Understanding the US - Again

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby vijayk » 29 Jan 2021 09:30

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/2 ... ngs-463662
For Christ’s sake, watch yourself': Biden warns family over business dealings
Still, one brother discussed new venture with major donor before Biden entered the White House.


Operation Replace Bye Den with Kamala has begun ... unbelievable ...

Only a week into his presidency, Biden already has had to answer for matters related to his family. A law firm ad promoting Frank Biden’s relationship with the president caused a stir when it ran on Inauguration Day. A federal investigation into Biden’s son, Hunter, has invited scrutiny of just how strict a firewall he’ll keep between the White House and the Justice Department. And another of the president’s brothers, James, has previously come under fire for his business dealings.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby VickersB » 29 Jan 2021 09:31

Slight insight into what we are looking forward to as regards the Biden administration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOY7M2k ... AinDrtRaB4

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Postby darshan » 30 Jan 2021 00:21

Money and capitalism.
Philadelphia allowed unqualified “college kids” to distribute COVID-19 vaccine, they stole does and turned away elderlies who had signed up for vaccination
https://www.opindia.com/2021/01/covid-1 ... -disaster/
Despite housing some of the most reputed hospitals and medical institutions in the country, Philadelphia appointed a start-up ‘Philly Fighting COVID’, a self-described “group of college kids”, with hardly any health-care experience, to set up and manage the city’s first and largest coronavirus mass vaccination site.

The result was not surprising—a failure of epic proportions. Elderlies were left with teary-eyed when they realised that the forms that they had filled to receive the vaccines won’t be honoured.

The group had discreetly switched to a for-profit model without publicising the change. Besides, it also added changes in privacy policies that would allow it to sell users’ personal data. One of the volunteers alleged that the 22-year-old CEO of the 9-months-old start-up pocketed vaccine doses. Another one claimed it was a free-for-all where vaccines were up for grabs for the volunteers who injected each other and posed for photos.
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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby vera_k » 31 Jan 2021 22:43

Lots of US funding over the past year for Islamist organizations active in South Asia terror.

COVID Relief Funds Went to Violent Extremists

The list of extremist recipients goes on. Had I the space, I would offer 20 additional examples.

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Postby Haresh » 07 Feb 2021 04:19

I did think abt putting this in the christianity & evangelsim threads, however I think it belongs here because this does effect relations, because these people have contacts and support and therefore clout.

http://www.ahouseofcards.net/groups/fiacona/

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Postby saip » 07 Feb 2021 04:33

Update (12/26/20, 1:38 PM EST): The description of the Indian American Muslim Council as "anti-Hindu" has been removed.


This is from the Newsweek Article above. I wonder who forced them to do this edit.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Suraj » 08 Feb 2021 05:29

Mod Note

Multiple US politics news updates have been deleted. This thread is NOT a place to dump general US political news. There is no thread on BRF for that purpose.

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Postby Mort Walker » 08 Feb 2021 05:32

Surajsan,

My post was about US trade wars and the money to be utilized by USDA. USDA is a big component of USAID and has implications for destabilizing "friendly" governments.

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Postby Suraj » 09 Feb 2021 00:57

Sorry, but such news stories are not suited to this thread. What you say in terms of a big picture is valid, but it is up to you to take the effort to collect multiple pieces of the big picture and take the time to describe the connections in detail. Just a stream of news stories where only you may understand how things tie together doesn't really help; the title of the thread after all is understanding.If there's a big story like what you describe, you can find multiple articles about it over time, describing the nature of US policy and how it's going about it, and summarize all that explaining your understanding. That would be quite a contribution to this thread.

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Postby darshan » 12 Feb 2021 02:34

A big metroplex incapable of handling responsibilities. I suppose that this will be used to propose why vehicle to vehicle concepts are required instead of prosecuting officials in charge of keeping people safe.
At Least 5 Dead After Pileup Involving 100+ Cars & Trucks Traps Drivers, Shuts Down I-35W In Fort Worth
https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2021/02/11/pil ... ort-worth/
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — A multi-car pileup, involving more than 100 vehicles, along Interstate-35W in Fort Worth has shutdown the highway and left several people trapped in their cars.

