Not sure it will happen; the CLS Shooting Brake isn't selling very well (personally I think its one of the most handsome cars on the road), so it might be a bit unnecessary, but then again they have a lot of 5-series Touring owners who might fancy an upgrade... » 7/31/14 4:34pm Yesterday 4:34pm

I actually did this calculation myself a while ago. What I'd really love to see is a zoomable visualisation of the route a point on the Earth takes as it. a. rotates, b. orbits the sun, c. orbits the galaxy, d. galaxy moves through the universe. » 7/31/14 1:43am Yesterday 1:43am

Pretty much the most absurd thing I've read on here, which is saying something. It seems to come down to "stop animals eating other animals because its icky". The initial argument is entirely anthropomorphic, and if anything, quasi-religious in its view of our "dominion over the animals". » 7/31/14 1:32am Yesterday 1:32am

If F1 doesn't attempt to be "relevant" in the modern world (which means showing at least an attempt to address environmental and safety issues) it will stop attracting race promoters, particularly in Europe, but increasingly in Asia and elsewhere. Sure, the US and the Arabs might be happy to run no-holds-barred… » 7/30/14 12:28pm Wednesday 12:28pm

Maybe, but Brazil went on for another quarter of a century as a slave state, and it wasn't the international community that ended Brazilian slavery, it was economics (although to be fair it was much easier to manumit slaves in Brazil than it was in America, so they were steadily reducing the number of slaves even… » 7/30/14 8:50am Wednesday 8:50am

Speaking as a non-American without an axe to grind; you're talking crap. Bush doubled the debt, Obama has increased it by 44%. Obama hasn't even increased the debt by more than Bush in absolute terms, never mind as a percentage. » 7/29/14 9:46am Tuesday 9:46am

BT (British Telecom) a few years ago; called to get a PUK number (a number you need to transfer broadband to another operator), after a 45 minute wait, got the Indian call centre; it was obviously the agent's first day; she panicked, said "I have to transfer you to my supervisor" instead she dropped my call. Dialled… » 7/29/14 9:11am Tuesday 9:11am

LOL. You had me right up until "when the British left". Slight underplaying of the facts there wouldn't you say? More along the lines of "when the British said, fuck this, we're sick of getting shot at and blown up by all these people just off the boat, bye." Jewish influx went from about 10% of the population in 1920… » 7/24/14 10:51am 7/24/14 10:51am

You have a loose definition of 'best'. What's the cost of living in those countries and how much taxation is there? Isn't at least some of those countries you list known for high taxes? Gee, I wonder why. I've had 2 business trips to England in the last 6 months. I've talked to my colleagues over there. They don't…

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