DrEntropy
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About me: "In our activity alone do we find the sustaining illusion of an independent existence, as against the whole scheme of things of which we form a helpless part." -Joseph Conrad
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1928 days ago

  Specifically: it takes too much time to wade through the useless one-line pseudo-reviews of MySpacers...or whoever these kids are that post 40+ consecutive 'reviews' every few minutes ('dont know' or 'no opinion' or 'sucks' or 'ewwwwww' or 'dis is great' or 'OMG').  These fools rarely if ever return-though it doesn't matter, since otherwise indistinguishable illiterates almost immediately take their place.  Wading through pages and pages of text (in the recent reviews page) just to find something resembling a coherent thought simply takes too much time.  Besides summer vacation, I'm not sure what has brought on this onslaught of mediocrity-though I believe much of it can be attributed to the (well-intentioned) site design changes over the last year, which promote quantity over quality.

I'm sure Magellan has a crack team of experts working on the problem.  In the meantime, I will try to survive without my RIA fix-my best to all the regulars.

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1931 days ago

The US was the best place to live for a long time.  Certainly for the 50 years after WWII-mainly because the rest of the world was either flattened by the war, or fell behind afterwards. 

Now, I'm not so sure.  Most Americans don't travel abroad, and have no idea how poor and backward many parts of their country are-even compared to some 'developing' countries.  The luckier parts of the country-New York, California, the Southwest, Florida-are going to get hit very hard by the collapse of the FIRE (finance, insurance, real estate) sectors-which is practically the whole economy in some places.  If oil prices spiked, or foreigners stopped financing our debt, things could turn very bad, very quickly.  Double-digit unemployment, hyperinflation, riots, martial law-these are all well within the realm of possibility.  At best, it's a long recession and a continued slide towards Argentinian norms-rampant corruption, sky-high inequality, boom-bust economic cycles, collapsing infrastructure and public services...even then, the US will remain a good country to live in-for the lucky or well-connected; but it won't be the country it used to be.

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1931 days ago

One of the all-time 'nice-place-to-visit-but-don't-ever-want-to-live-there' countries.  Israel is very welcoming to tourists, especially Americans (we pay their bills, after all) and has many fascinating sights, a pleasant climate, and citizens from every corner of the globe.  Terrorism aside, Israel is also a very bitter, crowded, and divided country; the social tensions (religious, political, ethnic) are easy for a visitor to deal with, but not something you'd want to live with on a day-to-day basis.

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1931 days ago

Several people I know have moved to Istambul, and they are all very happy with their decision.  Wonderful people, thriving economy, good political situation by Mid-East standards; incredible cultural attractions and natural beauty.  The only complaints I've heard are over the currency, which has risen with the Euro over the last few years-it's not a cheap place to live anymore, which is a good indication the country is pulling out of the third world.

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1931 days ago

Not a bad place to visit, but Egypt is just about the last place on earth you'd want to move to.  Egypt has a low cost of living, many historic attractions, nice beaches and quite friendly people, but it's a political time-bomb; revolution could break out any day there.  Not the best place to retire.

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1931 days ago

  Crowded, polluted and not the kind of place you want to get in any kind of legal trouble.  Otherwise, not a bad place if you've got the right professional qualifications-China is like the US around 1900, pulling in talent from every corner of the globe.  As long as you stay out of crime or politics, the level of personal freedom is actually much higher than the US-it's rather like the US used to be before everything became entangled in paranoia and red tape. 

Better long-term economic prospects than anywhere else on the planet, I suspect.

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1931 days ago

Or just Arnold trying flubbing his lines...

1931 days ago

The smokeless tobacco reviewers are always good for a laugh.

1933 days ago

The decadence of Catherine's court didn't stop her from being the most effective of all the Russian tsars, with the possible exception of Peter.  Her bad reputation is mostly attributable to the anti-monarchial propaganda of her own time, which was revived in the 20th century; as well as the general bias against female rulers.  Modern historians generally have a quite favorable view of Catherine-she is generally seen as continuing Peter the Great's work of modernization and imperial expansion, with more attention to the rule of law and fewer fits of psychotic violence.

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1933 days ago

Somewhat underrated. Alexander held Tsarist Russia together through its greatest crisis (the Napoleonic invasion) and helped broker a lasting peace during the Congress of Vienna. He never had the influence of Peter or Catherine, but he played an important part in Russian history, and might have had a greater impact on European affairs.

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