And there's no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I don't understand
It's just my job 5 days a week
Rocket man! Rocket man!
If the US gets its way with TPP then corporations can sue governments for anything that negatively impacts their profits. So Italy could not regulate taxis because Uber would sue them as causing unfair trade....
Please mod AC up! The problem as I see it with TTIP Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which is a free trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union is that it attempts to grant corporations an innate right to profitability and the ability to sue any government that passes laws that might restrict that profitability.
"(taxi licenses in Italy are numbered, each can cost more than $ 100k to obtain)."
There's the problem. Piss off Italy...
Italy is a country and can make whatever laws they want to regulating taxis or any other industries. If a company can take away Italy's right to regulate their own markets via TTIP, then wait until some other entity or business comes to your backyard and decides they don't like the regulations that maybe you want or need to preserve your business.
The European Central Bank has already declared that they won't let any of their member states go under, which means they are committed to printing as much money as needed....
Mario Draghi said, "Within our mandate, the ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough."
Financing a member state via printing money does not exist within the ECB's mandate. So the ECB cannot legally do what you say they are doing. Greece is financing itself via ELA Emergency Liquidity Assistance, where Greek banks loan the Greek government money that cannot be repaid, then the ELA rescues the Greek banks from the bad loans. This type of back-door financing is not sustainable and will eventuall collapse under its own weight. OTOH, the ECB also lacks the mandate to kick a member state out of the common currency when they are unwilling and unable to meet the conditions for membership. Only the political leadership of the member states have the authority to either change the ECB's mandate, or to kick a member state out. How this will turn out is anybody's guess.
One major reason for the split was that IBM insisted on programming OS/2 in assembler - over Gates' objections...
I think both IBM and Microsoft were working hard to undermine each other from the start of the project. IBM wanted to regain 100% control of the PC market and eventually ditch Microsoft. Microsoft on the other hand was trying to break free of IBM and wanted to license the OS to other computer makers on other platforms. Hence the disagreement over assembler and 286 support.
And compared to NT, OS/2 was a horrible server...
Former OS/2 fan here. In hind sight, one of OS/2's biggest flaws was lack of file permissioning, which NT had. I don't think IBM ever intended for OS/2 to be used as a server OS at all.
...people who grew up on PC or Macs would naively ask "what's the point of multitasking?" That's one of the reasons IBM flubbed the market as they thought it wasn't ever going to be that big except as a front-end for major back office applications...
IBM was a mainframe and mini-computer company that also sold micros. IBM understood multitasking better than anyone else, but they also understood that as soon as micros could multitask, had networking and became multi-user (file permissions) the market for minis and mainframes would shrink. IBM's PC strategy from the mid '80s to mid '90s could be summed up as using their influence to prevent networking, multi-tasking and file permissions from happening on the same platform at the same time.
They seem to be having problems getting astronauts to man the thing...
...sounds like the plot of a slumdog astronaut movie.
....What the chickenhawks were squawking about was satellite photographic proof that Saddam was making new weapons.
We don't know what the satellite photos showed. They were never made public. The irony is we got our best intelligence on Iraq's WMD program from Hans Blix and the UN weapons inspections. But we ended those when we started making ultimatums to Saddam Hussein... and in doing so, lost the best intelligence source we ever had on Iraq.
My personal theory is Saddam probably thought he had WMD, even if he didn't. Saddam Hussein wasn't exactly the kind of ruler you could say no to more than once. Mussolini's thought he had an air force on par with the German Luftwaffe or the RAF. The reality was the generals moved the few planes they actually had to whichever airbase Mussolini was visiting. The other theory is the Saudis were right; Saddam knew he had no WMD, but admitting it would have been a sign of weakness, especailly with Iran next door. Either way, our "career intelligence officers" and our political elite seemed to lack the street smarts to critically question the evidence. Maybe they didn't even want to. Donald Rumsfeld promised a 90-day holiday in the desert.
why communists always seem to get a free pass on the tyranny train?
They were ever so slightly less bad than the Nazis.
When communists murder people, it's treated more like an industrial accident than a crime. At least by some people.
And socialism causes SOO much good. Yeah to governments telling everyone what to do and putting you in jail (or killing you) if you disagree.
Socialist governments do not have a monopoly on jailing or murdering their population.
....Guess whom I take if I need someone who does real work?
It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Each candidate has their own niche.
"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure