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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Dog and Pony Show



I’m not going to get into the whole border wall debate. I’ve got my opinions and they’d probably tick off both sides. However, I’m guessing that while people are focused on that debate other major news items are being swept under the rug.

One thing that comes to mind is the on-going protests in France and the rest of Europe. I wish my grasp of the French language was a bit better as the real news is not being broadcast in English. Major news outlets have really skewed the message. We may end up with a European Spring. Remember the Arab Spring? This could be worse.

Look at Libya. It’s a worse place to live than it was under Qaddafi -for most ordinary people. Look what happened to Egypt. They overthrew the dictator, tried for a democracy, flirted with an Islamic state, then went back to a military dictatorship. By then people just wanted stability in their lives.

When looking at the rest of the world we have to get out of the Conservative/Liberal mindset. Those words mean different things in different countries. It doesn’t seem to matter what type of government people are living under. Most want to get ride of the ruling class and try something different. What that shows is that the way people are living isn’t working out very well for most of us. Unfortunately, overthrowing the old regime never seems to work out for the common person.

So which country is actually doing fairly well these days? My vote is for Iceland. Unlike the rest of the world, back in 2008 they didn’t bail out the bankers. The people of Iceland sent them to jail. I love a happy ending.

-Sixbears

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    1. Pretty place, but I'd hate to move to a place colder than where I am now.

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  2. And the Icelanders seem pretty content too. Now, if only it wasn't so cold...

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    1. Well, they do have all those hot springs to soak in.

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  3. US Regime change. It only happens in the areas with valuable natural resources.
    I hope the yellow vest movement implodes the EU. Wish us 'Mericuns" would get up in arms about our DC Circus show.

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  4. Hate to burst your bubble, but Iceland has one of the highest abortion rates and as a rule they abort 100% of children with downs syndrome. Taxes run quite high as well. If you think things are expensive here try shopping over there. I'll pass on it. I am thinking Falkland Islands might be remote enough.

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    1. They aren't perfect, but any place that puts bankers in jail deserves a second look. As for the Falklands, I bet Argentina would love a second crack at them if things in Europe got lively.

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  5. You know, in a couple thousand years or so, some one is going to come along and look at this wall thing and speculate on it's creators and possibly compare it to that Chinese brick wonder, or even the friendly welcoming sight that spanned across Berlin all those years.

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    1. I doubt they'll have much to look at in 1000 years. The Berlin wall worked, but it had guards willing to shoot to kill and minefields. Also,they were the bad guys.

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  6. If our govt would terminate all the "free stuff" then the migration flow would slow down.

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    1. How about we crack down on people who hire illegals? If there were no jobs they wouldn't be coming.

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  7. I agree on Iceland. It came on my radar when they jailed politicos in 2008 and I wished our government had taken a similar stance. That said, I also agree that Iceland isn't perfect. Same reasons as poster above, then there is the cold and the volcanos. A good place to visit to soak in the hot waters but I'll keep myself in the hopefully so to be better US of A!

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