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    I have been fighting the nuke spending for 20 years. Those bombs over Japan were like 13 Kt. You saw the pics, close to bare earth. Today’s nuke can be around 326 kt and a missile can have multiple warheads not that they need then. So a huge city like NY would be poof in a few minutes. It’s hard to find numbers but after a few cities go poof the entire world is in danger of climate freeze from debris in the air blocking the sun. So why have more than a few hundred? We still have over 6 thousand. Let’s say the world is totally dead if 50 huge cities go poof. So we need more than 500? Hell we’re dead 10 x over. It’s just a shame our politicians are so stupid. Both parties.
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    Sounds like a fantastic place to live! Well, unless you're not cool with... - It was still a dictatorship. Great if you don't want a right to vote, or even criticise the rulers, etc, etc - Gaddafi ripped up the constitution, abolished parliament and implemented pretty much socialism - Health care and education so bad that being free is somewhat moot - Public hangings, assassinations of any dissidents at home or even abroad - Prolific international support of militias, terrorists and radicalisation Hmm maybe not my cup of tea.
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    There is no radical center. Interested in your views on this
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    Honestly, I believe we'll be consuming crude oil for way longer than the next 10 years. I think in 1957 they buried gas cans in Tulsa since the experts were predicting there would be no oil in 2007. It's weird how we always predict the future but it doesn't seem to work out. The government gets bigger and bigger and gets more and more inept and moves to destroy an industry with the stroke of a pen. They are after power, raw power, without compromise, negotiation, debate or solution. So, Biden throws the oil and gas industry into a dumpster fire but has no alternative. He plans to bury the federal government's vehicles running on gas and voila, EVs will arrive. But, where is the infrastructure? Maybe I'm nuts but is anyone else concerned about how this whole plan is going to work? A new gas station was built along a highway where I live. A Valero station, which I find ironic, with 12 rows with 24 pumps loaded with gasoline. I walked around and there wasn't a charging station anywhere. This is a busy highway, so I wonder how the government with the "CLIMATE CRISES" will figure out when it will start getting those stations ready for the millions of electric vehicles it plans to impose on us little people. Elon Musk told Wall Street there wasn't enough energy to power his fleet. That, of course, is the one he plans to build or is building in China. Today he told Wall Street he was going to drill for natural gas near his Space Ex plant. Now, if you're in the oil industry, this is hilarious. But, I think his stock price went up so it's not just the government who is insane. I have some small interests on federal lands in NM. Two of the Operators where I hold ORRIs drill in the Delaware in Eddy County. One thing about the Delaware is that the formation has many producing zones. They are great wells, last a while, but produce enormous amounts of water but these guys manage it with injection and take other Operator's water for profit. When the news hit that Biden was banning drilling on federal lands, it was not all that surprising, but it was just as bad during Obama. Not quite as bad, but difficult since he stopped competitive leasing and permits were long, arduous and time consuming and really expensive. The weird thing about the Biden ban is that apparently, the two Operators in the Delaware where I hold some small interests sent me e-mails over the last couple of weeks to give them info to fill requirements to clean title for drilling. So, the industry is doing it's thing and we'll see what happens. BTW, I saw Chuck Schumer on Rachel Maddow last night. I was surprised to see his face since he is never on television as far as I know. He believes he is just oh so, above it all. Of course, he was doing the "CLIMATE CRISES" mantra, and then I realized that he was also on local TV in NY. While he was jawboning a woman came up to him on the street, in a mask, with a shopping bag and stopped and just let him have it. I mean, big time, screaming her brains out about how much of a loser he was. The best video ever if you can find it on You Tube. So, it's strange this almighty warrior of the Senate would be mucking about on TV and in the streets of NYC. Of course, the lightbulb goes off. AOC. The left has arrived and it will eat its own. So, that's a bit more good news.
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    One US naval battlegroup is not enough to counter China. Kaoshiung is the entry point in an invasion. China does not need to swarm the long coastline....just take over Kaoshiung via a cyber warfare, bombardment of military facilities and use of drones, elite parachute troops, etc. A container port like Kaoshiung is large with many berths. Once secured, China can land hundreds of thousands of soldiers and military hardware. USA can threaten all they like once China has entered Taiwan.
