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rm2551

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    The Mighty Zeppelin. Politics. My wife. (not particularly in that order)

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  1. Nice, but Incorrect. Wanting to see improvement in a society via reforms to a political system in desperate need of it I would think would be a common ground starting point to start a conversation regardless of whether you think Trump or Obama is great or horrible - or anywhere in the middle. The laughable label you subscribe to me may be of convenience (I'll give you the benefit of the doubt) but Steve, the political system in the US IS broken. If you do not agree with that - ok - we will have to agree we just don't agree on a basic position. No problem. Is the US different to any other society in the ratio (per capita I mean - I realise the population differences) of those who are simply lazy fucks or drug/alcohol afflicted wastes of space? If so - why is that? Could it be America hasn't yet figured out a better way to deal with those "tens of millions" where other societies are doing better? If not - then maybe it is just a numbers game and the US being so much bigger means the same percentage burden is just much larger. I don't know - but I wonder where poverty and homelessness in the US is compared to other advanced nations. I'll have to have a look... The Illegals question is a disaster for "the left". They fail to even acknowledge a problem and scream racist at anyone who dares speak about it from a border security stand point. They deserve a LOT of derision as they seem unable to even entertain a reasonable position. Like everything though - that is an over simplification (for my convenience). A lot of illegals contribute - pay taxes, have jobs, etc. The so called "left" and "right" don't hold answers because reasonable middle ground positions are not possible anymore. Complicated problems need well though out solutions (not necessarily complicated) that respect MIDDLE positions either conservative or progressive. MIDDLE. Something that most would be happy with (most meaning most people are fairly reasonable whatever their view save for those loud voices that falsely indicate a broader position than is reality.) In terms of immigration reform i would think reasonable is securing borders and controlling WHO immigrates. You could then acknowledge the illegals that are working jobs farmers and other industries can't fill with locals and the fact they are a large contributor to the economy and possibly provide a path to citizenship for those that are actually of real value??? But useless until/unless immigration is under control. John Howard back in the day got hammered for tough immigration policies. He famously angrily said at one speech "WE will determine who comes to this country and the manner in which they come!" when addressing the "boat people" issue. He copped a LOT of flak from the left at the time but he was dead right. The issue was not one of compassion for those poor souls on the boats - it was border security - the Governments higher priority. For someone who doesn't fear anything you sure are quick to "cock my pistol". Sounds like fear or paranoia to me. How about you just say you think "Working for a better America for all" is a shit statement? No need to get yur gun son! And yeah, China have some systemic weaknesses that will hold them back for quite a while - but they also have some emerging strengths. in 2017 America published 409,000 scientific white papers. China published 426,000. This is an example year - but the trend is going up for China, down for the US. With China moving into space and developing all the ideas and tech it has stolen from the west, the Chinese will soon match or blow away the US for brains reserves to draw on. Innovation and entrepreneurship will hold the US in the lead for a while longer - China simply can't match the US in that respect - but the danger is thinking this will prohibit China from finding a way to innovate without a free market of ideas like the West enjoys. They will need to figure out how to incentivise their best and brightest to innovate. And science matters. It always has despite recent times relegating science into the "fake news" bonfire. Something to discard if it does not fit in with a particular world view. China are also showing the developing world there is an alternative to the west. It is a horrific alternative in my view - but they can sell it against the historically imperialistic and colonial past the west offered that raped countries for all they were worth resource wise. it is not a pretty picture. The "developing" world won't forever be mired in poverty and corruption - at least not all of them. And if China can get enough large emerging economies aligned with theirs, their sphere of influence just grows. They are not a threat now. To think they are not a threat soon - dangerous. I too see things the way they are Steve and it's not a pretty reality at the moment. Not bad at all personally from my seat here, but there is some crazy shit humanity seems intent on swimming around in. I'll always have a space for how things can be better. I'd hope you do to mate. That is not a bad thing.
  2. Wow - so no reform is EVER to be entertained. America must be perfect! Anyone wanting to advance or change the US to make it better for all is to be feared and confronted with firearms. Some regulation of Wall Street and giant banks, the health system, taxation, college education and it's funding/availability, the investing in the scientific community and R&D, the wealth gap and the issues with having all of a nations wealth flow into a few hands, crime and social problems and changes needed - all not necessary. The very idea to be met with armed resistance. Or is it just the words I chose? Too slogan like (which is fair enough). I really don't understand that extreme position against simple reforms that are desperately needed there. The US system is BROKEN. Unless you are of the view that lobby groups with billions to give to Washington for vested interests is a great way to get good government for the people. You seem to be paralysed by the fear of everything. Especially change - no matter what that change means. Meanwhile, while the US buckles under it's own weight of inefficiency, corruption, and partisan tribal crap, China rises and spreads it tentacles out into the developing world. You fear what could be. I hope for what could be.
