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  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    It's not like you need to convince me that London ran its colonies entirely for its own benefit. And - like all of history - it's more complicated than we think. (Fractally, I suspect.) But when the popular narrative is...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Of course it's nuts to pin everything in the US on slavery (though Somerset v Stewart apparently did worry some). Some of it's down to Native/colonist relations: the Minutemen militias in New England were for going and doing war upon...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    that man made climate effects aren't going to be stopped, so we might as well get colonising the solar system instead. We can't manage a big biosphere with lots of redundancy and slack in the system, so we should move...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    <snark>They get funding from the CIA, ISI, and Saudi Arabia to stop the godless Commies?</snark>...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I'm not sure how much help someone who takes a referendum about pregnant people's rights and jumps up and down on historic bigotry in exactly the way likely to convert what are currently soft yeses to noes will be to...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I believe the USAF is now seriously considering a replacement for the A-10 that's suitable for the sort of asymmetric warfare and fire support missions the A-10 is overkill for. Some of the contenders are modified crop-dusters. ...how many Spad...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    those that remain are used so infrequently (in many cases, maybe once a month) that they're looking for alternative uses, for example as wireless hotspots (because they all have direct cable connections to the nearest exchange. The customers keeping ours...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    the idea that they're subversive and so the Man is bound to have them on their radar This is your occasional reminder that every website every resident of the UK visited in the last two years is available without warrant...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    It wasn't for me when I was a kid, nor was it for any of the other kids You actually typed out the point and still missed it. When "the other kids" have phones, you get a phone or you...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "They just can't go after every 2-bit conspiracy" - that's exactly my point: your only hope is to be not worth the hassle. And everything's stored, so you can't ever become worth the hassle. All in a context where "the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Phones? That's what burners are. And they have to do more, and at least in the US, they legally need a warrant to track me... since I have a flip phone. Nope: burners have no reasonable expectation of privacy. There...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    As long as N.K. holds Seoul hostage and has Chinese backing nobody will invade them Why not Iron Dome? Because the absolutely conservative estimate is *two thousand* artillery tubes (the less conservative say ten thousand). Iron Dome tends to have...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    "How comes it, that you can see the mote in your brother's eye, and not see the beam that is in your own eye? [...] First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Anyway, there *are* better ways to deal with White Supremacist marches. --Start a fund-raising campaign for the Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP, Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, or whoever. Get people to pledge money based on how far the march...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    also very self-involved, because I don't think they were high enough on anyone's "todo" listOne of Bush's "Axis Of Evil" got invaded; one subjected to the world's first known state deployment of a malicious worm, sanctions, threats of war; the...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    20th century Turkey's experience of the military as preserver of a certain kind of state might relate......
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Isn't there some argument that it required making the government more afraid of the Allies than of their own junior officers, given pre-war predilections to murdering anyone the ultranationalists decided wasn't hardcore enough?...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Consider that Operation Demetrius started on 9 August 1971. The Parker Report was commissioned in 16 November 1971, and reported on 2 March 1972. Absolute direction regarding prisoner treatment was issued that same day (but had likely been issued internally,...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    You said those atrocities got publicity & retractions relatively quickly, if you recalled correctly. They didn't, so.... :-) That would be Lord Carrington, currently 98 years of age and sitting in the House Of Lords and Privy Council....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Then when the Germans (whose colonial wars had always been against white people) While I agree with your point generally, on this point the history of the Herero and Nama peoples may be interesting reading. (TL;DR: in the 1900s the...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    All of the above & it got publicity & retractions realtively quickly, IIRC. You recall wrong:The British Government lied to the ECHR about the extent of torture in Operation Demetrius; the Ballykelly centre was only revealed in 2013. Also revealed...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    No Greg, not ok: Summary execution, corpse mutilation, and population displacement during the Malayan Emergency. Torture and castration of prisoners during the Mau Mau Uprising. Torture during internment in Northern Ireland. Massacres of civilians (and coverups of same) in all...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    I get the impression that it has rubbed off onto us ...what on earth are you on about? The UK has cheerfully used indiscriminate collective punishment for centuries....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    - A trip into Connemara, for the stunning landscape. - A drive into either West Cork or Wicklow (or both) to see what this "forty shades of green" nonsense is about; it's beautiful landscape too, but where Connemara hits you...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Hypothetical?...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    There's literally no doubt that full decarbonisation would save vastly more people's lives than the total population of the DRC. Those of us in the West determining that it's OK for millions to die in West Africa because we need...
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    I commend Nick Harkaway's Gone Away World to you - the narrator tends to go on paragraph-length digressions about the oddest things. To the original point, it characterizes the narrator as someone who rambles when nervous; as a bonus some...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    much the same kind of pretend-to-be-hard deal as the ridiculous ritual duelling thing they came up with to give each other scars, which must have been hilarious to watch I believe someone linked to a Youtube clip in the comments...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    He created republics while serving a republic and monarchies when he was a monarch (republics being judged a failed idea given his own ascension), so he was at least consistent? :-)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    A generation of French people shorter through malnutrition: blame it on Napoleon or the food shortages 25 years before he came to power? Hmmm....
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