Fazal Majid

Fazal Majid

  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Everybody loves unregulated derivatives markets until their imaginary wallet full of monkey jpegs gets stolen. (None of this would have made any sense to anyone in 2011) Still doesn't to me, except as vindication for Keynes' adage that markets...
  • Commented on Outage report
    I’d suggest moving to a static site generator like Hugo and hosting it directly on Cloudflare Pages, running only the comments on your own server. That said, even a well-trod migration like WP to Hugo is fraught (your posts don’t...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Most of the British press was rabidly anti-EU long before the Leveson Enquiry. That's the toxic miasma in which a young Boris Johnson learned the trade of post-truthiness journalism, after all (as well as other obscenities like complaining gun control...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Feudalism starts at the top, with the Queen and her Royal Consent that basically allows her to exempt herself from democratically voted laws, in total secrecy (and the Scottish devolved government is just as enthusiastic about secrecy on this as...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Considering the UK has no written constitution, no separation of powers, no judicial review and entrenched feudalism, the actually surprising thing is that it actually took so long to go sideways....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I'm pretty sure he grew up reading the same right-wing near-future American SF yarns as me Yes, certainly reminds me of the Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle yarn "Fallen Angels", minus the SF fandom service....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Well, he fought against the Nazis, unlike his uncle-in-law, and his mother is honored at Yad Vashem, so by the dismal standards of monarchies, he was woke, no matter how archaic some of his attitudes. Even staunch republicans like Scottish...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    I thought that was precisely why you introduced the notion of combat epistemologist in the Laundry Files. That said, as a freshly minted resident of London, the supine acquiescence of the English to corruption and a mendacity on a grand...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Centrist coups generally don't happen because you need worked-up radicals with fire in their belly to run a successful coup. The Thermidor coup ending Robespierre’s Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. Do not underestimate the psychological effect on...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    For those who think that in an élan of racial solidarity the Australians and Canadians will welcome white English refugees: there are decades of evidence there is no such solidarity within England itself (perhaps a millennium if you go back...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    In addition to burned 5G masts, No Signal is a reality for me on Hampstead High Street, probably one of the poshest places in the UK, because of wealthy Hampstead residents' NIMBYism for cellular towers. Now that governments in the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Some sort of ranked voting system would improve ALL our lives but the people who might authorize it are the ones whose re-election depends on NOT giving voters a choice. The British electorate had that option in the 2011 Alternative...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    @Charlie Your model is flawed. The entrenched oil companies or military-industrial complex are more likely to murder a do-gooder than a popular revolution a billionaire. Their interests are more concentrated, which solves the coordination problem, and they already have extensive...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Well, the UK "constitution" has no prohibition against bills of attainder, unlike the US, so the only thing preventing them is the ECHR so detested by Conservatives, and Ms. Priti Patel is said to be fond of capital punishment. Thus...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Another example is how California inspired the open kitchen trend: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2007/06/where-mother-saw-best/305896/ Now that the lady of the house is more likely to be working at a computer on the three freelance jobs she does to keep the family's finances afloat,...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I must be an outlier as I am moving from a 83 year old house in a newish city (San Francisco) to a less than 10 year old apartment in an ancient one (London) with unimaginably luxurious amenities like a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Surely you mean Brexit...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    2. About 100 Tories and a smaller number of Labour MPs are so adamantly pro-Brexit that if she goes back on A50 she'll split the party, possibly causing the emergence of a new right-wing party and effectively depriving the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Fazal rhymes with "puzzle". Majid with a j as in "jay", not "hay" (Arabic in origin, not Spanish, although Spanish certainly has a lot of Arabic influences)....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The UK public, Parliament and government are hopelessly divided and incapable of making a decision. Normally this would lead to maintaining the status quo but that's not how Article 50 works. I would guess it will be withdrawn eventually (after...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "the Laundry Files are satire, dammit, not a political documentary!" So you get to experience how Margaret Atwood feels......
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    @Daniel Duffy There is plenty of non-feudalist fantasy, Fritz Lieberman, Glen Cook and Steven Erikson, although the fact this sub genre is called “Low fantasy” is very telling....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I don't understand the Heinlein fandom, apart from the baleful influence of Campbell. There are so many better authors of his time, from Sturgeon to Van Vogt, Asimov and Cordwainer Smith. As for his political stances, I suspect he was...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Thanks, Charlie. Even though GDPR compliance is a big part of my day job right now, I was not aware of the Article 2 exemption for personal use. I don’t have to worry about expunging or obfuscating IPs from my...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    If you want to see just how heedless and callous the US Armed Forces are about shooting down a civilian airliner, just read the section in Major David Crist's excellent "The Twilight War" dealing with the Iran Air flight 655...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I'm sure Daesh, pedophile rings and the like will use it to generate fake traffic against their websites in order to stymie law-enforcement and spooks trying to use traffic analysis to identify terrorists/pedophiles/etc....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was well aware the war was unwinnable for Japan. Most likely the Japanese government was as well but decided to go ahead to save face: http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB905.pdf...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I believe that is not the case - all the EU member countries are individual WTO members as well as the EU being a member in its own right. Are you sure about that? I was basing on this...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    In 1900 Argentina was one of the ten richest countries in the world. Through misrule it lost that position, and Argentinian debt is not denominated in pesos. UK debt can only be denominated in Sterling if it is mostly held...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    One point that is hardly ever mentioned: the UK gets its WTO membership from its EU membership, and would lose it and have to apply for readmission upon Brexit. This requires unanimity, and you can be sure China and India...
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