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End of Year (and possibly times) thread

by Colman Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 12:57:54 PM EST

What could possibly go wrong?


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What could possibly go wrong?
The times may fail to end.
by das monde on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 02:56:21 PM EST
What could possibly go wrong?

Well, i have to take a train from  Munich to Paris next Wed., and then a flight from CDG on Saturday. Lots could go wrong, couldn't it?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 06:32:23 PM EST
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The times may fail to end.

Indeed! We may be stuck in the very worst Groundhog Day loop and continually be inundated by Trump's tweets. Its a long, long time till November.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 07:29:00 AM EST
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I can't really think beyond Friday right now. I'm hopeful yet terrified.

It's not too extreme to say that my life expectancy is dependent upon the result. If Boris wins a majority, I can't begin to explain how frightening that is.

 

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 06:43:14 PM EST
Looks like the Tories are going to lose a bunch of seats in Scotland.  

There's so many 'rotten boroughs' in England it's hard to see the Tories not getting a majority of MPs.  Whether they can get enough to make Boris PM is, AFAIK*, the big question.

* and I don't know much

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 09:54:15 PM EST
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Tories don't have many seat in Scotland anyway (6?) so it's not so much. But yea, an SNP rollover would be a good bet.

Frankly, it' too close to call and the polling data doesn't help

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 10:31:08 PM EST
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A sidenote is that there have been many complaints about the BBC seeming to put a thumb on its reporting to present the Tories in the best posible light whilst denigrating Labour at every opportunity.

However, it seems that Laura Kuennsberg may just have crosssed a line and done something illegal in her desire to promote the Tories. She has obtained postal voting data before election day and reported it.

It is illegal for postal votes to be examined until polls close at 10:00 tomorrow. It is certainly illegal to communicate that information to a 3rd party (ie a reporter). And it is definitely illegal to report on that illegal information.

EvolvePolitics - BBC's Laura Kuenssberg accused of breaking Electoral Law after revealing confidential Postal Vote information

The Representation of the People Act 1983 clearly defines the law, stating:

"No person shall, in the case of an election to which this section applies, publish before the poll is closed [...] any statement relating to the way in which voters have voted at the election where that statement is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information given by voters after they have voted, or b) any forecast as to the result of the election which is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information so given. "



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 06:52:56 PM EST
The Critique Archives - Laura Kuenssberg, you've really overstepped this time

Laura Kuenssberg, political correspondent at the BBC, seems to enjoy being part of the story instead of merely reporting it. This has frequently led to, frankly irrefutable, accusations of pro-Conservative bias on her part, and one sometimes wonders whether she even realises that she is doing something unacceptable, or how close to `the line' she keeps treading.

Today, it would seem, Kuenssberg finally barrelled her way onto the line, and then beyond it. Past obvious displays of bias on her part have undermined the BBC Charter. But today, she may very well have broken the Law of the Land itself. Electoral law, to be precise. Reporting in to Politics Live (oh, the imagination, BBC! Oh, the catchy titles!), Kuenssberg stated,

   "The forecast is that it's going to be wet and cold tomorrow... The postal votes have already arrived... The parties are not meant to look at it but they do get a hint and on both sides people are telling me that the postal votes that are in are looking pretty grim for Labour in a lot of parts of the country."


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 10:21:31 PM EST
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Or she made it up. Either way it should end her career.

Has the confession of ballot tampering been reported to the proper authorities?

by fjallstrom on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 11:22:55 PM EST
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In a just and proper world, it would be the end of her career but, last time I looked, the BBC don't even accept she's done anything wrong. The Tories would never sanction her, and Corbyn isn't vindictive, so she'll probably get away with it whatever the result.

However, I know that several bloggers have reported her to the police and I believe the Electoral authorities have raised the issue. In response to which the BBC have removed that segment from their online playback.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 09:18:03 AM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 09:23:19 AM EST
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... who is going to be the brave soul and put-up a UK Election diary?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 09:55:40 PM EST
not me. I tend to crash out quite early and then find out what's happened in the morning.

