Damian

Damian

  • Commented on I can't even
    France, for example, in 1789 It does seem that solution isn't available today, for both good and bad reasons. I think a current nation state technically could enact it via covert operations, but a new revolutionary one probably could not....
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    Similar effect in Queensland IIRC, Labour there had the nice lady saying "we won't privatise absolutely everything" Well as much as the ALP formed out of the Queensland shearers' strikes of the 1890s, in Queensland it's been tied up with...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Some day "tax haven" and "pariah state" are mainstream synonyms, but we all live surrounded by an ideological bubble that makes seeing them as synonyms appear niche....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    The other noticeable thing about Trier, even to someone as far away as me, albeit relatively involved in the history of the region, is that it's right in the centre of the crotch of the blue banana. So any history...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    To me it's the ability of various people to conceptualise rates of change, or not, as it happens, that seems to be the main problem. Both in terms of sudden, severe changes in climate and in terms of changing the...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    The only thing he got wrong was that he made the gardens too small. That's the point, really, isn't it? The fields have to be outside the defensible curtain wall, otherwise (1) there's not enough space to grow enough to...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I vaguely remember at least a couple of detailed discussions here about clouds. The main trigger was when, a handful of years back, it could be as recently as 2018 or 19, the first climate model of the PETM that...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    I am surprised to see it being proposed here, but I suppose that I should have expected that by now :-( Paraphrasing Machiavelli: if you must do someone serious harm, then you must destroy them utterly, including their heirs and...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    A Canticle for Leibowitz Aha, that's the other title I was trying to remember! I found the Dick/Zelanzy collaboration in a similar mode, realised that wasn't it and stuck with Stephenson....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    modern day (and not religious) version of a monastery to preserve the books Isn't that a Neal Stephenson story? Is the requirement really a cloistered compound with a wall around it? I can see a use case for when you...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    That's how far to the right mainstream UK politics has drifted. The good old neoliberal ratchet, it seems. Doesn't appear to be inevitable, but it's definitely a thing....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    IIRC not mentioned in any contemporary writing I don't think Landels mentions it, but I'd have to go digging for my copy to check. He seems the most likely to me, but I haven't read much in the field for...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Taking your point from a different direction, most people I talk with about such things portray the past of such as perfect and today as totally evil. Or the reverse. Nuance gets lost fast in this discussion with most people....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    inhuming them in bogs is passe I dunno, these bogs, do they have wifi, is there somewhere to get a decent coffee, are they really as damp as all that? I recall having a conversation once with a teacher who...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Well, I guess the fact I live in Queensland gives me a perspective on this. The queen of the name died over 120 years ago, not just this week. And the name is like that because "Victoria" was already taken....
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Greg, do you mean this one?...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Australian Vietnamese community came from evacuating South Vietnam at the conclusion of that war? Yes, but more than that. Wherever that war led to any humanitarian disaster (and there were many such instances), people left by boat for somewhere safer,...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    FWIW I vaguely remember something similar. And that it's a common theme among émigrés from the former Soviet bloc. It's something I find a bit invidious, because the implication is if you advocate for any kind of social justice you're...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    _ I'm left thinking it fall under "politically impossible"._ The problem is that it would require dealing with others in good faith, and that's clearly not, indeed could be seen as anathema to, the British Way. Or the late-capitalist way...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    +1 In my working life the people who most need to be the smartest person in the room usually have some specific technical skillset that narrows their scope more than offers much in the way of insight on areas outside...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    I've never quite known what to make of that. Try comparing with Herzberg*, which might be a little more on topic for the emerging situation in the UK. Per Herzberg, getting hygiene needs right doesn't by itself necessarily bring about...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Well one thing I hadn't expected to get from Tim Low's book... my wife and I have been talking about how there are no sparrows in Brisbane anymore, how we remembered them from our childhood and we wondered where they...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    there are lots of bright parrots who mainly eat vegetables Large parrots and songbirds seem to be the smartest. Your corvids come under the latter category, but it also includes the Australian magpie and especially butcher birds, which may be...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Actual reality does not operate randomly, and everything that happens is the result of a finite set of objective causes. This statement seems to embody a mistake, or at least a misunderstanding, that I think is about scale. I think...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    I can't say whether the problem of wet, deep mines was specific to the UK or not. The article at ACOUP linked upthread argues that they were, specifically because Britain had essentially removed all the forest it could for agriculture...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    normal reigns most scales, but extreme events tend to be highly unpredictable, random, or both Well sometimes things just emerge from the background, but if there's historical data they can be predictable. EC might have his own comments to make,...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    to devote that much space to a single plant (they're about four feet across) Pineapples, like other bromeliads, clump and can grow pretty haphazardly if allowed. But growing a single fruit is actually pretty easy and doesn't need anything like...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    to make sure you're not duplicating work that's already being done Not sure how organised squat-hunting is communities like the one you describe, but in my world it seems more ad hoc (although clever for that). I've seen suggestions about...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    What Labour needs is someone to stand for MP, and campaign on [good policies] The problem is that none of those are Labour policies, so while an individual could certainly run with them, it wouldn't be as a Labour candidate...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Suspect he may be interpreting a different scale. But didn't say that, so hohum....
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