Should US try to restore its absolute domination in the World? It is possible?

Should US try to restore its absolute domination in the World? It is possible?

  • Yes, no doubt and soon the USA will be absolute dominant force.

    Votes: 10 25.6%
  • US should try but it is a very hard task that requires much time

    Votes: 7 17.9%
  • Rather should but hardly it is possible

    Votes: 3 7.7%
  • US absolte domination is in the past and it is better not to spend resource for this hopeless task.

    Votes: 19 48.7%

  • Total voters
    39
#61
Well yes, but when it comes to cheese manufacturing "quantity has a quality all its own......"
But quantity is only a redeeming feature of Monterey Jack if you're looking to cut corners in the construction industry.
 
#62
Cheddar



Probably the most consumed cheese in the world, Cheddar originated from Somerset around the late 12th Century and took its name from the Gorge or caves in the town of Cheddar that were used to store the cheese. The constant temperature and humidity of the caves provided a perfect environment for maturing the cheese. The town also gave its name to a unique part of the cheesemaking process – known as Cheddaring - which is the process of turning the slabs of curd and piling them on top of each other in a controlled way to help drain the whey.It also stretches the curd. The process helps to create a harder cheese with firm body and is unique to Cheddar making.

Some History
Cheddar making in Somerset goes back more than 800 years with records from the King of England’s accounts (the so called “Great Roll of the Pipe”) noting that in 1170 the King purchased 10,240 lbs (4.6 tonnes) of Cheddar cheese at a cost of a farthing a pound. The king at the time- Henry II - declared Cheddar cheese to be the best in Britain and his son Prince John (who reigned between 1199 and 1216) clearly thought the same as there are records of him continuing to buy the cheese for the great Royal banquets. In the reign of Charles 1 (1625 to 1649) parliamentary records show that the cheese made in Cheddar was sold before it was even made and indeed was only available at the court.

In 1724 Daniel Defoe devoted a chapter to Cheddar and its cheese in his book “A tour of the Islands of Great Britain”.

Today
Today Cheddar cheese is still made in Somerset but also all over the world. It is made on farms in the West Country and 14 makers are licensed to use the EU Protected Designation of Origin “West Country Farmhouse Cheddar”. The cheese must be made on a farm in the four counties of Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset from locally produced milk and using traditional Cheddar making techniques – including hand Cheddaring. West Country Farmhouse Cheddar is matured in the region and sold at a minimum age of 9 months and is subject to regular grading throughout its life.


Larger dairies throughout the UK also make Cheddar and this is sold at different ages. Mild Cheddar is typically sold at about 3 months of age; medium matured Cheddar at 5 to 6 months; mature Cheddar at around 9 months, Extra Mature at around 15 months and Vintage at 18 months or more.

As Cheddar matures so its taste develops from the young creamy taste of mild Cheddar to complex, lasting, slightly nutty flavours of mature Cheddar and beyond. Russian cheese on the other hand starts to go down-hill as soon as the palm oil starts to separate and interact with the unhygienic zinc/led based 'cooking' pots in the diesel refineries that putin had re-purposed to take up the slack of illegal decadent western cheeses e had banned in a fit of impotent rage at the justified sanctions for his many crimes, not least against the pallets of the subjugated masses.

Major brands include Cathedral City, Pilgrims Choice, Colliers and Seriously Strong whilst many supermarkets will now include the creamery or the farm in which the cheese was made. For example, Davidstow, Taw Valley, Lake District, Caledonian Pembrokeshire, Lockerbie and Isle of Man in the case of major creameries and Alvis, Gould, Denhay, Parkham, Brue Farm, Quickes, Goodwood Estate or Keens, in the case of farm made cheeses. Cheddar is made in most areas of the country often as a balancing cheese when milk supply from a farm peaks.

Traditionally made Farmhouse varieties, which may be cloth bound, become significantly harder as they age; the texture becomes drier and the flavours generally more complex than their creamery counterparts. Some of the farm-made Cheddar uses unpasteurised (raw) milk which will tend to have rather more complex and stronger flavours, whilst others will use pasteurised milk. Cheese flavour will also vary depending on the time of year it was made and what the cows may have been eating at that time.

