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  1. Yes, the guy appears batshit crazy, which is one dimension AND he is showing lots of signs of wanting to be an absolute ruler - which is the scarier part and what apparently 40% of the American electorate don’t seem alarmed about. I’d hope the 2nd Amendment enthusiasts on Team Trimp would care more about the rest of the tree of liberty they bang on about watering with blood. They could start by thinking more of the 1st amendment. It comes first for maybe good reason. And to respond to @JE7 in absentia, I think a lot of the population of the globe cares about America remaining a democracy. People are not insulting the country, they (well, me) are concerned it’s going to turn into an autocratic kleptocracy and are saying something.
  2. More about preference than anything really. I’m nostalgic for when Ms Cuoco and Mr Galecki were leads, and not in minor supporting roles. And contrast the treatment of the three weddings of the three fictional couples. The characters Leonard and Penny were degraded by the North Sea debacle and further minimised by webcam wedding. And none of it was comedic, which can be an excuse for cringeworthy situations. It was a unfunny disaster. Sheldon got a dream run, and a happy ending. As a fan of the unlikely pair - WTF! So I’m biased. The show can’t ever make amends for that, because they have been so successful with Sheldon as hero, juvenile as he is, and the slightly more adult situation of mis-matched Leonard and Penny is harder to write for and less broadly appealing. Maybe they can write them more into the foreground now the Sheldon/Amy arc is concluded. What are the odds. But the tone is set. It’s going to be an immature pre-teen coping with married life. I shake my head at the juxtaposition of Sheldon-as-unknowing-goshdarnit-I’m-just-a-big-kid with Sheldon the petal throwing romancer. It’s unsettling. And Amy goes for it. Hmmm, unsettling again. Nyet spacibo! as Donald might say. Really, I want Sheldon back in his box, but that’s never going to happen. So let’s see what s12 gives us. Much to further bitch about I guess, but hey.
  3. Thank you. I have been quite the fan, in my small way. I’ve travelled to the USA for a taping in Jan 2014 (James Earl Jones & Carrie Fisher), I hunted down Tensor in Florida for a tête-à-tête, I embarrassed myself when I worked in the film industry support roles by telling people how funny and good the show was (these were real film makers I was telling), and I was part of the original L&P defense team of 2012 taking up cudgels against all the wowsers and college age yahoos who decried Penny as a slut, rather than the cheerful amateur enthusiast of informal congress that I believed she was. I enjoyed Sheldon as brain-in-a-jar and consider his “conversion” to conventional heterosexual norms to be as unlikely as any other switch in sexual orientation. I further enjoyed his serious and unapologetic intellectualism and preferred that to his current setting of being like a precocious 12 year old with regular tantrums and almost ”Hallmark greeting card” level of, dare I say, popular but mawkish sentimentality. I’m always disappointed when I watch now, but I gave up bitching for what can’t be. And I’m too literal to enjoy Penny and Leonard play out in fan fiction, because what the writers put on screen generally contradicts what the fans put on the page. But I have an abiding residual affection for the show. I may even be up to date with S11... I’m not sure, but I have seen the wedding and except for a scarcity of Leonard and Penny, I thought it was a pretty good episode.
  4. I will say that watching the show now, for me, like putting on a comfy old dressing gown. It's not going to excite my partner very much, or me, as we know how it fits, though maybe there is some disappointment that it doesn't quite cover as much as at least one of us would like. But I'd still put it on if it was there.
  5. They all maybe could calm down and remember 1861. Yuge death toll, with one-shot muzzle loaders. It’s not worth it. Maybe I shouldn’t ask.
  6. I feel bad that someone felt driven away by comments on a minor thread where participation isn’t at all mandatory. I assumed it worked the same here as on other threads; express opinion, get opinions back, discuss. Maybe I’ve been insensitive to 60 million, but the topic is global. Mind you, I’m just one yob from Oz. I’m not that significant. I’m was hoping for someone who is on Team Trump to explain Trump’s appeal. I think I’m not alone here in not getting it.
