D.J.P. O'Kane

D.J.P. O'Kane

  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    Denmark had the best solution to the Euro: keep the Danish crown but peg it to the new EU currency. That way, if anything goes wrong, Denmark can cut the apron strings and get out from under. Unlike Ireland and...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    " the Irish have the Garda Unit for the Bizarre and Unprecedented (GUBU) Whoever came up with that deserves a small prize. " The name GUBU goes back to one of the political scandals of the early 1980s. A bank...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Someone noted the Book of Invasions further up the thread, and I presume he was citing the Fomorians as a precedent for "magic elven bad guys". The thing of it is, that the BoI as we know it was written...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Would it be appropriate to say that the whole mythology around Elves is related to the problems that ordinary people - serfs, peasants and the like - had with their self-appointed betters (who in England after 1066 were from an...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    Well, speaking as an insular Celt myself, my phenotype is still unusual among the Irish population. . . to the point where I've been challenged by police doing the immigration beat whenever the train I was on would cross the...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    Or as Adrian Mitchell put it: Back in the caveman days business was fair. Used to turn up at Wookey Hole, Plenty of action down the Hole Nights when it wasn't raided. They'd see my bear-gut harp And the mess...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    Having first painted myself blue, in accordance with Celtic tradition....
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    I'll have you know that my mother conceived immaculately....
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    "Never - I am sworn to chastity"....
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Mate, I think I can safely call myself an Africanist and even an "ethnologist", and I can also say that I know a lot of people in both trades. . . and I can honestly say that I have never,...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    Seriously, though, how credible do you find the concept of Kondratiev cycles? The pattern definitely seems to be there, but is it an inevitable outcome of the "laws of motion of capital"?...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    And no one is going to Alpha Centauri, are they? "The socialists had their chance in the twentieth century, and they botched it so badly that no-one ever made the attempt again."...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    And that's me told. Now as I was saying before I was so rudely deleted: This link will take you to a paper which argues for a looming world war in 2025, which tallies neatly with the Fall Revolution timeline...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    "What happens when the colonial administrators pull out is not pretty: "race war" pretty well sums it up. And the underlying cause is the removal of the governors, suddenly leaving the 20%ers facing a hostile majority." Sorry, Chazza, but "race...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    And furthermore, THE NEO-REACTIONARY OCTOPUS HAS SUNG ITS SWAN SONG....
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    The RCP may not be Gekko-alikes, but a friend of mine who was in their youth wing told me they were basically a cult. . ....
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    Mind you, it's a MacLeod novel without the optimistic happy ending. As the Great Man himself wrote, "the socialists had their chance in the twentieth century and they botched it so badly, no one ever made the attempt again....
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    I think you'll find that hats were worn in California and other non-cold environments. As I recall, the collapse of the hat industry is usually credited to JFK and RFK's decision to shun headgear, in the name of their youthful...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    Apparently (I think it's in the book "Hitler's Table Talk"), when Singapore fell he apparently said that he wished he could give UK some battalions to "hold back the yellow men". That must have been the point when the...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    "Strangely enough, the Nazis did not systematically cleanse the 10,000 or so Afro-Germans who resulted from this policy. They were still there in 1945." An alternative view: African German mulatto children were marginalized in German society, isolated socially and economically,...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    "the RN would have been ordered to "Run or Scuttle - no third option allowed" Nicholas Monsarrat's wartime account Three Corvettes is good on this. He and his RN comrades already had the example of Free French and Free Polish...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    Greg, I think it was Jimmy Hoffa who said you should run towards a guy with a gun, and away from a guy with a knife. As for the Strugatski brothers, we had them in my provincial library too. There's...
  • Commented on (Flash fiction) A message from the Laundry public relations office
    No, but his old family lands were in that part of the world. His father served in Attlee's cabinet, and that's Clement Attlee liked to holiday at a place called Old Head, about a dozen miles down the coast from...
  • Commented on (Flash fiction) A message from the Laundry public relations office
    "Certainly the affinity of Reptoids for the west coast of Ireland is noteworthy ...." Just when I think I've got out, Charlie sucks me back in. You will of course be aware that Lord Lucan, of 1970s coup rumours and...
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    Greg, if the London government was taking the threat from the UVF seriously, why was that organisation allowed to import thousands of rifles through Larne, without any effective response from the authorities? "The Irish Volunteers themselves would import a boat-load...
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    Many years ago I saw an old B-Movie in which the Red Chinese use laser drills to tunnel their way to the USA, in order to do just that....
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    "By 1914, the Brit main guvmint was ready to militarily suppress the "protestant" extremists behind the Curragh mutiny, to preserve the larger union, with Irish Home Rule - which, remember had passed parliament." Hello Greg! I'm afraid this is one...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    "But they're doing the jobs nobody else wants!" And that's entirely the point. Unless the worst happens, and the Austrian corporal rises from his grave, the goal will not be to make an "auslander-frei" society, but to make sure as...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex
    "It's not so straightforward, depending on the system in question a slave may have rights, such as ownership of property up to and including his or her own slaves." I just looked this up, and it seems to have been...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    "And if it is, how exactly could anyone possibly go about tackling it without automatically being labeled a racist?" You could, for example, tackle the large number of illegal overstayers from the Australian community, who are remarkably pale in the...
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