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  1. the Chinese Army wasn't a manuever force, and as...

    the Chinese Army wasn't a manuever force, and as for the rest, they were fighting against largely colonial police armies consisting of light infantry.

    the island battles you mention weren't...
  2. i'm sure the Americans would have been surprised...

    i'm sure the Americans would have been surprised by some of the things that Japanese had in store for them...but all this fanatical banzai kamikaze stuff is nothing the Americans by 1945 weren't...
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    this is a common line of thinking but it really...

    this is a common line of thinking but it really should come with a lot of caveats.

    IE, without access to global capital markets-- access that came because Deng decided to make common cause with...
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    Elizabeth Warren's new interview on Vox. i wrote...

    Elizabeth Warren's new interview on Vox. i wrote back in April that I didn't think she could knife-fight with Trump, but on the other hand she's been a lot more tenacious than i originally gave her...
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    speaking of which, Mueller himself will be...

    speaking of which, Mueller himself will be speaking shortly. in the meantime, Comey has the following to say on WaPo:

    James Comey: No ‘treason.’ No coup. Just lies — and dumb lies at that.

    By...
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    regardless, the Steele stuff rightly doesn't...

    regardless, the Steele stuff rightly doesn't figure into the Mueller reporting.
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    to the point above: ...

    to the point above:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-not-claiming-executive-power-hes-going-for-divine-right/2019/05/14/c439cff8-7687-11e9-b3f5-5673edf2d127_story.html
  8. the irony about all of this is, as deeply stupid...

    the irony about all of this is, as deeply stupid as the tariffs/trade war is, i still support it...because at least -something- is being done with respect to China.

    Trump's conflation of standard...
  9. yes, by all means, hit the Chinese economy. ...

    yes, by all means, hit the Chinese economy.

    but tariffs aren't an efficient method of hitting the economy. for instance, highest priority US concern is PRC theft of high-tech. US can effectively...
  10. doesn't necessarily invalidate Lian's assertion,...

    doesn't necessarily invalidate Lian's assertion, though.

    substitution of broad East Asian imports for a somewhat smaller but now China-dominated share of imports represents a less-diversified...
  11. doesn't necessarily invalidate Lian's assertion,...

    doesn't necessarily invalidate Lian's assertion, though.

    substitution of broad East Asian imports for a somewhat smaller but now China-dominated share of imports represents a less-diversified...
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    haha, i think the term GIGO is operative here...

    haha, i think the term GIGO is operative here...
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    snapper, that doesn't make sense with...

    snapper,





    that doesn't make sense with an economy that actually has inflation BELOW the 2% Fed target, even with current high levels of growth. pre-emptively reducing money supply and...
  14. and today Trump has invoked executive privilege...

    and today Trump has invoked executive privilege over the unredacted report.

    i thought the report provided him TOTAL EXONERATION, why does he want to invoke executive privilege on that? :rolleyes:
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    going back to the Trump economy: i'm curious what...

    going back to the Trump economy: i'm curious what all the hard-money people who thought we were going into hyperinflation back in 2011 think now.

    with a President openly calling for soft monetary...
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    plenty of good, legit reasons why the USG may...

    plenty of good, legit reasons why the USG may want to go the contractor route vs federal civilian or uniformed military: easier to hire and fire, not on the hook for benefits/retirement, etc.

    now...
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    :shrug: your argument is that federal...

    :shrug: your argument is that federal civilians/contractors/anyone receiving a paycheck derived from the federal government is suspect of being on a "gravy train, golden ticket, richly and lavishly...
  18. Barr just played the standard lawyer's trick of...

    Barr just played the standard lawyer's trick of selective information.

    he took parts and pieces of the Mueller report in his 4 page "description" that could be construed to favor the President,...
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    ironduke, the first part is not a useful...

    ironduke,



    the first part is not a useful way to think about government-- is national security or food inspections or national park upkeep "extractive" vs "productive", for instance?

    nor is...
  20. this whole episode demonstrates the value of...

    this whole episode demonstrates the value of "shame" as a norm in democratic countries. that's how impeachment works; the political cost of supporting an embarrassing figure is too much to bear, and...
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