CharlesW

CharlesW

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    On the Border Problem: AFAIK both the Irish and UK government have stated that they will not implement a hard border under any circumstances including no deal. So presumably they both have some sort of border contingency plan for no...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    @Elderly Cynic, I don't know if you have watched the Assange program, but the last quarter of it shows what I would consider paranoid megalomaniac sociopath characteristics. I don't think he is "evil" and should be destroyed, (mad might be...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I agree that his behavior does increasingly look like that of a paranoid megalomaniac sociopath. But why should that exempt him from facing trial/investigation in Sweden?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    And : "What should happen is this: I would say 'I am sorry if I hurt your feelings' and they should say 'Thank you. We are sorry to have caused you so much trouble and interrupted your work. We withdraw...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You should watch the program ... to paraphrase a few chunks: "Hilary is a danger to me so I need to attack her" "You don't understand the global situation but I do and I am going to fix it -...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Just finished watching the Assange program on BBC4, trying to see the other point of view that many people seem to have. I felt the program started out sympathetic to him, portraying him in a favorable light, but by the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Not sure I see how either Brexit or revoking AT50 affects the probability either way of a war between France and Germany ......
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    @Charlie - I really hope you win the series Hugo. Congratulations for the nomination, you deserve it....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Scotland's Gini income numbers look fairly static since 2000 centered around 32, whereas the UK numbers are higher but declining slowly from a high of 36 to around 33-34. https://www.gov.scot/publications/poverty-income-inequality-scotland-2014-17/pages/3/...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Apparently the Yamnaya did a major rape, loot and occupy of mosts of Europe 5K years ago ... https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132230-200-story-of-most-murderous-people-of-all-time-revealed-in-ancient-dna/...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    For more recent UK Gini numbers see https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SI.POV.GINI?locations=GB https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/how-has-inequality-changed...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    @Charlie Charlie, where do you see yourself on the plotter vs pantser spectrum? (In my SW dev efforts I am more pantster than I should be ...)...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I think the Home Sec understands that his decision will be overturned in the courts, but he thinks that its still worth doing for 2 reasons: a) discouragement for like-minded 15 year olds: your actions have consequences b) its politically...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    @Charlie 209: The UK Gini income coefficient is not soaring dramatically - its actually been fairly stable recently. The problem is the increasing ratio of extreme %s at the top and bottom rather than the middle 80% https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/how-has-inequality-changed...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    What Corbyn says means that T May should agree with the EU to take no-deal off the table: takes two to tango : its meaningless for the UK to unilaterally take no-deal off because no deal is what happens if...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "Wealth Tax" We need better methods of transferring both wealth and income from the rich (particularly inherited wealth: great to see that the % of the UK rich list due to inherited rather than self-made wealth has been declining significantly)...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I do not currently see a way out of this mess. Barnier is being applauded for negotiating an unacceptable withdrawal agreement. May's government and the civil service have conducted what is almost certainly the best ever example of how not...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Worth reading Varoufakis "Adults in the Room" for an (admittedly biased) view of the Greek debt crisis and how the EU and IMF mishandled it. Just wish we had some adults in Parliament at the moment ......
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    tfb: But the world has moved on in so many ways in the last 30-40 years: Globalisation has happened, the internet has arrived etc etc: the danger now is not a war between France and Germany but a war (physical...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Charlie, I think you have very rose-tinted spectacles if you think peace is still the primary vision of the EU (but I agree it was a great argument 30-40 years ago) To me it increasingly looks much more like a...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    What does Cthulhu think about referendums?...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I was teasing Canadian Ken about how Canada should join the USA - but he had a great rejoinder - they have guns. So maybe we should just merge/join with Canada - more or less common language - no guns...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I Like Koestler's Bisociation idea from the Act of Creation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Act_of_Creation...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I can see that a hard (WTO)Brexit would cause export and JIT cross-border manufacturing problems, but I have difficulty understanding why it would cause import problems leading to food shortages: exports can be be blocked by the EU but imports...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Can't comment on the legal side ... Watching the video I am struck by how different the woman's behavior was from what I would do: crossing a 6 lane highway with a central reservation not at a pedestrian crossing is...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    My Dad showed Russia how to build a polyethylene plant sometime in the 50's. Don't know what the price was, but apparently when built it was trumpeted as yet another achievement of Soviet science. Then a few years later the...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    When we stayed in a flat in St Petersburg a few years back our host (an educated woman BTW) left the hot tap running 24/7 because hot water was totally free (came from a massive centralised heating system somewhere, she...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I am wondering how the slow AI Corporations are subject to evolution: They seem to have a fairly short lifetime, and can certainly evolve their processes and methods and copy successful methods from other corporations, and in general their ability...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Income inequality and wealth inequality do not necessarily correlate well. Gini Coefficients: UK Net Income Gini 32.6 Wealth Gini 73.2 Sweden Net income Gini 27.3 Wealth Gini 85.2 there are a few theories about sweden's lousy wealth gini but none...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I agree that it seems very unlikely that the Tories will win the next 4 elections: Labour will get its act/leadership together at some point in this period. The Tories will be suffering from cumulative bad news/fatigue damage, and enough...
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