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  • in reply to: Automatic Earth in Athens Fund 2019 #51063

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    Raúl. There are a million voices calling out to 7 billion….your’s is louder than most. Well done for making the truth known to so many. We have been trained to trade our efforts for paper and digital currency. It is sad that to survive we must become a part of this system. I really respect you and all the work you have put into AE.

    in reply to: How Long is Jeffrey Epstein For This World? #48671

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    Standing in the queue at a supermarket this week I noticed a headline on the cover of one of the gossip magazines….Queen gives approval for Andrew to remarry Fergie! The Royal family’s public relations team are doing a great distraction job. But we are not above distraction ourselves; this Epstein case is distracting me and you at AE from what are surely more important issues such as looming WW3 and financial collapse, which in turn distracts us from the main issue: the extinction of the human species.

    in reply to: The Dying Days Of An Empire #48193

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    In the 1970s/80s the US turned a blind eye to South Africa’s apartheid regime while the South Africans fought a 12 year long US proxy war in Angola (probably over oil rights). When Russian Foxbat Migs joined the fray, South Africa chickened out of the war and the US suddenly had a ‘Damascus moment’ and went from tacitly supporting the South Africans to crushing their economy. Within 6 years the Apartheid regime was over. Weaponisation of the US$ has been going on for decades.

    in reply to: War and Young Americans #47583

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    The Grave
    Don McLean
    The grave that they dug him had flowers
    Gathered from the hillsides in bright summer colors
    And the brown earth bleached white
    At the edge of his gravestone
    He’s gone
    When the wars of our nation did beckon
    The man, barely twenty, did answer the calling
    Proud of the trust
    That he placed in our nation
    He’s gone
    But eternity knows him
    And it knows what we’ve done
    And the rain fell like pearls
    On the leaves of the flowers
    Leaving brown, muddy clay
    Where the earth had been dry
    And deep in the trench
    He waited for hours
    As he held to his rifle
    And prayed not to die
    But the silence of night
    Was shattered by fire
    As the guns and grenades
    Blasted sharp through the air
    One after another
    His comrades were slaughtered
    In the morgue of marines
    Alone, standing there
    He crouched ever lower
    Ever lower, with fear
    â??They can’t let me die
    They can’t let me die here!
    I’ll cover myself
    With the mud and the earth
    I’ll cover myself
    I know I’m not brave!
    The earth, the earth
    The earth is my grave.â??
    The grave that they dug him had flowers
    Gathered from the hillsides in bright summer colors
    And the brown earth bleached white
    At the edge of his gravestone
    He’s gone

    in reply to: Eat Less Meat and Save the Planet #45257

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    As an Australian who has enjoyed the easy life’western civilisation’ has provided for 55 years, I see our next major problem being the billions of up and coming Chinese and Indians who would also like our lifestyle. We have feasted on the Earths resources like no humans before and have consumed a large portion of them. As the populations of China and India rapidly grow richer they are going to find we haven’t left anything for them or even our own future generations. This could surely lead to wars as we fight over what’s left. Those that survive will have no choice but to return to a medieval farming model along the lines of Dr D’s ideas in his essay.

    in reply to: A Climate Fit For a Groundhog #43273

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    Your doctor warns you you need to make changes to your lifestyle or you will develop a problem in the future. It could be improve your diet, do more exercise, reduce smoking, quit drinking. Many of us would make a half hearted attempt to change because right now we feel fine. It takes a shock to induce real change. I guess the collective human mind is no different and the small indicators such as ice melt, wildfires and droughts are not shocking enough for most of us to do anything yet.

    in reply to: Assange, Infowars and the Constitution #42220

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    This comment section is the amazing thing about the internet…..we can all agree or disagree with what has been said. You couldn’t interact when your sole source of news came via a TV, radio or a magazine/ newspaper…..the only way to interact with the news was a letter to the editor and there was no guarantee it would be published. The newspaper could shut down your opinion by not publishing.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle July 12 2018 #41766

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    Amazing street art that sums up everything Automatic Earth is trying to say….interesting that the first things falling off ‘civilisation’ are a phone and laptop.

    in reply to: Outrage #41291

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    Where is my outrage? If my next door neighbour is unemployed, getting divorced, has teenaged children who are addicted to drugs as a way to deal with their situation, how far would I go to help them? Would I invite them into my home? Now extend this microcosmal example to the residents of my neighbouring suburb, county, country, continent. Would I invite them into my home?

    in reply to: Trump Makes Xi Happy #39810

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    Well reasoned Dr D! In my view China is fiercely capitalistic. The people I have met have homes full of everything and a new car in the car park of their apartment. They’ve embraced ecommerce in an unbelievably advanced manner….you can order anything from fresh apples to an iPad and it will get delivered for next to nothing the next day by a network of Uber style couriers. Remember China is bigger than Australia in size…..here it would cost $50 for that level of service. They are already buyers of their own production.

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