D.J.P. O'Kane

D.J.P. O'Kane

  • 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/...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    "like invading a Middle Eastern country without a fully-resourced post-war reconstruction plan... " Yeah, like that would ever happen. . . ;-)...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    How to protect your home and family from nuclear attack: Step 1: Put your head between your knees. Step 2: Kiss your ass goodbye. We now return you to your scheduled programming....
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    Interesting post. I hadn't heard that take on the 1953 coup before, so I looked it up on wikipedia. . . fortunately, this was one of those wiki entries which was supported by some solid references and citations. Two things...
  • 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...
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