Jim D

Jim D

  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    > Ask Italian-Americans or Irish-Americans Thank you for pointing that out. As a descendant of Irish who fled The Famine only to be tossed into Pennsylvania coal mines as one of the few jobs that would have them, I'm always...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I have a theory that the stereotype of over-full women's purses stuffed with all & sundry is the result of (in part) fewer pockets. When you have pockets, what you bring with you for "every day carry" tends to be...
  • Commented on Story time!
    As a young boy, Lex Luthor, the heir to a vast corporation with extensive ties to the military industrial complex, spent a significant amount of time in the presence of hardened, embittered and cynical Cold Warriors. As such, when a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The "first they came" wears a little thin on Assange. First, he's been arrested for jumping bail in the UK, which is hard to dispute. As for the US charges, I agree his publishing of leaked documents would fall under...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Here's a question: May's request for an extension is now predicated on "productive" talks with Labour, but even assuming she & Corbyn can agree (and I'm skeptical on that: I really believe she's just trying to spread the blame when...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    @ Greg >May has FINALLY at least attempted to put party before country I hope, but I'm not sure it's an authentic attempt rather than just a bit of realpolitik maneuvering to reassign blame. I forget where I read it,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    @ 1018 "the tendency towards demonization of an out group is, if anything, more pronounced among my more progressive friends" I see this sort of criticism a lot in different forms. Maybe it's even true of some, but for the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    And the third vote fails, down by 46 votes. I'd say this is uncharted territory but that's been the case for some time now. If May refuses to step down, then crashing out seems like the most likely option. The...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Pure hypothetical: Under what circumstances does anyone here think Her Majesty might actually pop in and say "Not On My Watch!" ? Are there any such scenarios?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    @JBS They do have time to withdraw A50, but it is highly unlikely. The EU has stated it won't regard as valid any revocation that is purely in service of letting the UK get their shit together and submit a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    House of Lords: I'm not well versed in the distribution of powers delegated to the upper half of the bicameral body. I'm not supposing they'd do anything the least bit better here, but why is it that they seem to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    > and the US is still a dumpster fire Dumpster fires all over the world cry out in protest over this comparison. Plenty of respectable dumpster fires have been quickly put out and gone on to become just a smoldering...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Well that's unfortunate. No call for tarnishing the bird with the Brexit mess....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    So, country verging on a cliff walk with leadership engaged in circular firing squad mode... BUT! on the bright side, all of this has at least earned our humble host a new code word for the next Laundry book: YELLOWHAMMER....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    So what is the most realistic "Positive" outcome, or the least bad one? A more gentle brexit? (I imagine the right wingers would still get a bit worked up there, but maybe it would die down relatively fast?)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    >I have the distinct impression that Theresa May thinks the can win at Russian Roulette with only one round missing. Possibly worse than that: It's not a revolver, it's a pistol, and there's already bullet in the chamber....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Side note: As a US follower of Brexit news, I think this interests me so much because even the minute possibility of backing away from Brexit, or a very soft Brexit at least, is the equivalent of the US getting...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Well. The clock ticks closer to midnight on a no-deal brexit. Tusk has made a short delay harder while not explicitly ruled-out longer, but May doesn't seem keen on a longer delay. On the bighter side (though still dark) given...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    So, June 30th is the ask from May on the extension. Is it me or does this seem wildly optimistic? It's not enough time for substantive change, and if meaningful vote 2.0 didn't muster the votes when it was do...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    @48 Is it me or does that seem entirely too soon? Sure, it's enough time enough to open a new session of parliament and circumvent Bercow's gambit, but not enough for any substantive change of the negotiated deal. I think...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Following the ball back and forth on this, it really doesn't seem like there's any Brexit plan, hard or soft, that can possibly get the majority support required to get through parliament. Enough MP's on any side of it are...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Antisemitism: I'm on the other side of the Atlantic, US. From that outside-the-UK perspective, it definitely seems like there's been a sharp uptick in antisemitism in the UK, or alternatively has roiled beneath the surface for quite some time. My...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I wonder is we're looking at the makings of a zombie-like state of perpetual-but-not-quite Brexit. Where the deadline is extended to stop a crash out, MP's continue to have no consensus on realistic terms the EU will accept, and no...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "the USA ain't" Okay, but in defense of the USA, its politics have been co-opted over the past decades by a minority of sociopaths that don't really understand what a "government" is, the concept of social contract, basic economic principals,...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    But what would Cthulhu do (WWCD) ? It seems to me it would either shrug with a "you woke me up for this?" wiggling of its mouth worm thingies and promptly go back to sleep. Or it would preempt the...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    So this seems to fall into the "parliamentary coup" category of your OP (vote being counted as I write this). What's it like as a UK citizen watching this? I'm in the US, and it's hard for me to gauge...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Know what you mean on the manual brakes... I live stateside, and so know they are a thing. I refuse; Given such a vehicle, I ignore the floor mount and yank hard on the center-mounted *anything*. Backseat passengers must duck...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Would this be fixed with the removal of a cap on max BTC? It seems any block-chain based service has to incentivise "mining", and for a currency that's just a bit of extra built-in inflation. But the arbitrary cap and...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Wild Cards is great news-- very pleased to see another great author added to that shared world. I discovered the series a few years ago, and was shocked that something of that quality had escaped my attention for so long....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Institute rigorous change management control procedures, under an agile method of development. Each "story" can encompass no more than a single change or addition of a function call. An "epic" may have no more than 5 "stories", and require unanimous...
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