reply to post by Royal76
" . . the United States of America. China is rising, it had to. It had no place to go but up. After what the Japanese did to them in WWII. The
European Union will only work until their people realize its just one of the steps towards a global government. When they realize how much of their
identity, and culture they will have to give up to join the collective, they will begin to bolt.
I say there are 6 ½ potential power centers in the world. 1) USA, Washington, DC. 2) PRC, Beijing. 3) EU, Brussels and Strasbourg. 4) Russia, Moscow,
5) India, New Delhi. And 6) Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Who is the potential half power? I offer 6.5) Japan, Tokyo.
The EU is problematic. Early last year first the Netherlands then the French rejected the 300 pages long EU Constitution. Can you just imagine how
many lawyers adopting that document wold have brought lifetime employment to? Sweet Jesus! The EU Con should be renamed the “The Lawyers Lifetime
Full Employment Act.”
A long time ago America’s kids had to memorize the Preamble to our Con as well as the Gettysburg Address, but as nefarious neo-Capitalists gradually
gained control over local school boards, both were dropped from the curriculum as TOO damed egalitarian if not outright socialistic! In its place they
offered children the “Under GOD” version of the old Pledge of Allegiance for super patriots. As if invoking GOD would stop the drive by shootings
or the guns and drugs in grade schools.
Look, China has 1.3 billion people. They have been able to stop at that point due to the foresighted “one family, one child” policy adopted 30 odd
years ago. India has proved incapable of slowing its out of control birthrate and will surpass China in numbers of people by 2040. Not good. China has
3 million square miles of area while India has slightly less than 1 million square miles. Wow! For a minute play-like America was populated like
China. For every person you see on the street today, there would be FOUR if in China! They have more than enough work to do at home to keep them out
of other people’s business.
Brazil has lots of things going for it but being immovably sited on the Equator is not one of them. Once the Brazilians slash and burn the last of the
great Amazon Rain Forest, we’ll all miss the oxygen it produces. But that’s life. And that same rain forest sequesters - how about that word -
carbon dioxide at the same time. CO2 being that deadly global warming gas that we put 400 billion tons of into the atmosphere every year.
Russia has been taken over by gangsters. It is said fully 20% of the old USSR property is now in the hands of the Russian MAFIA. Did you know Forbes
says more billionaires live in Moscow than in any other city? We might have avoided that if we had been more outgoing in the 1989-1991 period. But we
weren’t and they were. Regardless, the Russian Federation is the opposite of Brazil. Too far north to be able to grow much excess food. The day is
already here when FOOD is more valuable than OIL and next to WATER as a necessity of life. If we could dump Senator Bob Dole and ADM - Archer Daniels
Midland - and stop wasting time, money and water on the false hope to slow or halt global warming, ethanol
, we could be higher up on the rung
than any other country!
India. Despite having more than 1 billion people, it is said they have MORE cows than people! Friends of min visited India 4 years ago and spent 30
days there on a walk-around tour beginning at New Delhi and going east to the Bay of Bengal. Super nice people. But my friends told me there is but
one word to describe India and that one is banned from ATS so I’ll take a chance and spell it backwards as an accurate report. T*hs. As mostly
Hindu, they cannot kill king cobras or man eating tigers. Not to say rats and mice. Ugh!
Japan. After the Tokyo real estate bubble burst some 10 years ago, the Japanese have reined their expectations and gotten their ambitions under
control. I think they are becoming a niche country, like the Switzerland of Europe, but slightly more populated. Doing a few things well. But
challenging no one.
[edit on 4/30/2008 by donwhite]