  7. Well, that’s something of a Parthian shot. And, as a perpetrator not given the opportunity to respond, because I was keeping to the Chit Chat thread, I can only say I expected, and hoped for, a more robust defence of a position. And as for generalising the commentary there to include 60 million people, well, I am nonplussed. Mostly the concerns expressed are about one guy, who doesn’t post here; concerns felt globally and beyond a tightly bound domestic media alliance. I do agree about the emphasis on Sheldon and Amy. I caught three s11 episodes in a row (they seem to be burning them here) and it’s a sparse meal if you were Leonard & Penny inclined from 2008. And the level of “awww, schucks” sentiment expressed by Sheldon, the former would-be disembodied intellectual waiting to be uploaded is... not what I’d hoped for, even if he is softened from where he was in the the latter seasons. Anyway, bonne chance...
  8. What’s not a delusion is that the Trump administration implemented a policy of child-parent separation that they knew would be ineffective, that they knew was just propagandising, that they knew was not legally required, that they knew would create orphans, and that they knew would cause trauma through terrorising parents and children. How does that still stand? Isn’t that organised, state sanctioned child abuse? And the Trump administration knew what they were doing. No delusions there.
  9. I wonder if they pay money to go or is it a free show? Either way then it’s love or infatuation. In the USA you can apparently write cheques for groceries and hence need ID to validate who you are. Given many in the USA are without banking facilities, I suspect it’s uncommon. I have never seen anyone buy groceries with a cheque in Australia as an adult and can’t even really remember it as a kid (soooo maybe?) . It’s been cash or card here since, what... the 80’s? Maybe he remembers it from his childhood? Or could it be it’s just a cultural thing, specific. Or maybe he’s just imagining it. Certainly it’d be mostly untrue, like much else he says. Everyday, it’s something to distract from what is really going on, like Mnuchin’s 100 billion capital gains tax grab for the 9.99%, by regulation, not legislation. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/31/opinion/editorials/100-billion-tax-cut-mnuchin.html
  10. It’s from his line about him saying he might date his daughter. It was a comment in extremely poor taste, and I don’t believe he meant it seriously, but he did make the comment. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-trump-date-daughter/ That he made that joke surely says something of his character. You tell me what it says, if you like . To me it’s a *shudder* moment. If you have anything unsavoury on Merkel or May, sure, put it out there if you want, as long as it doesn’t come from the same Russian meme factory as the anti-Clinton stuff. They are still doing their thing. But I think you are just being hyperbolic in your defence. ... goats, really? Edit: and further, Merkel and May aren’t Trump’s opposition, they are leaders of countries that are key NATO allies, so why even bring them up? And if you wanted to bag my prime minister, that’s Malcom Turnbull. But Trump is the one with the baggage that opens him up to this type of criticism. The other politicians have been vetted through years of testing in the political arena. Trump wasn’t vetted. And maybe he should have been. He only ever ran a privately held company with no accountability, no board and no shareholders. And six bankruptcies.
  11. Hah. I was using the lion cubs as a loose metaphor for how winners kill the loser’s projects. It works in organisations as well as politics. But I didn’t know the kin were safe. Thanks. Y’know, that still might be applicable in family organisations. Thought I’m not sure if it’s applicable to Trump Co. Maybe no one’s safe there. Gosh, it’s messed up. I truly hope it ends better than I expect from the trend. (Pointless optimism; “it’s a million-to-one chance, but it just might work”.)
  12. Makes one pine for Lord Havelock Vetinari, Lord Patrician of the city-state of Ankh-Morpork, what! It’s a law of political nature that the new lion kills the former lion’s cubs, but Trump seems only able to move the already dead around and just make the corpses twitch . He could only cripple ACA but he can’t kill it, he won’t revive manufacturing by holding the tariff gun to the population’s head and new coal burning assets can’t get financing. Visa overstayers just fly over walls. Additionally he established a policy that has his administration torturing children. Never mind the personal flaws and the Putin issues. He told his electorate a whole lot of porkies. It’s a three-card monte confidence trick. I wonder if they will see through it in November. I can only speculate how history will view this period.