Frankly, I have had it up to here and beyond with the TV presentationss over this electoral period. they've not even pretended to be even-handed and I'm sick of the same right wing talking heads telling me a load of obvious bullshit.

 

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 10:24:56 PM EST
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But if you want a wild prediciton, Boris and Jo Swinson will both lose their seats, as will Jonathan Raab. Quite likely Iain Duncan-Cough as well.

Beyond that, a few votes here and there will make huge difference. It's getting very tight. The Tories are undoubtedly relieved that it's gonna be pouring with rain nationwide tomorrow, which always depresses the Labour vote more than the tories.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 10:28:02 PM EST
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  1. Tactical votes elect PM who isn't an MP.
  2. Rain o'er Britain, unexpectedly.
  3. something
  4. Profit


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 11:48:33 PM EST
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I'd laugh myself silly if Boris got turfed out.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 01:08:04 AM EST
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As would a good half of the UK (and probably most of Brussels)

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 01:03:33 PM EST
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Johnson, Swinson, Raab, and IDS are all polling within the margin of error. At least half of them will be gone. Getting rid of Johnson would be an absolute triumph.

Labour has a huge and engaged ground game, while the Tories have half-hearted complainers who don't like helping other people. Labour also has much of the youth vote. So any weather advantage may not work as usual. Also, it's bloody cold outside, which isn't going to appeal to the older Tory base.

I agree it's going to come down to a few hundred votes either way in many seats, including plenty that were traditionally seen as safe.

I'm guardedly optimistic. I don't think the Tories are likely to win a clear majority without straight-out fixing of the results. Most likely outcome is another hung Parliament, but it could easily be hung the other way - which will, at the very least, lead directly to a 2nd ref within six months or so.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 01:20:36 AM EST
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USA Today presidential material

2 Oct: In the case of Donald Trump and Ukraine, Hunter Biden is guilty of poor judgment
"What was Hunter Biden thinking when he associated himself, and his family's good name, with business dealings in a country so steeped in corruption? And why didn't his dad, then vice president, more forcefully advise him against it?"
11 Dec: Impeach President Trump
"In his thuggish effort to trade American arms for foreign dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, Trump resembles not so much Clinton as he does Richard Nixon, another corrupt president who tried to cheat his way to reelection."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 11:57:37 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 02:37:55 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 02:42:09 PM EST

WTO court and the US-EU fight between Boeing and Airbus

WTO Boeing Dispute: EU issues preliminary list of U.S. products considered for countermeasured

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 04:30:26 PM EST
`I won't be reading ET again!'

Oh no!

( Trump attacks Christian magazine for backing impeachment then misspells its name during wild early morning rant)

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 08:20:24 PM EST
New Atheism: The Godlessness That Failed
If I were to describe the power of New Atheism over online discourse to a teenager, they would never believe me. Why should they? [...] imagine the same travelers visiting 2005, logging on to the Internet, and holy @#$! that's a lot of atheism-related discourse what is going on here?

My first forays onto the Internet were online bulletin boards about computer games. They would have a lot of little forums about various aspects of the games, plus two off-topic forums. One for discussion of atheism vs. religion. And the other for everything else. This was a common structure for websites in those days. You had to do it, or the atheism vs. religion discussions would take over everything. At the time, this seemed perfectly normal.

It was not even original.
by das monde on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 08:30:20 PM EST
Merry Christmas (or whichever your favorite holiday is).

How Christmas is ruining the planet

Environmentalists call Christmas the world's greatest annual environmental disaster.

For many it's a jolly time to spend with loved ones, eating heaps of food and exchanging gifts -- but some green groups are saying humbug! to Christmas, calling it the "world's greatest annual environmental disaster."

by Bernard on Wed Dec 25th, 2019 at 10:22:55 AM EST
Merry Xmas to you as well. And anybody else who tunes in.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 25th, 2019 at 10:26:43 AM EST
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And to you too.
by fjallstrom on Wed Dec 25th, 2019 at 12:56:09 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Dec 26th, 2019 at 09:56:47 PM EST
The Daily Princetonian | Peter Brown: Inventor of late antiquity
For the first four years of his life, until World War II broke out in 1939, Brown spent every winter and spring in what was then the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. His father worked as a railway engineer in Khartoum, having struggled like many other Protestants to find employment in his intolerant Catholic homeland. He alone, of all Brown's direct kin, held a university degree.

