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451  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 15, 2012, 07:55:45 am
I agree with Noll's impression of how the Chinese view their government.  I would be unwise to think the Chinese only support their government due to fear, that they are really ready to overthrow a government that might turn militaristic under the right circumstances.

They really due view government as 'Daddy' whereas many in the US arm themselves against the government and some try to starve government into near nothingness.  Not passing any judgement but you have to look at some of the positive results they get if any lessons can be learned.

China does lack much in the way of innovation.  The US has significant advantages in the philosophy of their nations makeup and how it came into existence.  You don't get Apple, Facebook and the innovation of the US.  Because the US does not fear the questioning of authority, young kids with great ideas can leap frog older generations.

On the other hand, could it possibly be that China does derive some benefit from what their government does do?  If one can suspend their complete belief that all things government are evil then if lessons can be drawn, they might be if an open mind exists.

On the US energy production explosion, an interesting article from the Canadian point of view.

Selling oil to Asia critical: Minister

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2012/11/15/20358056.html

From wired magazine, another related article on the explosion of US energy production and its impact on green energy.

Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Are Putting the Kibosh on Clean Energy
http://www.wired.com/business/2012/08/mf_naturalgas/

When I was looking for the former link I stumbled across this article and it seems to touch on all the points recently brought up.  Lots of reading.....no wonder my mornings always take so long!

Why the Clean Tech Boom Went Bust

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/01/ff_solyndra/
452  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Ahhh Villainy on: November 13, 2012, 09:09:16 am
I think it depends on the State.  Being on the border we get some 19-20 year olds who can drink here but not in NY.  I might be wrong but I don't think you can go topless nor lapdance in that state.  On the other hand, we go over to NY to get booze that is 1/4-1/3 the price and better variety.  A win win.  Even cheaper to get Canadian beer in the US......
453  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 13, 2012, 08:07:08 am
US to become 'world's biggest oil producer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20304848

I knew US energy production was going up but this still surprised me.  So China will be the bad old oil importer and have to deal with all that that entails.  The US being energy self sufficient ought to really adjust the current account balance, this bodes well for the future!
454  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Ahhh Villainy on: November 13, 2012, 07:41:01 am
Well we do have lap dancing and great beer.......
455  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 13, 2012, 07:22:35 am
IL, maybe you might be wrong about your feelings that I am anti-American.  You made your allegation, fine.  I defended myself, fine.  If you feel you are so correct than create a poll with the Question "Is Malachi Anti-American"?  *shrugs*

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I said rather clearly that i see a pattern of Canadians bringing up threads where in some respect the US gets slammed or cast in a negative light.

IL, you claim that you are talking about Canadians in general but......IL, this is your quote about me specifically.

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Not debating that. Just that it is yet another thread to make USA look bad. From a Canadian. Do they just sit around searching the internet for topics to slight the US, or is bashing the US some means at making another nation look better?

Your are talking about me as this is my thread, so this is personal between you and me.  If you really did mean to say "Some Canadians harbour some anti-US sentiment" I would agree to that.  But that is not me specifically.

As for Mr. dinosaur, he made false allegations much like you are.  I asked him to back up his assertions with facts and he has not done so yet.  I will remind you, lack of proof is never proof.  Moreover, he was questioning my position on who should do the policing rather than the bias of my postings.  If I read him wrong he has every opportunity to correct my interpretation of his post. Has anybody filed a complaint with me to a moderator was my point that you twisted into another unsubstantiated accusation against me.

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You mention the "bullying of the US" against other nations while at the same time advocate the US, not the world or a coalition or something, enforcing environmental, labor and human rights rules upon China.

Mr. dinosaur.  You make false assertions and this sort of behaviour I find very disappointing.  I ask you to cite ANYWHERE where I advocate that the US be the policeman of the world, if anything, it ought to take 5 minutes to find quotes from me where I say the opposite.

I suppose it is your right under free speech to nit pick everything I say and invade my threads with your bias.  Have at it, I'm a big boy.  However, you do that not in any capacity of authority here but merely as an angry biased person.

