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 71 
 on: November 14, 2017, 03:30:39 PM 
Started by Body-by-Guinness - Last post by Crafty_Dog
HEY!  No reason for it to sit there!

Anyway, here is this:

http://thefederalist.com/2017/11/09/communists-family-soviet-gulags/

 72 
 on: November 14, 2017, 01:47:32 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Jefferson Airplane

Come Up The Years
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDWnynpT-LU

Martha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dFaq6mqcjY

Young Girl Sunday Blues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqR135L90vA

 73 
 on: November 14, 2017, 01:14:14 PM 
Started by Body-by-Guinness - Last post by G M

Happens all the time.  grin

So, what percentage of communists have to be killed to ensure it doesn't happen here?


 74 
 on: November 14, 2017, 12:49:57 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by G M
Yes, yes, it is Susan Rice, but , , , ,

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/opinion/susan-rice-trump-china-trip.html?emc=edit_th_20171114&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=49641193&_r=0

THIS I agree with:

"The Chinese leadership played President Trump like a fiddle, catering to his insatiable ego and substituting pomp and circumstance for substance.

"China always prefers to couch state visits in ceremony rather than compromise on policy. This approach seemed to suit President Trump just fine, as he welcomed a rote recitation of China’s longstanding rejection of a nuclear North Korea and failed to extract new concessions or promises. He also settled for the announcement of $250 billion in trade and investment agreements, many of which are nonbinding and, in the words of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, “pretty small.” Missing were firm deals to improve market access or reduce technology-sharing requirements for American companies seeking to do business in China."

I don't think 'firm deals' that solve a massive problems were expected in the first meeting.  It looks to me like China recognizes Trump as a serious leader of the free world, unlike the apologist predecessor.

Thus far, I see no indication of the blatant disrespect and contempt shown to Obama repeated with Trump.

 75 
 on: November 14, 2017, 12:43:02 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by DougMacG
Yes, yes, it is Susan Rice, but , , , ,

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/opinion/susan-rice-trump-china-trip.html?emc=edit_th_20171114&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=49641193&_r=0

THIS I agree with:

"The Chinese leadership played President Trump like a fiddle, catering to his insatiable ego and substituting pomp and circumstance for substance.

"China always prefers to couch state visits in ceremony rather than compromise on policy. This approach seemed to suit President Trump just fine, as he welcomed a rote recitation of China’s longstanding rejection of a nuclear North Korea and failed to extract new concessions or promises. He also settled for the announcement of $250 billion in trade and investment agreements, many of which are nonbinding and, in the words of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, “pretty small.” Missing were firm deals to improve market access or reduce technology-sharing requirements for American companies seeking to do business in China."

I don't think 'firm deals' that solve a massive problems were expected in the first meeting.  It looks to me like China recognizes Trump as a serious leader of the free world, unlike the apologist predecessor.

 76 
 on: November 14, 2017, 12:36:26 PM 
Started by Body-by-Guinness - Last post by DougMacG

http://dogbrothers.com/phpBB2/index.php?topic=1518.msg107221#msg107221   wink

 77 
 on: November 14, 2017, 12:31:02 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by DougMacG
"Weaponized journalism."

That's right.  They've moved WAY past bias.

On the other side of it, rock anticipated Roy Moore:
Jethro Tull, Aqualung
Sitting on a park bench
Eying little girls with bad intent...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCMS-NJ7VxU

 78 
 on: November 14, 2017, 12:04:37 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Yes, yes, it is Susan Rice, but , , , ,

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/opinion/susan-rice-trump-china-trip.html?emc=edit_th_20171114&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=49641193&_r=0

THIS I agree with:

"The Chinese leadership played President Trump like a fiddle, catering to his insatiable ego and substituting pomp and circumstance for substance.

"China always prefers to couch state visits in ceremony rather than compromise on policy. This approach seemed to suit President Trump just fine, as he welcomed a rote recitation of China’s longstanding rejection of a nuclear North Korea and failed to extract new concessions or promises. He also settled for the announcement of $250 billion in trade and investment agreements, many of which are nonbinding and, in the words of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, “pretty small.” Missing were firm deals to improve market access or reduce technology-sharing requirements for American companies seeking to do business in China."

 79 
 on: November 14, 2017, 11:58:47 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Donald Trump’s High-Wire Foreign Policy
It’s more conventional than expected, at a time when the world is more perilous.
Donald Trump’s High-Wire Foreign Policy
Photo: iStock/Getty Images
By Walter Russell Mead
Nov. 13, 2017 6:21 p.m. ET
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President Trump inherited a world in crisis, with the Pax Americana challenged in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean. Today the White House has clear priorities—but questions about temperament and competence persist.

Think back 10 months to Inauguration Day. North Korea was regularly testing and improving its missiles and nuclear weapons, well on its way to threatening the American mainland. China was intensifying its multifaceted challenge to the Asian status quo. Iran’s expansionism threatened to plunge the Middle East into chaos, and the regime had outmaneuvered an Obama administration that was desperate for a nuclear deal. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for breakaway forces in eastern Ukraine presented legal and geopolitical challenges to the post-Cold War order. Venezuela’s progressive degradation threatened to destabilize Latin America, a region of direct interest to the U.S.

