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Yes, the far right and far left are mirror images of each other. There really isn’t much difference between socialists and national socialists who both want government control. Sadly, American labels confuse the matter. Conservatives abroad are statists on the right. Conservatives here can be statists but most are "classic liberals" who favor individual liberties over state power. Libertarians are the most committed to that view. Liberals here are simply statists on the left. Progressives more so on that side. I used to agree with the idea that ideology is a circle where the extreme right and left meet on the far side. My formulation was that communists believed workers were everything–as long as they worked for the state; while Nazis and fascists believed workers were nothing– unless they worked for the state. Now I think that trying to define two things that are the same by going to that much effort to massage the words means the definitions and template they are placed in are inadequate. I’d rather see definitions placed on a template that goes from total individual liberty to total state control. gas prices In a related matter raised in that article, I hate the entire RINO (Republican in name only) notion. Purging people who are 80% (or 70 or whatever on the plus side of 50) on your side is insane when it simply empowers people who are 50+% opposed to your ideas. Thank God we don’t have a parliamentary system where such forces of purging and fragmentation get institutionalized.

In Taiwanese local elections, China-friendly candidates did very well. The presidential election is next year. The DPP leans toward independence from China–although it has not acted on that desire. The KMT which originally fled the mainland in the Chinese civil war is technically more friendly to China because the KMT agrees that there is one China that includes Taiwan–although the KMT officially thinks it should run China. Which is an interesting way to be considered China-friendly, eh?

You know, I’d be open to discussing a minimum income provided by the federal government if it replaces the welfare system and the vast host of bureaucrats who run it with a simple strings-free check. That trade would save the federal government a lot of money. I don’t know if people would use that money to play video games all day or whether people would work to improve their situation knowing they have a permanent unemployment insurance constantly going to their bank account. So it shouldn’t be a plan that reduces the check if a person works. That kind of program requires bureaucrats to supervise. Setting up that way would encourage the video game route. It would be good to test the idea to see how that works out before rolling it out nationwide. It might be a horrible idea, I freely admit. It would definitely be a bad idea if it is just another benefit on top of the welfare system. Of course, if there is an income ceiling to qualify for the minimum income check people will game the system to avoid cutting off their check by reducing hours worked or working off the books. electricity physics problems So maybe everyone should get the check. Which would be a backdoor tax cut (or even a negative income tax) for all, no?

Given that intelligence and military agencies pay attention to any ship that turns off its AIS (Automated Identification System), as Iran and North Korea do, you’d think that the best way to smuggle on a ship large enough to be required to use AIS would be to smuggle with the AIS on and be lost in the flood of legitimate traffic acting legitimately.

Your electric vehicle and bio-diesel are just making things worse. Basically you are just exporting the carbon footprint. But if you can feel all Green superior over lesser morally suspect people, who cares? I’ve long been against using food for fuel and suspected that a full accounting of the carbon footprint of electric cars would show they are worse than gasoline cars.

I don’t understand why people say that Brexit must be opposed because it will harm Britain economically. Even if that is true–and in the long run I don’t see how escaping the grip of a growing bureaucratic state will be anything but good for Britain free to negotiate trade terms with the world– the economy is only one factor in deciding policy. Or have you failed to notice that climate change advocates eagerly promote policies that will harm economic growth?

American and "Russian" forces in Syria have apparently thrown sharp elbows at each other in addition to the high-profile turkey shoot of a Russian mercenary outfit. I suspect this means other Russian-staffed contract units and not Russian military units. There were casualties in the Cold War, recall, which while generally cold was a war, after all.

The Obama administration’s border forces used tear gas a lot. But there was no outrage on the left or in the media, oddly. Apparently when you mix 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile with Hope and Change you get a lavender-like smell that soothes rock throwers. Media bias is sometimes reflected in the choice of stories covered–or not covered–rather than slanted words or framing.

I’m not sure why Ukraine is declaring martial law in its border regions with Russia now given that Russia has been attacking Ukraine since February 2014 and illegally occupies Crimea and parts of the Donbas region in the east. gas konigsforst Yes, Russia has escalated the war with a subliminal blockade in the Sea of Azov and actually fired on and boarded three Ukrainian ships trying to run the blockade. But unless Ukraine is planning to escalate the war to recapture Donbas, bombard Russia’s Crimea military bases, or possibly destroy the Kerch strait bridge that Russia built at great expense, what does martial law do for Ukraine now? If Ukraine has a plan to hurt Russia, I hope it works. And while I would not wage war against Russia on Ukraine’s behalf at this point, I’d sure help supply the Ukrainians with material and information to send Russian body bags home at a higher rate.

