Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Er, no, they don't - more like half a dozen :-) Of course, only two are in common use nowadays....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    No, that's personalising it. It's corporations, as in "no body to kick and no soul to damn", and similar organisations. Also, how would you tell the difference between a modern 'bot and a Trump/Brexit voter, at the other end of...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    No, the normal reason doesn't explain what happened - that is precisely my point - and we don't know exactly what did. The first link that Ioan posts summaries the genetic situation, so it remains puzzling that so many place...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    As I said. Almost all the people who follow such feeds do so because they are already favouring the viewpoint - that is well known - so it will have influenced only tens of thousands (at most, perhaps only thousands)....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    What is so carefully ignored is that is evidence for no more than the usual background noise - yes, OF COURSE, the Russians are operating cyberwarfare, but the USA, UK and Israel are notorious for doing that, and have been...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Indeed. While the difference between the true Imperial and metric inch is piffling for almost all purposes, it would make a significant difference to the aerospace industry :-)...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    That's a given, but not my point. The normal pattern from invasions is that the conquering males take some of the local women as wives, concubines, nurses etc., which is what the genetic evidence indicates. Because children are brought up...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    In most invasions, very few of the conquered people are killed directly by the invaders (there are, of course, exceptions), so 2% is a very plausible figure, anyway. There are a zillion other reasons to be sure the Anglo-Saxon invasion...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Not for ages, though I am one of those that regretted decimalisation. Back in the days of pounds, shillings (and florins), pence and farthings (*) and no pocket calculators, the arithmetic abilities of the man in the street were incredible...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I don't watch television much, because it's too hard to hear. But, assuming that he baved as you say, I would call him delusional - he doesn't have enough power for it to be megalomania....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Actually, there were LOTS of graves and well-documented slaughters, by the vikings, which were about half of the 'anglo-saxon' invasion (see below). The southern germanic invasion seems to have taken a different form, but was most definitely an invasion, and...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Er, no, not even remotely. There is strong genetic and linguistic evidence for the 'anglo-saxon invasion', amounting to proof. We don't know exactly what form the invasion took, and it was more generally germanic than anglo-saxon, but it assuredly happened....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    That is neither true nor what I said. There is no evidence that he is any more megalomaniac than most people, and I didn't say that he shouldn't face trial in Sweden. I was explaining why he behaved as he...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    There are two good reasons to use the terms of the time when referring to historical events - the main one is to avoid confounding successors with their predecessors (e.g. Russia and the USSR or Great Britain and England). That...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    What you and other people miss is that Assange always was a bit mentally disturbed - not quite a paranoid sociopath, but well along that spectrum. He provided evidence for why he believed that Sweden would extradict him (I can't...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The Independent has gone badly downhill since it downsized, and that is an example. That is total bollocks. Yes, I know that Vladimir Putin is the Emmanuel Goldstein of our time, but the fault lines have been well-known and much...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I take the corrections, but there is more to it than that. Even the New Statesman article noted that the prosecutor declined Assange's offer to return in a few weeks - which is perfectly reasonable for someone who left the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It's wrong, anyway. His offence was jumping bail to avoid extradition for being questioned about a possible sexual offence - there was no charge laid against him at the time. One of the many irregularities that makes his story plausible...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Yes. The danger is real, but the hysteria doesn't help. That's true of other things, like asbestos, too....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Yup. I have been treated with calomel. Mercury has a bad reputation, but it isn't as nasty as is made out - IF used appropriately. Using it for topical treatment of fungal skin infections was and is quite sensible....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Sorry, but most of that is mistaken. Look up Javid on the Koteys for the death penalty - and, in the Brexit arena, our subservience is only increasing. The USA will treat us as the vassals we are. And it...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yes, but I am afraid that his fears will turn out to be real, and he will be extradited to the USA on a non-political charge (hacking), but further ones will be created as soon as he gets there, and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    They shot their bolt in December, so can only do that by crashing the government, hard, and are still (just) sane enough to realise that could end their political careers. There is no time for a second referendum, because May...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    No, they could be 15 times bigger - not the initial ones, but those that happen when the government fucks up the handling of the initial demonstrations, and riles the disaffected and desperate in other ways. People forget that Bloody...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yes. If we get a deal, especially hers, we shall have two more years' like the last, followed by another debacle like this. Barnier has my deepest sympathies. If we don't, and any of the Moggies, Maniacs or neo-Bliars get...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    As Thurber said, you may as well fall flat on your face as lean too far over backwards. Going to extremes is almost always harmful. And congratulations!...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Marie Brennan has some good dark stories 'following' conventional fairy stories....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "Oddly, if anything, the tendency towards demonization of an out group is, if anything, more pronounced among my more progressive friends." Substitute colleagues and aquaintances for that, and I agree, though I would put 'progressive' in quotes. It is the...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I like Ike. Unfortunately, our current warmongers, monetarists and so on are too bigoted to be affected when you quote him (or Churchill) at them, despite them idolising those two....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I like the fact that your post immediately followed Bill Arnold's - I can easily see military auditors either praying to or cursing the goddess of mirages and shimmering heat :-)...
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