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  • Commented on Story time!
    Guineas, of course, are still used to this day. (The price paid in many livestock auctions is in guineas. Nowadays a guinea is £1.05; as soon as the animal is knocked down the buyer knows they're paying X guineas, the...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I need to ask: what was up with Tony Stark, the genocidal maniac who everyone thinks is a good guy because after making billions being the bad guy he repents? I refer the honourable correspondent to Andrew Carnegie of Carnegie...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    There simply is NO majority in the House for a "no deal" Christ's sake, Greg. You keep saying this. Try listening to the people telling you it's irrelevant sometime....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    To disambiguate: David, paws means these. Well, 4-way versions of same. :-)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    [Assange] is charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, aka hacking. It's not something that can be protected the First Amendment's Free Press clause. If Assange were a bona fide reporter for the BBC or the New York...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Comparing Daniel Ellsberg to Assange seems wrong; Assange published the documents. Manning was the one who exfiltrated them. And Manning has served time for doing so - and, indeed, is back in jail at least partly on a principled objection...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Her. Come on, folk....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    it may be that the EU has realized that there would be advantages to having the UK in the EEA or just as a rulestaker in the single market Yes. Preserving something approaching the status quo in Northern Ireland. Which...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    She. Her. Don't be that asshole....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Uh, no. Chelsea Manning is jailed indefinitely for refusing to testify in front of a secret grand jury....investigating Wikileaks and/or Assange....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The only objection that I would have to using this as a description of the unification of the British Isles into a single state is that the First World War is too late. I would pick 1802, the date of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I think the only time there was serious tension was when those who joined up to fight in WW2 returned home to find the government doing its best to prevent them from getting jobs I thought the offical repression was...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    the Irish refused the treaty of Nice and the Treaty of Lisbon [...] Referendum are now to be avoided or if you can't avoid to be ignored (see the treaty of Lisbon as a classic example of this). Oh, fuck...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Mobile phones can be easily switched to work peer to peer. While true, and while the whole tangent is fascinating, it spun off from a mistake. The weapon in Rwanda was not radio, it was the radio - commercial radio...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    So to extrapolate that: a hard Brexit might well be followed by something similar to the WA; the UK needs to survive (literally) and the EU could use the money and much prefers not to seize it from UK's assets...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "Displaced incumbency", well, the Glorious Revolution is the least violent version Going and having your war of succession in a colonial territory does not make a transfer of power bloodless, alas....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The last election is the first time they ever won the Belfast South Westminster seat, IIRC, so I suspect it wouldn't be the kind of heartland loss that would speak to the DUP....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Never mind not having to post guns from a Second Amendment jurisdiction to the soldiers of the Cause, it'd be interesting* to see if the revanchist ex-NORAIDers are more tightly wrapped in the Stars and Stripes or the Tricolour. *terrifying...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Charlie, is there a "disqualified for being too close to reality" category here? (Alternate reaction: Boris, please quit reproducing your columns in other peoples' comment sections.)...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    A comparison from which I draw no strong conclusions, being a scholar of neither author: John Wyndham published Trouble With Lichen three years before Heinlein published Podkayne. (And if you ever want to see how far Wyndham had to come...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    there's a definitively non-null chance of the "case law" judicial principle not surviving an EU re-entry (it caused no end of grief in just about every working group, and also: this is the *21st century*, not A Glorious Empire...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Bugger. Thanks for the correction....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The systems in other English-speaking countries are much the same, by inheritance I suppose. *bzzzt* unthinking Anglocentrism, zero points, go to the back of the class. New Zealand has never had a non-coalition government, one of Australia's federal parties is...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Or: "maybe we shouldn't keep doing the same thing and hoping for different results."...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    With respect to stockpiling food... excepting people with certain medical problems, and assuming some ability to make hot/warm water, rice and beans provide all of the proper amino acids for proteins. Augmented with vegetables or multivitamins they can keep you...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    But if it's the UK, well, they're going to have a lot of explaining to do, to make the case that it is moral failings on the part of the UK. You don't think "They joined as the sick man...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    A reminder that the UK got a bit bigger at the end of the 18th century - and that most of the gain was agrarian - might be in order. :-)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    A lot of organising work? Not really, because that can follow the initial unrest, if it is mishandled, thus adding more grievances and tangible causes to those existing. An example was in Northern Ireland. When the disorder started (1968...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    A local allotment society would not change its rules on a 50% +1. All the legal precedent "citrine" etc are pretty clear that a major constitutional changes should be 2/3 or 75% The Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland's...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    So why was so much food imported, then?...
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