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  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I suspect a tiny little bit was the news that I heard this morning (although others may have heard it earlier, I've just spent 48h in bed with a really bad migraine) that Labour has just tested a load of...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Actually they're starting to get more of the fruits of NI payments, although some of that is by accident because of the reforms of benefits. There are moves in place for them to get sickness benefit (and they're certainly in...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I didn't read it all, because it cropped up in News and I was skimming while have breakfast, but The Guardian covered an a broadcast of Farage interviewing Marine le Pen where she thanked him for showing France " the...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    May et al could ignore the Scottish demands for a second referendum, but it's a risky strategy. As Sturgeon has pointed out, she has a mandate for it from her electorate. Politicians are, justifiably, wary of crossing those. Politicians also...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I think dear old Madam May had a burning ambition to get to the top, which she's achieved, but like the last-but-one holder of the office is not actually very good at it. In her previous job she could be...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    It might not be necessary for their to be a vote of no confidence. If enough Tory MP die (it's not many) she could just lose the confidence of the house anyway....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    There isn't "a" reason why Britain voted for it (although the lunatic fringe of the Tory party and UKIP would have you believe it's for hard Brexit and to make Britain great again and so on). Among the reasons we've...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Ok, it's early but you store: Person Table: pID, first, last, (other pertinent information for your store). Family Table fID, pID, (other pertinent information for your store). I can't wrap my head around the necessary query to disseminate to everyone...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    My partner and I use Apple and Netflix for family sharing without issue. In Apple we just defined each other's Apple ID as the sharing account and with things that allow sharing, they're there for the other person. In Netflix,...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I'll bite on some social things. I think we'll see a splintering effect. There will be a body of people who will basically rise up and say screw it and just accept most peccadilloes. We're gradually seeing more and more...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Good chart at the end of this BBC article. Scarily look at whose #3 in the chart. While I'm not an expert, or even a close observer in the field really, I follow the news closely enough I'm not really...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    However you ask the question, and even with the rise of an aggressive Russia, I'm anti, but I'm pretty sure you're right, it depends on how you ask the question. Like so many things in British politics, there isn't rational...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Well, stop the world. I agree with Greg. I think there's a >50% chance he won't be in office come the time all these things come to pass. He's thrashing around like a lunatic, and he doesn't seem to realise...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Actually, thousand bomber raids and the like were sound military dogma at the time. Total war and so on - you degrade the ability of the country to wage war not only by killing their soldiers but by degrading their...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The Brexit thing is cross-party. I voted Remain, but I don't think the EU is all wonderful, I just think it's better than leaving and that, although reform is getting slower and slower, it's better to reform than throw the...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The problem with the phrase "Science has long predicted..." is, IMO, not your rebuttal, but a slightly different one. Although the phrase itself is a joke. Science doesn't predict anything. Scientists do, using observations and models. They do that to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I don't think you're necessarily wrong but I have a little hope. The "Muslim ban" executive order and the subsequent legal challenges and fall-out, particularly with the courts throwing it out and then not simply upholding the DOJ's request to...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Alt-Left might do it if Centre-Left get out the way and let Corbyn actually do their thing. If they don't, the next round here there will be a right-wing establishment and an even better chance for Alt-Left to do it....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Sorry, they DO have a mandate. The fact that Cameron was too fucking stupid to think he could lose with the electorate HE chose doesn't mean the result isn't valid. The fact Scotland chose a different age group to every...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Ironically enough I was sitting down to write a post from similar data but with different conclusions. I'm not sure there's a global conspiracy. I think Farage and Gove (however much they'll hate been mentioned together) cooked up a plan...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I agree it's a stupid idea - and as wearing swords as fallen out of vogue so has duelling fortunately. From my increasing decrepitude and lack of testosterone poisoning, the fact it carried on despite being illegal and carrying the...
  • Commented on The Day After
    There's at least one other flaw with your argument. A lot of the refugees from Africa you might think would go elsewhere head for Europe thanks to Empire. A surprising number of even the relatively poor speak one of English,...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    I'm partly arguing that, and fundamentally I believe it too. But I'm also arguing that your choices facilitate certain kinds of options, the wooden train parents facilitate others. You, and I, value the options you've taken but it doesn't necessarily...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    For tens of thousands (maybe just hundreds of thousands) of generations little H. sapiens have grown up despite the best efforts of their parents - and pretty much whatever their parents do, the data suggest the vast bulk of them...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Thinking back, I guess the first few times I reassessed my models of what it meant to be adult were around big, life-changing events. Coming to terms with my sexuality and thinking I wasn't going to grow up to be...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Perhaps I have a slightly odd view on this. I blame a large dose of Robert Anton Wilson at various times, and a large dose of Daoism, sometimes at the same times. One would say the map is not the...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    They're both late entrants, they're both trying to break into really competitive markets and although they've both disruptive the old hands are adjusting to it. This is a market that is so competitive Walmart tried to break in and went...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    We have other chains of low-cost grocery stores on a more regional basis. In Liverpool you couldn't move for Kwik-Save. When I moved to York we did actually have one Kwik-Save but it was really hard to find. Apparently while...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Add in a chunk of people who voted against Callmedave and Gideon as a protest vote, not believing Leave would win or that the prophesied economic collapse could actually make things worse than they already were for them because austerity...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I had to look this up. The answer is "it's complicated." Through my adult life I've pretty consistently lived in one or another of the more deprived council wards in the UK for various reasons, in one of a few...
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