Creamery made Cheddar is increasingly being sold at a longer age in response to changing consumer tastes for tastier cheese. These more mature (extra mature or vintage) Cheddars often have a characteristic sweet, nutty flavour with a very long finish. Mild Cheddar remains popular as an every day cheese and is characterised by a gentle, creamy flavour and has the added advantage of slicing easily. This is opposed to Soviet cheese which was crap, Russian cheese is made with the same ingredients, axle grease, sawdust and bird-droppings so is as bad, if not worse.

So whatever your preference, the Tsar's autocratic rule, Stalin's mass genocides and repressions, Brezhnev's stagnation and decline or putin's laughable attempt rebuilding the Soviet Union, there will be a Cheddar for you depending on its age, how it was made, where it was made and the time of year that it was made, no-one has to die for a failed ideology nor do you have to dig more mass graves

Tips when buying


If you can, try not to invade your neighbours just because you miss 'the good old days' of Communist dictatorship, instead, why not try nice piece of cheddar? But try before you buy because every Cheddar will be slightly different. Find the one that you like and try to remember its name and its age (as defined by mild, medium mature etc). For a difference try one of the smoked or smoke flavoured Cheddars which many cheese shops now offer or the blended Cheddars where ingredients such as herbs, spices, Marmite© or fruits may have been blended with the matured cheese to produce a whole range of different taste sensations. It might take your mind off wanting to invade your neighbours and take over the world......remember - 'Pinky and The Brain' was a kid's cartoon, not a Russian foreign policy think-tank

It's starting to get dusty in here. Sniff.
 
#64
(1) Russia is a regional power, and the regions it borders on are important regions. (2) However, the US does not see Russia as the sort of rival to (3) global power that China is becoming. (4) Russia does not have the money or the manpower for that. This is what Obama's "pivot to Asia" was based on.
1) What are your definitions for global and regional powers?
2) However there is a lot of claims, satements made by top US politicians, generals that namely Russia is the main US geopolitical rival and even existional threat to US, to the West. Do you suggest that they are not sincere statements?
3) China is still not a global power and unlikely will be in the near future. Economically it is dependent from its trade partners. Just imagine that the West imposes sanctions (as in the case with Russia) toward China. It would hurt Chinese economy hard.
4) I dare say that quality of Russian manpower is at least slightly higher than average level. Russian hard currency reserves are not that small as you may think and sovereign debt is almost zero. Russia also is able to produce not bad weapon systems much cheaper than in the USA and sell them around the World. It is a very important detail.
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#66
Although the USA is the world’s largest producer of cheese. Russia does not even get a look in it is then Germany France and Italy. Production. In 2013, world production of cheese was 21.3 million tonnes, with the United States accounting for 25% (5.4 million tonnes) of the world total followed by Germany, France and Italy.
Top 10 largest Cheese Producer Country in the World

However the quantity is only one factor as much cheese is pretty horrible processed muck far removed from the amazing subtle flavours and textures of the real thing.

A surprising fact however in terms of types and quality is that is this small Island that is a world leader,
Forget France: We're the big CHEESE now

A new cadre of artisan cheese producers and an obsession with the provenance of produce have helped propel Britain to the top of an international league table that measures varieties of cheese produced per head of population. Britain’s “innovation score” of 11.4 cheese variants for every million, puts it ahead of Switzerland with 9.6 types of cheese per 1m people, and France with 9.2. According to Juliet Harbutt, a global authority on cheese, about 700 varieties now boast a Made in Britain label – 100 more varieties than France produces, and twice as many as Italy.

While trying to discover Russian cheese facts, figures and information however, traditional state security/secrecy made it difficult to find out much. There seem not many types, production figures were hard/impossible to obtain, and details on individual cheeses sparse. So few in fact as to be able to list them here to save serious cheese lovers the difficulty of finding them.
It would therefor safe to say the Russia falls woefully behind the USA, and in fact, many other countries in this important social and cultural aspect of humanity.