Each summer and fall, the heat caused men to send their wives and children out of Sudan. Brown and his mother, a homemaker, returned to a small, quiet, rainy seaside town called Bray on the east coast of Ireland.
[...]
"Living in the Sudan put in me a love of the Middle East, a real interest in it, distant memories of a very sunny world with large, dark Sudanese servants in long white robes," he said.

by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 06:54:16 AM EST
Quite interesting ... historian Peter Brown, living proof of the fallacy "clash of civilizations". Love of Human kind, cultures through knowledge, language and an open mind. Great stuff to start 2020 and a new decade! Not a renewed "Roaring Twenties" of decadence as the rightwingers appeared to have claimed, the era of MAGA and Trump.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 07:20:59 AM EST
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BWAH!

The Romney "gaffe" will rise again!
"A Romney adviser's gaffe in Britain isn't just offensive to minorities -- it leaves out most white Americans too"

by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 03:43:56 PM EST
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Selective editing apparently.

Moral:  do not trust anyone on the Twitter or FaceBook machines.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 06:11:04 PM EST
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"selective editing": St. Paul's police chief says ["]slavery reference["] has no place in state's constitution. Legislator vows to bring change to a vote.
"There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the state otherwise than as punishment for a crime of which the party has been convicted."

omitting first 2020 CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 07:14:06 PM EST
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Venezuela's Maduro launches takeover of country's legislature
"The U.S. has supported Guaidó as the true president and will likely continue to, but the loss of his government title could affect if other countries are able to label his as the true president."
by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 05:47:17 AM EST
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The Death of the Good Internet Was an Inside Job
Those who eventually became our masters noticed what we were doing and crept into our lives on little cats' feet. When they dangled short cuts and algorithmic trickery, we didn't treat them harshly. Search engine optimization turned our headlines into things that looked like they'd been hastily translated into English from some dead language, but we went along with it -- it was One Great Trick that made everything easier. (It's no wonder that, some time later, the next mandate from the God Algorithm turned our headlines into "curiosity gap" promises.) When social media emerged, gifting us a "new front page" for the internet, we thought, "Why not?" These big search engine operators and platforms for sharing just wanted to make our lives easier, after all [...]

Over time, Facebook has discovered the cheap and dirty way to reach the world: tweak its users' amygdalae through constant provocation, engender a cartwheel of extreme emotion (rage, fear, ecstasy, and sorrow), and reward those capable of running that barbaric electric current across its network. And it turns out that those who have proven most capable of this come from a universe of charlatans: fake news purveyors, propagandists, and scammers. Loosed from any sense of standard, these bad actors have flourished. They would not have done so had we not lent these platforms our prestige -- had we not treated the trust we earned as our cheapest commodity.

by das monde on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 11:46:19 AM EST
75% of young want to escape South Korean 'Hell'
A catchphrase has become current among young Koreans in recent years to describe their country: "Hell Joseon" - "Joseon" being the name of a long-dead Korean kingdom. That phrase is being superseded by a new term, "Tal-Jo" - a pormanteau comprising "leave" and "Joseon," which, vernacularly, might be best be translated as "Escape Hell."
by das monde on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 12:22:25 PM EST
by das monde on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 05:20:24 PM EST
The article doesn't say which side was on top when they flipped it. A coin has probability 51% to end on the side that was on the top to begin with.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 05:29:41 PM EST
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Florida man looses anyway.
by das monde on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 05:45:17 PM EST
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Could they build a robotic arm that would flip a coin reliably with a desirable outcome?
by das monde on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 11:45:25 AM EST
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The author of the article I cited, whose first career was as a magician, claims that he could do precisely that.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 11:50:03 AM EST
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by das monde on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 12:17:22 PM EST
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Cats are better...

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 12:22:28 PM EST
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Not clear!
by das monde on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 01:03:31 PM EST
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Somebody* needs to update Lenin's "Imperialism: The highest stage of capitalism" with modern economic and financial evidence.  Chapter VII "Parasitism and Decay of Capitalism" is particularly germane.

