Oh my God the highways and byways don't have gatted community style landscaping from sea to shining sea.
The Roads are NOT crumbling, especially not the ones you would take from LA to NYC.
You put a bridge up agains a whole community of brocken houses, cars and neighborhood debris and throw it all into a riverbed cocktail then send it churning toward a bridge at 20 mph with the force of several tons per square inch. Then no bridge will stand up to that. Just because a flood took out a bridge doesn't mean my streets are disrepair.
Once again the captain provides a crucial public service by giving an excellent example of the dangers of mixing heavy drinking, serious drug use, and posting on patnet.
WTF. There were 15 complaints and the country is just getting out there now. What ever happened to law and order? If florida were a real red state the SWAT team would have been there a year ago, assaulted everyone in the house, killed the dogs, and shot the grill.
There's currently $2.7T sitting in the SSTF, for the General Fund to pay these bonds off as per the Greenspan Deal of 1986 has been framed as an incipient crisis by the right.
There is zero sitting in the the SSTF. There are 2.7T bits of paper saying IOU. Whether it's an incipient crises depends on how much people, especially foreign governments, are willing to buy tbills in the future. The Fed has soaked up 2.4T worth of tbills to keep the rate down but that can't go on forever. The most likely scenario is IRA's will be forced to put money into tbills. It's already started with Obama's mhRA.
Is this the best the DNC could come up with out of a pool of maybe 80 million Dems in this country??
As opposed to trump or the rest of the 7 dwarfs? No one who would be a good president would actually run for president. The nutcases on the fringe like you and iwog nominate the candidates, any reasonable person doesn't stand a chance.
The British began to make concessions to us, like over the Alaska-Canadian border, in order to avoid having to fight in Canada against an increasing powerful USA.
Wasn't the borders resolved with a binding arbitration panel? 1903 or something? no time to look it up now.
Britain's navy was much, much larger than the US in the mid 19th Century and could have easily broken and blockaded the United States.
The size of the British Navy and the potential to intervene on the side of the Confederacy was a huge source of fear for Lincoln, as well. The Trent Affair was a great example of America backing down in the face of British threats. The Presidential attempts to stop the Finian Raids into Canada (after initial support by local governments and members of Congress that engendered British Warnings) in the years after the Civil War was another example of trying to not to provoke the UK.
That's just not true. The british were much more concerned about napoleon and bismark than the civil war. By the 1860's the british policy was to tread very lightly on confronting the US. Milne (commander of british navy in the americas) was ordered to avoid even any appearance of partizanship. His fleet avoided contact with US vessels from either side and american ports. Milne sent a letter to lord admiral somerset saying the fleet was totally absorbed in protecting commerce and had no ships to spare beyond that. Williams (CIC north america based in canada) was very concerned about the US taking canada as part of the civil war. There were only about 4000 troops in all of canada at the start of the civil war and never more than 20,000 with local malitias activated.
The british naval advantage is far from clear cut. Ironsides and new weapons were rapidly changing naval warfare. Russel Weigley in A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861 - 1865 writes:
The Royal Navy retained the appearance of maritime supremacy principally because it existed in a naval vacuum, with no serious rivals except for halfhearted and sporadic challenges by the French. At that, the British Navy would have had a difficult time making itself felt on the North American coast. The coming of steam power had destroyed the ability of its best warships to cruise indefinitely in American waters as the blockading squadrons had done in 1812. Even with a major base at Halifax, or possible aid from Confederate ports, the British Navy would have found it a precarious venture to try to keep station on the U.S. Coast. No steam navy operated with success against any reasonably formidable enemy at the distances from its home ports that a trans-Atlantic war would have imposed on the British fleet until the U.S. Navy fought the Japanese in World War II
Besides the context of my statement was that the anti gun media are disingenuous in that they typically only run stories where some sicko gunned down a bunch of people and rarely report still sensationalized stories where people say thwart a home invasion robbery by shooting a couple black guys with a .12 gauge.
and what about the huge conservative pro gun media? where are all the stories there? I follow fox, I don't see it.
we need not fear the UK, as it is also greatly inferior to the US today (it wasn't in the 19th) and they simply cannot project enough military power across the Atlantic.
There hasn't been a country since the war of 1812 that could project enough military power (except icbm's) across the atlantic to present any threat at all to the US. The idea is absurd.
You realize that in instances where people successfully use guns to defend themselves, the media almost never runs those stories.
And most certainly in the few instances where those stories have run in the media, no one brings them up here.
No one is stopping you from documenting all the times it's happened.
The other interesting story is Saudi Arabia's $10B investment in Russia, and some other tidbits that seem to show Saudi Arabia is hedging a bit against the ye olde "Bitter Lake" Alliance between itself and the USA. Interesting things happening with Saudi Arabia and India, as well as the other Gulf States (esp. Qatar) and China. The Iran deal is also fueling it a bit.
Spent 5 weeks in UAE last summer (highly NOT recommended time to go to UAE unless you are really into 120 degrees and humid) and the amount of large contracts with china (and around the world) being reported in the local business news was stunning. Interesting twist. UAE banks are marketing themselves around the muslim world as being muslim law compliant and trying to displace the western banks.