The variety, rich heritage, and epicurean delight in sharing mankind's principle means of transcending borders race, disputes, religion and cultural differences is food; and the pleasure of sharing it with fellow mankind, a symbol of cultural advancement and indeed some small measure of one's place in the world. Cheese a small but no less important facet of that vital function we all share.

There are ALWAYS exceptions to the rule and with regard to cheese it is this. A Sardinian delight from a place that is infamous for the quality of it’s Bandits and resistance to rule by even the Romans who described them as complete barbarians.
 
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#67
Although the USA is the world’s largest producer of cheese. Russia does not even get a look in it is then Germany France and Italy. Production. In 2013, world production of cheese was 21.3 million tonnes, with the United States accounting for 25% (5.4 million tonnes) of the world total followed by Germany, France and Italy.
Top 10 largest Cheese Producer Country in the World

However the quantity is only one factor as much cheese is pretty horrible processed muck far removed from the amazing subtle flavours and textures of the real thing.

A surprising fact however in terms of types and quality is that is this small Island that is a world leader,
Forget France: We're the big CHEESE now

A new cadre of artisan cheese producers and an obsession with the provenance of produce have helped propel Britain to the top of an international league table that measures varieties of cheese produced per head of population. Britain’s “innovation score” of 11.4 cheese variants for every million, puts it ahead of Switzerland with 9.6 types of cheese per 1m people, and France with 9.2. According to Juliet Harbutt, a global authority on cheese, about 700 varieties now boast a Made in Britain label – 100 more varieties than France produces, and twice as many as Italy.

While trying to discover Russian cheese facts, figures and information however, traditional state security/secrecy made it difficult to find out much. There seem not many types, production figures were hard/impossible to obtain, and details on individual cheeses sparse. So few in fact as to be able to list them here to save serious cheese lovers the difficulty of finding them.
It would therefor safe to say the Russia falls woefully behind the USA, and in fact, many other countries in this important social and cultural aspect of humanity.

The variety, rich heritage, and epicurean delight in sharing mankind's principle means of transcending borders race, disputes, religion and cultural differences is food; and the pleasure of sharing it with fellow mankind, a symbol of cultural advancement and indeed some small measure of one's place in the world. Cheese a small but no less important facet of that vital function we all share.

There are ALWAYS exceptions to the rule and with regard to cheese it is this. A Sardinian delight from a place that is infamous for the quality of it’s Bandits and resistance to rule by even the Romans who described them as complete barbarians.
If this issue so popular then it would be right to discuss it on the special thread.
Cheese
 
#68
(...) 4) What problems do you mean? There was a period of Indo-Pakistani wars (and both countries were responsible) but it is over long ago.
Pakistan's intelligence services are deeply involved in Afghanistan, and their interests there often run in conflict with those of the US. The argument here isn't whose interests are more "legitimate", it's that those interests do not run in parallel.

5) Many countries wanted and want to control Afghanistan - The UK, the Soviet union, the USA. Pakistan is not an exception espesially taking into account number of Pushtuns in Pakistan.
The UK's involvement in Afghanistan was during the period when Pakistan was part of British India. The objectives then were similar to those of Pakistan today - to keep all other outside influence out of Afghanistan.

The situation in Burma was similar by the way. The British took over Burma to keep the French out.

(...) 8 ) It is a very strange story. Was the killed indeed Osamma bin Laden? Why he was not captuted and why his body was not given to the relatives?
The Bin Laden family are one of the wealthiest and most prominent families in Saudi Arabia. Handing over the body to them would have created huge diplomatic and political problems for both Washington and Riyadh. Taking him alive would have raised similar problems. In addition, the Bin Laden family were no more interested in landing themselves in the middle of that problem than Washington or Riyadh were.

(...) 10) Of course it is too far from success. And what recent US military adventure can be called as a success? It is a mark of fading American might.
The Americans have had numerous military failures throughout their history. They just gloss over them in their history books, and Wikipedia articles (in English at least) related to this echo the American line in that regards. Yet another military failure by the Americans does not tell us anything new, and so is not in itself a sign of "decline".

11) Here we return to the theme of the thread. Technically it is not so difficult but it contradics to the objective - 'make America great again'.
It is not difficult to vacate Afghanistan leaving a stable and friendly government in power behind you? Perhaps you could offer your services to the Americans (for a fee of course) on how to achieve this.
 