  13. Quotes problem, but ok. There are solutions but the USA politically isn’t fostering their implementation under the current administration. One role of government is to be strategic in its governance, and look at timelines beyond the near quarters and fiscal years. The agencies do the planning on the long term stuff, and the administration picks the options or directs that long term planning. But this US administration is issuing directions that just seem bonkers as long term plans. Bring back coal, build the wall, mine the parks, increase pollution. Bonkers, long term. One last (hopefully) spasm of nostalgia for unlimited, unregulated, frontier-style exploitation. Irresponsible and short term thinking, from a mean and cranky old man and the bunch of old farts, zealots and robber barons in his cabinet. Whereas we know we are in a closed system with finite resources that have to last our civilisation for as long as we hope have it around. And no supernatural interventions are likely.
  14. The Koch brother’s tentacles... http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/30/covert-operations?smid=nytcore-ios-share
  15. All that requires mass action to be effective. It has to be a cultural shift by a majority. I’m not sure that is doable in the USA, a culture that can’t even agree to act, in the face of evidence, on reducing the number of guns to reduce the number of gun deaths. That’s a pretty concrete contemporary issue that can’t be resolved. (Edit, look at Stand your ground, a new style of law that will kill more people) That the resolution of the more abstract slow moving catastrophe that is climate change can be left in the hands of the USA is unclear. They are not going to act until Hollywood catches fire each quarter, Florida becomes a new Venice and New York City gets inundated seasonally. Even then, the 9.99% will move, because they can afford to move. It’s going to take thoughtful regulation - and I’m pessimistic about that happening for the next 6 years. Other nations are doing things but it is expensive - and exactly the kind of infrastructure shift that should be funded by long term government borrowing - because markets won’t move until incentivised - and instead, debt funded tax cuts are giving the economy a short run stimulus as the conservatives raid the national piggy bank for a sugar high. The previous Democrat government was going to move more seriously under the more serious president, but the GFC, brought to you by unregulated PhD quants with their incomprehensible CDOs, sucked out all the money that might have addressed the long term problem and then ate it up with their short term crisis, from which the world has been climbing out for the past nine years. And now Trump is likely to inadvertently finagle a “national security exemption” for tariffs into another global crisis. And maybe throw in still another war, with Iran this time, which will eat up more money and take away not only take attention away from his personal legal issues but also from what is a long term existential threat to our civilisation (not to be too hyperbolic about it). Luckily, the tech just keeps getting cheaper and maybe there will be be a market lead decarbonisation. Smart people in business are on it. But the longer the policy settings flop around, the closer we get to what might be a cliff.
  16. One thing we know is that the glacially slow oncoming catastrophe has a basis in physics, so no supernatural explanations are required. The solutions are more psychological and political - because we are aware of the gross causes, it’s just that the summoning of a consensus effort of will to make change escapes our species. It’s not like we haven’t had the red lights pop up. Given the timescale of the changes ahead, political solutions may not be possible - particularly in democracies where angry people, harmed by unrestrained capitalism, vote for short term self-interest (and sometimes to “own the libs”). One bright light is that business, particularly the insurance industry, are starting to price climate effects into their forecasts. Price signals will change behaviour. The question is how to equitably distribute the costs. That’s where progressive taxation comes in. The 9.99% can afford to make a proportionate contribution, I think. In the 80s we were talking about green economics, recognising externalities and designing carbon taxes, given we know the major driver of the greenhouse effect. Australia had one for a few years, but the reactionaries killed it and installed non-market solutions that were ineffective. Vested interests won, because we couldn’t reach consensus and defeat them. In the longer run some of the population may be able to purchase comfortable survival. But it may not be pretty for the rest. I worry for my future grandkids - and even my own kids in the next 5-20 years. If the methane clathrate gun goes off... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clathrate_gun_hypothesis?wprov=sfti1
