Why are we in Japan, anyway? WWII ended 70 years ago. We have 49,430 American troops in Japan and 38,015 in Germany. Add 30,000 in South Korea, where the Korean War ended more than half a century ago. How much is this costing us? Well:
- 126 million cars
- Average income of 60% all households in America.
That's a trillion dollars above, in $100 bills (note man in red to the left.)
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement among a dozen Asian-Pacific nations, providing trade and investment opportunities for American companies. All four Hawaii Democrats in Congress dinged against the President. You could say that TPP is anti-China, for it is not included, nor are South Korea and India.
Secondly, the Republican-dominated Supreme Court rejected the Obamacare lawsuit, preserving the program at least for the next couple of years. If our next president is Republican, and they retain control of Congress, they can still scuttle the Affordable Care Act. The 6-3 vote wasn't even that close, but three conservatives sided with the liberals, including Chief Justice John Roberts.
Here is another reason not to live in Hawaii. I have a Swiss Army knife type tool that has a flashlight. There are four tiny LR41 batteries. So I went to Long's and found that each cost $3.99, plus tax. or four for something north of $16. The whole thing cost me less than $10 in Thailand. So I went to Amazon.com. Twenty, yes, twenty LR41 batteries cost $5.39, with no tax and shipping charge. That's 27 cents/battery, or 15 times cheaper. Now, I'll never use more than 4 in my life, for I doubt that I'll ever actually use that flashlight, and will almost surely misplace it later this year...but this is why Radio Shack has gone bankrupt. Long's better watch it!
IS HAWAII SHRINKING AWAY FROM PROGRESS?
Yet again, Hawaii seems to be waffling away from doing something monumental. On the other hand, if you are among those who feel that Mauna Kea is sacred, and yet another telescope should not be built to further desecrate the holy grounds, maybe that, too, is progress. In any case, we are already being superseded, as Europe is building their Extremely Large Telescope (ELT--129 feet diameter--right) on top of Cerro Amazones in Northern Chile, and they hope first light will be observed in 2024.