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06 December 2019


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When do SCNF or postal workers get called into combat or deployed at sea or overseas at months at a time? Have you looked at municipal or school system employee pay, benefits and retiree compensation in the US? It varies greatly across states and municipalities. Yves Smith at nakedcapitalism blog has been excoriating the California pension board for their incompetence and malfeasance for years. Illinois and the city of Chicago are almost as bad.

The tax burdens to perpetuate those payments to unionized workers past and present are driving many people away many from those areas. The recent bankruptcy of Detroit is a foreshadowing of what is to come. That did not, however, prevent the city council from giving hundreds of millions of dollars in tax abatements to the Illichs,owners of two sports teams, a casino and a pizza chain, so they could build a hockey arena. Similar tax abatements were given to the owners of quicken loans and other companies for other redevelopment projects. You can argue the price tag, but it is having a positive effect on the city. AOC torpedoed such plans in her district which effectively sank Amazon's moving there. I'm sure her enlightened leadership will bring good jobs at good wages there; someday.

Diana C

Thank you for commenting on NP's little show of piety. It actually seemed really insincere to me.

I was taught to "live" my Christianity. In other words, I had to live according to my beliefs or I could not be considered sincere in my beliefs.

During my senior year, the push to approve abortion was at its height. Our Social Studies teacher asked the entire class to state how each of us believed in that regard. The entire class--except my best friend and I--said they thought abortion should be legal. My best friend was actually pregnant at the time. She had her child and raised her child. I knew her decision to keep deliver the baby and keep it, and I supported her in that, as I knew I would have made the same choice--though I also knew I would not allow myself to get into that situation.

I refused to take puff on the joints being passed around while I was in college. I was considered a prude. But I kept fast to the belief that my body is the temple of my soul.

Nancy is a fraud as a Christian, no doubt about it. Thank you for making that clear.

As for the shooter, I was thinking he was acting in revenge for the death of the leader of ISIS. I have never liked our close political relationship with Saudi Arabia. I've met too many people studying here from SA. Not that I truly trust what they say, but several have expressed a dislike of their form of government, though they don't say that loudly in large groups.


Funny (comique). Ein Himmelkomiker.
These 'intellectuals' are wasting our time.
I don't understand why these people are of interest to non-French speakers.
A Christian would say they are our cross and our curse.
Here, we easily forget them. It is a question of intellectual and moral hygiene. It's also a question of glands and good reflexes.
So, dying was the best thing he did.

Terence Gore

"According to the New York Times, three of the Saudis were filming the attack. It is unknown whether they were students at the base, or whether they are connected to the gunman."


I keep heating Iran is the greatest sponsor of terrorism but why are they always Saudis?



Sounds like up-stater has never worn a uniform.

Maybe he needs a basic course in carrying a ruck with all its trimmings for miles up inclines and down slopes that only a mountain goat dares to go, not to mention other assorted toys necessary for work in a combat environment and to accomplish one's mission.

Maybe he needs a basic course in jumping out of an aircraft with full gear and hope his knees don't explode when he lands on the ground. There is always an ow Sh*t factor that blows out airborne knees.

Maybe up-stater needs a basic in all the toys that special operations may require to meet the mission's goals, and how 'light and fluffy' they are to carry,

Maybe he needs a basic course in hand to hand combat with a very skilled adversary, each one seeking to gain the upper hand on their opponent, as their continued breathing and life, not to mention the mission depends on it.

You mentioning skeletal damage issues, is just a starter.

Mr. up-stater has no clue as to what uniformed combat personnel have to endure for their retirements (both Officer and NCO)!

Our knees, backs, shoulders, arms and hands never talk to us do they.

And I haven't even scratched the surface of what flyers and underwater types bodies have to endure as well. One hour flying time equals 8 hours hard labor on the body, just as one example.

Now I'll have a bourbon and reminisce.


d74, who exactly are the Americans in the French-American Young Leader organization? What are they teaching the young French, and to be what kinds of leaders?.

How is this operation controlled by Americans - using funding, extortion, bribery or sex, drugs and rock and roll. Is it an extension of our US deep state ' foreign aid" programs? What is the quid pro quo that allows this American domination of French thought.

BTW: in our US Medicare system we also have approx $200 taken out of our monthly social security for very basic "free health care" plus the need to pay up to $200 more per month tor coverage of most other senior health care services, plus meeting a deductible or co pay. This is after paying into the Medicare system every paycheck during our working lives.

I suspect France does not have the same rapacious medical-malpractice legal system that has distorted US "health care" delivery beyond all recognition and even usefulness. The saying goes "you get sued for what you don't do; not what you do".



The French are poor because of labor restrictions, and the heavy financial burden of the welfare state. Increased social spending won’t make jobs easier to come by. It won’t result in higher wages. And people will continue to live paycheck to paycheck.

- Eliot


My guess is Democrats know they can't win in 2020, so they will sacrifice their most expendable and/or most annoying.

Biden earned this 2020 shot by sheer longevity in the system, but since he will be a 2020 loser, why not put him in this unenviable position as the DNC nominee. John McCain served a similar purpose in 2008 - when no GOP had a chance after GW Bush.

No one wanted the job, so falling on his sword with some sense of duty John McCain stood up as best he could. He goosed the entire operation with his addition of Sarah Palin which opened up new legions of GOP voters.

And exposed the hypocrisy of the Left at the same time - no one was more anti-women than the Democrats who attacked both Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin with unrestrained venom.


