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Barry

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "Listen to what she says all the time: The most important objective in her mind is to deliver the brexit, doesn't matter how, doesn't matter what it cost, doesn't matter that it kills people, "brexit means brexit" and that is...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "I have the distinct impression that Theresa May thinks the can win at Russian Roulette with only one round missing." This is the biggest issue to face UK politics since WWII, and that was simpler (if vaster and more horrible)....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "Approve Mays deal, optional short extension (what for? The deal is approved...)" To get the needed laws in place. Right now, at the end of next week a massive body of law in both the UK and EU becomes moot,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "It is not to be underestimated that certain EU leaders and MPs are very interested to make Brexit as hard as possible on the UK, whatever then "solution" is." Note that the EU has in fact been quite willing to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "Indeed even if somehow Mays deal was approved in third try, EU would have every reason to consider that result infirm come the next general election." Somebody pointed this out on another blog: 'no Parliament may bind another Parliament' will...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "Hardcore Brexiters won't respect the result of any referendum that they didn't win. They didn't respect the result of the 1975 Referendum, after all." This is an important thing to remember when dealing with right-wingers, in any country and system:...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "I suppose I am wondering whether at some point the Europeans are likely to want to definitively slam the door. Presumably the ongoing possibility of a Rescission of Article 50 has very real associated costs for both the EU and...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "If we end up in a no-deal situation, my money is on the UK itself not surviving for many more years in its current political form." IMHO (as a Yank observing from the outside), it's going to be a horrible...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Charlie, Take care of yourself. I had a year a while back where a counselor said 'Wow! You've got it rough!', and you are matching that....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    " The cheezel seems to favour doing both." What would Putin want? I wonder if Putin kicks himself every so often, thinking 'we built tens of thousands of tanks, when 10% of that money would have bought the leaders of...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "What strikes me as odd, even under the circumstances is that the R's are the people who most publicly & stridently oppose raising "the Debt", yest, at the sma time, are the people who jack said debt up by the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "...but I remember reading an economist musing that the next recession will feature low unemployment because of this." Now I'm f-ing scared. My go-to for an immediate recession is economists proclaiming that the economy is in a permanent high....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "Wonder what it will take to get the rabids to acknowledge that it's a mistake, or will they continue to claim both "project fear" AND "It will be worth it" simultaneously ??" It's going to dual h*ll for the UK:...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "Going to Berlin in 1933 the way Sherman visited Atlanta would have been a good move, basically. It would have left Germany a smouldering ruin twelve years earlier than it actually took but it might have saved forty million lives...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "It's my understanding that most of what drove Chamberlain at Munich was an assessment that Germany was in better shape militarily than it was; that Britain couldn't stop him. I think Hitler believed this too, although both were mistaken." From...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    ""Make the rich pay more tax" doesn't necessarily work well." Actually, for the US, very high marginal tax rates worked fine. Now, right-wing economists say that was because things were different then, but they also scream that far lower tax...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "If you want to say that the States appointing Senators has different problems, I'll agree with you. I'm just not convinced that they are worse. Yes, it means that we get corrupted Senators from corrupted states. But it also means...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "Read the Cleveland article - thanks! Yep - apart from the Cleveland Clinic and three major league teams, can't think of anything special about the place. Was surprised by the unemployment rate mentioned because it's about twice what the US...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "Once they update their building codes to withstand tornadoes - the Great Lakes are the northern end of 'Tornado Alley'." I talked with a guy from SAS (SAS.com) who had done weather-related modeling. The weather in the Great Lakes is...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "The biggest problem isn't at the wellhead, as there all gas leaks mean direct and immediate hits to the profit margin, so the owners are motivated to use the best tech around to prevent them (but often fail anyway). The...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Huge chunks of this applies to the US system, as well. IMHO the area where this applies the most is the media. There is a vast group of know-nothings who never suffer even when their advice leads to disaster....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "You're assuming we want him. That's pretty courageous of you." "Survivor: Outback" Motto: 'This season, no contestant wins, jut the rest of the human race'....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "If we knew what the paperwork needed after March 2019 was likely to be, there's probably just time for the remaining customs clearance agencies that deal with cargoes from outside free trade agreement areas to recruit some of the staff...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "Here's the thing which resonates with me. The other EU countries must see Brexit as threatening, and they desperately need to know whether another country is behind it, the main suspects being Russia and various U.S. billionaires, so it would...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "The EU might let the UK off the hook if it can be proven that there is a strong Russian influence involved with Brexit, but I see no official interest from the UK in trying to find out what actually...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "The thing that keeps tripping me up is the "We can just cancel the ยง50 notice and remain" thing." Agreed. The EU leadership would be bonkers to simply accept that, because other EU coutries would play the same game, as...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "(Also: can't help but think that some of those French SSBNs have targeting codes for Washington DC. Just because, well, the whole point of post-Suez French foreign policy has been "we cannot rely on the perfidious Americans, we must be...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "Medicines: May herself depends on these ( Diabetes ) so I doubt it will actually happen - she's more likely to witdraw At 50 &/or call a 2nd Referendum first ...." Greg, you know full well that no matter what...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "...unless we get an extreme Brexiteer ( Like FUCKWIT Corbyn ) as PM." It is highly amusing to see people slag on Corbyn as the Tories drive the UK off of the cliff....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    "I nailed the USPS Postal Inspectors as a likely occult agency in "The Delirium Brief" because if they're opening the mail in search of condoms and porn, then of course looking for blasphemous and unholy texts would be a side-quest,...
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