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Spin Zone / Re: That was quick. How long until China comes around?
« on: June 08, 2019, 06:03:25 AM »
I've spent a few years of my life living and working in Asia and dealing with the Chinese.

The Chinese have an odd view on business, and you can't apply western thinking to how they operate.  In their culture, lying is fully acceptable in business if it furthers the business.  It's just a business tactic.  Also, contracts are for their side only to enforce what they want, the other side must submit to them.  And they view contracts as documents in which they can change their terms (not yours) as they desire.

 Another thing the Chinese live by is "saving face".  In the end, if you bloody them up too bad and you walk away the clear winner, they have lost face and are disgraced.  The way to conclude a business deal is to hammer out behind doors, then allow them to come out and have the appearance that they either won, or they graciously allowed the other side to get something out of the deal.

 They also will steal your technology.  Again, that's all in a days business to them.  If you are dealing with highly sensitive technology, best go in with a way to protect it before negotiations.  Once they have it, it's theirs.  And guess what round eyes, you ain't gonna win in a Chinese court.

 China has been slamming it to the USA for years, that's what has helped fuel their economy.  Unfortunately we have just rolled over and let them because we had politicians that were cashing in on the deal to our demise.  They have never had to deal with someone like Trump, who understands business and more importantly understands what makes economies work.

 I can guarantee you whoever the dims run in 2020, the Chinese will go all out to help them get elected.  Right now China is playing a waiting game hoping Trump gets replaced in 2020 and they can return to "business as usual".

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Spin Zone / Sri Lanka
« on: April 23, 2019, 02:06:01 PM »
Talking today about the horrific attacks on Christian churches in Sri Lanka and around the world. All perpetuated by Muslims.

Me: Christians are being persecuted. It’s awful.

Liberal friend: So are the Muslims.

Me: Really? Who’s bombing the Muslims?

Liberal friend: There’s just so much hate.

Me:  Who is fanning the flames of that hate? Who’s staging attack after attack?

Liberal friend: We can’t talk about it. How is your garden doing?

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Spin Zone / Re: GUARANTEED To Trigger Steingar
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:35:14 AM »
I venture to say - when the little wiggler embedded in the ovum.

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Spin Zone / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 29, 2017, 10:08:49 AM »
Putting this in the Merry Christmas thread because it is a gift!

I'm a little bit in love with our president.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/28/us/politics/trump-interview-mueller-russia-china-north-korea.html

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Spin Zone / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 26, 2017, 09:58:30 AM »
圣诞快乐!

I'm trying to teach myself Chinese.

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Spin Zone / Re: Climate change
« on: December 20, 2017, 01:49:09 PM »
The five costliest years for weather related disasters -- 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2012 -- have all occurred in the past 15 years.  And this year will top them all, I think its worse than all the ones in the 2000s combined.  Climate change in action, pretty much what they were predicting in the 90s.  OF course, you guys will blame liberals, or elves, or something.


...ummm... how about incread COSTS and increased services attached as part of the recovery efforts?
More people assigned and paid to do more, provide more, repair more and do so at lax levels of cost oversight ALWAYS. Leads to higher costs and reduced efficiencies, but you wouldn’t understand any of that. You live off the same taxpayers funding those same inefficient recovery efforts.

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Spin Zone / Martha Raddatz
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:31:06 AM »
Makes me wretch. That is all.

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Pilot Zone / Re: Steveo and Sean Tucker
« on: August 11, 2017, 05:24:56 PM »
I did that with Phil Knight.  So awesome. Thanks for posting this!

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There's plenty of blame to go around on this. I agree that Congress could, and should, be doing more. They should be passing bills and sending them to the President for his signature. But on the other hand, the President hasn't gone out and campaigned on the healthcare repeal. It's polling so low for a few reasons:

  • Most of what they've discussed and/or passed so far sucks
  • The President isn't out there getting the message out about why Obamacare is horrible and people should vote for the new bill

I think Obamacare is a terrible bill but at least President Obama went out there and sold it. He held rallies to sell his plan and people bought into it. Trump isn't doing that. Both branches are responsible for this, not just Congress.

 BULLSHIT!

 The ACA was wrote in secrecy and passed in the middle of the night using reconciliation.  And there was zero republican support or consultation on the bill.

 There was no "selling", just a bunch of lies ("If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor", and "The ACA will lower premiums by $2500 a year")

 Even Jonathan Gruber was caught on tape saying "The stupidity of the American voter" made it important for him and Democrats to hide Obamacare’s true costs from the public. “That was really, really critical for the thing to pass,” said Gruber. “But I’d rather have this law than not.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/11/10/aca-architect-the-stupidity-of-the-american-voter-led-us-to-hide-obamacares-tax-hikes-and-subsidies-from-the-public/#524f14397c05

 So much for Obama "selling" the idea of the ACA.  ::)

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Spin Zone / Re: Very Important Thread -
« on: July 28, 2017, 07:14:18 PM »
Hmmm, locking a thread isn't very good for it.

 That's OK..........just say it mysteriously locked itself........honest!  You didn't know how it did that.....

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Spin Zone / Re: Trump to Ban Transgender Individuals from Serving
« on: July 26, 2017, 11:22:35 AM »
I played Doom a couple times....

Well, this puts you on equal footing with all the Dem candidates from 2016, and almost all the Rep candidates in 2016 prez election. Because, sure as hell, Clinton learned nothing as sec of state.

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Spin Zone / Re: Trump Criticizes Sessions
« on: July 22, 2017, 12:46:11 PM »
Oh no, the president....criticized someone.  His White House must be falling to pieces and this is the end of the Trump presidency!

BFD.  More manufactured news.

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Spin Zone / Re: Internet flooded with new Trump vs CNN memes
« on: July 10, 2017, 03:25:03 PM »
You need to pick better hotels.

 ;D

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Spin Zone / Re: Internet flooded with new Trump vs CNN memes
« on: July 06, 2017, 08:32:14 PM »
CNN is Ahab. Trump is Moby Dick. CNN's obsession will be their downfall. And only Fox will be left to tell the tale.

Not tired yet.  :)

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Spin Zone / Re: Internet flooded with new Trump vs CNN memes
« on: July 06, 2017, 08:18:28 PM »
Never underestimate Donald Trump.

CNN did.

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