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    Sailing, Kayaking, Sculling, & Oyster Gardening.

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  1. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    Perhaps the EU simply needs to start turning back migrants and refugees from non-EU countries. The admittance of large numbers of migrants and refugees has fueled the rise of right-wing parties in Hungary, Austria, Sweden, and other EU countries, and also was a major factor in the Brexit vote. Admitting these people was the humanitarian thing to do and is likely to have economic benefits for countries that have a shortage of low-skilled labor, so it might be the right thing to do from a rational perspective, but it also clearly creates political problems. Another way to look at it is that there are approximately 500 million people in the EU and perhaps six times that many in Africa, the Middle East, and southern Asia. The EU isn't big enough to be the safety valve.
  2. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    I believe concern regarding Muslim immigrants was a large part of the reason for the election of Donald Trump, which was the US version of the Brexit vote. Obama made a tactical blunder by promising that the US would accept a significant number of Syrian refugees, and Hillary Clinton made a blunder by not distancing herself from the policy. This isn't to say that accepting Syrian refugees wasn't the morally right thing to do, but the election occurred at a time that ISIS, terrorist attacks, and the migrant crisis in southern Europe were in the news headlines every day. While it is true that far more Americans are killed by angry white men with guns than by Muslim terrorists, this is an awkward argument for justifying refugee policy.
  3. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    I think May is a realist. I think she fully believes Brexit is a bad idea. I think she believes she needs to make a sincere effort to implement Brexit in order to demonstrate to the voting public all the reasons Brexit is a bad idea. I think she will withdraw the Article 50 declaration at the last moment and either cancel Brexit unilaterally or call for a public vote on the matter with fairly strong assurance that Remain will prevail. Of course, I could be wrong.
  4. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    From the first link regarding Jacob Rees-Mogg: "The Tory arch-Brexiteer lashed out at the Prime Minister following yesterday’s shambles in the Commons. He said: “I think the likelihood of leaving without a Withdrawal Agreement has gone up. But I think we should aim for a managed no deal, and I have made clear and will happily reiterate – we need a new Prime Minister to do that.”" From the second link regarding Boris Johnson: "Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson on Saturday called for the government to appoint a minister to prepare for a “no-deal” British exit from the European Union in order to increase London’s leverage in talks with Brussels." They state the need to plan for a no-deal Brexit, but they are too afraid to call for a no-deal Brexit.
  5. captain_crunch

    Show your boat not sailing

    You run for president and have the misfortune to be elected. You surround yourself with crooks and incompetent boobs and watch the "fake media" expose your entire political platform as fairy tales and fraud. The special counsel comes after you for your links to Russian agents and your blackmail payments to pornographic actresses, and your life descends into a living hell with your only outlet being your daily Twitter tirade during your 5:00 AM bowel movement.
  6. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    I am not aware of any serious UK politician who has called for a no deal Brexit. The entire Leave campaign was premised on the idea that there would be an exit deal that would be favorable to the UK. Even today, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg are calling for a renegotiated deal rather than a no deal Brexit. Of course, the idea that the deal can be renegotiated is just a face-saving ploy. The EU simply can't offer better terms to the UK because it would provide incentive for other members to leave. Based on this, I would expect any new referendum to be a choice between Remain or take Prime Minister May's deal. Of course, that is the logical set of choices, and logic doesn't necessarily apply in politics.
  7. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    Not that it matters, but Switzerland has a series of agreements with the EU. Switzerland has access to the EU markets, but also allows free movement of EU citizens. One of my Greek relations is working in Switzerland.
  8. captain_crunch

    Wooden boats thread

    I wonder where Kim Holman got the idea?
  9. captain_crunch

    Wooden boats thread

    Me too. She's a big Folkboat.
  10. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    ??? You just did try to influence that decision. I recognize that no one but the Brits have the right to make the decision, but that doesn't mean I can't be standing on the sidelines screaming "DON'T DO IT!" Given that I am an American, the Brits will likely dismiss anything I say on the matter.
  11. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    This concern regarding reliance on Russia for natural gas should serve as impetus to move toward renewable energy.
  12. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    I'm an Orthodox Christian of Greek descent. I like Russians. One of my nephews is married to a lady whose parents emigrated from Russia to the United States, and one of my cousins in Greece seems about to marry a lady from Russia. After the fall of the Soviet Union, I had high hopes that Russia would become democratic and form close ties with the West. Under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, I actually thought Russia was headed in this direction, but years of economic hardship and trouble in the Caucuses led Russia down a path of nationalism and xenophobia that brought Putin to power. Perhaps a few decades of relative peace and prosperity will allow democracy to take hold in Russia, but that isn't the present situation. Putin is going to continue to engage in crony capitalism and persecute political opponents within Russia, launch disinformation campaigns against western governments, and support separatist groups in Russia's immediate neighbors. A close economic relationship with Russia under these conditions is just not going to happen. Western countries will buy oil and natural gas from Russia when the price is favorable, but that can be rationalized on the basis that Venezuela, Nigeria, and the Arab states also have problems.
  13. captain_crunch

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    It reminds me of the floating barracks that were sometimes docked at the shipyard where I used to work.
  14. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    I'm still trying to understand the logic here. The Europeans are undemocratic and can't be trusted, so the UK should put its faith in Russia? Perhaps I am taking this too seriously. Perhaps it was actually intended as sarcasm.
  15. captain_crunch

    Brexit, WTF

    The only certain thing about a post-Brexit UK is that it will be weaker both in terms of economic strength and diplomatic influence. When asked when UK citizens could expect to see the benefits of Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg replied 50 years!