Fort Worth police spokesperson Officer Daniel Segura has confirmed at least 5 people, who have not been publicly identified, were killed in the crash.
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“Information will change going throughout the day as we get more information,” Fort Worth Fire Department public information officer Mike Drivdahl said during a morning press conference. “We are going vehicle, by vehicle, to make sure that anybody that is still trapped in their vehicle has been extricated, if possible. There’s a lot of vehicles to go through.”

The pileup happened around 6:30 a.m. after freezing rain and sleet fell overnight and into the morning, leaving roadways across North Texas wet and slick.

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Postby chetak » 12 Feb 2021 05:48

VickersB wrote:Slight insight into what we are looking forward to as regards the Biden administration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOY7M2k ... AinDrtRaB4


I don't think that karan thappad is going to sleep well for a few weeks after this interview.

Meenakshi Ahamed came off as balanced and perceptive but a bitter, obsessive and bypassed thappad continues the same old dirge against Modi, while pursuing the hope that someone somewhere will say something bad about Modi during an interview.

his relative and neverwho parivari "distorian" romila thappad has already been taken down many pegs as has been her partner in communal crimes of omission and commission, irfan habib.

If, as perceived by Meenakshi, the biden administration may venture to advise the Modi govt in private, about some allegedly contentious issues on matters completely and well with in the realm of India's internal matters, then both sides will speak freely and jaishankar is not someone to back down or even hold back.

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Postby mappunni » 12 Feb 2021 06:59

darshan wrote:A big metroplex incapable of handling responsibilities. I suppose that this will be used to propose why vehicle to vehicle concepts are required instead of prosecuting officials in charge of keeping people safe.
At Least 5 Dead After Pileup Involving 100+ Cars & Trucks Traps Drivers, Shuts Down I-35W In Fort Worth
https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2021/02/11/pil ... ort-worth/
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — A multi-car pileup, involving more than 100 vehicles, along Interstate-35W in Fort Worth has shutdown the highway and left several people trapped in their cars.

Fort Worth police spokesperson Officer Daniel Segura has confirmed at least 5 people, who have not been publicly identified, were killed in the crash.
...
“Information will change going throughout the day as we get more information,” Fort Worth Fire Department public information officer Mike Drivdahl said during a morning press conference. “We are going vehicle, by vehicle, to make sure that anybody that is still trapped in their vehicle has been extricated, if possible. There’s a lot of vehicles to go through.”

The pileup happened around 6:30 a.m. after freezing rain and sleet fell overnight and into the morning, leaving roadways across North Texas wet and slick.


This morning was really bad, my drive to the temple which takes about 20 minutes took me over an hour due to the condition of 35W south of 121 which is a toll road.

I did not see any trucks except on the toll roads spreading sand and salt. With little or no equipment for once in a 5-year event like this ice and sleet event, the local city government refuses to spend money on it.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Paul » 12 Feb 2021 11:15

Meenakshi Ahmed used to appear in "World this week" by Prannoy Roy in the late 80s. Is she the same one?

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby VickersB » 12 Feb 2021 12:49

Yes, tune has changed over time or should I say "evolved" :)

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Postby darshan » 12 Feb 2021 19:26

mappunni wrote:This morning was really bad, my drive to the temple which takes about 20 minutes took me over an hour due to the condition of 35W south of 121 which is a toll road.

I did not see any trucks except on the toll roads spreading sand and salt. With little or no equipment for once in a 5-year event like this ice and sleet event, the local city government refuses to spend money on it.

You may have already seen this https://youtu.be/v3DEiFXlcOA

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby darshan » 12 Feb 2021 22:36

This is one route that khalistanis and EJs from Punjab love to use. pakistanis also like to utilize this route.

