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  • R.N. Armstrong
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    Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post

    It's a liaison unit that coordinates between US HQ for operations in the ME and Belgian command.

    Why they are in Florida idk, I imagine it's the location of said US HQ maybe ?
    They are probably in liaison with US Central Command, located in Tampa. Fl, which has the Middle East turf.

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  • Snowygerry
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    Originally posted by Darth Holliday View Post

    What the heck is your serviceman/women doin in Florida....??? Where's my rifle !!!!

    OK, I do see what you mean tho.....
    It's a liaison unit that coordinates between US HQ for operations in the ME and Belgian command.

    Why they are in Florida idk, I imagine it's the location of said US HQ maybe ?

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  • Massena
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    The new mantra ought to be 'Make American 1929 Again' because of Trump's arrogance and stupidity economically.

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    Originally posted by Massena View Post
    Meanwhile, the lack of transparency in the White House is beginning to look like 1984...George Orwell would love Trump as an example of what he wrote about.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/24/polit...use/index.html
    This is the Trump hating WaPo on Obama and transparency:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/

    And others

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspi.../#7e3f28aa6cf9

    https://townhall.com/news/politics-e...cords-n1810172

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiep...rency-n1972697

    The Obama administration set a "gold standard" for lack of transparency and now just the Crap and Nonsense Network is whining about Trump...? Yea, sure.

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  • Darth Holliday
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    Originally posted by Massena View Post
    Meanwhile, the lack of transparency in the White House is beginning to look like 1984...George Orwell would love Trump as an example of what he wrote about.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/24/polit...use/index.html
    Your trolling is tiresome.....

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  • Massena
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    Meanwhile, the lack of transparency in the White House is beginning to look like 1984...George Orwell would love Trump as an example of what he wrote about.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/24/polit...use/index.html

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  • Salinator
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    Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

    No, Trump would call them losers because they contribute nothing to solving the problems of the world, nor even of their own nation, while being a part of a population that expects the rest of the world to help them whenever they need it.

    A lot of people in the world would like to just sit quietly in a corner and zone out for the rest of their lives, but someone has to do the work.

    There is no free lunch, even in his country.


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  • Mountain Man
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    Originally posted by Cult Icon View Post
    This country doesn't deserve to prosper along the lines of macro-indicators and nationalism/patriotism.., it is weighed down by the burden of its own sins and incompetence... on a population base of 330 million. It will have to shoulder the consequences.

    Blaming the "left" and "right" is delusional.

    No one man or party can save it.
    But they have the right to try.

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  • Mountain Man
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    Originally posted by Cult Icon View Post
    The brains of Hindu Vogis have been studied at Harvard

    Of interest is their spiritual development and control of their minds, which is at extremes in many areas. For them this took many years of meditation practice and training. These people are capable of simulating experience of tremendous joy and loving compassion simply by...sitting there, meditating. They are capable of prolonged, extreme happiness even with less than a 3rd world material standard of living.

    Would a nation of people like this be considered "Great" in their own way, even if they were 3rd world in terms of material wealth? They would be great in terms of happiness, spiritual development, etc.

    Trump would call them bums and losers, etc.. because they can't afford kitsch and a 6 ft. tall blonde model.
    No, Trump would call them losers because they contribute nothing to solving the problems of the world, nor even of their own nation, while being a part of a population that expects the rest of the world to help them whenever they need it.

    A lot of people in the world would like to just sit quietly in a corner and zone out for the rest of their lives, but someone has to do the work.

    There is no free lunch, even in his country.

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  • Darth Holliday
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    is that pictured enlightened fella a straw-man...?

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  • Cult Icon
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    The brains of Hindu Vogis have been studied at Harvard

    Of interest is their spiritual development and control of their minds, which is at extremes in many areas. For them this took many years of meditation practice and training. These people are capable of simulating experience of tremendous joy and loving compassion simply by...sitting there, meditating. They are capable of prolonged, extreme happiness even with less than a 3rd world material standard of living.

    Would a nation of people like this be considered "Great" in their own way, even if they were 3rd world in terms of material wealth? They would be great in terms of happiness, spiritual development, etc.

    Trump would call them bums and losers, etc.. because they can't afford kitsch and a 6 ft. tall blonde model.

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  • Cult Icon
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    This country doesn't deserve to prosper along the lines of macro-indicators and nationalism/patriotism.., it is weighed down by the burden of its own sins and incompetence... on a population base of 330 million. It will have to shoulder the consequences.

    Blaming the "left" and "right" is delusional.

    No one man or party can save it.

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  • Cult Icon
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    Originally posted by R.N. Armstrong View Post
    The surprise from the thread for me was the number of posters who thought America has maintained its greatness. Subsequently, there was not enough consensus nor tolerance to find mutual interests in restoring American greatness. I believe we are doomed to follow the European countries into mediocrity and join them in the dustbin of history.
    It seems that "Greatness" is a matter of perspective. When viewed from the POV of nationalism and military effectiveness, of course America is not great with a national debt of $175,000 per taxpayer and a track record of military failure.

    Rome was great of course but it would be considered less than a 3rd world country today.

    https://www.amazon.com/Pussycats-Res...ords=pussycats

    But does nation vs. nation competitiveness really matter if the people have plenty already????? In countless ways the people are exponentially better off than in 1955 although they don't appreciate it or take full advantage of it. There are many ways to enjoy the stagnation, and far more than in the "American century" of 1955..

    Perhaps the best response for Americans is to make peace with the stagnation and focus on one's own business. Don't put faith on egoist political leaders to save the country and spend too much time following this mirage. Perhaps solutions will appear; and then political leaders that are actually worthwhile can finally emerge and the people can put maximum effort in raising them up.

    This may take a lifetime, as throughout most of history nations grew at a snail's pace. But definitively the nation needs to put its financial house in order first..... I don't know if its even possible to produce a political movement that is dedicated on reducing the government footprint. It seems antithetical to what a politician is.

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  • Cult Icon
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    "Das Kapital" is like "Wealth of Nations". Both are extraordinarily dated and flawed, but still important to know as part of a person's economic education. Kapital was written during British Industrialism and Wealth of Nations in an pre-industrial society. A lot of the observations or areas of inquiry still hold true today. To pretend that these are entirely invalid is to pretend that reality organizes itself on the fantasies of political ideology...

    People using "Marxist" to call everything liberal would not use it if they knew what it was. Marx' thought exercise of reverse accounting ( measuring exploitation instead of capital) is amusing but also true in a way for an industrial outfit and office drones.


    Marxist professor teaching a much more understandable version of it:



    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...7FFF28B99C1303

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  • Massena
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    Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post

    I don't see the diminished military. The DoD budget has been a very large slice of the Fed budget for years. F35/22's Ford Class and Zummwalts have come on line at the cost of other weapons systems. Ground forces are getting new weapons and of course the mostly unneeded new uniforms. The has been a major influx of civilian workers over the past 30-40 years that is questionable if they are cost effective

    You can say that again. Our Fed government has become close to dysfunctional. Ed system is sub-par below the Graduate School level. That is a national disgrace.

    https://www.master-and-more.eu/en/to...-in-the-world/
    I can remember when there was satisfaction when Congress was deadlocked because they couldn't get anything done. Interesting how attitude changes with the times.

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