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  • Commented on Book day!
    Apologies if this is the wrong thread for this. A few minutes ago, I had a chat with a colleague who stated: "When they began, most welfare systems in the West resembled Universal Basic Income. Over time, they evolved to...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Apparently De Beers has begun hovering up diamonds from the seabed off the coast of Namibia https://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2017-07-11/de-beers-hoovers-up-its-best-diamonds-from-the-african-seabed...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I know this is off topic, but I was wondering if the UK has the same problems as are described in this article for the US? https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-07-07/america-is-struggling-with-economic-rot...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    It turns out that Trump-aligned companies are buying local TV news stations in the US https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jul/03/john-oliver-sinclair-broadcasting-rightwing-news-fox Please watch the video embedded in that article. It shows how Trump supporters are covering his Presidency....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    http://nypost.com/2017/07/01/why-the-next-generation-after-millennials-will-vote-republican/ Here are my comments 1. I don't know if the NY Post is a credible source of evidence 2. Did they interview only white Gen Z's? Some of the trends can be explained by the fact that 45% of...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Oops. The OneWeb satellites are not cubesats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OneWeb_satellite_constellation...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I wonder if this means that cubesats finally have an economic rationale? http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40422011 https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/29/lockheed-martin-takes-a-strategic-stake-in-nanosatellite-company-terran-orbital/ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-06-29/the-tiny-satellites-ushering-in-the-new-space-revolution If so, finally! I can't remember how much grief I got about my belief that cubesats would help revolutionize space travel. I also wonder if...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Sorry if this is off-topic. In case anyone is curious, here is an article explaining the US Supreme Court's recent ruling in regards to the Separation of Church and State. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-26/supreme-court-weakens-wall-between-church-and-state...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    This articles explore a little-understood phenomenon in the US: how confidence in the economy correlates to which party holds power. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-26/why-americans-feel-so-good-about-a-mediocre-economy http://www.gallup.com/poll/211583/democrats-confidence-economy-steadily-eroding-post-obama.aspx In short, it is very problematic to take consumer confidence in the US at face value. Is this...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    It seems that now that oil prices have fallen, the share of cars as a total U.S. light-vehicle sales has fallen below 40% again. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-22/americans-are-back-in-love-with-suvs-and-pickups The first chart is the history of car sales in the US as a percentage...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    On a conceptual level, I'm not entirely opposed to the Presidency becoming more ceremonial than it is today. If it does become more ceremonial, a lot more of the power would fall onto the Speaker of the House, who was...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Another point that must be emphasized: Impeachment requires a majority of the House of Representatives Conviction requires 2/3 of the Senate https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_in_the_United_States...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I was a sloppy. I'm not sure that the WWII generation converted to Conservative in their 50's? I wasn't using the age of 50 as a hard delimiter. I should have stated that to avoid confusion. Someone who was 18...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Here's the question: Is this earlier or later than previous elections? When I have more time, I'll probably try and research this...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I don't know UK political history, so I will use American history examples to disagree with you. Apologies to Charlie for this. Many of the WWII generation voted for FDR and the New Deal when they started voting. By the...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Oops. I was referring to this article, which predates this election. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/arron-banks-denies-brexit-bribe-six-figure-dup-mps-ukip-a7455416.html Sorry....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Things get even more extreme. I can't find the article now (and I'm not sure it's legit), but perhaps Robert Mercer has given the DUP a huge amount of money? This would explain the following http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/12/nigel-farage-to-gain-brexit-role-under-dup-conservative-deal--reports.html Basically, the DUP are...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I don't know if you guys are interested in this Here's an interview with one of Trump's friends and fellow real-estate investor https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-06-08/trump-knows-exactly-what-he-s-doing-tom-barrack-on-the-president From reading that interview, I have to wonder how many fellow real-estate investors use that sentence structure?...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    If it is indeed useful, Google, Facebook, Baidu, and most of Wall Street might have interest in these chips. New factories don't necessarily have to financed by consumer applications such as computers and mobile devices....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    It looks like Moore's Law in regards to transistor size is not yet dead. https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/05/ibm-creates-a-new-transistor-type-for-5nm-silicon-chips/...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    You guys are treating the idea of vertical farming as an all-or-nothing deal. Vertical farming doesn't have to replace horizontal farming. Here are functions where I see it happening 1. Places where there's tons of sun and desalination is cheap,...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    In this post, I will focus on Latin America 1. POLITICS: Latin America as a whole is becoming more right wing compared to the time when it exited the US-sponsored caudillo era. I realize that this isn't a completely linear...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Oops. Meant to write the Tories, not the UK government here....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    If after Brexit the UK government is likely to increase its share of the minority vote, then wow. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/21/labour-risks-losing-more-minority-ethnic-voters-to-tories-study-finds...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-extracts-gas-from-flammable-ice-mined-from-south-china-sea On the bright side: If it is inevitable for hydrates to escape into the atmosphere, it is better that they do so as CO2 rather than methane....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Going back to our previous conversation about North Korea, here's this article detailing Russia's relationship with that country https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-18/the-key-to-north-korea-is-russia...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Sorry to change the topic, but I found this article on Scottish offshore wind power https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-17/scotland-fights-to-keep-its-renewable-energy-dream-alive...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I meant to add: What if he makes that demand during the next election?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Agreed on their capability. My guess is that they may try to use the nukes to blackmail individual countries to remove the sanctions. What would May do if Kim gave the following speech: "If the UK doesn't remove the sanctions,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I hope you're joking!!! Such an ultimatum is likely to trigger China's defense policy with N. Korea. The policy basically says that China will defend NK as long as NK is not the aggressor. That ultimatum would make the US...
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