Biden Team Unveils New Asylum System To Replace Trump's 'Remain In Mexico'
https://www.npr.org/2021/02/12/96720129 ... -in-mexico
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The DHS plans to start allowing in a trickle of asylum-seekers — about 300 people per day — from among an estimated 25,000 people with "active cases" in the now-defunct Migrant Protection Protocols program.
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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby darshan » 13 Feb 2021 00:07

Ability to monitor citizens has always won in this area of US.

ALPRs win the Day in the Virginia Supreme Court
https://www.motorists.org/blog/alprs-wi ... eme-court/
Automatic License Plate Readers or ALPRs can detail a motorist’s comings and goings without any thought of whether the person driving is suspected of nefarious activity. Some motorists around the country are challenging ALPR tracking in court. The latest dispatch comes from Virginia.
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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Cyrano » 13 Feb 2021 01:52

Gents, take your traffic woes and crash videos elsewhere, there are tons of places for that.
Dhanyavaad !

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby saip » 13 Feb 2021 01:59

Everywhere else today is a palindromic date 12022021. But not in the USA.
(Thinking again, in the USA the same date would be palindromic in December)

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Suraj » 14 Feb 2021 23:08

Mod Note

NO AMERICAN POLITICS HERE.

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Postby hnair » 14 Feb 2021 23:13

Cyrano wrote:Gents, take your traffic woes and crash videos elsewhere, there are tons of places for that.
Dhanyavaad !


And there are tons of other places for posting American political oneliners. Please desist.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Cyrano » 15 Feb 2021 00:12

ok ! sorry about that

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Postby Rudradev » 16 Feb 2021 01:52

Fascinating story.

Paki fixer rises high in the Clinton and Biden inner circles, then ends up getting convicted and sentenced!

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/1 ... cle-468816

Dealmaker, now awaiting sentencing, tried to work his way into Biden's inner circle

A trove of newly released court filings provides new insight into how a high-flying businessman and prolific political donor pushing multibillion-dollar deals related to Libyan riches amassed under Moammar Gadhafi's regime tried to maneuver his way into Joe Biden’s inner circle.

What follows is the swampy tale of a man who thought he knew how Washington really worked — and how his dream of becoming a D.C. insider turned into a legal nightmare.

Imaad Zuberi, a naturalized American of Pakistani and Indian descent raised in Albany, N.Y. (some data points for correlation: several city councils in upstate NY passed resolutions condemning CAA and Article 370, and NY State assembly recently passed a resolution declaring a "Kashmir American Day") , leveraged political and charitable contributions to try to broker business deals. Describing himself as head of a venture capital firm, he favored Democrats, but courted politicians across the spectrum as friends. In 2016, Zuberi was a hard-core Hillary Clinton backer and scoffed at candidate Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim stance. But once Trump won, Zuberi did a whiplash-inducing 180 and jumped on the Trump bandwagon, donating nearly $1 million to Trump’s inauguration. :mrgreen:

Now, as Zuberi awaits sentencing next week on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent (shades of Ghulam Nabi Fai?) , tax evasion, illegal campaign donations and obstruction of justice, a slew of his emails, text messages and other records have gone public, detailing his efforts to work the levers of power in Washington and elsewhere.

Among the most intriguing revelations are text messages from Zuberi describing outreach to Fran Person, who spent eight years as a personal aide or so-called body man to then-Vice President Biden before leaving the White House in 2014.

Soon thereafter, Zuberi embarked on a frenzied effort to help new leaders in Libya unlock as much as $30 billion worth of government assets frozen in the chaos that followed the fall of Gadhafi’s ill-fated regime. But the deal to release the assets of the Libyan Investment Authority required the blessing of U.S. officials.

