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  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "So, back in the 1970s when the climate scientists thought we were headed for a new Ice Age, plant pathologists argued for more funding to cope with the effects of common pests in a shorter growing season which would prevent...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "Lots of todays anti-semites seem to have (or pretend to have?) no problem with Israel. It's very odd." No, because the popular US view of the Rapture basically has all of the Jewish people returning to the state of Israel...
  • Commented on A reminder
    One final comment - the directory of the FBI very openly and very illegally intervened in the election in the last week. On the other hand, he refused to sign on to the intelligence community's conclusion that his preferred guy...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Oh, for those figuring that the Trump administration can't trash the world's economy in only a few years, note that every single foreign policy guy he's looking at is a firm believer in 'Iran delenda est'. What are the odds...
  • Commented on A reminder
    "... a one-party state, looks well-nigh impossible in the US. ... Don't need to these days." This is important: Gerrymander districts so that the Out Party can't win a majority without an overwhelming and highly unlikely wave election. Multiple points...
  • Commented on A reminder
    "Ultimately, I don't think we are imminently in danger of fascism because (i) people aren't desperate enough; (ii) Trump is not capable or necessarily desirous of putting the pieces together; and (iii) American institutions are still sufficient to prevent an...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    "Some of us were also dealing with dementia. Spent much of the last few months moving my MIL to a senior facility as she became just too much to deal with in our home setup. Not physically. But the constant...
  • Commented on The Day After
    "What makes this interesting is that U.S. Democrats really like infrastructure projects, and that if such projects are well-designed they tend to do a lot of economic good over a very long time. And Trump likes building stuff. It's his...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Me: "And IMHO, lawsuits are rather easy to get dismissed, when the plaintiffs don't dare show their faces due to death threats" paws4hot: "I think you've been watching too many USian "police procedurals"!" Go to a history professor, and ask...
  • Commented on The Day After
    "Looking back at previous presidents, I do find quite a lot of cause for optimism where Trump is concerned. The US Presidency was designed by very smart and wise people to be an office occupied by one man, and a...
  • Commented on The Day After
    "Does Putin really possess the judgement to know exactly how far to go? I think his temperament is to try it on as hard as he can, relentlessly. What happens at the point where Donald feels imposed upon, insulted, slighted,...
  • Commented on The Day After
    "If the lawsuits against Trump hold water, the republican machine can use it as an excuse to throw him under the bus; wait for him to lose a child rape case or something, then impeach him fastidiously and put Pence...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "If the economy starts tanking, I think it's possible they will support stopping Brexit. Of course, in that case, the Tories might cancel the Brexit as well. Strategically it would be wise to keep options open until shortly before an...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "The is no reason to believe that the UK will default on its debts or try to unexpectedly try to devalue them." If the markets think that the pound will fall further against the dollar/euro, then they'll want higher interest...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "What's surprising to me is just how thoroughly the Tories committed to closed borders. Like... they could probably get a Norwayesque deal if they wanted to, right? That would be way worse than what they have now, but it would...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "Farage has already withdrawn the promise of 350 mil a week for the NHS. That was quick." The dew had not yet dried on the morning of the not-so-glorious Leave Day when the leaders of the movement pretty much said...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "So Britain shuts down immigration and the economy remains poor, with poor prospects then What? How long before people wake up to the real source of the problem?" Well, it looks like 52% of the people who voted swallowed everything...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "Really: - this is the little man & woman giving "the establishment" a damned good kicking, & to hell with whatever the result of the result was or is. IF the labour party had even bothered to campaign AT ALL,...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "I have this vision of the UK benefiting from the trading connections, ignoring the EU, and making the rest dance to their tune - for years." IMHO, no: 1) The EU leadership is not going to let the UK play...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    BTW, somebody here was quoting the UKIP line about how the UK sends [insert Massive Amount here] of money to the EU (where, Massive Amount was ~1% of the UK government budget). The argument was based on innumeracy (i.e., it...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "And what if the vote is really tight, so around 10% or less in favor one way or another. Do the (say) 60% "in" say "screw the 40% out"? Will that amplify racism? Does such a close vote energise ultra-right...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "But the old French and Germans considered that almost any amount of bureaucracy was better than ever having their countries go to war with each other again. If they're still around, they're probably opposed to Brexit as well." A friend...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "And the Dallas area, well, you just have to get used to everyone driving the speed limit aggressively even when there is only 1 car spacing at 70mph." 70? Sod that, the speed limit in Michigan is 70, which means...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "Then you are misinformed, and you should start to question the quality of the media bubble you're trapped in." Murdoch got his start in Australia; we should remember that his manure has had a longer time to fester....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "This does not (probably) count as assasination,as that usually has an ordered group behind it." I will contact the Kennedy family to inform them that two of their members were *not* assassinated. Bringing to back from the US - the...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "Been to Detroit in January. Nope nopetynope." First you're too hot in Florida in the summer, now you don't like Michigan in the winter - I thought that Scots didn't like comfort? "2. My apartment was built in the 1820s....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "Financial services are about 6% of british GDP, so the City leaving entirely would probably drop a further 4% of GDP." I skimmed the report from the UK Treasury. They had two scenarios, moderate (4%) and severe (6%). And IIRC,...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "Since I now live in the US and cannot even vote on this issue, I really don't have a dog in this race. The outcome is just an event in history as far as I'm concerned, one which may have...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "Sorry Charlie, but you are generalising from a single nutter, with (apparently) some very unpleasant friends, to the whole nation. " At the risk of Americanizing things, the standard response to a right-wing killer is 'mentally disturbed individual'. To a...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "If you move to Southern California I'll do what I can to help you guys out. Might be too warm here, but I have people in Portland and Seattle who might be able to help you get settled if it...
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