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  1. Hi gents. I would love to have some spirited discussion here about this recent piece by Peter Zeihan. In my opinion, he's one of the better geopolitical writers working today. In no way am I trying to troll. I think this is a worthwhile piece from a rare intelligent American cheerleader. Here is the piece on Brexit in full, please give it a read: https://mailchi.mp/zeihan/the-cutting-room-files-part-5-the-future-of-the-united-kingdom I'll include a few interesting quotes: "The issue with London from the American perspective is harsh in its simplicity. Only three countries have ever threatened the U.S. mainland directly. The Soviet Union aimed nukes at the United States, and so Washington will typically take steps overt and covert to whittle away at Russian power. Mexico and the United States fought a land war, that ended with the Americans taking half of Mexico’s territory. The third country to threaten the American mainland is the Americans’ former colonial master, the United Kingdom, and Washington will always – at a minimum – keep an eye open for opportunities to ensure that the balance of power in the bilateral relationship never again tips against the United States. Are the two countries allies and family? Certainly. But as we all know, family drama trumps pretty much everything else." --Also: "There was never going to be a divorce deal, and in prolonging the Brexit talks from a few weeks to now over three years the Brits have had to sacrifice nearly every bit of financial, political, economic and strategic leverage they could have used to chart an independent path. Strategically and economically, the British are now weak and vulnerable, and their eventual post-EU membership trading partner will be able to pick them clean." --Finally: "Most of the pro-Brexit crowd voted the way they did because they don’t like faceless European bureaucrats deciding issues for Britain. The reality is that Britain’s only way forward post-Brexit is to assign even greater levels of authority to American bureaucrats. The Brits could always say no. They could try to fly solo against a more insular and prickly America, an unleashed France, a rapidly rearming Germany, a resurgent Turkey, and a desperate Russia in an environment of wildly higher energy prices and food prices....The Brits could choose to slip into permanent military irrelevance and strategic vulnerability. They could choose to suffer an economic disconnect as bad as the Great Depression that would include dramatic reductions in standards of living and employment and energy availability and health care. Some countries, when faced with the choice between pride in poverty vs relative wealth and security, go with the former. But I doubt it. The Brits tend to be pretty pragmatic. Stiff upper lip and all that." Curious what you guys think? Hyperbolic? Or on point?
  2. What did you think about Can Tho? One of the few Vietnamese cities I've yet to visit.
  3. Makes total sense. I've been to all three, Zug was my favorite. But couldn't imagine doing more than a year there unless I was really into hiking and cheese.
  4. Yeah the methodology for the survey is absurd. Nothing wrong with parts of Rome and Milan. 2nd tier cities in Northern Italy like Turin, Bergamo, Verona, Bolzano are even better. High quality of life. Lagos is likely the future of the world, but I'd like to avoid that future as long as I can.
  5. Interesting list. As someone that's been criss-crossing the globe for 4 years, staying wherever I like (with money not really an object, but also not something I like wasting) for a few months at a time, Taipei makes no sense to me. Monthly rentals are few and far between and Toyko-level TINY. Food is great and everything else is cheap though. Housing is an issue. The new generation seems to have given up on learning English outside of Taipei, though. KL is the most underrated town in SEA for expats. All the convenience of Bangkok (malls, healthcare, Grab) with none of the <deleted> (traffic, drunken chavs, airborne STDs) . It's the quietest, greenest SEA capital I've been to. Except for when the Sumatran burnings waft over Singapore is the most boring city on earth. HCM is always good for a few weeks but can't imagine a few years there. Barcelona a tourist-hellhole, equal parts Nigerian scammers and Chinese herds. Nothing good left. Girona up the coast or Tarragona (or Valencia) are much better. Lisbon great if you have strong legs. Veering towards Barcelona levels of mass-tourism though. Hague/Zug/Basel, no comment. Likely financial-parasite postings. Will dry up in the 2020 reset.
  6. Yeah that Laos border photo is nuts. I guess that is how he did it. Crazy.
  7. I guess crossing 4 checkpoints is easy? Then what? Say you lost your passport? I am just wondering how this was facilitated. Someone is likely helping...
  8. Sorry, 4 border checks without a passport? Assume he went through Cambodia? Thailand exit Cambodia entry Cambodia exit Vietnam entry I'd understand sneaking over one border, but 4? Seems impossible.
  9. They spotted him at the Hanoi embassy apparently looking for a replacement passport. How does one get from Thailand to Vietnam, crossing three national border checks, without a passport?
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