Michael.

Michael.

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Greg Tingey @535 Covered, I guess, by the parenthetical statement at the end. Wikipedia calls badge numbers "collar numbers". I assume that they can come off to make it harder to identify police that break the law at protests (where...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    anonemouse@477 Sure. And maybe if the Greens had have stayed out of government they wouldn't have been painted with the same brush, and might not have lost as many, or any seats. The point is not about the other parties...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Bloody hell, I left the first bit unfinished. I was going to say something about critical mass in there as well. More comments about riding. But I think I'll just leave it unfinished, as a warning not to comment too...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    _Moz_ @437 In my case, it might be covering up bad memory, but it's not bad faith. As explained in the previous comment, I wasn't focussing only on Australian politics. As for motorists, I find my point of view is...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    SFReader@397 I've no idea. A guess would be that power corrupts... David L@400 That comment was more about that if 10% of the population for a party, then they should get 10% of the seats. Sure it has problems, but...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Sure, not everything wrong in Australian politics post 2001 is Beazley's fault. However, he did start the policy of Labor giving up, rather than be seen as "soft" -- leading to no alternative narrative in the media, or in the...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I blame Kim Beazley for a lot of what is wrong in Australian politics. His attempt at out Liberaling the Liberals in 2001 (vote for me, I'll lock up more refugees than the next fellow!) stuffed Labor for years (two...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Not in the UK, I'm on the big island north of Tasmania. As of December 2016, all codeine containing products were re-scheduled to "prescription only" from February 2018. (Also, paracetamol only products become much harder to buy in bulk somewhere...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "Under present constitutional arrangements, a government that is elected has virtually dictatorial power for the next three years." - Substitute the relevant term length as appropriate for your specific place. (See also Hungary, which has apparently been moving towards greater...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Probably haven't met IRL, but I rather suspect I'd like you. Nice work on talking your way out... :)...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    I wonder if we have ever crossed paths IRL. I used to be on the edge of some dark green groups in Tasmania, a long time ago (though I personally was never a part of a blockade). I also used...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    On a completely different topic, because I really don't want to get into socialism, anarchism, left-libertarianism, capitalism, democracy, free markets (not the same thing as capitalism), and related, if you want some fantasy to take your mind of matters, try...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    A long time ago I read (and now of course I can't find where*, because search engines are all shit and focussed only on the now now now) that the main threat to airline business class travel was teleconferencing. So...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    @Charles H @ 432: Sure, do whatever you like. The point is to reduce the inherited wealth and power. As our gracious host points out at 469, that is good for everyone. @withroth @ 436: Again, I'm not wedded to...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I'm rather busy and won't respond to individual comments. But regarding inheritance tax, make it 100% over two million or even five million pounds if you like. It'll still massively cut down inherited power and wealth. As for corporations, you...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Eh, I'm not actually British, and I don't actually care about the details of ownership of various bits of stuff there. But Wikipedia sayz: "The Sunday Times Rich List 2017 estimated [Liz's] personal wealth at £360 million, making her the...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    (Re: The Greens - not that I think that any of the rest of them are any better.)...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Yes, the legislation is already there. Two nasty pieces of legislation passed in the last five years (with the support of the craven Labor party) are the 'Telecommunications (Interception and Access ) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015' and the 'Telecommunications...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I love to tell the story of how a Brit and I once had a, only mildly in jest, argument about the best way to get rid of the royals. He wanted to take them down to the basement and...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Panic buying is stupid. Being prepared is not. Having two (or preferably four or more) weeks worth of supplies gives options. 1. If you are in a high-risk demographic, or if you cohabit with someone, then you can isolate yourself...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    As mentioned up thread "we're all going to die!!!". Eventually. The advice where I am is to ensure that you have at least two weeks worth of food etc., because of potential issues with supply chains. Hopefully for folks in...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I've gotten to the point that I actually don't care what happens. It's all happening a long way away, and I've done all I can. In fact, just for the death of the UK, I'll say yay Brexit! I support...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    --- Also balaclavas, so that when you are out throwing bricks through *bank* [not brick] windows, you are less likely to be identified. Anyway, as to how to store food stuffs, and what food stuffs to store, there is a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "In 1990 came the Trafalgar Square poll tax riots. For Class War, those who took part in the violence were working class heroes. For the enemy is the ruling class, anyone with enough money or property not to need to...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Apart from issues mentioned previously by other commentators, the fact that the Australian constitution is a lot harder to change than the UK one, makes it a lot easier for the UK to drop the monarchy than for Australia to,...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Oh, but overall, I tend to be a bit of a cautious optimist. I don't think things will be as bad as some people think they might be. Sure things can get bad, but will they really get that bad?...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    <Insert long and convoluted discussion of preppers/survivalists and prepping here, which got removed due to going off on too many tangents> In conclusion, if I were in the UK (inc. NI), I would be stocking up on misc. products (particularly...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I'm not sure Mr Y is actually Australian any more (Wikipedia says not since 1985). And I'm not sure that 007 is really the being to put down this current mess of villains. After all, Bond is a tool of...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    I look forward to seeing the results of your hard work, regardless of what form it takes (though to be honest, I am more looking forward to Empire Games than the other stuff). As for problems with Word, I do...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    I swear I remember you writing about how Snowden revelations made it necessary to re-write chunks of these novels, 'cause the spying wasn't sufficiently over the top... I had just been saying I wished, not that Snowden hadn't gave the...
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