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  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    My guess is that it would have given the UK another hung Parliament, though I doubt we will ever know given I don't think the polling can tell us. It is also worth pointing out that as much as the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    There is 2 factors at play. First, they want to get this done quick. It prevents 80+ MPs from generating a conscience, but more importantly they are already looking to the next election. Given the Brexit is going to create...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I disagree with most of what Corbyn did, but in the end regarding the legislation to force an election his hand was forced. Once the SNP and Liberal Democrats supported Boris and his election bid that election was going to...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Difficult to tell what the EU would do about an extension, either to Brexit or the withdrawal agreement. But I have to think there would be less patience given that they are no longer dealing with a hung Parliament that...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Not exactly a surprise, the Corbyn faction were publicly starting to set this up over the summer when it became obvious Corbyn would lose the next election and be forced to step down. The current claim that any new leader...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Sorry, but the public disagreed - the polling has been clear for quite a while that as bad as the public thought Boris is Corbyn was viewed as twice as bad. The unfortunate reality for Labour is that they got...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    With the caveat that it really comes down to what Boris decides, it is very likely the UK will be "out" by January 31st. Unlike previous elections (where Brexit was wrapped in fairy tales of easy deals, everything given by...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    As posted to Twitter, Labour was turned (by Momentum and others) into the cult of Corbyn with disastrous results. Corbyn not stepping down immediately is, I would guess, an attempt to influence any post-election analysis and to help ensure a...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    There are some warning signs for the SNP is this election result that may indicate some caution about leaving the UK (though opinions certainly can change once reality sets in) The SNP was expected to take 55 of the 59...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    It's easy to sit back and blame various external issues for the Labour loss - and the danger going forward is that the Labour Party will settle on those "convenient" issues and not make the necessary changes for the next...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    And finally stating what has been obvious for well over a year, Corbyn has said he is done as Labour Leader (with only details as to when he steps down to be decided, actual quote - "I will not lead...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Yep, appears it will be a very bad 5 years for the UK (at this point Boris has gained 29 seats, Corbyn has lost 20 seats). Yet not a surprise to any of us who looked what the voting public...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Meanwhile, a big new poll (sample of 100,000 people) give Boris a 68 seat majority - though some of the polling took place prior to the manifestos being published. But it shows Labour losing a lot of seats in its...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    To me the biggest surprise to date is how poorly Boris and his team have done this campaign. While not expecting a great campaign, this is the same guy who successfully won campaigns for London Mayor and the Brexit referendum...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    The Hudson River tunnels, as well as Penn Station, are bottlenecks for Amtrak in the NEC (the tunnels are shared with New Jersey Transit). They currently at peak times operate at capacity and so you may as well while your...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Don't follow Amtrak that closely, but I would surprised if that is the case - and the question is capital funding vs ongoing operational subsidy. Specifically, Amtrak desperately needs funding for the new Hudson River tunnels. The combination of age...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Part of the problem in the US was the FRA standards, which in many respects were behind the times regarding safety. The FRA is now allowing mainland Europe stuff to be used either directly or more likely to be slightly...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    It would make terrible business sense, and wouldn't accomplish anything anyway. The younger and/or left leaning audience do *not* watch TV news except perhaps when something major happens - this is why CNN has been gradually shifting towards Fox for...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Really a combination of the two plus other factors. He spent $100 million of his own money in 2009(?) to get elected as NYC mayor the 3rd time so I assume he will be willing to spend more. But it...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    To return back to the origin of this topic, we can all see one possible choice play out in real time. Michael Bloomberg has officially entered the Democratic Presidential race and has so far committed $30 million to ad buys...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Anyone unhappy with Gimp may want to give Krita a try, I'm not that familiar with either but Krita seems to benefit from being a younger project and hence less cruft to overcome. Available most Linux distributions (it is KDE...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    There are essentially 2 problems to US passenger rail speeds. The first is that most of the track is owned by the freight railroads, and they don't want to invest in anything that complicates their freight operations. So TPWS wouldn't...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Or to put it another way, if Corbyn hadn't resurrected the Liberal Democrats over the last 12 months they would likely still be down in the single digits, giving Labour another say 7 points, which would have made the current...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    There is no indication Labour is clawing back Labour Leave voters. There is every indication that Labour is stealing from the Liberal Democrats, whose vote has dropped significantly since early October when Labour and the Liberal Democrats were statistically tied....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    I suspect handing over to ScotRail wouldn't accomplish much given the your infrastructure upgrades are Transport Scotland/Network Rail I believe. Anyway, Caltrain currently runs an express service SJ to SF in 1h08m, and even their pokey local service does it...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Except today's poll in the Observer has 3/4 of Leave voters voting for Boris....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Bart's problems appear (from somewhere far from California) to primarily be the usual problem in the lack of funds to upgrade existing systems. Non-standard gauge is a minor issue - most transit systems require custom(ish) trains for a variety of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Well, only one poll, but appears the Brexit Party throwing in the towel on a bunch of seats has helped Boris, who now might(*) have 47% of the vote and a 19 point lead over Corbyn. Boris is taking 3/4...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    It's difficult to tell from that video, but if one looks at it the first thing to notice is that the video is not centred over the track. It almost looks like the camera is connected/being held out the right...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    If you look at the cab video of a train going over the bridge it is clear your archy criss-cross members are far lower and problematic than the horizontal cross members you demonstrate with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLvSWDgYCu8...
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