"Old man, take a look at my life..."
admit a conservative like Thatcher was right.
I've been a "left wing greenie" since the 70's, my 80yo parents are both life long "war baby" conservatives who grew up under Winston Chuchill, I love my elderly parents, I don't agree with everything they say but that doesn't make me hate them? I'm also old enough to clearly remember the 70's and 80's and I think you are correct, Thatcher deserves credit for pulling the UK out of a bad financial position, even though her methods polarized the political landscape. It should also be noted that "trickle down economics" has also ultimately been discredited by the recent GFC but you can hardly blame Thatcher and Reagan for the extremes of deregulation implemented by others that followed their tenure. For example, here in Oz it was the left wing treasurer and later PM (Paul Keating) who pushed for deregulating the banks.
Having said that, Thatcher, Reagan and Malcom Fraser (Australia's late 70's, conservative PM) were not even the same species as GWB, Palin, and Tony Abbot (current Oz PM). For example Thatcher was the first world leader to publically acknowledge AGW is a problem and Reagan personally sought and obtained an international cap and trade treaty on sulphur emissions that has been very successful in curbing acid rain. I suspect Reagan was taking his cues from Thatcher on the acid rain thing since she had read chemistry at Oxford before becoming involved in politics. Fraser's "radical" policy on refugees was closer to today's green party policy than it is to either of the majors who currently are so close to each other that the only meaningful debate on the subject is which third world nation should host our immigration gulags..
Hate parades Aside from the fact that ALL leaders make good and bad decisions, celebrating the death of anyone pretty much makes you a douchebag in my opinion. Headlines such as "Ding, dong, the witch is dead" were a low point even by the UK's notoriously low tabloid "standards". Far right conservatives flying an upside down flag after Obama's election were equally obscene.
Liberals hate conservatives
The real problem is human nature, ideas and long term results are simply ignored because people pigeon hole others by whatever political colour they wear on the outside. This stereotyping separates people into political "football teams" and you're not suppose to just enjoy a game of football, society expects you to be a one-eyed supporter of a particular team. GWB summed up that attitude succinctly with the infamous words addressed to the entire planet - "You're either with us or against us". That anti-human attitude, wherever it raises it's ugly head, is what I "hate" about politics.
Disclaimer: I don't claim to be anymore immune to the tribal nature of humans than anyone else on the planet, however just being aware of it's existence does make one stop and think every now and then.
I bought a 13" Sony Trinitron on sale, for $399.
Heh, so did I, for about AU$400. It was built like a tank and weighed about the same, was still working when the analog signal was turned off in early 2000's
Yes, I can come up with a thousand free market answers. And yes, that pretty much answers your question.
Would you buy a vehicle from any company whatsoever if you knew that parts were difficult to acquire? A manufacturer can play a game with parts availability only if they don't plan to stay in business.
Maybe we should go back to renting our phones from ATT as well.
Sure at some point you might end up paying 100% tax on the surplus and can genuinely claim to be "working for the government". However the reward bestowed by society for reaching the maximum is not paid in money, it is paid in leisure time and it's your prerogative to spend it "working for the government" if that's what you want to do with it.
The US economy is a chocolate cake baked by 300 million people using a government recipe that includes ingredients such as property law. Right now a handful of those 300 million have their face buried in the cake while the rest stand around sniffing the chocolate in the air.
Hey. It's "Gamification" of the comment hierarchy.
possess abilities we've previously overlooked
Amazing creatures, some of their less well known abilities - They can communicate over long distances (several km) using ultra low frequencies, they pick up the vibrations through their feet, not their ears. In the Congo they dig "post holes" with one foot to mark the correct route where forest paths branch. They can drink stagnant water that would kill most other large mammals, they know the difference from fresh water and no matter how hot and thirsty they cautiously wad in and gently sip the later of fresh water off the surface with their trunk, the older ones restrain the young and teach them how to do it without stirring up the toxic crap on the bottom.
Save us both some time, and just send it to me...
The article offers no insight that I didn't know three years ago. I live 90 miles from the Fukushima plant and I've posted several times about what that time was like, as it was happening, from Japan.
No one is living (or dying) in school gymnasiums, as someone above said.
As I said, I might be reading into it a bit, but the timing and notions just seem weird.
I don't think you are misreading anything, most politicians and CEO are smart people, they say stupid things that they themselves do not believe for a reason. Notice how he doesn't mention Boston Dynamics directly, this is because politics and big business are a "gentleman's game", and a gentleman will play the idea, not the man.
The bullshit is motivated by the desire to "capture the market".The truth is that the ideas are complementary rather than competitive, and the robot market is already big enough to support both ideas, even though the demand for stationary manufacturing robots will probably always be higher than it is for "beast of burden" robots. For instance, you wouldn't use big dog to move stuff around in a large military warehouse, just as you wouldn't use a robotic forklift to carry stuff to front line troops in a war zone.
I started my working life in the mid-seventies, back then people thought robots would eventually take over manufacturing. They believed that this would cause working hours to drop well below the standard 40hr week. To a large extent robots have now taken over manufacturing, mining, finance and telecoms, to name a few industries. The shorter week never happened, mass unemployment did not materialise. My question is what the fuck is everybody doing for a job these days? - Servicing robots?
Right you are. Being on the SoftImage side, that chronology is fuzzier to me.
Still have an Indigo R4400 Elan here, under the desk...
Law doesn't say it has to be hidden or clandestine...the jury exists only to determine guilt based on the law.
Maybe you should read the actual law before pre-empting what the judge might say, it clearly includes the words "intent", "secrecy" and "privacy" in the following excerpt - "[Thou shall not photograph people's wobbly bits] with the intent to secretly conduct or hide such activity, when the other person in such place and circumstance would have a reasonable expectation of privacy in not being so photographed".
So the prosecutor needs a bit more than just the video, he has to demonstrate the defendant intended to film the victim's "private parts", was attempting to conceal his true intent, and that the victim had an expectation of privacy. A naked toddler running around on a public beach clearly does not have an expectation of privacy and it would be very difficult to demonstrate secrecy and intent in such a scenario (assuming the defence lawyer is not in a coma). Why the chief prosecutor would bring such a case before the judge will also be questioned by any judge who (in your own words) is just interested in what "the law states". OTOH making upskirt videos of strangers with a hidden camera in your shoe is now clearly illegal.
As a non-American the jury nullification thing doesn't apply to me, nor do I have to suffer elected judges who don't have a clue what they are doing. However the concept of jury nullification is interesting, a majority vote by a jury that the law is unjust should at least delay a verdict until the legislators have publically reviewed both the case and the law. With such a system (US*) public prosecutors may become less keen to use bogus charges as bargaining chips to score a "confession" on a less "scary" charge.
* - Google "prison population by nation".