Of all recent presidents, starting with Clinton, I only liked Barack
Obama and still do. A great president, very laid back and did not
start any wars and did not mess up much.
That said, all current candidates for president, starting from Hillary
and ending with Carly, and everyone in between, just make me want to
throw up. Very stupid, pompous, self absorbed people who, to date,
have not even said anything original.
I am curious if anyone else feels this way.
It doesn't matter, any bets that ISIS follows through with it's threat
to smuggle a nuke into the US...thanks to Obammy's refusal to do
anything to the people he was raised with? It'll probably be done by
ex-Gitmo scum that Obammy let go.
A dirty bomb is a non-event, it is significant only because people
agree to talk about it and fear it.
A fire of a big enough pile of used tires, which abound, causes more
damage than a nuclear dirty bomb.
You, sir, _must_ be blind or totally in denial. Obama continues to
tear this country down and belittle it in the eyes of every other
country in the world. Wake up, Ig! You're smarter than that.
Yes, everyone on every side, all bought and paid for.
I have voted in every single election available to me since turning
18. It gets harder and harder to do so every year, given the ghastly
asses turning themselves out to be elected. Ross Perot could have
turned this country around, back to its roots. We almost did that in
It's about equal to the cnance that Gunner and Larry's "Cullers" will
rise up from the tarpaper shacks of America, and start shooting
What do you think is wrong with Hawaiians?
Al-Baghdadi was released in 2004.
He may be a decent, personable man but he hasn't become the strong,
persuasive, decisive and effective leader a large nation so entwined
in global affairs needs. It's sad for us that Putin is a better
example of one. A leader has to be absolutely cocksure-confident in
order to make decisions that will unavoidably hurt some people,
without knowing all the facts. Otherwise you have Jimmy Carter.
"As act 2 gets underway good Kirk is growing weak and losing the
ability to lead, and we enter into a great exploration of humanity:
man's duality of nature. Kirk is split between yin and yang, masculine
and feminine, base and nobility, and he finds that neither side can
function without the other. A bold move for a 1966 television series
to openly acknowledged that hostility, lust, and violent nature are
essential qualities in a leader."
If Kerensky had made better decisions Russia wouldn't have fallen to
Lenin and his Bolsheviks.
"The dilemma of whether to withdraw [from WW1] was a great one, and
Kerensky's inconsistent and impractical policies further destabilised
the army and the country at large.
Obama's "line in the sand" turned out to be a trail of urine marking
George Patton's and Erwin Rommel's books are interesting insights into
the supremely self-confident personality of effective leaders. I
wouldn't want either of them as a neighbor, or President. General
James Gavin, postwar US commander in divided Berlin, wrote that he was
the only person Marshall Zhukov got along well with, because all the
other Russians feared he'd have them shot.
Grant later became a notably ineffectual President.
I agree. One thing that the Obama presidency seems to have settled is
the question of whether the rest of the world values peace and our
idea of "liberty" over avoiding national dependency and humiliation.
The answer appears to be no.
The question really came to a head under Bush, but Obama, taking a
more cooperative and respectful approach, proved that it can't be
reconciled with wishful thinking anymore than Bush was able to do it
by imposing our ideas of "good" and "evil" with bombs and bullets.
This doesn't portend well for Rand Paul's isolationist posturing. Some
of the wisest Brit statesmen told us decades ago, after the USSR
collapsed, that we're in for the same mess that they went through for
most of a century: impose a peace through strength, with the rest of
the world growing to hate you more as time goes on, or stand back and
watch the tyrants drive the world into hell.
It's an ugly choice.
Just to stir the pot a little... This is from a recent thread on rec.crafts.metalworking:
ABC News > Home > Health
Too Much Praise Can Turn Your Kids Into Narcissistic Jerks, Study Finds
but some degree of narcissism (quantity carefully left unspecified) seems
to correlate with leadership:
All I need is a stage to shine: Narcissists' leader emergence and
Narcissistic CEOs and executive compensation
I am convinced that $15 minimum wage is a disaster for cities that
adopt them, because it will decimate low income communities through
unemployment and crime.
I am very interested in what happend to Los Angeles a few years after
their new minimum wage goes into effect.
Generally, robots will replace low income people anywhere, but not as
fast as where a high minimum wage is adopted.
After all, a robot can flip burgers pretty well!
If a robot can flip burgers, it won't make a damned bit of difference
what humans are making in wages. They're done, whether it's in five
years or five years and six months.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, will stop automation. And what wages are
being paid has nothing to do with it. The technology has it's own
The difference is much greater, but in the end, yes, no one needs
people flipping burgers and complaining about stuff.
Who will buy those burgers is a completely irrelevant question. The
society will find the answer.
While it is true, generally even in the medium run you will see
Already being tested and adopted in some places. When you look at it
burgers, tacos, pizza, are all easy to deal with in automation. Added
benefits are consistency of product and appearance. Both of which help
with the bottom line.
One company is installing fully automated pizza vending machines, that
make the dough from scratch and add whichever toppings you want from a
touch screen menu. Go to many large cities and other countries and they
have entire convenience areas that are vending machines, many with no
real limits on what is sold.
A lot of folks slam Wal~Mart as being a bad retailer. Take a look past
the stores at the warehousing and you will find that they employ a LOT
of people to do a job that could easily be automated. It will be
interesting with all the new costs and taxes that have been passed but
haven't hit yet, what it will do to that system. Especially when those
are not minimum wage positions.
Pay scale is not a factor in deciding which jobs will be done by a
computer. A computer is a perfect slave. Feed it the required amount
of boring food (electricity) and it will work 24 / 7 until it dies.
The computer never wants time off to be with it's family. If your job
can be done by a computer then it will be done by a computer.
Does anybody remember a good paying job called "typesetting" that was
done at a place called a "newspaper"? There are still a few newspapers
around but they will all disappear in due time.
I remember draftsmen who were very good at drawing blueprints with
pen, ink, and paper. Is there a school left in the country that
teaches making blueprints that way?