When you consider that GM is shutting down a lot of plants in the midst of an ongoing economic expansion, how can you defend the bailout following the start 2008 Great Recession? At the time I was appalled by the undermining of rule of law in the whole bailout. It was great for the government officials who used other people’s money to get the credit for as long as they were in office. In the end it just delayed the end. But hey, at least Osama bin Laden is still dead. I could be persuaded that America can afford a GM collapse now more than it could have afforded it back then–especially in the psychology of that potential loss (and that is true for bank bailouts). But that’s a different argument than the wisdom of the government picking winners and losers or deciding who is too big to fail. I don’t blame the people who worked for GM over the last decade thinking that massive cost was worthwhile. But the economics are the economics. And God help us if large businesses have learned they can privatize profits while socializing losses; and if government officials have learned they can benefit from that system by rushing in with other people’s money to save the day.

Ah, while the first Turkish pilot (or pilots) is already in America to train on the F-35, it will be two years before the first plane makes it to Turkey. So we have time to halt the delivery lest Russia and China gain access to its secrets. Which means we have two years to see Turkey change direction or two years to get alternatives to Turkey’s position in the plane’s supply chain and maintenance role.

When I worked there, this is the kind of thing I would have had to write. I know the author–the lower right has the actual author’s initials, if you follow the links to the actual document. Remember, you can introduce anything within the rules. And I suspect there may have been a discussion about how you can’t actually ban the practice with a bill enacted into law. Hence a resolution urging a change in practice. See constituent group upset about this issue? I did something! I suspect the resolution was referred to a committee where it will quietly die.

warfare for the Navy. electricity office I regained rights to them, so who knows? I think the new strategic environment give them a new lease on life if updated. I did get one old pre-9/11 article idea (suitably evolved) published this year. One thing I learned from that is not to be shy about asking editors about the status of article submissions when I haven’t heard anything.

Japan will put F-35Bs on their large flat-deck warship class that is not in any way an aircraft carrier. Tip to Instapundit. Haziness on terminology is not new. Recall that the Soviets refused to call their aviation ships carriers in order to be within compliance of the Montreux Convention limits against carriers transiting the Turkish straits and operating in the Black Sea. Although that Turkish acceptance of the ship designation is cloudy and was convenient for the Soviets. And for the Chinese who bought Varyag from Ukraine for their first carrier and towed it through the strraits on the fiction that the hull was destined to be a casino or something.

Asylum isn’t the motivation for most of the caravan migrants. Also a reminder that illegal immigration isn’t simply about crossing the border illegally. Others cross legally for a short visit and simply remain illegally when permission expires. "A wall" (read that barriers and enforcement at the barrier and in the legal system behind it) is a necessary but not sufficient measure to control illegal immigration.

Jordan’s stability is nothing to take for granted these days. Jordan is a poor country in a vital area. Their foreign policy basically blows with the winds of power that can provide Jordan with the money to remain viable. When Saddam was riding high, Jordan tilted to Iraq. When the UAE subsidizes the Jordanian military, Jordan names a brigade after a UAE crown prince. Jordan has tilted to America and the Gulf Arabs since 1990. And Jordan hosts an American military presence as well as backing the now-failed Southern Front rebels in Syria. Now that Assad is ascendant in Syria and Iran is perched there, we should watch both Jordan’s stability and the direction of their lean.

Egypt is building a new capital 45 miles west of crowded Cairo where the government is currently housed. Next year the first people will move to the new political capital. I don’t assume all government functions will be moved. gas symptoms But for the top political people, being away from a crowded city full of potential protesters and rebels is probably comforting. Until people move in and create slums and lower class neighborhoods there, too. There will always be a Cairo no matter where the government moves.

People need to grow up. We allied with Stalin’s USSR to defeat Nazi Germany. We overlooked Pakistan’s problematic behavior to fight the Soviets and then the Taliban. We can back Saudi Arabia despite its problems to defeat Iran. c gastronomie mariage We don’t have to like Saudi Arabia. But we need them for a number of problems. Please don’t think that Saudi Arabia isn’t better now than what it was on September 10, 2001. And without our support, it could get a whole lot worse.

I do worry about this threat. Sure, given the damage it would cause we’d nuke whoever carried out an EMP strike against us. But our country would be crippled and driven to focus inward to try to cope with the effects and recover. Lord knows what would happen abroad to our long-term detriment while we did that. I would really like America to stockpile the "key elements of the electric grid" that would be knocked out and that take many months to produce (if we can make or import them). That’s even more important than the Strategic Petroleum Reserve we created when our energy imports were rising.

Oh please, the only "stealth" feature this new Iranian warship has is that after we sink it nobody will see it on radar. Yet the reporter writes the story as if Iran doesn’t have a history of fantasy super weapons announcements that have zero basis in reality. And yet reporters bridle in indignation when you call their stories "fake news."