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Wed Jul 22

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 6:05 PM

Re: Ayatollah screwing Iran deal

I think they meant that there was a war at the end of the path we were on.

Well, that's a hard counterfactual to support. Iran's been laboring under those sanctions for years - North Korea's been under sanctions for ages - with [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 5:47 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

For future reductions leading to a low-carbon economy, i.e. ~80% reduction by 2050 or some such.

For those reductions, I still believe you would be better off trying to achieve them through changes to ICE's and the existing fleet - [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 5:14 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

Actually that isn't necessarily true. In a distorted economy where actual costs of a wide range of activities aren't counted or paid, the price something can be sold for probably doesn't represent the actual value.

Agreed, but the [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 4:21 PM

Re: Ayatollah screwing Iran deal

Boehner, et al, are vowing to kill the deal. They're stupid. They're setting themselves up to fail.

Responding to this, I don't think it's stupid at all. It would be stupid if they were likely to succeed - but fighting the deal with [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 4:02 PM

Re: Ayatollah screwing Iran deal

The gist was that there really are no good options with Iran right now, and that this deal was the best of some bad options. It gets them to shut down most of their nuclear program for at least 10 years with an automatic resumption of sanctions if [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 3:13 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

I agree, but I wonder what if any steps you would agree with in pursuit of those emissions reductions?

What do you mean? The U.S. fleet has improved fuel economy by about 20% in the last decade, virtually entirely with conventional [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 2:50 PM

Re: Ayatollah screwing Iran deal

I was looking at the political ramifications of for any American politician signing off on this deal. Scott Walker, I believe, said he will bomb Iran his first day in office. But a lot of Democrats come from districts that are heavily [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 2:00 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

This is a much bigger picture we are working on than the reduction of total emissions attributable to EVs sold thus far, and by only looking at it through that emissions lens you miss the purpose.

I don't think so, because I'm not [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 12:51 PM

Re: Ayatollah screwing Iran deal

We were assuming the Ayatollah gave the secular leader the portfolio to speak for the Ayatollah?

Yes:

Iran and the West could not have agreed a nuclear deal this week without the backing of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 12:07 PM

Re: Ayatollah screwing Iran deal

I was just thinking more in terms of the secular branch trying to make inroads with the lifting of sanctions, while the religious leader makes it clear that the people the secular branch are doing business with are lying dogs.

Well, [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 10:03 AM

Re: My questions re the Iran deal

This kind of gap between the rulers and the populace is not maintanable. Eventually Iranians will get democratically-elected officials.

Of course it's maintainable. Iran's maintained it for nearly four decades now - other countries [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 9:42 AM

Re: Ayatollah screwing Iran deal

You don't think we're looking at something similar here with western educated members of government clashing ideologically with this Ayatollah?

Chiming in, I certainly don't - because the Ayatollah is firmly in charge of the country. [more]

Tue Jul 21

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 8:17 PM

Re: Things are really going well . . .

I'm a bit out of date on that one. However, semiconductors are a bit different. You have to pass a test to be an operator here. I understand the test is pretty basic (and lots of people fail it!), but we need people with basic math and reasoning [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 7:52 PM

Re: Police at a DUI stop

But I'm not yet a criminal (not convicted of anything, nor apparently even accused of anything). Once I'm charged, sure. Until that time this seems questionable (at best) to me.

Or maybe I have an unrealistic view of a citizen's rights in
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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 7:26 PM

Re: Police at a DUI stop

Do I still have the right to remain silent pending consultation with an attorney? What sort of time frame do they have to let me contact an attorney? If they can just hold me inconmmunicado that would suck. And it sounds like that's what they [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:51 PM

Re: Police at a DUI stop

As a US citizen at the border are my rights suspended? I understand they get to search anything they want. But can they deprive me of knowing the charges against me? Counsel? Anything else they feel like? This piece makes it sound like they [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 4:36 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

I think the recent and current subsidies for EVs are good policy because they are intended to stimulate rapid development of key enabling technologies for a clean energy society: batteries, electric motors, and all the electronics and engineering [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 12:10 PM

Re: Ayatollah screwing Iran deal

I think it was implicit that China and Russia, not to mention Europe would not have honored the UN endorsed sanctions.

Then this was a fait accompli as soon as we sat down to the negotiating table - which again would mean that [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 11:20 AM

Re: My questions re the Iran deal

Actually, I don't expect large changes. Iranians already like Americans. Relations will be even better in 10 years.

You'll notice that your article dates back to 2008. Iranians have liked Americans for a long time. Yet that has [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 11:18 AM

Re: Ayatollah screwing Iran deal

That's all true Al. But that was true if we left the table without a deal.

What's going on now is all political.


It's always all political - that's the very essence of international diplomacy.

The key difference is [more]

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