(This is very interesting as well. "New leaders in Libya" = the "Govt of National Accord" in Tripoli, backed by Turkey, Qatar and Pakistan. They are opposed by the Libya National Army based in Benghazi and backed by Russia, UAE, France, and Egypt. Zuberi was apparently running some scheme to help launder treasure which the "Govt of National Accord" had stolen directly from Gadhafi's vaults but which had become entangled in international red tape. An unaccounted $30 billion would go a long way towards funding Turkey's ISIS and al-Nusra militias, financing Turkish and Pakistani support for jihadis in Kashmir, and supporting Islamist propaganda networks operating out of Qatar. Very revealing that Zuberi thought his best bet of getting his hands on this money was to cosy up to Joe Biden's inner circle.)

The WhatsApp messages show Zuberi discussing a potential deal on the Libya funds involving Person and others, as well as arranging meetings on the topic in Washington and Paris.

(Replace Zuberi with Felix Sater, Joe Biden with Trump, and Turkey/Qatar/Pakistan with Russia-- then imagine what a gigantic fuss the US media would have been making about it. Oh wait, we don't have to imagine. :))

“Did you discuss the budget that Fran Bassel and Mike had?” Zuberi told a close associate whose name is blacked out in the court records. (Yeh kaun hai? 100% some Paki hai! Keep reading another 2-3 lines and you will see why...)

Sources familiar with the project said the others mentioned are Bassel Korkor, an attorney, and Michael Mische, a University of Southern California business professor who taught Zuberi years earlier.

Zuberi goes on to caution his associate not to make off-color comments about women in front of Person.

“Don’t talk to Fran about women. ... He is close to VP Biden. ... He is like adopted son to VP,” Zuberi wrote.


(SEE! Whom would Paki Zuberi need to caution in this matter, except another Paki who thinks he can endear himself to American male officials by engaging in tasteless locker-room talk? Jo Lahore mein G*ndu, woh Libya mein bhi G*ndu or Washington mein bhi G*ndu... :rotfl: )
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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Rudradev » 16 Feb 2021 01:54

Seriously-- if Imaad Zuberi's text messages and emails have gone public we on BRF need to find them, save them and carefully analyze them. Quickly, before they disappear thanks to Biden administration whitewashing. Any takers?

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Postby Ambar » 16 Feb 2021 02:50

Nothing will happen . Remember the case of Imran Awan who along with his extended family worked as desktop support technicians for a bunch of dems in US congress ? His case had raised eyebrows not only for the money him and his family made providing basic IT support (something like 150k+ $/yr per person), but suspicion were also raised when multiple logins were traced to a single terminal, and when an abandoned laptop was found by the Capitol Police with some documents belonging to Imran Awan, Congresswomen Debbie Schultz created a storm trying to stop the authorities from accessing the contents of the laptop. Well, after he was finally convicted of bank fraud and was terminated by several members of congress, he sued them for wrongful termination and won close to a million dollars in damages.

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Postby Rudradev » 16 Feb 2021 03:58

This is different. Imran Awan's personal emails, chats etc. had never gone public. Zuberi's have, and they might provide a lot of insight as well as ammunition for future purposes. The US legal system left to itself is no guarantee of any retribution (forget Awan, think David Headley or Tawahhur Rana)... but we could learn much from these materials.

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Frozen wind turbines hamper Texas power output, state's electric grid operator says
Wind farms across the state generate up to a combined 25,100 megawatts of energy. But unusually moist winter conditions in West Texas brought on by the weekend's freezing rain and historically low temperatures have iced many of those wind turbines to a halt.


Interesting how a freak weather phenomenon has resulted in power failures across Texas. Ultimately, when it comes to it, no perfect replacement for Coal/Nuclear plants.
Politically, this state was bound to go Blue owing to the population influx from Blue states but with this, Texas might just stay Red.

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Postby mappunni » 16 Feb 2021 04:52

Skanda wrote:Frozen wind turbines hamper Texas power output, state's electric grid operator says
Wind farms across the state generate up to a combined 25,100 megawatts of energy. But unusually moist winter conditions in West Texas brought on by the weekend's freezing rain and historically low temperatures have iced many of those wind turbines to a halt.