Example [emphasis original]:

As we have seen, the deepest economic foundation of imperialism is monopoly. This is capitalist monopoly, i.e., monopoly which has grown out of capitalism and exists in the general environment of capitalism, commodity production and competition, in permanent and insoluble contradiction to this general environment. Nevertheless, like all monopoly, it inevitably engenders a tendency to stagnation and decay. Since monopoly prices are established, even temporarily, the motive cause of technical and, consequently, of all other progress, disappears to a certain extent and, further, the economic possibility arises of deliberately retarding technical progress. For instance, in America, a certain Owens invented a machine which revolutionised the manufacture of bottles. The German bottle-manufacturing cartel purchased Owens' patent, but pigeonholed it, refrained from utilising it.

IBM, for instance, did this for decades.  One example is their grabbing and suppression of the chorded keyboard a device capable of increasing typing speed over 200 words per minute as well as being a mouse.

Certainly, monopoly under capitalism can never completely, and for a very long period of time, eliminate competition in the world market (and this, by the by, is one of the reasons why the theory of ultra-imperialism is so absurd). Certainly, the possibility of reducing cost of production and increasing profits by introducing technical improvements operates in the direction of change. But the tendency to stagnation and decay, which is characteristic of monopoly, continues to operate, and in some branches of industry, in some countries, for certain periods of time, it gains the upper hand.

An excellent statement of the situation in which we find ourselves.  Doesn't take the brain the size of a planet to see stagnation happening in the UK, US, and EU.  

* Can't do it.  My plate is filled to overflowing over the table, the floor, and running out the dining room door.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 06:51:49 PM EST
Due to the wonders of Combinatorial Explosion 8 keys give 40,320 permutations.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 07:00:11 PM EST
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Why 8! but not 2^8 = 256?
by das monde on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 11:55:47 AM EST
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Using 8! allows encoding entire words.  100 words comprise 50% of written English.  The articles "the," "an," and "a" are ~11% all by their lonesome.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 05:16:19 PM EST
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Twitter will put options to limit replies directly on the compose screen
"Speaking today at a CES event in Las Vegas, Twitter's director of product management, Suzanne Xie, unveiled some new changes that are coming to the platform this year, focusing specifically on conversations."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 10:22:46 PM EST
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Monopoly is kinda homologous to:
  • stickiness of first impressions and experiences;
  • reliance on familiarly best available options;
  • unitarity (in reliability) within each social role;
  • stability of social hierarchies;
  • political hegemony.

Challenging a monopoly is like challenging a top chimp - and the outcome is likely to be "Le monopole est mort, vive le monopole!"
by das monde on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 12:06:51 PM EST
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Thing to note: in this new parliament both the Withdrawal Agreement No Deal Exit are back on the table.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 05:22:27 PM EST
of course. Johnon knows his popularity depends on "standing up" to the EU, and so constantly banging on about no deal makes him look trong to the fuckwits

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 06:07:56 PM EST
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... and no doubt the Emirates, US base in Kuwait, Saudi military assets may be targeted by ballistic missiles.

END OF TIMES

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 02:17:55 AM EST


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 07:31:02 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 10:06:52 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 08:34:05 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 08:48:45 PM EST
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Xinjiang's counter-terrorism methods not different from the West
Xinjiang's vocational education and training centers were education and training institutions established in accordance with the law, which essentially share the same end with "U.S. community corrections, British Desistance and Disengagement Programme (DDP), French deradicalization centers," the officials emphasized.

