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Home country: USA
Current location: Left Coast
Member since: Mon Oct 10, 2016, 07:19 PM
Number of posts: 8,023

About Me

A Reformed Republican who has seen evil and shook its hand. (Nixon) He now spends his time trying to change the world for the better.

Journal Archives

First the Great Depression, and now the Trump Depression

Because nobody can give America a bigger or more beautiful depression than the Orange Weasel. He owns this now, spread it far and wide. The wonderful leader of the GOP who loves having his name on buildings, can now have his name go down in history for this financial meltdown.

Western WA weather

I'm west and north of Seattle--we are getting a great bit of lightning and thunder right now. Kinda fun, but about 8 hours after they said it would happen.

Trump on ABC News

My family and I are watching this shit show.



Is our response to this self-serving asslick.

From Facebook: Explanation of why facemasks are good

The ladies in my wife's Bible study...

We're mostly Republican at the beginning of DFT's rein. Right now, there is only one who is still a Repug, and she's a multiple single issue voter (babies and guns).

All the rest have sworn off the GOP. I can see a brighter future ahead. If we can make it to the election.

U.S. insurers want taxpayers to back pandemic coverage for businesses

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. insurance industry is promoting the idea of an insurance plan backed by the federal government that would help businesses that in the future suffer losses from a pandemic, people familiar with the effort told Reuters.
Insurers want the pandemic policies to be backed by the U.S. government, similar the government-supported commercial terrorism products after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Chubb Ltd Chief Executive Officer Evan Greenberg called for that kind of public-private partnership on April 22. John Doyle, chief executive of insurance broker Marsh LLC, a Marsh & McLennan Companies unit, also offered “assistance” in crafting such an idea in a March 30 letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

Two non-insurance trade groups also sent pleas for such a policy to U.S. lawmakers and officials on April 20: RIMS, which represents risk managers at major businesses and the National Retail Federation, which partnered with 16 other business groups.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-insurance-pandemic/u-s-insurers-want-taxpayers-to-back-pandemic-coverage-for-businesses-idUSKCN22B1J8

Am I the only one who sees this as another shameless bailout request? The insurance industry doesn't want to look too closely at their customers and their behavior. It would be aweful if they are held liable for the results of businesses opening up too soon.

WHO warns coronavirus to 'be with us for long time'

Source: Al Jazeera

This is a long thread, and it covers many areas. I will not attempt to cover it all.

Read more: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/warns-hunger-coronavirus-cases-top-25m-live-updates-200421233559829.html

Read the links and follow them deep- they will show you how true health care staff are fighting this epidemic. No BS, no Trumpism, just facta. (at least when I posted this)

It's time to open up the country again

We have all seen the protesters on the evening news - those poor Trumpanzees want to get back out in the world again. The photos look like something from a bad zombie movie, but it's real. Their misspelled signs tell the story of their raw emotions coupled with their critical thinking skills.

So let's do it. Imagine if the following events were to suddenly open up around the country.

* Trump rallies
* Bowling Alleys
* Gun shows & ranges
* Tattoo parlors
* Casinos
* Stock car races
* Pro wrestling events

Would our world be a better place by fall?

Goodbye DU

After many years of posting here and enjoying the witty and inciteful posts of the long timers, it's time for me to go.

The trolls have taken over here and so, like Facebook, my time here has ended.

As Tigger said, TTFN.

American zero-sum folly. The Express Tribune of Pakistan

This is a good look at our foreign policy from the other side, and shows why we are losing our influence in the world. The article is not behind any paywall, Feel free to read it in its entirety.


In international relations, the zero-sum game theory postulates that the gains of one side are totally at the cost of the other side — that there can be no win-win for both sides. American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War has been of pursuing this zero-sum approach in relations with other powers. Even as America’s sole superpower status waned since 2000 with the rise of China and Russia, the US has persisted with this approach through Bush’s “with us or against us” and Trump’s “America First” doctrines. The result has been growing international instability and disorder.

A clear manifestation of this American zero-sum folly is the recent controversy stirred up by the gratuitous criticism of CPEC by a US official, inviting a sharp rebuke by China and Pakistan. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. American attempts to contain and confront China – and Russia – cover the entire spectrum of global inter-state relations. The Trump administration’s national security strategy of treating China and Russia as “threats” to American security officially acknowledged US policies since the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations to ensure the continuum of the “Pax Americana” by preventing the emergence of any challenger. Such “hubris” became even more compelling with the disastrous campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq just as China and Russia emerged as serious competitors. Instead of cooperating with them, the US has chosen confrontation.

The American zero-sum policy has relied on what it thinks defeated the Soviet Union — democracy and free markets. In fact, Bush claimed it was America’s moral duty to project these values by persuasion where possible and by force where necessary. The “greater Middle East” was one such project. Using a combination of military force, financial inducements and intelligence operations, including through human rights and development agencies, the US has attempted a regime change in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Georgia, Ukraine, Sri Lanka and Lebanon. Socialist governments in Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba have also been targeted. More dangerously, instability is being stoked within China itself — in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, coupled with trade barriers and sanctions as well as an anti-China media blitz.


Unlike China, the US has not made any long-term investments towards Pakistan’s security or development. Even worse, its discriminatory policies of sanctions, denial of military and economic assistance and the full endorsement of India’s hegemonic ambitions, not only undermine Pakistan’s security but is a threat to the regional peace and stability.

In this environment of great power competition generated by America’s zero-sum approach, Pakistan needs to secure its interests by further strengthening its partnership with China. This does not imply that it should be hostile to the US, but it should certainly be realistic about its relations with America in which there is ever increasing divergence.
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