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    The training is not up to par. There is a core of terrific engineering talent that does the work, but it is not supported by a talented engineering pool. Their technology people are paid about the same scale as internationally, but the students can't afford to go to universities that employ these to teach and train. So they go to various cram schools and then can't actually do the job. There was a US China chamber of commerce study that found that the multinationals in China have a problem finding workable talent in tech and engineering as a degreed pro would only have a 10% chance of being capable of doing the job they were trained for. Things got progressively worse as China became more integrated and the brain drain took out some of the best talent. And international corps took many of the rest for their design projects, so that leaves the engineers and techies that got their jobs 20-30 years ago and that had built all that high speed rail, giant dams, skyscrapers galore. By 2030 they will all be retired. The next generation didn't get the same level of training, does not have the same work ethic (see the term princeling) and are most likely working for govt..
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    Joe Biden expanded his energy and climate plans with a call for spending $2 trillion over four years on climate-friendly infrastructure — a proposal the campaign is casting as part of a wider economic recovery package. https://www.axios.com/joe-biden-clean-energy-plan-7082826b-4836-4164-a8ca-74ce911b2d03.html
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    How could YOU possibly know how many of these people would have died from causes other than the Covid-19 virus? The answer to that question is, ‘I couldn’t know.’ You constantly want to appear as the smartest person in the discussion and then make a statement that indicates that you are dumber than a sack full of hammer handles! Carry on, your entertainment value is increasing.
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    Nor is a car body which was used as a model for how global warming works Its not called the Greenhouse effect for nothing....😉
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    Trump only said what the stats suggest and what many doctors have also suggested. But the Leftist MSM and Social Media cannot tolerate the truth and will do everything they can to interfere with the 2020 elections.
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    If Diabetes is a primary cause of death via Covid, then the Eastern Asian peoples should be dying left and right like flies as their diabetes rate is several times any other demographic group. OF course fat people have the complications of heart problems which is the actual problem as it appears that Covid creates clots. So in the young, no problem as their arteries are open and pliable, but the old have constricted arteries, and filled with crap. Just an FYI, not that it has much to do with your post but, "fleshing" out the subject of this disease.
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    Metabolic syndrome is not synonymous with metabolic rate. Don't conflate diabetes with obesity, they are two different things. Obesity can be a cause of type 2 diabetes in some individuals and not in others. Type one diabetes is genetic and they are often thin. Obesity may or may not cause problems but usually does have a deleterious effect over time. Obesity is the biggest cause of illness (in Western countries) overall.
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    There have been some on this thread that seem to want us to believe that Mike Pompeo is not his own man, that he is a Trump toady of some sort, that his only aim is to help Trump with his re-election bid, that his accomplishments are, shall we say, not so great. Well, I beg to differ. Mike Pompeo is one of the most intelligent and diversely trained and experienced Government Leaders serving the United States today, and those that ridicule him do so out of complete ignorance: Mike Pompeo Michael Richard Pompeo (/pɒmˈpeɪoʊ/; born December 30, 1963) is an American politician, diplomat, businessman, and attorney who, since April 2018, has been serving as 70th United States secretary of state. He is a former United States Army officer and was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 until April 2018. Pompeo was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, representing Kansas's 4th congressional district. He was a Kansas representative on the Republican National Committee and member of the Italian American Congressional Delegation. Pompeo is also a member of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.[3] President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo as secretary of state in March 2018, with Pompeo succeeding Rex Tillerson after his dismissal.[4] Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2018, in a 57–42 vote[5][6][7] and was sworn in the same day.[8] Contents 1Education and early career 2Business career 3U.S. House of Representatives (2011–2017) 3.1Elections 3.2Tenure 4CIA Director (2017–2018) 5Secretary of State (2018–present) 5.1Nomination and confirmation 5.2Tenure 5.3Impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump 5.4COVID-19 pandemic 6Potential 2020 U.S. Senate bid 7Political positions 7.1Pompeo and the Heritage Foundation 7.2Military and national security 7.2.1Military positions: 2013–2015 7.2.2Military positions: 2016 to present 7.3Energy and environment 7.4Health care 7.5Social issues 7.6Miscellaneous 7.7China 8Personal life 9See also 10References 11External links Education and early career Pompeo was born in Orange, California, the son of Dorothy (born Mercer) and Wayne Pompeo.[9][10] His father was of Italian ancestry; his paternal great-grandparents, Carlo Pompeo and Adelina Tollis were born in Pacentro, Abruzzo, and emigrated to the United States in 1899 and 1900, respectively.[11] In 1982, Pompeo graduated from Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley, California, where he played forward on the basketball team.[12] In 1986, Pompeo finished first in his class from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in engineering management.[9][13][14] From 1986 to 1991, Pompeo served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer with the West Germany-based 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the 4th Infantry Division. He served as a tank platoon leader before becoming a cavalry troop executive officer and then the squadron maintenance officer.[15] Pompeo left the U.S. Army at the rank of captain.[2][16][17][18] In 1994, Pompeo received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as one of 78 editors of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy[19][20] and on the 81-member board of editors[21] of the Harvard Law Review.[2] After graduating, he worked as a lawyer for the law firm Williams & Connolly in Washington.[22] Business career In 1998, Pompeo moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he and three other West Point friends, Brian Bulatao, Ulrich Brechbuhl, and Michael Stradinger, acquired three aircraft-part manufacturers there (Aero Machine, Precision Profiling, B&B Machine) and in St. Louis (Advance Tool & Die), renaming the entity Thayer Aerospace after West Point superintendent Sylvanus Thayer.[23][24][25] Venture funding for the private organization included a nearly 20% investment from Koch Industries [26] as well as Dallas-based Cardinal Investment, and Bain & Company (Brechbuhl worked for Bain at the time).