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Topic: What's Going on in the Americas? (Read 124830 times)

  • jax
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What's Going on in the Americas?
There are a number of threads from the Old World, any news from the New? Anything American goes.

  • Frenzie
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1125
Meanwhile, we're celebrating the return of wolves, some 160 years after they were driven off quite purposefully. I doubt farmers and deer are ecstatic about that one. :)

  • Sparta
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why is US dollar keep dropping?

is economy in america went slow?

  • Frenzie
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Reply #1127
What do you mean by dropping precisely?

  • krake
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Meanwhile, we're celebrating the return of wolves,

  • ersi
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why is US dollar keep dropping?

is economy in america went slow?
Currencies cannot drop by themselves, but in comparison against other currencies or against assets. When Philippine peso is on strong ascendance, USD (and other mostly stable currencies) will necessarily seem on decline.

Peso Beats Asian Peers in Surprise Win as Philippine CPI Eases https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-03/peso-beats-asian-peers-in-surprise-win-as-philippine-cpi-eases

  • ersi
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The Push to Remove Any Mention of Slavery From Vermont's Constitution
... Vermont, which was 95 percent white at the time of the last census, has been known for its racial liberalism since becoming the first place in the Western Hemisphere, in 1777, to outlaw slavery....

... the language [of the slavery provision of the constitution of Vermont] is ambiguous: Designed to allow apprenticeships and indentured servitude, both relatively common 18th-century practices, the document explicitly banned only slavery for adults...

"...no person born in this country, or brought from over sea, ought to be holden by law, to serve any person as a servant, slave or apprentice, after arriving to the age of twenty-one years, unless bound by the person's own consent, after arriving to such age, or bound by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like...."
Not so sure how an "unless" allowing for "person's own consent" outlaws slavery.

There's a similar problem with the abolition-of-slavery amendment of the United States constitution:
Quote from: Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime....
To preserve slavery, the southern states could simply have declared all slaves guilty of mutiny or something.

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21 y.o. with an unless, at that.

I suppose that's the 'unless you're a completely unlucky dumbass' clause. Then you're probably better off.

Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
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 :insane:  :insane: I just saw the President of the United States look to the sky and call himself "the chosen  one."  :insane:  :insane: The constitutional process for removing a lunatic like this from office is outlined in 25th Amendment to Us Constitution. 
"What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter."
― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

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The chosen one
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Well, he is the chosen one (by your fellows). And there's nothing wrong at looking to the sky. I do it every day. It isn't raining right now.

Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
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He was chosen by the electoral college over the will of the American people, having lost the popular vote by 3,000,000. How anybody voted for him is beyond me, despite Clinton's issues. He's been showing himself to be a loon from the get-go.

Now he's trying to order US firms out of China via an insane tweet.

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The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP. Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China
The bold is mine, of course.
"What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter."
― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

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Hereby ordered? Well, if he gets some stuff passed as a law I suppose...

Apparently the US is a tax haven.

https://www.spiegel.de/international/business/eu-fearful-of-including-u-s-on-tax-haven-list-a-1283321.html#ref=rss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKjk0ECXjiQ

  • ersi
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Hereby ordered?
Presidential decree is a thing. Under Trump, presidential decrees are a thing on Twitter.

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That made me wonder how many Trump had used so far, apparently 120: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_order#Table_of_U.S._presidents_using_executive_orders

  • ersi
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That made me wonder how many Trump had used so far, apparently 120:
I suspect they are not counting his tweets.

Here's the opinion of the business elite:

Did Trump Just Act Like Britain's King Just Before The 1776 Revolution?
Ordering U.S. companies out of a country it a weird thing to do in peacetime unless the move involves sanctions for perceived or actual breaches of international law.

This instance was neither of those and is especially strange given that the U.S. revolution was in large part propelled by the desire of colonial Americans to freely do trade with whomever they desired.
That Trump would be bad for diplomacy was of course obvious throughout the campaign. But now let's hope it is clear for everyone that he is bad for business on every scale.


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China has many industrial policies and other measures that disadvantage if not outright discriminate against foreign companies, poor protection of intellectual property, and cheap financing and subsidies for state-owned firms. These are definitely breaches of WTO regulations. Forbes seems to be downplaying that rather much, even if I agree that to quit doing business is just stupid, and that there doesn't seem to be much if any rhyme or reason to what the Trump administration is doing.

http://eeas.europa.eu/archives/docs/china/docs/joint_communication_to_the_european_parliament_and_the_council_-_elements_for_a_new_eu_strategy_on_china.pdf

  • ersi
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China has many industrial policies and other measures that disadvantage if not outright discriminate against foreign companies, poor protection of intellectual property, and cheap financing and subsidies for state-owned firms. These are definitely breaches of WTO regulations. Forbes seems to be downplaying that rather much...
Are you saying Trump weighed all this and decided, after careful consideration, to start the trade war? No, Trump has been cancelling international agreements and escalating trade wars in every direction, including with Europe.

And the China that we have is the China Kissinger chose when he started diplomatic relations with the mainland, blindsiding Taiwan. US always picks their partners at will and at random. The partners' qualifications or features or character does not matter in the least. E.g. Saudi Arabia is good friends...