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  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Basically, the Joint Chiefs have asked their superior officer to put his crazy-ass order in writing. This is not a good thing....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Me, a while back: "Marx perhaps swung the focus of philosophical debate on history towards systems rather than individuals. This is surely a welcome correction from monarchism. But perhaps it is time to swing back, and ask ourselves what sort...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I like Louis XIV as a Bond villain. Such people appear in history with numbing regularity. More examples?...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    "Assange was behind 'Exposing the Global Warming Hoax'" I had not heard that before. Can you expand on it?...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I've decided that this post represents a major historical insight, and so I christen this idea the Bond Villain theory of history....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Ah! That explains The Prince. It's a guide for 16ᵗʰ century supervillians!...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    JA, an idealist educated by a tribe of mad philosophers, forced into armed seclusion at an embassy of an unnamed Latin American country by either police pursuing him for crimes or government agents pursing him because he embarrassed them, has...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    What's discouraging is that if you read history, you'll find lots more of 'em. Seems schlock authors have some sort of insight after all....
  • 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...
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