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  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    A Biden second term would not start until January 20, 2025. He might invoke Section 3 of the 25th Amendment at any time after then to make Harris the "Acting President"1, but he'd have to wait to resign until January...
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    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...
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    There are at least four countries other than the USA that are capable of making and quite happy to make chips to a customer's design, at least two of which would be highly resistant to threats from the USA if...
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    Well, yeah. My perspective is from Finland, which has a bit over five million people and not all "required" resources for a "modern society". In any case we need cooperation with other countries to be able to function as we...
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    It is a HELL of a lot easier to put spyware, ransomware and others such gotchas into the design of the logic than into its mapping to silicon, and the reason almost certainly has nothing to do with relying on...
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    ... Indeed, the trigger for the Arab Spring was the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouzizi in Tunisia, a street vendor who set himself on fire after police confiscated his wares, allegedly because he didn't have the right permits but probably because...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    So MuskCoin is basically a tech equivalent of yuan (renminbi)? It's basically how pretty much every closed economy works right now, no need for blockchain at all. Except most Earth based economies can, to a basic degree, survive without trading...
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    Pigeon:524: The rest of the world could quite simply build its own bloody fabs. Welcome to capitalism and Wall Street, where what makes sense from a strategic, national security, or even long term good is never considered. Particularly when it...
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    Crypto isn't even a legally binding promissory note: has no legal status in most countries mentioned below. So far, only China and eight Caribbean countries are seriously considering crypto. Which is one of the things, perhaps as a side effect,...
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    Food & the EU It's going to happen gradually Likely. And the problem (or benefit depending on point of view) is that gradual changes don't get people out on the street protesting. Particularly when those price changes in some cases...
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    But what does that mean. Other than some serious finger waving? Or splitting the world's economy, internet, and whatever into 2 separate entities? China invading Taiwan, and getting the TSMC fabs, means China controls AMD, Nvidia, Apple and more -...
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    I've got to disagree. If Musk needs a crypto-currency he can issue his own rather than buying bitcoin at it's most inflated point ever. Musk doesn't need "a" crypto-currency, he needs for the economies on Earth to accept the validity...
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    WRONG Here is the corrected version: that Boris won a significant majority a year ago on the topic of BrexitCorbyn. Boris campaigned on "getting Brexit done", and thus he won on Brexit. Yes, Corbyn was a significant factor, but it...
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    No. The folks here were predicting disturbances and food shortages either the middle of Jan, or real trouble the middle of Feb. I'm already seeing real trouble, including a suggestion of 68% drop in exports to the EU. That figure...
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    To me Taiwan is the scary bit. Until Trump I figured it was going to be a forever game of chicken with neither side wanting to take a chance on loosing. Now between the US with no close friends in...
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    - remember that Brexit was "won" by the narrowest of margins? What happened 4 years ago is irrelevant today. A better current measure is that Boris won a significant majority a year ago on the topic of Brexit. And...
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    As far as most aspects are concerned, I agree with both of you. As far as reducing international tensions goes, I am afraid that he is even worse than I expected. He has already blocked Putin from any chance of...
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    What the fuck? can someone please explain - my brain hurts. Or is Musk actually off his rocker? Yet again, think Mars. Cryptocurrencies have no border and make it difficult to seize assets - making it easy and safe for...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The Constitution doesn't need to address that issue, because historical precedent does -- numerous times over, for several centuries. Historical precedence only matters until it doesn't. The fact that a handful of cases have happened before doesn't meant it wouldn't...
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    The Constitution gives the Senate sole authority to try cases of impeachment. The courts cannot overturn the Senate's judgement. I wasn't saying that the Senate's judgment would be appealed, but rather the question of whether the Senate can impeach an...
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    Such as today's report in the WaPo that *normally* the commander of the DC National Guard, like all Guard commanders, has the authority to move their troops to protect life, etc. Except a few weeks before the 6th, that authority...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    But using Miami as to gain experience for working on Mars is silly. Not when it is the only option available to you. He has a bunch of ideas of what he needs for Mars, but even he can't fund...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Probably correct - the question is - has the fascist-&-racist tide reached high water, or will it come again in 2024? Doubtful it will go away by then. As noted by Heteromeles the distortions at the federal level mean areas...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Others are saying similar. That IQ45 will get away with it. So that, even if NY State jails him, others will try to follow him, with more success. Can Congress prevent Trump from running in 2024 - probably (if the...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Each Martian requires a huge amount of resources, due to living in a hostile environment. At the same time, there's earth, which, in 50 years or so, is still likely to have a massive wealth disparity. Sure, Terrans may take...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Not just the limitation of foods 1947-55 or even 1960, but the ghastly, appalling revolting cooking of most people at the time. It went well beyond those eras. Looking at the food scene in the UK today it is easy...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Trump still has overwhelming support from the R voters. They have been deluded with the "stolen election" narrative. And want it FIXED NOW. The question is what happens to that support now that he can no longer communicate with them....
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    Wrong question, IMO. The outcome of the Trump trial in the Senate is in play until it is complete. Absolutely. Now that the election is over, Trump is out of power and semi-silenced, there are Republicans reconsidering the in the...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Um, say what? NASA decides... then government gets involved? Mental mistake - meant politicians....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Something back to front about the logic there. I'd have thought that if a body was concerned about voters and re-election, it would make sense for them to not kill astronauts in public. The problem is that once a direction...
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