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    Lol true! I read a little about Libya ages ago and I think most if not all that list is essentially true. The housing grant for marriage was a tortuous process that many gave up on, but apparently the grant existed for those who saw it through. Gaddafi I believe had a real love for his country and (most of) its people - a patriot you might say. Some of his brutality is explained by the challenges of keeping the various tribes in line in his search for his ideal of unity, which he would have seen as being for the greater good. Doesn't make many of his actions any less reprehensible though. Same can be said of many dictators or tyrants. No such thing as all good or all evil - reality isn't Star Wars!
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    That, and I suppose you could not do a survey of all newlyweds and new mothers to see if they got their cash? Among other things that your friendly dictator might frown upon, leading to "Public hangings, assassinations" as above.
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    Heck, you could take out a few data bases in about any country and do more damage than all this plotting and planning. Mutually ensured destruction or keep it to threats. Trade wars may be the only thing in between.
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    I hate to break up the EV love party but here is a dose of reality from Forbes. SUVs are becoming the new go to car type. Forget EVs. They are distraction, and large numbers can't be accommodated easily on electricity grids struggling with renewables. I've included the first few paragraphs below but as also noted in the article SUVs are more convenient for getting people and stuff around.. like the old station wagon. My understanding is that as they are higher they are also more convenient for people, particularly elderly people, to get into and out of and being higher gives a greater illusion of safety, justified or not by the figures. Although they are supposed to be off-road vehicles the closest the vast bulk of them would come to off road conditions is a gravel car park.. This trend has been evident for many years, incidentally. SUVs are conquering the world. That's a problem for efforts to reign in emissions from the global transportation sector, which accounts for roughly 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. For the first time ever in the U.S. last year, sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) likely accounted for half or just over half of all vehicles sold, according to recent data from IHS Markit, a data and analytics firm. Others are rapidly catching up. Between 2010 and 2019, the share of SUVs in overall car sales in China jumped from 14% to 44%. In Europe the SUV share climbed from 10% to 36%. The SUV's popularity is effectively negating the annual fuel efficiency gains from better technology and tightening fuel economy standards. The average fuel efficiency increases of light-duty vehicles per year has slowed to only around 1.3% in recent years — down from the roughly 2% per year in the handful of years prior, and well below the roughly 3% needed merely to keep total global emissions from cars from rising.
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    I saw a video where an F-35 pilot explained it’s not that radar can’t detect the plane but radar can’t maintain contact enough to get a fix. European history and archeology are fascinating. YouTube is the lazy mans way to all kinds of stuff. I bet I have 50 hrs in gemstone and gold history around the world. All the different types of ways mankind chases treasure.
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    You got any polls suggesting anything different? 30% hardcore left and right seem normal the last 20 years.
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    Many very attractive battery SUV options are on the way. https://www.caranddriver.com/ford/mustang-mach-e
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    This article stating that repealing the "Carried Interest" tax loophole will cost 24 million jobs is such a bunch of bull. Then it goes on to argue " What makes the war on private equity so dangerous at this point is that it is expected to play a crucial role in the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, according to experts." What a bunch of hooey. What Senator Warren doesn't understand is that Wallstreet and Hedge Funds have paid for protection by contributing over $100 million to Biden's campaign. Schumer used "Carried Interest" against Mitt Romney when he ran for President. Then when Schumer ran for reelection he was the largest recipient of Hedge Funds campaign contributions and quickly backed down. Hillary was a huge recipient of Hedge Fund contributions to her campaigns and the Clinton Foundation. Barry Diller's Interactive Corp put Chelsea on the board while she was still in college , worth $10 million in shares. Avenue Capital Hedge Fund gave Literature major Chelsea a job worth millions. Black Rock's Larry Fink put Hillary's lawyer and Clinton Foundation lawyer on their Board of Directors to please her. Goldman Sachs held a dinner at the Waldorf honoring Hillary a few weeks before she announced running for President. Liz Warren doesn't understand that Wallstreet had to approve Biden's VP pick. Liz never had a chance. I'm rooting for Liz on this one. But the truth is it will all be for naught. The Democrat Elites will find a way to kill it. Just like Obama did when House Rep Levin introduced a bill when the Democrats last had the White House, Senate and House of Reps in 2009. Hedge Funds rewarded Obama by contributing in 2012 and filled the coffers of his Obama Foundation which he started before he even left office. Elizabeth Warren's War on Private Equity Could Cost 24 Million Jobs Progressives won't back down from their efforts to raise taxes and create stricter oversight on private equity firms now that Democrats control Congress — moves that financial experts say could cripple the industry that employs millions of Americans and invests trillions into businesses. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is leading liberals' charge against private equity, which could lead to the loss of up to 24.3 million jobs. What makes the war on private equity so dangerous at this point is that it is expected to play a crucial role in the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, according to experts.