What would it look like if a foreigner actually liked and supported the people of the United States but thought a few of their policies should be changed to make the US an even better place?  I suppose there would be some constructive critiques.  Just saying "Everything is perfect and there is no room for improvement" is not really what you would want a true friend to be like would you?  A good friend might actually tell you things you don't want to hear but should.  Now how do YOU react to this.  You can get all pissy and defensive and beat your chest, or you could engage in polite debate with an open mind.  The choice is ours to make.  It seems to me that you have made the wrong choice IL, but that is YOUR choice.  
456  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 10, 2012, 12:27:32 pm
IL, when I first came to this place I used your map and thanked you profusely.  When there was a major issue between you and other people on this forum I stuck up for you in private. I will talk about anything I like and if you don't like it take it up with David.

Canada has made many mistakes.  Their treatment of natives was and is deplorable.  We talk about how green we are yet produce more CO2 per capita than the US whom many Canadians so smugly feel superior too.  That makes us hypocrites.   We didn't spend our fair share on defense and relied too much on the US protective umbrella.  Canada is falling behind several countries in the world.  We used to be part of the G7, we had close to the worlds #7 economy.  Mexico has a larger economy and we used to make fun of the Peso.......Oh woeith to us we haven't even won a Stanley cup in well over a decade, Canada's sport we claim? Even the US is starting to dominate our team sport and has a much much better collage hockey program than Canada.  My god even my sister of all people moved to the US decades ago, my my so did my brother....all my siblings and all my nieces and nephews are Americans...

You want for me to make a thread titled "All the bad things Canada and Canadians have done".  I would gladly create such a thread if you would quit picking on myself in particular and Canadians in general.  Perhaps you will show up in Oshawa this April and tell me in person what your problems are with me man, love to see you in person.    I know when I see David again in person you will be a topic of conversation, best if you were there.
457  Finding Players / Events / Re: FMGC 2013 - Planning, Roster, Suggestions, Invites on: November 10, 2012, 11:57:59 am
What about a trailer?  I could tug it up there for ya......  In fact a  buddy in Fort Erie said I could borrow his any time, its more of a hunting trailer but he does bring his girlfriend on occasion so how bad could it be.  Mind you, I might change the sheets..........  But if you had access to a better bedroom on wheels, again, I'd tug it up...... Depending on timing etc we could car pool if the situation calls for it. 
458  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Best World War Infantry Division on: November 10, 2012, 11:54:10 am
I see according to the voting page the total votes were 2.  One for the Canadian 3rd, one for US 26th and another one for the Soviet 13th Guard......yep, two votes.  I wonder if the author of the list is not counted?
459  Finding Players / Events / Re: FMGC 2013 - Planning, Roster, Suggestions, Invites on: November 10, 2012, 07:57:06 am
I'm all in again this year.  It was great last year and I came not knowing anyone personally but merely through a few games online and a few discussion thread posts.  Can't wait for this year.  Most Holy, we should do a convoy from Niagara this year!  I'm 15 miles from Buffalo, while I can't cross the border into the US I would be willing to drive anyone who flies into Buffalo and can taxi across the border into Fort Erie.  Pret near on my way..... 

Most Holy, keep me informed on the RV plan, sounds like a hoot!  I'd sleep in my Jimmy if I could run a power cord to you for a heater!  Thanks again for the ride to the hotel and for boosting my battery twice!  Just to let ya know, I did get a new battery!
460  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 10, 2012, 07:27:50 am
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I don't know that they give the reasons why, but it says here that Obama is considered right of center, or even right wing, when it comes to European politics. That said, it is likely that politically Europeans choose Obama because, while still too far to the right for them, he is more to the left than Mitt Romney. Similar to the situation that many conservative Americans would vote for Romney because while he is not conservative enough for many, he is much more conservative than the president. With only two choices it becomes the lesser of two evils mindset.

LHoffman, I would agree with you on that.  Canada's Conservative party has moved to the right since the very right wing Reform party merged with the much weaker historic conservative party the Progressive Conservatives (why anyone would have an oxymoron as their name is beyond me but its historic!).  This rightward shift places them just slightly to the right of the American Democratic party.  I see somebody gave you a thumbs down for saying this, I find that strange.  It seems to me to be factual and free of opinion much like stating 2+2=4.
461  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 10, 2012, 07:19:40 am
First of all.  I grew up and live 15 miles from the US.  My sister is married to an American and my niece is American.