#69
Pakistan's intelligence services are deeply involved in Afghanistan, and their interests there often run in conflict with those of the US. The argument here isn't whose interests are more "legitimate", it's that those interests do not run in parallel.
Anyway, Pakistan is not the only source of problems for US that itself is a source of problems for Pakistan.
The UK's involvement in Afghanistan was during the period when Pakistan was part of British India. The objectives then were similar to those of Pakistan today - to keep all other outside influence out of Afghanistan.

The situation in Burma was similar by the way. The British took over Burma to keep the French out.
Anyway, I don't think that Pakistan plans to enter its troops into Afghanistan, to control the country military.
The Bin Laden family are one of the wealthiest and most prominent families in Saudi Arabia. Handing over the body to them would have created huge diplomatic and political problems for both Washington and Riyadh. Taking him alive would have raised similar problems. In addition, the Bin Laden family were no more interested in landing themselves in the middle of that problem than Washington or Riyadh were.
I don't agree with this logic. Even the worst criminal has right for fair trial. The guilt should be proven in the court according to fair legal process. It is one of the corner stones of Western democracy ... or am I not right. Do you approve murder in cold blood of a person who maybe is not guilty at all?
As for the dead body then it is inhuman just to drop it into sea.
The Americans have had numerous military failures throughout their history. They just gloss over them in their history books, and Wikipedia articles (in English at least) related to this echo the American line in that regards. Yet another military failure by the Americans does not tell us anything new, and so is not in itself a sign of "decline".
Agreed.
It is not difficult to vacate Afghanistan leaving a stable and friendly government in power behind you? Perhaps you could offer your services to the Americans (for a fee of course) on how to achieve this.
I have to repeat the point that you probably missed. The people of Afghanistan have the right to have a government that they wish stable or unstabe, friendly to the USA or unfriendly one. It is not business of foreign country even the most powerful to determine what government Afghan people should have.
Taliban almost uprooted production of narcotics but some in US puppet government are involved in drug trade themselves.
 
#70
1) What are your definitions for global and regional powers?
Global power - able to exercise military, diplomatic, and economic power (all three together) to a significant degree in most parts of all continents.

Regional power - able to exercise military, diplomatic, and economic power in areas in close proximity to ones own borders. "Close proximity" may include areas which are not directly adjacent, if there are secure transportation links to those areas (e.g. via the Caspian Sea in the case of Russia).

I will exclude nuclear weapons from this definition, as the reach of ballistic missiles has little correlation to other military capabilities and have relevance only in very specific circumstances.

2) However there is a lot of claims, satements made by top US politicians, generals that namely Russia is the main US geopolitical rival and even existional threat to US, to the West. Do you suggest that they are not sincere statements?
Russia is a rival to the US, but only in certain specific regions. These include eastern Europe, parts of the Middle East, central Asia, and northeast Asia.

Russia has little influence in South America outside limited diplomatic connections and as an arms salesman. The same is true for most of Africa. and south and southeast Asia. In Europe, the Russian military threat is not taken very seriously in the western parts of the continent. In North America Russia is only a military threat in terms of control of the Arctic Ocean.

3) China is still not a global power and unlikely will be in the near future. Economically it is dependent from its trade partners. Just imagine that the West imposes sanctions (as in the case with Russia) toward China. It would hurt Chinese economy hard.
China is not a global power today, but the US sees them as potentially becoming one in the foreseeable future.

As for trade, the West is just as dependent upon trade with China and China is dependent upon trade with them. Many goods which are manufactured elsewhere in the world, including in the West, depend upon components which are made in China.

4) I dare say that quality of Russian manpower is at least slightly higher than average level. Russian hard currency reserves are not that small as you may think and sovereign debt is almost zero. Russia also is able to produce not bad weapon systems much cheaper than in the USA and sell them around the World. It is a very important detail.
Russia's degree of influence in the world hinges mainly upon being directly adjacent to many important regions. Thus their regional power directly impinges upon multiple regions of global importance.

However, none of that makes Russia a global power. There are many large regions of the world where Russia's direct power is minimal.
 
