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  • On 14 Sep 2014 in Interesting early American Capitalist, thunderlips11 said:

    54 40 or fight!

    Uh, Britain is very strong. Maybe we'll settle for the 49th Parallel.

  • On 14 Sep 2014 in Stiglitz vs. Krugman on Scotland; Polls Diverge; New Fearmongering Tactics, thunderlips11 said:

    Nick Robinson, political chief of the Beeb, had a big row with Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, over Banks registering in the City of London.

    Salmond explained twice to Robinson why moving "Brass Plates" from Scotland to London (registered bank headquarters) doesn't matter for Jobs, Operations, or Corporation Taxes for Scotland. He also nailed the BBC for reporting a source at UK Exchequer was discussing market sensitive information with banks, something it is prohibited to do - and he was sure the BBC would cooperate with the inquiry. Ha!

    Thousands protest outside BBC Scotland over "Biased Coverage". Yet Robinson continued to insist the minister did not answer his question.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/bbc-scotland-protests-scottish-independence-referendum-coverage-institutionally-biased-salmond-claims-9732095.html

    Limmy will probably get his show back, this time on Scotland Broadcasting Corporation.

    Next: Liberation of Catalonia from Castilian Oppression.

  • On 14 Sep 2014 in SD school district acquires armored division, thunderlips11 said:

    This is not enough force if some teenage girl has a cellphone and won't give it up.

    I recommend an A-10 for the school district in case they need a 30mm GAU to stop cell phones in the hands of terror kids.

  • On 13 Sep 2014 in Dear iPhone 6 users, welcome to 2012!, thunderlips11 said:

    Beveled edges, what an innovation! And touch screens! No-one had ever seen any object with beveled edges or touch screens until Jobs introduced them in the 2000s.

    Certainly not in a mobile phone.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Simon

  • On 12 Sep 2014 in Images Show the Buk that Downed Flight MH17, Inside Russia, Controlled by Russia, thunderlips11 said:

    It took the Pentagon only 2 months to totally absolve itself of any negligent conduct in the shooting down of Iran Air 655, reviewing all the radar, radio, etc.

  • On 12 Sep 2014 in 13th Anniversary of Twin Tower Demolition., thunderlips11 said:

    The Professor says

    I knew building 7 had a built in thermite self destruct system

    Wait, what?

    Finding some iron oxide in the rubble of a building is hardly unusual.

  • On 12 Sep 2014 in More blowback!! Poland relents, halts reverse supply of Russian gas to Ukraine, thunderlips11 said:

    thunderlips11 says

    Rivalry with Russia started at least at the end of WW2 and continued, in a way rivalry did not continue.

    did not continue with other countries the US went to war with or had bad relations with (like Japan, Germany, and China). Our bad relations with China only lasted about 20-25 years.

    In any case, the US wouldn't tolerate Russian or Chinese Flankers in Mexico, so Putin is not going to tolerate F-16s or Eurofighter Typhoons in Ukraine.

    And the entire current situation was caused by the US and the Neocon Nuland and her Neocon Husband Robert Kagan, overthrowing Ukraine's Elected Government with $5B dollars and the help of Ukrainian Billionaires. If the US had not done so, there would be no rebellion in Donbas and not even the return of Crimea to it's Russian roots.

  • On 12 Sep 2014 in Dear iPhone 6 users, welcome to 2012!, thunderlips11 said:

    Android phones are already the dominant phone by market share. People simply don't want to believe this, for some reason, but it's been true for many years already.

    (August, 2012)

  • On 12 Sep 2014 in When Nixon overthrew Allende, thunderlips11 said:

    You mean the US overthrew a democracy and replaced it with a dictatorship backed by Oligarchs? I am shocked, shocked!

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in Images Show the Buk that Downed Flight MH17, Inside Russia, Controlled by Russia, thunderlips11 said:

    Straw Man says

    Of course id doesn't mean that, silly. The investigation is far from over.

    Uh - huh.

    14 minutes of silence in the cockpit leading up to the downing. Pretty damn odd. No radio traffic? No pilot banter?

    www.audacity.sourceforge.net

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in The Other Side Of Obama's Latest War: The Costs, Summarized In One Chart, thunderlips11 said:

    It's awfully strange why we go around overthrowing secular dictators that hate the Islamists, while ignoring the most barbaric of regimes that support ISIS... like Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia...

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in The Other Side Of Obama's Latest War: The Costs, Summarized In One Chart, thunderlips11 said:

    Has Iraqi oil paid for the occupation yet?

