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vt_investor 272 posts  |  Last Activity: 1 hour 58 minutes ago Member since: Apr 29, 1999
  • vt_investor vt_investor Feb 1, 2015 12:24 PM Flag

    Under Obama government spending has been cut - military spending, alone, has been cut by 12% since Obama took office. Almost all of the GDP slowdown over the past couple of quarters has been because of government spending cuts, alone. Reagan did not cut government spending at all! Maybe we need to elect a Republican to increase government spending by 5 or 10% again!

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Global worming report

    by langosta_fla Jan 31, 2015 12:03 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Feb 1, 2015 2:24 AM Flag

    Carbon cycle feedbacks are one of at least a half dozen feedbacks that we know happen. A big part f of the carbon cycle feedbacks involve methane and CO2 released from melting permafrost, and and released from hydrates under warming seas. If what you report is true, that would be a very good thing because the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is growing at an accelerating rate. One piece of the carbon cycle feedback that does seem to be happening is that the absorption of CO2 by the oceans appears to have slowed. This is not a good thing, because it increases the amount remaining in the atmosphere.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Global worming report

    by langosta_fla Jan 31, 2015 12:03 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jan 31, 2015 1:22 PM Flag

    Lang our climate and weather are not nearly as simple s a burner on an electric stove.

    A number of things, including winds, ocean currents, the earth's surface, and clouds, cause big feedback loops. Engineers know that feedback loops in dynamic systems often (usually!) cause amplification, often positive, and sometimes negative.

    With that feedback, climatologists and meteorologists will tell you that you have a much better chance of seeing temperatures near -45 in Michigan and 107 in Florida (and maybe /Michigan, too during the summer). The feedback also has a huge impact on the speeds of winds, as well, resulting in bigger and stronger storms.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Global worming report

    by langosta_fla Jan 31, 2015 12:03 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jan 31, 2015 12:13 PM Flag

    More than enough, Lang!! Global warming is measured in a 1 or 2 degrees increase over 50 years. Now you've got a warming of 17 degrees in just 3 days!!! Much more than enough warming, Lang. ;)

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 31, 2015 10:51 AM Flag

    And it's certainly not at all clear whether a detente with Iran might be to Israel's advantage, as well. The detente with Egypt following the '67 war was clearly to Israel's advantage. A similar detente with Iran, before there is a war would be to Israel's advantage, especially if it avoids a war, and reduces regional hostility.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 31, 2015 10:19 AM Flag

    If that's the case, then why hasn't the Supreme Court been asked to agree (or disagree) with Turley? Seems like a perfect case for the Count to decide, given some particular law tat has been passed, and the funding tht congress has provided to execute that law.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 31, 2015 2:28 AM Flag

    Yes, that would be about right if each of the 7 billion of us had one square foot of land to stand on. Unfortunately, we each need to eat, sleep, and buy cloths, houses, and cars, too.

    A better comparison can be found in the "per square mile" site by Tim De Chant that shows data based on individual resource usage and resource availability. He shows that if the world's population all lived like the people of Bangladesh, we would all fit in South Asia and Eastern. Africa. If we all lived like the people of Uganda, our 7 billion would fit in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. If we lived like the citizens of China, we would require 1.1 (just more than a whole planet) earths.to support us.

    But, wait, it gets better.

    If we lived like the people of France, we would require 2.5 earths, to provide for all our needs. And it gets better still. If everyone lived like we do in the good 'ol USA, we would need 4.1 earths. Finally, if everyone lived like the citizens of the United Arab Emirates, we could do it with 5.4 earths.

    Maybe no population bomb, but if we are all going to live on this same earth, we are either going to need to find ways to better share the resources that we have, or reduce the population by quite a bit, if we expect everyone to live like us, in planet-wide democratic and capitalistic freedom.

    Of course if there was no population bomb issue, there should be no reason at all not to let millions of immigrants into the USA to help fill up all that unused, available space, and to make our country bigger, richer, and stronger.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    2014 GDP

    by hugebettyfan Jan 30, 2015 9:11 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jan 30, 2015 1:55 PM Flag

    Both the 5% and the 2.6% are probably a little off the mark. The real number is certainly somewhere in between. The 2.6% is low, at least in part because of deep cuts in government spending, including a 12%+ cut in military spending.. Meanwhile, consumer spending came in at a 4.3% increase. The actual number is more likely somewhere near 4%.