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    Oh, I do too, JoMack. When I said oil will die with a whimper, I simply meant that large-volume oil will taper off. And that LNG is proving to be a cleaner, easier petrochemical feedstock. In fact, I think we're going to see a resurgence of oil and gas, at some point.
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    I own a Tesla Model Y. Tesla sells two sedans (model S and model 3) and two SUVs (Model X and Model Y) S and X are luxury, 3 and Y are high mid-range). The Model Y is the newest and it is currently outselling the rest of them put together. I bought it instead of a Model 3 because I'm an old guy and I wanted it to be higher and more convenient, and easy to load and unload grandkids and occasional big loads. I also like features it shares with most other EVs: AWD, extreme acceleration, and outstanding handling due to its low center of mass. My house has only a 60 A service entrance. I charge on a 30 A circuit at 6 kW, and I can easily charge to full capacity during the off-peak electrical rate.
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    Long term economic growth might run below long term trend, but not for these reasons. 'Wealth Gap', 'Welfare Dependency', and 'Socialism' are all bullshit rationalizations salespeople use to hawk commodities, whether real (as in gold) or virtual (as in Bitcoin). The first of the above sentences is so vague and widely applied as to be utterly meaningless. 'Whose debt' (presumably countries)? China, the US, Venezuela? Will 'monetary and fiscal policy failures' outweigh 'successes', and if so, 'whose failures'? Again, within the US, the EU, Japan, China? Trend could run for 200 years (from the founding of the Republic) to Post WW II, to post 2008 Crash. What trend? Anyone familiar with Marvin in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?
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    Netherlands on brink of ‘civil war’ as rioters strike again over COVID-19 curfew https://nypost.com/2021/01/26/netherlands-rioters-take-to-streets-over-covid-19-curfew/
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    I don't know what I've done wrong here but I'm not Israeli nor Jewish and I'm not Muslim....so really I just don't care at all about what other countries do and at the same time I am neither pro or against. It's just not my problem, meanwhile my country is being demolished and I do care about that.
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    Have any of you actually been to S.E. New Mexicos Delaware Basin? I surely have, drilled many holes 40+ yrs ago. Carlsbad Caverns and the WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) where they store them used up "nukes" take up a fair amount of land mass. And might have plans on digging more caves in the salt and concreting to expand. Pretty desolate area. The whole area is maybe 150 sq miles, and much of the Delaware has been hammered. Google map satty view and you will understand. So in fact, the remainder of the Delaware could in fact be drilled in a years time. There are enough rigs in Odessa sitting in the yards. Please note the actual size of the Delaware. Just in New Mexico ie:
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    I don't wish or advocate for war , but it is the best time for CCP to attack Taiwan in common sense: - China relationship to the rest of the world has never been worst (HK protests lead Taiwan to move away from China Orbit, Covid19). - The world economics that we know it is crashing soon, covid19 exposed all of the weakness in big economies. China can spark it to reset the world economics. -Xi can use the war to depress of all the opposition, consolidate powers, and reset China economy. That's how Deng did in Vietnam border war. He can be a national hero that at least now China is unified (in the eye of mainland Chinese). The alternative would be strong enough to surpass US military and start a WW3, how long does it take, it wouldn't be Xi who can do that. - How long does it take to have US have friendly to China President? Biden can have an excuse of busy with the covid19 to help Taiwan, or just pretend to do something slowly, lower the risk of WW3. The best case China can have Taiwan before US did anything the worst case China back off and it depends on how US treat China aftermath. Xi may just negotiate the price with Biden directly. Biden can be strict on China or forgive and forget for world's peace and prosperous. No matter what Biden do, Dem will still win the next election and it will only benefit Biden and friends. Biden can even be nominated to Nobel price. Stock can have a good excuse for crashing (crash up if hyper inflation to get back to gold standard with a new digital currency) and the green new deal emerge from the ashes. Public sector & crony capitalism will survive, off course, private sector would have less room to grow. Any country, organization, people who are in debt will have a jubilee. The oligarch won't lose much if their cash saving is gone anyway. I am wandering deep into conspiracy realm here. It is too big to predict.
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    They will initiate an invasion very soon, Have been doing Dry Runs more frequently and I can’t say Robinette is asleep at the wheel because he doesn’t even know where he is! All he sees are new intern’s around that can run the hair on his legs!
