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  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    The Capitalists are going for economic serfdom, at least that is the effect in the US. Student Loans, Medical Debt (Medicaid for the Nursing Home is recoverable from the estate when you die, so no inheritence for the Proles), usurious...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    There have been precipitous population declines in the past, the best Documented is the Native American one, post contact; The actuall decline is subject to manipulation for propaganda purposes, if we (Generic European "White People") Accidently killed more Native Americans,...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Oh Goody. Walmart is so big, even Chapter 11 (Bankruptcy reorganization) is at least twenty years out. Unless the aforementioned Political Crisis with China, but they are heavily into Grocery these days (The only growth they are seeing). Neighborhood Markets...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    But there are well worked out technologies called "Steam Engines" that can operate the Railroads if we really wanted to (And provide lots of Well Paying, craftsman type employment); America is littered with Museum Specimens and actual operating samples, mostly...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Actually, there were "Magic" swords, and Technology in General; Every now and then Mechanical Process creates an "Above Average" Specimen. I recall an article discussing this in regards to Internal Combustion Aero Engines, WW II Vintage "High Tech"; Every now...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    And the "Ten Year Rule" worked out really well last time it was articulated (1920's); It is also the development/maintenance of the industrial base that limits mobilization (Construction); ie, when the UK got serious about rebuilding the RN, they found...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Capital these days is held by Rent Seekers; see Walmart, or any hedge fund. They aren't INTERESTED in productive investment, if they need state of the art medical treatment, the .01% can pay for it out of small change (See...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Employment Stimulus (WPA, etc) for the American Working class has been deliberately sabotaged by the agents of the 1%; And I am assuming this is the model being emulated in the UK. The Kochtopus does not want that kind of...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Wonderfully Naïve, good point of looking back to 1970, BUT, at least in the US since 1973 the Standard of living of 60% of the population has measurably eroded; Paul Krugman posted on his blog a month or so ago...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    They Will Starve. And they can't come here (Amurika) or Europe in significant numbers; Pretty soon Europe will find a way to shut of the flow of Africans, etc, or create it's own dystopia....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    The "Disruptive Technology" (Computers) is what has empowered our overlords. Walmart used (Computerized) Logistics and Supply Chain Management to destroy the American Small Town Bourgeoisie, encouraged (strong armed) vendors to ship it's own customers jobs to China. Walmart is now...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Well, some people are still following this thread. On the Electric Car, the furthest I drive (Once or twice a month) is around twenty miles, forty miles round trip, well within non-exotic battery tech. And my regular commute is around...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Actually, the US quit circulating Gold in 1933; Another of those FDR "Betrayals" according to Right Wing Nuts. And they took the Silver out of the currency (coinage) in 1964. All proper preparedness freaks have a couple of rolls of...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Re Prisoners/Warders (Guards/Corrections Officers) It is a Truism in the United States that the only difference between the Guards and the Inmates is the color of the Uniforms; Maybe the Guards are the ones that finished 8th Grade (Which seems...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    Actually, the British DID NOT have the shipping for move enough to solve the Bengal Famine, the Americans were more concerned with the build up for some little event they were planning for the Summer of 1944 in Europe, per...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    Ok, Late to this thread, but FWIW if anyone is still interested I have (Finally) posted brief notes about a couple of my favorite books about the Military History if WW I to my personal military blog. And I have...
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    Disaster Relief? Pointless. Already, US charities spend 20% of their man hours sorting "Junk" Donations; Too many people want to find "good" homes for their holy T-Shirts; Far more efficient to purchase and deliver in bulk exactly the needed goods...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    Rod (COL?) Pascal was a US Army Historian, a focus on the US Role is to be expected from him. Not sure what his end rank or position was, no Wikipedia entry and don't think I ever personally encountered him....
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    One reason CNC Machines are (were) so popular, they let management get rid of those pesky unionized machinists. I see the same thing in some of the enthusiasm for 3d Printing, no need for those pesky tradespeople. This is based...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    WHAT EMP Weapons? The Nazi's Had an EMP "Program" No One since has gotten any closer than they did, for diverse technical reasons, other than the (accidental) effect of Nuclear Weapons. Very unlikely to happen outside of an SF Game/Novel,...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    Or just build a single track railroad, still the cheaper alternative. Most of the west of the Mississippi US "Main Line" Railroads are STILL single track, I vividly remember watching the long freights (mostly containers!) in 1977 on the then...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    Actually, some of this still happens here in the US. Homeless Veterans have shown up HERE (NW Arkansas) supposedly because the Fayetteville VA has "better" programs, so the Kentucky (?) State Police was handing out bus tickets... And my County...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    Locker Trucks? Really? The last twenty feet is the real problem in the delivery world. I am NOT going to sit on the roadside waiting for the Amazon truck for my $25 purchase, someone needs to carry it from the...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    Your classic MBT hull will last a LOMG time; It's all the ancillary bits that are expensive (Fire Control, Thermal Sight and the odd new engine...) And the system integration. Right now the US is having trouble funding the recapitalization,...
  • Commented on On Syria
    You might also list Taiwan as a successful experiment of this sort. And the Philippines, they both seem to have vigorous democratic institutions. Turkey seems to be evolving along the Democratic Trajectory, and supports the "Middle Income" thesis of Democracy....
  • Commented on On Syria
    And the Greeks, breaking up the Ottoman empire worked really well for them didn't it?...
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    American High School History standards are not quite that bad, although I am not totally qualified to judge being outside the system and having a degree in the field. (Pull my String and hear my rant about the Nazi Glorification...
  • Commented on Worldcon
    Parts of Teas are quite civilized. Fort Worth, El Paso and Austin are all reliably democratic Congressional districts, because the Republicans have stuffed as many "Democratic" leaning voters as possible in them, part of the Gerrymandering Process. A regular subject...
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    Russian (Soviet) Cold War plans and Sir John Hackett Several really knowledgeable posts above, one of the more interesting aspects of the debate is the way people with little real knowledge of the facts seem to believe they "know" the...
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    Actually, the USSA already has a "Deep State" governmental group, aka the Republican Party, Right Wing (TeaBagger) faction therof. See their execution of a deeply repressive agenda in North Carolina and Texas. It's not just pork that puts that large...
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