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Shaun Thomas
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I saw this on my Facebook feed this morning and ended up getting annoyed.

Nobody is saying Canada is an enemy. The general point about "National Security" is that we should be self sufficient in case of X. Maybe Canada gets nuked, maybe relations go sour (gee, I wonder how that could happen?), maybe...

The problem with that is Canada is (was, maybe thanks to diplomatic mishandling) a close enough ally that our production and consumption is closely aligned. Gearing up as if America must be wholly self-sufficient is needlessly antagonistic to all of our allies. The point of having allies is that they assist in areas where you either can't or it wouldn't be efficient for you to produce.

Trump is essentially saying, "We don't need you guys; we got this." It's incredibly short-sighted and probably a precursor to a worldwide trade war that will make everything more expensive potentially for decades, and eventually transform former allies into enemies. It's not that Canada is an enemy, but that this kind of behavior isn't conducive to a proper friendship.

However, memes like this also pointlessly boil down that complex interaction into a mindless series of poignant melodrama. It's also a logical fallacy. For the sake of argument, say Canada elected a despot that, much like Trump, began antagonizing the world stage. Say it goes even further, and it leads to WW3. Does it matter that Canada did all of those things in the past? No.

However, it would at least suggest that Canada would be worth saving, since they were so amicable in the past. Should we give up on Canada, or try our damndest to help them? That's basically how the world is viewing us right now. Trump is making it very difficult to remember that the US is a friendly nation, and if they give up on us due to that, they're just as guilty of propagating Trump's wanton self-interest.

Trump is very much a Bull in a China Shop. The trick is effectively neutralizing him without further damaging the shop. I'm not convinced the current crop of world leaders are up to the task, because none of them seem effective enough to ignore Trump's taunts. They're letting him make the rules because they're always reacting and never being proactive, and that's a huge mistake.

Know why Russia is winning this entire mess? Putin had a plan from the start. Make showy deals that mean nothing, but seem appealing to Trump. Have balls and know when to make him back down. If you can't do any of that, your entire country is at his mercy. Simply reacting just tells him he has the advantage.

Trump isn't treating our allies as enemies, he's treating them like saps who will do whatever he wants, or can goad them into. Tell me, is he wrong? Our enemies (Russia if you want to call them that) aren't affected because they don't play his game. Don't play his game. Play some other, better game, and neuter him. Or eventually Canada et. al., will become our enemies.
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Well, it's on. The EU just sent a 10-page list of things they plan on adding a tariff to. For anyone wondering where trade wars like this end, check this out:

'Although economists disagree by how much, the consensus view among economists and economic historians is that "The passage of the Smoot–Hawley Tariff exacerbated the Great Depression."'
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Just imagine, even if only 1% of all people in the US are truly irredeemable, that's still 3-4M people who work for the government.
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Well this is just pure, unmitigated idiocy of the highest order... Hey! Let's start a trade war with our closest allies! Surely, nothing can go wrong with this plan!
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This is about as political as I'll ever get. There's a reason I tend to avoid these topics, but I've seen far too much castigation to just ignore it forever.
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I'm presenting a webinar tomorrow on the topic of data integration with +PostgreSQL. I'm going to plug all manner of things into Postgres: #REST, a #Python script, #MongoDB, #MySQL, whatever. Just throw it on the pile. And then for good measure, I'll dump it into #Kafka.

Take that, subspace!
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Since I joined 2ndQuadrant, I've had more reason to test out the tools they make available for +PostgreSQL. This time around, it's Barman. I wrote a whole blog post on the process, and really liked the fact I can get parallel backups and restores, and incrementals through hard links. Can't do that with the built in tools!
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I don't know a whole lot about #ZFS, but I do know that it seems to work pretty well with +PostgreSQL. This Week's PG Phriday is all about Postgres on ZFS!
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This week's PG Phriday is something of a culmination of my Postgres and #Docker efforts. Combine +PostgreSQL, #repmgr, and #PgBouncer for a fully cohesive RAD stack.
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I spent some time customizing my new R710 for my #homelab experiments, and ran into a snag or two. Still a lot of fun to tinker. Soon I'll be generating infinite #PostgreSQL clusters.
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