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    The Trump Presidency

    If we were being "contained and countered" in our own backyard, we'd be hopping mad. Their antipathy toward us began with our overthrow of their government. Can you imagine how mad we'd be if they did that to us? And I think a case can be made for doing so in Saudi Arabia right now. Not a winning case, but it's getting there. And I'm generally opposed to intervention.
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    The Trump Presidency

    The presence of a nuclear program in Saudi Arabia would be very scary. That is a cartoon villain of a country. It's hard to guess what Iran would be today if we hadn't kicked them around so much. I think it's safe to say they'd be less of a threat.
  3. That's a nice looking park. The bear slide is just awesome.
  4. PD invested in that huge printing facility at the worst possible time.
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    The Republican Party

    I think the Republicans would prefer to carry on as many arguments as possible. They see it as a net positive. That's why they keep trolling. Cacophony is chaos, and they're the party of order.
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    Rural Ohio is dying

    I wouldn't say it snuck up, I think it arrived at a time when taxes were out of vogue and both parties were unwilling to pursue the issue.
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    The Republican Party

    Republicans do a great job of making liberals go nuts over identity issues so that they'll ignore all the money being moved around. It's all about the money. The rest is distraction. Brett Kavanaugh was not nominated to give women a hard time or to flip one case about abortion. He was nominated to give everyone a hard time by flipping 100 cases about money.
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    The Republican Party

    Being nasty gets Republicans to support Republicans. In the absence of an alternative people can buy into, that's often enough.
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    Rural Ohio is dying

    Ohio's been in the shitter for a while, that's not news. But this map says Buffalo is "more vital" than Houston or Miami.
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    The Republican Party

    Well put. I share the outrage, I really do, but we can't fight what's happening until we can envision a world beyond it.
  11. This is hilarious. Why would someone sit on the corner of a busy intersection? A busy intersection in the boonies, as depicted. Welcome to the only "Development Strategy" whose goal is no development at all.
  12. They keep saying density but this is all setbacks and driveways and lawns. The mixed-use aspect is insignificant but there's lots of text about walking trails and open plazas. The parking lots are hidden, I do like that part. But walkability in an urban context has nothing to do with tiny ornamental trails. It's about not needing a car for daily living. That means walking down the actual street with purpose because you have a nearby destination. This kind of planning fails to get us there. We need more raw density than this to make a good business case for neighborhood business. And we don't need any more brand new 1970s suburban tract housing. Somehow it's become Cleveland's dominant style and wow is it awful. Is this really what we want to look like?
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    Social Democracy

    This link is no good and somehow involves chicken strips.
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    The "Generation Gap"

    If we're talking global generations, that's a whole different set of ballgames. China's millennials are immeasurably better off than China's boomer-equivalents. America's boomer generation has a strange way of showing gratitude politically. They're rolling up the sidewalks as fast as they can. America's current era of economic conservatism is radical by 20th century standards. That's one of those historical perspectives I'd like to keep visible. We already know what unfettered capitalism and nationalism can lead to. We already know what unions and usury laws are good for-- though some would prefer we forgot.
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    The "Generation Gap"

    I agree that the generation in charge now, the boomers, doesn't realize how many freebies they got compared to those who came after. They could use some honest perspective on what they've done to the world. As an X person, the only complaint I have against millennials isn't really their fault. At some point around 2000, media consolidation and internet proliferation resulted in kids getting a lot less exposure to older material. When I was growing up, half the stuff I watched was ancient by modern standards, including a good helping from the WWII era and earlier. Now you have to seek that stuff out, and why bother when there's an endless supply of Blippy and Fortnite available? Perspective is important for everyone. Millennials and post-millennials also need to understand what boomers have done to the world-- and what technology has done to the world-- and that's hard to do when you can only see a couple blocks down the road of time. We need to maintain our collective memory of world wars, depressions, racism, sexism, etc, so that we can see the cycles from above and we don't repeat the same mistakes.
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