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  1. about 13 hours ago on Ted Rall

    If they’re not friends, they’re enemies?

    Other way around. I was suggesting that anyone not evidently an enemy should default to friend.

  2. about 15 hours ago on Ted Rall

    Nearly all generals are well-balanced. There are a few who aren’t (LeMay and MacArthur back in the day; the retired USMC general who sides with Trump (I’m blanking)) but they’re usually watched closely by their peers and steered into a staff posting, a command billet that doesn’t involve bloodshed (training, logistics, plans), or early retirement.

    Milley even stood up to Trump on such a “small” thing as using troops in the US to police protesters. It would have been nowhere near as utterly disastrous as an atomic war, and would even have had a lot of racist support, but Milley still said a conclusive “No” and that was the end of that.

  3. about 21 hours ago on Kliban's Cats

    Whatever it is, he’d better be careful not to poke his eye out while trying to swat the anachronistic flying machines.

  4. about 22 hours ago on Ted Rall

    There isn’t going to be an nuclear war. The generals won’t accept such orders because they know what the real outcome would be.

    Politicians can let their psychopathy flash a fin, as Putin and Xi or their mouthpieces do, but that’s as far as it will go. Shoygu would have Putin executed rather than start the Tu-95s up over the pole, because he knows, even if Putin doesn’t, that that would be the end of everything, and he doesn’t want everything to end.

    Proxy conventional-weapons wars, sure, as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. In-person nuclear war? The generals have all seen the photos. Including the ones of the Tsar’ Bomba experiment on Novaya Zemlya. They don’t want that happening to Moscow or even Blagoveshchensk.

  5. about 23 hours ago on Ted Rall

    Smallpox was certified as eradicated in 1980. There are now only 2 stocks of virus, allegedly kept only for research purposes, in the world: CDC in Atlanta, and the CDC-equivalent in Russia.

    The Ozzie scientist, now deceased, who headed the worldwide eradication effort, later was one of several, including the late Lynn Margulis, who publicly agreed with James Lovelock that we humans are in the process of pan-extinction because we have been made too “tame” to fight back against the politicians and their owners who ignore the climate disaster in favor of preying on us.

    As Diamond reported in his book Collapse, the psychopathic rulers of Easter Island and other now-vanished civilisations were like the ones today in the industrial world: unmotivated to avoid their local pan-extinction as long as they could “win” by being the last to die.

  6. about 23 hours ago on Ted Rall

    What “real story came out”? Did I miss something?

  7. about 23 hours ago on Ted Rall

    Because there’s no payoff in actually manufacturing enemies when there are already enough real ones to make life hard for us?

  8. about 24 hours ago on Ted Rall

    Yep. Which is why nationalisation should be accomplished via tax breaks, not cash purchase. The predators are buying them up cheap, and so should have them taken from them cheap.

  9. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    Untrue. Most homelessness is too little income to satisfy the predatory owner class.

    In 2014, at a HUD conference, the then-chief economist of Freddie Mac said that those who have $500K p.a. income can afford to pay 40% of it for housing and still have enough money left over, but for someone with a $20K income, even having to pay 30% will prevent payment of other bills.

  10. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    It can be fixed for a fixed amount of money, though likely more than 10G. Nationalisation of non-owner-occupied housing. In exchange for the housing unit(s) give the owner class tax breaks that are consumed over the working life of the dwellings. Most of the breaks would be consumed within 5 years.