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    Yesterday I received a rather strange advert in my phone messages, from Claro,
    5/18/2020 ESTRENOSCV
    “Jojo Rabbit, siendo un niño alemán ayudado solo por su amigo imaginario, Adolf Hitler, deberá confrontar su nacionalismo lo tiene cegado. https://bit.ly/2xVN5dq
    My translation: SHOWS CV (Claro Video)
    Jojo Rabbit, being a German kid helped only by his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, must confront his nationalism that has blinded him. https://bit.ly/2xVN5dq
    I thought that can’t be right, but yes, there on clarovideo.com is the 2019 movie Jojo Rabbit, PG-13, a comedy that can be rented/viewed for $3.50 for 48 hrs.


    My mind was stuck in a 1970 groove:
    Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner
    But he knew it couldn't last
    Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona
    For some California grass
    Get back, get back Jojo
    Get back to where you once belonged


    Not all the baggage that expats carry is visible.
    I never met a Semite I didn't like.

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    So, how was the movie?

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    You can't plant the seeds of propaganda at too young an age. Nationalism is evil. Poor Jojo was swept up by his imaginary friend to think they could "make Germany great again." The answer, the true answer, the film makes clear, is globalism, where all borders are permanently open. And in the final scene, in a flowered alpine field, Jojo and all the kids, wearing lederhosen, hand-in-hand sing the Coca-Cola song,
    I'd like to teach the world to sing
    In perfect harmony
    I'd like to hold it in my arms
    And keep it company
    I'd like to see the world for once
    All standing hand in hand
    And hear them echo through the hills
    For peace through out the land
    I never met a Semite I didn't like.

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    My _guess_ is that our 30yr path of centralised supply in one cheap country (or maybe area) is going to quietly distribute to a collection of lower wage countries in different regions of the world to distribute the risk - I bet it will be a boon for SS Africa and probably a lot of CA and SA.

    Capitalists will not give up cheap labour, just how they distribute their use of cheap labour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bill_bly_ca View Post
    Capitalists will not give up cheap labour, . . .
    No, lowering costs is the holy grail of the church of capitalism, from which all profits flow.
    But cheap isn't the end-all. There's also a question of quality, esp. re. sophisticated electronics of the 21st century. For example, the iPhone of Apple, one of America's richest corps that pays no US taxes.

    The CCP has a well-controlled herd of world-class, billionaire capitalists, like Jack Ma of Alibaba, that have total access to the best & cheapest labor force in the world and also the largest & fastest growing marketplace in the world. Unlike our capitalists, who show no allegiance to the gov't that spawned them, the Chinese capitalists know that they operate only under the permission of their unquestionably superior power, the CCP. And our capitalists bankroll them - buy their stocks/bonds - because they're winners. On the global stage, capitalism is a game. The stake is control of the earth's resources, land, water, air and beyond. And the game is on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill_bly_ca View Post
    My _guess_ is that our 30yr path of centralised supply in one cheap country (or maybe area) is going to quietly distribute to a collection of lower wage countries in different regions of the world to distribute the risk - I bet it will be a boon for SS Africa and probably a lot of CA and SA.

    Capitalists will not give up cheap labour, just how they distribute their use of cheap labour.


    How about Vietnam ?
    Are they ready to take the Red Pill ?

    But, really, I think that we need to bring much of this back to the US. Does it really matter to someone in the US if a Hydroxychloroquine tablet costs 8 cents,, or costs $5 dollars ? I understand that precursors are an issue,, but that is what the strategic stockpile is for.

    Covid was a taste of what is to come. We are looking at a Twelve Monkeys scenario in the future,, a weaponized bug that devastates anyone who is not provided a vaccine. Smallpox piggybacked onto a highly contagious influenza virus with a long incubation period.

    Covid just showed us how easily it could be done.

    Nicaragua is heating up.
    Will they burn through the virus (or vice versa) and achieve herd immunity by end of June ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyWestPirate View Post
    Are they ready to take the Red Pill ?
    Pirate, you seem to have slipped into a pre-apocalyptic funk.

