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  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I'm not suggesting the British were standing behind the Free Staters, prodding them along the whole way. I'm suggesting the British re-invading was a spectre in many pro-Treaty leaders minds, threats of British action were part of the decision to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Is it "war planning" if you order the attack? It didn't happen only because General MacReady knew it would restart the war and asked for more time for the Free State....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Stormont doesn't require MLAs to swear allegiance; I must admit I don't know anything about oath-taking at local government level. I only brought it up to point at an example of the impact of "contractual detail." :) Re. your second:...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "We Ourselves" could easily take their Westminster seats - if they wanted to .... All they'd have to do is swear allegiance to the Queen. Which is exactly my point. The rest of Britain already decided, back in 1922, that...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I accidentally'ed at least some punctuation, there. Oops....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    With the British Army standing breathing down Ireland's neck? Some of the disagreement was simply whether or not Ireland could win a continued war Have a read (and listen) of this rather than have me rephrase old history lessons badly?...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    No offence taken, just... you wouldn't let "Cromwell staged a coup" stand as a summation of the English Civil War, right? The sides were "take the Treaty and work toward a Republic" and "refuse the treaty and continue armed struggle...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    With the caveat that if Martin thinks the Irish Civil War was about who got to run things, he's fundamentally misunderstood it....
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Much as we'd like to take credit for the amelioration of the misery, apparently it's a sought-after posting & you have to be good to get sent, so it's down to the quality of staff rather than the environment....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Wrong us: postcolonial subalterns, not the 99%....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    a rich guy from one of the Gulf states offered four blocks of Perth real estate for a couple of his kids I live in a country with a long history of lying to tourists about when and where you...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    The Inquisition wasn't much for witch-burning; its main pursuit was ferreting out heretical sects and backsliding converts (broadly defined). The office that prosecuted Galileo was much more interested in your belief in the sacraments than your interest in magic....
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Available to all EU residents, and the scheme's still available. Which - among other consequences - means the Irish government has a form to allow people apply to have their creations officially determined to be Art....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The only mitigating aspect of this is that the first rule of an intelligence operation is that raw information goes in, but it must never be disclosed (to do so could compromise the operation). Only carefully sanitised, digested reports can...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Not really; he had his psychiatrist character use the four humours as shorthand labels for the far points of a two-axis (labile/stable, extraversion/intraversion) graph of personality types....
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Now I have to find a neurosurgeon and try convince them their field has shared origins with panelbeating. :-P...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    It's an entire administration of short-term opportunists with poor quality preparation. In which case, how do you explain the "Cambridge Analytica" problem & the careful targetting & pre-planning, then? Easy: by presuming Cambridge Analytica isn't anything particularly special, that getting...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    trying to arbitrarily tie in issues, like BLM and Palestine A population subject to law enforcement profiling with huge impact on their day-to-day lives, much more likely to be shot by the authorities than their neighbours of other ethnicity, with...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    There is an argument that "Nazism" means "the application of colonial policies to Europe." It's hard to disagree....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The anti-Semitic version is also easily explained: Israel as a destination for "self-deportation."Ethnic cleansing is nearly as good as genocide when what you care about is "purifying" the homeland. Once the homeland is pure, the moral rectitude and awesomeness of...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The Eurozone has no mechanism compensating for the weaker economies' loss of the ability to devalue; the USA has explicit fiscal transfers (Mississippi, for example, has received ~200% of what they've raised as federal taxes over the last 20 years)....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Whatever "birthplace of democracy" ancient history argument you may suspect, recent history was likely more relevant: Greece had gotten rid of the Junta a decade previously and wanted them to stay gone; EU membership is supposed to help with that...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    We do not elect our PM's, we vote for individual MP's Exactly. How is that different from how Juncker was elected, again?...
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    Oh, come on Greg, that's disingenuous as hell. He was elected in the same manner Cameron was....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    About the only good thing to come out of this episode has been this wonderful new addition to the English language. Is it a new coining or a misspelling?...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    (The cash we spent on the Iraq war would have bound up any number of wounds, and/or voluntarily moved a shitload of Palestinians to someplace the Israelis didn't care about.) Gee, that went well last time! (I know that's not...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Why can't everybody just put a line at the end of the document reflecting the version number, or "as of" date? Or just change the filename from "EmpireGamesV1.doc" to "EmpireGamesV2.doc". And keep them all so you can track down when...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    It's not that it makes their lives easier. It's that this is the standard. If you want to make up a new standard then fine, but please also provide a changeover plan for a whole industry almost entirely made up...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I realize that most fingerprint scanners also scan for blood flowing through the finger. I don't know if most mobile devices are that advanced. Doesn't matter if they are or not, that's also easily defeated....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Is the USA? Infrastructure degradation is not a Russia-only phenomenon......
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