David L

David L

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    Where do you "hear" this? I don't. The comments I hear from people I know (far left to far right) is that they will typically work us "natives" into the ground by noon Monday. And finish the week at the...
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    Sorry, but this happens all the time with charter schools in the U.S. I recently found out that in the US the term "Charter School" has very different meanings in the various states. NY seems to have a very bad...
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    Quite a few of the sailors on a warship are there as extras. Seemed to me the numbers were about manning all the guns on a side at one time. 3 or 4 per gun?...
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    When I saw the Hamster approaching the tracks at such a shallow angle, I was already wincing before he came off and broke £9K worth of cycle. In the US we get that show on cable but I'm not sure...
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    And (later) an IQ of 150, yet I fail. Strange eh? Treat adults like 3 year olds and they tend to act like 3 year olds. It seems to be human nature that we live at our expectations. You managed...
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    Sympathy My wife sort of enjoyed it. She got to see a lot of the country and parts of others. She has fond memories of being 7 to 9 years old in Italy and of her time in Germany. But...
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    Charlie, may I be the first one to introduce you to a newish concept in cycling? It is called the modern mountain bike, and it has gears. Lots of gears. They range from medium-low, to low, to insanely low right...
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    A380 superjumbo will be the last thing flying into JFK that they try to divert (because who the hell is set up to handle 560 annoyed passengers in one lump?). I guess the word hasn't gotten out on your side...
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    I know; I'm not flying until Thursday. (Hopefully it'll be under control and JFK will be open by then.) There's a decent chance the ripply effects will be mostly over by then. Since this storm is fairly localized to the...
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    My wife has you beat all over. She was an army brat. Her dad kept getting opportunities to advance but that required them to move. A LOT. As best I can remember she went to grade school in Ithaca, NY,...
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    Disagree. What you're describing is 1950s suburbia, oriented around the car-owning middle class nuclear family. Not quite. In the US the 50s suburbia was massive grids of 1200-1600 sf housing laid out in grids with 1000s of houses in these...
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    Schooling Based on my US experience. There is no one fix for schools. For kids to succeed you need multiple things in general. 1. Kids who want to succeed. 2. Parents who want them to succeed and are involved more...
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    Fairly low-impact aerobic activity. What's not to like Requires flat land (not everyone lives in older LA or Chicago), working hips, knees, and heart. By 70s a non trivial number of people will not fit the above profile. I didn't...
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    Maybe the greeks are just doing it wrong? Austerity worked very well for Latvia (where I am from) in 2008 crisis. There were however several key things that can be very tricky to get right. I have not follower what...
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    40 square metres per adult and 20 per child gives 1200 square feet for the traditional benchmark "family of four". That's a big apartment or a small house. It is what a large segment (majority) of the US middle class...
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    RENT CONTROL Rent control was instituted in NY City a few years after WWII (or there bouts) to keep housing affordable for all the returning soldiers. What has happened over the yeras is much of the market is either junk...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Roughly 1,700 private jets are arriving in Davos... Hmmm. That certainly beats the annual Keeneland Sales gathering at the Lexington, KY airport. Which is quite impressive if you go by the airport during the sales. Small to middling sized. Appears...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    It's cost is comparable with existing energy projects. Its required technology has already been deployed on a scale that's within one order of magnitude. Are you discussing high voltage DC undersea? Or just the land versions?...
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    Great circle route from Australia via western China to the UK is 14 000 km And your prices are over stable reasonably flat land masses or they do take into account things like getting from AU to southeast Asia over...
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    RE: unneeded drugs or just put them in the garbage for thermal recycling (that's currently the official advice in Germany) Hmmm. What is this? In the US most of us have garbage which goes to a landfill or recycling which...
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    The reactionary bit is more the kind of thing where UKIP members suggest ... that wind farms should be demolished ... On this particular issue in the USA the biggest opponents turn out to be those with nice views that...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    It's not quite that high. I test drove one back in November. Base price $70K. As configured $90K. You could skip the leather dash and other such things and get it down under $80. Maybe $75K. But still a bit...
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    Just to toss this into the mix talking about the 1% or .01% and how they want to keep what they have. From a Frontline (USA) program I have on just now. "Putin's Way" Current media wealth in Russia is...
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    You have it simple then. We have the fed fuel taxes and state (50+) fuel taxes. All of which are supposed to go to pay for roads and such. But politicians never let big pots of money go easy into...
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    The fuel tax issue is an interesting one, and not something I'd seen raised before. It's a variation on the people with solar cells on their roof getting to sell their excess power back to the grid and the same...
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    I'm old enough that "Middle age" is not something I can say with an entirely straight face My mind wants to say it. My drivers license thinks it's an interesting point of view. Men on my father's side tend to...
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    When O got elected a lot of people around me were jubilant about how everything would now be better and wonderful. I mentioned that all Presidents come to office with grand ideas then get told the facts of life by...
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    Unless you consider O a conservative their hand is NOT on the wheel. They do get to do a lot but it's not like the UK where the party that controls the legislature gets to to whatever they want. Mostly....
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    In the US you get very mixed opinions from the conservative side on this topic. The "we must do everything" to stop bad guys no matter what it does to our/your lives will want this. The objectivists / libertarians will...
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    This harkens back to the early 80s when the US Executive branch wanted (did for a while?) outlaw encryption stronger than 56bit. Which in reality meant the rest of the planet had stronger encryption than anyone in the US was...
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