Remember, too, President Trump’s skepticism of global engagement. He came into office convinced that American interests were being undermined by the multilateral trading system, as established by the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He disdained the process enshrined in the 2016 Paris climate accord.

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If all this weren’t enough, the incoming team knew that the American public was increasingly skeptical of large overseas commitments—whether to diplomacy, foreign aid or war. And the journalistic and foreign-policy establishments viscerally opposed Mr. Trump on personal and political grounds.

Talleyrand, Metternich, Bismarck and Kissinger, working together, would have had a difficult time managing a portfolio this large, urgent and unwieldy. The Trump administration has struggled visibly to develop a coherent approach. Yet as the president’s first year nears its conclusion, some order has begun to emerge, and at least the outlines of a Trump global policy now seem clear.

The first task was to set priorities, and it is obvious that the White House is putting Asia and the Middle East above other regions and issues. The crises in Ukraine and Venezuela are on the back burner. So are climate and trade policy, though the president’s tweets sometimes disguise this reality.

When addressing its priorities, the Trump administration has chosen an activist approach, tightening relations with traditional allies to restore regional orders under threat. This means checking Iran by working closely with the untested new Saudi leadership, as well as Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

This anti-Iran phase is beginning in earnest now that the Trump administration’s original goal of destroying Islamic State’s so-called caliphate has been largely achieved. The White House also hopes the new constellation of forces will allow progress on another goal: containing and maybe even resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

In Asia the administration, working closely with Japan, is trying to assemble and strengthen a coalition to counterbalance China—while simultaneously seeking Chinese cooperation in tightening the screws on North Korea. The White House hopes that offering Beijing a smooth trade and political relationship will induce it to provide real help with the North Korea problem, even as the U.S. works to persuade the North Koreans that the risks of conflict are real.

Mr. Trump’s foreign policy has so far turned out to be more conventional than his rhetoric and style would suggest. Working with America’s traditional allies in Asia and the Middle East against those regions’ revisionist powers hardly amounts to a strategic revolution.

But if Mr. Trump’s current goals are conventional, the state of the world is not. He may well fail. The challenges are large, the learning curve is steep, and the terrain is unforgiving. Allies and adversaries are watching the Republican Party’s disarray on issues like health care, assessing the prospects of a Democratic wave in 2018, and paying close attention to the progress of the Mueller investigation. Mr. Trump’s foreign policy, like his presidency overall, is a gamble whose outcome the president cannot fully control.

For now Mr. Trump is performing a high-wire act, juggling his way across the Indo-Pak region even as his administration pursues ambitious goals in the Middle East. Some of the world’s most powerful countries hope that he fails, and they will do what they can to trip him up. Americans, regardless of party or their personal sentiments about Mr. Trump, should wish him success overseas. The consequences of failure could be extreme.

Mr. Mead is a fellow at the Hudson Institute and a professor of foreign affairs at Bard College.

 80 
 on: November 14, 2017, 11:57:32 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Data Watch
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The Producer Price Index Increased 0.4% in October To view this article, Click Here
Brian S. Wesbury, Chief Economist
Robert Stein, Deputy Chief Economist
Date: 11/14/2017

The Producer Price Index (PPI) increased 0.4% in October, well above the consensus expected rise of 0.1%. Producer prices are up 2.8% versus a year ago.

Food prices rose 0.5% in October, while energy prices were unchanged. Producer prices excluding food and energy rose 0.4%.

In the past year, prices for goods are up 3.2%, while prices for services are up 2.4%. Private capital equipment prices rose 0.3% in October and are up 2.7% in the past year.

Prices for intermediate processed goods rose 1.0% in October and are up 5.0% versus a year ago. Prices for intermediate unprocessed goods were unchanged in October but are up 7.7% versus a year ago.

Implications: Producer prices rose much faster than expected in October, with nearly every category moving higher. Prices for services led the way, rising 0.5% in October as margins for fuel and lubricant dealers surged 24.9% (it's not unusual to see large swings in this category from month-to-month). In fact, nearly every category in today's report shows inflation pressures that are likely to flow through to consumer prices in the months ahead. Goods prices rose 0.3% in October, with pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals leading the way. Food prices rose 0.5% following three months of flat or declining prices, while energy prices (typically one of the more volatile components month-to-month) was unchanged in October. "Core" producer prices – which exclude both food and energy – rose 0.4% in October and are up 2.4% in the past year. That represents the fastest twelve-month rise since early 2012. There may still be remnants of hurricane impacts in the pricing data, but that's starting to subside, and producer prices have now been at or above 2% on a year-to-year basis in seven of the last nine months. In other words, prices were moving higher well before the storms touched down in Texas and Florida. A look further down the pipeline shows the trend higher should continue in the months to come. Intermediate processed goods rose 1.0% in October and are up 5.0% from a year ago, while unprocessed goods were unchanged in October but remain up 7.7% in the past year. Given these figures, it would be difficult for the "data dependent" Fed to cite current inflation trends as a reason to hold off on continued rate hikes. And with employment growth remaining strong, Chairwoman Yellen, and her successor Jerome Powell, look to have a clear runway for gradual but steady rate hikes into 2018.

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