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in More blowback!! Poland relents, halts reverse supply of Russian gas to Ukraine, thunderlips11 said:

    Strategist says

    It's total nonsense. Not even worth looking at. Why do you bother with all this crap?

    I see your curiousity is strong.

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in More blowback!! Poland relents, halts reverse supply of Russian gas to Ukraine, thunderlips11 said:

    Strategist says

    Rivals in what? What are you talking about?

    The Japanese were our rivals, now they are our friends and everyone is better off.

    The Germans were our rivals, now they are our friends and everyone is better off.

    The Chinese were our rivals, now they are our becoming friends and everyone is better off.

    China was our rival?
    Germany was our rival?
    Japan was our rival?

    No way. Our only cold period with China was between the late 40s and early 70s. Before that, the US was dedicated to China in terms of trade and missionaries. But China also is beginning to flex it's muscle and assert itself as a Regional Power.

    Germany (Prussia) and the US have always had good relations except during the wars.

    Same with Japan. US-Japanese conflict - began in the 30s but ended in just a little over a decade. See "War Plan Orange".

    Rivalry with Russia started at least at the end of WW2 and continued, in a way rivalry did not continue.

    Russia is now being resurrected as a backup now that the US public is exhausted with the GWOT.


    We don't want Russia as our rival, we want Russia as our friend. What good does being rivals do?


    Americans shouldn't, but the behavior of the USG towards Russia is that of rivalry.

    Check out the Wikileaks State Department memos some time. You'll see a huge divide between what the Public is told the US is doing and why, and the real reason why things happen and what the USG and it's Corporate owners really want.

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in More blowback!! Poland relents, halts reverse supply of Russian gas to Ukraine, thunderlips11 said:

    Here's a Russian perspective on why the US wants to put the screws on Russia and get Cold War 2 going.

    I don't necessarily agree with everything or even most of what's in here. The fundamental truth is that the US is a hollow core with only one manufacturing industry left - Aerospace, and that mostly propped up by massive hundred-plus billion dollar annual government spending.

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in More blowback!! Poland relents, halts reverse supply of Russian gas to Ukraine, thunderlips11 said:

    Strategist says

    Thunder, why would the West want to invade Russia?

    Elimination of a powerful rival.

    Strategist says

    If they wanted free oil they would have kept Kuwait and Iraq. They could have invaded the Saudis anytime they wanted to.

    FDR wanted to break up the British empire to etablish US dominance. Since then, the Saudis, Kuwaitis and Qataris have been careful to be "the sheik most generous" to our politicians. Also, the US attempts to "Use" Wahabis against Russia and Iran.


    Just backfires sometimes.

    Strategist says

    They have no reason to invade Russia in the 21st century.

    Then why keep expanding NATO eastward? Is Russia going to be invited into NATO or the EU? Never, there's not even talk of it sometime down the road NOR was there even in the nicey-nice days after the Berlin Wall fell.

    The Elite in Europe has always dreamed about Liebensraum in a conquered Russia, they can't believe the Russians are content with their already unbelievably vast state and don't feel the same about them. What do psychologists call this? Projection, I think.

    Nickel, Coal, Steel, Iron, Nat Gas, Gold. All begging to be owned and exploited by the City and Wall Street, without pesky "Russian Nationalism" getting in the way.

    Don't believe me, consider ZBig. The Neoliberal Goal is all in the "Grand Chessboard". It's a weird day when Kissinger is the voice of reason.

    All of Putin's moves are defensive. Crimea was punishment for the second Western-backed Putsch in Kiev; it's utterly Russian and it voted against being part of Ukraine to begin with. Georgia was letting the US know it won't allow it's buffer state between itself and Turkey removed, and that the Russian military covered from it's 90s lowest ebb. These are all Jabs and Blocks, not knock-out swings.

    Remember, the man is a Judo expert. He loves to make his enemies hurt themselves from their own actions.

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in More blowback!! Poland relents, halts reverse supply of Russian gas to Ukraine, thunderlips11 said:

    zzyzzx says

    Study Russian history. Right now Russians are behaving as they typically have.

    Defensively.

    Alexander Nevsky? Zhukov? Petr the Great? Kutusov?

    Russians are tired of Northern Europeans invading and burning their country, so they want buffer states to the West, outside of NATO, so the fighting can take place there the next time Sweden, Germany/Prussia, the Teutonic Order, Poland, the Livonian Order, etc. try to invade Russia for it's vast wealth.