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  • Reply to

    A Little Bit of History

    by w.heinlein Jan 29, 2015 7:24 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jan 30, 2015 10:48 AM Flag

    I agree as well!!! Especially your last statement (US interventions have been a failure). Our interventions have been far too much on the military side, and we now see the results. I understand the military interventions as a way to protect our oil supplies, but we may have been much more effective if we had focused on food, health, education, and democratic principles, rather than guns and bombs. And even if that had failed as well, it would have been much, much cheaper for us.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 30, 2015 10:29 AM Flag

    "east and west coast states decline to build refineries why would the product go there?"

    Natural gas needs no refinery, and there already are refineries on both the east and west coast. At present they receive oil by ship from overseas, or by train, or both.. Let's build the pipelines and use our own oil and gas.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 30, 2015 10:23 AM Flag

    I'm not sure if Netanyahu knows what he's stepped in yet. How will he greet his anti-Semitic pals this weekend when they step off that plane? And how will that effect the Israeli election in 6 weeks?

    If they are at all smart the trip to Israel and the speech to Congress will both be cancelled. We'll see.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 30, 2015 10:07 AM Flag

    Keystone is now to go through Ohio??

    As I've said before, we do need more pipelines for oil and gas that go east and west - and not north and south. The majority of our oil and gas is used on the east and west coasts, so that's where the pipelines should to go.

    Our pipelines need to be built in the best interest of American property owners, and tax payers, not foreign industrialists. When are those pipelines that we all actually need going to be built, those that go through Ohio and neighboring states, among others?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    A Little Bit of History

    by w.heinlein Jan 29, 2015 7:24 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jan 30, 2015 1:57 AM Flag

    Lang, I think you missed W.H's point. England and France created those national borders, based mostly on how they wanted to split up their new colonies and new allies. They had little understanding of the local history, religions, languages, cultures, or tribal affiliations, and the borders show that. For example, the Kurds are now split between Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, rather than in their own country. Likewise the Shia Muslims are found in Iran, Iraq, and Syria, rather than in their own country. It was not possible to completely separate the different groups into their own countries, but they also couldn't have done a better job of creating collections of countries that are weak and filled with internal conflict. That may have even been their goal, in order to create countries that they could control as colonies, or near colonies.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 29, 2015 4:45 PM Flag

    Of course he wouldn't have. He, himself, was part of the problem. Both paranoid Republicans, for some reason, who saw the only way to "defend" themselves was to break the law..

    That's why we have a balance of power, and why Congress has the ability to do their own investigations, if they wish - and if they have the reason - and the balls to do so.

    It's amazing that Cruz had to ask.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 28, 2015 9:41 PM Flag

    Again? how much is her campaign committee paying him to do this? Otherwise, they'd just look at video tapes of the previous half dozen times she's done this.

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  • Reply to

    Disabled roles swell under Obama

    by springer_1994 Jan 28, 2015 7:49 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jan 28, 2015 1:27 PM Flag

    And there are still 22 veteran suicides a day, according to recent reports.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Ah the truth about Democrats

    by springer_1994 Jan 28, 2015 10:20 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jan 28, 2015 12:28 PM Flag

    Sure they do. In that case the voters are the members of the House or Senate who elect their leaders and committee members. In other cases, the voters are citizens in a town, Congressional district, or state. Different voters for different elections. Always been the case, and always will be the case.

    What is your opinion on term limits?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Ah the truth about Democrats

    by springer_1994 Jan 28, 2015 10:20 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jan 28, 2015 11:24 AM Flag

    "how long a sitting member of the House could hold onto a chairmanship or seat at a particularly important House Committee."

    i.e. Term limits.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Ah the truth about Democrats

    by springer_1994 Jan 28, 2015 10:20 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jan 28, 2015 10:28 AM Flag

    Some have thought that term limits are needed, while other seem to think that term limits are unnecessary, or even harmful.

    I've always thought that only the voters should have any say in how long their representatives serve them (baring criminal activity).

    What's your opinion on term limits?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 28, 2015 9:57 AM Flag

    It's amazing at how quickly a rational discussion can descend into a personal attack.

    Sentiment: Hold

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