  3. Waiting lists here can be long for non-emergency procedures - which includes important stuff that people need to improve significant conditions and quality of life. But overall from my use of it the system is rather good. I can see a doctor at my local medical centre at will. If my doctor is busy, they usually manage to fit me in to see him or someone else working there should I need medication or certificate for time off work. No problem. I've had some thing done (day procedures) as well as a few nights stay - all no problem from a quality of care and cost perspective. It's not all free - but the grumbling complaints about the $$$ does NOT mean the system is crap. My father has significant health challenges and they are attended to. My parents are by no means well off financially. It is by no means perfect, and with our ageing population the system is coming up against real challenges that require real reforms (private cover vs. public cover needs fixing) - but it works. I have yet to hear anyone with any amount of knowledge about approaches to medical care in advanced western countries and the pros and cons of all the different systems say anything good about the US approach/system. As peace frog says - I believe it is the most expensive system for the worst results. Meanwhile in the US - big pharma continues to addict the population and offer even more pills to help with that addiction in a way that is unquestionably immoral and legally problematic at best. It's not doctors/physicians that are the problem with cost. It is the multi billion dollar pharma companies with an unrestricted, unregulated playing field to reap whatever the hell they want with impunity (so far). Again - I've yet to hear anyone say how the US system is just so damn good. Like most things in America that could do with some level of reform - too many vested interests with a LOT to lose immediately poison any chance of constructively looking at reforms rendering any real action impossible. And that poison is the money they stream into Washington to paralyse any chance of reform/change. Money willingly accepted by the greedy fuckers who are there to serve their own wealth acquisition - NOT the people. The money in politics problem there might just be the worlds worst in how entrenched it is even with an independent judiciary and well structured separation of powers/branches of Government. The perpetuation of the "government tyranny" myth and how it is to be feared above all else is such a stupid distraction from actually working for a better America. ....but I digress.
  4. I started down the rabbit hole of structures on the moon a while back - like the UFO phenomena, it is digging around endless bullshit for a few scraps of "well that is genuinely interesting".... And there are one or two interesting anomalies, some supported by some very respected astronauts and mission staff.
  5. This is the single biggest hurdle to reforming not just the health system, but any fundamental reforms. There are many other very significant hurdles, but the profit motive and specifically the capacity for those that stand to lose to lobby against real reform is forever going to hold the USA back from - and different to - the rest of the advanced world. And different for the most part in a corrosive way. Short of a very popular unifying centrist candidate sweeping into power with good majorities in both houses (which I can't see ever happening) - the only way out for the US is through a really horrible social upheaval - which you seem to be moving toward. The two "camps" seem happy to split and feed the bullshit "left vs. right" monster. I really think that unless you guys start moving back to the middle somewhat - just somewhat - the fractures will deepen to a point where an earthquake becomes inevitable. Capitalism unchecked (Money is the God) has it's upsides for technological and living standard advancements, but only for the top. Unfettered it is just as dangerous as any of the 'isms.
  6. LZ1 - No single track stands out LZ2 - Moby Dick LZ3 - Thats the Way LZ4 - No single track stands out HOTH - No single track stands out PG - Nothing - the perfect album. Presence - Candy Store Rock maybe ITTOD - SBS Coda - Darlene
  7. I do too. While he says the vaults are now empty, he always specifically refers to studio recordings as if to carefully avoid a miscommunication. I have little doubt he sits on an unknown number of live multi's. Probably only a few. He will operate in the usual Zeppelin time - not mere mortal time - so the wait continues.....
  8. Once Steve provides a link I'll help you out.
  9. Artists and Models is brilliant. If you ever give them a go - that's an absolute cracker. And it has Shirley McClain in it to boot!
  10. I don't. I hope they release EC as a stand alone expanded DVD. Then maybe Knebworth too in a Later Years box set with some worked up SB's from Copenhagen (if Jimmy has them) and a few gems from the 1980 tour. But now I'm really clutching at straws.... But I will never give up hope for surprises.
  11. I'd say it's just as likely there is footage but it was not suitable for the feel, or narration of the DVD - but perfectly suited to a doco format. But if I was a betting man, my money would not be on it. Still, you never know...
  12. Does the band itself and immediate family have an archive of personal footage from side of stage? Didn't a lot of family get jobs and go on the '77 tour? There may well be unknown film that until now has had no reason to be made public (from the point of view of the owner(s) of the footage). Maybe a doco with the bands participation would unearth quite a few unknown gems. You just don't know.
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