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Old 11-23-2019, 06:00 AM
Location: Henderson, NV
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^Amen to all of that. I’m so sick of hearing how “well Europeans think...” stop right there, I don’t care what they think about anything related to the US. They’d all be speaking German if it wasn’t for us, except the Germans who already do and ironically enough they’re one of the hardest working cultures in that continent and even they get sick of having to pull too much weight. My best friend was born in Germany, he’s still a dual citizen, and he’s the hardest working guy I know. But the couple of French people I know are complete socialists and yearn for home where they wouldn’t be expected to do much. Why the idolization of European countries when time and again the studies have proven our standard of living is higher than any European country? They love to brag about education but divorced from real world achievement, what’s the point? Go see what passes for an average existence in Europe and look at what middle class families enjoy here, I’ll take the US any day! Their fridge is our mini fridge. They don’t even have dishwashers or central AC in many places throughout Europe. Yet 86% of American households have AC. I don’t get why the facts are so hard to grasp that the grass is magically greener on the other side.

For all of the snobbery, how often does any European film ever take the world by surprise and impart its impact on anywhere else besides its country of origin? Most European film companies are too busy doing US co-productions to make anything themselves. I know back before WWII, some of the biggest and best studios were in Europe, but since that brain drain sadly it just hasn’t been the same. That’s understandable and all, but I’ve never understood the reason for the chip on their shoulder like these people living there personally created the artwork, architecture, and history of hundreds and thousands of years ago. It’s time to stop resting on the laurels of days past and start forging a bright future. I prefer the American attitude of looking to the future than the European attitude I’ve observed even while visiting of reminiscing over the glorious past long gone.
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Old 11-23-2019, 07:30 AM
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It’s an easy problem to solve, but as long as the financial decisions are made by greedy business people and politicians a solution won’t see the light of day.
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:44 PM
Location: Ohio
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Originally Posted by cdelena View Post
I volunteered some years ago to help with homeless and quit in frustration as the majority I dealt with were not motivated to change the behavior that got them into the situation.
That's exactly right.

A federal reservation would solve the homeless problem. Reservations were good enough for the Indians, so they're good enough for the homeless.

All you do is take the homeless, assign them a public defender and a guardian ad litem, bring them before a judge, the judge adjudicates them as incompetent --because you'd have to be incompetent to be homeless in the first place -- they become a ward of the State and they're whisked away to the reservation where will spend the next 7 years of their lives at a minimum "on the Res."

You can segregate the reservation into a mentally ill compound, and then one for substance abusers and then one for everyone else.

One of the problems with the mentally ill is they cannot tolerate or don't know how to live in a group environment, so placing them in a group home fails, because after a few days or weeks they will wander away and be living on the streets again. They can stay on the reservation until such time as they demonstrate they can successfully manage living in a group home which might be 7 years or 10 years or 25 years or never.

Liberal tautology is you can't force the mentally ill to take their medication, but without their medication they cannot function and end up homeless and then Liberals berate us because people we don't even know refuse to take their medication and end up homeless and we're supposed to do something about it, namely give other Liberals money to "manage the problem." Well, the best thing to do is make them take their medication so they can function in society.

For substance abusers and everyone else, they get an highly structured environment:

4:30 AM Wake-up
5:00 AM Physical Training
5:30 AM Personal Hygiene
6:00 AM Breakfast
6:30 AM Work in the fields, milk cows, sheep and goats, perform their assigned duties in maintenance, janitorial, kitchen or other work detail
11:30 AM Lunch
12:00 PM Work
5:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Financial Literacy Class
7:00 PM Substance Abuse Class
8:00 PM Personal Improvement Class
9:00 PM Quiet Time
10:00 PM Lights Out

Then do it again 7 days a week for the next 7 years, or 10 years or 30 years until they figure it out and no TV, no radio, no music, no internet, no nothing.

We can even create a toll-free number for people to call. See a panhandler? Call the toll-free number and they're scooped up and sent to the "Res."

Originally Posted by JonathanLB View Post
For all that we hear about how great European education is, why so little useful production??
Production is a function of research, development and testing and Euro-companies spend very little money on research, development and testing.

Originally Posted by pittsflyer View Post
Or for people who cant seem to find the right niche to make real money.
Do you want me to hold your hand? I only charge $450/hour. It's a bargain.
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:52 PM
Location: Henderson, NV
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Hahaha I love the idea of a homeless reservation. I’m sick and tired of hearing blatant lies that 90% of homeless “are just like you and I and it could happen to any of us tomorrow!” How absolutely stupid do you have to be to say that?! No, it couldn’t happen to almost any normal person. We have friends, we have family, we have work ethic, we have options. The homeless are for the most part the absolute drags of society, the lowest of the low, and even if you try to help them they don’t want your help. Trust me, I know, I’ve lived downtown in two cities and been suckered into a fair share of trying to help but to no avail. Bums who refused pizza because it wasn’t their type, or in my younger days refused a cigarette from my business partner because it wasn’t their brand. These people are just a drain on society and contribute nothing whatsoever.
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Old 11-24-2019, 02:02 AM
Location: California
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Capitalism hasn't failed, it just doesn't promise equity...and it's not meant to.
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Old 11-25-2019, 07:36 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Originally Posted by Ceece View Post
Capitalism hasn't failed, it just doesn't promise equity...and it's not meant to.
Ding Ding!!

Capitalism is driven by competition, there will be winners and losers. This is exactly how it's supposed to be working.
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by JonathanLB View Post
If their education system was really so fantastic, shouldn’t they be turning out more innovative products and companies?
They are too busy thinking great thoughts and re-reading Proust and Flaubert and googling "Famous French Military Victories."

And at the pan-European level, they find it too easy to fine US companies that generate actual, you know, value to society.

Last edited by RationalExpectations; 11-27-2019 at 10:26 AM..
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:57 AM
Location: New York Area
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Originally Posted by RationalExpectations View Post
They are too busy thinking great thoughts and re-reading Proust and Flaubert and googling "Famous French Military Victories."
As far as French victories, ther eis always the Battle of the Guillotine in Paris, 1794. Like a hot knife through butter.
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