    I caught the newsbit of Elon Musk, referring to The Matrix, telling his followers, "Take the red pill." The board of Tesla is talking of removing him as CEO. Ne'er happen.

    You've pushed me into rewatching Twelve Monkeys, despite its detour thru an insane asylum, but I'm putting it off until I want to feel worse about this pandemic. Funny the only ones who seem to have jobs, high-paying ones, are those on TV and in print telling us how totally fucked we all are.

    Nothing of any consequence will happen to poor, little Nicaragua as a result of the coronavirus, despite the doomsayers convening here & there.

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    "...Nothing of any consequence will happen to poor, little Nicaragua as a result of the coronavirus, despite the doomsayers convening here & there. .."



    Same here, but we have a LOT of blue kool aid drinkers in los EU . We did learn some hard lessons,, MAYBE.

    COVID is the best thing to happen for the DIMs since the election.
    Now, if they could just do something with Sleepy Joe. Anything.

    If this plays out as it should in Nicaragua,, Nicaragua will be the safest place in the world by end of July.



    I can't wait for Trump's rallies to start,, so much material.
    I watched Pelosi's news conference this morning,, and understand Sen Kennedy's point:

    "I'd like to see her point of view,, but I can't get my head far enough up my butt."

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    If by "capitalism" we mean "mercantilism," the alliance between the most powerful business owners and the world's various governments to mutually benefit each other, then that system has metastasized out of control. If we mean "capitalism" as a system where producers are free to earn a profit from selling their goods and services at market prices, then those of us who live that way have been squeezed nearly to death by the mercantilists. The two words are most assuredly not interchangeable. It's like calling a house cat a lion. They're both felines, but one is soft, cuddly, and takes care of itself, the other is the apex predator of Africa.

    Mercantilists are perfectly happy to have people mix up the two words. When people (especially capitalists) use the C word as a pejorative, the mercantilists smile inside, knowing they've turned another schmuck against himself. More self-loathing capitalists. The more cognitive dissonance we endure, the less we pay attention to what the mercanitilists are really doing to us.

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    Mercantilism is a policy that is designed to maximize the exports and minimize the imports for an economy. It promotes imperialism, tariffs and subsidies on traded goods to achieve that goal. These policies aim to reduce a possible current account deficit or reach a current account surplus.
    The way 18th century England treated Colonial America. Steve Bannon uses the term a lot referring to China and its imperial designs, treating America & others as client states.

    The CCP plays a rather unique game in as much as they release their most successful capitalists upon the world to make/buy/sell what yields the greatest profit, seemingly to accumulate private wealth, only to be reeled in at their whim.

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    Cheap labor industries will go to anti-China commies like Vietnam and Cambodia. India has tremendous potential just because of its size, not its IQ. Semi-smart countries like Sal and CR could cash in.

    If Swiss can still make swiss army knives by robot, even the US could get competitive in some things.

    Official notice: After studying the situation I have just renamed the virus: Covid 19-21. So there!

    "Support mental health or I'll break your head"

    ...with a 6 foot stick and mask and gloves....


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    Quote Originally Posted by el duende grande View Post
    Cheap labor industries will go to anti-China commies like Vietnam and Cambodia. India has tremendous potential just because of its size, not its IQ. Semi-smart countries like Sal and CR could cash in.

    If Swiss can still make swiss army knives by robot, even the US could get competitive in some things.

    Official notice: After studying the situation I have just renamed the virus: Covid 19-21. So there!



    I never thought of Costa Rica. There is already a lot of pharmaceutical production there, and they have always been our friends. And management loves to go there with the family for a tour of duty. I sold my Highlander to some expat family with a Pharma tie.
    Everybody loves CR,, except the Nicas,, of course.

    Close,, not as cheap as Vietnam,, but a stellar medical reputation.

