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1) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1803730)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
(Haven't been paying attention... just scanned a few articles)

Is May showing signs of rolling up her sleeves?

That's the impression I got but don't know if it's all talk or if there are actions too.

Would be great to see the UK in capable hands, rather than run-of-the-mill politician hands.
2) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1803721)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
You guys are giving me less and less motive to drop by :)

So the ONE person in the states that has done a thousand times more damage than Trump... (No, really)

The one person that makes an 8-year Donald-stint look positively harmless compared to his own reign of negative influence in America...

US Prime Psychopath #1 is all over the news these days...

And you guys are squabbling over Trump when the Big Kahuna Roger Ailes is in all sorts of trouble?

:D
3) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1802080)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Don't nitpick etymology when it's not the central point of discussion.

You asked a question (which I assumed was not rhetorical) and it went like this:

Can politics reign in the ill effects of Globalization?

I assumed you said "one has no control over the other"

and my answer is:

Since politics are mostly to blame for the ill effects of THIS version of globalization (and not economics) it is both sensible and pragmatic to vote the politicians out. The kerfuffle is that BOTH parties are getting the finger to one extent or another all across the 2-party status-quo of the western world.

Let me try an example:

To say "the UK cannot afford the NHS anymore" makes sense... superficially.

Because it's a half truth. But I know you are a numbers man and the numbers are saying:

"We can't afford the NHS and hand-out tax-breaks to the rich for the 3rd decade in a row". One of the 2 has to go.

Then add to that:
The war against scientists.
The war on the middle class.
TTIP and other trade deals
Citizens United
Too Big to Fail
Too Big to Jail
Corporate welfare
Monopolies
Tax havens
Pensions that have been paid for, gone or reduced
Real wars with dubious motives
Mass incarcerations
Mass surveillance
etc.

That's a pretty long list!

It's silly to accuse "the simpletons" of voting crudely. Rather I think it's time "smart people" read a book or two instead of poorly written news articles.

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But I'll answer your other question too:
Hasn't there always been a middle class?

Yes and no.
The middle class I was referring to was created by The New Deal and did not exist before. At all.
It was politically created by "The Great Compression".
4) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1802061)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Do they have a choice, even if they vote against it?


Yes. Not what you think.
And more and more people are realizing it.

Brexit wasn't Boris & Farage.
People feeling the Bern were not under the spell of Bernie's enchanted flute.
61% of Greeks are NOT die-hard Varoufakis-or-bust voters.

Exaggerated statements obviously but I truly believe they are FAR more true than not. Here's one more:

If Trump gets 40% of the vote, does that mean 40% of Americans are dying to get the Trump wall built? Muslims banned? Of course not.

What a lot of people appear to be voting for this past year is:
""Screw VW, Wall Street, TTIP etc. and start paying attention to ME"

This is a political crisis, so yes it makes complete sense for politicians to get the blame.
The New Deal created the middle class, not economics.

And The New Deal has been dealt non-stop blows these past few decades.
By BOTH parties.
In EVERY western world country.

Blows that were all political.

And to be honest I'm super-glad it's being done through voting and not pitchforks.

But depending on just how stubborn and unwise these Establishment politicians get... Well I guess pitchforks won't be far off.
5) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1801801)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
By the SPIEGEL Staff

"Whether they are fans of Donald Trump, supporters of Brexit or Marine Le Pen voters in France, "angry voters" have one thing in common: They've been left in the dust by globalization."*

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/brexit-the-era-of-the-angry-voter-is-upon-us-a-1101438.html

(Part one of two. Link to page 2 at the bottom of the article)
6) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801622)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
https://www.techpowerup.com/223981/amd-releases-pci-express-power-draw-fix-we-tested-confirmed-works

New driver appears to be as promised :)
7) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801375)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Title change
(apologies for double post)
8) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801369)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Thank you for the heads-up archae!

Nvidia meanwhile made the announcement official & Launch Date will be July 19th

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10474/nvidia-announces-geforce-gtx-1060-july-19

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/10series/geforce-gtx-1060
9) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801268)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Ouch?