    Putin will not tolerate a Ukraine in NATO, which violates every promise made by James Bakker III during the end of the Soviet Union. Right now almost every promise has been broken. Ukraine is the gateway to the Steppes, the final straw of NATO's aggressive eastern expansion Russia won't tolerate.

    There's nothing wrong with having Georgia, Finland, and Ukraine between Russia and the NATO. It's good for peace and stability.

    Strategist says

    We have lots and lots of gas. Lets start exporting to our friends in Europe, and teach Putin a lesson.

    Can't. Neither the US nor Europe has a fraction of the infrastructure to currently support LNG deliveries in the quantity necessary to replace piped Russian Nat Gas. Even if they went all out - a trillion dollar project or more - it would take more than a decade.

    Nat Gas isn't just Electric, but also Heating and Cooking. Continental Europe is cold in the Winter.

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in More blowback!! Poland relents, halts reverse supply of Russian gas to Ukraine, thunderlips11 said:

    Is the LNG plant going to be up and running by November?

    Kholhols better start chopping wood, or asking Milena to work Thursday Night at "Whispers" too, so she can send more dollar bills back to Lvov.

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in Ukraine crisis: Leaked US phone call appears online, thunderlips11 said:

    Bumpity Bump Bump.

    Victoria "Nurse Ratchett" Nuland's husband is Robert Kagan, that lover of peace and law.

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in Images Show the Buk that Downed Flight MH17, Inside Russia, Controlled by Russia, thunderlips11 said:

    Report just released says alot of nothing, meaning Russia/DPR didn't do it.

    If Russia/DPR did shoot it down, and the West had anything they could use to show it, it would be front page news.

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in Thirteen groups working for peace in Palestine, thunderlips11 said:

    What armies have they?

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in Starbucks can't find an idiot under 30 that doesn't have tattoo on arms and fa, thunderlips11 said:

    sbh says

    Uh huh!

    Sporting a Khokhol or quasi-khokhol is always a red flag.

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in Swedes turn against privatization, thunderlips11 said:

    Goodbye to party of Carl Bildt's ilk, you blueblooded bastards.

    From the article:

    A series of scandals has made many Swedes question the private sector's role in public services. Axcel was accused of trying to maximise profits by saving on teachers' wages and lowering the teacher-student ratio below the national average; the privately run Hälsans chain of preschools was reported to serve its pupils crispbread and water for lunch, having budgeted only nine kronor (87p) a student for food.

    No other state in Europe had been as generous in allowing the private sector free access to its pupils. The proportion of employees in privately provided services rose from 5% in 1993 to 23% in 2011.

    "Overnight, the debate changed," said Roger Jakobsson, Grillska's head of education. "For years, people had been accusing schools run by private equity of pocketing the state's money and putting it into their offshore bank accounts. But now it looked like these companies weren't even capable of running a business properly."

    Weighing Adult Diapers to see if they "Really" need changing


    The care sector also suffered a privatisation scandal in 2011, when the Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported that an elderly care centre in Koppargården, run by the private company Carema, was catastrophically neglecting its customers, allegedly weighing their diapers to see if they could be used for longer, thus ensuring maximum usage and lower costs.
    ...
    Complaints about poor service and frequent delays on the high-speed train between Malmö and Stockholm also swung the mood against rail privatisation of the railways. How was it, some asked, that information centres were closing at train stations while Sweden's popular, 100% state-owned Systembolaget alcohol stores could afford staff who advised on which wine went best with reindeer stew?

    Nothing like the joy of seeing Neoliberals go to defeat.

    This is

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in Somebody please enlighten me about AAPL, thunderlips11 said:

    BoomAndBustCycle says

    Samsung and other companies are followers.

    Samsung makes the chip in the iPhone. It's really not that great when your suppliers make a competing product.

    Apple has been offering less at a higher cost since the Apple II vs. the C64.

  • On 11 Sep 2014 in Our Huge Hassle With Airport Security, thunderlips11 said:

    The whole liquids thing is pure bullshit. It revolves around the highly unlikely scenario where somebody, and the flight would have to be at least 12 hours long non-stop, that somebody would occupy a restroom for the entire flight and try to grow explosive crystals. He would need tons of ice to produce his explosive crystals, and maybe end up with enough to break one of the windows.

    Somebody is going to take bucket of ice after bucket of ice into a bathroom the entire flight and not raise suspicions?

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