gravelbelly22

gravelbelly22

  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Leviticus denounces men who lie with men as being unclean in one passage ... but uses exactly the same language to denounce the eating of shellfish and the wearing of cloth made from mixed fibers! Eating pork is apparently a...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Honestly, it's like no-one has read Skippy's List :) ... Statements in regard of the charges against Intelligence Officers Alice Jones and Suzanne Smith, D Section. - That on or about the evening of 31 December, they brought alcoholic beverages...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    1) Why would would a Scottish independence movement want to swap a smallish influence in the UK parliament for a tiny influence in Brussels? Seems nonsensical to me. It's only nonsensical because you're not thinking like a politician. It's not...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    I'm currently in Orlando, Fl, scuttling from airconditioned hotel to airconditioned car to airconditioned (pick a destination), as it's over 32 outside On the way to pick the kids up from school, the car thermometer was reading 26 today. Edinburgh...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    I do wonder if there's a Laundry equivalent of the Royal Observer Corps, or the UK Warning and Monitoring Organisation. Basically, no matter how bad it gets, there will still be survivors; more lives can be saved by trying to...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    what would people like Kenny MacKilljoy be like... Well, he's trying to remove the Scots Law principle of corroboration from the statue books; opposed by nearly all policemen and lawyers, AIUI... ...it makes you wonder whether it's a coincidence that...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Let us not forget that there was only one shooting war with the name of a sport in its name... Oh, the irony :) shooting is an Olympic and Commonwealth sport, you know. Hence the username - from the days...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    What is it with Scottish aristos and the attraction of fascism, I wonder? Same thing as happened with SNP party leaders and the attraction of fascism... They were sold on the "nationalist" part, and at the time didn't have the...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Token football comment: Apparently, the England squad visited an orphanage in Brazil. "It was heartbreaking, seeing them so sad, and without any hope in their eyes" said Jose, aged six......
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    I went to a sport-heavy boarding school, and found myself the youngest, smallest, and geekiest person in my year. And rubbish at team sport. Deep joy. (Since then, I have had a deep and irrational mistrust of enthusiastic rugby coaches;...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Further, the "500 landlords" are no longer the rump-UK's problem in that we would not have to buy your laughably overpriced electricity, particularly to fund the lifestyles of a pack of aristocrats. You deal with them, and keep in mind...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    I don't think that quoting statements made by individuals who are actively politicing against their own domestic separatist movements actually helps your case. My one link in the post you replied to, was to the EU website. I was trying...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    The independent Grand Jarldom of Orkney and Shetland would have a combined population of 42,000 which would make it the 3rd least populated country in the world, after the Vatican and Monaco. It's questionable whether this is big enough for...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Also Orkney and Shetland have no chance at all for any sort of independence, none, forget about it. People keep raising that, but it's not just a stupid idea, its kind of impossible in every way. Ask the Faeroe Islands....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    George - to be culture-fair, I suspect that when Ian suggests "all hell will break loose", he's not using a Balkan interpretation of chaos (towns burn, villages razed, mass graves of whole populations) or even a USAian version of hell...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    I've never seen anything to indicate EU membership (including trade benefits) is dependent on adopting the Euro http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/euro/adoption/who_can_join/index_en.htm Specifically: "All Member States of the European Union, except Denmark and the United Kingdom, are required to adopt the euro and join...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Way back, in the Seventies, there were a few books based on the idea of a civil war for Scots independence or over the status of Northern England, or something, and in recent years I have wondered what the authors...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Sneaky thought about things such as Faslane and airbases: the English can make an effort to keep Scotland in NATO. and Mr. Cameron could try this thing called negotiation. A recent SNP party conference voted that an independent Scotland should...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Or could there be other pretenders—I don't know, a descendant of Robert the Bruce or some such—waiting in the curtains? There is - namely, the Earl of Elgin (he doesn't lay claim to the throne). Unfortunately for the Yes campaign,...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    The better question is why an independent Scotland would want to keep the pound as its currency. The problem is threefold: a) Inward investment into the UK is often driven by having tariff-free trade within the EU. Take away EU...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    RN reactors: HMS Tireless sprang a primary coolant circuit leak in 2013... I read the DNSR report first; seemed sensible to me. They identified that the T-boats are getting old, and are operating at the right-hand-end of a bathtub reliability...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    This might have something to do with Faslane (home of the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent submarine fleet) being 25 miles from the most populous city in Scotland, thereby putting Glasgow at risk (either from a pre-emptive strike -- not currently...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    I basically agree with Charlie's position in his opening post. I was born, and remain, permanently resident in Scotland. I also have socialist tendances in matters like healthcare and and welfare for the unemployed. These, plus a personal dislike for...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Any political campaign making promises or commitments about the future is, to some extent, operating on the basis of faith. You simply can't avoid it: it's the nature of the beast. Indeed. However, there's a worrying level of hand-waving going...
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    Hell, I even wrote short stories for Warhammer in the late 80s/early 90s. Don't knock them :) I have a twelve-year-old Warhammer 40K enthusiast in the house, and natural reservations about MilSF - note the irony of the former reservist...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Being flippant for a moment :) There's a meditation workshop on at the Orlando Buddhist temple on the 21st. It's the nearest to a monastery I could find for a Perl Monk......
  • Commented on Vacation
    Strange attractor... The BBC has a web-programme on iPlayer about WW1 which includes a machine-gun being fired at a secret underground test range in the UK. Which is sort of spooky. It's certainly something I wouldn't have thought of, but...
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    A real "collective author", I think, if it can exist at all, will not comprise several authors writing different part of the book. Rather, it will employ division of labor. Seeing as no-one appears to have mentioned it, what about...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    Try Stephen Hunter's "The Day Before Midnight"... a real page-turner. The obvious "heroic" characters, mostly aren't; the "real heroes" are those who do a selfless thing that (unintentionally) turns out to have a disproportionate effect on the outcome. Lots of...
  • Commented on I'm back
    It's the thought of big tough cops having to dress as anime schoolgirls while on duty, instead of as big tough soldiers... You've never seen pictures of the Royal Marines on a "run ashore", then. Given that they are typically...
Subscribe to feed Recent Actions from gravelbelly22

Following

Not following anyone

Specials

Merchandise

About This Page

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Search this blog

Propaganda