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21) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1802061)
Posted 11 Jul 2016 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.
22) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1801801)
Posted 9 Jul 2016 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."*

(Part one of two. Link to page 2 at the bottom of the article)
23) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801622)
Posted 8 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey

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

Nvidia meanwhile made the announcement official & Launch Date will be July 19th
26) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801268)
Posted 7 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey

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."
27) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801059)
Posted 6 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Just dropped in to say the same.

28) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800985)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 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.

29) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800979)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 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.
30) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800957)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 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


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
31) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800945)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Brussels has inserted itself into Warsaw’s internal legal affairs based on authority conjured out of thin air.

Ooops! :)



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

If the link doesn't work, I got through to the whole article from Bing News. Not sure why that is...
32) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800915)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
33) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800911)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 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...
34) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800803)
Posted 4 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
...and deserve to be ignored.

I'm going to hold you to that.
35) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1800760)
Posted 4 Jul 2016 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:


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.
36) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800757)
Posted 4 Jul 2016 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.
37) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800223)
Posted 3 Jul 2016 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.
38) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800217)
Posted 2 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
That's the generation that will have to support the eldery generations in a near future.
Or will they?

They will... but from their own pockets and from OUTSIDE the country ;)

What's really a shame is that Greek kids probably have the same level of education (and number of educated people) as Sweden & Finland.

Problem is, last time I checked, they were leaving in the hundreds of thousands.

(Or so it was claimed)
39) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800210)
Posted 2 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
I was thinking back these stories,
when she had to compromise to keep the coalition together in Germany or she might have lost power.

Apologies, those are both fantastic articles (even a lot of the comments are great, smthg I've noticed before on Spiegel) so now I'm super-confused.
What were you trying to say exactly?
'Cause it looks like I grossly misunderstood something along the way...
40) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800208)
Posted 2 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
A lot more austerity being administered to Greece right now and all through 2016, meaning Greece is still nowhere near hitting bottom. Things are getting worse here by the day. But who cares, right?

Stupid German politicians, with their stupid fixation on being the control freaks of a whole continent, and a stupid little CDU somehow rationalizing that a stupid little party no-one cares about and it's stupid little upcoming elections are reason enough to grind Europe down.

But of course that's what narcissists & psychopaths do. Make themselves the center of the universe, demand your attention, create high stress scenarios to get said attention, all while being completely unable to even GLIMPSE into the future and how it might play out.

Elections uber alles. Fantastic plan.
At least the EU is super-efficient when there aren't any elections on the horizon.

THESE Germans are crazy.

Meanwhile in Greece:
Unemployment still over 24%
Youth unemployment still around 50%
So I guess The Great Depression was for pu**ies.

Europe still pretending it's not a jackboot on the throat but "reforms".

Even Steve Jobs would be envious of a Reality Distortion Field of this magnitude.



IMF Predicts Unemployment In Greece Will Fall To 12 Percent.... By 2040

"So even if the Greek economy returns to growth and its creditors agree to debt relief, it will take 44 years to reduce Greek unemployment to something approaching normal. For Greece’s young people currently out of work, that is all of their working life. A whole generation will have been consigned to the scrapheap."

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