As to the Sauid shooter, I want to know why it takes three years in the US to "learn english and fly a plane". I suspect we are a babysitting dumping ground for disaffected young Saudi royals who use their protected time here to live out their playboy fantasies they could not engage in at home. We need more information about this program and this particular individual - it may not be just terrorism. Who exactly are we letting into this privileged program.

Babak Makkinejad

If you look at Croatia, since its independence, their leaders sold everything to foreigners, largely Western European monied interests.

Babak Makkinejad

French standard of living, as you must be aware, is in part based on real concrete siphoning of wealth from French Africa. That is why those Senegalese try to get into Africa, you have not left them anything.

Babak Makkinejad

In regards to French Government Corporations, you also must know very well that they are bloated jobs programs: for the well-educated as well as for the common people. Why does Electricite de France need so many layers of management, for example?

Babak Makkinejad

In Spain, under Conservative or Socialist governments, the number of small enterprises has fallen steadily. Socialists are against them, per their economic doctrines of large nationalized industries and Conservatives since they favor large private corporations. Neither one cares one whit about how those small shops have supported families

Babak Makkinejad

Franco was better than either of them.

Babak Makkinejad

For many women, abortion is a form of birth control.


Someone should be taking Joe Biden's car keys away not trying to give him an important government position.
His mental acuity was never above average seems to have degraded significantly.
Pity the corrupt DNC can not allow the likes of Gabbard or Yang to shine more brightly.


AOC prevented that Amazon would receive $1.5 billion in New Yorker tax incentives for setting up a large office.

Guess what happened next. Amazon sets up a large office in New York WITHOUT receiving New Yorker tax incentives.

Amazon will open a new office in New York City by 2021

The company will lease 335,000 square feet of new office space in Manhattan's Hudson Yards neighborhood, it said Friday.
The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Amazon's New York expansion comes less than a year after abandoning plans to build part of its highly anticipated "HQ2" in nearby Long Island City.
Amazon won't receive those benefits for its new office on 10th Avenue, which will open in 2021 and house more than 1,500 employees from its consumer and advertising teams. The online retailer currently employs more than 8,000 people in New York City, including through its customer fulfillment centers.

Eric Newhill

The report is thorough. Read it. It accounts for everyone.And in doing so, still shows an improvement.

"In November, 1.2 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, down by
432,000 from a year earlier. (Data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were
not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job
sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had
not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

Among the marginally attached, there were 325,000 discouraged workers in November, down
by 128,000 from a year earlier. (Data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers
are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for
them. The remaining 921,000 persons marginally attached to the labor force in November
had not searched for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities.
(See table A-16.)"


No one so far has identified who the Pensacola shooter's were. Were they his fellow Saudis, or U.S. training personnel?

Looks like the Saudi Lieutenant was in his initial academic's phase, before he actually took to the flying part of his training.

English Outsider

Acute observations. They could, almost all of them, apply equally well to England and I suppose across Europe.

I would tentatively suggest that the analysis is incomplete. Tentatively because the French scene is extremely difficult for an outsider to get the hang of.

Incomplete because it fails to distinguish between the various types of corporatism. Corporatism in one country is certainly undesirable but its effects are limited. When it becomes corporatism across borders than inevitably the effects of cheap labour arbitrage and regulatory arbitrage, if that term is permissible, are disastrous for the poor.

I'd take issue with the observation that any European country is "politically literate." There is no evidence that any of us here connect the predicament we all of us are in with the causes of that predicament. In that some at least in the States are streets ahead of us. We live in a state of "false consciousness" and have not as yet developed an adequate popular vocabulary in which we can discuss the true reality we live in. As we are discovering in England, it's not just an old fashioned class war.

The fears you express in your last paragraph are in England the current election fodder. We also are told that Trump is going to swoop down upon us. I doubt it but if so he'd better get a move on. In England our cronies are eyeing up the prey and have already feasted on a deal of it. If it's done wrong privatisation merely means swapping the apparatchiks for the cronies and that's an old tale for us.

Neither you nor d74 above mention the great crisis for France as for all of us in Europe. Mass immigration. Is that because it's a difficult subject to discuss in France?

The Beaver

For those who don't know about the young leaders French-American Foundation, here is a wiki page FYI:


Check some of the names and AFAIAC , de Juniac and Lauvergeon are "losers" without commenting on the "politiques" like Hollande or Juppé



The "working masses" weren't running the US federal reserve when multiple rounds of "quantitative easing" were pumped into the financial system with, just like Ukraine's military aid, no strings attached.

Which part of France have people left to become colonists in Syria, Libya, Mali or Algeria? Did they offset all that "refugee" resettlement that has been going on, apparently with zero coverage in whatever media you have access to, for many years.


This is a matter of scale. The office that Amazon will open in Manhattan is nothing compared to what AOC threw away as a "service" to her constituents in Long Island. In Virginia we welcome amazon and are glad to have given subsidies against future revenues. In my town residential reas estates values have risen by $3ook since the announcement and we look forward to more. But then, you have never built a major industrial initiative as I have.



Total jobs in AOC's district from this - zero. That looks like negative twenty-three thousand five hundred jobs for the state. You know, the ones that went elsewhere. Congradulations AOC and Mayor DelBrlasio.



It has been going on for several administrations. The goverment always cite U3 unemployment rate, which is an incomplete figure. Basically, U6 unemployment rate is more accurate in that it also adds people who want to work but cannot find it, and marginally employed people who want to work full-time but could not find full-time works. At the moment, U6 is about 7%.

So I'd say it is not faked, just propaganda.

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