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  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Meanwhile, a big new poll (sample of 100,000 people) give Boris a 68 seat majority - though some of the polling took place prior to the manifestos being published. But it shows Labour losing a lot of seats in its...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    To me the biggest surprise to date is how poorly Boris and his team have done this campaign. While not expecting a great campaign, this is the same guy who successfully won campaigns for London Mayor and the Brexit referendum...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    The Hudson River tunnels, as well as Penn Station, are bottlenecks for Amtrak in the NEC (the tunnels are shared with New Jersey Transit). They currently at peak times operate at capacity and so you may as well while your...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Don't follow Amtrak that closely, but I would surprised if that is the case - and the question is capital funding vs ongoing operational subsidy. Specifically, Amtrak desperately needs funding for the new Hudson River tunnels. The combination of age...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Part of the problem in the US was the FRA standards, which in many respects were behind the times regarding safety. The FRA is now allowing mainland Europe stuff to be used either directly or more likely to be slightly...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    It would make terrible business sense, and wouldn't accomplish anything anyway. The younger and/or left leaning audience do *not* watch TV news except perhaps when something major happens - this is why CNN has been gradually shifting towards Fox for...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Really a combination of the two plus other factors. He spent $100 million of his own money in 2009(?) to get elected as NYC mayor the 3rd time so I assume he will be willing to spend more. But it...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    To return back to the origin of this topic, we can all see one possible choice play out in real time. Michael Bloomberg has officially entered the Democratic Presidential race and has so far committed $30 million to ad buys...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Anyone unhappy with Gimp may want to give Krita a try, I'm not that familiar with either but Krita seems to benefit from being a younger project and hence less cruft to overcome. Available most Linux distributions (it is KDE...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    There are essentially 2 problems to US passenger rail speeds. The first is that most of the track is owned by the freight railroads, and they don't want to invest in anything that complicates their freight operations. So TPWS wouldn't...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Or to put it another way, if Corbyn hadn't resurrected the Liberal Democrats over the last 12 months they would likely still be down in the single digits, giving Labour another say 7 points, which would have made the current...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    There is no indication Labour is clawing back Labour Leave voters. There is every indication that Labour is stealing from the Liberal Democrats, whose vote has dropped significantly since early October when Labour and the Liberal Democrats were statistically tied....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    I suspect handing over to ScotRail wouldn't accomplish much given the your infrastructure upgrades are Transport Scotland/Network Rail I believe. Anyway, Caltrain currently runs an express service SJ to SF in 1h08m, and even their pokey local service does it...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Except today's poll in the Observer has 3/4 of Leave voters voting for Boris....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Bart's problems appear (from somewhere far from California) to primarily be the usual problem in the lack of funds to upgrade existing systems. Non-standard gauge is a minor issue - most transit systems require custom(ish) trains for a variety of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Well, only one poll, but appears the Brexit Party throwing in the towel on a bunch of seats has helped Boris, who now might(*) have 47% of the vote and a 19 point lead over Corbyn. Boris is taking 3/4...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    It's difficult to tell from that video, but if one looks at it the first thing to notice is that the video is not centred over the track. It almost looks like the camera is connected/being held out the right...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    If you look at the cab video of a train going over the bridge it is clear your archy criss-cross members are far lower and problematic than the horizontal cross members you demonstrate with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLvSWDgYCu8...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Several years back I briefly looked into some of the supposedly "profitable" passenger rail. While I didn't pursue it too far, based on the easy to find and free information the so called "profitable" systems were anything but, and instead...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Despite any rhetoric and political dogma, passenger rail doesn't on its own make a profit. In fact, the UK government subsidy has increased dramatically since "privatisation" so that it now averages about £5.3 billion a year (and Network Rail has...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    The rise of the MBA, and its associated problems, seems to coincide with the rise of the HR department and their requirement for pieces of paper that indicate you are "qualified" for a job. This automatically places anyone with real...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Not just Sweden, but Germany where the AfD continues to gain and the existing "main" parties are showing signs of decline and falling apart - with things getting so bad that some people in the CDU are saying they should...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Open source education won't achieve much. Right-wing populism is increasing even in Europe, where I assume education is in a much better shape than many parts of the world, so it isn't an education issue. While there are a lot...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Exactly right - nobody wants to deal with climate change because nobody wants to deal with the side effects of such a massive change to society. It's all great for those on here to say capitalism needs to die, or...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    The western world may well be at a point of shrinking population based on the existing population, but that is why pretty much every country is accepting immigrants - to enable the growth to continue and thus punt the problem...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    First time I have heard that Amazon is a "weird fancy-store" given that your de Buyer pans are available on Amazon....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    I agree that society has become too disposable, and that things should last longer - and obviously a good first step towards that is making things fixable. But the side effect (and it seems it is always those nasty side...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Yes, the Republican Party is a barrier to dealing with global warming, if you definition of dealing with it involves moving people out of the way of rising sea levels and other measures. But if you are talking about actually...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    The basis for any answers really has, to my thinking, based on the reality that this has all been a long time in the making and as such there is no quick and easy fix to suddenly reverse things. Even...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Good news for all the Greens and environmentalists in Australia, turns out they aren't to blame for the current fires. Instead it is all punishment from God for legalizing same sex marriage and abortions: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/israel-folau-same-sex-marriage-abortion-australia-bushfires-speech-video-a9206106.html...
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