We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Re "Posits", they are not a "new kind of number". They are a new representation of real number in digital format. Instead of a fixed, implementation-dependent division of mantissa and exponent bits, it adds a field that allows flexibility in the number of bits assigned to each. It allows better control of error accumulation in some calculations at the cost of needing special hardware support.
The "Spectrum" editor however, if they have one, allowed the regrettable "is comprised of" solecism to slip through into the final text. How that magazine has slipped since I was an EE!
I remember when Bush was Hitler, then McCain and Romney were both Hitler as well. Of course, then the real, literal Hitler, Trump showed up, except that at least he's not as bad as the Hitler that is Ron DeSantis. When everyone the Republicans offer - even squishes like Bush, McCain, and Romney - is Hitler, you're making Hitler the only choice and you're going to get him one of these days.
Conservatives are becoming less tame. The author of the piece left out one important piece of history: Not only did the democrats deride the Tea Party movement, but more importantly, the ‘leadership’ of the Republican Party wanted nothing to do with us. And so much of that leadership is still intact. That needs to change.
Hitler? Hitler was a product of his environment, the remains of Europe following the Great War, and everything that evolved from that. No American politician is Hitler, or is like Hitler, or even remotely RESEMBLES Hitler.
As I said, Hitler was a product of his environment, and much of his environment was Weimar. What really concerns me these days is that so much of the Democrat establishment seems to be obsessed with recreating the Weimar government of corruption, cultural rot and collapse, right here in America.
Don't want another Hitler? Don't create a new American Weimar.
What Does Fidelity to Our Founding Principles Require Today?
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
Those words were spoken by G.K. Chesterton, a Brit, in 1924. He was speaking of the British Constitution, not ours. But the words strike me as especially apt to our situation.
. . . Meanwhile, I will tell you some of what I see. A giant, unaccountable, unelected fourth branch of government that does what it wants without input or supervision from the people, and that usurps executive, legislative, and judicial power. Rights are routinely trampled. Two-track justice—one standard for friends of the regime, another for its enemies—is now the norm. Just last week a man killed with his car a teenager for the “crime” of being Republican. He’s already out on bail. Meanwhile there are still dozens of January 6 protesters in pretrial detention for ridiculous noncrimes such as “parading.”
The Justice Department, FBI, CIA—all the security agencies—are out of control in attacking American citizens. The FBI is now doing SWAT raids for misdemeanors. Earlier this month, the president of the United States gave a speech calling half the American population enemies of the state. I could go on.
If Democrats modeled their platforms on this speech, then people would stop thinking they are crazy. If Democrats gave speeches like this and campaigned on these ideas then I could consider them a good-enough alternative when a Republican is sub-par.
They cannot backup and take that stance - they are well into fascistic socialism at this point. There are 'traffic spikes' that only allow traffic to run one way... Try to back up and your tires are cancelled ;->
This would be a stupid tactic and shows the shallowness of thinking in the person behind it.
For how many things does the EU require unanimous consent from member states before proceeding? Italy could easily retaliate by voting nay on a myriad of EU issues and could hurt the EU more than the EU could hurt Italy.