Barry

Barry

  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    "Also to consider is a nationwide shortage of construction workers. Between a booming economy luring them into other industries and a concerted effort to persuade foreign nationals to leave, things may take longer and cost more to replace than people...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "But another thing that made the nukes unique was that all of that money bought in four rounds of ordnance." I don't have the reference, but the production plan was for *at least* 2 per month by late fall, 1945....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "Good point. I was assuming that the original Nazi necromancers would be dead by now of old age, but that's not a given is it?" Either way................. :)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    "Of course, the cop in question in this case is simultaneously a member of two groups protected by PC, so even though this particular cop has already been investigated for improper conduct three times in the two years he has...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    "If anyone wishes to prove that a climate modelling program is wrong, all they have to do is undertake the same exercise themselves." Please note that the oil, coal and gas companies have lots and lots and lots of money....
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    My best wishes go with you....
  • Commented on Book day!
    "Because as I see it, the way it worked out is that when they were forced out into the open, they didn't have any sort of plan for dealing with that beyond "flail."" I'm not quoting the whole comment, but...
  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    "I hope Rita gets a bit more chance to be active in this instalment. Miriam, finding herself suddenly landed with the part of major player in previously-unsuspected intrigue, kicked. Rita, in similar case, doesn't even seem to think kicking. "...
  • 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...
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