Interesting how a freak weather phenomenon has resulted in power failures across Texas. Ultimately, when it comes to it, no perfect replacement for Coal/Nuclear plants.
Politically, this state was bound to go Blue owing to the population influx from Blue states but with this, Texas might just stay Red.


Blue what saar? Just curious, Those who are moving into Texas are mostly conservatives. The suburban counties have always remained red around any major Texas cities. Like I have said many times, the Hispanic population in Texas mostly a few generations in, tend to vote conservative aka Republican. In this election year, the border counties near Mexico which is about 90% Hispanic voted Republican which came as a shock to the Dems.

We are having rolling blackouts since early this morning. And with Biden going after the oil and gas industry, it will not be good for Dems with a few hundred thousand jobs being wholly dependent on it in Texas.

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Postby hnair » 16 Feb 2021 21:31

Maybe this is something that was commented on in this thread:

Due to China-virus topping the news, we did not see much analysis, through latter half of 2020, there seem to be a visible shift of various segments of industry (Finance, insurance from NY-Boston, tech/biotech from silicon valley etc) to staunchly Republican states of the South, led by Texas and Florida. Even Idaho, another staunchly red state seem to have gathered steam in capturing a large number of big name job creators of the two East&West seaboard states of US. Even Tennessee seem to be doing quite well.

I was surprised to learn that places that top the Blackstone type PE folks lists are Boise, Nashville, Tampa and of course the established favorites like Austin. Usually I take any analyst forecasts with a pinch of salt, as they are known to plant self-fulfilling prophecies on the gullible and in market segments. But news of folks like Musk, Ellison etc leaving Silicon Valley and bedrock companies like HP, Amazon, Oracle etc shifting their HQs to these states cannot all be empty predictions, but rather an ongoing trend.

The Governor names that I got were the "Two Ricks" - Rick Perry of Texas and Rick Scott of FLorida. Both seem to have developed a healthy competition between their states in attracting what seem to be a call to "drain the Democrat's tax booty" and have a certain reputation for hustle in their previous corporate lives. Which is par for course in politics around the world, But both seemed to been under-analyzed by US media with an unbalanced view about their achievements and long term impacts on their successive states. In the lead up to the 2020 stampede out of blue states, the media focused on these two guys' support for Trump than their actual policies that seemed to have worked pretty well for their states.

What is worse is that the roles of the likes of Ro Khanna, Pramila Jaypal, AOC etc in helping this drain of huge job creators from their own backyards is left totally un-analyzed. Infact the great US of A seem to be getting partitioned into Third World USA and Ye Olde Affluent USA. TWUSA seem to have mounting issues seen in unstable democracies around world - rising homelessness, poo-on-sidwalk, populist/loud politicians, visible corruption, deficits, hounding of job creators, labour unrest, bureacracy and blind votebanks. But TWUSA seem happy with being coy about illegal immigrants and BLM rallies (some cops havent stopped being douches in such places) than retaining job creating legal immigrants (to point out an Indian diaspora issue) and having control over the populist narratives of "what world should be".

Ye Olde affluent USA too has blind votebanks and loud politicians, but they tend to keep it off policy making in their state's self-interest. Plus the more robust parts of traditional america like frontier-hustle, family, religion etc are valued a lot.

Would folks from any of these states throw some light on how this was successfully done? Answers I heard are abolition of specific taxes and providing policy support by looser labor legislations etc. But how does the local populace take these measures and how do popular social schemes gets implemented? Texas has some petrochemical dollars to spare. How does Idaho or Tennessee absorb tax cuts?

Quite a few questions exist, because such a major reversal of cutting edge and traditional job creation from Blue to Red needs a lot of study by India, as it might have lessons vis-a-vis China. Also the fact that these jobs and industry migration are getting created in Red states who have traditionally been the treasury for the most well-funded EJ forces in the world, should be of concern. Are there any PIO folks (other than the wasted Jindal) who are influencers in these Red state machinery?

