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Comment Re: Onwards to victory. (Score 2) 360

And in other news satire dies as an art form.

Sorry - I sympathize with your feelings, but the death of satire has already been announced. It was about 40 years ago when Tom Lehrer (someone well qualified to comment on the subject) remarked that

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize."


Comment Re:UK import grade cryptography (Score 2) 137

I used to travel to the UK regularly. I have not been in well over 15 years and have no plans to ever visit the UK again. sad, as it was a nice place, once (at least to a visitor). now, I'd avoid going there unless 100% necessary. and so far, no travel has ever come up to be 100% necessary.

That's funny - in a sad way - because I live in Britain and I feel exactly the same way about going to the USA. In the 1930s my parents - both teachers of French and German - used to visit Germany regularly every summer. I'm not as brave as they were - or perhaps I have benefit of hindsight.

Comment Redundant verbiage excised (Score 3, Insightful) 137

"At the end of the day, will the U.K. security services be able to read your email, your messages, your posts and private tweets, and your communications if they believe you pose a threat to national security? Yes, they will".

At the end of the day, will the U.K. security services be able to read your email, your messages, your posts and private tweets, and your communications if they feel like it? Yes, they will.


Comment Shadowstats gives the true number: 23% (Score 0) 533

In case anyone is interested in the real unemployment numbers, look at John Williams' Shadowstats shadowstats.com

Specifically http://www.shadowstats.com/art...

"Counting All Discouraged/Displaced Workers, May 2016 Unemployment Rose to About 23.0%".

Why the big discrepancy? Because, just like the inflation figures and other government statistics, the unemployment numbers have been redefined and massaged to get them into an "acceptable" range. Williams explains the trick:

"To be counted among the U.S. government’s headline unemployed (U.3), an individual has to have looked actively for work within the four weeks prior to the unemployment survey conducted for the Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS)".

So, essentially, what the BLS called the "unemployed" are people who are between jobs. If it takes a person more than a month to find a new job - or if they cannot prove that they have been actively looking - that person ceases to exist as far as the BLS unemployment statistics are concerned.

Comment Re:The real issue (Score 1) 95

I do however very much question the actions of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.

Just to help you make yourself just a tad clearer: why do you "question the actions of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government"? What specific things have they done that make you so suspicious of them?

Comment Re:There is a good reason (Score 2) 95

"19 Oct 2016 - Russian unemployment rate was recorded at 5.6 percent in May of 2016, down from 5.9 percent in the previous month. The figure came below market expectations of 5.8 percent and was the lowest October 2015. The number of unemployed people decreased by 217 thousand to 4.3 million". http://www.tradingeconomics.co...

Comment Re:Linkedin provides a service in Russia so it sho (Score 4, Informative) 95

Russia has a $20 billion budget deficit its looking to plug. Facebook, LinkedIn,Google and Twitter can plug a nice big chunk of it.

Er, 'For FY 2016 the federal budget estimates that the [US] federal debt will increase by about $1 trillion. That's about $250 billion more than the official “deficit.”' http://www.usgovernmentdebt.us...

So the US government must be 50 times as hungry for extra revenues as the Russian government. Furthermore...

"On January 26, 2016, debt held by the public was $13.62 trillion or about 75% of the previous 12 months of GDP. Intragovernmental holdings stood at $5.34 trillion, giving a combined total gross national debt of $18.96 trillion or about 104% of the previous 12 months of GDP". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Meanwhile Russia's national debt is 9.7 trillion. Oh, what's that you say? That's in rubles? So what's it in dollars? Oh, I see: about $151 billion. Gee, that's awful - that's nearly one percent of the US national debt. Those Russians are in real hot water now! http://www.nationaldebtclocks....

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