[27][23] Brechbuhl and Stradinger left the company shortly after it was founded, but Pompeo and Bulatao continued. In 2006, he sold his interest in the company, which by then had been renamed Nex-Tech Aerospace, to Highland Capital Management, which had clients including Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream Aerospace, Cessna Aircraft, Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems and Raytheon Aircraft.[28] Pompeo then became president of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturer that was also a partner of Koch Industries.[29] In 2017, when Pompeo became head of the CIA, he named his former business partner, Brian Bulatao, the agency's chief operating officer.[24] U.S. House of Representatives (2011–2017) Elections U.S. congressional delegation at the Halifax International Security Forum in 2014 Pompeo represented Kansas's 4th congressional district from 2011 until his January 2017 appointment to director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).[30] In the 2010 election, Pompeo won the Republican primary for Kansas's 4th District congressional seat with 39% of the vote,[31] defeating state senator Jean Schodorf (who received 24%) and two other candidates.[32][33] Late in the primary, Schodorf began to surge in the polls, prompting two outside groups—Common Sense Issues and Americans for Prosperity—to spend tens of thousands of dollars in the campaign's final days to attack Schodorf and support Pompeo.[34] In the general election, Pompeo defeated Democratic nominee Raj Goyle, a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. Pompeo received 59% of the vote (117,171 votes) to 36% for Goyle (71,866).[35] During Pompeo's campaign, its affiliated Twitter account praised as a "good read" a news article that called Goyle, his Indian-American opponent, a "turban topper" who "could be a muslim, a hindu, a buddhist etc who knows". Pompeo later apologized to Goyle for the tweet.[36] Pompeo received $80,000 in donations during the campaign from Koch Industries and its employees.[37] In the 2012 election, Pompeo defeated Democratic nominee Robert Tillman by a margin of 62–32%.[38] Koch Industries gave Pompeo's campaign $110,000.[39] In the 2014 election, Pompeo won the general election with 67% of the vote, defeating Democrat Perry Schuckman.[40] In the 2016 election, Pompeo beat Democrat Daniel B. Giroux in the general election with 61% of the vote.[41] Tenure Pompeo served on the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the United States House Energy Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, the United States House Energy Subcommittee on Energy, the United States House Intelligence Subcommittee on the CIA, and the United States House Select Committee on Benghazi.[42] He was a member of the Congressional Constitution Caucus.[43] CIA Director (2017–2018) Official CIA portrait On November 18, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Pompeo to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.[44] He was confirmed by the Senate on January 23, 2017, with a vote of 66–32, and sworn in later that day.[45][46] In his confirmation he failed to disclose the links between his company in Kansas and a Chinese government owned firm.[47] In February 2017, Pompeo traveled to Turkey and Saudi Arabia. He met with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss policy on Syria and ISIL.[48] Pompeo honored the then–crown prince of Saudi Arabia Muhammad bin Nayef with the CIA's "George Tenet" Medal.[49] It was the first reaffirmation of Saudi Arabia–United States relations since Trump took office in January 2017.[50] In March 2017, Pompeo formally invoked state secrets privilege to prevent CIA officers, including Gina Haspel and James Cotsana, from being compelled to testify in the trial of Bruce Jessen and James Elmer Mitchell.[51] In June 2017, Pompeo named Michael D'Andrea head of the CIA's Iran mission center.[52] World War II veteran Joseph Dunford being honored at Bastille Day celebrations on July 13, 2017. In August 2017, Pompeo took direct command of the Counterintelligence Mission Center, the department which helped to launch an investigation into possible links between Trump associates and Russian officials.[53] Former CIA directors[who?] expressed concern since Pompeo is known to be an ally of Trump.[54] In September 2017, Pompeo sought authority for the CIA to make covert drone strikes without the Pentagon's involvement, including inside Afghanistan.[55] During Easter weekend 2018, Pompeo visited North Korea and met with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un to discuss the 2018 North Korea–United States summit between Kim and Trump.[56] Pompeo usually personally delivered the president's daily brief in the Oval Office.[57] At Trump's request, Pompeo met with former NSA official William E. Binney to discuss his doubts of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.[58] At the suggestion of Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, Pompeo planned to hire chaplains at the CIA.[58] On April 15, 2019, Pompeo participated in a Q&A discussion at Texas A&M University, where he admitted: "I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It was like we had entire training courses."[59] Secretary of State (2018–present) Nomination and confirmation President Trump announced on March 13, 2018, that he would nominate Pompeo to serve as secretary of state, succeeding Rex Tillerson, who stepped down on March 31, 2018. On April 23, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11–9 in favor of sending Pompeo's nomination to the full Senate, with Senator Chris Coons voting "present" and Johnny Isakson, who was absent that day, voting "yes by proxy".[60] In the interest of saving the committee's time, Coons decided to vote "present", as the vote would have been tied if he had voted no on the nomination with Isakson absent, a situation that would have nullified his vote.[61] The Senate floor vote took place on April 26 and Pompeo was confirmed by the full Senate by a 57–42 vote, with five of ten Democratic senators running for reelection in 2018 in states that Trump won in 2016, voting to confirm Pompeo.[62][63][64] Of those Democrats who voted for his confirmation, four lost their 2018 elections: Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. Only Joe Manchin III of West Virginia was reelected.[65] The campaign spokesperson for McCaskill's challenger, Josh Hawley asked, "Will Senator McCaskill ignore her liberal donors and support Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, or will she stick with Chuck Schumer and continue to obstruct the President?" "It is deeply troubling how focused Senator McCaskill is on doing what's politically convenient, instead of doing what's right."[65] Confirmation process Voting body Vote date Vote results Senate Committee on Foreign Relations April 12, 2018 11–9 Full Senate April 23, 2018 57–42 Tenure Pompeo with Kim Jong-un Pompeo was sworn in on April 26, 2018.[66] In testimony before the senate, he promised to prioritize improving the low-morale issue at the State Department.[66] Pompeo played a major part in the negotiations leading to the 2018 North Korea–United States Summit, and attended the summit at Singapore on June 12, 2018. During the summit Pompeo famously passed National Security Advisor John Bolton a disparaging note about President Trump, highlighted in Bolton's book "The Room Where it Happened". Following the summit he led the US party in further negotiations between the sides, leading to the return of the remains of US soldiers from Korea, and held several meetings with high ranking North Koreans, including North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in Pyongyang.