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by BenThere
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Getting hot in the Gulf
Replies: 261
Views: 4695
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Re: Getting hot in the Gulf

It's clear the S-400 is a most formidable air defense system. Clear, also, is the need for the US to up the technology of its current Patriot offerings, which is being done. But the S-400 has not been tested in battle, operated by client states' personnel, while Patriot has. It may turn out that Isr...
by BenThere
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Children's Climate protests.
Replies: 55
Views: 489
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Re: Children's Climate protests.

We can walk to our local pub, haddock and chips, haddock off both sides of the plate, £8.95. More chips than we can eat. That sounds enticing as well, but at Buena Vida we sit at a table on Akumal Bay's white sand beach on the Caribbean Sea. The fish is as fresh as you can get anywhere. Fish and ch...
by BenThere
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Getting hot in the Gulf
Replies: 261
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Re: Getting hot in the Gulf

What did you have? Cardboard cut-out guns from Cornflake packets/water-pistols/nasty flippy-flappy tippy-toppy rubber-band toys? That's your reality, is it? I'll pass, thank you. That seems to be the emerging US doctrine, initiated when Turkey chose to implement Russia's S-400 air defense array. It...
by BenThere
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Children's Climate protests.
Replies: 55
Views: 489
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Re: Children's Climate protests.

I'm kind of intrigued by the 'Tiny House' movement in the US and I assume elsewhere. Ingenious use of square footage in design and construction makes livable space for two in homes of under 1000 sq feet, or 100 meters. The cost is very low, and if you have an acre or two where you can sink a water w...
by BenThere
Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Children's Climate protests.
Replies: 55
Views: 489
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Re: Children's Climate protests.

One of life's experiences is going to Starbucks or McDonalds and the tab is say, $7.55. So you lay out a $10 and .55 in change. Maybe half of the cashiers can figure it out and give you your $3 change in bills. The other half are flummoxed and just don't get it. You watch in amusement until you just...
by BenThere
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Getting hot in the Gulf
Replies: 261
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Re: Getting hot in the Gulf

You're on a roll, Boac. Keep digging!
by BenThere
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Getting hot in the Gulf
Replies: 261
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Re: Getting hot in the Gulf

whereas before the Messiah descended from heaven the US was indeed powerless. The US hasn't been powerless since its founding in 1789 under the Constitution. Funding and equipping US military forces has never been messianic in any sense. And your references to 'fantasies and invented conversations ...
by BenThere
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Getting hot in the Gulf
Replies: 261
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Re: Getting hot in the Gulf

Ben - this is total crap. One day you will learn.
I learned a long time ago, Boac, about your posts. But thanks for the heads up on this particular one.
by BenThere
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Getting hot in the Gulf
Replies: 261
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Re: Getting hot in the Gulf

Did you RTFAnswers?
by BenThere
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Children's Climate protests.
Replies: 55
Views: 489
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Re: Children's Climate protests.

That's in wild contrast to the scenes after MAGA/Trump rallies and Pro Life events, where participants tend to clean up after themselves. Is that ironic?
by BenThere
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Getting hot in the Gulf
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Re: Getting hot in the Gulf

Were we watching the same press encounter in conjunction with the Australian PM wherein President Trump engaged with reporters regarding Iran? I saw nothing 'rabid' about it. Indeed, he went on about how the US military since he took office has been rejuvenated with new equipment, readiness spending...
by BenThere
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Children's Climate protests.
Replies: 55
Views: 489
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Re: Children's Climate protests.

We've had warnings and predictions of imminent global environmental catastrophe my entire lifetime, all of them predicting within a few years everything will fall apart. None of those predictions have ever come to pass, and in fact, the environment around where I live has never been cleaner, and I'v...
by BenThere
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Getting hot in the Gulf
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Re: Getting hot in the Gulf

Ronnie Raygun was severely mentally impaired and his cabinet was totally dominated by Bechtel. He was easily manipulated into stupid wars. Impaired? So how did he manage to be elected and then go about invigorating the US economy and win the Cold War (with the indispensable help of Maggie)? Maybe o...
by BenThere
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The US Hamster Wheel
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be frightened I would guess that was the intended message he wanted Iran's rulers to get. I have a suspicion, too, that he wouldn't mind showing up the vaunted Russian air defense systems Iran and Turkey have acquired. This story has a ways to play out. I watched his entire press encounters with Au...
by BenThere
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The disgraceful BBC
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Re: The disgraceful BBC

How could it have gone wrong for BBC. He was male. He was white. He was accused of abuse. Is there any possible verdict but guilty? Why even have a hearing?
by BenThere
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The US Hamster Wheel
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Views: 70714
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Re: The US Hamster Wheel

May I counter that President Trump has made every effort to secure our borders, both with law enforcement and physical barricades. At every turn the opposition has blocked every effort to stem the flow of illegal aliens into our country. The Democrats have two primary motives for doing this: 1. They...
by BenThere
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Getting hot in the Gulf
Replies: 261
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Re: Getting hot in the Gulf

My preliminary read on the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure is that Iran is likely behind it. I don't think Israel has any interest in provoking a false flag war, as has been suggested here, risking the budding relations between them and the Saudis in opposition to Iran. Further, the idea...
by BenThere
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The US Hamster Wheel
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Re: The US Hamster Wheel

Well it won't screw up air traffic. Moffett is a military airport. And Bay Area traffic is always screwed up.

I hope the Trump Blimp appears. It boldfaces the puerility of his opposition.
by BenThere
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Mugabe
Replies: 214
Views: 3106
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Re: Mugabe

Mugabe was not a socialist. That's a laugher. He was a Marxist/Leninist Socialist in fact. Are you defending his rule and its effects, John Hill ? Or are you defending socialism as a construct for a happy society? The fact is that Mugabe, a committed Socialist, turned out to be a cancer on Zimbabwe...
by BenThere
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Mugabe
Replies: 214
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Re: Mugabe

I found a pretty good nutshell summary of Mugabe's impact here: https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/17/dictator-robert-mugabe-is-what-happens-when-a-country-falls-for-charismatic-socialist/ Socialism sounds good, especially to those at the lower end of the economic spectrum. It promises things we all ...