Regarding Bernie Sanders . .
The best pols are those who care more about principles than getting elected next time around (still a second priority). There must be a growing number of these nowadays.
Regarding the Bitcoin guy (not):
The construct was way too involved to be just about a free lunch.
Making the paparazzi look silly. . . Perhaps
maa8722 commented on the blog post Hillary Clinton Compares Putin To Hitler; US Prepares Billion Dollar Aid Package For Ukraine
Hillary is accurate enough nowadays.
For a generation or two the masturabory trope, Hitler-Nazi-fascist, has applied so often. I’ll reckon just from what has been heard since the mid 60s or so. Either the tag could have been overused, or the world really is worse off than in the 1930s – 40s. Or maybe the term has simply mutated in meaning to keep up with the times to remain useful in itself.
Maybe it’s OK after all, and we can thank Hillary for reminding us.
maa8722 commented on the blog post Russia Labels Overthrow Of Yanukovych ‘Coup’; Masses Troops On Border
Regarding China’s situation , . .
I understand they have been vigorously trying to push the Yuan down recently. Russia’s dumping a lot of dollars would push the dollar down, and tend to undo what China has been attempting. Is this off base? If not, what are the Chinese really hoping for?
Yesterday I watched a segment of Book TV on CSPAN. “The Syria Dilemma,” link below, has a link to watch the interventionist “Do Something!” contingent rightfully pointing to the death toll, but without any cogent plan plan for how to stop it.
It’s not a very comprehensive hour, though. No one was there to challenge their premise. A few minutes of it is enough.
Problem remains aid as an incentive for yet more conflict to get more aid. We’ve been down this path for generations. Need to quit digging there.
Rogers is cocksure while his attention span is short and tone deaf. But it’s the same with Obama, and the lot of them. None is sensitive to the history or level headed. But they will listen to an alarmed public if the din is loud enough.
The US public has the best take on what’s been going on. Months ago we imposed a stern slapdown upon our interventionist wannabes who urgently wanted to “do something” in Syria. It helped that our own next election campaign cycle would begin before long. We won that one with phones, emails, etc. Cindy Sheehan would have been welcome in the effort, but was AWOL. Maybe next time. . .
Seems Ukraine may be a replay of the circus. Be thankful a campaign season is beginning.
Maybe so. I think the uber Russian Putinistas are pre-attuned to getting by on gruel for awhile if necessary. There’s a shard or two in their history that way.
That’s not in our American DNA, though, meaning only that we are at risk of miscalculating what their intentions can amount to over there. It should be cautionary.
That is, O should refocus studiously toward *domestic* priorities. Undivided attention is what I suggest. That way he could simply run out of time before Ukraine, Putin, or any other some such muddies his waters.
Regarding the interesting link about Argentina’s peso woes. . .
The growth rate cited through last year doesn’t seemed to have helped, and I wonder whose books had been carrying those happy numbers. Kirchner’s?
Around a dozen of the developing economies have devalued since the Fed began curtailing quantitative easing, but others have not. That results in some flux between them. The weakest of the weak are even worse off, relatively.
That is, measured in dollars or other hard currency Argentina has probably lost it’s place as third in size among Latin American economies. This follows Argentina’s recent devaluation, which taken at face value would cause Columbia to move up to third place.
There were some articles in WSJ about this in WSJ over the last week, and they have paywalls. I don’t have links now.
A glance at that stack of coins . . . I first imagined this was a piece about those rusted cans of real, pristine gold coins from the 19th century, which someone dug up out West recently.
Something of value, silly me.
“. . .If you are an American you need to be on President Obama’s side. . .” There aren’t “sides” in this, though. At least not in the moral sense. Even if there were, they would be trumped nowadays by issues of risk, competence (or the lack thereof), which seem to have floated to the [...]
It may be unrealistic to demand and expect consistency among the dozens of UN members, “or else.” OTOH the spotlight is worthwhile sometimes so a subject doesn’t get stale.
Regarding Ban Ban-Ki Moon’s stance with Uganda. . . it must be a flash in the pan, though. Otherwise there would be stern words aimed also at India recently. More generally, I’m afraid, practically every predominately Muslim country would be ensnared in the swath from Morocco eastward to Indonesia. Plus a whole lot of other locales, maybe most worldwide. One eventually has to tolerate intolerance after a fashion?
Where anti-LGBT sanctions are actually enforced versus merely relics on the books somewhere. . .that might be a starting point for discourse.
maa8722 commented on the blog post American Enterprise Institute Wants To Fix The Debt And Also Go To War In Ukraine
All the focus on Ukraine, protesters. . .
I’m wondering why Belarus has been so quiet all along. How can they be content there? Or does it show repression works if applied competently? Or could Belarus take a cue from their neighbor, and be next?
The Butler narrative is interesting, but it came between WW 1 and WW 2. The picture was incomplete then.
Up through the 1930s there had not been a just war to point to, or fought on its stated merits, and which would contradict Butler’s position or at least which made his claims not necessarily inevitable. Yet in its day Butler’s stance was reasonable.
Also without getting into someone’s head it’s a stretch to label motives of each involved, or who got convenient cover. Even a Robert McNamara got a pass. People fighting in any capacity in any war or police action are entirely capable of crimes, and few of those will be held accountable in the end. Accountability requires total defeat and loss of any shard of control over one’s situation after the dust settles. The labels are satisfying but otherwise usually of little consequence.
Regarding Weisbrot. . .Venezuela
Could be the best thing US can do for Venezuela (rather than to it) would be to end the US boycott of Cuba. Then, leave both of them alone.
maa8722 commented on the blog post DHS Looking To Create National License Plate Tracking System
Canceled, as in maybe they don’t need it? Not so much that attitudes have changed.
The cameras are expensive and require maintenance. OTOH the little black box in each car will serve the same purpose.
Details hazy now, but awhile back I read something about a big upgrade coming to new cars’ computers as mandated by the Feds. After a few years all cars on the road will be so equipped. Ostensibly it’s to reconstruct more about accident scenes, but could also include GPS data real time 24/7.
Maybe someone here knows more about it.
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