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  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I understand your frustration, though are you sure it is the city to blame or is it the private contractor that presumably was given a contract to do the road? Or a combination of both? As for the lack of...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    A clear sign of how bad things have become when we no longer judge on whether countries have inhuman methods of dealing with undesirables (aka "concentration camps") but rather on a sliding scale of how "good" they are....
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    Well, the first article is from 35 years ago. But, in terms of the border with Nicaragua I suspect it is more a case of semantics. In many places the police are in many ways similar to an army in...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    The thing with MS and Chrome is that MS was already a big user of Chrome (via Electron) before the decision to move Edge to using Chromium. So while I wouldn't entirely discount there being agreements between Google and MS,...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I posted about a podcast that discussed the population split and causes in the other thread, and the short version is that there is a set of feedback loops working to make cities more liberal, and because that is where...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I suspect Boris and friends, much like those honest Conservatives who answered the poll questions during the leadership campaign, don't really care much about the UK. If they did they would be doing things much differently. No, my guess is...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I think Windows Phone died for 3 reasons. As you mention, the app ecosystem was a problem. But putting the Phone UI onto every Windows 8 machines created a lot of anger, and that angry userbase wasn't inclined to take...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Well, I'd say your half right but that really over estimates things given that a guess of my being white likely had a 90% chance of being correct. As for the other half, a $60k+ salary would be one hell...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I must say I am honoured, to be so consistently attacked by what appears to be a troll means I must be correct on at least some of my comments....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    An interesting question, I doubt anyone on here knows the answer (in part because there is unlikely to be 1 single answer). Some speculation: 1) try to avoid reality, the belief that if the UK can only leave those meddling...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    One of the reasons some media outlets cut comments is because they don't accurate reflect the public and thus aren't worth the trouble. In addition to the obvious problem of trolls and paid commentators, it's one of the quirks of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    And definitely looks like the election in Canada will get interesting next week as the unpopular Premier Ford enters the election story with Toronto area school boards announcing the strike will force the schools to be closed, creating child care...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Simple answer, yes, because his bad decisions have backed him into a corner. If he never ran for and then one the presidency then most of the scandals/crimes would have remained either safely hidden or easily taken care of by...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Those interested in some explanation for the causes of the current dysfunction in the US politics (and it likely can to varying amounts be applied elsewhere as well) may be interested in this podcast episode that discuses it. https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/podcast/2019/09/30/66-will-wilkinson-on-partisan-polarization-and-the-urban-rural-divide/...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    And somebody has decided to shake things up. CUPE (Canadian Union Public Employees) has announced a strike of support staff across the province to start Oct 7th. I guess Doug Ford is going to become an issue in the election....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    But the point is that the evidence says otherwise, that the "golden" years of the US were the post-great depression years when high tax rates (and a large amount of regulation) were the point of government policy. And of course...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    But the American public isn't believing that propaganda. Been making the rounds on Twitter after Larry Summers repeated the falsehood that a rich tax wouldn't "be appealing to most Americans", and then there is a screen grab from The Hill...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The Montreal protest had some help with the high schools closed for the day and free public transit. But, at least as far as climate change is concerned, the parties won't take much interest in that protest given the other...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Except that to the disappointment of Scheer and the Convervatives, the photos of Trudeau being stupid have had a negligible effect on the voting intentions of Canadians. As for your other rantings, I wasn't specifically talking about this or even...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    CBC reporter has a poll tracker that includes seat projections that gets updated daily with each new poll release. https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/poll-tracker/canada/ Things have turned slightly worse since I last looked, but the Liberals are still predicted to have the most seats...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Not in the UK, but my guess is either another minority / hung parliament or Boris gets his majority. It's difficult to get more specific without finding some analysis based on constituency polls as national polls can be misleading (for...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    To a certain extent it's just familiarity that makes it big news - many other countries are having similiar issues with populist leaders that aren't very great. Italy has flirted with several versions for the last 10 years or so...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Interesting collection. Ultimately though the only story that will matter is what the opinion polls do. If enough of the electorate shifts to supporting impeachment, then that will put enough of the 23 Republican seats at play in next year's...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Common misconception, China doesn't really have that much US debt. China only has $1.123 trillion of US debt (as of Dec 2018), compared to an overall government debt amount of $22 trillion. So China only owns 5.1% of the total...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I would disagree. The post WW2 period in the US is considered the benchmark for economic growth in the last 100 years or so, and that was also a period of high taxes and low inequality. On the other hand...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    There is lots of time for the courts to get the job done, as given the nature of the issue both in importance to the UK and the time deadline things would be expedited. It may even go to the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    It's really more a case of being most familiar with whatever system you grew up under, and hence learned as a kid. What is true, regardless of the system, is that there are people / forces / beliefs pushing the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    My assumption is that there are state level investigations going on (in particular NY State) that could prove quite interesting once he is out of office, whether it be in 2021 or 2025. The bigger question really is whether it...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Not a hope - when the experts and media can predict SCOTUS rulings based on the political leanings of the judges you know you no longer have an impartial court upholding the constitution. This is in a way the biggest...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I to a certain extent agree with you, and if we lived in a (currently) sane world then it would be a non-issue as Trump would have been impeached and thrown from office 2 years ago. But not only do...
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