That's a lot of dosh to invest in russia. Gee I wonder if FINCEN is going to have any banks in suadi arabia blacklisted off the swift system for dealing with russia, iran, etc.? Not very likely I would say. Better to make a political point with Andorra banks. Gee, since the US and Cuba are now BFF and we're dealing with Iran again is Banca Privada d'Andorra going to get a we're sorry it's all ok now card for christmas. I've been wondering for a while where is all the enforcement against the big time money laundering (makes BPA numbers look like a rounding error) banks in NY and London?
The rise of China, India, and Brazil have created viable, non-Western powerhouses. The BRICS bank and the Asian Development Bank are alternatives to the IMF/World Bank, which have traditionally been used to enslave countries and their resources to the West by debt (backed up by fear of invasion). Now the Eurasians offer an alternative, and expect to see it leveraged to gain access to resources and swing longstanding Western debtors into the Asian fold. It almost happened with Greece.
You missed the elephant in the room. The real power and control is in the world financial system Yuan settlements are going live right now. The next 10-20 years are going to be interesting.
Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account
Its really a pity you are so deficient in your knowledge of the basics of the american legal system You aren't a criminal until you are convicted. You are the accused. Only if there were truly a merciful god could clinton become a criminal.
Because only Cambodia,Guatemala,Turkmenistan,and Burma have less government spending than Paraguay. Is this so hard to grasp?
Why bother, only what you feel should be true is true.
only Cambodia,Guatemala,Turkmenistan,and Burma have less government spending)
What no mention of Somalia?
Because only Cambodia,Guatemala,Turkmenistan,and Burma have less government spending than Paraguay. Is this so hard to grasp?
Excellent. Yeah, the Three Borders Area around Cuidad del Este (formerly Peurto Stroessner) is world famous for crime, lawlessness, etc.
Jim Rodgers in adventure capitalist said "Paraguay does not operate as a nation, more an ongoing criminal enterprise". Paraguay is really pretty much the ultimate austrian wet dream. Small government (only Cambodia,Guatemala,Turkmenistan,and Burma have less government spending), very low taxes, no regulation, no social programs. Paraguay should be the richest country on the planet if mises is correct.
Damn, while I was at iguazu falls, I left 4 $100 bills in a shirt pocket in my room, which has no lock. When I got back, there were only 3 of them left. I think it was actually the owner of the place who took them. I'm just going to call it a tax on my own stupidity.
The key word for travelling in the third world is money belt, it works. You should have a drop wallet also. Fill with a couple expired credit cards, atm cards, and dl along with a reasonable amount of virtually useless currency like peso's or yen. Lock every real document and excess cash in a secure hotel safe (where you set the combo, always check 0000 isn't the default) or if not possible in a buttoned preferably interior pocket. Just carry enough local currency for the day in another pocket. If you do get robbed or pickpocketed of your drop wallet then oh well.
I also carry one of the totally bogus world passports. Cost 100 to get one. Looks valid. Some places insist on holding your passport overnight. They don't have a clue what a world passport is and if they lose it or copy it then who cares. Or if you are robbed and robbers insist on getting a passport, just hand it over and laugh about it later. You can also get a camouflage passport. A passport from a country that doesn't exist any more. Very good thing to have travelling in area's americans aren't universally loved. Not that american's aren't universally loved everywhere. A woman called Donna Walker of Houston thought this up. Her camouflage passports probably saved some oil exec's lives during the iraq invasion of kuwait.
They seem to be participating in the free market quite a bit for a communist country?
So communist countries aren't really communist countries if it suits your argument? Perfect. It's good to be austrian where nothing is real.
Where exactly in Latin America?
See the chart I added
Sigh, heritage.org of course. Why am I not surprised. Note the chart corresponds exactly to my comment about dictators, current or recent. So what's your point? Do you have a point? Do you ever have a point?
There is a big difference in believing that the grass is green on the other side and living on it. Please go live there at least experimentally as a real resident. The average wait time for doctors is 4 months.
And like I said, irrespective of their few centrally planned programs, Germans are FRUGAL in many other respects, unlike the West Coast socialists. Check out down-payment requirements on their mortgages. You have to see why Germany does not have housing bubble while every other neighboring country does.
WTF is the grass is greener on the other side bullshit? I have zero interest in living in germany, france is much more my style. The point was germany was considerably more socialist than the US. It is. Period. No question. There are 2 huge major social programs healthcare and education in germany that US doesn't have. Unions are strong and protected. Unions are represented by law in corporate boards. Down payment requirements and doctors waits have zero relevance to the level of socialism. Where did you get the doctors waits crap from anyway? Want to document that? Look up International Profiles of Health Care Systems 2013. The US has worse waiting times than germany in every category. Germany has 0% waiting 4 months or more for elective surgery, the US has 7%. Don't let facts confuse you.
