Noel Maurer

Noel Maurer

  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Nitpick: The WTO doesn't deal with expropriation. It does (contrary to popular belief) deal with energy trade, but only in the broadest terms (MFN and the like). All sorts of things are legal in energy that wouldn't be in other...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Tangentially, I'd like to point out that Charlie and yourself are in radical disagreement about the energy endgame. I'm a bit surprised that the difference is rarely acknowledged. The prompt for this observation is the electro-tanks; I'd be shocked if...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    First, a modest proposal for solving the Brexit dilemma. Second, a more serious point. There Is No Cabal. Seriously, there is no cabal. Everything with the Trump administration is right out there in the open. What you see is what...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Very postmodern. Nice attempt to shut up criticism with reference to irrelevant personal experience. We could duel this one out. I can remember at least four ... two in front of me ... no, no, let's not. We don't have...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Yes, Steve, it would be. Calling for his death is unacceptable. Pretending that you are not calling for his death is weaselly and disgusting. You do not seem to have changed....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Charlie, the following is a quote from the post you're replying to: "Oh, well, there's an upside -- I'm still hoping that when that mob gives Jean-Claude Junker what he deserves someone uploads the video to YouTube." With all due...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    “Here's the problem: importing gas or electricity means paying for it in Euros. Paying foreign corporations to build new reactors means paying for them in something that will be hedged against exchange fluctuations. So the postulated sterling crash is going...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Apologies, I'm going to be a drip again. I understand that the scenario is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the brownouts have me baffled. Rather than explain why I'm baffled, just assume that I know the size of the U.K.'s coal, gas...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    "It's hard to resent immigrants when almost all of us have at least one parent or grandparent who was born abroad." Sadly, that's not true. As you know, being Canadian! It's unbelievably easy for foreign-born people to resent later immigrants,...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    That explanation is cogent, clear and completely right ... but makes the debt limit seem less stupid than it is. There's no reason why Congress couldn't authorize borrowing as part of its vote on the budget. After all, the budget...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    So your hypothetical Ricardo is from Brooklyn? I completely approve. After all, what could "the kings English" refer to in America if not Kings County, Noo Yawk? I'm gonna guess Bushwick or Sunset Park....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Ah, well. Apologies. It's an uncommon name in this hemisphere, and you comment a lot about Latin America and Mexico....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Is this Ioan I met smoking cigars in a Polanco steakhouse, or another Ioan?...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    That's a great observation about the cash flow problem. My only quibble would be to point out that in practice U.K. procedures under the Enterprise Act and U.S. Chapter 11 aren't that different. A good primer: http://www.jonesday.com/files/Publication/b0c886bd-6721-4c66-9213-db7f01ddb55f/Presentation/PublicationAttachment/96b1ebf1-2203-4577-bff4-8baf89f4e0d1/Comparison%20of%20Chapter%2011.pdf...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I completely understand the need to conceal confidential information! Still, I wouldn't hint at secret unverifiable knowledge on a public forum. Some readers will take it as fact (rather than informed conjecture) and be misinformed; for others, it makes discussion...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    If Joat continues with the same M.O. as on past groups, he will neither respond to criticism nor change his opinion no matter the logic or facts. But let me allow for the possibility of change! After all, people mellow....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Am I allowed to be a drip here? What's the point of this, Charlie? It's not a possible worst-case. Worst-case is worse; this is just ... odd. And it's causing a misinformation thread: you seem to have readers who believe...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Sorry, what models? I'm passingly familiar with the literature and I've never seen anything that sounds like this. Could you please post the citation?...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Considering the main character, President Nikki Haley might create some tension. As would, if a member of the other party, President Kamala Harris. It is an alternate universe, so why be concerned with leaving the president unnamed? Good read, by...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Charlie, this has me very thoughtful. Thank you; I appreciate that. Some thoughts, if I may. First, this post was designed to bring out the worst self-referential tendencies in the audience. Many of the stories have been interesting, but many...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    AaaaarrrrrrrrgggghhhhhHHHHHHHHH! (Head wall) Listen, I'm from Brooklyn. You turn wherever-it-is that you live into Brooklyn, and it will be better. I live in D.C. It's quite likely that if you take wherever-it-is-that-you-live and turn it into D.C., and it will...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Umm ... probably not, fellows. Let's go at this three ways. (1) If correct, the logic of your model should apply to any and all neighborhoods, regardless of architecture. There are a lot of single-family slums in this world, after...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Where is "over here," white man? OK, bad reference, the humor won't translate if you're not American. Anyway, let me just say that I grew up in high rises, some of them owned by the New York City Housing Authority,...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    As always, it's complicated. I have no special insight into the land of (some of, but they did give me the language, albeit pronounced badly) my ancestors, but I can say what to watch. The mainstream parties are against Catalan...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    There is something very discomfitting about a political event that has Charlie Stross and Niall Ferguson worried about the exact same thing: https://twitter.com/nfergus/status/744831156961554433...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    What's the political strategy for overcoming NIMBY? You'd need to toss a lot of historical protection, contextual zoning, and greenbelt protection;; certainly in the southeast....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "Well, I would be the first to agree that most Californians are completely bonkers, but I have lived there twice (south on San Jose) and visited a few other areas, and the only threats I encountered were from the crazy...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    “When have multiculturalism and immigration not been perceived as existential socio-cultural threats in the US? Marijuana was made illegal in the US over fears about Mexican immigrants.” Many apologies for stepping in here — the above turns out not to...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    One very odd thing in the Brexit debate has been the call for more Commonwealth immigration from the Leave campaign. I didn't learn about this from the FT; My wife has a first cousin who is native-born British; he got...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Charlie, I have a question, but it would require a preface and might fall afoul of the note to American readers. If you have a moment, take a look at the following link and comment thread and tell me if...
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