US "community corrections"
cjrs.gov
ankle monitors "to support the population with a behavioral health disorder"
A DHS Emeritus Center of Excellence
Radicalization and Deradicalization training and research
Combating Terrorism at West Point
"Disengagement or Deradicalization: A Look at Prison Programs for Jailed Terrorists"

by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 11:30:09 PM EST
chile, NEW! weekly UPDATES fo' 2020. Mebe I muss need mo' better Long JANs.

archived
< wipes tears > Energy Units

by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 08:31:41 PM EST
ALLEGRA, where my smart meter at?
by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 08:33:07 PM EST
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starting with I was the sixth episode about?
by generic on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 05:35:44 PM EST
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 08:04:19 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 08:08:54 PM EST
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From the Naked Capitalism linked section, a bad take about physics:
Why the foundations of physics have not progressed for 40 years » IAI TV
The major cause of this stagnation is that physics has changed, but physicists have not changed their methods. As physics has progressed, the foundations have become increasingly harder to probe by experiment. Technological advances have not kept size and expenses manageable. This is why, in physics today, we have collaborations of thousands of people operating machines that cost billions of dollars.

With fewer experiments, serendipitous discoveries become increasingly unlikely. And lacking those discoveries, the technological progress that would be needed to keep experiments economically viable never materializes. It's a vicious cycle: Costly experiments result in lack of progress. Lack of progress increases the costs of further experiment. This cycle must eventually lead into a dead end when experiments become simply too expensive to remain affordable. A $40 billion particle collider is such a dead end.

Eh, it is true that high-energy physics is now close to running at the limits of the societal resources that are likely to be made available. But the data produced by those experiments is vastly easier to use for secondary studies than during the golden age of fast progress. One grad student can write you a Python script that gives you more information from an old experiment than you got from hiring hundreds of part timers to study emulsion plates. I'm the first to admit that particle physics has stagnated, but that isn't really the main reason.
Why the foundations of physics have not progressed for 40 years » IAI TV

And so, what we have here in the foundation of physics is a plain failure of the scientific method. All these wrong predictions should have taught physicists that just because they can write down equations for something does not mean this math is a scientifically promising hypothesis. String theory, supersymmetry, multiverses. There's math for it, alright. Pretty math, even. But that doesn't mean this math describes reality.

Physicists need new methods. Better methods. Methods that are appropriate to the present century.


Cool. I can see why she gets a hostile reception from physicists. I distantly know a few people who work in theoretical physics and there are certainly a lot of problems with it. The publishing system and required output of papers is silly, for example But that:
Why the foundations of physics have not progressed for 40 years » IAI TV
But even if you don't care what's up with strings and multiverses, you should worry about what is happening here. The foundations of physics are the canary in the coal mine. It's an old discipline and the first to run into this problem. But the same problem will sooner or later surface in other disciplines if experiments become increasingly expensive and recruit large fractions of the scientific community.

is still a non-sequitur.
by generic on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 07:46:19 PM EST
I someties wonder if it's a generational thing. As physics has expanded all the guys running all the depratments are "of an age", all having accepted the paradigm of previous generations.

You don't get preferement unless you sign up to the paradigm, so your generators of novel ideas are probably coding on the west coast cos they couldn't get a job

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 09:12:30 PM EST
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There is certainly a strong element of this. There is also a strong increase in reporting requirements, grant applications, objective metrics and other legal shit. Also a reduction in fixed positions for young people. So who is supposed to research truly weird ideas?
And of course there is this absurd pressure to throw out papers so everyone who wants to find out what the actual state of research is has to wade through a lot of dross.
by generic on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 11:03:41 PM EST
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Or working for a bank in Spain.

;-)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 12:43:08 AM EST
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Seems to me that there are lots of things wrong, but mostly a lack of data that breaks things properly. I recognised who wrote that when I read the extracts, and I'm not impressed with her work.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 10:11:11 PM EST
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by generic on Sat Jan 18th, 2020 at 01:30:59 AM EST
by generic on Sat Jan 18th, 2020 at 01:43:51 AM EST

Before this, like British America, Britain divided Barbados thus.

by Cat on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 05:16:18 PM EST
Well, that can only end with the total cratering of what's left of the UK economy.

