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Barry

  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    ""Make the rich pay more tax" doesn't necessarily work well." Actually, for the US, very high marginal tax rates worked fine. Now, right-wing economists say that was because things were different then, but they also scream that far lower tax...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "If you want to say that the States appointing Senators has different problems, I'll agree with you. I'm just not convinced that they are worse. Yes, it means that we get corrupted Senators from corrupted states. But it also means...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "Read the Cleveland article - thanks! Yep - apart from the Cleveland Clinic and three major league teams, can't think of anything special about the place. Was surprised by the unemployment rate mentioned because it's about twice what the US...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "Once they update their building codes to withstand tornadoes - the Great Lakes are the northern end of 'Tornado Alley'." I talked with a guy from SAS (SAS.com) who had done weather-related modeling. The weather in the Great Lakes is...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "The biggest problem isn't at the wellhead, as there all gas leaks mean direct and immediate hits to the profit margin, so the owners are motivated to use the best tech around to prevent them (but often fail anyway). The...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Huge chunks of this applies to the US system, as well. IMHO the area where this applies the most is the media. There is a vast group of know-nothings who never suffer even when their advice leads to disaster....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "You're assuming we want him. That's pretty courageous of you." "Survivor: Outback" Motto: 'This season, no contestant wins, jut the rest of the human race'....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "If we knew what the paperwork needed after March 2019 was likely to be, there's probably just time for the remaining customs clearance agencies that deal with cargoes from outside free trade agreement areas to recruit some of the staff...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "Here's the thing which resonates with me. The other EU countries must see Brexit as threatening, and they desperately need to know whether another country is behind it, the main suspects being Russia and various U.S. billionaires, so it would...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "The EU might let the UK off the hook if it can be proven that there is a strong Russian influence involved with Brexit, but I see no official interest from the UK in trying to find out what actually...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "The thing that keeps tripping me up is the "We can just cancel the ยง50 notice and remain" thing." Agreed. The EU leadership would be bonkers to simply accept that, because other EU coutries would play the same game, as...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "(Also: can't help but think that some of those French SSBNs have targeting codes for Washington DC. Just because, well, the whole point of post-Suez French foreign policy has been "we cannot rely on the perfidious Americans, we must be...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "Medicines: May herself depends on these ( Diabetes ) so I doubt it will actually happen - she's more likely to witdraw At 50 &/or call a 2nd Referendum first ...." Greg, you know full well that no matter what...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "...unless we get an extreme Brexiteer ( Like FUCKWIT Corbyn ) as PM." It is highly amusing to see people slag on Corbyn as the Tories drive the UK off of the cliff....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    "I nailed the USPS Postal Inspectors as a likely occult agency in "The Delirium Brief" because if they're opening the mail in search of condoms and porn, then of course looking for blasphemous and unholy texts would be a side-quest,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Skipping a bit...the big enabler of vampires and other extremely-high-on-the-food-chain types is hibernation or stasis. That can stretch things out quite a bit, at the presumable cost of increased vulnerability....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    "We've seen wards that stop bullets, rituals that shorten the distances between locations, spells that make a person impossible (or dangerous) to see etc. I somehow doubt a lone gunman or a hijacked plane is going to help." All of...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    "We also know that the thing that happened was that Continuity Ops switched Crowns; that seems to have freed them up a great deal with respect to HM Government." There's a term for 'switching crowns', at least of one loses...........
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances
    Forget Toronto - Come to Ann Arbor!...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "Think this was already mentioned in some previous topic thread but curious as to what is the economic cost for the USofA to rebuild all of the industries that it off-shored 20-30 years ago. And: will the 'rebuilding' just mean...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "Avoiding a collapse of government during an unfolding economic crisis while exerting at least some moderating influence on a Conservative party gleefully hell-bent on taking an ideologically driven sledge-hammer to every piece of public/social infrastructure in sight in the name...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "When did the language turn to shouty gibberish?" A certain person (usually known as CD, for Catlina Diamond) needs to talk with their doctor about pharmaceutical adjustment again....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "Remember the driver might say "I'm carrying potatoes for Tesco" but the border force hears "I've got fifty Syrians in the boot"." And the government rapidly setting up a vastly expanded border force is one which holds its position based...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "Brexit isn't conservative. It is very radical." Are there any actual conservatives left in the UK? Or just radical right-wingers calling themselves that?...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "Nobody seems to have posted this link, so here: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-give-people-a-final-say-on-brexit-deal I assume that the government will ignore it, especially as Parliament is closing down for a month and a half, but we shall see what happens in October." The problem...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "...and also to make sure the kids have duel nationality as well." That won't help much; they'll need 'mass melee nationality'. There will likely be very very one on one formal fights. :)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "But if it's the UK, well, they're going to have a lot of explaining to do, to make the case that it is moral failings on the part of the UK." (1) Just rebroadcast the rantings of the UK Brexit...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "Where the fuck have those hundreds of Remain-supporting MPs all gone? I know there's been an election, but it didn't result in that many MPs being replaced, and in any case the sudden vanishment was apparent straight after the referendum...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    (sorry for redundancy, if this has already been covered) "The UK has historical connections to various countries that would, I think, happily go back to pre-1973 status with regards trade. " From what I've gathered, no. Those terms were set...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Charlie, Take it easy and heal some. Good luck!...
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