  17. The 2008 GFC took the wind out of the sails of the popular environmental movement and immediate economic needs took all the political energy for eight years. A decade later the nation that is potentially most influential global actor turns out to be in the care of the most self-involved, possibly corrupt and perhaps externally appointed, person to ever wield such power, and is governed by the most self-interested, apocalyptically-inclined and least conservation minded political bloc ever to hold both houses of government, and all are held in thrall to a minority’ self-interested, apocalyptically inclined and “lib-owning obsessed” population. I’m not that optimistic about a lot of effort from the USA in the short term. The frog has to boil a bit longer. More hurricanes, floods, fires and migrating diseases (as insect vectors expand their ranges) will have to happen. And even then, those praying for the “end times” will persuaded that their prayers are being answered and they’ll hunker down further in their beliefs. There might be technological fixes that will maintain current western lifestyles, but the political will has to form. We may not even have such technological options. So I don’t know. (I’m a bit jaundiced - it could turn ok - it’s not like I’m expert or anything)
  18. 4am was a little early for me. BTW. Nice GDP figure for the US. GDP is very gross measure and it’s one qtr only. The underlying recovery still firm despite Trump noise, and including bump from brought-forward agriculture activity in advance of tariff threats, and some Keynesian effect from tax stimulus (that may fade). Nothing in policy to address income issues for nonGOPdonors - maybe poor deserve poverty; if deity loved them they’d be rich </s> - but who has that answered, (not the GOP) ? I’m not sure about current era noisy actions - policy lags have yet to work through the national accounts. Hope trade and ag brouhaha goes nowhere - even Trump voters likely don’t deserve to actually suffer from Trump’s trade crazy. Looks like pockets are though. Kids are still not all back with parents. Maybe Trump has a Swiftian “Modest Proposal” in his pocket? And Cohen looms. Wow. Plus Putin. Trump show still pulling eyeballs. That’s one dimension of success. Ratings galore. Still, no WALL at all; wildlife thankful. But it’s getting hotter, isn’t it?
  19. We had this earlier in the year. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-16/wallaby-hops-across-sydney-harbour-bridge-surprising-motorists/9332050
  20. Oz doesn't have bears or mountain lions either, so simple bushwalking isn't always a life and death issue, as long as you respect the heat/cold and carry maps and water. I saw the bear-proof bins in Canada! Aren't hikers just snacks? If you drive west from the east or east from the west you need to prep - perhaps carry water and food and maybe spares - as you might not get passed by a car for days, or weeks if you get off the major routes - but if you go there you should research. Travellers might not appreciate that away from the fringe of east coast the population density goes way down. And in the tropics any body of water may have a croc in it. But nobody is, as policy, shooting at anyone. Are we missing out?
  21. I think it’s the case that rich people proportionally hang on to their money more tightly than middle or working classes people. The money doesn’t trickle down. That’s why Trump’s Republican Donor Tax Relief Act 2017 hasn’t been the stimulus on US wages it was sold as being.
  22. Not confused (except by icons on iPads) - it just sucks. I. Have. No. Idea. I live in such a safe space. Miscreants can’t walk here. Only North Korea might aim missiles at me. I know pretty much where the sharks, coneshells, stonefish, crocs, spiders, snakes & gun-nuts hang out (practically, no one here has a gun), so I can avoid them. I can swim, and can read a rip at the beach. I know not to go too close to a cliff. I have a smoke alarm, earth leakage detectors on the house circuits and I and everyone here habitually wear seatbelts. I’m vaccinated (even against smallpox). I have publicly funded lifesaving medical. I use sunblock and don’t smoke. And I have a non-slip bathtub. I. Have. No. Idea. Really. Edit: and if I run out of petrol, I’m unlikely to die from heat or cold.
  23. You mean Annie Potts from Corvette Summer, starring Mark Hamill.
  24. I’m guessing you mean it’s a vernacular that doesn’t travel as well as I might have hoped? 😀 Maybe I should have said “worry about the disappearing FEMA death camps and JADE HELM” ? Which BTW is now recognised as a Russian government trial balloon prior to the 2016 presidential disinformation campaign. 😀
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