D.J.P. O'Kane

D.J.P. O'Kane

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Simple - we rejoin the Commonwealth. Unionists can affirm their British roots that way, the Republic will remain an independent republic, and everyone will be happy (while still continuing to whinge). If that august body survives the present unpleasantness, that...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    And that should read "Unionist-Republican collaboration" in post 1087 above. But you know that....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    When Alliance MLA Anna Lo was hit with a lot of racist abuse (Alliance are NI's sister party of the Liberal Democrats), it was widely (universally?) condemned across the political world in NI. Martin McGuiness is the first cited here...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Actually, SF as a whole seems to have "got with the programme" where social liberalism is concerned. One of their stalwart members in the north split with them recently over the specific issue of abortion, but so far he's only...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    That should of course read "when the serious shit went down". Stupid lack of an edit button....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    You mean the wee ginger lad? Given he was only born in 1980, he can't have a played a prominent role in the days when "the serious shit down" (you could it hear it emanating from the main sewer, declaiming...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Ah yes, "Joey Kennedy", the famous Irish-Italian-American senator, notorious for his love of spaghetti with potatoes. You are, I presume, thinking of Teddy Kennedy? His role in the late unpleasantness was rather different than you seem to remember: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fresh-light-shed-on-edward-kennedy-role-in-northern-irish-peace-process-1.2372644...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I once had a Dublin taxi ride with a self-taught climate change expert (no, not a climate change denier). I'd also say that most Irish people feel that way to a certain extent: OTOH, there was that episode when Brenda...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    OK. That's one possibility. When I used to live on Candahar street, the Orange parades would sometimes go right past my front door on their way to join up with the main marches. On more than one occasion I thought...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Greg - I'm not saying it won't be bad, it will be. Just not bad in the same way it was in the bad old days. I used to be a partitionist, but I'm not any more - purely on...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    A re-run of the conflict? No. Trouble, destabilisation, even rioting - yes. But a 're-run' of 1969 - 1994 will almost certainly not happen. Too much has changed, sometimes even for the better. There's no Stormont regime anymore, for a...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "At this remove, it's hard to imagine anyone thinking Bloody Sunday was a good thing" Yeah, you'd think, wouldn't you? https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/flying-parachute-regiment-flags-a-hate-crime-says-bloody-sunday-relative-37719932.html...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Things have developed somewhat since the Afghan t-shirt incident. A big scandal of the past few months involved the revelation that at least one squaddie in the new professionals-only Bundeswehr had been collecting Nazi memorabilia. . ....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Interesting, thanks for that. Here's an article about a Kenyan school that relies on solar power: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/26/solar-roof-tiles-offer-tech-boost-for-kenyas-rural-classrooms_c1623730...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    A colleague of mine has done work on Chinese-African relations in the context of Zambia. . . she reported that in that country at least the new Chinese communities were under standing orders to get out and mix with the...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I looked it up, and the major problem that triggered the overprinting of Zim dollars, and the consequent hyperinflation, was the decision to involve Zimbabwe in the Congo war....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Got any links on that one, Troutwaxer? I ask because I have a relative who is both a climate change denier and a fervent nuclear advocate, you see. . ....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The Zimbabwean dollar hasn't existed since 2009, when the entire country went over to using the US dollar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwean_dollar Do try to keep up, there's a good chap....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Which is funny, because there ain't no such thing as a "Nobel prize for economics"....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Where I live still has sunday closing. And as you say, not only does the world not end, but people live perfectly well, and happily. And in terms of 24/7 electricity - when I was last in Sierra Leone there...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Summary: 1. Fancy-pants electric cars of the Tesla require equally fancy lithium batteries. 2. Said batteries need cobalt. . . and this is where it gets tricky. 3. A major source of world cobalt is the Democratic Republic of Congo,...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    "P.S. If Musk was a woman, he would be the super hot genius female scientist that Bond saves from the bad guys and has sex with after killing about a dozen villains." I see you've given this matter some thought....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I hate to break it to you, Charlie, but the bright shiny object that is Musk's Tesla is a snare and a delusion. It may make a few yuppies feel like they're saving the planet, and it may have some...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Canadian readers may care to speculate on the true identity of Mr. J, a seemingly positive character who looks more and more negative the closer you look at his record (though he's still better than his predecessor Mr. H). French...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The sort of infrastructure we'll need in this century and the next should centre around A)Carbon capture and sequestration, B) Algae-based biofuels, and C) Perhaps a soletta, so that a grateful humanity can singing a rousing chorus or two of...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Sounds like you need to get better friends!...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Yeah, this is why Z reminds me of L. Ron Hubbard, and Thiel could be fitted for that suit too. As this very blog has shown over the years, the idea of interplanetary colonization is essentially silly, and Z is...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I am deeply sceptical about all the stuff concerning Mr. T being a catspaw of Mr. X. The latter, whatever he may be, is no fool, and only a fool would hire T for anything. So how did T reach...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Well, that escalated quickly....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    OK. This is the final thing I will say on this subject. You're implying that the first splits in the IRA which led to the emergence of the dissident groups did not occur until the time of the Good Friday...
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