Appears to be a bit of an "ouch" in the sense that while not "too big a deal" there'll probably be tons of moaning going on, on the internet. Anyway, read the comments in the Anand link and found one that maybe best explains what's going on (for now).

by tipoo:
"Seems like the fix and lower power toggle all but confirms a last minute overclock. They also say the 3% boost in games the new driver provides should substantially offset any impact from the lower energy setting, so it seems pretty sure to me they got worried and pushed it past what they found was it's peak efficiency point, or at least the better tradeoff of efficiency to performance (since power use scales more than linearly with voltage+frequency, while performance scales less than linearly with clock), in favor of boosting it a bit more.

All that debacle didn't seem worth it if it's 3-5% they squeezed out."
10) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801059)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Just dropped in to say the same.

Ouch?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10469/amds-tuesday-radeon-rx-480-update-new-driver-by-late-thursday
11) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800985)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
So it's more true than not that you can't trust "the media" to not be biased. But here's a handy trick:

Scout out insiders you think you can trust.

And these next two I've linked to before and consider them "100% guaranteed" atm. As much as humanly possible. Oh and remember, it's one thing to gather and take notice of the info anyone provides and another to take their predictions at heart. Educated guesses are still guesses.

Nouriel Roubini

The United Kingdom’s narrow vote to leave the European Union had specific British causes. And yet it is also the proverbial canary in the coalmine, signaling a broad populist/nationalist backlash – at least in advanced economies – against globalization, free trade, offshoring, labor migration, market-oriented policies, supranational authorities, and even technological change.

All of these trends reduce wages and employment for low-skill workers in labor-scarce and capital-rich advanced economies, and raise them in labor-abundant emerging economies. Consumers in advanced economies benefit from the reduction in prices of traded goods; but low and even some medium-skill workers lose income as their equilibrium wages fall and their jobs are threatened.

In the “Brexit” vote, the fault lines were clear: rich versus poor, gainers versus losers from trade/globalization, skilled versus unskilled, educated versus less educated, young versus old, urban versus rural, and diverse versus more homogenous communities. The same fault lines are appearing in other advanced economies, including the United States and continental Europe.

Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Brexit vote was a triple protest: against surging immigration, City of London bankers, and European Union institutions, in that order. It will have major consequences. Donald Trump’s campaign for the US presidency will receive a huge boost, as will other anti-immigrant populist politicians. Moreover, leaving the EU will wound the British economy, and could well push Scotland to leave the United Kingdom – to say nothing of Brexit’s ramifications for the future of European integration.

Brexit is thus a watershed event that signals the need for a new kind of globalization, one that could be far superior to the status quo that was rejected at the British polls.


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https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/globalization-political-fault-lines-by-nouriel-roubini-2016-07
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/meaning-of-brexit-by-jeffrey-d-sachs-2016-06
12) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800979)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Did I say good news? Actually I've got awesome news! No really.

OK so a lot of you guys have been Going Over to the Dark Side making some pretty sweeping & negative comments about Trump supporters and Brexiteers.

But it's a pretty crap theory to say, "yeah, I woke up this morning and it turns out half the people of whatever country are xenophobic racists". You can't explain away 40% or 50% of a voting population like that. That's silly.

If majorities have started surprise voting with their hearts instead of their heads and casting "I'm flipping you the bird" votes then something's REALLY going on.

And really going wrong.
13) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800957)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
For the record, my crystal ball has been nagging me these past couple of weeks and keeps telling me there is a high probability of the overuse of the word

"dystopia"

to describe the EU.

Since most of us here are SF fans please don't let a few journalists & politicians ruin - for example - Philip K. Dick for ya just because they learned a new buzzword.

Resist! :D
14) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800945)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Brussels has inserted itself into Warsaw’s internal legal affairs based on authority conjured out of thin air.

Ooops! :)

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WSJ

The European Union’s current overreaching and meddling in Poland’s legal affairs under the guise of its lawless, ironically named “Framework to Strengthen the Rule of law,” provides a glimpse at some of the dynamics underlying last month’s Brexit vote. The framework, announced in March 2014, did not directly factor into Brexit, but it demonstrates the EU’s troubling propensity to harass its member states and dictate Brussels-based solutions for domestic problems. If pursued, the framework could further destabilize the EU.

