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  • 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....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    While you have a point, those who call for unity on the left - especially "moderates" who do so - tend to forget the "extremists" are well aware of the long history of their predecessors uniting with the centre-left and...
  • Commented on Book day!
    IIRC the Fuller Memorandum discussion of it was that the Russian nicknamed Teapot (like the original occupant of Angleton) was the sacrifice in the "summon and bind the Eater Of Souls" ritual Iris tried to carry out on Bob. In...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    Kids these days think it means "black": blue channels went out a few years ago. And given Gibson has said he was thinking of 1950s dead channels ("silvery-black, almost all dark" apparently), they may be more 'correct' than us. TL;DR:...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I don't seriously expect teenage Polynesian kids in South Auckland to be completely different from those entering West Point this year, but I'd be surprised if they liked the same music or suffered the same problems. Hell, one Auckland teenager...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I'm going to cheat: accompanied by well-known hip-hop backing band Nine Inch Nails, here's published poet Saul Williams. (Here he is reciting his poetry, though the difference between "poetry" and "song" tends to be presence or absence of backing track...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Rap: bad poetry set to sampled music You need to listen to better rap. (I'll accept "not my thing," but "bad poetry" is calumny.)...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    You do remember guybrush is from the Baltic states, right?...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    It does seem all too common for enthusiastic adopters of flashy shiny cack to utterly fail to realise that there exist also plenty of people whose antipathy to it is at least of equal strength. It's perfectly fine for a...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    You've seen Sinn Féin's Carson-quoting response, I presume? They at least are sure this whole exercise is the DUP carefully aiming a howitzer at their own big toe, from the level of barely-contained glee in their statements....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    There were several "Conservative and Unionist Negotiating Team" jokes circulating post-election....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    We're talking about building power plants to generate electricity for export: if China has suggested building PV in the Sahara and exporting the power to Beijing, they've gotten pretty ambitious....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    1. What the hell has China got to do with this? 2. I didn't say that. 3. Equivalent Chinese projects have had their own problems....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Reprocess it. And they're digging a long-term depository, I think?...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    So, why not just install all those oversized and ugly solar arrays in the Sahara or any other desert? A play for two actors: Us: "Hi! We're the EU. You might remember us as the people who brutally conquered and...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    IIRC there was migration, but disentangling sectarian migration from loyalist migration (the Americans who migrated to Canada post-Treaty of Paris? That) would be... difficult. And fearing Those Raving Nationalists wouldn't be entirely irrational; Scullabogue did happen....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Argh, image scaling fail. Apologies....
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  • Commented on Catching Up
    What trouble could Sinn Fein cause that Theresa May would listen to? They won't take their Westminster seats, she doesn't listen to outside voices, and any violence would only trigger her "I must oppress harder" instincts. Am I missing something?...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    "Yugoslavia" seems to me a half-reasonable match for Ireland - different factions in comparable numbers, who hate each other, but who have never been able to do anything much about really dealing with the differences because of several centuries of...
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