stephanos

stephanos

  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    On the issue of Bitcoin, libertarians and the alt-right, you may be interested in a short book by David Golumbia, titled, "The politics of Bitcoin: Software as right-wing extremism." It's a quick read and, despite occasional repetitiveness, quite well written....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Yes, obviously. And we all like it when trucks bring stuff to the shops so that we have enough food to eat. My point isn't that roads are bad or that we shouldn't have them. There are clear benefits to...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    But road users don't exist in isolation. Driving has costs for society and the wider environment, which are not reflected in the price paid by motorists, even once they have paid existing taxes. The costs of transport are related to:...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Fletcher Christian, you echo many people's scepticism of lobbying when you write "Make lobbying within government buildings illegal. Long stretch in jail ..." . This is a small point in the context of this thread, but I think it makes...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Bad faith and bribes are different. I am not an expert in the intricacies of the EU treaty, so I'm not entirely confident in my response. However, as you asked... My feeling is that "bad faith" is untouchable, as national...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    (OK, the system doesn’t like me making lots of individual posts, so here goes in one post after all) HOW EUROPE SEES THE UK Some insight from Germany, which others have pointed out is a major player in this. I...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I’m coming late to this party, but I wanted to make a few comments on the original topic and ensuing posts related to the Brexit. I’m going to make one post per comment, rather than posting one very long comment...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    There has been an on-topic sub-theme here about moving away from cash, with some people essentially saying that it couldn't happen. As a piece of data for your consideration, I give you... Denmark! Some retailers are to be given the...
  • Commented on Default Option
    I can add two data points to support Ian's (comment #3) scepticism about Syriza's 'radical left' credentials: 1. My niece - who lives in Greece, is intelligent and politically aware, and comes from a left-of-centre background - told me last...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    There is a 50:50 chance that I will need to be in Berlin later this month and will stay there overnight on 20 November. If that happens, then I would very much like to come to the Kaffeeklatsch. Is there...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Yes, I know about the Britain/Brittany connection. I was riffing off the UK comedy show, "Little Britain" to suggest something diminished. @ 155, ArmchairDesigner More seriously, I have no real notion of how an independent Scotland would/could overcome the veto...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Thank you for a very interesting and engaging post, Charlie. I fully agree with one of your central points - that smaller political entities are generally a good thing, provided they're not too small. There's probably a golden mean, and...
  • Commented on Customer Satisfaction Survey
    I'm pleased to have a chance to provide feedback. The 2012 model was far from user-friendly, and my experience was mixed at best. Having said that, it has definitely been a premium product compared with the utter awfulness of the...
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