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Postby darshan » 16 Feb 2021 22:12

It's going to be hard to tell how this gambit of red states with fiscal conservatism is going to be play out. Sick states with big welfare programs also weren't conservative in their population growth. Most of my extended family and I have been red state dwellers for decades. All our traditional contacts haven't been happy at all to see what's been happening within their states. Many have moved to rural areas multiple times in last one decade compared to staying at the same place for three decades in same place. People who set up this bounty are being voted out. Some call it outsourcing or infecting of welfare population to fiscally responsible ones. Many areas in this states have become very expensive for natives to stay in. These states provided well maintained infrastructure and carefully managed budgets but that's going out the window as population moves in that likes to feed on the host. For example, various big counties in Texas are loading up on debt. Texas has also become nickel and dining state when it comes to various fees to sustain budget shortfalls. It has also started moving up in medical costs. Natives living there for decades aren't happy about it unless they benefited from the incoming population growth. Texas style of very pro business governance is also on display with extreme winter causing issues that could have been avoided by being little more pro consumer. For example, Texas State and counties never bothered to get a good building code in place to conserve energy or handle winter events. Simple tightening up of building codes would have cost a thousand dollar per home to a builder and saved thousands for home owners and also reduce energy usage. One can go on and on about low hanging fruits in Texas and how consumers were screwed to bend over backwards for builders lobby, plumbers lobby, etc.

Eventually all off loading of population from blue states would help blue states. Lot of long term investment opportunities in blue states but it will be hard to overcome old money. There was a recent case in Michigan about how one entity was literally taking over various emptying lands with an ease that normal person would not be allowed.

Political scene wise. The story is always same with Indians. Never organized and no interest in working as a group. pakis and middle eastern lobbies are much more organized and have goals in mind. One just has to compare how cohesively their groups work in medical industry compared to in total disaster Indian ones. North African and Asian immigrants have started making much bigger impact than Indians. One can't fight white establishments and grow big without being together and that something isn't there in Indian groups.

Lot of population movements were mostly driven by underused infrastructure, balanced budgets, cheap housing, etc. IMO various Red states have started taking on heavy debt and over time picture won't look good as demographics change and welfare relaxations kick in.
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Postby Rudradev » 17 Feb 2021 02:26

HNair :)

You might find this interesting:
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/11 ... it-up.html

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Postby kit » 17 Feb 2021 03:28

https://www.theepochtimes.com/vice-president-kamala-harris-calls-several-heads-of-state_3699031.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-02-16-2

looks like mami is the acting POTUS

Harris’ calls drew notice from conservatives, with criticism lobbed by the National Pulse, an upstart outlet started by Raheem Kassam, former adviser to Britain’s Nigel Farage.

“It is bizarre for a Vice President to be making contact with key world leaders just weeks into a new administration,” the outlet said.

The calls could be a sign that Harris will have an elevated position when compared to past vice presidents, particularly in matters of foreign policy.

Biden, 78, became the oldest person to enter the White House last month. Speculation was rampant during the 2020 campaign about him potentially only serving one term in office. But Biden has said he is open to vying for a second term.

“I think it’s a legitimate question to ask anybody over 70 years old whether or not they’re fit and whether they’re ready,” he told ABC last year. “But … [the] only thing I can say to the American people, it’s a legitimate question to ask anybody, watch me.”

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Postby Rudradev » 17 Feb 2021 04:36

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article ... peech.html

This is one wild story.

There is a Reality TV Show in the US called "The Bachelor". Basically, cosmetically-enhanced airhead wimmins vie for the attention of a sharply-dressed airhead man and millions of airheads watch this on television week after week.

So what happened?

1) One particular airhead wimmins, called Rachael Kirkconnell, had apparently (years ago in college) attended a dance party which had as its theme "The Old South".

In Woke circles this is total haraam-- like the Confederate flag, any hint of celebrating the culture of pre-Civil-War Southern United States is considered appallingly racist.

2) A full-two social media mob went after Kirkconnell, demanding she be fired from the show etc.

