D.J.P. O'Kane

D.J.P. O'Kane

  • 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/...
  • 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....
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