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  1. I would have started testing people who came from epicenters of the virus to start. Also testing samples of the population would have beneficial in determining who had the virus and whether there was community spread. And look how well gutting the program has worked so far. I like Dr Fauci by the way. That isn't a legitmate reason to ignore and not heed warnings of a potential pandemic. You are correct on this. However he did down play the threat virus nonethless and it certainly didn't help our situation. I don't disagree with you here. The bottom line is that his response to the virus has been pretty bad. I am no fan of Hilary or Obama but I feel their response would have been stronger.
  2. I would have accepted the testing kits from WHO and started doing immediate testing. We lost valuable time by not doing initial testing. I wouldn't have cut our Pandemic Response Force. I would have listened to our intelligence agencies and followed the strategy to combat the spread of the virus And most importantly I wouldn't have called it a "Democratic Hoax" and down played the severity of a virus. Whether you're a Trump supporter or not, he dropped the ball on this. A strong initial response may have been the difference between ten thousand deaths and a hundred thousand deaths. Its all to early to tell of course. However, his weak response should be an automatic disqualifier. I am no fan of Hilary but I think she would have handled the crisis totally differently.
  3. Donald Trump made a hard bed for himself. Had he listened to the experts initially we wouldnt be in the severe situation we're in. Sorry for the harsh original post. I've known some people in my personal life who've already passed away from this virus. His failure to handle the crisis early makes me very angry.
  4. Elections have consequences
  5. I slightly agree with the first paragraph. Your point went downhill at about.....paragraph 2.
  6. Isn't this the guy who fired his black police chief after he supposedly spoke out against police brutality? I am not Bernie or Bust and I do want more conscious leadership in the White House. However, based on his sketchy past and corporate backing, I cannot in good conscious vote for him if he is the nominee.
  7. Not to be too pessimistic but I wouldn't be surprised if Trump gets another 4 years. A new Gallop Poll shows his approval rating increased. The impeachment has seemed to rally his base even further. I think it really depends on voter turn out and who is the nominee. If Pete get the nomination (which I doubt because he doesn't have minority vote) the attacks against him will be brutal. And that is aside from the fact many people just wont be inspired to make that trip to the voting booth. I think we forget how much the average American is disengaged from the politcal process.
  8. There is a very real possbility that society as we know it will collapse in the not so far future. In fact, there was a report not too long ago about Pentagon officials predicting the collapse of the US military within 20 years due to climate change. https://www.google.com/amp/s/futurism.com/pentagon-report-predicts-military-collapse/amp As extreme weather disasters get more frequent/severe/expensive and food shortages become more common due to droughts it isnt too hard to imagine how society could slowly unravel. I really don't think it will be the type of collapse that happens abruptly due to one major event. Nor do I think it will be the end of mankind. Instead, I foresee a gradual collapse of our global industrial civilization. And this may ultimately be a good thing for the human species and the planet as a whole. It will pave the way for mankind to redefine itself and create a new story. But this is a long term benefit. Short term, collapse will be dreadful, dramatic and just plain ugly. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler comes to mind depicting societal collapse in America.
  9. No mention of how climate change is and will exacerbate the refugee crises??? No mention of how western military intervention & foreign policies has ensued chaos and opened the flood gates for waves of refugees to flow into Europe??? If you really want to solve the problem, why not examine the source???
  10. Thank you for the video. On a side note I wish we could all vote to send Trump on a 4 week long Vipassana retreat.
  11. Thanks for those resources. He has some very good points regarding eco-fascism. I don't think it is brought up enough in current political discourse. I don't agree completely with his ideology and do see the value of entrepreneurship. However, given the severity of the climate crisis humanity may have no choice but to abandon stage orange capitalism. If we dont scale back and live within the bounds of earth's resources we face destruction.
  12. Not true at all. By not taking any U.S. casualities Iran positions itself on a moral highground. Now the ball is in Trumps hands. If he stikes its bad and if he doesn't its still bad. Iran will not come back to the negotiation table now without even more greater and demanding consessions (and rightfully so). They will probably increase uranium enrichment and develop even stronger ties with Russia and China. Trump's childish need to detroy Obamas legacy (by ripping up the Iran deal) basically destroyed any the United States credibility and has only jeapardized our ability to exert influence in the region. To some of his uneducated and short sighted supporters this may look like a win but it isn't. Trump has placed himself and this country in an even larger quagmire. We are witnessing the waning power of the American Empire. Being a bully doesnt work and it will be a hard felt lesson.
  13. This would be an absolute strategic disaster and I doubt the U.S. has the resources or the will to maintain an occupation. Why do you think it hasn't happened before? Iran is not Iraq in size, geography or militarily. The only long term stabalizer would be for the U.S. leaving the region completely in coordination with the Iraqi goverment. Perhaps we could still have some troops in the region to prevent any resurgence of ISIS. However the U.S. has ultimately lost the war and we need to come to terms with it. Trump only hastened this defeat with his terrible foreign policy. Russia and Iran have more influence in the region than ever before and we have lost our credibility and influence on the world stage. I think the Iranian strikes were very strategic. Any further escalation by America just further paints America as the aggressor and further isolates it. Iran is simply using Trumps bellicose policy against him and positioning itself on the moral high ground. This is important because it complicates the potentiality of America building any international (particularly Europe) coalition against them.
  14. For anyone who wants insight into how a conflict with Iran would go, watch this.