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Nojay

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    There's an interesting deadline coming up -- Britain kinda likes to get all that democracy stuff over and done with in one go and now we're committed to holding elections for the European Parliament on 31st May which is seven...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I love that bridge! It provides so much entertainment. We have a low rail bridge on the road where I often work. It's 12 foot 9 inches clearance but confusingly it can't be seen from around the corner on the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    does anyone have some idea of the numbers on this claim? No idea. The HuffPost site wants me to open my system to their spam-rape engines and agree to lie back and enjoy it, apparently. Why don't you give us...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Yes, that's called a pump jet. The duct around the prop can be swivelled in all directions to direct the flow of water providing steering without rudders and other intrusive vanes causing drag. Reversing buckets on the ducts provide a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Modern subs don't have exposed props since they make a lot of noise, especially at speed. They use pump jets, an underwater version of aircraft turbofans....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The absolute minimum is six weeks from the Writ being issued. It can be, and usually does take a bit longer. May is PM because she's the leader of the party (with allies) that can command a majority of the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Actually well-informed speculation says that Britain and France know where the others on-station SSBN patrol and at the same time they don't know exactly where they patrol, a Heisenberg uncertainty of sorts. The patrol area for both SSBNs is a...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Part of it is that India wants to be taken seriously and have a seat at the table when any treaties about the banning of ASAT weapons is being discussed. India in the form of ISRO has a decent, if...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Parliament has stuck its snout into an affair that has traditionally been the remit of the Government, administering our relations with other nations and states and foreign institutions, because the Government has signally failed to get any kind of a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The Revoke A50 petition has just broken the 6,000,000 signatures mark (around 11:00 BST). By Mk1 eyeball the count seems to have speeded up a bit after that, I suspect some folks were trying to be the one who submitted...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    A rock dam that leaks a bit would be a simpler interim solution -- drop large rocks into the gap between Gibraltar and Morocco and keep piling them up. After the dam breaks the surface and most of the flow...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The British Parliament, at the moment, is pretty much a worked example of a proportionally-represented legislative chamber since the conventional 2-party system has broken and we now have at least a dozen Monster Raving Loony parties seated in the lower...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    May's got a simple clear objective; May wants the hardest possible Brexit. Not really. She's inflexible, rather and she was the one (literally, there was a Cabinet decision but she's in charge) who invoked Article 50 to start the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The current batch of Royals have a long history of military service, at least for the males. Even the sidekick Phil the Greek served in WWII at the pointy end. I recall George VI went into the Navy at age...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I think generally that it will be wetter and generally places that are sheltered because of wind patterns and geography today will still get more rainfall, not less. There are some hydrological downsides to higher air temps such as increased...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    as things get hotter and drier. Actually it will get hotter and wetter. Higher sea surface temperatures and higher air temperatures means more evaporation and moisture content which means more clouds and more rainfall inland. One of the warmer areas...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Why do you hate the troops? Do you want ISIL/bin Laden/Tojo (substitute Threat Du Jour) to win? Stop interfering in the sacred work of our beloved Uniform-Americans and get behind them! More money!...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    The US War Department doesn't get funding for what it needs or even what the individual segments and divisions actually ask for, they get funded for virtue signalling reasons by assorted politicians trying to convince their voters they're serious about...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Ah, another Libertoonie that thinks the Government is a "business" and needs to be held to commercial standards (Audit the Fed!). That's not how the real world works but it's a Gross Simplification, one of the factors in Dunning-Kreuger syndrome...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    A lot of British EU regulations about bendy cucumbers and such are covered by Statutory Instruments which are a crude form of end-run around Parliament by the Government, basically delegated powers used by various Ministries to set tariffs, limit operations,...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    We've got lots of nuclear power. Fossil fuels are a useful stepping-stone to any civilisation's capability to produce as much energy as it needs even for grandiose projects like interstellar travel by physical constructs. I presume any planet-based intelligent lifeforms...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    The problem with the Christian God as he/she/it/they exists todayis trilogyitis -- every iteration of the story from its creation onwards adds extra powers and extra capabilities to the main character as the threats increase in number and level. Awkward...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I mean - who poses in a photo with a wreath to commemorate dead members of Black September? (Tunisia, 2014) Jeremy Corbyn doesn't, that is pose for a photograph with a wreath to commemorate dead members of Black September. The...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Clinton could have vetoed the Glass-Steagall regulation repeal bill but it came out of Congress with a substantial bipartisan majority: "agreed to by the Senate on November 4, 1999 (90-8) and by the House on November 4, 1999 (362-57)" from...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Ten thousand bucks an hour which is why the dive operators rehearse the work to be done on land, in the deep pools, in the workshops, in the conference rooms before the boats go out and the helicopter with the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    What drugs are developed on the "public dime"? A lot of basic "this chemical has this effect on lab rats" research is done under Government funding programs but that's a lot different from a shelf-ready drug for human beings that's...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    ANd you didn't answer my point about Corbyn wanting a hard Brexit Well, because he doesn't? What he keeps saying time after time after time is to repeat the 2018 Labour Party Conference's agreed position on Brexit -- six tests,...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    1940s vintage RFNA/hydrazine, 1950s, actually. You've read the hilarious "Ignition!" book by John D. Clark after all. Before that they were using stuff like high-test peroxide (as in the British Black Arrow missile/launcher) and other odd combinations -- the bit...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You mean the three Tories who recently voted that they had confidence in the Government led by Theresa May aren't right-wingers? Colour me surprised. As for the five ex-Labour Party members, well I've only heard one of them (on the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "The Independent Group" looks like a think-tank, a comfy slot for well-connected right-wingers to gather and get paid for being well-connected right-wingers, with funding being somewhat vaporous and ill-defined. My first thought seeing images of the press conference when it...
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