D.J.P. O'Kane

D.J.P. O'Kane

  • 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...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Here's a link all you amateur psephologists might find interesting, comparing present electoral trends in UK and the Republic of Ireland, as demonstrated by current polls: http://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/perfidious-or-precarious-albion/ Prognosis: UK is on the fast track to a hung parliament, but in...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    That should read "numerous cases" and "coming to them", naturally. But stet....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I can think of numerous where the Big Fish got what was coming to when The People finally moved to settle old accounts. Look up the fate of Anastasio Somoza, for example. Of course, the problem in all those cases...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Cites you say? Here's one to start you off: Africa's Frontiers: Reactions to a Colonial Legacy Saadia Touval International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944-), Vol. 42, No. 4 (Oct., 1966), pp. 641-654...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    "Most present African nations were "created by a white cartographer drawing some straight lines on a map irrespective of tribal boundaries". Those are the sources of most of your African civil wars." Here we go, the Single Transferable African Fact...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Just when I think I've got out, they drag me back in. "My broader point stands: there is a precedent for a constituent nation peacefully leaving the UK within the past century. (Well, relatively peacefully. There was an attempted revolution...
  • Commented on Service update
    And independent Irish governments made at least some effort, inadequate though it was, to deal with that poverty. There is widespread assumption that home rule or non-independence would have led to better social and cultural outcomes than we saw in...
  • Commented on Service update
    And Ireland didn't become fully, formally, independent until the declaration of the Republic in 1949. That was preceded by a couple of decades during which relations between Dublin and London that were often tense and difficult. Those negotiations between Churchill...
  • Commented on Service update
    On the subject of the weaponry needs of small peripheral states, let it be noted that Aotearoa/New Zealand scrapped its jet fighters in 2001: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_New_Zealand_Air_Force#21st_century_government_defence_changes Nor is my own country overendowed with big silver birds of the military kind: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Corps_%28Ireland%29#Current...
  • Commented on Service update
    And the UFO buffs among you will be thrilled to learn that said sub was named the "EML Lembit": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EML_Lembit...
  • Commented on Service update
    "Estonia does not operate Tu-160s or SSBNs, and doesn't go around invading weaker neighbours." I can advise you, however, that the Estonian capital Tallinn is home to a very impressive museum of military marine memorabilia - including a submarine built...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Ah yes, the "socialist" Nazis. . . so socialist were they, that like their predecessors the Italian fascists they engaged in a large number of privatisation of state-owned enterprises, including "railways; steel and mining; banking; ship building; and shipping lines,"...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Having read the whole thread, I now have just one question. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    Has this been posted yet? The FBI tried to compile a list of internet slang terms, only to end up with severe EOF (Egg On Face): http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/06/17/the-fbi-maintains-an-83-page-glossary-of-internet-slang-and-it-is-hilariously-frighteningly-out-of-touch/...
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