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  1. Get a grip mate. I was careful to avoid getting into the whole debate as to who caused various outbursts of urban violence that America has been witnessing over the past months: who did what to whom first, is not the point I made. In fact my point credited you with an important point: many middle class urbanites- registered independents and moderate democrats alike are a[pallid by the more extreme actions of the radical left fringe who have attached themselves to BLM and other protests. The point you seem to take umbrage with is this, and I quote myself: ”The bad news
  2. Google is your friend. Just try to broaden your horizons past Breitbart.
  3. Trump’s vote amongst blacks isn’t significant. It’s like describing unicorns. However, you do hit on an important point. There are a lot of middle class independent registered voters and middle class democrats who turned out and voted for Hillary in very large numbers in the burbs of the big cities that ARE worried about the apparent radicalisation of elements of BLM. They are not tempted to vote Trump, but they may well be tempted to ‘sit this one out’. At least that’s how the Trumpisn wing of the Republican Party are trying to manipulate these voter’s sentiments. The bad news for Trump is, t
  4. Yep. Luscious isn’t it.
  5. The polls that really matter are the ones that show Trump still polling (whether it be regarding his approval ratings or voting intentions) in the mid to low 40% range. He’s done that for the last 5 years and he can bank on 28% of that translating into actual votes. That, coupled with the electoral college bias and the febrile nature of non Republican’s voting habits makes him a very formidable opponent. Biden could literally poll 10 points ahead on election eve, win the national vote On Election Day by 5%, yet still lose the electoral college and hence the presidency.
  6. You didn’t do logic do you? Look up patent law. A quick google search should suffice. The key issue is demonstrating an ‘inventive step’. Latimer could and his step was a game changer. He invented the light bulb that mattered in history. The proper historical parallel is with the role Tim Berners-Lee played with the internet: he invented the World Wide Web (but not web-nets themselves). Another parallel is with the iPhone and iPad. Steve Jobs developed and brought each to market, but Jony Ives invented each device.
  7. The most recent Nevada poll I could find was published on 12 September - two days before this comment a day before Trump’s rally. It has Biden ahead By 4 points - 46-42. Trump’s people like to rally. I’m not sure that is a true indication of a state wide vote. However, In my view he will also have very little problem getting out the same 28% of the enrolled voters he got last time: ‘the base’ is super reliable and they vote. Many of these folk live in the urban fringes, small towns and rural areas of the seven states that are most likely to decide the election. That’s gives him a formidab
  8. The Nobel peace prize was irrelevant and embarrassing as soon as it was created. Same as the Nobel Prize for Literature and Economics. The only creditable Nobel prises are the scientific ones.
  9. I’m late to this little debate. As noted by others above the bloke Biden was referring to was Lewis Latimer. I note that the fact checking website Snopes rated Biden’s claim as ‘mostly false’: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/biden-black-man-invented-lightbulb/ However, if you actually read Snopes’ facts it seems pretty clear to me that Biden’;s claim is actually ‘mostly true’. One should never underestimate the role of Thomas Edison developing technical innovations, he is a true giant of the 19th and early 20th centuries. But (and there is a big but here) his role - at le
  10. Andrew #1

    Le Tour 2020

    Yep. This. Also another reason that I was surprised that no one went for the road bike-clip on combination on Saturday night.
  11. Andrew #1

    Le Tour 2020

    “A road bike with aerobars is a compromise on both the flat and hilly sections. Not as aero on the flat and still heavier on the climb.” The parcours of ‘the flat’ sections were pretty lumpy. In fact they remind me of the course used at the 2005 TDF when Armstrong used 80MM Bontragers that weighed 1400 grams. So I reckon that something like Zips Z3 on the front at Z4s on the back would be aero enough and come in at about 1150 grams or less for the wheel set - light enough to skip up the final climb. Having a specially manufactured light weight handlebar set up catering for only 3 p
  12. Andrew #1

    Le Tour 2020

    My old coach, Mark Newton (now owner of Jet Cycles in Sydney) reckoned TT bike technology was such that you’d pick a TT bike on every course bar a genuine mountain TT. That was 15 years ago and bike technology has been through several evolutions since then BUT that technology relates to both road and TT bikes. Top end road bikes in particular seem to be very tidy (no brake cables, disc brakes, aero speed tubing etc). Given that Santiago Bortero (that’s a blast from gathering past) could beat Armstrong in 2 x ITT’s at the 2002 TDF on his road bike with clip ons, surely a modern road bike w
  13. Andrew #1

    Le Tour 2020

    Curious about the choice of bikes. Many riders going with a TT bike - change to road bike at the base of the climb approach. Others are sticking to a TT bike all the way. Even before the final climb the TT course is pretty lumpy And I’m surprised that a few riders haven’t gone for a single bike - albeit a hybrid set up: an aero road frame, but seat position slightly forward. Something like a 808-404 wheel combination: road base bar and extended clip-on aero bars. Something that weighs under 7kg, but is still pretty clean and slippery.
  14. Andrew #1

    Le Tour 2020

    Sometimes wearing bib and brace nicks are ... inconvenient ...
  15. Andrew #1

    Le Tour 2020

    Chapeau to Lopez. Pretty much puts paid to Porte finishing on the podium, but without that 100 second time loss on the wind stage he’d be right in it still. That said the 3 strongest riders are in positions 1 to 3, so I can’t complain to much about porte’s luck. It is good to see Richie put together a complete 3 week GC ride in a grand tour. It’s such a shame that he’s had such rotten luck over the past 5 years. He’s now on the wrong side of 35 and taking up a domestique contract next year. Which I think is a big mistake. While I think he’s too old and just not good enough to win the TDF
  16. Andrew #1

    Le Tour 2020

    Apparently. It’s amazing how some folk are willing to engage in wishful thinking. A bit like the travel agent industry / liberal party donors demanding that labor states open up so that we can learn to live with the virus, just like they do overseas. That’s going fabulously well at the moment in France, Sweden, Israel etc etc. But I digress. carry on chaps.
  17. Apparently Ross Edgley - the guy who swam around Great Britain a couple of years ago - has also everested ... doing a rope climb ...
  18. Andrew #1

    Le Tour 2020

    OK. Perhaps not a pipe dream any more. Fingers crossed for a large dollop of good luck to come Richie’s way for a change.
  19. Another drama filled race last night. I ended up staying up until the second red flag stoppage, and only watched the ended highlights for the last 20 odd laps after the restart this morning. A few observations. Margello is a cracking race track. That natural amphitheatre between those two lines of rolling Tuscan hills is spectacular, as is the seemingly never ending succession of high speed corners. The really good news is that the positive camber of both the sweeping hairpins at each end of the main straight made overtaking very possible, especially with DRS. That was due to (i) t
  20. Andrew #1

    Le Tour 2020

    It would be great if Richie finished top 3. Such a shame about that windy stage when he lost about 80 seconds. With one TT stage he could still challenge for the podium. I hope.
  21. Lols. I might get me one of those T-Shirts. Of course, neither the initial left kink or the sweeping right hander up to the crest really should be Eau Rouge or Raidillon because on the old circuit Eau Rouge was a proper ~70 degree left turn once across the bridge over Eua Rouge creek and Raidillon was a climbing right hand hairpin. If you take a look at the overhead shots of the video I posted above one can clearly see the outline of the old left-right combination, which was pretty awesome in its own right, if not as terrifying as the current configuration.
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