be fair, those foreign adventures hardly ever serve actual American interests. Those forces are mostly there as a world army and are entirely global in their outlook and reach. If the US army...
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    I agree with your post overall, but you got your...

    I agree with your post overall, but you got your figures wrong. The US economy is about 20-trillion in size and of that roughly 1 trillion is spent on the military in various ways (including...
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    I did read the letter and the article. It is...

    I did read the letter and the article.

    It is propaganda Sam and you should know it. The Tea Party action group is well-known for pressuring people into signing bogus pledges and letters or they...
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    Jaysus, Corons are such snowflakes. They have to...

    Jaysus, Corons are such snowflakes. They have to spend a couple of weeks at home watching Netflix and they think they are living in 1984... What utter Tosh. If anything, the US government's response...
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    Indeed. If not quite a scam, certainly a racket....

    Indeed. If not quite a scam, certainly a racket. It is designed to extract maximum resources from everyone involved, who has the misfortune of having to fund it.



    How would that be worse than...
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    Well, by the standards of most of the world, most...

    Well, by the standards of most of the world, most Americans ARE right-wing. I mean my own PM gets his marching orders from Steve Bannon and Breitbart, but on most issues he is actually to the left of...
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    Wasn't referring to you specifically, just those...

    Wasn't referring to you specifically, just those on the Right (in the US mostly) in general who think Covid-19 is a hoax of some sorts to bring down Trump. If you don't fit that category, then you...
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    When it comes to the covid denier right-wingers,...

    When it comes to the covid denier right-wingers, I prefer the term Coron

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