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  1. villakram

    U.S. Politics

    Reports that the progressive Dems have gotten Pelosi to agree she'll go away after a few yrs, perhaps after the 2020 election cycle... some small progress if true, but I'd be surprised if one of her people wasn't favored to replace her.
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    U.S. Politics

    US oil production increased from not all that much to being a global leader under Obama. The Opioid crisis metastasized under Obama. US life expectancy dropped under the presidency of Obama. Democrats with total control of government passed a healthcare package that explicitly excluded 30 million Americans and completely caved in to the large insurance interests. Democrats with total control of government passed a banking reform bill that was a complete cave in to the large financial interests. Under Obama, the US government murdered US citizens without trial. Under Obama, the US surveillance state was properly codified and made permanent. Political opponents of the government were imprisoned and tortured while others were condemned to exile. Whilstleblowers were prosecuted at an unprecedented rate. Under Obama, the US nuclear arsenal was re-upped, including explicit R&D into tactical options. Under Obama, Libya, Syria. Words vs actions. Huge difference between the parties. Actions vs actions, it's much more nuanced.
  3. villakram

    U.S. Politics

    Did you hear Trump tell him to commit a felony on those tapes? Mueller will need a lot more than those to do anything more than sully the office or some such and Trump needs no assistance on that count.
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    U.S. Politics

    Will the lawyer have proof Trump told him to act illegally? Somehow I doubt he'd be doing time if he had the goods on Trump to trade. Remember Mr. Cohen has a credibility issue also.
  5. villakram

    U.S. Politics

    If your goal is to move to a better situation than current in some practical manner, sure. However, in any ideal sense of what would we like political our parties to represent, they're the same.
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    Investing - the stock market and more

    and providing free strategies to certain pro-trading teams.
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    Investing - the stock market and more

    Be very careful. The Feds are getting involved and although it was sick man Deutsche Bank who cleared all that Russian laundered money, the Germans are likely to protect that. Danske could end up holding the bag. Regardless, as the dollar was involved expect multi-billion dollar settlements. Trade accordingly.
  8. It won't be suicide, but it will be bad, e.g., look at the Irish economy or the American economy after 2008. X number of years of economic growth delated in an instant, and a long time required to get back to where you were, i.e., we're at 1/2 a generation right now (a generation is 20-25yrs). I despise this measure of society but it is how things that matter are calculated. Similar to the nonsense arguments about the Scots leaving the UK. There's simply a price to pay and the question should be how much you wish or are willing to pay vs what you will get in return. Sensible analysis suggest 1-3yrs -- 10-15yrs of economic growth at the extreme. I'd love if the beeb went and asked this to all the "support her"/"out now" crowd. I'd bet most of them are in the crowd who are still suffering post 2008 after who knows what from the tomult in the 80s/90s. Maybe they're simply used to a certain amount of misery by now. But, do they really want more. PM Boris to the rescue
  9. You should start with paying attention to how things are going.
  10. My reading is that the deal language is quite wishy washy in terms of specifics and so a return is not ruled out. The only real hard thing is the backstop as a carrot to discourage your elected representatives from continuing to negotiate in such a non-sensical manner. Though, I fear the EU lot have not been paying quite enough attention to things with all this logic and such. Of course, there would likely be a price, political or monetary or preferably both to pay. Maybe, you lot could have a sensible government confiscate Lizzy and her lots fortune to pay for these things. Two birds, one stone.
  11. A small technicality I know, but No Deal is not actually a deal and as such cannot be the Worst Deal.
  12. villakram

    Science Thread

    Kicking a man when he's down Keep it up!
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    Science Thread

    Loads of cool new results from the Deep Carbon Observatory, the lads in the pic below hang out at a depth of 1.3 km. "The genetic diversity of life below the surface is comparable to or exceeds that above the surface. The absolute limits of life on Earth in terms of temperature, pressure, and energy availability have yet to be found. The records continually get broken. A frontrunner for Earth's hottest organism in the natural world is Geogemma barossii, a single-celled organism thriving in hydrothermal vents on the seafloor. Its cells, tiny microscopic spheres, grow and replicate at 121 degrees Celsius (21 degrees hotter than the boiling point of water). Microbial life can survive up to 122°C, the record achieved in a lab culture (by comparison, the record-holding hottest place on Earth's surface, in an uninhabited Iranian desert, is about 71°C—the temperature of well-done steak). The record depth at which life has been found in the continental subsurface is approximately 5 km; the record in marine waters is 10.5 km from the ocean surface, a depth of extreme pressure; at 4000 meters depth, for example, the pressure is approximately 400 times greater than at sea level." https://phys.org/news/2018-12-life-deep-earth-totals-billion.html
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    Science Thread

    Voyager 2 became the second man-made object to leave the solar system on Nov 5th 2018. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-voyager-2-probe-enters-interstellar-space "For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun."
  15. Perhaps the end goal here is forcing this shit deal down your throats as that then takes Brexit off the table. The deal mechanism therein, makes provision for negotiations, which might enable a return to where things were. I suspect they think that the timeline over which public opinion would allow outright remain is longer than a few years, hence this horrid fudge. It would take an awful lot of correctly aligned ducks for this to be so... almost conspiracy-esque levels