3) At some point the host of the show, a mild-mannered chap named Chris Harrison, gave an interview in which he did not defend the contestant but rather pleaded for leniency on her behalf. She was just a kid, etc. Basically he said without saying that why go after an airheaded wimmins who appears on reality TV shows for something she did when she had even worse judgment than she displays on television today.

Harrison even condemned the idea of an "Old South"-themed dance party. BUT regarding Kirkconnell's offence he said “We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion."

Interviewer kept pressing him to condemn Kirkconnell. At which point Harrison sealed his fate by saying
I am not the woke police, there’s plenty of people that will do that for us right now.


4) AoA!! Now the full-two social media mob started demanding that Harrison also be fired! So much so that the poor guy had to "step back" from his position as host of "The Bachelor".

Think about it. As the article says: this is not even guilt by association. It is guilt by refusal to join in condemnation.

This is an important indicator of the direction in which the US is now headed. There is a Q-Anon "cult of Trump" on one side and this type of whackjob Woke-ism on the other side. The Civil War of 1861-65 was based at least in part on a solid economic rationale centered around slavery and agricultural production. The upcoming civil war will be nothing like that. It is based on religion. It is a mutual jihad such as no society has seen since the Catholic-vs-Protestant Thirty Years' War in Europe, or perhaps certain Shia-Sunni conflicts in West Asia.

Prepare to watch competing Abrahamisms eat each other.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby darshan » 17 Feb 2021 05:34

A blame game is on. As a politician, I will get you an answer but I won't be responsible for anything. A business friendly state that never asked questions like when and how things can break or what our capabilities are. Don't ask don't tell.


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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby vera_k » 17 Feb 2021 05:58

@hnair

Musk's decision to move to Texas is simple on a personal level in that Texas has no income tax and he stands to make a few billion dollars in 2020.

More generally, there are Right To Work versus Union states. In union states, employees at a union workplace cannot work unless they pay dues to the union. Further, public employees are both allowed to join and make up the strongest unions.

Over time this had led to state capture by public sector unions, which effectively requires higher government revenues to pay out benefits to union employees. Eventually due to state capture, there is a trend to an increased level of welfare benefits statewide, which requires higher levels of taxation from the private sector. The private sector response is to seek out right to work states.

Nice map here

As to PIO people of influence in Red states, Ms. Haley is quite prominent after her coup in getting Boeing to start relocating to South Carolina from Washington State.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Ambar » 17 Feb 2021 06:50

Rudradev wrote:https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/chris-harrison-bachelor-racism-rachael-kirkconnell-gina-carano-mandolorian-hollywood-free-speech.html

This is one wild story.

Prepare to watch competing Abrahamisms eat each other.


There won't be a civil war because the conservatives both regular and the fringe will be browbeaten into submission. Eventually they'll perish as a major political force and will be confined to the viewers gallery as moderate liberals and full-nut leftist wokes will fight for power. Why am i saying this ? Because Europe has already gone through this phenomenon from the 60s to 80s and since then in many European countries the elections are between moderate left and extreme left . I feel we are just entering a very interesting phase in history where the decline of US has begun, it will become more and more introvert in the years to come but also there is no clear successor. Looking at the decline of the western civilization the islamists got one thing right, their entire survival is based on ensuring the khitab and masjid never goes out of fashion, the young are trained in it without fail and hence there is no confusion about what the final goal is. Whereas with the Christian west, as the church declined so did their power and societies. The irrational radical feminism has put Europe on a path of self-destruction through rapidly falling birth rates, i give it another 15 to 20 yrs before there is a full blown demand for separation by muslims in many countries in Europe , and this time there is no pope Urban to unite the natives. Such fun times to live in..

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby darshan » 17 Feb 2021 22:24

Members from Texas should collect social media outbursts and follow on actions to see how Texas responds.

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Postby chetak » 18 Feb 2021 21:45

The circle of life......via@sanjeevsanyal

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