Yep. He's a Schrödinger's billionaire.
Until you collapse the wavefunction we have no idea what he is really worth - and "collapse" might be the operative term here.
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Supermarket pickers can always find the shelves empty when they reach for an item, because a customer took the last one off of the shelf just a moment earlier.
What I cannot understand is why Ocado - where there are no customers taking things from the shelves - can suddenly find they are out of stock?
"Some cats will eat dog food. A cat I had as a child didn't complain when we spilled some extra dog food and she got to snack on it."
I think you're missing the point.
A cat will eat almost anything - IF - they are stealing it.
Offer them the same thing in their own food bowl, and watch their lips curl with disdain.
"Unsurprising, as it is instability that is not in the Chinese economy's interest. They already have a problem with a property bubble that they've had to address. "
Err. They have, after a fashion, 'addressed' it, but only to apply a sticking plaster over the whole mess.
The bubble is still there and they have done nothing to fix it.
"Presidents can seemingly declassify documents without following any procedure at all. If a president wants a document to stop being classified then it just stops being. I agree with you that this is stupid but so are a lot of rules that apply to politicians."
Well no they can't.
They do indeed have the power to have something declassified, but it must still go through the laid down procedures - and that does not include waving a fairy-wand.
Indeed, for some highly sensitive material it has to go back to the originating department for them to sign off on the change.
In much the same way, Presidents can give pardons to anyone they like - no matter how venal or self-serving that might be - but they still have to go through the procedure.
Trump could not now say:
"Bye the way, I pardoned everyone involved in Jan 6th - including myself."
(Or rather he could, since that sounds just like some of his other claims.)
"She had state secrets on a public mail server under her personal control. Which got hacked, and some leaked. I'd suggest having uncontrolled access to controlled documents is actually quite uncommon. But no prosecutions for mishandling classified data."
Well, if she had taken a large van-load of highly sensitive documents with her when she left office.
Refused to return them when asked
Only returned a small quantity when faced with a subpoena - but claimed, in a written submission, that everything had been returned.
Then had her place raided, with a further large number of highly sensitive documents being found - despite the previous claims....
etc. etc. etc.
Well yes. I suppose she would have been facing some serious charges.
Odd that you didn't mention those aspects.
"sure you could operate your own email server and then explain to the supena brandishing SWAT team that you 'accidentally' erased all the emails about the share fraud/sanction busting/plan to kill the president"
No problem. Put your server on an Italian spy satellite where the SWAT team can't reach it.
"It's a shame that they felt the need to obscure what sounds like an interesting project behind that initial layer of spaff."
Writing that kind of spaff is a highly prized artform within the BBC (and other organisations too numerous to mention in this margin). It's a bit like a Han dynasty Chinese civil servant getting promotion for penning a particularly neat haiku.
"As waves are defined by ups and downs it's safe to say that the first wave is defined by the first up and down. Which are clearly over as we are unfortunately at the start of the next up.
Defining the start of the second wave."
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<Looks at "COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)" - United Kingdom - graph for Daily Cases>
Mate. This had better not just be the start of the second wave since we've just hit the highest number to date.
"Is there anyone else getting the impression the The Trump is a little unhinged. He seems to live in an alternate reality. He seems to have lost his grip on the real world. Is he going mad?
If so just what is the constitutional process for removing him from office."
Trump will simply define his mental state as "sane" - and have critics banged up in a sanatorium somewhere (costs of 'treatment' not covered by the ACA obviously).
"Sadly the USTR is not particularly interested in what's fair or even legal, as long as it protects American interests (i.e. money).
As for who's actually entitled to what, America is one of the world's most notorious rip-off artists. Just look at Disney and Apple, as two of the more prominent examples, or frankly anything in America's vast portfolio of laughable patents, or any of the supposed "create works" coming out of Hollywood or the American music industry."
I was startled to read that Waltzing Matilda is an American song.
It was Copyrighted in the US in 1941, so those criminals in Oz have been stealing this American creative product - ever since 1896.
Sort 'em out Trump!
" Many of Trump's policies are absolutely at odds with the agenda of his own party in Congress"
"Republicans may have a unified government at the moment, but they don't have a unified party."
Since no-one really knows exactly what Trump will actually do in office (his campaign rhetoric was all over the map) it may turn out to be misleading to describe Trump as a Republican.
"I don't care. I'm not voting for Trump because of facts of any sort. I'm voting for him because it's the political equivalent of pulling the pin and tossing the grenade in the china shop."
It's the political equivalent of pulling the pin and hugging that grenade closely to your chest.
" If a modern human went back in time to the time these legends were written, if they were able to communicate and if they didn't give everybody some modern-day pathogen that's lethal to the lot of them, how are you going to communicate the size of just our solar system to anybody from that era in any functional way? You'd almost have to introduce some hackneyed number like 5,000 years for it to be understandable."
Agreed. In order to grasp both the size and time aspects of the universe would require advanced mathematical understanding.
However, even today journalists are advised to avoid statements like
"30% of the population" and instead say
"three people out of ten"
Depressing isn't it?
"Oddly enough, due to the much-abused law allowing the seizure of assets purported to be used in a crime, there are quite a few cases in the US that have names along the lines of US Government v a huge pile of cash."
Suppose the pile of cash should win?
(Some might suppose this has already happened)
The SFO seem to be saying that the data they require is being sent to the US authorities & not to them.
Doesn't this really mean that the US agencies have shouldered aside the SFO because they wish to act as judge & jury on any event anywhere in the world which may impact on US interests?
Who could have imagined that this would happen?
Many of you seem to think this is about responding to terrorism, an assault on civil liberty, damage to the IT industry and all sorts of red herrings.
There's an election coming up.
Dave is getting some TV time standing next to the US President whilst looking all statesman-like.