[citation needed] In August 2018, Pompeo thanked Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman "for Saudi Arabia's support for northeast Syria's urgent stabilization needs".[67] Pompeo and Crown Prince also discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen.[68] Pompeo condemned the military crackdown by the Myanmar Army and police on Rohingya Muslims.[69] In July 2018, Pompeo raised the issue of Xinjiang re-education camps and human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority in China.[70] Pompeo criticized Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his refusal to condemn the Chinese government's repressions against the Uyghurs.[71] Pompeo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, April 29, 2018 On October 10, 2018, Pompeo said Israel "is everything we want the entire Middle East to look like going forward" and that the Israel–United States relations are "stronger than ever".[72] In March 2019, when questioned regarding Israel's conflicts with Iran and following a visit to the Western Wall with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pompeo spoke to "the work that our administration's done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains ... I am confident that the Lord is at work here."[73] Pompeo with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on October 18, 2018 On November 16, 2018, a CIA assessment was leaked to the media[74] that concluded with "high confidence" Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the October 2, 2018, assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Under mounting pressure from lawmakers who wanted action against Saudi Arabia, Pompeo disputed the CIA's conclusion and declared there was no direct evidence linking the Crown Prince to the Khashoggi's assassination.[75] On January 7, 2019, Pompeo began a diplomatic tour of the Middle East to assure regional U.S. partners that, amid the sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, the U.S. mission to degrade and destroy the Islamic State and to counter Iranian influence in the region had not changed. The trip included stops in Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and the Gulf nations.[76] During the tour the secretary upheld America's alliance with the Arab States and Israel, commended the successful fight against ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists and countered Iranian influence in the region. Pompeo with Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Pompeo announced on January 23, 2019, that Juan Guaidó would be recognized by the U.S. as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela, and that American diplomats in Caracas would remain at their posts, even as Nicolás Maduro gave them three days to evacuate the country upon Guaidó assumption of the presidency.[77] After protests for over "homophobic, racist and misogynist remarks" by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, a ceremony hosted by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce was canceled. It was set to award Pompeo and Bolsonaro for "fostering closer commercial and diplomatic ties between Brazil and the United States".[78] Pompeo and Vladimir Putin met in Sochi on May 14, 2019. On May 14, 2019, Pompeo met for three hours with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and for 90 minutes with Russian President Putin in Sochi, Russia. According to a Kremlin aide, they discussed Syria, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START); Pompeo stated that he brought up and Putin again denied Russian election interference.[79] In October 2019, the State Department web site promoted a speech by Pompeo "On Being a Christian Leader," which he delivered to a Christian group in his official government role. Pompeo touts Christianity in his speech, describes how he applies his faith to his government work. The promotion of the speech by the State Department was met with criticism from those who find it disrespects the separation of church and state in the U.S. government.[80][81][82] He also created the Commission on Unalienable Rights, and created a faith-based employee affinity group that includes contractors.[83] Pompeo defended the 2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria, saying Turkey has a "legitimate security concern" with "a terrorist threat to their south". However, Pompeo denied that the United States had given a "green light" for Turkey to attack the Kurds.[84] In November 2019, Pompeo said the U.S. no longer views Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as a violation of international law.[85] In rejecting a claimed double standard in recognizing Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights but placing sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea in 2014, Pompeo said "What the President did with the Golan Heights is recognize the reality on the ground and the security situation necessary for the protection of the Israeli state."[86] In January 2020, the Trump administration assassinated Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Pompeo was reportedly among the most hawkish advisors within the administration during the meeting in which Trump decided to assassinate Soleimani.[87] On the day of the strike, U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo asserted the attack was ordered by Trump to disrupt an "imminent attack" by Soleimani operatives, although subsequent reports on that rationale were mixed.[88][89][90][91] On January 25, 2020, Politico reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended an interview with NPR All Things Considered's Mary Louise Kelly abruptly on January 24 and called her to private quarters where he admonished her for asking questions regarding Ukraine during the interview.[92] On Pompeo's recommendation, Trump fired State Department Inspector General, Steve Linick, in May 2020.[93] Linick had recently begun a watchdog investigation into Pompeo's alleged abuse of using a political appointee to perform tasks for him and his wife.[94][95] The IG also investigated Pompeo's role in the Trump administration's decision to declare an "emergency" to bypass a congressional freeze on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Prior to his firing, Linick had requested an interview with Pompeo, which Pompeo had declined.[96] After Linick's firing, it was also revealed that he had found that a top Pompeo aide had likely failed to report allegations of workplace violence.[97] Pompeo denied that he sought to fire Linick in retaliation.[93] In May 2020, NBC News reported that—during his tenure as Secretary of State—Pompeo had hosted about two dozen tax-payer funded "Madison dinners" at the State Department Headquarters building (Harry S. Truman Building) for hundreds of elite attendees.[98] More than half of the invitees to these events were from the corporate world, politics or government. Every invited congressional member was a Republican. Only 14% of the invitees were diplomats or foreign officials, which raised questions as to whether the dinners served any foreign policy purpose.[98] State Department officials raised internal concerns that the dinners were intended for Pompeo to cultivate supporters and donors for future political ambitions, especially since detailed contact information for each attendee was sent to Pompeo's wife's personal email address.