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Interestingly, there was a competent escape the same day - the Comte de Provence, later Louis XVIII, made it successfully to the Austrian Netherlands with his wife, having taken the option of using a light, fast carriage that Louis XVI declined. Louis's other brother, the Comte d'Artois (the future Charles X) was already outside of France, having left on 17 July 1789 in reaction to the Bastille.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on 3.18- The Flight to Varennes at Revolutions
One way of looking at the lump of labour fallacy is that the amount of employment is proportional to the amount of consumption, so adding people won't affect the unemployment rate, as you're adding consumers at the same rate as workers. Having established that consumption is proportional to employment, we find that the ratio is determined by productivity - if one person's consumption can be filled by less than one person's labour, then not everyone will be employed - initially, improvements in productivity allow people to retire, children to extend their education and working weeks to drop, but, eventually, you have to either increase consumption (which, you may have noticed, we're not doing because pcGDP isn't growing) or you have to increase unemployment. The fact is that there aren't enough jobs to go around. Wouldn't society be much healthier if work was a choice? People who don't want to work would stop trying to get jobs, so people who do want to work would face less competition, making it easier to get one.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2013 on The problem of workshyness at Stumbling and Mumbling
I think there's a big difference, not just in the mens rea of the reckless tackle and the deliberate biting, but also in the risk-acceptance of the victim. When you go onto a football pitch, there is a chance you could be fouled, a risk you have chosen to accept. If you get bitten, then that's completely outside the basis of the game. In my opinion, the question is not the sporting penalty that should be applied, but the criminal one. A reckless tackle is part of the game. There's an agreed, accepted sporting penalty; the victim consented. Biting isn't. It's entirely outwith the game. It belongs in the criminal courts as a charge of Assault occasioning actual harm. Given the circumstances, he'd get some sort of community order (it's category 3, as it's neither that much damage, nor premediated, and he has quite a lot of mitigation being a first offender, etc) Mens rea is normally a question of three parts: culpability (premediated-intentional-knowing-reckless-negligent-accidental), responsibility and depravity; Suarez is more depraved than the reckless tackler, and thus the mens rea is higher, he's also more culpable, being intentional, and more responsible, as a reckless tackle is relatively unlikely to break a leg, where a bite is pretty certain to remove part of someone's ear.
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2013 on On disgust at Stumbling and Mumbling
That still makes you look creepy as hell. Poor Michele.
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This amounts to "Vote Blue, get Brown".
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Cameron could push PR through as a concession with an argument something along the lines of "we give them PR and we get X Y Z in return" - or even the argument of Disraeli in 1867 - that Tory PR would "dish the Whigs" (well, Labour, in this case).
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2010 on Tonight's polls at thetorydiary
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Adam Boulton was the guy who threatened to empty chair any leader that didn't turn up; if the debate did it, then Boulton did the debate.
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Remind your mole that they didn't actually register wilwheatonstinks.com .org and .net and they will probably be porn sites if they don't.
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I know you're commenting on Cory Doctorow as the starter of DRM-free e-books, but there's a pro publisher doing it too - been doing it for a few years as well: Baen Books. It's been so successful that they've spun off the e-publishing bit to a separate business at http://www.webscriptions.net/ and, as far as I can tell, they do all the nasty work with ebook formats so your book looks nice on every device going, and they are happy to deal with small indie publishers, too - they have several up there.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2009 on just paint what you see at WWdN: In Exile
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