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by cassowary
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Can we stop the collapse of democracy?
Replies: 163
Views: 7049

Re: Can we stop the collapse of democracy?

I don't know what the "Spengler" of Asia Times would say, but the real Spengler already answered "no". Democracy - broadly defined as a right for everybody to climb the social ladder towards positions of power - becomes more and more competitive (and murderous) with time, till one head becomes bigg...
by cassowary
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 249
Views: 12418

Re: North Korea and its parallel to Hitler's march into the Rhineland

In 1936, Hitler ordered the military to re-occupy the Rhineland , in violation of the Versailles Treaty. The Allies did nothing. Had France alone mobilized its troops, the Germans would have withdrawn with their tails between their legs, as Hitler put it. WWII might not be fought. Yes, there would ...
by cassowary
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 249
Views: 12418

North Korea and its parallel to Hitler's march into the Rhineland

In 1936, Hitler ordered the military to re-occupy the Rhineland , in violation of the Versailles Treaty. The Allies did nothing. Had France alone mobilized its troops, the Germans would have withdrawn with their tails between their legs, as Hitler put it. WWII might not be fought. Yes, there would b...
by cassowary
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Republicans to push for a skills based immigration scheme
Replies: 18
Views: 1002

Re: Republicans to push for a skills based immigration scheme

Christian terrorists? To start: Anti-balaka in the C.A.R., the Lord's Resistance Army in East Africa, the IRA and the Ulster Defence Association in Ireland, and any Christian who's ever assassinated an abortion provider or bombed an abortion clinic. In the case of N Ireland, it is a colonial war an...
by cassowary
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Can we stop the collapse of democracy?
Replies: 163
Views: 7049

Re: Can we stop the collapse of democracy?

...the crony corporatist system we have now isn't free market capitalism... Maybe not but I don't know of any supposedly free market capitalism which doesn't end up in crony corporatism... I expect you don't know of any real instance of free market capitalism in the first place. And you do?... http...
by cassowary
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Americans are dying younger, saving corporations billions
Replies: 17
Views: 972

Re: Americans are dying younger, saving corporations billions

Here is an alternate view from a leftist publication, Slate: Life Expectancy is overall Increasing OK. So the human lifespan has been increasing over the last few centuries in the U.S. and other nations. There still could have been a recent slowdown or reversal, right? Well, yes, but there’s virtual...
by cassowary
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Americans are dying younger, saving corporations billions
Replies: 17
Views: 972

Re: Americans are dying younger, saving corporations billions

They are not making big bucks. They are lessening the losses from underfunded pension funds. According to the article, the pension funds are still in trouble.
by cassowary
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Republicans to push for a skills based immigration scheme
Replies: 18
Views: 1002

Re: Rizwan Farook

American culture is assimilative, more so than in Europe. But Islamic culture is anti-assimilative. There is a tug of war. Anyway, here is one who did not assimilate - Rizwan Farook . He was born in Chicago. Yes, yes, in a million people not all of them will be good. But the plural of "anecdote" is...
by cassowary
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Can we stop the collapse of democracy?
Replies: 163
Views: 7049

Re: "preaching to the choir".

John Adams’s insight: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” That's why we must save democracy from suicide. To do that, we must address its tendency towards Socialism because as Aristotle said, the po...
by cassowary
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Americans are dying younger, saving corporations billions
Replies: 17
Views: 972

Re: Americans are dying younger, saving corporations billions

I am puzzled. According to the first line: Steady improvements in American life expectancy have stalled, and more Americans are dying at younger ages. Life expectancy has stalled. This implies (to me) that life expectancy is no longer rising. This contradicts the second part which says Americans are...