[98] Impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump Main article: Impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump Further information: Trump–Ukraine scandal Trump–Ukraine scandal A request by U.S. president Trump (right) to Ukrainian president Zelensky (left) to investigate Joe Biden and his son sparked the scandal. t e Pompeo with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko in Kiev, January 31, 2020 When asked about his knowledge of the controversial call made by President Trump on July 25, 2019, to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump solicited assistance in investigating the son of former Vice President and presidential candidate Joseph Biden,[99] Pompeo initially said he had little knowledge of Trump's call with Zelenskiy since he had not yet read the transcript of the call. It was later confirmed by officials that he himself had been on the call.[100] Pompeo informed the chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and the House Oversight Committee that their subpoenas for documents regarding Trump's communications with the government of Ukraine "can be understood only as an attempt to 'intimidate, bully, and treat improperly, the distinguished professionals of the Department of State'."[101] The three chairmen stated on October 1, 2019, "Any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with Congress—including State Department employees—is illegal and will constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry."[102] William B. Taylor Jr., acting ambassador to Ukraine and one of several current and former State Department officials appearing before congressional investigators, testified on October 22, 2019, that the White House was withholding military aid to Ukraine to force cooperation on U.S. domestic political issues, that Rudy Giuliani was running a shadow foreign policy effort parallel to official lines in the State Department, that when John Bolton and others fought the "effort to hijack" the U.S. relationship with Ukraine, Pompeo failed to respond directly to complaints, leaving Taylor to conclude that lack of timely, congressionally approved military aid would leave Ukrainians dying at the hands of Russian-led forces.[103] In his public testimony on November 20, 2019, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland noted in his opening statement that United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, then-U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker and Sondland himself stayed in touch with Rudy Giuliani regarding the President's expectation that a public statement should be made by President Zelensky committing Ukraine to look into corruption issues, and that Giuliani "specifically mentioned the 2016 election (including the DNC server) and Burisma as two topics of importance to the President." Sondland said they kept the leadership of the NSC and State Department, including Pompeo, informed about their activities, and that as late as September 24, Pompeo was still telling Volker to talk with Giuliani.[104] An October 23, 2019, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the liberal watchdog group American Oversight persuaded a federal judge to give the State Department 30 days to release Ukraine-related records, including communications between Pompeo and President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. On November 22, the State Department released internal emails and documents bolstering Sondland's congressional testimony that Pompeo participated in Giuliani's activities relating to Ukraine. Pompeo and Giuliani exchanged emails and phone calls in late March 2019, before Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was recalled from Ukraine. The documents also showed that the State Department had deliberately deceived Congress about the rationale for Marie Yovanovitch's removal as Ambassador to Ukraine.[105][106] Giuliani later admitted he had spoken to Pompeo on the phone in late March 2019 "to relay information he had gathered during his Ukrainian research." Upon Pompeo's request, he then provided him memos of his interviews of two former Ukrainian prosecutors. Giuliani said he later heard that the details of the memos were passed on to the State Department Inspector General (IG) and the F.B.I. for investigation.[105] On November 26, 2019, Pompeo appeared to grant legitimacy to a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, rather than or in addition to Russia, was behind interference in the 2016 United States elections.[107] He had been asked by a reporter "Do you believe that the U.S. and Ukraine should investigate the theory that it was Ukraine and not Russia that hacked the DNC emails in 2016?"[108] Pompeo responded "Any time there is information that indicates any country has messed with American elections, we not only have a right but a duty to make sure we chase that down," adding, "to protect our elections, America should leave no stone unturned."[107][108] COVID-19 pandemic Pompeo said the U.S. government is trying to determine if the COVID-19 virus emanated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.[109][110] On April 23, 2020, Pompeo claimed that China had denied U.S. scientists permission to enter the country, in an effort to ascertain the origin of the current pandemic. He did not give details of any requests for such visits.[111] On May 13, 2020, Pompeo made a swift visit to Israel for his first trip overseas since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.[112] Potential 2020 U.S. Senate bid Main article: 2020 United States Senate election in Kansas Following an announcement that U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, a four-term Republican, would not seek re-election in 2020,[113] there was speculation that Pompeo would run for U.S. Senate from Kansas.[114] He still had almost one million dollars in his congressional campaign account as of June 2019, which could be used in a Senate bid.[113] In March 2019, Pompeo said he had ruled out a 2020 Senate run although he implied an openness to seeking statewide office in the future.[115] In July 2019, Pompeo "appeared to re-open the door to a Kansas Senate run, telling a Kansas City radio station that he will 'always leave open the possibility that something will change'". Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has expressed a desire for Pompeo to enter the race.[116] On July 29, Pompeo indicated that a 2020 Senate run was "off the table".[117] Nevertheless, speculation continued to swirl in August 2019 regarding a potential Senate run. The speculation was driven by concern that Kris Kobach, who lost the 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race, could become the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate if Pompeo does not run. Specifically, some Republicans feared Kobach would "again tap a conservative base, emerge from a crowded primary, alienate moderate voters and lose an otherwise safe seat that Republicans likely need to maintain their narrow Senate majority". Several other Republican candidates, including state Senate President Susan Wagle, Congressman Roger Marshall, and former Trump, Pompeo, and Koch network staffer Alan Cobb, the CEO and President of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce in 2019,[118] have said they would step aside if Pompeo entered the race.[113] On October 29, 2019 New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez filed a complaint about Pompeo's repeated trips to Kansas, calling for review of whether Pompeo was engaging in political activity while traveling in an official capacity on taxpayer funds and thereby violating the Hatch Act of 1939. Menendez's complaint referenced a Wall Street Journal article saying that during his visit to Kansas, Pompeo met with GOP donor Charles Koch to discuss the Kansas senate race.