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  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I'd forgotten Spain was part of NATO when I was groping for a vaguely plausible target. But there'd still be a vote and a minority government would almost certainly get it through, no?...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The system essentially doesn't allow a hung parliament. If there's not a majority, there will be scrabbling to make some form of loose or tight alliance to make a moderately workable majority so someone can go visit Liz OR there...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Milliband and his no deal doesn't rule out what his advisors have said, a case by case, vote by vote negotiation. No formal deal with the SNP but a loose progressive alliance propping up a Labour minority government and on...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    From outside of Scotland looking in, the SNP's party discipline seems better than most on the right but not as impressive as Blair's first term. OTOH they've been in power in Scotland for more than 5 years and in his...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    My first thought on reading this was it was flame bait. But you seem somewhat willing to enter a rational debate. I'm not sure I agree saying there should be some limits on immigration is xenophobia - I'd quite like...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    As an non-Scot living in England, I see it as corrosive here because it's clearly NOT a step to a federal UK or any sort of devolved power solution. The problem with it is, we have this really odd system...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    That was meant to be in reply to Charlie's comment #24....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I'm struggling to see your set up conditions come to pass, but if the SNP moved to become a UK-wide devo-max party it would certainly attract some seriously consideration for my vote. I'm not sure how we get there from...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I probably wouldn't, but as someone currently living in Northern England in a very safe Labour seat it would have made my choice a lot harder....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    To answer your question directly, you're right. Sinn Fein are likely to get about 4-6 seats and then not actually send any MPs to take up their place. You can therefore have a functional majority with about 3 fewer MPs...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Given the prevalence of love bites (or hickeys if you prefer) in normal human sexual behaviour I suspect the fascination of anthropomorphic vampires with biting the neck is part of their sexualisation. And while I don't quite agree with Vanzetti's...
  • Commented on A major ebook announcement
    Ah me. Can I point your reader at this please? I'm sure most people here will enjoy this one if they haven't already seen it....
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    Will you be releasing it on iBooks as well, and as usual? Your link is only to Amazon atm. That doesn't mean I won't buy of course but it does mean I'll be jumping through the hoops to have it...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    No. I think you're assuming everyone installs everything that comes by. I'm not quite sure what the most successful malware we've seen was, but ILOVEYOU has to be way up there. But like biological viruses part of its success was...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Not necessarily. If your smartphone/PC etc. or even someone's at the NSA gets horribly corrupted, then it's not actually a catastrophe. It may be a nightmare for you, it might be a national security headache, but it's not a catastrophe...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    There's a balance in all these things. While I don't think your position is unreasonable, I wonder how many people would. Because if you do that to all devices you're essentially insisting that every smartphone and every tablet have an...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Even the NSA uses Windows and Microsoft Office internally. Many of the Snowden leaks started life as PowerPoint presentations. WTF. These agencies have large, stable budgets and security concerns that go beyond 99.9% of the commercial world. Why are they...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    I kind of know that - I just feel somewhere in the process between the author and the editor and whoever it ought to get caught. I try to be tolerant, and mistakes in process and fine detail I'm usually...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    There are equally authors who go through the whole editing and publishing rigmarole and still produce turgid prose that really needed to edited more heavily. I won't name names because one of the worst offenders I can think of is...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    The trouble I have when I read "there are some seriously abusive sexual behaviour patterns floating around in porn" is I always wonder about the people that read them and how they take them. I'm in a happily kinky RL...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    I don't have a problem with the second half of your statement, and I pretty much avoid shopping on Amazon. I'm not sure how "all of this" assumes Amazon is an honest broker though?...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    The other model I'm seeing, not necessarily in erotica, is the smack, smack, smack self-published novella. I've just finished one such series that actually blurred the UF and the erotica lines left, right and centre and was definitely not YA....
  • Commented on Default Option
    I agree with all your reasons why Grexit is a bad option for the EU. That doesn't mean it can't happen. The new Greek parliament has to ask for something vaguely palatable to the other member states. There's a load...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Throwing money at a problem isn't the answer, putting money in the right places is. And the thing that public schools in the UK always do well on, and state schools less well, and that always comes out as a...
  • Commented on Default Option
    To be honest, it might be a race for Grexit and Brexit and with the way the rhetoric between Greece and the rest of the EU sounds like it's ramping up, Grexit is sounding the more likely to happen first....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Ah so that's a no then. People have always left school unable to read and write. We didn't like to admit (and we still don't) but it's always happened. I asked for primary research... you know that academic research you've...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Since the mixed-ability model is discredited and you claim to know whereof you speak, I assume you have well sourced primary research to back up your claim?...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Before these elections I don't remember hearing anything about Greek politics. Heck, I'm kind of a news junkie and I'd struggle to name Greek presidents. I did at least know they had them. Syriza may not be radical in the...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    "stealing in its various legal forms" - I meant to say in its various legally defined forms, the differences between theft, shoplifting, burglary, etc....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    A lot of the problem with the war on drugs is the language. Why do we (as a society) decide that some drugs are OK and some are so wicked they must be made illegal and any attempt to use...
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