The problem with these imperialist free market fanatics is that they don't really understand economics, free markets, trade or imperialism at all. These absences tend to restrict their ability to find their way out of the paper bag which imprisons them.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 09:19:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 09:56:45 PM EST
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Unless the paradigm has completely changed since the heyday of British imperialism, and the current US example indicates it has not, "free trade" can not work for any country whose military can not force the doors open and hold them open.
by rifek on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 12:19:34 AM EST
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uh huh. How's the weather in Moscow?
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 05:33:49 PM EST
by Cat on Sat Jan 25th, 2020 at 10:01:57 PM EST
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Brazilian judge delays "for now" decision on indictment of U.S. journalist Greenwald
"due to the controversy over the extent of the injunction granted by Minister Gilmar Mendes": six others indicted though, ironically, sort of, kind of. Freedom of the Press extends so far.
by Cat on Sat Feb 8th, 2020 at 04:49:48 AM EST
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uncertain if this is millennial humor, so ...
BLS | Table 1. Work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers, 1947-2017
... I'll assume, it is.
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 06:05:36 PM EST
I sez to myself, "1974 looks special." I check, wikiwtf; no econic omens of unusual size listed except Nixon and end of OPEC embargo. (Personal note: I didn't learn about Lt. Calley's court martial and appeal until it emerged one day in our 5th grade social studies-"current events" lesson. At which point, my parents informed me of the nuance separating US "war" and "conflict" with Viet Nam.)

I sez, "SELF, there's got to be more to the story of the '74 SPIKE." So I refine my innerboob terms, give NFL players' strike a hard pass, smh over Bal'more municipal uprising, and low-and-BEHOLD: Taft-Hartley versus United Mine Workers of America, from '74 and each relative SPIKE thereafter until guess who took all of the fun out of industrial action.

I note with interest the BLS series begins at '47. Am I to assume no strikes occurred prior to that year, because FULL EMPLOYMENT? I think not.

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 06:39:07 PM EST
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I always thought that Republicans opposed abortion.

Yet today I watched as the Senate Republicans performed an abortion on the Senate floor.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 03:40:12 AM EST
Wikipedia really has become a cesspool.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 04:01:18 AM EST
by Cat on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 11:22:08 AM EST
NYT
Francis George Steiner was born on April 23, 1929, into a Jewish family living in Paris. His birth was assisted, he revealed in "Errata," by a doctor (Carl Weiss) who then returned to Louisiana to assassinate Huey Long.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 4th, 2020 at 06:51:45 PM EST
by Cat on Sat Feb 8th, 2020 at 07:22:52 AM EST
Burrad Street Journal
Corona Offer $15 Million To Help Change Coronavirus Name To BudLightvirus

Constellation Brands, the company behind Corona beer, have offered up to $15 million to help change the Coronavirus' name to the BudLightvirus.

Executives at Constellation are thought to be `incredibly concerned' with the rising publicity of the deadly virus, that has so far killed over 100 people and have pledged an initial $10 million to change the Coronavirus name to "literally anything else" with a further $5 million if the name change is BudLightvirus.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 01:18:25 PM EST
There's video of the incident, which began when 21-year-old student Madison Moore asked Biden to explain his poor showing in the Iowa caucuses:
by Cat on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 07:55:02 PM EST
by Cat on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 08:00:17 PM EST
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Where's muh district, AMZN?!
Oct 2019
Ocasio-Cortez Will Be Tough to Beat. Why Are 11 People Trying?
Feb 2020
Ocasio-Cortez to Constituents on Bolivian Coup: Drop Dead

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 04:47:06 PM EST
too expensive for just the League vying for a championship. 😄😎

Urgently needed influencers and ££££ to convince the CAS on appeal.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 06:58:13 PM EST
Jacobin
But that's not the same as a fundamental ideological difference. I suspect that when Sanders condemns the depredations of the "billionaire class," or calls for a major power shift from corporations to workers, a majority of the party faithful assume he's just saying out loud what popular Democrats like Barack Obama truly believe in their hearts but are, perhaps, too politically prudent to state so baldly.

Why do loyal Democrats labor under such illusions about their party leaders? Because those leaders go to great lengths to cultivate those illusions -- and for the most part they succeed. Although many of us on the Left tend to tune out the stump-speech platitudes of mainstream Democrats, that makes it easy to lose sight of the fact that, to the ideologically unarmored, those platitudes can make a  speaker sound a lot like someone who shares the values of, say, a Bernie Sanders.

