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  1. If you mean offices, photo ops, press conferences, legislatures, and city councils, then yes they have. Even political conventions have been mostly on line.
  2. The US was notably anti colonial until the choice was old colonial power or pro Soviet communism. Even then, MDAP aid was not always permitted to be used in colonial wars.
  3. The UK didn't pay off it's four billion dollar post war loan until 2006 because it had an extremely long term, extended several times, at very low interest rates (2%) not because it was extraordinarily high.
  4. Plan Red was never seriously considered as more than a paper exercise and remote contingency. There was never any serious thought about war with the British Empire. The Crash, by the way, was October 1929.
  5. How is this stuff about Australia relevant? There is no choice between bad or worse here. There was no information available the nineteenth century Australians that would make them act much differently. The strength of American economy and industry between the wars was not in the least obscure.
  6. Loss of face or loss of face and a complete disaster. If they understood those were the choices, they could have sucked it up. They'd still could have had their pre war concessions, Manchuria, Korea, and Formosa. There were elements in the government who were willing to consider this even with the belief a war would not go as bad as it did.
  7. The German nuclear weapons program was well onto the wrong track and would have gone nowhere. The Japanese program was on the right track, but too low a priority even if they had the resources to pursue it. Germany was pretty much screwed so long as the Nazis and the Wehrmacht were in power. They had gone too far by December 1941, or indeed by mid 1940, not to be in conflict with the US. Had the Japanese withdrawn from China, they might have held on until the Cold War and been allies.
  8. In 1917, the US was building at a peacetime rate. By 1919, it had produced over two hundred new destroyers. In 1940, the US decided to ramp up production much as they did in ,1917 and by 1942, things were in full swing only accelerating through 1941 and exploding in 1942. Not enough people in Tokyo and Berlin had been paying attention - which in hindsight may have been for the best. A smart enemy is always as PITA to fight.
  9. And do note: they are not prevented from worshipping there or at least were not until that church repeatedly and deliberately continued to break the law and only prevented from attending that one location. They, and everyone else in Alberta, can continue to attend in person services, though with restricted numbered per service. Nothing prevents holding multiple services in a day. Nothing prevents remote services, and nothing prevents drive-in services. These are specifically permitted by Alberta.
  10. We can't gather in pubs, clubs, and restaurants either. Churches aren't at all unique. It turns out big public gatherings tend to turn into super spreader events.
  11. The Japanese seem to have been hoping for short term attrition where the peacetime US fleet would be defeated before US production could make a difference. It rather hoped the Americans would just charge right in and give up when beaten. In 1942, it looked as if they were doing that. The US had to ask the RN to send a carrier when they had lost most of the pre war flat tops, the pre war battle fleet was still mostly out of service, and many pre war cruisers lost in the Solomons. This only works if the USN doesn't just suck up the losses and build a giant fleet the Axis could not hope to
  12. A dozen Type VII clones in lieu of the three I400 wouldn't have made much difference and by the time those subs would be in service, the USN had learned enough from the Battle of the Atlantic that they wouldn't be nearly as successful as one might hope. Before the war got near to the Home Islands, they had to deal with the fact that the Pacific and Indians Oceans theatres were so much larger than the Atlantic that bigger boats were needed - boats like the US fleet submarines and the German Type IX.
  13. In a democratic society, we also expect religious institutions to obey relevant secular laws. Church employees, for instance, must receive the minimum pay, benefits, and health and safety measures as other employees. Child and multiple marriages and spousal abuse are not excused. They weren't being prevented from worshipping. There are ways for therm to do that within the guidelines. Other churches can live with them. They were required to follow the same secular laws as everyone else. If this pastor's ego is more important than the law and the safety of his parishioners, it isn't up
  14. Note that the church protesters were, in fact, allowed to protest with minimal interference, just like BLM. And why should churches be any more exempt from masking and distancing as shops and restaurants?
  15. Actions no different from ones in the US.
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