France & Germany are developing countries? Hell, Turkey for that matter, is pretty urban, has a modern, standing army, etc. Argentina went to war with the U.K. 30 years ago, for crying out loud. The two South American countries on the list may have some development issues (one is not possessed of a large number of… Read more
What the Republicans and their big-business sponsors are “letting” Americans choose is, and has always been, whatever is most expensive and least efficient, because that’s what makes the most money for the nice, rich, old, white folks who sign their checks.
My meaning was suppposed to be that our corporations now keep 99.9% of whatever profit there is to be made in a given business, rather than sharing or investing any of that in their business or their workers, paying everyone, from suppliers to labor to contractors, as little as humanly possible well beyond the bounds… Read more
Modern, American crony capitalism has run out of ways to make more money. They’re already selling us damned near everything at 30,000% markup or higher, taking 99.99% of profit from every enterprise and leaving that 0.01% to feed the workers who actually make things and provide services. Read more
Come to think of it, while it would be a truly huge gamble, you might just get away with making a dedicated, high-budget WWII movie, just to introduce characters and build a setting... and then take a screaming left turn into Alternate History with the sequel. Maybe even what alt-history fans call “Alien Space Bats”,… Read more
Fresh food of all kinds really is a unique experience we seldom get anymore. Store-bought produce and meat look so fresh thanks to preservatives, refrigeration, dyes, and other trickery that we often forget that the cow to whom our steak belonged probably died weeks ago, and those peppers or tomatoes may have been… Read more