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  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I don't know if this going on to the same extent in other countries, but the mass closing of retail stores is going to have serious political consequences in the 2018 election. http://www.businessinsider.com/the-retail-apocalypse-has-officially-descended-on-america-2017-3...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    http://www.businessinsider.com/electric-flights-london-to-paris-could-launch-in-10-years-2017-3 All I'll say is that if I made the suggestion that this is possible, I'd be labelled a lunatic....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    This poll confirms my suspicion that Scotland's independence won't hurt May in 2020 http://www.businessinsider.com/poll-brexit-is-more-important-to-voters-than-keeping-the-uk-togerther-2017-3 This story is (on its face) good news for May and the Brexiter Tories. Or at least, they'll use his comments to justify to themselves that...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Reading the comments, what are your opinions that May would push to join NAFTA? After all, that is a trade agreement without any free movement of labor (especially with Trump in office). Plus, England would no longer be the odd...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I don't think England is desperate for electricity. 1. Even though it has less renewable potential than Scotland, it still has plenty 2. Without the Scottish MPs in Parliament, say bye-bye to many pollution controls. I don't know if the...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Here is a question not yet answered. Does May WANT to save the UK? Perhaps she sees Scotland as a block in achieving her goals? Perhaps she thinks it would benefit her more to be Prime Minister of England as...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Another problem I've found is that not all engineering fields put strong emphasis on teaching programming. I'll use myself as an example. I went to a top-5 university and majored in Aerospace Engineering. The programming required during my Undergraduate involved...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    On the question of mediocre programmers, please take globalization into account. Unless you believe Trump/May/Le Pen/etc. are going to actually introduce autarky, expect an increase of programmers within the next decade. This increase will encompass both good and mediocre programmers....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    So, here's my question: Will the sanctions regime on North Korea still exist in 5 years time? Remember, Putin has an incentive to strengthen NK as an annoyance to the US, and potentially to China. Is it possible that within...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Speaking of North Korea. The thing that I found the most interesting about the sabotage the US has been doing since 2014 is a. The fact that they admitted their missile defense doesn't work b. How little it actually slowed...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Here's how the proliferation of cheaper movie making technology is changing Hollywood's business model http://www.businessinsider.com/logan-screenwriter-scott-frank-hollywood-changing-2017-3...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Actually, it's not true. In 2015, Russia had 11.6 million immigrants. In absolute terms, they were 3rd behind the US and Germany. My understanding is that the fact that this represents 7.7% of the country's population, which is a respectable...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    This is only tangentially related, but here are the numbers for fuel economy of various methods of transportation. I also singled out commercial aircraft https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_efficiency_in_transportation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_economy_in_aircraft...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    1. WWI: 1.7 million to 2.25 million https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties 2. Russian Civil War: 1.5 million https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Civil_War 3. Spanish Flu 4. Stalin: Up to 3 million https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Purge 5. WWII: 26.6 million 6. Russia's life expectancy was far lower than the West's even...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I found this in the Economist. "The troubles in the oil industry are well known. Less noticed is that Scottish financial services are also having a tough time. Wander around the handsome Georgian squares of Edinburgh’s financial district, and nothing...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    For the great attractor on this site of renewable energy, I give you this article. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-16/bp-weighing-upgrade-of-u-s-wind-turbines-to-compete-with-gas It seems that in some cases, upgrading old wind turbines is proving more economic than running them until the end of their lives....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Thought you guys might find this article fascinating. It's about the future of Unions in the United States https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-16/unions-are-losing-their-decades-long-right-to-work-fight...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Since the conversation is dying down a bit, let's look at the absurdity of this situation. You are an adult in 1975. You are asked to predict the voting preferences of the Baby Boomer hippy generation. If you would have...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The carbon bubble is a reason I don't think Texas will vote Blue anytime soon, even after the electorate becomes majority-minority (the population already is majority-minority). I haven't done the research (so I don't know if this is true), but...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Second, Texas gets back $1.09 for every $1 it pays. It's a net recipient, but not by much https://mises.org/blog/which-states-rely-most-federal-spending Apologies for the source, I don't have the time to look for another one....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I didn't say this was tied to reality. Nevertheless, most residents of those states believe it....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The biggest hole in this scenario is that there's an alternative way to manage this if you're in an industry tied to a dying carbon bubble. Threaten to remove aid from any countries which don't ban wind/solar, and then "encourage"...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    There's a racial element here as well. States which have large minority populations and receive subsidies support Trump. That is because there's the belief that the subsidies mainly go to minorities....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I haven't done the analysis, but perhaps the median age of US presidents correlates with the median age of the generation that's the largest share of US voters at the time? Reagan was the second-to-last President of the WWII generation,...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Here is an article about the fact that Republicans are 24 state legislative seats short of being able to amend the Constitution without Democratic input http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/02/1628707/-Protecting-Our-Rights-by-Defending-the-ConstitutionState-Legislative-Races-are-Critical It seems that Trump is finding fans in the Southern Cone of Latin America...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    On an unrelated note, I have a question: why is it that whenever the discussion turns to reducing carbon emissions in the developed world, the discussion gets derailed into one about the ability to electrify airplanes? Air travel is a...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    In case you guys are curious about what's going on in the Philippines, here's a discussion from a blog in which I lurk http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=166048 Note that Zinegata and Shroom Man 777 are Filipinos, and theirs is the ground-level view of...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Although I agree with what you wrote, I don’t think it’s the whole truth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Metropolitan_Statistical_Areas 1. By your numbers, 19% of Americans live in rural areas. Further, about 56% live in metropolitan areas of greater than 1 million people and...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    One of Trump's next possible executive orders involves H1B visas https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-30/trump-s-next-move-on-immigration-to-hit-closer-to-home-for-tech I'm surprised he did the Muslim ban first. This would make him real popular with his base (in the same way Carrier did)....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    I grew up in a big city in a red state, but to give you an idea of part of Trump's coalition. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/27/why-donald-trump-win-walt-disney...
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