D.J.P. O'Kane

D.J.P. O'Kane

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Things have developed somewhat since the Afghan t-shirt incident. A big scandal of the past few months involved the revelation that at least one squaddie in the new professionals-only Bundeswehr had been collecting Nazi memorabilia. . ....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Interesting, thanks for that. Here's an article about a Kenyan school that relies on solar power: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/26/solar-roof-tiles-offer-tech-boost-for-kenyas-rural-classrooms_c1623730...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    A colleague of mine has done work on Chinese-African relations in the context of Zambia. . . she reported that in that country at least the new Chinese communities were under standing orders to get out and mix with the...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I looked it up, and the major problem that triggered the overprinting of Zim dollars, and the consequent hyperinflation, was the decision to involve Zimbabwe in the Congo war....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Got any links on that one, Troutwaxer? I ask because I have a relative who is both a climate change denier and a fervent nuclear advocate, you see. . ....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The Zimbabwean dollar hasn't existed since 2009, when the entire country went over to using the US dollar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwean_dollar Do try to keep up, there's a good chap....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Which is funny, because there ain't no such thing as a "Nobel prize for economics"....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Where I live still has sunday closing. And as you say, not only does the world not end, but people live perfectly well, and happily. And in terms of 24/7 electricity - when I was last in Sierra Leone there...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Summary: 1. Fancy-pants electric cars of the Tesla require equally fancy lithium batteries. 2. Said batteries need cobalt. . . and this is where it gets tricky. 3. A major source of world cobalt is the Democratic Republic of Congo,...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    "P.S. If Musk was a woman, he would be the super hot genius female scientist that Bond saves from the bad guys and has sex with after killing about a dozen villains." I see you've given this matter some thought....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I hate to break it to you, Charlie, but the bright shiny object that is Musk's Tesla is a snare and a delusion. It may make a few yuppies feel like they're saving the planet, and it may have some...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Canadian readers may care to speculate on the true identity of Mr. J, a seemingly positive character who looks more and more negative the closer you look at his record (though he's still better than his predecessor Mr. H). French...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The sort of infrastructure we'll need in this century and the next should centre around A)Carbon capture and sequestration, B) Algae-based biofuels, and C) Perhaps a soletta, so that a grateful humanity can singing a rousing chorus or two of...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Sounds like you need to get better friends!...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Yeah, this is why Z reminds me of L. Ron Hubbard, and Thiel could be fitted for that suit too. As this very blog has shown over the years, the idea of interplanetary colonization is essentially silly, and Z is...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I am deeply sceptical about all the stuff concerning Mr. T being a catspaw of Mr. X. The latter, whatever he may be, is no fool, and only a fool would hire T for anything. So how did T reach...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Well, that escalated quickly....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    OK. This is the final thing I will say on this subject. You're implying that the first splits in the IRA which led to the emergence of the dissident groups did not occur until the time of the Good Friday...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    In other words, the real picture is considerably different from that implied in your original post, and particularly in your use of the phrase "plausible deniability". (Why TF am I doing this?)...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Ethnic cleansing in the 26 counties after 1922? My family are Catholic, but my mum comes from the one bit of the republic where there was a Protestant majority in 1922. And that area still has a Protestant majority today...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    "But you have misread me. I agree that the IRA, as the paramilitary organisation, WAS disbanded, at least except for the plausibly deniable "dissidents"." Are you implying that the dissidents were a 'false flag' all along? I've never heard anyone...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The collapse of the Ulster Unionist Party involved, among other things, the defection of many of its rising leaders to the Democratic Unionist Party. So the rise of the two-colour map isn't as striking as it might look....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Continuity IRA - or at least a faction thereof - announced a permanent cessation of armed activities a few days ago. All the dissident groups appear to be massively penetrated by state intelligence, also. http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/254012/continuity-ira-indicates-it-is-to-end-its-armed-campaign.html...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    You missed out the fact that the first feelers towards talks between Westminster and the Army council started in 1987, during your "gloves are off" phase....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Remember the old line "the future is already here, it's just unevenly distributed"? Well my guess is that it will stay like that. That at least is one lesson I drew from Thomas Hylland Eriksen's excellent book from last year,...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Regarding non-PIRA terror in the UK, it might be useful to note the helping hand the UK state itself provided for that sort of thing (try that in the local accent, hi). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Banner#Collusion_with_loyalist_paramilitaries...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "back in the 1970s when the climate scientists thought we were headed for a new Ice Age" This isn't true. https://arstechnica.com/science/2016/06/that-70s-myth-did-climate-science-really-call-for-a-coming-ice-age/...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    "The scale is so large that gas chambers and death camps won't work: instead, they're thinking in terms of building walls around entire subcontinents, policed by killer drones, and letting heat emergencies and starvation do the job, sort of like...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Spare us your political gaslighting. For as long as I can remember, the sphere of social democracy (not the same thing as liberal democracy, or should I say 'democracy') has been under constant assault, and has been constantly shrinking. As...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Not exactly Greg. A slogan of crypto-fash like Charles Lindbergh, it was common throughout the 1930s in America, but didn't become the name of an organization until 1940. https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/20/president-trumps-america-first-slogan-was-popularized-by-nazi-sympathizers/ And you know what, you and I don't get on, but...
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