Barry

Barry

  • Commented on What happens now?
    "I expect that any future representation by lawyers will come with very large retainers UP FRONT." IANAL, but I wouldn't even touch him then, because the (criminal) origin of the money would be a problem. I think that it comes...
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    IMHO, Trump's biggest problem in taking exile would be that most places would not let him land, since they just hired a crew to pain new runway lines or something. If he fled to Russia, he'd be Putin's prisoner, but...
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    "One of the things democratically elected politicians routinely do all the time is meet with visiting constituents. Given that a bunch of constituents had come to town for a political rally, glad-handing a few of the more prominent ones is...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    " They are in the middle of a civil war, *now*. " I diasagree. The Trump/Maga/Fascist wing *won*. The decent conservative faction can at best make speeches. Note that after a mob stormed the Capitol building, the majority of House...
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    In addition, it's not just white protestants, but also right-wing Catholics; many of whom would love a Francoist government....
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    "I think it's time to actually look at the people who decided to opt for violence on an individual basis and find out what sent them over the edge because if we don't understand this, we're not helping the situation...
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    "A number of White House staffers and political appointees resigned in the past 48 hours. You might have missed it, but one of them was Elaine Chao Secretary for Transportation." I disagree - if they've resigned, they are not available...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Charlie: "Are the Trumpists going to split and form a new party? Or are the Republicans going to split, many of them deserting to the Democrat coalition, and leave the rump party to the neo-Nazis? Or something else?" There is...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    The vote counting in the US Capitol building has been stopped; the police are evacuating people. A large Trump MAGA mob have taken over at least part of the building. It might have been faked, but there was a photo...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    "Essentially then - never ending brexit. AAaaaaaaargh!" The UK is a large (by EU standards) country 20 miles from the EU, with longstanding major trading relationships. This means that neither party can get away with ignoring the other (without consequences)....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    "I notice that a US Republican congressman-elect has just died from Covid. I've also seen that the number of Republican office holders who have had Covid is three times the number of Democrats. Assuming this continues, in a few years...
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    "Except for those selling their labor. The rule does not apply to them, because mumble mumble capitalism mumble." The rich must be paid more, so that they'll produce more. The rest of us must be paid less, so that we'll...
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    "Which the last decade or so have proven to be false - where the US and others regions had labour shortages yet wages and work conditions didn't improve." Another way to phrase it is that they don't want to raise...
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    "They work in the short term. In the long term they have a nasty tendency to destroy the companies their members work for." That's a big claim, and I'm sure that there's massive evidence in favor of it....
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    "If unions worked, a whole lot of folks who worked at GM would still have their pensions." Non sequitor, unless 'working' is defined as 'cure the troubles of the world....
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    "The solution to the power problem is entirely political..." And an engineer thinks: 'how hard can it be to solve a political problem? It's not like it's a hard engineering problem!'...
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    "In our recent past it took us one and a half industrial revolutions (or one and a half phases of the single Industrial Revolution) to get rid of horses in the cities. It might take as much time to get...
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    " I've read his take on the price of his cars in the teens and 20s was that his employees who worked on the assembly line should be able to buy one of what they produced after a couple of...
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    And yes, I'm evil; you can bill me for the brain bleach....
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    "JBS wondered: "Oh yes, the mythical "pee tape". How much leverage do you think that provides after "grab 'em by the pussy". If it exists, it might provide significant leverage. One thing Trump hates more than anything else is seeming...
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    "Sooner or later one of those who think rules do not apply to them get too greedy, and they end up in jail." 'Sooner or later' is incorrect here, IMHO. It's 'occasionally', or 'rare bad luck'....
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    "This is probably the bigger argument. After all, if the Supreme Court rules that a President can pardon themselves for any action undertaken, even one that violates the Constitution, we'll be living in a monarchy, not a constitutional republic. That...
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    "In addition to the already mentioned "it won't happen to me" group, there is also the group who don't care because if things get that bad they plan to leave - hence the purchases of property in the Caribbean, New...
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    "Neither have I. I was just assuming that America seems roughly evenly split between Republican and Democrat (to a first approximation)." The US carries out massive voter suppression and gerrymandering; if it weren't for that, the US would be mostly...
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    "My prediction for January is that VP Renfield votes Biden in (in his role as head of the senate) then flees for Europe. Failing to get asylum in Poland, IQ.45 fires him, then tries to issue a self-pardon in his...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    "All the canal action is east of the Rockies." I don't think that it's 'canal action'; it's rivers. Heavily dredged rives, but still rivers. Although California has 26 canals listed in Wikipedia. Now, the list of abandoned canals in the...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    "Waterborne transport does exist in the US, but not where you have been looking. The intercoastal waterway is centered around the Mississippi-Missouri rivers and along the Gulf Coast with a connection to the Great Lakes at Chicago. Like US railroads...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    "I'm new to this neighborhood so all my neighbors already know just how much to plant to get the crop they want - more or less*. But, it'd be great if a few of us could coordinate our plantings. "...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    "But we were specifically talking autoworkers, and while they may not be as well off as they were 30 years ago they should still be reasonably well paid." Except for those who lost their jobs due to Brexit-inspired plant closures....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    "the UK is about 60% self-sufficient in food, but all of it is dependent on integrated supply chains." On a UK podcast ('A Different Bias'?) the guy said that the dollar figure is misleading, because the UK imports some food...
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