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    I don't believe Biden's administration actually exists. The military is functioning on its own and will conduct whatever war activities it sees fit. Biden is a Chinese puppet, as is the entirety of his national security team. All of them are directly funded by Chinese related interests. The Biden Junta is dissociated from US military and foreign policy.
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    China is the world's problem,or rather the CCP. Thus multilateral approaches can not include China, The only problem the world needs multilateral responses to is the CCP's existence. Good thing we get to see China's stance spelled out. So war it is.
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    There's no problem. Fine. Still, no tax credits for buying Chinese or EU solar panels or EVs. Tesla stock seems to be doing alright building EVs in the US. Tesla is building their second mega manufacturing plant in Texas. Joe claims the Union's are his friend. What do the Union's think about my plan ? Bring EV mfg back to U.S. (including parts) ? If Joe is afraid of killing Solar and EV uptake phase it in over 5 years. Joe put the American workers first like Trump. Not your WallStreet donors cronies. Can you imagine the tens of thousands of jobs it would create by bringing back EV mfg along with the whole supply chain. The Union's that just lost 11,000 jobs on the Keystone XL pipeline endorsed Biden. The United Auto Workers Union in Michigan endorsed Biden. Where's Joe ? I watched an interview last night of a welder that was working on the Keystone XL. He was just laid off. At the end of the I rearview he was asked how his family was doing . He said he had 3 boys that he was very proud of. He became very emotional and started to tear up. He no longer has a livelihood to support them. Sad. Union's deserve a fair wage and healthcare. You prefer slave labor in China . Years ago my state gave a solar company startup close to $100 million to develop and build solar panels in the state. They developed the solar panels, supporting technology and mfg processes. Then declared bankruptcy. Took there technology and moved to China. Sometimes that's what you get when government bureaucrats get involved.
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    Another mathematically correct statement. How does replacing old clunkers with new high efficiency cars not create less fumes? ... because the sales rates are increasing every 1 old car is being replaced by 1.1 new cars (of larger size).
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    Tillerson hit Trump with a dose of reality. Trump not happy. In October 2017, news reports surfaced regarding a deteriorating relationship between Tillerson and Trump. According to reports,[119] in a July 20 meeting, Trump suggested a tenfold increase in the United States nuclear arsenal, which would cost trillions and take centuries,[120] after which individuals familiar with the meeting told journalists that Tillerson either called Trump a "moron"[121] or a "fucking moron".[122] Additionally, there were well-sourced reports of Tillerson offering to resign his office as Secretary of State, only to be discouraged from doing so by Vice President Mike Pence; however, these were officially denied by both Tillerson and the White House.[121][123] Furthermore, on October 1, Trump directly contradicted, via a public tweet, Tillerson's policy of negotiation with North Korea;[124][125] this move was widely panned by experts, who thought that such a public undermining of the chief diplomat of the United States would weaken Tillerson's ability to negotiate with other countries.[126][127] On October 10, after Tillerson's alleged "moron" comment was reported in the media, Trump challenged Tillerson to "IQ tests",[128] and three days later Senator Bob Corker from Tennessee, the Chair of the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee who had become a vocal Trump critic around that time, remarked that Trump was "publicly castrating" Tillerson.[129]
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    Well, he did tell the whole country he was going to do this. I never doubted him. Then, choosing as Sec. of Interior a Native American woman who has professed hatred for fracking sort of underscored the statement. This is serious. Everyone who thought this was campaign rhetoric can now get nervous. For a while, this will help people like me. Obviously, no individual landowner or royalty owner is going to be hurt by this. However, this is only the beginning. When Ms. Harris becomes President Harris, it's lights out for the batch of us. WTI $100? Nah! I'm thinking more like $150. The Saudis are going to try to corral OPEC. Iran and others won't go along. But as I've said all along, Joe Biden wants high oil prices, even higher gas prices at the pump, all to get his Biden Green New Deal through and enable him to pump trillions of subsidies into renewables.
