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The Anti-Targ

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    Level 20 Social Justice Mage, with melee ability
  • Birthday 07/03/1969

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  1. The Anti-Targ

    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Why would anyone think that? But historically the US govt has put significant support behind strong man govts in quite a few countries, believing they can effectively control that person for its own purposes.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe 9: Returning to the Fold

    It's the one creative problem with Disney owning the X-men. Disney doesn't do R-rated stuff. Disney would need to create a >10-foot pole length autonomous studio to allow movies like Logan and Deadpool to be made. I would kinda prefer there to be a Comcast deal, and Comcast do a Sony-like deal with Disney for Disney to use X-men characters in the MCU. I don't think it could work like it does with Spider Man though. The MCU would have to cast its own X-men characters and the X-men would have to remain as an entirely independent franchise. Too tricky, I think, to have a whole roster of characters being shared in the same way as Spider Man. Though arguably from an anti-competitive standpoint Comcast might be a worse deal. Though it probably wouldn't be such a scary prospect if the USA still had net neutrality.
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    International News Thread

    With that basic understanding in mind (not a basic understanding in terms of everyone knows this, but hopefully prospective auto-industry investors should know this as a basic understanding in large scale manufacturing business), one would think that investors and lenders take the long view and place a realistic time frame on generating investment returns. I don't know how long Tesla should be given to become a sustainably profit-making car manufacturer, but I would have hoped that a timeframe for that, with some margin for error, would have been established from the outset. And it'll be interesting to see how far this goes: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/world/cave-diver-considers-suing-over-musks-baseless-pedo-accusation Personally I don't think it's worth suing over it. I'd rather want to see the cave diver try to leverage Musk into perhaps making a substantial donation to NGOs who are actively fighting against child porn and child prostitution, as an apology.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    It's funny though, because the US govt has always liked strong men in other countries if the USA has, or thinks it has, control over said strong man.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    You walked right into that one Scot.
  6. Interesting re shortening the working week. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12090637 Perhaps we're not at a point where every type of business can cut hours and not cut pay, but it seems some buisnesses are viable.
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    International News Thread

    It might not be about PR, but it certainly seems to be about his ego. Inherently there is nothing wrong with developing a rescue sub for tight spaces, so long as it works. He should continue working on something that can be deployed in tight situations that allows underwater rescue of people with little or no swimming or diving experience. But to suggest the tube he came up with in the short space of time he had would have done the job for this rescue mission seems very far fetched.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    If the inmates have taken over the asylum, does it really matter who the head inmate is?
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Sure, but some people are willing to break an agreement to expose the truth. Though I imagine the only translator Trump would allow for himself would be a true believer. And whoever Putin used would also be a true believer, and would know that not only would the translator die, but probably a chunk of their family as well.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Putin probably wanted a witness to what Trump said in the meeting.
  11. Probably depends on whether you want to approach the question scientifically or ideologically.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    I guess one might hold out some hope that one of the translators will spill the beans.
  13. Aren't a lot of the failings complicated by the fact of significant external interference? I mean you cite Cuba and Venezuela as prime examples of failures, but given the extreme reaction against both countries on the part of the USA with sanctions and trade bans spanning decades in the case of Cuba, you can't necessarily pin the failure solely on the economic and political system when you have corrupting influences from outside. Maybe they would have failed on their own, but maybe they would have evolved into a more stable system which was still broadly socialist in key elements of economic management. A lot of the other examples you cite are dictatorships of one type or another, which also complicates matters because under those systems of governance the opportunity for popular democracy to have it's influence is entirely eliminated. Are there any really clean examples of this system failing without the presence of external forces (mostly the USA) actively working to destroy it, or the country being run absent functional democracy? It seems all of the examples being given were corrupt or severely undermined from the outset and thus difficult to ascribe failure solely or mainly to the economic model.
  14. Only unkind to Lange to the extent that he was pretty much beaten into submission by Prebble and Douglas. If Lange had had his way there would have been fewer asset sales and a gentler pace of economic reform, I think. Ironically The Muldoon govt will probably be most fondly remembered for it's nigh on socialist / interventionist big govt stuff (i.e. more lefty Labour-like things), and the '84-'90 Labour govt will be maligned for it's capitalist, deregulatory free-market policies. But the real destruction of the neo-liberal economic policies happened in the Bolger/Shipley years where they dialed Rogernomics up to 11 completely untempered by any sympathy or compassion for the working class, which was always there in the Lange govt even in the back of Douglas and Prebble's minds (until they lost their minds and went all ACT on everyone's asses). Which is how Rogernomics became Ruthanasia.
  15. We kind of had that for a while. The Development Finance Corporation (set up by Robert Muldoon's National Government and state owned) was an investment bank and venture capital corporation which was basically a lender to ventures that were deemed too high risk for private venture capital / investment banks. A lender of last resort if you will. It was the investment bank that helped bring the world the wonderful product Sylk, the kiwifruit-based vaginal lubricant, which was about to win an innovation award until the award organisers realised Sir Robert himself would be announcing and handing out the award, so they quickly gave it the silver medal instead. It was a very successful investment bank. During the time it was state owned it never made an annual loss. But then the '84 Labour govt came in, went on a big govt company / asset selling spree and sold DFC as part of that. Without really realising what DFC was or did and how it's lending and business model could not survive in the private sector (and just after the '87 crash). About 6 months after DFC was sold it collapsed and died. Tower group pretty much stripped it of any assets and talent and left the rest of the company to rot. Almost drove my father to suicide that sorry episode. Actually it did drive him to suicide, but he hit the brakes before getting to the edge of the cliff (literally, not figuratively).