[119] In an interview on November 22, 2019, Trump discussed Pompeo's interest in running for Senate from Kansas. Trump said that in their discussion, Pompeo explained he would prefer to stay in his job as Secretary of State and would only leave the Trump administration and run if it were necessary to keep a Republican seat in the Senate.[120] Efforts to recruit him into the race continued through the June 1 filing deadline, but he ultimately did not file.[121] Political positions Pompeo and the Heritage Foundation In a talk at The Heritage Foundation on May 21, 2018, entitled, "After the Deal: The New Iran Strategy", Pompeo said: "First as a private citizen and then as a member of Congress, and even today, the Heritage Foundation has shaped my thinking on matters of the world and public policy issues."[122] Military and national security Military positions: 2013–2015 In 2013, Pompeo supported the surveillance programs of the National Security Agency, referring to the agency's efforts as "good and important work".[123] In a 2013 speech on the House floor, Pompeo said Muslim leaders who fail to denounce acts of terrorism done in the name of Islam are "potentially complicit" in the attacks.[124] The Council on American–Islamic Relations called on him to revise his remarks, calling them "false and irresponsible".[125] In 2016, ACT! for America gave Pompeo a "national security eagle award" for his comments on Islam.[126] Pompeo has been a frequent guest on Frank Gaffney's radio show for the Center for Security Policy.[126] As a congressman, he cosponsored legislation to add the Muslim Brotherhood to the United States State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.[127][128] Pompeo opposes closing Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[129] After a 2013 visit to the prison, he said, of the prisoners who were on hunger strike, "It looked to me like a lot of them had put on weight."[130] He criticized the Obama administration's decision to end secret prisons and its requirement that all interrogators adhere to anti-torture laws.[131] In March 2014, he denounced the inclusion of a telecast by Edward Snowden at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, and asked that it be cancelled, predicting it would encourage "lawless behavior" among attendees.[132] In February 2016, Pompeo said Snowden "should be brought back from Russia and given due process, and I think the proper outcome would be that he would be given a death sentence".[133] But he has spoken in favor of reforming the Federal Records Act, one of the laws under which Snowden was charged, saying, "I'm not sure there's a whole lot of change that needs to happen to the Espionage Act. The Federal Records Act clearly needs updating to reflect the different ways information is communicated and stored. Given the move in technology and communication methods, I think it's probably due for an update."[134] On July 21, 2015, Pompeo and Senator Tom Cotton alleged the existence of secret side agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on procedures for inspection and verification of Iran's nuclear activities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Obama administration officials acknowledged the existence of agreements between Iran and the IAEA governing the inspection of sensitive military sites but denied that they were "secret side deals", calling them standard practice in crafting arms-control pacts and saying the administration had provided information about them to Congress.[135] In November 2015, Pompeo visited Israel and said, "Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu is a true partner of the American people [and his] efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons are incredibly admirable and deeply appreciated." He also said, "In the fight against terrorism, cooperation between Israel and the United States has never been more important [and we] must stand with our ally Israel and put a stop to terrorism. Ongoing attacks by the Palestinians serve only to distance the prospect of peace."[136] He supported Trump's 2017 decision to move America's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.[137] Military positions: 2016 to present In 2016 Pompeo stated, "Congress should pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database. Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed. That includes Presidential Policy Directive-28, which bestows privacy rights on foreigners and imposes burdensome requirements to justify data collection."[138] On March 5, 2016, at the Republican caucus in Wichita Pompeo addressed the issue of an authoritarian president who ignored the constitution and noted that military personnel take an oath to defend the constitution rather than swearing allegiance to a president.[139] In 2017, Pompeo worked to undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal with Iran (which had been negotiated by the Obama administration) saying, "I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism."[140] He also said a better option than negotiating with Iran would be to use "under 2,000 sorties to destroy the Iranian nuclear capacity. This is not an insurmountable task for the coalition forces." President Trump, joined by Pompeo and Netanyahu behind, signs the proclamation recognizing Israel's 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, March 25, 2019. In 2017, it was reported that Pompeo had expressed desire for regime change in North Korea.[141] In July 2017, he said "It would be a great thing to denuclearize the peninsula, to get those weapons off of that, but the thing that is most dangerous about it is the character who holds the control over them today."[142] In an April 2017 speech addressing the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Pompeo called WikiLeaks "a non-state hostile intelligence service" and described the organization's founder Julian Assange as a "narcissist", as well as "a fraud—a coward hiding behind a screen".[143][144] During his confirmation hearing, Pompeo said Russia "has reasserted itself aggressively, invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and doing nearly nothing to aid in the destruction and defeat of ISIS".[145] In August 2018 Pompeo called Russia to "immediately release" jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.[146] In September 2018, Pompeo "backed continued U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen over the objections of staff members after being warned that a cutoff could jeopardize $2 billion in weapons sales to America's Gulf allies, according to a classified memo and people familiar with the decision".[147][148] In November 2018, Pompeo blamed Iran for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, saying, "Iran causes death and destruction inside of Yemen and does nothing to prevent the starvation," while Saudi Arabia has "provided millions and millions of dollars of humanitarian relief" for Yemen.[149] Energy and environment Pompeo at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Speaking about climate change in 2013, Pompeo said: "There are scientists who think lots of different things about climate change. There's some who think we're warming, there's some who think we're cooling, there's some who think that the last 16 years have shown a pretty stable climate environment."[150] He has said, "Federal policy should be about the American family, not worshipping a radical environmental agenda." In 2009 Pompeo signed the No Climate Tax pledge of Americans for Prosperity.