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Rejoice Farangs! No major war in the northern hemisphere for 70 years. An accumulation of wealth for most. After the 2nd world war, (econommically), it was only up and  up for most of uf us havin

Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq.   I knew people of my  "golden" generation who didn't come home from these Northern Hemisphere wars.

70 years?    Do you recall Pol Potty?    Christmas Bombing?    Carpet bombing?    Apocalypse Now?    Martin Sheen? 

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1 minute ago, swissie said:

Blimey! Reading tea-leaves is reseved to members of the British Empire. All others use common-sense . What part of my comment do you not like in particular?🙂

 That you know what the future will bring.

Based on available data, it might not look good, but don't discount unforeseen consequences. Who would have predicted the internet 100 years ago? 

I agree  we all should be happy with what we have , but not so happy that we don't strive for, or demand  better. 

Bitch and moan I say. Bitch and moan. The squeaky wheel gets greased 😀

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Has this OP ever visited the Golden Walmart Family bunker? 

 

The problem with immense wealth, and the resultant bunker, is that one tends to go crazy, locked up in the bunker. 

 

Anyone here, after 19 months of lockdown, wishing to be locked up in the Walmart bunker? 

 

Raise your hand, and you will be banished among the rich and famous. 

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It was Mark Twain who satirized James Fenimore Cooper, best. 

 

Unfortunately, Twain is not alive enough, now, to satarize the OP. 

 

But, even IF Twain were alive, he wouldn't have devoted spit doing so, most likely. 

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OP is not alone, and probably not independent of sources.

Notably Steven Pinker documents a lot of the things Swissie talks about.

Can you compare Afghanistan to WWI? Numerically?

As much as drones are detestable, they kill orders of magnitudes fewer than B52s.

Most of Pinker's examples are numerical in nature.

 

Pinker documents these numbers in "The Better Angels of Our Nature".

Not looking to defend or attack this position, just that the OP is not alone in these ideas.

 

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2 hours ago, swissie said:

No major war in the northern hemisphere for 70 years.

We've exported our killing fields to the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa. Pie in the sky view of the world.

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1 hour ago, cdemundo said:

OP is not alone, and probably not independent of sources.

Notably Steven Pinker documents a lot of the things Swissie talks about.

Can you compare Afghanistan to WWI? Numerically?

As much as drones are detestable, they kill orders of magnitudes fewer than B52s.

Most of Pinker's examples are numerical in nature.

 

Pinker documents these numbers in "The Better Angels of Our Nature".

Not looking to defend or attack this position, just that the OP is not alone in these ideas.

 

Did you mean Pinker from McGill? 

 

I was there when Pinko was there. 

 

Pinker is smart. 

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Thailand will be due for some big inflation.  Just wait it is coming when the demand increases.  Those 30,000 b a month UK pensions could well end up being a semi-poverty lifestyle.

Some will no longer be able to afford it here, unless they decide to live in total obscurity.

The big dream soon, could well turn into a nightmare.

 

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1 hour ago, GammaGlobulin said:

It was Mark Twain who satirized James Fenimore Cooper, best. 

I knew that , being a great fan of Twain , but you answered your own question too quickly and stole your own cheap trinket from under my nose.

 

Name another well known writer pilloried by Twain or hand over my trinket.

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3 minutes ago, Denim said:

I knew that , being a great fan of Twain , but you answered your own question too quickly and stole your own cheap trinket from under my nose.

 

Name another well known writer pilloried by Twain or hand over my trinket.

In addition to Twain's essays, just as a matter of curiosity, please do tell us how many times have you read Huck Finn? 

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8 minutes ago, Denim said:

I knew that , being a great fan of Twain , but you answered your own question too quickly and stole your own cheap trinket from under my nose.

 

Name another well known writer pilloried by Twain or hand over my trinket.

Twain was a great tour guide, as you know. 

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12 minutes ago, GammaGlobulin said:

In addition to Twain's essays, just as a matter of curiosity, please do tell us how many times have you read Huck Finn? 

Twice. But Roughing It many many times. Always take it as a travel companion.

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