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  • Commented on London Bridge
    Goats and their life-supporting and landscape-reshaping abilities are made fantastic use of in the second volume of Rosemary Kirstein's Steerswoman books, which are indecently good - and the less I tell you about them the better the experience reading them...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Which is something I've been wondering about. What separates places like West Germany, Japan and South Korea from places like Russia and the above? Is it chance? Timing? There's a Keynesianism/Friedmanism change in the economic theory behind some of the...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    However, I think, and you Heteromeles have been a big part of me thinking this way, thanks, that if we want to keep passing at least some of the nice bits of the culture we have to the future generations,...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I think the dispute here may be whether slavery was a necessary precondition for the industrial revolution to happen. That discussion may be ongoing, but that's not the reply-chain I was responding to....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    If I understand history correctly, the claim that Britain dominated two continents (presumably the Americas) is wrong. They dominated northern North America, and parts of the Caribbean As others have pointed out, you managed to leave out "the jewel in...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    The Lumper is recorded in Ireland in 1808, and Christine Kinealy and Cormac Ó Gráda have it as introduced from Scotland (I can't find where they got that supposition, though), so presumably someone was growing it. Is that sudden uptick...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    It seems unlikely that at this late date one could be assured that NO capitol connected with the slave trade was ever invested in the various enterprises of the industrial revolution We explicitly know otherwise: there are records of recipients...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    In Ireland (the Republic of) it means a supporter of Sinn Fein, the main left-wing party (as opposed to Fine Gael and Fine Fael, two splinters of the original independence party). So of course the conservatives would use it as...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    FWIW it seems that a lot of farm machinery is already "power unit with accessories" so shipping machinery might be less hassle than it sounds. Especially if cutting heads can be swapped in so "the same" combine can do maize...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    She's making unsupported assertions and not telling us her area of expertise except by implication. [...] I haven't done as deep as dive as I could have, but slaves in the U.S. were definitely used as securities for loans. From...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Exactly. A couple of examples....
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    What I find surprising both from the Russians and commentators here is the utter lack of surprise in the Russian invasion and lack of comment here CNN have been reporting on troops massing near the Ukraine border since almost exactly...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    As for the Ukranian tanks and their lack of operational visibility in Western press reports, I figure the Ukranians are well aware that a few hundred modern tanks pushed forward are going to engage with Russian attack helicopters and Russia's...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    I give you the Vespa 150 TAP anti-tank scooter....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    The only online citations I can find for the Angry Brigade being responsible are in the metadata of a photo on Scran.ac.uk and Stuart Christie's memoir - and given no less an authority than Her Majesty's Judiciary said he wasn't...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    The reason that neither PIRA nor UVF carried out any other attacks in Scotland, is that it contained a lot of support and infrastructure That's partly why I asked; the IRA is not known to have carried out any attacks...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Why are [..] TickTock starting to rise despite the fact that they have no new technologies compared to their established peers? Because TikTok's established peer - precursor, really - was acquired and shut down by Twitter about a year prior...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    PIRA bombed in in the early 1970s, trying to kill the lone piper at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo I thought who was responsible for that one was unknown? PIRA had a longstanding objection to attacks in Scotland, so if it...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Thanks for that; I missed it on first read-through....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    The potato famine period that started in the mid-1840s covered most of Europe, it wasn't just a case of "the Redcoats a'stealin' all of our potatoes oh" but the Oirish do like to blame someone other than themselves for all...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    cooked first in the skillet (same word?) Frying pan, at least in my dialect....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Paws4thot's point is that right-Pondian English doesn't differentiate between parts of the plant; see Tesco's opinion on what 'coriander' means....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_the_Irish_state https://www.her.ie/news/maternity-expert-says-every-pregnancy-is-affected-by-the-8th-amendment-404854 Google has far more patience than I, Greg, and there's reams of stuff about abortion and the 8th - it's almost like it had to be explained to a whole country, or something....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Actually your reply strongly suggests that neither of us actually know/knew what the then law in S Ireland actually said or was interpreted, or how a court would view it. Greg, we're on the internet. It's not hard to find...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The then Irish constitution actually allowed Savita to have had an abortion No Greg, it didn't. Pro-lifers have argued the 8th allowed for abortion, in that so-familiar "deserving cases are allowed and if they weren't allowed clearly they aren't deserving"...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The Magdalene Laundries scandal dented & made small cracks in the Black Crows dominance of Ireland, but it was the death of one woman that finally did it, & did their rule in. You keep saying this. Why? Because I...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Sorry to say, it is - Amazon owns Goodreads....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Just wondering why this fundamental stuff (nuts, bolts, screws, etc.) hasn't been updated to/with 21st century tech. The facetious answer is because you're often screwing them into 20th (and sometimes 19th) century tech. (Also everything Moz says about 3D printers,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Republic of Ireland: 3 year war of independence a century ago, a full democracy* today (cf the USA, a flawed democracy) ...skipping blithely over that whole Civil War bit. Soldiers tying tortured prisoners to land mines, anyone? If you grant...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Because what we want is police having millions of hours of bodycam footage to feed to machine-learning algorithms trained to recognise "criminality" (defined however the designer/owner/law enforcement system defines it)....
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