At issue is a standoff between Poland’s new center-right governing coalition and its Constitutional Tribunal—akin to the U.S. Supreme Court—regarding the validity of appointments to the Tribunal. The new governing coalition believes its appointees should be seated, while the Tribunal believes the seats should go to the appointees of the outgoing center-left government. Which side is correct under Polish law is less important than the complete lack of evidence that the impasse cannot be resolved politically within Poland, to say nothing of the lack of evidence that the dispute threatens the “rule of law” values enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (updating the 1992 Maastricht Treaty).

No matter. Instead of directing its energies to resolving the refugee crisis, calming the turmoil surrounding the Brexit referendum or revitalizing its moribund economy, the EU is flexing its muscle to dictate its preferred result for Poland’s internal dispute...

(and so on)
from The Wall Street Journal
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-european-union-shows-poland-why-we-have-brexit-1467747768

If the link doesn't work, I got through to the whole article from Bing News. Not sure why that is...
15) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800915)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
16) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800911)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Good news for a change:

I'm starting to see articles crop up from seemingly unrelated sources about how people are essentially voting against globalization and not out of ignorance or a bunch of other stupid ideas that have been floating around for months.

What do 61% of the Greeks, 52% of the Brits, Bernie fans AND - yes, I know this one's hard to swallow - Trump fans all have in common?

Now THAT'S a narrative. I hope it grows because it's the only narrative that ties up everything with a pretty little bow :)
But you already know that because we've been over it before.

We still need a Wozniak.
And all we've got is Juncker & Shoebbels, Hillary & Trump.

Now I know it looks like we've got a long way to go... and we do.

But I have to be honest. I wasn't expecting the thought that all this pro-market crap we've had shoved down our throats is to blame for all the "protest votes" going on in the Western World... I wasn't expecting that line of thought to break mainstream so soon.

I'll see if I can't round up a few links for you later today...
17) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800803)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
...and deserve to be ignored.


I'm going to hold you to that.
18) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1800760)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Love it when someone smarter than me writes down thoughts I've been having and writing 'em better than I ever could:

From: http://robertreich.org/

The Five Principles of Patriotism

We talk a lot about Patriotism, especially around July 4th, but we need also to take to heart its five basic principles.

First: True patriotism isn’t simply about waving the American flag. And it’s not mostly about securing our borders, putting up walls and keeping others out.

It’s about coming together for the common good.

Second: Real patriotism is not cheap. It requires taking on a fair share of the burdens of keeping America going – being willing to pay taxes in full rather than seeking tax loopholes and squirreling away money abroad. Not just voting but becoming politically active, volunteering time and energy to improving this country.

Third: Patriotism is about preserving, fortifying, and protecting our democracy, not inundating it with big money and buying off politicians. It means defending the right to vote and ensuring more Americans are heard, not fewer.

Fourth: True patriots don’t hate the government of the United States. They’re proud of their country and know the government is a tool to help us solve problems together. They may not like everything it does, and they justifiably worry when special interests gain too much power over it. But true patriots work to improve our government, not destroy it.

Finally, patriots don’t pander to divisiveness. They don’t fuel racist or religious or ethnic divisions. They aren’t homophobic or sexist or racist.

To the contrary, true patriots seek to confirm and strengthen and celebrate the “we” in “we the people of the United States.”

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.
19) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800757)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Apparently Alex, and Tutu are totally unaware of this Nazi paradigm... probably because he's "Poorly Educated".


Great. Just what we needed.
Another condescending know-it-all.
Welcome to the boards.

When you're done with Godwin's Law can you do some Turing Test jokes?
I can't get enough of those.
/s
20) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800223)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Right now I guess nothing would really surprise me but I doubt (and hope) that's nowhere near true.

Off the top of my head, the worst drawback of such a "plan" is it would mean we've left capitalism - where you raise wages to attract people - and into... I don't even know what to call it.


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