I'm rep bankrupt, Phatty.
We don't get cable here, either. Never have; not available here near my home, unless you go with satellite (*ain't happening).
Due to signal strength and lack of foliage in the trees on the hills in the winter, w/ signal being stronger in colder air, we get all of about 7 channels or so in the winter, and maybe 3-6 in the summer. But it affords a lot of reading time until my spine says, "Enough!!!" from sitting in a chair... or my eyes dry out.. which ever.
Any entity that cultivates thoughts that they're invincible or immune/exempt, whether individual, nation-state, or what ever, is living in the land of Grand Delusions. And karma, even if human-generated Instant Karma, is roaming in the night..
I knew a guy who rented out a bunch of hippie cabins up here years ago. You could build your own shed/cabin on his land for a couple years of free rent. And after that, if you paid rent for the year in advance, typically in the Fall, he threw in a couple months free (pay for 9 or 10, and get 12 months). The latter rental deal was to afford him traveling the world each winter, looking for the safest place to survive the nukes.
In the end, he decided that place would be New Zealand, as he figured they were far enough out of the way re. air and water currents, and with safer waters afforded harvesting post-nuke kelp, sea weed, and fish.
Me, I figured, "Plant me at Ground Zero, with a good shot or 3 of tequila, a good bowl of hash, and give me the whole 15" to 25" we'll have to say, 'Hey, it's been real!! But not THAT real!!.'"
Our species' karmic debt, in my reasoning, will ultimately be paid by us all.
Originally Posted by St. Phatty
All too true about the Patriot Act etc.
15 men with Saudi passports fly airplanes into buildings and ... the US allies with Saudi Arabia and starts attacking Saudi & Israel's enemies ?
Good to hear about the 2 TV shows. I don't have cable and my Netflix was running low. It helps me escape for a few hours a day.
I would bet money that while the US is demonstrating its version of military prowess & mass murder, definitely Russia and probably China have highly caffeinated teams of electronic warfare technicians very close. And they are Hoovering up every single piece of electronic signal and noise they can find, using RF antennas of all different wavelength's, for future study. etc.
By attacking Syria for no cause, other than that being on Israel's wish list, the US is exposing a soft technical underbelly to its chief military rivals.
And also making it clear that American 'leadership' is sort of a fusion of Forrest Gump, Harvey Weinstein, and Hannibal Lector.
If there's ever a future version of Sun Tzu's 'the Art of War', the 2 most recent attacks on Syria, will be in the "What not to do" chapter.
The last time Trump attacked Syria with about 60 cruise missiles, he made a point to do it right in front of the #1 Chinese guy.
What do you think that Chinese guy was thinking ?