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Old 06-05-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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most of you *******s will be dead!
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Back home in Kaguawagpjpa.
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I'll finally have my freakin' flying car.
Finally?

Dude, I had mine since 1997. Where have you been??
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: US
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Finally?

Dude, I had mine since 1997. Where have you been??
What??? I demand to know the name of your dealership! This isn't fair!
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Back home in Kaguawagpjpa.
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^^^ Well, it is called, "Having friends in high places."
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:15 PM
 
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Looks like about 2/3 to 3/4 of the US may have a "year without a summer" - based on current hemispheric weather patterns, and the long range forecast. Imagine if this happens for several years straight. Imagine impacts on the world food supply. I understand NW Europe may have a similar challenge this year.

Also, food shortages make nations who are in areas with marginal ag land (Russia? China? others) more likely to risk hostile acquisitions of better land. Hungry people are risk takers.
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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Looks like about 2/3 to 3/4 of the US may have a "year without a summer" - based on current hemispheric weather patterns, and the long range forecast. Imagine if this happens for several years straight. Imagine impacts on the world food supply. I understand NW Europe may have a similar challenge this year.

Also, food shortages make nations who are in areas with marginal ag land (Russia? China? others) more likely to risk hostile acquisitions of better land. Hungry people are risk takers.
I'm OK with a cool summer. So far in the Chicago area it's been quite comfortable. No major outbreaks of heat yet.

I would assume that global warming alarmists would definitely not like to see cool summers.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I would assume that global warming alarmists would definitely not like to see cool summers.
Oh, good god. Let's not go there, because this sentence alone indicates you have no real knowledge to contribute to the discussion. Perhaps we can stick to the OP and discuss development and our place in the global hierarchy.

To that end, I do think the US stands a chance of slipping in stature. Think about it. What brought our stature to the level we're at now? Why are we right now number one? We're number one because Britain slipped. They lost their empire from World War I through WWII. They lost their means of production and their access to raw materials. In the US, we've overlegislated and limited access to raw materials for environmental reasons (rightly or wrongly - different debate for a different forum) and have lost that edge to the developing world. We've lost that to countries who couldn't care less about Kyoto or safe working conditions. Incrementally, we're shipping our manufacturing elsewhere too. We're losing the supply side of economics and the production side of goods. We may be on the demand side and the consumption side, but we aren't generating the basic income that supports the foundation of any economy.

In a very basic sense, it take ten workers to support one manager. It takes ten managers to support one owner. In a country that's expected to have close to 500 million in population by 2050, we need to be able to place the working class into jobs. If we don't get overseas outsourcing under control quickly, we may start to see millions migrating to where the jobs are located.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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To that end, I do think the US stands a chance of slipping in stature. Think about it. What brought our stature to the level we're at now? Why are we right now number one?
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Stands a chance of slipping in stature? From a world perspective, we have.

And number one in what exactly? Violent Crime?
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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The US won't be a third world country, nor will it be poor. It's just other countries are also gaining stature relative to us. What will happen is a more multi-polar world with China, Japan, the EU, and the USA / Canada as regional hubs of commerce.

There likely won't be anyone as powerful as the USA anytime soon. 2050 is a long ways out, and I highly doubt anyone can predict what will happen in the next 40 years with any certainty.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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And number one in what exactly? Violent Crime?
Yes, considering I wrote about economics, it's reasonable to assume I was actually referring to crime and not economic output. I was trying to be sly, but you saw right through my clever guise.

Way to go. You're yet another person who'd like to turn a reasonable (and actually potentially thought-provoking) discussion into an insipid political shouting match. You do realize there's an entire forum on City-Data dedicated to allowing people to scream until they're blue (or red as the case may be) in the face about how society will cease to function if another group's ideologies are allowed to exist. Here's a link: http://www.city-data.com/forum/polit...controversies/
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