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  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    My guess is that that is too organized a scenario; if there is a conspiracy it is likely to explode from internal conflicts. The problem with autonomous killing machines is the problem with land mines or gas on the battlefield;...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    My high-level thoughts on Brexit: Brexit: Are We Without the Peace?...
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion: the US West Coast Remix
    Oh, hey, maybe I'll see you there....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    "I am a strong (but qualified) supporter for the idea of Scotland as a member state within a United States of Europe, as long as the USE addresses the structural fiscal/economic imbalances currently unfixable within the EU as it is...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    "...the lap of His Majesty George VII, aka Speaker to Plants." Maybe the plants have some good ideas; the hominids sure don't....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    These are my slightly-edited thoughts from my own blog. "We so quickly forget that the purpose of the European Union was not to promote the economic interests of countries whose names begin in G and end with Y, nor to...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Last I saw the DKK was pegged to the EUR. Has that changed?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands are having problems with Euro. Didn't you know? Add to that the ECB is committed to policies that make about as much sense as climate denialism and there is a powerful argument against joining the...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    And so, what good is the EU's constitution? Apparently no good at all....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Right now (have I said this here before?) a lot of British are acting like people after a failed suicide attempt: "That wasn't it." Maybe, just maybe, this can yet be stopped. That said, if the EU stuck with its...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    this is beginning to look like CASE BADGAG TWEED. Some fraction of "Leave" voters are starting to act like people who just failed at a suicide attempt, suddenly realizing they didn't mean it after all. It's probably going to take...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    "But it's dishonest and disingenuous not to invoke Article 50 as fast as possible." You said a bunch of stupid stupid things last night, I want you to hurry up and make binding commitments based on them. Right. The loser...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    This just in: Sinn Féin calls for vote on Irish reunification. Well, that didn't take very long....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Apparently, those million Syrian refugees are to be left to the tender mercies of Da'esh. Oh, that will work so well....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    It appears that freedumb has won. How many more bullets can we dodge?...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    I said to a student that the British were deciding whether to leave Europe and she said, with shocked puzzlement on her face, “But where will they go?” She’s quite funny. — Harry Brighouse...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    LOL, er, kraw-kraw-kraw!...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Who knows? Maybe next year Corbyn will be PM. Or Farage. Um....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    And never forget: we can play all our little ape power games, but nature is not mocked. Climate change is real. Viruses and bacteria don't care about our politics, they only care that we taste good. A diversity-impoverished ecosystem will...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    I don't think there is anywhere to go; this is part of a global movement. If things get really bad, I think the US Pacific Northwest might be a good place to be, but there is even so much uncertainty....
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    "I couldn't find the words or even an image." Yeah, I've been there. It's hard to imagine global catastrophe, and you're right — people don't want to think about it. I talk about real wrath-of-god stuff, and that's not such...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    "This little experiment of ours / Is pretty damn new and shaky so far / We have the freedom to hang out in bars / To buy shiny new guns or shiny new cars"—The 20th Century Was a Train, song...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    It seems to be more anti-telepathy, a language in which only lies can be made. Also, mass telepathic attacks have also become possible. This, oh, just could be a downside....
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    I think you mostly have to worry about the backdoors that are already in the software, as shipped. Yeah, there's spy stuff. But who's going to bother when there's this great big path, already built, just waiting to be used?...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Bitcoin is looking better and better....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    "My feeling is that the voting public as a whole […] wanted competence in running the country - in particular the economy - above everything else" That's what the Republicans keep promising in the USA. What they have delivered so...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    "Then I thought of Blair and the usual condescension of the sneering Grauniad lefties when it comes to people who are stupid enough to 'vote the wrong way.'" Less than the condescension of the the Tories who are treating almost...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I am more than ever convinced of the need for electoral and media reform in both the USA and the UK....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    And here we have Who came second in the UK election? from Kieran Healy. The map is definitely worth a look. It’s eye-opening, I think. The UK’s First-Past-the-Post election system means—to those of us raised on PR-STV—that there’s a fairly...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    There's not going to be any powerhouse if they go back to austerity, and they've given every indication they're going to do it....
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