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.
I would just like to point out that I called the summer spike in Texas back in April. It all has to do with relative humidity. That is why the southern states are seeing spikes, not because of Trump voters and the unvaccinated.
Want to stay healthy? Go outside into the humid air.
Insufficient information. Lots of things correlate with lots of things. I accept that climate might have some effect, because of being indoors vs outdoors and exposure to shared air conditioning. I don't think humidity is a direct correlate - Arizona has high covid, Washington has low.
Assistant Village Idiot
Afghanistan and Economic Migration
We made an enormous investment in infrastructure and education, right? Which begs the question for what? What’s the point of educating people if there is no employment or occupations? So, what kind of jobs would have been available to today’s Afghani?
If memory serves, in the early aughts, at the time of the invasion, all kinds of multinationals stepped up and pledged to open factories and businesses in Afghanistan. Am I remembering right? Did that ever happen?
I bring this up over concern for mass migration. The PTB will pretend it is all political, and some of it will be, but not the bulk of it. Europe is in the cross hairs of a uncontrolled and chaotic wave of economic migrants during the covid crisis. Was that the plan? I am asking because so much of this “policy” is inexplicable.
"Et tu, Atlantic? Mainstream media pitch Biden over the side."
It/they should go whole hog, and pitch the Democrat Party into the Mindinao Deep. Something like 30000 feet doooooowwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
Biden wanted us out of Afghanistan by September 11. He didn't want to be seen doing what Trump had outlined. He thought he was going to get election-boosting PR by doing what he did, and it blew up in his face. After all, a wise man once said, "Don't underestimate Joe's ability to f*** things up."
“Biden Afghanistan policy counts on war weary Americans to lose interest.”
A disturbing headline at Reuters.
President Joe Biden is brushing off criticism of his administration’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal because he and his aides believe the political fallout at home will be limited, according to White House allies and administration officials….
The institution of medicine and the institution of education are being systematically destroyed by the government. The government has become the client simply be stepping in between the institutions and the clients. By providing funding (taken from taxpayers by force) and creating rules and mandates, the politicized administrative states has taken over AND destroyed any supply/demand functions of capitalism. This has become a fascist/communist society rather than the capitalist society that it once was.