Barry

Barry

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I'm right outside of Detroit, MI. it was around 12-13 degrees C this morning. It should have been 21 (July is when we get the really warm and sticky nights). We've had possibly the coldest summer I can remember here....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "Nor are they likely to be - they'd be competing with rats and urban foxes, and I'd be betting on the rats." They seem to thrive in urban areas in the continental USA and Canada; the UK will hold no...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    "how many women of childbearing age are going to stay in the restrictive states?" Mississippi is setting up a law to ban women from leaving the state for an abortion. In Iowa, the state public health head guys was compiling...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    "i realize the insurrection/coup stuff still offers some hope of derailing trump 2.0 and i don't want to take that away from anyone, but it still looks to me like a protest that got out of hand" The last time...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    "Not really. The timing for the leak is driven by the timing of the judgement, which in turn is driven by the Supreme Court session ending in June. Meantime the timing of Putin's war is driven by the seasons (because...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    "Isn't control of the borders something that is federal, not state-level? Or could, say, New York State decide "fuck this we're closing the border" and shut down all cross-border traffic? (Or, impose additional inspections that take weeks or months, thus...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    (I apologize if this has already been covered) "Secondary issues include how many states will pass laws forbidding out-of-state travel for an abortion, and what will happen if someone comes to the UK for one." IIRC, Mississippi is in the...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    "Alito's proposed opinion boils down to: "This kind of contentious issue should not be decided by us. If you want equal rights for women, a right to abortion, same-sex marriage or whatever: Pass an amendment, that's how we do it...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
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  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    To me Hungary is a one-party state....
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Test Comment...
  • 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...
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