The US is at least a century, if no more, from having a legitimate peer competitor.

Even if you look at CANZUK or the EU as near term hostile competitors, they have little chance.

It's a bit disappointing honestly, as a scientist, I personally prefer the idea of having some real competition.

RFK Jr. says "muh daddy" and "muh uncle" more than a gold digger.

"Dexter" is probably the worst offender in the "glorifying serial killers" category of the American entertainment industry's malfeasance.

Well, now Aragorn is a black dude.

Now, I happen to be one of those people who thinks we ought to eventually reach a time where skin color is just like hair color, and at some level it's considered just a superficial physical feature. Heck, if a monster actor like Idris Elba auditioned for Aragon, I dunno how much I'd care.

But the fact that the preening, narcissistic, infantile buttlets who are behind this pursue it for degenerate political purposes is what I revile about their actions.

In case you'd caught the cooties floating around Trumpling media over RFK Jr, you might want to read this revolting twat (Roger, in this case, is referring to Roger Waters):

What are the odds this Taliban incursion grows into something more significant?

So far I prefer Vivek as a second choice to Trump, based upon his style.

The current line of attack from DeSantis has slanted towards petty, deceitful, or outright nonsensical. I get it, they have to play hardball against a monster like Trump, but Vivek has executed similar attacks in a far more honest and fair way.

At least, that is my present impression, I'm still fond of DeSantis, but I get the sense that that he hired many of the usual corporate hacks to manage his media strategy.

Image of an F-16 on a Ukrainian runway.

Save it for future use against peanut brains who say that F-16's can't use Ukrainian runways.

Ok so what's the story on gumbo file? The internet tells me the FDA sort of banned it, I can't find it at my local Virginia Safeway, but I can buy it on Amazon and it does not actually appear to be carcinogenic.

Where do I find it/can I find it/will it kill me/will my gumbo be ruined without it?

Please and thank you.

Prigozhin today announced after 224 days of fighting, the capture of Bakhmut.

224 days of grinding death to capture a smoldering ruin.

From here, where does the Russian army go, I wonder?

No doubt the Russian propaganda machine will crow about how victory was snatched from the jaws of NATO, but now the MOD and their frenemies need to come up with something else to do before the counteroffensive gets too much momentum.

I do wonder how this will play out.

Oh, and an extra piece: Try to prioritize being internally consistent in your thinking, as you can actually verify this yourself.

For instance, many conservatives think large centralized bureaucracies are inefficient and cumbersome, but then posit explanations for the world that implicitly assume that the Democrats have the ability to orchestrate the federal government down to 12 decimal places.

Easy to see that both can't be right.

*Served me well so far, with the obvious caveat that forecasting the future is f'ing hard.

Quick trick to make useful "predictions"* about reality:

1. Start from the assumption that large organizations can barely play 1D chess, much less 12D chess.

2. Look at verifiable ACTIONS and their obvious consequences, not speculative actions or theoretical rationalizations.

3. If something is obvious to you, and does not depend upon your special experiences, it's probably obvious to the people involved in whatever it is you're trying to understand.

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Cold fruit bowls are the most underrated treat ever.

I think Pakistan is going to be a major bifurcation point for the cold war with China.

There are two outcomes: 1., China has some 5D chess big brain scheme to use evil authoritarian skullduggery to dominate, pacify, and stabilize the place or 2., China will melt like a roll of toilet paper in a typhoon, or 3., something in between 1 and 2.

My bet is option 3, but 90% option 2 and 10% option 1.

Keep an eye on it!

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