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  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Technical correction: the United States Senate is a gerrymander, done avant la lettre. The idea of giving all states two Senators, regardless of population, was put in place with the deliberate intent to give states with few voters disproportionate power....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Most of what people on the Left have point at is really weak when it comes to impeachable offenses, they aren't going to make history by being the first to remove a President from office - from their own party...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I don't know about the 15 generations part, but property-deed restrictions on land sale to disfavored ethnicities have a long history in the United States. They were deemed unenforceable in 1948, but many still remain on the books....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    FWIW, if you're considering buying a disposable Android device, prepaid Android cellphones in the US are dirt cheap these days; you can buy one for under $30, plus perhaps $20-$40 for one month's airtime, a few hundred SMS messages (yes,...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    France can only manage one state of emergency at a time? That's why they're a waning power. The United States is up around thirty... http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/22/president-obama-states-of-emergency/16851775/...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    "Trump's phone call with the *Taiwanese* government." Yowch!...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Oh, one other missing flash point: China, Taiwan, and the South China Sea. Trump's phone call with the Chinese government hasn't had any lasting consequences yet -- because he's not in power yet. But even Chinese doves are saying, on...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Missed opportunity for drama: 25th Amendment removal of a sitting President is a more drawn-out process than that, if the President being removed doesn't actually want to go (and is conscious enough to say so). If the President contests removal,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    And there's still a housing market in California with all that legalese, not to mention drought, raging fires, etc? I do not understand this mentality at all. If you want to boggle at irrationality in real estate: there's still a...
  • Commented on More obligatory author shilling
    Not sure if you're still planning a get-together afterwards, but if so, might be best to find a spot closer to Pandemonium than CBC -- the streets are clearer than they were a few days ago, but still awfully messy,...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I'm not sure airships are any more energy efficient than airplanes, unless you run them much slower than even their 200 kph top cruising speed. They get to stay up for free, but they're much bigger than a plane of...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Current prices for saffron are in the range of $15,000-$18,000 per kg. I'm guessing it used to be more expensive. As another benchmark on how things used to be different, pineapples were something like 5000 pounds in 18th-century London; by...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    ...if you'd been "Ministry of Supply" in, say, 1942 and I'd come to you saying "I've got this idea that needs research, but if it works will make thermionic valves for radio and radar 100 times smaller and lighter, 10_000...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    Errrmmm... right; it's DualEC_DBRG that's bugged, not EC-DSA. (And the term actually used in the memo I cited isn't "parallel reconstruction"; it lacks the "re". Though cutting off that "re" seems to get you to a word that's on the...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    Errrrmmmm... right: it's DualEC_DBRG that's bugged. (And also, the term used in the memo I quoted is "parallel construction", not "reconstruction". So it goes.)...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    "Parallel reconstruction" was first disclosed (in this context) when someone leaked a manual for the DEA surveillance-laundering groups which explained how to do it. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805 This news broke at about the same time as it became widely known that NSA...
  • Commented on Touching base
    The ello founders have repeatedly said they plan to go for a freemium revenue model: base level of services available to everyone, but some extra features available for a fee. See the comments on one of Quinn Norton's "where's the...
  • Commented on Touching base
    FWIW, the VC funding so far amounts to a $435,000 seed round so far, which has led at least one person raising the issue to change her tune a bit, though funding isn't the only nasty issue she sees coming...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Last comment on weirdness in polling data: On the one hand, polls *still* show something like 10% undecided. (I'm looking at a list of recent polls with a median around there, with outliers as low as 5% and as high...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Frankly, any corruption in the UK is not best laid at the feet of remote bureaucrats (who have little if any direct power) but of the self-serving hypocrites in the UK. Who are not going to be removed by BRexit!...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Meanwhile, for anyone who needs to laugh about this, John Oliver's hilarious take on the independence referendum is (I hear) finally available on the net to viewers in the UK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YkLPxQp_y0 Thesis summary: both sides have mounted ineffective campaigns that...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    And in the US, some of the rich donors to the Tea Party and like causes are, in some respect, nutters themselves. (Among other things, there were borderline lunatic Presidential candidates in the Republican primaries last cycle who lasted far...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    ...and look at what happened to the currency union between the two parties to the Velvet Divorce. Could you be more specific? At least according to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, there was a currency split; Slovakia subsequently joined the Eurozone, but...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I do set a very high bar for secession from a democratic state. I can only think of three examples over the past century ... all of which share a common factor. Namely, in all three cases violence broke out...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    For example, during the US Civil War, the mountainous areas of Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama were generally anti-secession, and some resisted being dragged into the Confederacy. The most extreme case resulting in a lasting alteration of the map: the...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    For what it's worth, when pollsters seriously differ about the state of a race in the US, it's often not because they disagree about raw public sentiment, but rather because they disagree about the likelihood that voters for one side...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    However, if you now have to buy 400 countries instead of only 10 or 20 ... that's way more expensive. Depends what you're shopping for. If it's low, low, tax rates, or lax safety inspections, then you don't need to...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Ummm... make that "both Scotland and the rump UK". (Can't edit.)...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    A peg is a reasonable starting point, in part because it can be abandoned with minimum fuss when the interests of Scotland and England diverge far enough. Straight currency union is a lot harder to untangle, though, as we've seen...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Conceded on the borders issue --- I was honestly unaware of the Irish precedent. I still find the currency thing worrisome, though......
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