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The media's focus on stock market jumps is IMO laziness and a refection of the class the pundits and their bosses are in. They are millionaires and patrons of the casino. Seems somewhat probable the Chinese will view this as a bluff and allow the tariffs to go in place. I might in their shoes. A gamble based on the prices at Walmart suddenly jumping 25% (or more) undermining Trump's support and Trump's position is precarious already. The alternative? Knuckling under. Common in the business world wherein people regularly knuckle under if they can see a way to make a profit anyway. It's a different game between nations, political leaders regularly balk at losing face. Trump may view the situation in the same way he views negotiating with subcontractors on a construction project.
I would love to be a fly on the wall when the Iraqi PM shares this thoughts on the matter with Pompey. Yosemite John will not be happy either.
They may need it. Now that the weight of the roof is off there is an opportunity to work on those 800 year old walls and buttresses.The mortar is old and down low may have been damaged in the fire. The load on the buttresses will never be lower. If they need work now's the time.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2019 on Ave Maria at Sic Semper Tyrannis
I'm guessing it might be difficult domestically for any Egyptian leader to commit to this. They face significant internal problems and the collective memory of the terrible price paid in the pursuit of pan-Arabism under Nassar hasn't completely faded.
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