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1 hour ago, the watcher said:

I've been a history/ religion/ political buff all my life. I find it fascinating,  especially the story behind everything . But when I read things like this I don't know if the US survives it. At least the US we know now. In all what's happened since November the crucial point was the vote to impeach in the Senate. They had their chance to say the country is more important than me. And they failed. They had a chance to step back, to pull their country back from the precipice and they chose power and money. I really believe they are f##ked.  I suppose I should still hold out hope for them because when I grew up I would never have thought that the violence in  Ireland could reach some sort of settlement . But the US has a long way to go. Crap like you just posted ( not your posting if you know what I mean  )  shows just how far they need to travel. 

Ireland/Ulster is a wonderful example of what can happen when there is sufficient good will and enough pain and disgust over the past. There is a parallel between Ulster and the US to a degree. In both cases, what may have started out as legitimate protests over real grievances got coopted by essentially criminals who used and are using the veneer of protest to both exacerbate and profit from them to increase their power and wealth. In Ireland, when enough people saw that the IRA had become a criminal organization, dealing in extortion, selling drugs and so forth with no real concern for people, change became possible.

I do not see that awareness in America today, and a low-grade civil war and fracturing of the country is almost inevitable. A poll quoted by CNN reported that a growing percentage of moderate Americans are willing to tell the redneck states to leave. Impossible? An American seer Edgar Cayce predicted racial violence in the US but that the breaking of America would come from class warfare, and I interpret that to mean the wealthy against the poor and that gap has been growing for some 60 years. A political economist about ten years ago stated that so long as the "Communist" in Russia alternative existed to Capitalism, the rich and powerful were careful to not grind the working and middle classes. Once the USSR collapsed along with its pretend socialist government, the field was seen as clear for the 3% to begin to erode the other 97% of their incomes and political power, and that has been growing since 1989.

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If you think THAT was a amazingly stupid waste of money, consider that the US military has spent close to 2 trillion dollars on a fighter plane that cannot fly in bad weather. Worse yet, the problems are apparently unfixable.

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1 hour ago, Tracker said:

If you think THAT was a amazingly stupid waste of money, consider that the US military has spent close to 2 trillion dollars on a fighter plane that cannot fly in bad weather. Worse yet, the problems are apparently unfixable.

you mean this F 35?

"The F-35 controversy has dogged the Conservatives since 2010, when the government announced it would purchase 65 fighter jets from American manufacturer Lockheed Martin in an untendered, sole-sourced contract. At the time, critics pounced on the Harper government for not looking to competitors’ models such as Boeing’s Super Hornet or the Eurofighter Typhoon."

Conservatives love them some planes dont they?

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when usa invaded Iraq, their planes could not fly in the desert conditions. they had to hire amongst others Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer who had a fleet of Soviet military planes flown by ex soviet military pilots, to resupply American troops.

at the time, Viktor was wanted on an interpol warrant. now in an american jail.

book about him is very interesting.

russians pilots and crew slept in hammocks slung from the plane. 

https://www.amazon.com/Merchant-Death-Money-Planes-Possible/dp/047026196X

 

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GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Anti-Pelosi Ad Ends With A Chilling Sound Effect
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6 minutes ago, HardCoreBlue said:

I would add one more thing to your sentence: ‘Prove me otherwise’. I would love to hear from posters who disagree with this statement.

The white-hoods have mostly gone to their alt-right forums now. 

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GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Anti-Pelosi Ad Ends With A Chilling Sound Effect
"What exactly are you implying with that?" one critic asked the Colorado Republican, in light of the deadly U.S. Capitol riot.

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“It’s time to cut the crap and remember, this is the people’s house,” Boebert bombastically declared.

The video concluded with audio of a gunshot, followed by the sound of the weapon being reloaded and fired again.

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SHe will be forever known as: Lauren Qbert.

 

 

 

 

 

If you fact check her... it gets pretty cringe and unbearable:

 

 

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