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  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    No, you have to file a tax return because Intuit and the like want to keep taking your money. There have been efforts to reduce filing to the IRS asking you if this information is correct (we don't have enough...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Exactly. England cannot be seen to have gained anything by all of this. And, you can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave. I just read "ADULTS IN THE ROOM" by Yanis Varoufakis as well as his...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Yeah, I bought it when it came out, and am only halfway through. Damn, I mean, Brexit is DUMB, but the Euro is a suicide pact run by madmen. Funny how the Tories did the right thing, staying out of...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    As an example of just how far to the left this country is, if you gamify your policy questions, 90% of the public is to the left of the Democratic Party (or was that 90% of Republicans?). Heck, on simple...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I'd say the switch starts with Teddy Roosevelt taking the progressives out of the Republican party in 1912 with his Bull Moose party, and ends with the flipping of most elected offices in the south from Democrat to Republican by...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I'm reading some real moder horror, "Adults in the Room: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment" by Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek left finance minister for 162 days in 2015. Yeah, the Eurozone is a nightmare, democracy is...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    And if you don't have it yet, The Delirium Brief is $2.99, at least at the US Amazon today. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01LM09RDM/ref=pe_170810_358142150_pe_KDD...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Yes, I keep referring people to that book. We really have no understanding of just how nuts and out of touch the Japanese government was at that time. There are still questions we don't have good sources for, but with...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Yup, murder, for example, tracks childhood lead exposure with a 23 year lag, lead peaked in the very early 1970s, murder in the mid-early 1990s, for the USA. But we don't track police killings at all. And they have evolved...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Rather surprising just how high defection rates are. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/08/24/did-enough-bernie-sanders-supporters-vote-for-trump-to-cost-clinton-the-election/ The real issue was non voters. Funny how controversial the idea that you need to get people excited to vote for a candidate is, even if you explicitly don't say how...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The really interesting thing is that in a just world, the banks broke the association between the loan and the title by using MERS without getting the law changed. Titles require wet ink for changes, a human has to physically...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Well, it's been 10 years, and I've forgotten too much. But, I'll cite an expert, Bill Black, who put people in jail in the S&L collapse in the late 1980s, wrote the book, "The Best Way To Rob A Bank...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    How exactly did Bernie play a spoiler role? He conceded before the convention, did more public events for her than she did (and 3x what she did for Obama), and his voters were less likely to defect than hers were...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    David Graeber's book Bullshit Jobs argues that the number is at least 40% (yup, there have been studies). Probably close to 100% in finance, for example. Also, the more your job benefits society, the worse it pays. I'm most of...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    And mind you, that's decades without much support, there is a system installed in the 1930s in the Death Valley area of California that is powered by hydro, and it's still going. So, no over charge issues, no maintenance.... and...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    An etched nickel disk? Naked eye readable on the outer edge, getting smaller as you go in (fairly quickly, so that you need a 500x magnifier to read most of it). https://rosettaproject.org/...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Now, if it had been a cigar box, that would have been interesting http://www.funraniumlabs.com/2013/11/the-decembering-2013-a-worrisome-cigar-box/...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I expect that to be true, my issue is that I want us to maintain the capability until a replacement is actually online and working. A-10 to upgraded crop duster to drone is fine by me. Or, hey, stop stirring...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    So, the F-16 is better? I'm not sure top speed matters much, armor is nice for CAS, and we need something in the role. What ever good the gun was, it's not a big win now. My point is that...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    You were ignoring my points, which is that work needs to be done on the A-10 if we are not to have a hole in our abilities when the wings wear out (among other things) but the F-35 isn't ready...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    How about over 13,000 human readable pages on a 3" disk, that is reasonably impervious to everything aside from abrasion? http://rosettaproject.org/ Granted, you need a 750x power microscope to read it (one side has an 8 language teaser of text...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    But, we are buying an unfinished design, and then upgrading them as things improve. Last I read, they were looking at never upgrading the first 30, because it was too much money. As the design isn't finished, those we do...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    That's always my point, the A-10 won't last 5 minutes in WW-III, but the USA has been in counterinsurgencies almost continuously since its founding, and the A-10 is nifty for that. Not re-winging them (which will ensure they are retired...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The division of stuff between the US Army and Air Force is simple. The Army doesn't get to put weapons on airplanes. The WP rockets on the Broncos were for target designation. They can and do fly helicopters and V-22...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Lyme can get ugly. It seems that going into ketosis can help, Tim Ferriss (who is essentially a professional human guinea pig for all manner of things) found that it helped him, when nothing else worked. Here are some links...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Regarding she of many names, sometimes they say interesting and useful things, other times they seem to be trying to prove how cool and smart they are. Being deliberately obtuse isn't useful, communicating is about figuring out how to make...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Yanis is great, I highly recommend his writing. Author, professor, finance minister, economist in residence at Valve (yes, the game company), worth following....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Perhaps change providers? 2.2 is EOL, no patches or evaluation of security risks after December 2017 at the latest. Granted, RH or Ubuntu will keep patching their LTS releases, but Apache isn't helping....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Summer of 2015 I was saying that the only chance the Republicans had was Clinton vs Trump, and I still think that was right. She'd have beaten the rest of them, Sanders would have too, and mopped the floor with...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Hillary was farther to the right than Obama, and, much like Trump has, would have bombed everyplace. I didn't vote for her, though I said that if you thought you might live in a swing state, you should vote for...
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