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  1. There is one at Jericho Sailing Centre that doesn't seem to do much of anything.
  2. Uber could be The Democrats undoing.

    I'm all for free markets, but the fact is at least some of the medallion owners took out loans to buy their medallions, and then they drove many, many miles just paying the interest on their medallions before they ever got into the principle. Don't forget that the low prices of taxi medallions in the 1980s was in part caused by the high interest involved in buying/earning them. The drivers who went into hock to buy them were clueless enough to think that their medallions might be their retirement nest-egg. They did all this in good faith, just as commercial fishermen buy and sell their licenses/quotas.
  3. F-35 a candidate for the Alpo Award?

    Yeah, Japan will be buying regardless of the issues. When you put it in the context of interoperability with Aegis destroyers the MSDF already has operating and in build, and the possibility of upgrading the new helicopter carrier Izumo to VTOL F-35s....the F-35 makes perfect sense for Japan even if it's stupidly expensive. If they don't have enough yen to buy 'em, they will print more. The opposition parties in Japan are in a total state of disarray, therefore Abe can go ahead with his nationalistic program for the foreseeable future.
  4. Trans Pacific Partnership

    Japan will throw chicken into the pot, that should boost the popularity of the TPP in the broiler belt. http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Japan-mulls-scrapping-most-tariffs-on-U.S.-chicken
  5. Uber could be The Democrats undoing.

    If the state has a duty to protect the property rights of its citizens, then obviously the medallion owners have an asset that the state has no right to render worthless by legislative fiat.
  6. Punch Leftists in the Mouth (Why Trump is Winning)

    I think if Trump was actually serious, he'd be setting up a blind trust right about now.
  7. F-35 a candidate for the Alpo Award?

    remember that in your province it is illegal to search for rare earths as the processes are same for searching for uranium, which is illegal. (I haven't seen an update on this policy, so I will assume it still stands) The other part is that there isn't as much activity due to it being easier to both look for and finance gold speculation. We do need rare earths and no one seems interested because the Chinese own that market. My Province-LOL, I'm from Halifax. I only live in BC out of economic necessity. I think low-cap guys could do a nice job with salvaged rare earths. However it's as you say, the money is in gold so that is where they are, as of now.
  8. F-35 a candidate for the Alpo Award?

    Is the rare earth problem so large? I think if the price was right there would be operators going into old slag heaps, scrap circuit boards, etc, to get the rare earths. They don't get the price, so they don't do that. All I'm saying is that it is still a demand side thing, and not some conspiracy on the part of Chinese miners-who can make money on rare earths by completely ignoring all the labour, safety, and environmental standards imposed on their putative competition.
  9. If your rich, truly rich, does it matter? I know of a family that has a penthouse suite in Vancouver that they use exactly two nights a year-on their way to and from their Whistler property that they use two weeks a year to ski. The point is, they do this en famille-and family is priceless whether you are rich or poor.
  10. F-35 a candidate for the Alpo Award?

    OK, I will put John Boyd on my reading list next time I get books from Alibris.
  11. Sol's Charleston Race thread resurrection

    The open carry thing didn't work out very well for this guy. How come these guys invariably have AR-15s? It's as if they don't believe in diversity or something. If I could walk around with a carbine I would go with a Winchester 1892 or a M1. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-toting-assault-rifle-at-north-carolina-mall-is-army-sergeant/
  12. F-35 a candidate for the Alpo Award?

    It will be interesting to see if Japan will upgrade their new helicopter carrier with the VTOL F-35 when they become available.
  13. F-35 a candidate for the Alpo Award?

    The Gripen is not a candidate for Canada because it's single engine. Rightly or wrongly, the RCAF considers single engine fighters unsuitable for their purposes. I'm guessing in the end the RCAF will zero hour at least some of their F18s, and take a pass on the F35. I'm quite sure Medved thinks anything Russian is the cat's pajamas, but procurement decisions can't be based on what he says.
  14. F-35 a candidate for the Alpo Award?

    No matter how capable drones are, interceptor duty is still going to require a pilot to see if the Payne is frozen over, etc.
  15. F-35 a candidate for the Alpo Award?

    I think Canada is out on the F-35 in any case. IMHO Japan, Australia and Israel should have been offered the F-22 when they actually wanted to buy it. Now they feel like they have been snookered into the inferior F-35 because of inscrutable Pentagon politics. That the F-22 was so brilliant that no one needs any more of them seems like a strange argument to me for ceasing production of the F-22. I cannot help but think that the "US only" status of the F-22 VS. "the please, please buy it" of of the F-35 is all about politics and business, and not some grand strategic calculation.