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Old 10-29-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Yeah, like driving to work. German unemployment has historically been twice ours, although it is lower than ours now since the Dems have adopted their policies and they have adopted ours.
One can't really compare the two as they use different ways of measuring unemployment. Some of those very low-key service jobs are not even counted as jobs in Germany. The actual unemployment rate in the US is 1.5 to 2 times as high as the official one. There was an interesting link on that just a few days ago...
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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There are many ideas out there - whether here in the US, in China, in Europe, or anywhere else. The problem is simply rooted in our own behavior.
Most Europeans don't behave like us, have they stopped burning fossil fuels?
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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Most Europeans don't behave like us, have they stopped burning fossil fuels?
That varies a lot from country to country. Some are more like the US, others more progressive.
See for instance the consumption of oil, especially when you keep in mind the population sizes of those countries.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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That varies a lot from country to country. Some are more like the US, others more progressive.
See for instance the consumption of oil, especially when you keep in mind the population sizes of those countries.
Isn't the price of gasoline also very high ?
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:52 PM
 
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Isn't the price of gasoline also very high ?
Here in Portugal it is currently about 1.50 Euros per liter (that's about $7.5 per gallon if I did the maths right). In Spain it is cheaper. Germany and Switzerland deliberately make the use of energy expensive so that people use less of it.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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One thing about China- they think outside the box in a big way when it comes to solving problems like pollution and congestion. I really don't know how the new mega bus will deal with bridges, power lines and other such things but at least they are thinking. Meanwhile in the USA, we are.....????
China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars (PHOTOS) - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/669166 - broken link)
What your post fails to mention is that in many cases if foreign companies want significant access to Chinese markets they have to enter into technology sharing agreements with Chinese companies. Foreign investment and research and development plays a significant role in China's ability to rapidly build technology intensive industries. I can't blame them it's a strategy that works in their best national interest. If you want access to potentially the biggest consumer market in the world then it benefits China long term for foreign companies to make technology transfers.
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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Building a faster computer is nothing, there will always be something faster... and it is of the same quality as I having a faster car than you... what does it do that other supercomputers can't do... answer? Nothing... its faster big deal and a big waste of money to build it and not have something that it can do that others can't....

The copyright and patent laws are broken... built a long time ago and hinders technological advances than promotes it... the whole point of it being built in the first place was to promote technological advances... the copyright/patent laws no are tools against advancement... an antiquated system that should of been retired a long time ago... but the wealthy corporations won't like that... how else are they going to get rich off of you...
Considering the twenty years ago China wasn't even considered a serious competitor in terms of computer technology it says a lot that they now have the world fastest super computer.

They will also be introducing their first commercial airliner in the next year or two.

The achievements stand on their own merit whether they are good or bad. But the achievements represent MORE GLOBAL COMPETITION in areas that the United States used to dominate.
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:05 PM
 
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don't worry, whatever china accomplishes through their extensive research will benefit the world. it's a global world and it will come around as well as most things today are an international combined effort.
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Here in Portugal it is currently about 1.50 Euros per liter (that's about $7.5 per gallon if I did the maths right). In Spain it is cheaper. Germany and Switzerland deliberately make the use of energy expensive so that people use less of it.
Now here..the economy started sputtering when it neared $5/USD per gallon. Imagine the US if $7.50 was the norm ?
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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Considering the twenty years ago China wasn't even considered a serious competitor in terms of computer technology it says a lot that they now have the world fastest super computer.
Do you know how many inventions and technologies they've stolen?
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