• RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-11-2018, 11:35 AM
    Bad enough to exit your vehicle when you've obviously been told not to... but these people even let their kids out of the car. You can't fix stupid.
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    05-11-2018, 11:30 AM
    The Amish suicide rate is actually about half that of the general population (not zero). Yet the Amish suffer from other problems, including increased polydactyly (extra fingers), dwarfism, other genetic issues, etc. The problems we face as Americans won't be solved by becoming Amish (or Mennonites, or Hutterites), but we definitely do need to return to that sense of community that I remember from the 1970s, and that got stripped away in the 1980s.
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    05-09-2018, 07:48 AM
    This will be a little controversial here, but I think it started with Reaganomics, and the idea that "greed is good": that unrestricted profiteering would lead to a "trickle-down" effect, where the poor would benefit. But that didn't happen. The rich got richer, but the poor didn't benefit. During the Reagan years, the national debt tripled, and we became a debtor nation. The "greed is good" mantra convinced many otherwise good Christian people (and later their children) that it was okay to forget the teachings of the Bible and become greedy, robbing their neighbors and cheating friends. It just became "good business". We saw the effects of this greed a generation later in the 2006 economic crisis, where millions lost their homes, but the richest just became richer, in part due to a huge loss of ethics in the finance world. After Reaganomics, the policies of Bush and Clinton didn't rectify the track America was on. I think Perot could have turned things around, with his campaign to reduce the national debt, and his campaign against NAFTA, but once NAFTA was signed and millions of American jobs went overseas, we were screwed. Bush Jr's endless "War on Terror", and Obama's continuation of that unwinnable war (after campaigning against it), further emptied America's coffers. Improvements to infrastructure that could have been made here in the US were instead spent overseas. I personally witnessed the closure of post offices, schools, and other local government, which helped keep local money local, in favor of more centralized systems, which led to the closure of local businesses as people drifted to larger, more prosperous areas, as Rural Flight eroded communities, especially in the Midwest, but elsewhere as well. Trump is clueless, and will continue many of the same destructive policies: plenty of spending on the Military Industrial Complex, a continuation of the growth of the National Debt. This man, with his golden skyscrapers, is the very definition of Reagan's "greed is good" mantra. He's the very emblem of what has gone wrong in America financially.
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-08-2018, 10:16 PM
    "I've got a bad feeling about this."
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    05-07-2018, 07:38 PM
    To be fair, the Dems are no better. (Not worse, just no better).
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    05-07-2018, 05:43 PM
    Haha! (But actually, never say that to a cop. It's a license to kill).
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-06-2018, 09:42 AM
    Tourism to the US brings in $187 billion a year. The idea of closing America to foreigners "for a while" is insane.
    35 replies | 549 view(s)
  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-05-2018, 06:12 PM
    Is Bill Weld setting up a run for president in 2020?
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    05-05-2018, 02:22 PM
    Japan was considered "overpopulated" in the 1920s, when there were only 56 million people there. There were 128 million people in Japan in 2010. There was a decline to 127 million in 2015: they lost less than a million people in five years. That's a drop in the bucket. The Japanese have simply decided to have fewer children. Please spare us "Japan is in terrible shape" the-sky-is-falling stories based on projections which didn't even pan out. From the article: "the rate of Japan’s population decline predicted in the latest figures has slowed slightly from earlier estimates in 2012." A .7% decline in population (that's .007) is not at all the same thing as "Japan is in terrible shape". Japan experienced stagflation for years in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000, but bounded back every single time. Again, this does not mean "Japan is in terrible shape". I told my friend Olaf, from Hamm in Germany, today that I was discussing with a fellow American about the dire predictions being made about Germany (by US right-wing media): the loss of German culture, the demographic crisis, and he had a good laugh. He explained to me (even though I already knew) that certain media outlets in the US have convinced millions of Americans that the sky is falling in Germany (and elsewhere), especially regarding the refugees. He said he hears this all the time from Americans; they ask him where he's going to go, now that his homeland has been overrun by horrific hordes from the Middle East. He just laughs; he can't believe how brainwashed these Americans are.
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-05-2018, 01:21 PM
    I'm glad they caught the pooperintendent; what a turd!
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-05-2018, 02:42 AM
    What is the mental disease? Surely there's more than one. And what evidence do you have that German culture and politics are dead? What evidence do you have that Japan is in terrible shape? These nations enjoy a high standard of living. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
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    05-04-2018, 09:09 PM
    Bwahah! He's been reading too much Breitbart... I have a half-dozen native German friends, and they'd be quite surprised to learn their culture and politics are "dead". In hundreds of hours of discussions with them, I've never heard them lament about their now-dead culture. SS has been duped by right-wing propaganda. After all, the vast majority of people residing in Germany are German. I think after the lessons of WWII most Germans now understand that blaming a small percentage (7%) of minorities for the ills of the country is... a bad idea.
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    05-04-2018, 06:47 PM
    I know. :) I visited Germany in 2001, and again in 2015, and was impressed both times by the extremely high standard of living there. The idea that Germany or Japan is "in terrible shape" is just ridiculous.
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-04-2018, 06:20 PM
    Germany ranks 15th in standard of living. Japan ranks 14th. This is quite the opposite of "in terrible shape".
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    05-02-2018, 07:34 AM
    Yep. The Sputnik article has confused Tasmanian devils, which aren't yet extinct, with Tasmanian tigers, which were declared extinct (and likely are).
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