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August1991

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  1. The Americans dropped the bomb in 1945 - twice. (I once thought that Truman was showing Stalin his hand; well, he was.) It ended a war - and Japan got the lesson. ===== BTW, Vietnam is now a free market. Americans won the Cold War, made ordinary people better off, chose as president a Catholic - and yet so many Americans are not proud to be American.
  2. Should we use tax money to support/extend the life of languages? eg. COBOL. 1. True, COBOL is dead. But people still use it. I can understand why an organisation still pays to have a guy on staff who can read COBOL. 2. COBOL is a "way of thinking". Maybe in the future, we will need this way of thinking. (eg. Latin) 3. Very bad argument: Some people speak COBOL and they will lose if everyone decides to speak C#. 4. Diversity: We need people who speak Fortran, C++, Java, VisualBasic.... ==== Canada has two official languages. Why?
  3. Unlikely, but I can imagine such a scenario. ===== I doubt that Hillary will be the VP candidate; but I strongly suspect that the VP choice will become the Dem candidate for President. Biden will souffre le coup/bouc emissaire. What's the American term: "take the fall".
  4. If Joe Biden resigns (forced to resign/scandal) during the campaign, what do the Democrats do? Does the VP candidate become the candidate? ===== Watch carefully who the VP choice is: it may be Hillary!
  5. When did Europe threaten the world? When did Asia threaten the world? When did Africa threaten the world? ===== Well, Japan attacked North America in 1941. And Europe (Germany) attacked Asia (Russia) in 1941 too. Europe seems to have frequent, very violent wars: 1630, 1815, 1914, 1939, 1992 - involving others? The Middle East - it seems at peace now. ===== When did North/South America last threaten the world, have a war? We Americans, new world people are generally civilised peaceful people.
  6. Obama always says "folks", as if he wanted to reassure everyone that he was the grandson of a white-guy. Years ago, Laurier was far better.
  7. "Bury the dead and move on." WTF? Stalin: One death is a tragedy, 1000 deaths is a statistic. == Climate change? It still exists. And why should my older uncle needlessly die? Why should my friend who suffers from asthma die?
  8. It matters because this virus may require collective effort to control/mitigate. Small societies/states (eg. Iceland) may fair/manage better than large societies/states (eg. Han China).
  9. Precisely. And this is the secret of the US Constitution. To foreigners, you are all "Americans". But to yourselves, you live in counties, with Sheriffs. Heck, you live in States. ==== b_c, you know all this about your federal state. Foreigners don't. Heck, as a Canadian I barely understand how you guys vote. ===== You guys have created a wonderful place of civilized, independent states where the individual is protected. I have always favoured the 10th amendment.
  10. b_c, Indeed, this is my point. Around America,/Canada we are seeing governments/States drawing lines/borders.
  11. It is not barriers. I am simply describing the nature of your Constitution. Sovereign states. We copied you. ===== Good point though. If you screw up, you guys have no one to ask for help. Catholics can ask for the Pope; English Canadians can ask for the Crown. But what do you Americans do?
  12. Three days ago: https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2020/03/28/23-states-shut-down-and-counting-state-by-state-travel-restrictions/#28beaa6758f4 What I admire (irony) about this link is that Forbes' lists restrictions by State! B_C, you (and Forbes) don't appreciate your great strength!
  13. B_C, I reckon that you are in denial. Let's see what happens elsewhere in America - unless states shutdown contact.
  14. B-C, you know as well as I do that Katrina was a Dem take down of Bush Jnr. This calamity is different. ====== When Americans get through this, they may thank their individual state/county officials. The federal government? President?
  15. IMHO, the great force of America is that it is not a single country. In fact, it is many states organised together. These independent states will defend America against this virus.
  16. Wow, reading through this thread, I must have had a few Scotches before posting! No harm meant to anyone.
  17. Tdot, disagree. My point is that this virus is like a war. But to fight this war, it requires collective effort. (After the 1930s, in 1941, Americans worked collectively.) America is not a country based on collective effort. ==== The writers of the US Constitution wrote a remarkable document. But in the 1700s, they could not understand the importance of an independent Central Bank. True, they included the possibility of amendments. But such an amendment is impossible now.
  18. Rue, blah-blah-blah. You miss my basic point. Canada is a civilised country because people from the majority (however defined) are willing to vote for someone from the minority (however defined). We did it in 1892 when Protestants chose Thompson (a Roman Catholic) as leader, then Prime Minister. We did it in 2008 when Quebecers chose Harper (an anglophone) when offered a a francophone alternative.
  19. I wonder how individual Americans will co-operate now. And this made me think about how individual Americans chose to work together in 1860. ==== I reckon the South worked better together than the North.
  20. Unlike China, America is a federal state. As Churchill described India - it is a geographic place, like the equator.
  21. Canada = Roman Catholic Joe Clark? RC. Brian Mulroney? RC John Turner? RC. It is hard in Canada to become a federal PM unless you are Roman Catholic. America? Only one, single, unique RC president : JFK - among 40 or so. ====== But here's my general take on all this: It is not whether Black people vote for a Black guy, a Roman Catholic for a Protestant. My take? When given the choice- people vote for the other guy, someone other than their "identity". In federal Canada,, we've been doing this since 1892 when Thompson became our federal PM. (No one knows the name.) Heck, the first PM of Ontario was Roman Catholic. ===== If Joe Biden becomes a US President, he will be the second Catholic president. Our first Catholic PM dates from 1892.
  22. Precisely. Americans are like Lutheran Swedes. Practical, you avoid involvement - in small groups. We Canadians are Roman Catholic. We follow instructions - in small groups. ===== And in this case, we survive/die and your old people die/survive.
  23. b_c, ask any American/Russian on what year the war started. Ask any Brit/Pole/Canadian when the war started. Where was JFK in the summer of 1939? {PS. There's a plaque in Latvia.) ===== Stalingrad? In 1940 - after the fall of France - Stalin was allied with Hitler and America/FDR did nothing. Only Churchill (and Canada/Australia) stood with occupied Europe.
  24. B-C, What makes America great is that it is not a single country. Watch what happens in the next few weeks. ===== Thinking about this, I was intrigued about the US Civil War: why did the South do so well? Lincoln/the North had a problem to gain recruits. ===== Whether Wilson in 1917, FDR in 1941, Bush Jnr in 2001 - heck, LBJ in 1965 - you Americans don't work together well. You're individualists. But you are also practical. ========= 1941? 2001? This is a different threat. Like 1861, if your people have a chance to survive -it is because you are a federal republic. Your states will deal alone with this virus. To face this threat, requires collective action. An individual is useless. Organizing 300 million? Maybe in the future. Best? Small collective action - at the state level. As I say, watch what happens. America is an amazing place.
  25. Places like Iceland, Singapore, Quebec, Wyoming, Korea, Saskatchewan will survive,
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