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Comment: Re:"to provide support for the cultural sector" (Score 1) 188

The US Constitution gives the power to ratify international agreements and make them law to the US Senate alone. The State Dept. and the US President are only able to create temporary agreements with no lasting legal authority. That was the gist of the open letter.

Comment: Re:"to provide support for the cultural sector" (Score 1) 188

The main reason some contests are only available in Quebec is that they are special 'Quebec only' versions of contests that already exist in the rest of the country but other provinces didn't require extra hoops to be jumped through and more importantly, extra fees to be paid to get licensed. That is not a good thing since it creates a barrier that a lot of smaller contest holders just won't bother with. Quebec residents usually lose out more than they gain from these extra requirements.

And 99% of the reason such regulations exist is Quebec likes to pretend at being their own country. So while Quebec has ALWAYS been the #1 recipient of equalization payments from the federal government (receiving over half of all money paid since they began in the 50's) they still like to duplicate federal services and add unneeded regulations just to show they have the power within their borders.

Comment: Re:Let me fix that for you... (Score 1) 615

by Straif (#49356829) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

They will have no shortage of advertisers for a Top Gear like show with Clarkson at the head.

Car manufacturers may be the primary goto guys for ad space but when a show is watched by 350 million people and pulls in a profit of 40-50 million pounds/year (not that whatever show he starts up, if he does will necessarily pull those numbers) everyone from cell phone companies to children's toys will be clamoring to buy available commercial slots.

Even a lot of car companies don't view negative reviews on Top Gear as a bad thing. Some use it as a challenge to do better next time and others are just happy to have their cars seen.

Manufactures like Ferrari, Maclaren, Pagani aren't really going to be spending money on 30 second commercials for a car show anyway but Ford, GM, Honda, Kia etc will and for them having their 8 thousand dollar family car reviewed poorly against a F40 isn't a real showstopper.

Comment: Re: Let me fix that for you... (Score 1) 615

by Straif (#49356597) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

They talk about how much gas super cars use all the time, even sometimes mentioning that they are only capable of x laps before refueling. It's usually just a interesting tidbit they throw in while talking back and forth because it's not a major testing hurdle. Besides track tests watch any of their road trips and it will almost certainly be mentioned if one of their cars requires fueling more often than the others and that's when it only takes less than 5 minutes to refuel and get going again, as opposed to 3.5+ hours for a Tesla (at the time) so it's a MUCH bigger deal if your Tesla run out of juice.

It becomes a focus of the review simply because it is a major weakness in the design which is true for all pure EVs. If they had a battery swap option then it probably wouldn't have even been brought up except for a one liner about "we had the swap the batteries ever x laps".

Comment: Re:Let me fix that for you... (Score 1) 615

by Straif (#49356393) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

I think this was a contract year for all the Top gear presenters so he would have been free to leave anyway, this just gives him the ability to do so without any bad feelings from his fans.

True Clarkson fans won't be surprised he over reacted and hit a producer and got himself fired , he's gotten close enough to that several times in the past, but they may have seen it as a betrayal if he just announced out of the blue that he was leaving the show to do something else. As long as the producer that was hit wasn't seriously hurt, which all reports say he wasn't, then fans will write off almost any action by Clarkson as Jeremy being Jeremy.

I'm not saying this was all planned out in advance but I do think this was one of the best outcomes for Clarkson if he was looking to leave TG.

Comment: Re:Let me fix that for you... (Score 5, Informative) 615

by Straif (#49346493) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Clarkson was the one to report the assault so if anyone was looking for an excuse out of re-upping a contract it was probably Clarkson. This way he can leave without carrying any of the baggage simply quitting the show would have given him.

Jeremy will be fine. He knows that every other channel has been trying for years to poach him away from the BBC and once he sold his interest in the show to the BBC a year or so ago his income was no longer tied to how well Top Gear itself did.

Comment: Re:like benghazi (Score 1) 609

by Straif (#49235593) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

The Logan act wouldn't apply to Senators anyway since it does not differentiate between any of the co-equal branches of government. Thus, a senator is just a permitted to speak on international relations as the President and the reason Pelosi wasn't charged with violating it when she flew to Iran during Bush's tenure directly against the executives wishes.

Comment: Re:like benghazi (Score 1) 609

by Straif (#49235557) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

Nancy Pelosi flew to Iran directly against State dept. (President Bush's) request.
Ted Kennedy was in contact with the USSR requesting and offering aid to oust a sitting President (Reagan).

And according the the constitution, Senators are the only officials in the US government able to actually to codify a treaty between nations into law so not only are they allowed to speak their mind on the subject of international relations, they are uniquely empowered to act on it.

Comment: Re:Clear to me (Score 1) 609

by Straif (#49235469) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

Several people, including Rice herself I believe, have already stated she doesn't like email and never used it. She did have a .gov address though.

Powell used a personal account but claims to have cc'd state on every work related email. A terrible archiving system but one that was listed as acceptable at the time.

Comment: Re:Clear to me (Score 1) 609

by Straif (#49235445) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

You know, the whole fact that she knows she must turn over all those communications eventually?

That's the problem isn't it, she knows she doesn't have to turn them all over. No one outside of the Clinton camp has ever had access to the server(s) or their contents, and investigators only get bits and pieces given to them by the Hillary's team and even then only in physical form and not even the original digital copy with header information. From what's been received thus far there are already reports of months long gaps.

She's already admitted to deleting tens of thousands of email but claimed they were all personal, a number between her and Bill. One problem is Bill is on record just recently stating he never uses email and has only ever sent 2 in his life, both while President.

Comment: Re:No it doesn't. (Score 1) 609

by Straif (#49235361) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

While the Bush email was a problem and dealt with at the time, Senators, Congressman, Governors and all other state level politicians are not subject to a Federal law about Federal employees so there is no reason to bring them up except to try and create political cover for Hillary.

Jeb Bush, Sarah Palin, Scott Walker etc.. did not violate the federal laws requiring them to archive their official records because there is no federal law concerning them on that matter. There is one for the Secretary of State however.

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