[151] He called the Obama administration's environment and climate change plans "damaging" and "radical". In 2012 he called for the permanent elimination of wind power production tax credits, calling them an "enormous government handout".[152] In 2015, Pompeo opposed the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by the United States and supported eliminating the United States federal register of greenhouse gas emissions.[153] As a member of the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce, he voted for two resolutions disapproving of the Clean Power Plan implemented by the United States Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration. In May 2019, Pompeo acted against environmental protection at the Arctic Council. He refused to sign on to a joint statement addressing the need for protection of the Arctic region from the threat of rapidly melting ice unless all mentions of climate change were removed from the document. He stated "climate change is actually good for the Arctic, since melting ice caps are 'opening up new shipping routes' and thus making it more economically viable to expand oil drilling in the region."[154][155] He described the Paris climate accord, along with the World Health Organisation and Human Rights Council as one of the "three sins".[156] Health care Pompeo opposed the Affordable Care Act (ACA).[157] Pompeo has been criticized for saying he supports funding for certain programs, yet opposing them when they are a part of the ACA.[158] He accused the World Health organisation of being under control of the People's Republic of China.[159] The WHO responded by saying Pompeo's comments were unacceptable and a distraction from dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, an American who was head of the WHO's emerging diseases and zoonosis unit at the time of the pandemic also expressed pride at the WHO for "saving lives".[160] It was argued that the attempt to blame the WHO was a way to draw attention away from the failings of the Trump administration.[161] Social issues Congressman Pompeo at FreedomWorks New Fair Deal rally outside the U.S. Capitol Pompeo has stated that life begins at conception and believes abortions should be allowed only when necessary to save the life of the mother, with no exceptions for rape.[162] In 2011, he voted for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would have banned federal health coverage that includes abortion. On May 31, 2011, he voted for H.R.2059 11-HR2059, which eliminated funding for the United Nations Population Fund.[163] He opposes same-sex marriage and sponsored bills to let states prevent same-sex couples from marrying.[164][165] Miscellaneous Pompeo supported the United States federal government shutdown of 2013, blaming President Obama. He said he believed the shutdown was necessary to avoid an "American financial collapse 10 years from now".[166] He is a lifetime member of, and has been endorsed by, the National Rifle Association.[167] Pompeo opposes requiring food suppliers to label food made with genetically modified organisms. He introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 to block states from requiring mandatory GMO food labeling.[168] He sponsored the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013.[169] China Pompeo and Chinese Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping Since taking office as Secretary of State in April 2018, Pompeo has been an outspoken critic of China. It has been suggested that his criticism is not because he disagrees with China, but over fears the Chinese provide true competition for the US.[170][171] He suggested that Chinese investment in Israel would create issues between the US and Israel, and threatened to reduce security arrangements between the countries. Though Pompeo also claimed that he would have no problems with open and transparent investments.[172] He accused the World Health organization of being under control of the People's Republic of China and implicated China as being behind the significant number of deaths in the UK as a result of the 2020 coronavirus outbreak.[159] He praised the UK when they started to push back against the Chinese Communist Party and its General Secretary Xi Jinping, especially with respect to Huawei.[173] He also said he preferred a new coalition that did not need to go through established institutions, that were set up by the United States, such as the United Nations.[174] He argued that China was a new tyranny and that it was the duty of every nation to stand up to China.[175] Pompeo has also argued that China's claims and activities in the South China Sea were illegal. In addition he said the Chinese authorities were not allowed to take unilateral action in the area.[176] This is despite the fact that many, such as Walter A. McDougall's Promised Land, Crusader State (1997), John Lewis Gaddis's Surprise, Security, and the American Experience (2004), and Bradley F. Podliska's Acting Alone (2010) believe it is in the United States' own national interests to be allowed unilateral power.[177] Michael Hirson, at Eurasia Group, argued that Pompeo was calling for regime change.[178] He called on the Chinese people to betray their government and rise up to change the Chinese Communist Party.[179] On July 23, 2020, Pompeo, during his Communist China and the Free World's Future speech, announced the end of what he called "blind engagement" with the Chinese government. He also criticized Chinese Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping[180] as "a true believer in a bankrupt totalitarian ideology."[181] Former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs Daniel Russel, argued that it would have "the opposite effect, in bolstering support in China for Xi Jinping and deepening anger towards the United States". Michael Hirson noted that with the 2020 U.S. presidential election nearing, it was unlikely Chinese policymakers would do anything to change their relationship.[178] Personal life Mike Pompeo (center) with wife Susan and son Nicholas in 2018 Pompeo married Leslie Libert in 1986.[14] The couple later divorced. He then married Susan Justice Mostrous. They have one son, Nicholas.[182] Pompeo is affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.[183][184] Pompeo served as a local church deacon from 2007 to 2009 and taught Sunday school.[185] In 2014, Pompeo told a church group Christians needed to "know that Jesus Christ as our savior is truly the only solution for our world".[186] In 2015 in a talk at a church, Pompeo said that "politics is a never-ending struggle ... until the Rapture."[187]
  9. 1 point
    Generally, I tend to view Pompeo as a hawk, with distrust and suspicion. But he seems pretty spot on with his latest speech this week. An anon gives an OP - ED overview (with dox) regarding Pompeo's latest salvo. You won't see this in mainstream media. Yes, I expect oil & gas prices to drop as a result of Pompeo's speech. https://wearethene.ws/notable/124526 Extensive documention in the link. And Pompeo's full speech is here https://www.state.gov/communist-china-and-the-free-worlds-future/
  10. 1 point
    In that you use the word redneck twice in your post, would you be so kind as to more clearly define this word as you have seemingly applied it to many millions of people of all ethnic and gender compositions who obviously voted for Obama twice but then voted for Trump in 2016. In case you do not understand my question I’m asking you to square the circle in that the numbers show many Obama voters going for Trump in 2016, did they all suddenly turn redneck? or was it the Russians?, or could it be that as Americans we were fed up with the hope and change bullshit and decided on real change. My my how the peduilum swings.