You are disputing the data from Heritage based on your anecdotes. There are many aspects of economic freedom. In some aspects, New Zealand is indeed more free. If you want a detailed balanced view, you can read this. http://www.westga.edu/~bquest/2000/nzealand.html
You give me a detailed balanced view of one of my countries of citizenship based on a 15 year old article by a University of Guatamala professor working for a libertarian think tank in south dakota who spent 2 weeks in NZ? Is this a joke? I like to think almost a decade living, working and doing business in the country would give me just a tiny little bit more in depth knowledge than someone on a 2 week vacation. I could be wrong. This is the idiot who said you could build a house in NZ with no license? No visible poverty? There's no visible poverty anywhere if you stay away from it. He should have taken a night walk in places like south auckland, ruatoria, or kaiti in gisborne, except for the small problem that as a pakeha in a really bad maori neighborhood he wouldn't have survived to write the article. That is not a joke, you can get dead in the maori gang area's really quick. People have been killed walking around with the wrong color bandana for the gang's turf. Even someone with as limited knowledge as your professor agrees with me the heritage.org ranking is wrong. If you had bothered to read far enough you would have come across this sentence "If New Zealand was really the 3rd freest place on earth, then, in my opinion, we would be in truly sad shape. It is interesting that the Heritage index is now used in part to decide who gets USA aid, which makes one wonder how objective results can remain. In my opinion, the Heritage Fountation has the rankings quite wrong"
I'm disputing heritage.org based on things like they state you can start a business in 1 day so NZ is economically free (an assertion repeated ad nauseam by every libertarian blogger on earth) without ever bothering to take 2 minutes to check that this is totally false except for some trivial hobby types of businesses. That makes heritage.org's credibility pretty much shit in my book. My "anecdotal" experiences are the result of personally dealing with the actual laws and regulations on a day to day basis. I know this might be hard to grasp, but those same laws and regulations apply to every single person in the country, not just my "anecdotal" case.
The only place I've found the NZ is more economically free is lawsuits. Almost everything is done with mediation. There are no lawsuits for accidents. The public medical system takes care of injuries and the accident compensation commission (ACC) takes care of lost wages for all accidents. The concept of suing someone because you got hurt just doesn't exist. There are very few lawyers in NZ. They do business transactions, wills, trusts, divorces criminal,etc.. The general feeling is if you busted your ass then you should have known better. So there is no problem setting up businesses that would have prohibative (like the insurance company saying NO WAY) insurance costs anywhere else. Like the free fall off the sky tower in downtown auckland. Insurance is quite cheap and isn't even required for auto or business, but there would be a mandatory ACC levy. You would be a fool not to have insurance of some kind, but it's not required. Playgrounds in NZ would terrify the average american parent.
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You NEVER do!!!!
My you are cranky. Are the sheep having PMS and won't let you have any nooky? Why don't you see if your neighbors will wife swap with their 11 year old daughters/wives?
I have never heard of him but I don't read Keynesian yik yak, from what I see at Wikipedia
Nothing like having a broad base of knowledge to form opinions with. Like exclusively reading wiki and mises.
pretty cool: i saw 3 countries at once. i was eating dinner in argentina, looking over the iguazu river at brazil (with the building on the spit of land on the right half of the photo, and beyond that over the parana river was paraguay
That is one seriously muddy brown river.
Other than the most hardcore communist countries or egregious dictators who hasn't had private property rights in the last 5000 years?
China up until 20 yr ago, and even then it is on a lease, as indicated in the video most of Latin America.
You didn't get the memo that china was communist? Really? It's been in the news and everything. Where exactly in Latin America? Oh right the egregious dictators part. Reading comprehension?????
Sure it did. You are making sweeping statements about the cornerstones of a country that are just plain not true. A precursor to any of this is private property rights and comparative advantage which IMO predisposes the country to all of the rest.
Watch the video.
I made no sweeping statements about the conerstones of any country. I made a sweeping statement about the conditions necessary (not all at once, but most) for a country to have the potential to become wealthy. Read more carefully. Name one wealthy civilization starting with Mesopotamia that didn't have almost all of the conditions present allowing them to became wealthy then deterorated when circumstances (overwhelming bueracracy, new technology, or conquest usually).
I read the transcript, I have better things to do then watch a 20 minute vidieo when it can be read in 3. A very big so what. Other than the most hardcore communist countries or egregious dictators who hasn't had private property rights in the last 5000 years? What you are trying to say is a working non corrupt legal system to enforce contracts. Private property is just a form of contract. Which is part of having a cooperative government.
Galbraith (and others) has so thoroughly destroyed the concept of comparative advantage that I'm surprised you would even bring it up. It's another mises type pie in the sky academic concept that doesn't hold up in the real world.
Just got on the plane to Iguazu.
You are literally right down the street from the Itaipu Dam. That would really be something to see also, but would involve border crossing. Brazil and Paraguay stamps in your passport would be fun but probably not at all worth the effort, especially since Brazil pissed about US visa policy and is making visa's for americans a lot of time and money. Very doubtful that you could get a Paraguay visa at a road crossing.
Security for this internal flight is kinda lax.
Many countries don't have security for domestic flights at all. Only on international flights. You just walk right onto the plane.
I thought the true translation was, "if Israelis would only fuck camels, they would have a lot more friends." They are just demonizing Iran by using CIA translators.
How would isrealies get camels away from arab beds?
Do they have to be virgins?