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You mention the "bullying of the US" against other nations while at the same time advocate the US, not the world or a coalition or something, enforcing environmental, labor and human rights rules upon China.

Yes, the US has bullied countries in the past, are you claiming there is ZERO evidence of this?  But A) so what and B) any other nation in the same position of relative power would be worse and I have said this on this forum before.   Maybe if the average person was open to negative history of their own nation they would better understand the feelings of the citizens of other nations.  A bit of insight, ask any Canadian about the Avro Arrow.  If they know anything they will probably say (rightly or wrongly is irrelevant for its the feelings that matter) that the US twisted the arms of Canada into scrapping the worlds most advanced fighter in order to protect the auto pact between Canada and the US.  Therefore all our most gifted aerospace engineers became unemployed and moved to the US to help NASA land an American on the moon.  So although bitter at the US for this, we still love Americans.  Fact or fiction?  If the average American reading this doesn't investigate this for 5 minutes then look in the mirror when you ask yourself why some people have a negative opinion of Americans.

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Not debating that. Just that it is yet another thread to make USA look bad. From a Canadian. Do they just sit around searching the internet for topics to slight the US, or is bashing the US some means at making another nation look better?

Its no more designed to make the US look bad as discussing weather in the US.
462  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 09, 2012, 07:50:44 am
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I am not sure if that has quite the desired affect on the electorate that the world wants

A subtle difference but I am not sure the world likes Obama in order to sway the US electorate.

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Because people deliberately bring up threads about the USA for the sole purpose of indirectly or directly ridiculing some aspect of US policy, the nation itself or it's people.

Please point out where in this thread this has occurred?
463  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 08, 2012, 04:11:45 pm
GG, I would agree that nobody should trust the poll.  MSN is left leaning, had the poll been that of Fox news readers it would carry more weight.  I would posit that in general the world does seem to favour Obama.  I think Canadians favour him which is surprising since he is against the keystone oil pipeline and Romney is for it.  I suspect Obama will now be for it.


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Another political thread. Perhaps a ban on threads with US somehow implicated in something..

As for this being a political thread, nobody is asserting one guy is/was better than the other or that one should have voted one way or the other.  The statement seems hyperbolic, moreover,  I wonder why it should apply to the US only?

This is the first time I have seen an administrator comment, is this treading too close to breaking the rules, if so, according to whom? 
464  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 08, 2012, 08:19:11 am
Interesting article Garg.  I wonder if his skin colour has anything to do with the Chinese slant towards Romney?  Perhaps the Mormons are having covert success in China!
465  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 07, 2012, 05:54:04 am
Well if the comparison is that of a Japan that never ever faces the west or another country then perhaps the meeting with Perry was more negative.  But Japan was never forced into the same sort of commercial agreements that China was forced into.  By the 1900s Japan was able to stand up to imperial powers on its own (spell that Russia) and could chart its own destiny rather unlike China.  


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That's the consequences of Perry's (US) actions. Probably you wouldnt had a Pearl Harbour without it.

If a butterfly flapped its wings differently long enough ago then Pearl Harbour also probably wouldn't have occurred.  My point was Perry's meeting forced Japan into the modern age.  Japan made the choices it did on it's own unlike China until 1949.

Based on the era, Commodore Perry and the United States treated Japan with kid gloves.  Compare that to the opium wars......

When Perry arrived in Japan, there was a military-feudal form of government lead by an emperor.  I checked the history of Japan and Perry, I think you ought to re-evaluate your premise that Japan was a pleasant peaceful nation at the time.  Certainly if you got shipwrecked on Japan you might feel differently about the 'peaceful folks of Japan'.

The black ships you refer to were what?  Ships of a fleet that visited Japan and got a trade agreement but hardly pirate ships killing Japanese by the score.  Not sure they ever fired a shot in anger or killed a person.

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