  11. 1 point
    You must have bought in to some Leftist narrative. Midwesterners, or "the flyover states", have educational numbers that are pretty much the same as the rest of the country: So, you have to ask yourself: Who is this "unsophisticated target audience" of which you speak? Just because we don't agree with you, does not necessarily mean you are right and we are wrong.
  12. 1 point
    It is a good thing you do not have a conversation with my girls. While they professional on the job behind the scenes they can be quite frank.It might be as simple as time to kick your metabolic rate in the A@@. That would be code for lose weight get off your back lay off the wine and take the dogs for a double daily walk. If not soon someone will be putting diapers on you and it wont be them that i can tell you....LMAO
  13. 1 point
    I have two daughters in medicine, and i hear it all make no mistakes. Im not to sure people understand all of the dynamics going on, there once was a time a doctor could tell you either lose weight and get active or you will have a heart attack or die. In today's world if a doctor were to speak in such a frank matter it would be a lawsuit. Actually i believe that diabetes accounts for 45% percent of ACA costs...The actual number will stagger your mind..im quite sure it is that high however. https://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/diabetes-health-care-law#1 https://www.foxnews.com/health/insulin-costs-per-patient-nearly-doubled-from-2012-to-2016-study
  14. 1 point
    @Hotone Perhaps we are utilizing the wrong metric here... Perhaps you can look up, historically, not in the present political climate, how many Indian and Chinese engineering students applied to study for undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees in the US, as opposed to how many American engineering students applied to study engineering in China or India. This metric would allow us to see the relative value placed on the three national engineering education systems. If it turns out that the US was training an inordinate amount of Indian and Chinese engineers (making the assumption that they did not overstay their visa or sought employment in the US and returned home), would these students actually be Indian or Chinese engineers, or would they more accurately be termed American trained Indian and Chinese engineers?🤔
  15. 1 point
    Diabetes is out of control in the US..Actually overwhelming the health care system https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pdfs/data/statistics/national-diabetes-statistics-report.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/features/diabetes-stat-report.html
  16. 1 point
    Do you have the statistics for the USA? Age is not the only factor, fatalities also depend on comorbidities. E.g. A lot of Americans are fat and have diabetes at a younger age, which increases the chances of dying.
  17. 1 point
    The Dakota Access Pipeline received a stay of execution after the U.S. Court in DC vacated its permit for waterways. The court told Energy Transfer that it was in violation of NEPA. The pipeline has been in service for 3 years and it a new permit must be issued with additional proof of safety. When the court pulled the permit it demanded Energy T empty the pipeline and it refused. So, the pipeline has some additional time and Earthjustice lawyers, who brought the lawsuit against The Dakota pipeline on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said the re-issued permit will be under the next Administration. Biden released a statement that he'd rescind the Keystone XL Pipeline and stop the line for good, so it's safe to assume that he'd never re-issue the permit for The Dakota pipeline. So, between the activist judges with environmental group lawyers working in tandem, can the industry survive a Biden presidency? It was reported this week that crude oil production is down to 10.1 million bpd. So, production has declined almost 2 million bbls. People I know in the industry don't plan to do any new drilling for at least 2 years, but if Biden is in office, I'd say any investment into new development will be negligible. During Obama's term the industry produced 8 million bpd. So, it's also probably safe to assume with Biden we'd lose another 5 million bpd. Will we be back in the arms of the MidEast? Looks like it if Biden wins. He's going to be running his policy with AOC at the helm. If that happens, driving a flying will be for the elite. The rest of us - good luck. If you are in the industry, invest in the industry or just like to have efficient energy, you better hope Trump is re-elected.
  18. 1 point
    How many of these people would have died regardless of Covid-19?
  19. 1 point
    You mean like China did when this whole thing started?
  20. 1 point
    Do your own fact checking. Anyone who relies on someone else without investigating his sources is uneducated. The Latest News and Information on Covid 19 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MXY8T0j7k0oUBsHW4BfjJM__DRIyzqrDf_FSlV4hHpw/edit AGE DEATH RATE confirmed cases DEATH RATE all cases 80+ years old 21.9% 14.8% 70-79 years old 8.0% 60-69 years old 3.6% 50-59 years old 1.3% 40-49 years old 0.4% 30-39 years old 0.2% 20-29 years old 0.2% 10-19 years old 0.2% 0-9 years old no fatalities
  21. 1 point
    Third-party fact checkers = Democratic Party National Committee
  22. 1 point
    if you ever asked how is possible still that many countries run on coal when natural gas electricity emmits no pollution and 3 times less CO2 and is 20% cheaper than on coal is rather easy Coal is solid, you can leave it on the ground, transport it by dump trucks, open top box railcars, bulk carriers, put it on a silo, is not going to go anywhere, it conserves its shape methane is a gas, you need either pipelines that are constantly compressed between 30 to 70 bar, you need a cryogenic tanker truck railcar or ship to move it, and building pipelines in mountaineous countries is kinda hard with few exceptions like Argentina Bolivia Egypt Algeria... coal is the fuel of the 3rd world
  23. 1 point
    Uh OK The President is the first US President too stand up to the CCP. Period. He sees them for the Frauds an Con men they are. He refuses to get on bent knee (like Obama) and kiss their ass. The Only reason our economy is in the mess it is right now is he made the mistake of falling for the CON the Left pulled with the CCP-19. No, I'm not sayin this isn't a real med issue. The 'Con' has been perpetuated by that Troll Dr. Fauxchi. The Left KNEW full well if they couldn't find a way to derail the economy they were F*cked in Nov. So, they have Doc Fauxchi get his buds at the Wuhan lab, that he shovels US Tax $$$$$ into BTW to release the CCP-19. Yes, it was 'released' as the Wuhan Lab is one of their Top Bio weapons Dev. labs. While the Wuhan virus was just gettin started there in China, the Gov't made sure several hundred or more citizens travelled too the US prior to the outbreak in Wuhan becoming public knowledge. The UN & WHO both kept quiet about the severity of the crap! Knowing full well what it was. Europe was thrown too the wolves so it wouldn't look like an 'attack' against the US. which IT WAS. So, stop drinking the Left's kool-aide... The President has been all over the Chicom's from day one.