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    I'll just leave this here. Only people with an IQ over room temperature will get the joke. The rest are the joke
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    We should start with the understanding that FB Twitter Google and Amazon all had long periods of losses that inexplicably didn't matter. They were supported during this weak performance period by the CIA that saw them as easy ways to spy on everyone and review their relationships to each other with the people putting up their own lives online. FB and Twitter to collect personal info. Google to track what people are thinking and are interested in, and social movements that might threaten CIA clients. Amazon to track people's purchases and further eradicate surviving small retail that had overcome Walmart by specialization. . The CIA has always been an external operation to the US government operating for private client groups that we call "the cabal" these days. The dirty little secret of monopolies is that it requires government to make them survive. It also requires a Kairetsu style bank centered industrial group of businesses to fund indefinite losses while they take over an industry and buy out competitors. It had so impressed China that it structured the entire country that way. The current "left" is obviously a nonsensical dead end of self defeating ideologies intended to force people apart by race and class by industry even geography, It was an invention of the CIA derived out of Marxism and intended to destroy American society since they first introduced these into universities when the Marxists of FDR's time were discredited by the revelation of what the Soviet system was like after WWII. As they needed something else to pry the US apart. It took hold in the 1960s, as you can see in the Duchovney TV series Aquarius in the outpouring of nonsense from Manson. It is the core of what passes for ideology of the left. Anyway, the current circumstance is that the technology companies do most of their business outside the US and rely on China sourcing to provide 1/3 or more of their product and of their market. Apple is uniquely China dependent, Amazon a close second, and FB Goog and the media rely on China for advertising revenue and business volumes off of which they can take a hefty cut (e.g. AAPL app store). On top of this dependency, is the fact that China had infiltrated the workforces of these companies, which are largely not American born. That said, the real power is actually in the infrastructure. If there is one thing I would separate out in an antitrust action would be to peel content off of infrastructure companies. AWS off of Amazon, Azure off of MSFT, TV and cable channels off of the cable providers (Comcast, ATT), and a splintering of the media empires. .
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    Whinging is a word. Much more annoying than mere whining, too.
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    If this talked about scenario were to be true or have merit a battle group would be merely a very small part of a extremely low tech battle.. missile barrage's and from both sides with a quick look to see who is still standing. Any further escalation would done by air power, again quick and brutal again a battle of attrition to either gain access to Taiwan or deny it. A bit like a bar fight, sudden brutal violence or just walk away. Which makes one wonder why this would ever occur from the very beginning. I feel like it would be going to a 7card poker game, deuces and one eyed jacks are wild. "Feeling Lucky"
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    I do have a grasp on google... Ordering a Pizza in 2021 CALLER: Is this Pizza Hut? GOOGLE: No sir, it's Google Pizza. CALLER: I must have dialed a wrong number, sorry. GOOGLE: No sir, Google bought Pizza Hut last month. CALLER: OK. I would like to order a pizza. GOOGLE: Do you want your usual, sir? CALLER: My usual? You know me? GOOGLE: According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust. CALLER: Super! That’s what I’ll have. GOOGLE: May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust? CALLER: What? I don’t want a vegetarian pizza! GOOGLE: Your cholesterol is not good, sir. CALLER: How the hell do you know that? GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years. CALLER: Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetarian pizza! I already take medication for my cholesterol. GOOGLE: Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly. According to our database, you purchased only a box of 30 cholesterol tablets once at CVS Pharmacy, 4 months ago. CALLER: I bought more from another Pharmacy. GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your credit card statement. CALLER: I paid in cash. GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement. CALLER: I have other sources of cash. GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your latest tax returns, unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law! CALLER: WHAT THE HELL! GOOGLE: I'm sorry sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you. CALLER: Enough already! I'm sick to death of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others. I'm going to an island without the internet, TV, where there is no phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me. GOOGLE: I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport first. It expired 6 weeks ago...
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    Enthalpic just use your real user name dude and don't be annoyed about the downvotes of the guy who won the biggest presidential election in US history and had to be inaugurated with only a few hundred people present while surrounded by the US military....these things happen sometimes. Especially in North Korea
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    Yes , Tsingtao have one or two every time I go out for Chinese. Goes great with General Gau's Chicken. ( Do you think General Gau is in the People Liberation Army? ) Hotone why are you defending the Chinese ? SCREW THE CHINESE . . . ERIC SWALWELL DID !
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    In devastating news to the let’s kill humans by climate change crowd, our favorite tec leader and richest man in the world Elon Musk is offering 100 million for the best idea to capture carbon. Uh oh. That means he’ll probably save the world with clean air as a by product. I wonder if a battery will be involved. In a world going to carbon taxes and credits he’ll build a few hundred thousand machines a gain the world monopoly on carbon credits and become the richest man on the planet. Oh yea, he already is. Ok, he’ll buy Texas, then buy Trump, flip the country to buy his products, then buy the world.
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