The earlier statement about most arguments against homosexual rights and freedoms coming from religion has some truth (even if sometimes they're attempts to hide simple revulsion), but it also true that most of the arguments for homosexual rights and freedoms come from Christian ideals. For example, one of the most successful arguments has been homosexual rights are similar rights for black people, and civil rights for black people - indeed even the elimination of slavery - had deep religious roots and motivation.
7 degrees Celsius = 44.6 degrees Fahrenheit 61 centimeters of rain = 24.0157 inches
Thanks but people who know Fahrenheit and inches are generally well-educated enough to also know the common lesser measurement system (sort of like how most who speak Elvish also know the common tongue). No translation is necessary for us.
I do agree with you though that Taiwan should do more to defend itself.
It will be interesting to see how it is done. Will it be a single civilian plane? A single fighter? A large squadron of fighters? A civilian plane with a large military escort? Will an American carrier be nearby to provide support of needed?
It's hard to guess the exact details, but Japan will find it hard not to challenge China's power grab if the issue can't be resolved diplomatically.
If we charged nations for the protection we provide, how much income might that produce? Taiwan hasn't been invaded yet, would they be (by China) if we left and said "sorry, you're on your own now... unless you want to start paying us to be here of course".
But we aren't "here" in Taiwan. We pulled out in the 70s because China wouldn't establish relations with us otherwise.
As for Taiwan "paying" us, they spend quite a bit of money on American weapons and technology (though in recent years we brilliantly encouraged the success of a pro-China president in Tawian who is busily creating economic dependencies on China, refusing to buy American military equipment, and promising the Taiwanese that they'll be part of Chiana eventually whether they like it or not (of course he changes his tune at election time - apparantly the Taiwanese have just as bad a long-term memory as Americans)).
Our Navy has 12 aircraft carriers, equal to every other country on Earth, and our carriers are actually good, compared to countries like Spain that have a small little jump jet carrier that is actually smaller than our old WWII carriers.
What do we have that for, if not to use it?
Ideally the point of having them is so we don't have to use it. Unfortunately we seem to have become very poor at diplomacy and very poor at following through on both promises and threats. Were we more consistent, troublesome countries could be dissuaded by us simply making a comment about their behavior. But inconsistent follow through means troublemakers are always willing to test us to see if we really mean what we say. And inconsistency also means we may resort to force when it isn't called for.
The American people seem to have become very immature over the years, and our leadership (from both parties) has come to reflect that.
It would nice if there were someone else to hand the job of peacemaker too, but what country could do it, would do it, and would do it well? China? Russia? I wouldn't want them in charge. Germany? Unwilling. Switzerland? Unable. I'm afraid that for the foreseeable future we may be stuck with America. And if America can't get its budget in order we may end up in a worst case scenario of having to placate the Chinese or the Islamic countries and their oppressive ways.