D.J.P. O'Kane

D.J.P. O'Kane

  • Commented on Book Launch
    CASE NIGHTMARE FORTY SHADES OF GREEN: Irish politician is possessed by vengeful spirit of dancing leprechaun: http://c0.thejournal.ie/media/2014/05/enda4.gif...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Are we still recommending web comics? If so, I'll put in a good word for Scary Go Round. You can find the beginning of the latest story here: http://scarygoround.com/?date=20150330...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    "If we want to take a reductionist view, elves would have been whatever indigenous people who lived in Ireland before the Scots, and who tended to lack iron weapons." The problem there is that we do have a group in...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    That's out of order, and I expect a retraction. And no that's not what I'm arguing. I think the Tories are what Nye Bevan called them, but I think it's fundamentally misconceived to consider them in any way fascist....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    1. The Provies, also, regarded their atrocities as unpleasant necessities. What's your point, caller? 2. What I mean is that the Cameronites have a clear, specific, conception of what economic policy should be, what it should do, what its outcomes...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    "Extra-Judicial Executions - not really. Even supporting Mark Urban's excellent study of the subject in "Big Boys' Rules", the worst that could be said was "if you're caught with a bomb or a gun in your hands, no-one's going to...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Very true, but remember also that the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (which applied to the whole UK and not just NI) were put to a vote in parliament every year, on the grounds that those provisions were...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    In the early years of this century, when I used to commute from Belfast to Dublin on a weekly basis, they were more regular than random. Because I happen to be slightly on the darker side (at least by comparison...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    >UKIP is essentially the same sort of party as the FN in France No it's not, and I say this as someone who despises both parties. The French FN has identifiable roots in the French far-right and fascist traditions, going...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    And your country wouldn't even have to be a NATO member to be sucked along in said undertow. Supposedly "neutral" Ireland allowed itself to be used as a staging post for troop movements and logistics, and I wouldn't be surprised...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The strange death of Labour Scotland has been years if not decades in the making. Wee Ed may be faulted for not handling the decline effectively, but it all started long before he became leader. I remember back in the...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Regarding xenophobia - there's a lot of it about (and not just in UK), and it is heavily represented in UKIP. But. . . I can just about remember when the repatriation (voluntary or otherwise) of immigrants from the former...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The Shinners will stick to their abstentionist policy for now, and probably for a long time to come (a united Ireland will probably come sooner, which is saying something). So it's not impossible that after 8th May next the balance...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    I normally only comment on these threads when Commissioner Gordon flashes the "Someone is Wrong on the Internet" sign across the night skey (said sign is a facepalm rampant on a field of nerds by the way). I was therefore...
  • Commented on Update
    It's only a war crime if the other side does it....
  • Commented on Update
    Hot whiskey and plenty of it. You'll still have a cold, but you'll be too drunk to care....
  • Commented on Update
    "Finally, here is an extremely dangerous toy (probably illegal in all sane jurisdictions)" ". . . and the Gas Board said, 'this is nothing to do with us'". Seriously like, the US army stopped using flamethrowers in the late 70s,...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Also, I seem to recall that the Great Man himself said that TCoM and LF were basically just "gag" books, and that the Discworld books didn't become proper novels with plots and so on until the third book. The thing...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    I started with the Light Fantastic and read them all as they came out (having gone back to the Colour of Magic shortly after the LF). I'd never heard of him, in the early months of 1990, but I discovered...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    "If good doctors, sanitation engineers, etc leave for example Sierra Leone for better paid jobs in the West, that's good for them and moderately good for the West (below), but not for Sierra Leone. (People with money don't move to...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    He preferred anything that would fill his capacious pockets with brown envelopes full of money from deniable sources. He was an utterly appalling person, even for a politician....
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    Fans of Game of Thrones (the TV series) may enjoy Aiden Gillen's portrayal of Haughey in a recent Irish miniseries on the "great" man's life (suffice to say that Gillen's tenure in the role of Littlefinger was a mere prelude...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    It's largely forgotten now that Haughey was quite progressive during his stint as minister of justice in the 1960s - he effectively ended censorship of literary works, for example....
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    Gather round people, gather round friends. . . and I shall reveal to you the awful truth about Ireland's tax exemption for artists. It all started with a guy called Anthony Cronin, who was special advisor on artistic matters to...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Well said, Greg. Jay - we're wise to your game. Space Nazis Must Die....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Humans skin is the most visible aspect of the human phenotype. It is distinguished mainly by its naked appearance, greatly enhanced abilities to dissipate body heat through sweating, and the great range of genetically determined skin colors present within...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    You put the container port in Djibouti, duh. Or you build the infrastructure to go south to Kenya, and the Indian Ocean. The economic growth Ethiopia has experienced in recent years is real - not that the broad masses see...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    You mean like Thatcher (may her name be forgotten) thought there were "reasonable members of the Khmer Rouge,with whom we can do business" (actual real quote, btw)?...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    What if my granny ran on rails? She'd be a tram....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Close, but no cigar. There are several key ommissions from Martin's post here. The most important is, first of all, that no attempt was made to round up Loyalist paramilitaries in the initial wave of arrests that began internment in...
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