Jim D

Jim D

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I have a relative that likes to pull out the "They were socialists! It's right in the name!" garbage every once in a while. I point out that words can a) change meanings and b) not be the correct label...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    >> Lockdown can't be sustained more than 1-2 weeks after peak ICU occupancy passes Why not? Too much social/political pressure to reopen? If so, wouldn't that be overcome in lockdown 2.0 when people have had a chance to see what...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    There was potential for a similar issue with covid-19 in an area north of the bronx called New Rochelle, but the governor of NY called in the national guard as soon as things looked to be going exponential. Ostensibly, they...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    We should all be terrified to post an idea here for fear some down-and-out rTV producer stumbled along to this page and finds a gold mine of ideas that just need to be tones down a little, or not at...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You're still not putting together anything like an actual argument. Spouting foul language only detracts further on that account. You haven't explained how many individual polls actually get things right. Yes, in aggregate the polls are also accurate. You superstition...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Your "fact" is a data set with a single entry: your experience. Your clearly not familiar with statistics or the math behind it. You're making a sweeping generalizations from limited personal experience, and haven't explained how such polls can be...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    That's a bit conspiracy theorist, not to mention contradictory to actual statistical knowledge gained and empirically vetted over the past two centuries If it were true, then the polls in aggregate would not so closely track the actual outcomes of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Is it me, or are Bojo's tactics (with both the EU and parliament) basically him threatening to shoot himself if he doesn't get his way? (Well, I guess with the EU it's more that he's threatening to shoot the UK,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Okay, this from The Guardian is just plain funny, appearing on their front page just "below the fold" so to speak from the prorogue story, about a horde of coins found (https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/aug/28/huge-hoard-norman-coins-reveals-millennium-old-tax-scam) The story ends with this quote: “Imagine a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    What power, if any, does the EU have to say, "No, you're not leaving the EU while your government is divided against itself and neither side has an accepted legal right to govern & make decisions like this."...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The parliament shows every sign of not going quietly. I can imagine there's a possibility that both Parliament and Borris Johnson claim to the EU that THEY are the ones with the true right to govern, each claiming contradictory intentions...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    1) Are you taking stock of your own food & med stores? 2) Might Prince Charles, in a succession, step aside for his son? (The people, absent Lizzie, desiring a young popular leader etc.)...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    > Ask Italian-Americans or Irish-Americans Thank you for pointing that out. As a descendant of Irish who fled The Famine only to be tossed into Pennsylvania coal mines as one of the few jobs that would have them, I'm always...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I have a theory that the stereotype of over-full women's purses stuffed with all & sundry is the result of (in part) fewer pockets. When you have pockets, what you bring with you for "every day carry" tends to be...
  • Commented on Story time!
    As a young boy, Lex Luthor, the heir to a vast corporation with extensive ties to the military industrial complex, spent a significant amount of time in the presence of hardened, embittered and cynical Cold Warriors. As such, when a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The "first they came" wears a little thin on Assange. First, he's been arrested for jumping bail in the UK, which is hard to dispute. As for the US charges, I agree his publishing of leaked documents would fall under...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Here's a question: May's request for an extension is now predicated on "productive" talks with Labour, but even assuming she & Corbyn can agree (and I'm skeptical on that: I really believe she's just trying to spread the blame when...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    @ Greg >May has FINALLY at least attempted to put party before country I hope, but I'm not sure it's an authentic attempt rather than just a bit of realpolitik maneuvering to reassign blame. I forget where I read it,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    @ 1018 "the tendency towards demonization of an out group is, if anything, more pronounced among my more progressive friends" I see this sort of criticism a lot in different forms. Maybe it's even true of some, but for the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    And the third vote fails, down by 46 votes. I'd say this is uncharted territory but that's been the case for some time now. If May refuses to step down, then crashing out seems like the most likely option. The...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Pure hypothetical: Under what circumstances does anyone here think Her Majesty might actually pop in and say "Not On My Watch!" ? Are there any such scenarios?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    @JBS They do have time to withdraw A50, but it is highly unlikely. The EU has stated it won't regard as valid any revocation that is purely in service of letting the UK get their shit together and submit a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    House of Lords: I'm not well versed in the distribution of powers delegated to the upper half of the bicameral body. I'm not supposing they'd do anything the least bit better here, but why is it that they seem to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    > and the US is still a dumpster fire Dumpster fires all over the world cry out in protest over this comparison. Plenty of respectable dumpster fires have been quickly put out and gone on to become just a smoldering...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Well that's unfortunate. No call for tarnishing the bird with the Brexit mess....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    So, country verging on a cliff walk with leadership engaged in circular firing squad mode... BUT! on the bright side, all of this has at least earned our humble host a new code word for the next Laundry book: YELLOWHAMMER....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    So what is the most realistic "Positive" outcome, or the least bad one? A more gentle brexit? (I imagine the right wingers would still get a bit worked up there, but maybe it would die down relatively fast?)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    >I have the distinct impression that Theresa May thinks the can win at Russian Roulette with only one round missing. Possibly worse than that: It's not a revolver, it's a pistol, and there's already bullet in the chamber....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Side note: As a US follower of Brexit news, I think this interests me so much because even the minute possibility of backing away from Brexit, or a very soft Brexit at least, is the equivalent of the US getting...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Well. The clock ticks closer to midnight on a no-deal brexit. Tusk has made a short delay harder while not explicitly ruled-out longer, but May doesn't seem keen on a longer delay. On the bighter side (though still dark) given...
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