Rick Moen

Rick Moen

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Ah, yes, the Amazon AWS eu-west-1 cluster! I know it quite well. It's a set of five data centres spread around Dublin's N4 ring road. See: https://wikileaks.org/amazon-atlas/map/ $FIRM often launches clusters there because it's relatively inexpensive and has good connectivity...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    That petition just crossed a million. Remarkable. (For scale, Office of National Statistics claim there were ~46,148,000 voters in the electoral registers as of Dec. 2017.)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I've lately been fond of Richard Hutton's recounting of which specific waste-of-oxygen institutions and individuals pushed for Brexit, and why (as an accidental side effect of trying to wheedle a locally more-piratical business environment) -- although, in his zeal to...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    JBS @1308: I think I have a new musical hero. Randy Rainbow is very much a class act. Not quite 'timeless like Tom Lehrer' funny, but completely on top of the news. (If I get through 2019 with my sanity...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    JBS @1057: The thing about Trump going down in flames is I don't think the GOP has sense enough to bail out in time. It remains to be seen if the GOP will crash & burn with him or without...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Euskaraz ere hitz egin dezakezu. (You, too, can speak Basque.)...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Michael Cain @892: I predict that statehood for Puerto Rico will stumble over the language problem The US-domestic obstacle is real and probably prohibitive, but IMO this one is not. For those who don't know, the USA itself has cheerfully...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Charlie Stross @ 757: Ranked-choice voting at the USA Federal level is coming, but with glacial slowness. I fear that an entire 'FPTP was good enough for Jaysus' crowd must die off before it'll be adopted broadly -- but,...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    SFreader @ 790: You'll get no argument from me about need to correct the appalling treatment of Puerto Rico. Just listening to John Oliver's analysis made me want to pull out the pitchforks and torches on the islanders' behalf (and,...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    SFreader @780: Agreed about the John Oliver episode, and listening to his analyses consistently helps one be be more aware and intelligent about public affairs, so he's quite a gift. It's always questionable to attribute collective attitudes to an...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    SFreader @ 738: Your recounting of Puerto Rico's woes is certainly correct concerning the rather evil financial situation the island got placed in, including the prohibition of PR ever claiming Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection that was snuck into a 1984...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Correcting my spelling/punctuation, that passing reference should have been stated as "Daniel Shays's Rebellion", after Continental Army veteran and farmer Daniel Shays (i.e., not "Shay"), who with his large group of fellow veterans objected to being stiffed by the Continental...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    JBS @ 533: I hadn't thought, and didn't entirely intend to suggest, that the US Federal government has had an ongoing pattern of not paying its armed forces, just that it has had intermittent problems with being a deadbeat (as...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Greg Tingey @476: Apologies about the broken link. I meant the Philadelphia Mutiny of 1783, when about 400 Continental Army soldiers treacherously objected to going unpaid for ridiculous periods of time, were treated as mutineers, and occasioned the flight of...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    @Greg Tingey: My offhand impression is that involuntary servitude under Amendment 13 is indeed being imposed on members of the US Armed Forces ordered to work without pay (such as, I hear, Coast Guard forces) because they cannot lawfully resign,...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Not actually paywalled. I infer that the Australian's Web site just uses a particularly nasty sort of checking for whether this URL has been visited before. 1. Open a private browsing window. (May not be necessary, but couldn't hurt.) 2....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    fajensen wrote: All this means that "Games of Chicken" are a perfectly viable strategy for leaders of major western powers to adopt and that Brexit is going to happen because the Tory Government will have to pass legislation to cancel...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    paws4thot, I certainly take your point about it being bizarre to the point of nonsensical. It is, indeed. FWIW, it's always been the case that if you attend to the footnotes that you see that the 'honorable member for $place...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    A further comment on David L.'s post about USA trends: The center is just more and more not registering with a party. Which takes them out of primaries in the US and thus eliminates them as a factor in the...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    paws4thot: I can only hope that the main problem with my explanation is the underlying bizarreness of the totally impromptu system I tried to describe. A UK voter who joins, say (Charlie's choice) Scottish Green Party pays £3/month (less...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I don't really understand what this US concept of "registering with a party" Most Yanks don't understand it either. (I'm not faulting David L. for using that idiom, as it is ubiquitous.) The truth is a bit twisty and odd,...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Another option for Britons wanting to ensure retention of their EU citizenship: Become resident in Ireland (in either country) for three years, then apply for naturalisation to the Irish Minister for Justice in Dublin. Republic of Ireland's passport is very...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Charlie, gaining German citizenship (and passport) as a backup plan and alternative is perhaps worth considering. A number of Britons of my acquaintance are working on that. Having an additional passport with good visa-waiver status seems good insurance against return...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Heteromeles @262: Actually, hat 'ceremonial vote' was for one 'John Ewards' -- because apparently said nameless member of the Minnesota electoral delegation was that big an idiot. I know it won't do any good to OGH and others to...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    @Troutwaxer, certainly our California Voter Guide has always been a decent start towards good voter information, though limited in coverage and expensive for candidates seeking to have their candidate statements included. Various parties publishing analyses on the Web scales better....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Paging Harry Perkins. White courtesy telephone, please. (Chris Mullin, too, has had problems with reality overrunning his sequels.)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Greg Tingey @723 wrote: Wasn't it J M Keynes who said: "When the facts change, I change my opinions, what do you do, sir?" Wrong Keynesian. It's a lovely quotation, but rather too waspish for John Maynard Keynes, who was...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    Tim Hall @ 4: Do the Hugo rules prohibit publication of the nomination totals at the time the nominations are announced? They do not, and certainly that would be extremely useful. However (and you knew the 'however' was coming, didn't...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Clearly, Scotland needs a greater tax base. Might I recommend pursuing colonial ambitions in Panama? On another note, the mere possibility of Francis Urquhart^W^W Boris Johnson, as PM for a Conservative-led coalition, has enough amusement potential in it that it...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Just as idle speculation: Psi has become unfashionable in SFF in part because Some Lab Got Results stories haven't lately hit even the popular science magazines, as far as I'm aware -- except for that one Caroline Watt / Koestler...
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