#71
(...) I don't agree with this logic. Even the worst criminal has right for fair trial. The guilt should be proven in the court according to fair legal process. It is one of the corner stones of Western democracy ... or am I not right. Do you approve murder in cold blood of a person who maybe is not guilty at all? (...)
Right to a fair trial? Have you not heard about Guantanamo Bay prison? Or drone strikes? I don't see Bin Laden's sudden (and unlamented) demise as being a great departure from general policy in that regards.

I have to repeat the point that you probably missed. The people of Afghanistan have the right to have a government that they wish stable or unstabe, friendly to the USA or unfriendly one. It is not business of foreign country even the most powerful to determine what government Afghan people should have.
Taliban almost uprooted production of narcotics but some in US puppet government are involved in drug trade themselves.
The people of Afghanistan may have the right to the sort of government that they wish, but they seem to lack the ability to actually implement those wishes for themselves.

In the 19th century Britain tried to set up "friendly" governments in Afghanistan in order to keep Russia out. They failed. However, they eventually came to the realisation that they didn't need to control the government in Afghanistan. They just needed to ensure that no other outside power controlled it either. On that basis the British then got along with them well enough.

It is desirable in the eyes of many to have a stable government in Afghanistan who will not tolerate their territory being used as bases for international terrorist groups. How to achieve that end is the big question.
 
#72
I don't agree with this logic. Even the worst criminal has right for fair trial. The guilt should be proven in the court according to fair legal process. It is one of the corner stones of Western democracy ... or am I not right. Do you approve murder in cold blood of a person who maybe is not guilty at all?
Except the Americans don't regard him (and AQ and IS) as criminals. They regard them as (unlawful) combatants. You are allowed to shoot combatants.

As for the dead body then it is inhuman just to drop it into sea.
Burial at sea has a long tradition ...
 
#73
If this issue so popular then it would be right to discuss it on the special thread.
But the title of the Thread is Should US try to restore its absolute domination in the World? It is possible?

Since the US is dominant in world cheese production, it could however still be postulated that it was not the world leader in terms of quality, types, and unique niche treasures, and therefore this discussion could be argued was perfectly relevant to the somewhat vague title of the thread.

The US will undoubtedly remain a world leader in terms of cheese production, however may have to fight for it’s place in regards to other criteria. Sadly Russia does not even vaguely enter into the equation here.
 
#74
Except the Americans don't regard him (and AQ and IS) as criminals. They regard them as (unlawful) combatants. You are allowed to shoot combatants.
I have to repeat - even the worst criminal, murderer, rapist being in the hands of police in the UK would not be killed but detained to face fair trial where his guilt must be proven in presence of his lawyer with all propper procedures.
It is a cornerstone of Western democracy. Impose killings without trial and you eventually go to Orwellian world.
Burial at sea has a long tradition ...
In this case it looked as humiliation over body of the killed. Why his body was not given to the relatives to burrial?
It is possible that the man was not Osamma bin Laden and his killing was merely staged farce used in preparations to US elections.
 
#75
(1)Right to a fair trial? Have you not heard about Guantanamo Bay prison? (2) Or drone strikes? (3) I don't see Bin Laden's sudden (and unlamented) demise as being a great departure from general policy in that regards.
1) Btw, Guantanamo style prison would be impossible on the US territory.
2) I have heard about polls among students in the USA - do they approve the strikes. And nobody in the USA cares that they are just cold blood killings of people, including women, children that haven't done anything wrong, didn't harm any American. Maybe slogan 'make America great again' should mean - return America to high principles of Western democracy, humanism, respect to the law? Or maybe Western democracy means killings without trial including killings of innocent women and children?
The people of Afghanistan may have the right to the sort of government that they wish, but they seem to lack the ability to actually implement those wishes for themselves.
Yes, with US military presence it is a hard task. I believe that Russia should not supply Taliban with weapons (as a revenge for US support of 'freedom fighters'). Washington inevitably will fail in Afghanistan.
It is desirable in the eyes of many to have a stable government in Afghanistan who will not tolerate their territory being used as bases for international terrorist groups. How to achieve that end is the big question.
I believe that it is a matter of negotiations with Taliban. They are not terrorists. They never conducted any military operation outside their country. And they calimed that IS with not be tolerated in Afghanistan. Taliban could form stable government and not allow any bases of terrorists.
 