  24. 1 point
    Depends, if you see the historic natural gas prices, discounting the Peaks and Lows, like the US peaks in 2003-2008 and lows like the current ones, the natural gas price adjusted for inflation historically has been at around 3.5-4U$D/MMbtu, or 182-208 U$D/Ton, i truly believe that when the pandemic, crisis, problems, and other stuff ends and the Supermajors scale, capital, and expertise go to consolidate again most of the United States oil and gas industry then the Natural gas price will stay again in those 3.5-4U$D/mmbtu, what has been able to make natural gas the fuel of choice has been the increasing efficiencies of combined cycle turbines, thermal plants used to have efficiencies of 40% or less while CCGT get around 65-67%, it must be saiid tho, that every gain in efficiencies is a step that is harder and harder, you can't get pass the 75% mark without switching to hydrogen because hydrogen combustion product has a lower molecular weight and spins turbines better, while it also requires 30% less oxygen to produce the same energy during combustion, and you can't get hydrogen from natural gas without reducing the energy content of every ton of gas you extract in 35%, a CCGT on nat gas will be 30% more efficient, but the fuel will be 30% more expensive. With a current natural gas turbine efficiency of 65% to generate 1GWe of power you need 96 Tons of Gas per GWh, or 844,000 Tons per year, which at a price of 182$/Ton is equal to 153,000,000 U$D for GWa, or 17.5U$D/MWh, You would also use around 100 employees in average that will cost around 6.5 million U$D/Year The cost of the entire turbine plant which is nowadays around 500U$D/KWe, and it has a lifespan of around 30 years or 17 million U$D/Year, combined the cost per year of the gas turbine with capital, employees, and fuel is around 176,000,000U$D per GWa, or 20 U$D/MWh. Beating hydropower in price is just impossible, the Hoover dam sells electricity at like 8U$D/MWh, you could make the rampart dam in alaska today with a capacity anywhere between 6500 to 10000MWe for less than 7 billion U$D, and would last centuries, while the turbines last around 50 years. In washington and oregon dams sell power of less 10U$D/MWh. Then you have nuclear, because the biggest cost for nuclear is generally the capital costs, there's not a very good bar to measure some reactors costed 1200U$D/KWe, while other 12000U$D/KWe, however if the US makes a nuclear program similar to the Russian, or the Chinese, or the Japanese or the Korean, then the cost would be 2000U$D/KWe, which is the cost for Tomari 3, Ohi 3&4, more than the OPR-1000 plants in korea, more than the Russian reactors, and more than the chinese cost of 1700U$D/KWe for the reactors they are building based on french designs, is also more than the Paluel nuclear powerplant in france that costed 1890U$D/KWe (adjusted for inflation of course), is also the average costs of the 3th and 4th, Westingouse ap1000 that were built in china. The Japanese maded many reactors in under 3.5 years since the mid 80s, so a pwr being made in 3 to 4 years in the usa wouldn't be science fiction. You have 3 cost in nuclear, employees, fuel, and the entire plant If the cost is 2000U$D/KWh you can make 1000MWe for around 2 billion U$D over a 20 years period it would ammount to 100,000,000U$D/GWa, or 11.4U$D/MWh then there's the employees and the maintenance, generally a 1000MWe powerplant will have around 450 employees with higher than average salaries and that would be around 38,000,000U$D per year. Then there's the fuel, that with newer technologies like the Silex process that is going to be used were i live can be made for 3000U$D/KG for U-235, while pyroprocessing would alloy 2000U$D/Kg of Pu-239 or U-233, but let's suppose a price of 5000U$D/KG, a 1000MWe reactor will use 1100KG of fissile material that would be around 6 million U$D Combined over the first 20 year period would be around 144,000,000U$D/GWa, or 16.4 U$D/MWh, the catch is this, the payback in 20-to-30 years, but a modern reactors lasts anywhere between 60 to 80 years compared with the older ones that need replacements of parts after 40 years. it would also help making synthetic fuels from natural gas, why selling natural gas at 180 U$D/Ton to electric companies when you can sell it to synthetic fuel refineries for 250U$D/ton you can energetically make hydrogen for heating and cooking for 3-4U$D/MMbtu, competitive with natural gas, is hard, but possible.
  25. 0 points
    He meant "train" engineers, Douglas! They definitely have more train engineers.
  26. 0 points
    Just off the top of my head, didn’t the US put a man on the moon....in 1969? Didn’t the just launch another probe to Mars? Does India have any nuclear ships (discount any bought from Russia)? Does India have any aircraft carriers NOT bought from Russia (that carrier also has a ski jump to launch aircraft, similar to the Chinese carriers, as they cannot build to the tolerances required for a steam catapult). Anybody who can’t cannot utilize steel properly will default to concrete. Did you look at the requirements to qualify as an ‘engineer’ in the US as opposed to India and China? High speed rail is not a necessity in the US.....similar to it not being a necessity in Malaysia. Okay, I can see where this is headed so I will bow out early. Chinese and Indian engineers are the best in the world, bar none!
  27. 0 points
    This lie again? Seriously? More than 150k people dead, and many more will have lasting damage on lungs, liver, kidneys, brain and nerves? World war level of casualties in just 4 months is not good enough for you?