    Not relevant to this thread,, but

    https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/927033

    If you drink the Blue KoolAid,, you won't want to know about this.
    Orange man BAD, Hydroxychloroquine BAD, just delete the post



    " . . .While the data have not yet been published, and should therefore be interpreted with caution, this non-randomised, unblinded study showed a strong reduction in viral load with hydroxychloroquine.

    After 6 days, the percentage of patients testing positive for COVID-19 who received hydroxychloroquine fell to 25% versus 90% for those who did not receive the treatment (a group of untreated COVID-19 patients from Nice and Avignon).

    In addition, comparing untreated patients, those receiving hydroxychloroquine and those given hydroxychloroquine plus the antibiotic azithromycin, the results showed there was "a spectacular reduction in the number of positive cases" with the combination therapy, said Prof Raoult.

    At 6 days, among patients given combination therapy, the percentage of cases still carrying SRAS-CoV-2 was no more than 5%.

    Azithromycin was added because it is known to be effective against complications from bacterial lung disease but also because it has been shown to be effective in the laboratory against a large number of viruses, the infectious disease specialist explained.


    "Everyone who died from COVID-19 were still carriers of coronavirus. To no longer have the virus changes the prognosis," Prof Raoult said.

    More detailed results of the study have been submitted for publication in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents..... "





    Don't expect to see this reported on the FN or CNN (Fake News or Commie News Network) ,,, as opposed to Fox News).


    The KoolAid at George Town was grape flavored, but it was probably highly diluted,, so probably blue.
    I just don't understand why Trump is not using that during his rallies, the Libs find it highly offensive and tasteless.

    Medscape is a pretty straight shooter. I don't see any bias there.

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    Medicine and stuff can bounce around to wherever the companies want to make the investment to train the folks and obtain the conditions needed. A lot of other industries I think we will see remain in China, what China did for the past 20-25 years was break industries down to the ground in terms of eliminating their abilities to provide raw materials. Just in Textiles, China produces about 65% of the worlds fibers, ain't much playing in the world if they want to take their ball and go home. India doesn't have the mettle to sacrifice human capital like China did to obtain most higher tech industries. Vietnam and other SE asian countries aren't big enough. And when things finally start to shake out of this deal, lets see how many American or Western countries want grab their nut sack and go and be producers again. That is the issue, American companies, and the employees and execs, wanna sit in offices and write PO's and then ship orders that someone else makes for real cheap. The only place that can do it in big reliable volume is China.

    Companies such as Levi's, Oxford Shirts, Schwinn Bikes, etc. don't manufacture any more, they have shit made for them with their name on it and they resell it for a big mark up. Lots of stuff could be made in many places, but companies would have to go back to doing it themselves, and I don't think they will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy-YO View Post
    No, lowering costs is the holy grail of the church of capitalism, from which all profits flow.
    But cheap isn't the end-all. There's also a question of quality, esp. re. sophisticated electronics of the 21st century. For example, the iPhone of Apple, one of America's richest corps that pays no US taxes.
    That's a good example Apple - It started making cool products that people paid a premium for because it was innovative, good relative value for money, employed smart people in the country of creation. It morphed into a money making juggernaut which is solely pumping cash to share holders (Mostly institutional or high wealth) as it market shrinks and value for money of its product drops continuously.

    I would your argue that lowering costs is the Only way for profit - If you provide good value for money you can get a good living - Either as an employee, vendor or business.

    A Capitalist , in my mind, puts equal weight in 1) their return, 2) their employees return and the 3) customers return on investment in their product. That is a sustainable model for all parties - Company - Employee - Customer. One that comes to mind is Ikea

    Then there is the current brand of capitalism where labour is squeezed, raw materials scrimped upon, entire departments of marketing "spin" and relatively little value for money for the customer - Executive first - Shareholder second - everyone else in the lower 15 or 10% rung.

    I can not really think of anyone bucking that trend other than maybe Boeing and Caterpillar in the US maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyWestPirate View Post
    I never thought of Costa Rica.
    INTEL actually put a Wafer Fab there
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