America - its all a bit odd...

Bubonic plague is endemic in western America (which quite surprised me).
Between 1900 and 2015, the United States had 1,036 human plague cases with an average of 9 cases per year. In 2015, 16 people in the Western United States developed plague, including 2 cases in Yosemite National Park. These US cases usually occur in rural northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, southern Colorado, California, southern Oregon, and far western Nevada
I was looking at comparative diseases when COVID arrived and the widespread presence of the plague surprised me greatly, having sort of assumed it vanished centuries ago.

A nice little outbreak of bubonic plague morphing into pneumonic plague would make COVID look like the mild sniffle the conspiraloons think it is (it affects all age groups equally and is 100% fatal if not treated quickly).

At least we now know how to deal with a pandemic. Don't we . . .
I was vaccinated against the plague when I was in the Army.
 

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Bubonic plague is endemic in western America (which quite surprised me).

Between 1900 and 2015, the United States had 1,036 human plague cases with an average of 9 cases per year. In 2015, 16 people in the Western United States developed plague, including 2 cases in Yosemite National Park. These US cases usually occur in rural northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, southern Colorado, California, southern Oregon, and far western Nevada
I was looking at comparative diseases when COVID arrived and the widespread presence of the plague surprised me greatly, having sort of assumed it vanished centuries ago.

A nice little outbreak of bubonic plague morphing into pneumonic plague would make COVID look like the mild sniffle the conspiraloons think it is (it affects all age groups equally and is 100% fatal if not treated quickly).

At least we now know how to deal with a pandemic. Don't we . . .
We might, but you can guarantee that the NHS would manage to fcuk it up and then claim a monstrous pay increase just for actually doing their job for once!
 
An Opinion - not necessarily my own - but it does have some pertinent points.
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OPINION

Wake up, America: The world just isn’t that into you​

To much of the world America looks like a declining power, precisely because it is a declining power
By SPENGLERJULY 24, 2021

NEW YORK – Republicans, including many old friends, are outraged that the Biden administration gave up on sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that will pump Russian gas to Germany.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)—on whose foreign policy team I served during the 2016 campaign—declared that he would block Senate confirmation of all of Biden’s ambassadorial appointments until the sanctions are reinstated. Daniel Kochis of the Heritage Foundation titled his piece today, “The US will regret this shameful appeasement of Russia.”

Calm down, everyone. After Donald Trump imposed sanctions on firms laying the Nord Stream 2 pipe across the Baltic Sea, the Russians sent their own ship, and the work is finished. The Germans will go ahead regardless, so the least humiliating thing that Biden could do was to acknowledge reality and stand down.

No one in Europe really cares what Washington thinks about Nord Steam 2 (and a lot of other issues). Once upon a time, about five years ago, America was going to be the new Saudi Arabia, providing Europe with liquefied natural gas to replace Vladimir Putin’s product—at a higher price, to be sure, but wrapped in the blessings of liberty. Trump demanded that Europe eschew Russian gas and buy American LNG instead.

When Trump took office, the energy companies in the S&P 500 were devoting US$70 to $80 billion a year in capital expenditures. This year it will be about $20 billion, barely a quarter as much as the last peak, and analysts polled by Bloomberg put next year’s total at less than $30 billion, despite the strong recovery in energy prices. Natural gas production is down by about 10% from the 2019 peak, and oil production is down by 20%.


The people with big jobs in Washington came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, when America was the technological marvel of the world, and American inventions created the digital age. We haven’t done a lot lately except code some complicated software.

China has installed about 80% of the world’s 5G mobile broadband capacity, the carrier for the Fourth Industrial Revolution as much as railroads were for the First Industrial Revolution, and is moving much faster towards smart cities, automated ports, autonomous vehicles, self-programming robots and a wealth of other 5G applications.

American supply chains can’t keep up with the $5 trillion in demand that the US Treasury dumped onto consumers, so America is running a $1 trillion a year balance of payments deficit. The pull of demand has spiked the inflation rate above 5%.

The Federal Reserve and the White House say this is transitory, but US industries aren’t investing in new equipment. In fact, capital expenditures for US industrial companies this year will be 35% lower than in 2019, and not much better next year.

The US isn’t investing in energy, or much else. It doesn’t boast a single company to compete with Huawei, Ericsson, or Nokia in 5G broadband. China, with its robust supply chains and abundance and diversity of skilled workers and engineers, is likely to get a jump on the United States in the new technologies that will transform economic life.

That includes hydrogen fuel cells: China’s chemical industry produces 30% of the world’s hydrogen as a by-product.

At the same time, America’s allies don’t have a lot of confidence in Washington’s will to defend them—surely not after the humiliating spectacle of another Vietnam-style run from a country where American forces fought a 20-year war, namely in Afghanistan.

Europeans view with distaste the American version of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, where the “woke” equivalent of Red Guards hold self-criticism sessions at corporations and universities to extract confessions of racism, homophobia, transphobia and so forth.

The last thing that German Chancellor Angela Merkel or French President Emmanuel Macron want is to tangle with Russia.

According to the German business daily Handelsblatt, Germans support the completion of Nord Stream 2 by a margin of 75 to 17. Even members of the opposition Green Party who abhor anything to do with fossil fuels back the pipeline by a margin of 69 to 21.


It’s pointless to complain when America’s allies ask in so many words, “What have you done for us lately?” To the rest of the world, America looks like a declining power, because it is a declining power.

If America wants to get the world’s attention, it should try doing the things that captured the world’s imagination a few decades ago. America needs the moral equivalent of a moonshot, a rededication to manufacturing leadership, a revived meritocracy that produces business and scientific leadership.

Instead of complaining about how the Germans jilted them, American politicians should take a hard look at where America is going, and do something about it.
 
Are they celebrating the glorious output from State Tractor Factory Number 37?

So much poverty with all the poor people walking, riding horses and driving buggies.

Is that Bulgaria or Albania?
Cheyenne, WY if I'm not mistaken. We have Farm shows in our area too, and some of those antique tractors are pretty slick.
Here's a few from a recent farm show in my neck of the woods:

E2A: The McCormick Farm-all is some farmer's county fair tractor pull ride. No one puts a Chevy V-8 in a Farm-all chassis and expects to actually do some plowing with it. Hence the ballistic blanket around the transmission.

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I wonder what His Eminence (PBUH) whispered in her ear before disappearing in a puff of purple smoke? I'm sure it's given the fire crew something to talk about though!

'A screaming naked woman stuck in an eight-inch space between two buildings was saved by firefighters who drilled through a concrete wall in a dramatic near three-hour rescue. The woman, who hasn't been named, managed to trap herself between the walls of an auto body shop and a car stereo store in Santa Ana, California on Tuesday.

'Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Thanh Nguyen told The US Sun that it's a complete "mystery" how the woman got there. Rescuers with the Orange County Fire Department were summoned to the scene just after 2pm after workers inside the auto shop heard the woman crying for help. It took the workers around 20 to 30 minutes to figure out where the woman was. She was trapped in a space no more than a foot-wide, laying on her side and completely naked, Nguyen said.

'Firefighters were unable to reach the woman and she was unable to crawl out of the space. The only option, officials determined, was to drill a hole through the wall adjacent to the woman and pull her to safety.'



Another of the Vietnamese diaspora contributing to his new country.
If only the same could be anticipated of some others.
 
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