#76
I listen to the US political bag carriers loudly referring to the President as "the leader of the free world". A bit of an insult to all the other nations who are in the free world in that their leaders are disregarded and their electorate made to look as if it is looking up to the US president.

The US is no longer the nation it used to be 50, 40, even 30 years ago - although the bung accepting politicians are deluding themselves in the insulated bubble of DC that it is still business as usual. Someone said "Mexicans have all the jobs no one wants, and Indians have all the jobs everyone wants". Not too far from the truth as it appears, although the Mexicans are making inroads into the jobs that everyone wants too.

The demographics of the US have changed, and continue to change moving it away from a WASP controlled nation. Soccer, bear with me here, is growing as a nationally watched and participated in sport. Not because the WASP's are interested, nope, but because the footie mad hispanics are growing in numbers and footie is the sporting activity to use as the advertising transfer medium to catch their interest. A different demographic to the ones who watch American football and baseball and who went to Korea and Vietnam for their country.

Add to the growing hispanic population the also increasing Asian population. I see many successful Korean and Chinese business owners, FFS there is a Chinese kiddy about 19 years old who turns up at the local monthly car meet in his new Bentley Continental and his mate turns up in a McLaren. Factor in all the Indian Dr's and dentists that seem to be increasing in number every time I blink - the local hospital group is owned by a collection of Indian Dr's, not a WASP face in sight in the annual report.

I remember a conversation I had in the UK between about 6 or 7 blokes, two of whom were Sikh's I knew. At one point in the conversation it got around to military service vs. a commercially based career. One of the Sikh lads said, "nah, we run the shops, make money and we let the stupid people like Effendi go off and fight the wars". That is where the US is now, there are not so many people with a full attachment to the US anymore, the population has changed, diluted as the world has become smaller. I meet more successful imports in the higher echelons of business and running businesses than people born in the US

Times have changed, just like everywhere else.
 
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#77
That's one of your manifold and manifest problems. Repetition without even reading, never mind understanding. Criminal = trial. Combatant, not surrendering or hors de combat = legitimate target. We can argue whether the characterisation of AQ leadership as combatants is legitimate but that's a different issue.

Essay question for the soviet propagandists: characterise the precise differences between the leaders of Chechen rebel groups, who (and whose families) can be massacred at will by Russian paramilitaries and Osama bin Laden, who should have be brought to trial.
 
#78
If this issue so popular then it would be right to discuss it on the special thread.
Cheese
OK let's talk about Russia's illegal invading & annexing of neighbouring nations' territories & the tens of thousands of deaths caused by those actions.
Seems to me Russia is tyring to rebuild the USSR by force & the use of lying, amoral scum as propagandists to support their murderous acts.
I remember a photo form a couple of years back of a little boy sitting on his mother's lap on a bus. Unfortunately his brains were all down the front of his mother's coat & she was dead too - killed by Russian adventurism.
 
#79
1) Btw, Guantanamo style prison would be impossible on the US territory.
2) I have heard about polls among students in the USA - do they approve the strikes. And nobody in the USA cares that they are just cold blood killings of people, including women, children that haven't done anything wrong, didn't harm any American. Maybe slogan 'make America great again' should mean - return America to high principles of Western democracy, humanism, respect to the law? Or maybe Western democracy means killings without trial including killings of innocent women and children?

Yes, with US military presence it is a hard task. I believe that Russia should not supply Taliban with weapons (as a revenge for US support of 'freedom fighters'). Washington inevitably will fail in Afghanistan.

I believe that it is a matter of negotiations with Taliban. They are not terrorists. They never conducted any military operation outside their country. And they calimed that IS with not be tolerated in Afghanistan. Taliban could form stable government and not allow any bases of terrorists.
Your lies get worse with every post.
 
#80
Oops according to the BBC the US have downed a Syrian jet and Russia threatening to down allied warplanes and halts communication channel.
 

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