[...]

This hypothesis can help us make sense of some otherwise inexplicable facts.

Take the confounding pattern of voters' first and second candidate choices. How can it be that the top second choice of Biden supporters is Sanders? Aren't Biden and Sanders polar opposites politically?

Yes -- in reality. But in the perception of many rank-and-file Democrats, the two probably resemble each other quite a bit. Both are old-school, rough-around-the-edges, white-haired "Democrats" who are all about standing up for the little guy. That's the image Biden strives to project, even as he (for example) works to strip bankruptcy protections from desperate debtors to please his funders at Delaware banks.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 10:47:39 AM EST
The National
The blueprint sets out what it believes would be the quickest and most effective route for the new state regaining the status it lost last month as a result of the UK's Brexit vote and how Scotland would benefit from membership.

Drawn up by Brussels expert Anthony Salamone, the 125-page document entitled The EU Blueprint: Pathway for Scotland's Accession to the European Union under Independence argues Scotland would meet the required "Copenhagen criteria" needed to apply to join the bloc.

Referring to the new Scottish state as a Republic, it states: "Scotland was previously part of the European Union for nearly five decades. On that basis alone, the Scottish economy is manifestly capable of forming part of the Union economy and responding sufficiently to its associated demands and forces. The Republic will therefore be in an extremely strong position to satisfy the economic criteria of the Copenhagen criteria."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 11:51:43 AM EST
European Movement in Scotland website

The full 131-page report here

by Cat on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 10:23:20 PM EST
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So yeah. I figuratively toddled over to me go-to  indyRef2 to see if the scheme was on their radar.

No. Whole crew had slew N. Sturgeon over "the choice between independence and protecting their sex-based rights to at least some degree by staying in the UK.". Folks are burning SNP cards, swearing oaths, and crafting a coup to fit Joanna Cherry. I was, like, wut. Hours later, having googled for particulars (Gender recognition bill aims to remove barriers) I'm still squinting at the significance of Sturgeon's craven offense to ahh tartan radical tradition.

But Nicola's a crafty one and may have yet dodged the bullet. Today, Scottish parliament approves free sanitary products for all women--an homage-- a "milestone moment for normalising menstruation in Scotland and sending out that real signal to people in this country about how seriously parliament takes gender equality." An act that just might pass for either appeasement or retreat to the party's original, controversial mandate.

Neil MacKay: If the SNP oust Sturgeon it's the beginning of the end for the party and independence
"What matters to many is whether a political party reflects their sense of identity. This becomes a force field of protection"

by Cat on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 04:27:25 AM EST
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There are times, like right now, when I doubt the average American has the intellectual capability of distinguishing between a Bolshevik and a Bialy.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 06:42:20 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 02:15:58 AM EST
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Resurgent conservative [!] Rachida Dati bids to seize Paris mayor's office
It is significant that she used the specific French word for political change - "l'alternance" - which has a rich history as a rallying cry for the country to swing to the opposite side of the left/right spectrum, especially against longstanding incumbents.

< wipes tears >
DICTION CORNER: l'alternance in AP Government textbook-Eng., is called realignment. Few high-school graduates know that, officially, there are four historical realignments from which to choose an essay topic.

Party Realignment And The New Deal is not one of them.

by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 02:00:10 AM EST
Nah "alternance" means throwing out the Republican incumbent and electing a Democrat, or vice-versa. That's what Dati is talking about. Tweeledum-Tweedledee politics as usual, not realignment. The incumbent is PS, she is R, so it's her turn.

But... The world doesn't work like that any more... Europe doesn't, anyway.

Amusingly, (and he's always been more of a public amuser than a politician), Jean-Marie Le Pen supports Dati rather than his (daughter's) party's candidate.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 03:35:57 PM EST
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Ok. Now that is funny.
by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 08:25:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 06:30:15 PM EST
CNN
A 10-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his babysitter when she was taking selfies while holding a gun, a Texas sheriff's office said.

The boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but is recovering.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 28th, 2020 at 12:38:28 PM EST
Something wrong


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Mar 14th, 2020 at 04:08:16 PM EST


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