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  • Commented on Cough Cough
    So, when does the 1922 Committee meet?...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Justin: Ihave never said Biden couldn't win, just that he's making it unnecessarily difficult for himself. Deities know, the US could use some substance at the top, instead of the current Punch-and-Judy show. It seems that the D Establishment is...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    And that is the DNC problem - the view that the candidate who earned the position should get it rather than the candidate who can win (not that I am saying that Bernie could have beat Trump, but it was...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Charlie: Which is very much like the USA .. racist billionaires, unacceptable minorities ... You spotted it. My brother spent a decade or so in East Asia, years each in Japan, Viet Nam, and China. One day after returning, apropos...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    A couple of noteworthy pieces elsewhere today. One in nymag points out the Biden is going to have to do much better than he is doing in the swing states, because people who say 'Democrat' when polled mostly live in...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Re: writing software and its discontents. And riffing on the title of this post: - These days, looking at the prospect of Word and its ilk, I more and more find myself thinking "I can't be having with that, at...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    NZ has just moved to "level 2". Retail, cafes, restaurants open from Thursday 15th - restos with groups limited to 10 people and 2 hours max per group. Pubs and schools, Thursday week. Gyms, etc., back open this week too....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    On the previous thread there was a discussion about long-distance HVDC lines. Apparently they run about USD1M per km (2007 dollars) over land. There's nothing unsolved about laying either undersea HVDC cables or or long ditance cables, so it's just...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Here's a piece in the NYT saying part of what I was trying to say a couple of weeks back: - How Pandemics End In the end, everyone just goes "meh, I'm tired of this". (Or in the non-US idiom,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    For many years my wife had a Sharp flip-phone. She'd still have it if it hadn't gone through the washing machine on the 'heavy duty' cycle. Has anyone here tested their IP67 rated iPhone on that all-too-common scenario?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Interesting piece on Risks We Are Ignoring on Politico. Starts off pretty humdrum, but picks up as it goes, with the usual caveat that the United States is All of The World. Those white supremacist f****ers - ought to be...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Very nice, thoughtful comment, Heteromeles. But also boding rather a large bode for the future.* The next con-man might not be as lazy and incapable of both grasping abstract concepts and hiring, managing and motivating staff as this one is....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    correction: it was a livestream of the Justice Select Committee....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Over here in The Shire, two people have been arrested for threatening to kill the leader of the opposition, after he totally misread the public's mood while whinging about Saint Jacinda not relaxing lockdown soon enough. It wasn't so much...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    David L & mdlive [Biden]: You haven't really addressed my comments. From over here the enthusiasm for Biden looks more like "well, at least he isn't Trump..." rather than "Biden! Yeah!" The left wing of the Ds was indeed very...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Over here in the English-speaking (as opposed to US-speaking) world, we have this phrase, "Buggins's turn". It is shorthand for the once(?) common practice in bureaucracies, that people got promoted on the basis of length of service, irrespective of merit...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    David L @ 773: Win the battle THEN ...[clean up the mess]. Well, the Ds have gone about that in the worst way possible, choosing Biden to stand against Trump. No Rs will vote for a D. Biden inspires at...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    foxessa @ 658:: Somebody Said Something like this: With the price of oil tanking Exxonmobil will be forced to lay off members of government. Lol, but Exxon will be fine. It's highly diversified geeographically; the world price (Brent benchmark) is...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Yeah, I read that. A question occurs: will China offer those states loans on generous terms (via, say, Canada) so that they can continue to do the right thing?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    A new thing in the world: negative oil prices (in the USA)....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Manqueman @ 499: Dare say the red state numbers will be artificially low They won't be able to hide the corpses piled in the streets outside hospitals and care homes....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Sorry Errolwi, I should have read to the bottom of your comment. My anecdote. In the supermarket car park, I've been chatting to a few of my former workmates at the meat packing plant where I scraped flesh off the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Well, it's infeasible to have everyone locked in their homes. Food animals have to be fed and watered (and milked, or killed); plumbers are needed to fix blocked toilets and burst pipes (Wellington just had a major sewer pipe collapse...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Scott Sanford @ 362: As I'm sure you know, clothing is much more affordable now than it was a century ago, and much more than it was two centuries or more back. Between new materials and more efficient manufacturing techniques,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Charlie @ top: If the howls of rage at the first lockdown are deafening, the second lockdown will be worse: think of toddlers being sent back to bed with no supper. And that's the lucky work-from-home class: the working poor—with...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    No, leather was NOT always an "expensive, niche market" material, not even in my adult lifetime and in the UK - and still isn't in many places. For durability ... there was no alternative until recently. Synthetics have a BIG...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Finally: Meh....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Have you not heard of The Shock Doctrine or the concept of Disaster Capitalism?...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    The USA is on course for 30-40 mil unemployed / furlonged within weeks. Blackrock just got handed essentially a blank card to bail out vast tranches of junk rated bonds. CN is hitting its own market with trillions as well....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    At a superficial glance a lot of animal welfare moral concerns can be waved away in the modern world - as you note we don't "need" fur, leather, wool, etc. - but those decisions have other costs - most of...
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