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.
So, while 77 Chinese combat aircraft have provocatively intruded into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, their real purpose is to beat like rain on the windows of the Oval Office to attract the attention of the man within.
China did NOT fly 77 airplanes OVER Taiwan. The airplanes were always in international airspace. They flew through what Taiwan claims is an Air Defense Identification Zone. Part of this zone is actually in the Chinese mainland. This has no legal status under international law. Almost every country has an ADIZ, and almost every country, especially the US, ignores them.
China was just jerking Taiwan's chain. They do this all the time.
Xi and the CPC have announced an ambitious plan to raise the remaining 600 million poor Chinese to the same middle class lifestyle as the other 800 million. This will require another 20 years of peaceful development, trade and economic growth. Expect no excitement until 2040.
Nancy Pelosi sent out her brown shirts to intimidate Sinema and Manchin over the weekend. This is fascism pure and simple. Will Sinema and Manchin bow to the pressure? Or will the Democrats raise the stakes and attack their families too? This is why all Democrats vote in lock step. This is why Democrats don't represent their constituents but instead represent special interests behind the curtain.
The Right to Repair story is an interesting one. The idea of planned obsolescence has been around a long time, and the low cost of manufacturing in China has only made it worse.
Where are the environmentalists? Why aren't they demanding that goods are designed to be repaired, instead of designed to be replaced? John Deere only grudgingly admitted that rights of ownership extend to right to repair after farmers revolted.
What corporations really would like is to get you on the hook for a lifetime subscription of revenue-providing services with the occasional purchase of high-capital durable goods. It is only with RTR rules that manufacturers will start to design their products with that in mind once again - when they have to compete with other repair service providers.
The I.Don't.Care article really touched a nerve with me. Lately I've watched some of my friends buy into the notion that people who don't want to be vaccinated or don't want to wear masks 24/7 are monsters who just want other people to die, and how dare they refuse the SCIENCE! For the record, I got vaccinated early last winter, but I totally understand why some people distrust the vaccine given the government's confused and contradictory message about it. What I resent is the notion that in refusing to comply with COVID hysteria I don't care about other people. If I see someone who needs help, I'll do what I can, but in the long run, I'm not responsible for other people's choices.
An odd thing continues to happen that simply cannot be explained. Those states that do not mandate masks and shutdowns have similar rates of covid, or in some cases even healthier rates, than states that implement covid mandates. It's almost as though masks, 6' social distancing and shutdowns don't work. Very odd!
The article on memory lost me when they claimed that "Dine Mediterranean-Style" would prevent memory loss. I suppose it is a good thing that people who hold these myths and thus lack common sense reveal themselves because they can't help it. It is almost exactly like the vegan you meet casually who tells you he is a vegan in the first five minutes.
We are in the middle of a pandemic and our federal government is forcing hospitals to fire nurses and doctors who have chosen to not take the Covid vaccine. Why? I have a suspicion that the federal government is orchestrating a healthcare crisis that can be used in 2020 to sway the election. Prove me wrong.
I have been quite cynical about whether anything would come of the Durham investigation, and I tend to hold the Epoch Times at arm's length because I think they oversell. But that interview was the most encouraging thing I have read about that series of events in a long time, perhaps even since I first heard about it.
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