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  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Possibly the reason they won't co-operate is a form of Prisoner's dilemma problem. As in "I'm a dishonest person, they are the same as me (or worse); therefore, I can't trust them to do the sensible (but potentially dangerous) thing,...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    I was a part of a team that worked on a GOTV (Get out to Vote) system for one of the UK's parties. One of the interesting side comments during design was how few constituencies actually mattered as far as...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    As an aside the name "the British Isles" could derive from the isle of the Pretani which could be derived from the Welsh name from the Picts. Pytheas in the C4th BCE referred to these sceptered isles (#sarcasm) as the...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Gildas writing in 550 talks about the Picts and the Scots. Generally, it's agreed that the Scots from Ireland and the Picts from Scotland attacked the late Roman Enmpire The attacks against the late Roman Empire "were co-ordinated: Picts (from...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    The other problem in using Hadrian's Wall is that it was designed to keep the Picts out of England so it's built on north facing escarpments (in parts) with easy slopes for the Roman defenders and tough climbs for the...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Not entirely correct, as I had one built for my wife's studio, complete with some insulation and lots of windows - although I agree about the services aspect. "Do I need to get building regulations approval before I build a...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    I started to feel depressed and then got really depressed From 1996 - Show of Hands Cutthroats Crooks and Con-Men https://youtu.be/QWtBLNSoQWM...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    No you never said it directly - "So, with the realization that this won't change many people's opinions - the politics of envy are a powerful force - perhaps a look at some data from the government" From your own...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Got it - my wife wrote a book on the textile history of the region....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Moving your thesis backwards three or four centuries, you could add the use of water power to drive the start of the textile revolution. Some historians note that the use of Fulling Mills changed the textile industry and lifted production...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    You used the term "politics of envy" - then you used the flat subsidy example. Your arguing now for a position of special terms because we got X you want the same and don't deserve it because !!!. Try https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/843487/Transport_and_inequality_report.pdf...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    "Workers' cooperatives– there are about 18,000 across Spain, together employing 300,000 people" The Guardian 2012 There is a strong cooperative movement in Spain, but note the generally small size which was warped further by Mondragon which at the time employed...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Other reasons for the lack of coops are risk aversion and experience. Few people are willing to undertake the possibility of loss, fewer still want the grind of setting up a business, few know how, and of those that do...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    But it explains why they have limited services - the low population density makes providing many of those services more expensive The idea that subsidy should be based on a flat tax i.e. subsidy per head - automatically gives a...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    I haven't looked at subsidy per head in years so I accept your figures. As I said, transport nationally got screwed by privatisation. For many people outside London, subsidy per head is a meaningless figure if you have no services....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Greg You are just wrong! Sure London got fubarred, but all Local Govt services got mashed by Maggie. In order to pay for tax cuts, the funding of local govt was removed. If I recall correctly 65% of the funding...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    You are dead right - I just couldn't remember which Austrian it was....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    You have missed the target by a larger than average mile. History is rarely available in simple metaphor. Napoleon was a self-centered psychopath. He was also extremely able. The difference between Napoleon and Trump is in the ability. When his...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    I once worked for a start up Cable TV / Telco who began by outsourcing their billing to the second largest Telco in the UK. We ran OK for two months then the third billing run took 31 days, the...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Returning to an old topic - the Beirut Explosion . Try this for an overview Try this for an overview...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    On the days that I am not bitter, I am twisted...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    On reflection Every potential energy alternative is a solution (Wave, wind, Sun, Nuclear, Handwavium ...) Our problem is We have taken nearly a year to fail to come up with a COVID strategy We have taken four years to fail...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I might accept that if the political aspects aligned with Virgo, but a few percent of what UK Land? And it still doesn't get rid of the political issues. Whilst we aim for hell in a handcart (thanks to our...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    There is a degree of ignoring the underlying comments from us Brits so 1/ (Theoretical) Yes Solar power could probably be used to supply all power to us Brits - with the slight (#Sarcasm) assumption that a storage solution appears...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Curiously, I worked in Local Government at the start of the Thatcher years for the Corporation of London. They, as staunch Aldermen and businessmen, thought Mrs T was an idiot; and she referred to them as the last bastion of...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "Meet the new Boss, Same as the old Boss" Won't get fooled again - The Who 1971 As to Outsourcing, it can only work in very specific situations where the cost of the activity is disproportionate for the company e.g....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Minor statistical issue - in what way does a sample of 1 prove any "experiment" failed. You are only proving your prejudice. As does your claim that no new theory has appeared on Socialism in the last hundred years -...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Returning to the port of Beirut Some interesting film and graphics to get your teeth into...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Continuing on the UK Govt as farce The BBC offer us the new greatest and bestest ever contact tracing app Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the launch as "a defining moment". Presumably, a defining moment only for little Mattie or...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I believe that the qualified individual who nominated him might have made it public...
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