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  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    does the tarot work? Define "work," having regard of the generally accepted meaning of "the tarot works." (Less short and snarky: the tarot - among other things - may or may not be useful ways to start prying at metacognition...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    In my experience Ireland's topped out at four, three times - though there's no actual limit bar sanity. - Council, European Parliament, President, constitutional amendment referendum -Council, European Parliament, Dáil by-election, constitutional amendment referendum - Council, European Parliament, two constitutional...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    My suggestion from that time was to tell anyone from HK that they were welcome to live in one part of Britain ... NI Would have given the various christian murdering thugs loose then some pause. Would have done ......
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    Ok, but what are "Harga" and "Dibbler"? https://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Sham_Harga https://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Cut-Me-Own-Throat_Dibbler...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    There are very few politicians whose primary goal is to make flyover state voters happy. (Almost all of them are elected by flyover state voters.) That coming to the attention of US foreign policy is the same category of event...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    The Irish government is a rich seam of stupid, for anyone who needs a break: the other obvious ongoing example is - through previous scandal, several applications of "it'll probably be fine" thinking, and general eejitry - needing the Vatican's...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    He may not be The Mandate, but I always think of Warren Ellis' Smiler for some unknowable reason:...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Wrong here. *deletes ungenerous muttering about Americentrism; it's been a long day* (https://www.bai.ie/en/media/sites/2/dlm_uploads/2018/09/Rule27_ElectionGuide_vFinal_English.pdf, page 10.)...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    You're not allowed report exit polls until voting closes here. OTOH, we vote under the PR-STV system so counting has such inherent drama the count coverage the next day is essentially TV sports for politics nerds....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    'SRS is an inappropriate term'. I actually did try to do some reading last night, because I was stuck awake and unable to sleep, to try to discover the rationale for this view That many trans people would quite like...
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    *Busts out the "words mean things" rant, calling-Idris-Elba-African-American version*...
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    that same neologistic recasting of the meaning of 'gender' A supposition: that neologism is in fact a contraction - the 'new' meaning aligns with that of "gender identity," so I suspect what's happened is the standard "that's awkward to say/too...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    And cue my sadly-well-practiced "remember, trans people exist" routine: no Y chromosomes doesn't mean no men. OTOH, it does mean a lot *fewer* men, so let's not reject it prematurely......
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neighbours_theme_song...
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    *much deleted swearing and death threats* There's earworming, there's musical crimes against humanity, and then there's what you just pulled. (:-P, just in tone doen't carry.)...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    ...have you never lived or worked in an area with a Big House/Big Employer/local equivalent? The loyalty engendered can be baffling. (The example that comes to mind was a big employer that went bankrupt, was convicted of attempting to hide...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    There's stuff like Ferrock out there right now, which while not a magic bullet is better CO2-wise than cement; the problem is that it's a new entrant in a risk-averse market against an extremely well understood competitor, so it needs...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Possibly violating my own rule about inventing new tech, but one wonders if it's possible to create a benevolent version of Cambridge Analytica, to influence a lot of people at low cost. I'd suggest there's a category error here, in...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    1% chance of dying in any given year sounds like the very first thing I should optimize away. Take the first few years to turn my wealth into influence and corporations that nobody can extract value from by merely having...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Those two electoral maps are 99 years apart, for anyone curious....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    To your second conjecture - Fermanagh and South Tyrone are the big changes, but IIRC (and dave_the_proc please tell me if I'm being an eejit - here, or about the whole topic) they're a swing constituency anyway: I haven't found...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Contrast that map with this:...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The thing I only internalized recently and has regularly caused total bogglement ever since; in 1841 These Islands' population was ~24 million, split 2/3 Great Britain and 1/3 Ireland. Maybe some parts of the relationship haven't caught up with the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    There may have been some... let's say directed reasoning... behind which were cut in Northern Ireland. Overlay the gaps in the map with what areas return what party's MPs:...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    A GNU sounds attractive, but it's very hard to imagine any leader of it who could command both Labour back-benchers and the (notoriously unrebellious) Tory rebels. *cough* :-P...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    My impression is that he's a comedian using his schtick to play a demogogue on TV I suspect you're half right; per Martin Rowson's "PG Wodehouse bollocks" story, among others, he is absolutely doing it on purpose (I can't remember...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Discussions of Ireland's quote-unquote neutrality tend to forget how driven by the domestic politics of the time it was. The Economic War was only over a year and the anti-Treaty IRA was still out there, bombing England and in contact...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I'd also argue the Democratic politicians should just drop gun control - leave it to the states. Counterpoint: Chicago. Illinois does its best to regulate guns, but Indiana and its gun laws are right next door......
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I've had Stiff Little Fingers' "White Noise" in my head the last couple of days, can't possibly think why... :-)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I would strongly suggest you not treat someone calling someone a tout - straight up trying to get them killed, in the wrong time and place - as "a friendly warning." And this is the second time they've done it...
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