Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    British Imperial or American Imperial? Seriously, I've heard a fair number of Americans refer to their measurement system as being Imperial units, whether from ignorance or an assertion that America is an imperial power these days....
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    The extradition treaty between the U.S. and U.K. does not allow the extradited party to be charged with anything other than the charges upon which that party was extradited. If I were in Assange's shoes I wouldn't trust the US...
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    Individuals responsible were complaining about excessive bureaucracy when sentenced. If you haven't read it already, I recommend Deborah Blum's book The Poison Squad about the battle to create food safety regulations in the face of industrial and political assertions...
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    Apparently not all drivers licenses are considered valid for getting on planes in the US. Something about needing a star in one corner? Saw the headline a couple of days ago… Ah, here's a reference: https://www.amexglobalbusinesstravel.com/the-atlas/drivers-license-meet-tsa-standards/ So, by "Real ID"...
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    There is a big thing about "making a contribution to society" which is defined as being identically equal to paying tax, specifically income tax, VAT and other indirect taxes being ignored; this is used to demonise both benefit claimants and...
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    At which point people get the message and do the flash-mob thing without their phones, or with them turned off and in faraday purses....
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    You're going to suggest that, just pulling an example out of my hat, the British Empire had no legitimacy? One of my old colleagues, from India, didn't recognize it except as a conquering power. Powerful, but not legitimate....
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    Although young people do seem wedded to their phones, they also use desktop computers to access social media (which has been used to coordinate flash mobs etc.) I'm not convinced that the government could/would shut down cell phones let alone...
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    Machetes and clubs, but also the radio. It's a good thing the UK doesn't have an extensive system of private radios that would allow someone to coordinate a flash mob to attack a target, isn't it?...
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    Also useful (about Trump): Commander in Cheat by Rick Reilly First chapter here: https://www.salon.com/2017/08/02/commander-in-cheat-trump-regularly-cheats-at-golf-exaggerates-his-handicap/...
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    Also, it could easily just have moved the problem to USA. And there's a counterfactual for nightmares. An American form of fascism (the Silver Shirts, say) with a eugenics agenda but backed by the American economy and resources. Randy: maybe...
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    But turning a first world country into an OFCM More common than you might think. https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/legalizing-theft Frank mentioned the City of London. In the US you have Delaware. Canada's doing a pretty good job at sheltering offshore wealth (and not...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-trump-incitement-violence/ Although I'll note that anyone who trusts Trump to keep an agreement (such as paying legal fees) is just asking to be disappointed....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?"...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Isn't there a limit on how many times Parliament has to say "no" before it sticks?...
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    Totally serious. I'd first heard the series described as "modern horror", which I think influenced how I viewed it when I skimmed a bit of the first novel in a bookshop (and put it back on the shelf). The recording...
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    butte flow into the Med NET flow into the Med. No idea what typo led to that autocorrect mistake…...
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    And there's the question of how much fresh water flows into it every year, so it would probably need to be pumped out anyway. The Mediterranean is a concentration basin. This means that more water evaporates than flows in from...
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    #160 - "Halting State", or possibly "Rule 34" for me. That said I do understand Charlie's reasons for not wanting to do "Liz Cavanagh 3" until UK politics settles a bit. I quite liked Halting State, didn't like Rule 34....
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    Kipling, Verne, Wells, a few others. Not much compared to modern stuff. When I was a teenager I preferred Lord of the Rings to The Hobbit because it had more details, but I haven't read LotR in decades while I'm...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    So the question is, do you defend the White Race by killing your own grandchildren? Demonstrably, yes. Historically slaveowners sent their own children down the river, knowing what their (short) lives would be like. Read The American Slave Coast for...
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    I really never liked The Hobbit book. It seemed juvenile, even when I was. It was a bedtime story, intended for a young boy. Episodic and a bit rambling, perfect for quieting a 7-year-old down for the night....
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    I didn't watch the movie itself, but the--what was it, 18?--hours of behind-the-scenes stuff where they went into detail on how they made the movies. That was golden. I liked the bits about the props. Wasn't so keen on the...
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    Goodness as an inherent property? That makes no sense — it's not even logically consistent. Surely goodness is what you do: you are 'good' because you behave in a good fashion. I never studied philosophy much — read a couple...
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    I suspect a big part of the problem right now in the US is a desire to guarantee white grandchildren. Sigh. None of my grandnieces are "white" by the US definition, and I couldn't love them any more if they...
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    So you think his bone spurs don't bother him anymore?...
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    Well, I've just signed. I note that this petition has a wider scope than the original vote, which didn't let me vote because although I have British citizenship I don't live in Britain....
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    Alberta politics is driven by oil, which captured the government a few generations ago. Not to mention a resentment-shading-to-hate of "the East" (ie. the rest of Canada) and a desire to get their own back....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I was thinking of Eisenhower. https://www.npr.org/2011/01/17/132942244/ikes-warning-of-military-expansion-50-years-later...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Wasn't there a former general turned politician who warned about that? Someone who was rather popular back in the mythical time of American Greatness?...
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