We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If anyone should be concerned about the proliferation of cheap weapons, it's the Chinese. They may be a world power, but they are not a global power.
China's access to natural resources and markets are going to be one coup away. We learned that internal politics often leads to sub optimal solutions in some foreign nations. At one time we resolved these problems by sending in the Marines and taking over the customs house. Those days are over for us. China does not have the power projection abilities we have.
At some point the government of Penland is going to be overthrown by their own Chinese armed military. Who will then, in the name of the people, will seize the Chinese owned oil industry. It will be interesting to see what happens next!
The BBC is responsible for more than one in 10 criminal prosecutions. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid reports that 10% of magistrate court cases are for non-payment of the BBC licence fee. Non-payment is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine of up to £1,000. Every week about 3,000 people are fined for non-payment, and about one person a week is jailed for non-payment of the fine.
It's a Nanny state dream. Fining and imprisoning (for failure to pay the fine), mostly women, poor single mothers, for owning a television, even if they never watch the BBC.