Martin

Martin

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Their risible cover story supports them being rogue agents No, their poor cover story supports them not expecting to be caught, and that their standards have slipped. After all, the UK is an unusually surveilled country, with systems that...
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    Similar in the UK? Not with bases... (and a 1000-person base is a decent size for the British Army). ...the difficulty in the UK is getting rid of capbadges. "How dare the Secretary of State for Defence ignore the proud...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    You're thinking too law-abidingly. The Billionaire Tax Evaders can't exactly complain to the Fraud Squad. But they are likely sociopaths, they aren't poor, and they're possessive. Your story includes the motivated individual. It doesn't include the very-well-paid private investigators hired...
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    One thing I don't understand is why the Army chose to station the 10th Mountain Div at Ft. Drum in New York Edinburgh's local Territorial formation during the Last Big Mistake was the 52nd Lowland Division; they were assigned a...
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    the Defender hasn't been imported to the U.S. since 1997 You should be able to get yourself the new-model Defender. The skeptics will no doubt skeptic ("Monocoque chassis! air springs! eleventy!!") but even though it doesn't have rigid axles, leaf...
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    anything in the UK that can carry more than 7 passengers Fortunately, I passed my test in the late 80s, so my standard driving license covers what is now class D1 and D1E; minibus up to 16 passengers, if necessary...
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    Absolutely, hence my mild sense of shame: see “Chelsea Tractor”, for wading those especially deep car park puddles and particularly steep kerbs and driveways... (the Edinburgh equivalent being “Morningside Tractor”). I spent years driving green-painted Land Rovers off-road, and a...
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    Rolls-Royce Cullinan? No thanks... Now that they're a subsidiary of BMW, I suspect they follow the BMW philosophy for SUV, as expressed by the ex-brother-in-law (he's an engineer, works for Land Rover): "3 wheels on-road, 1 wheel off". As compared...
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    For that kind of money, you just get your Range Rover from Special Vehicles, have them fit their plug-in hybrid option, and do some serious tailoring... ...if you want to drop your standards and feel like a real callous rent-seeking...
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    If you want a single rule of law for all, then it needs to be a single rule of law for all, period. I absolutely agree. However, what I was reacting to (I won't presume to speak on Nancy's behalf)...
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    Now if you want to raise the standards of how prisoners are treated, that's a different and worthwhile discussion. But if we in the US treat our prisoners badly, those who benefited from this inhumane system should also be subject...
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    Trump won't start a war, I don't think he has the mental capacity to plan like that. I'd like to think you're right... ...but even an unsuccessful, scamming, grifting, second-rate and slightly dim businessman has the intellectual capacity to cope...
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    Also, does anyone else remember the movie "Southern Comfort"? Ohhh, yes :) The British equivalents would either be "Dog Soldiers" (horror movie theme, even if the troops involved are regulars) or "All Quiet on the Preston Front" (Reservists theme, but...
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    It would be a better world if there were no torture. Failing that, I would rather have a world where people who are theoretically of good will weren't enthusiastic about torture. It's interesting to see how the Norwegians approach the...
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    Regarding Trump and Iran... The good news is, he doesn't have time. A bombing/cruise missile strike: maybe. A full-scale war: nope. Strongly agree. Invading Iran is an order of magnitude greater military problem than invading Iraq; just, not going to...
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    Why do anyone think the Air Force is so big on drones? Man power to fly a drone for a year is so much less than a manned aircraft. Apparently not... as I understand it, the number of people required...
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    Apologies to moderator and all, time for me to stop posting for a while :)...
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    your misrepresentation of what I have said is close to libellous. Post 289: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2017/08/radio-silence.html Post 35: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2018/05/cthulhu-counterfactual.html...
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    Re Martin: I'm *so* happy to read his right-wing propaganda. That made me smile. My view of myself is that I'm firmly centrist...but with strong kneejerk responses to bigotry and tyranny. Don't worry, I fully appreciate that my view of...
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    Well there was the Intervención Estadounidense en México. And the War of 1812. And the Fenian Raids. And the Mexican Border War.... At the risk of "what have the Romans ever done for us", I could point out that those...
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    IF one regards Russia as treating its near neighbours in the same disgraceful way the USA has treated all the Central American countries ... then it makes perfect sense. And that's a very valid point - the USA behaved appallingly,...
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    I didn't expect them to respond in kind to Russia's overtures of friendship, no, but using treaties, trade deals, threats and even sanctions and military force to force other countries not to trade with Russia isn't even unscrupulous commerce -...
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    They did a live-action movie twenty years ago; it bombed, but we rather enjoyed it. I’ve still got the DVD... I’d never watched the original series, but it sounds true to the source material :) Robert De Niro as Fearless...
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    When the radio starts playing "Sailing By" the meter knows it's time to switch to the overnight electricty rate. Never underestimate the power of Radio 4 Long Wave on 198kHz... According to Peter Hennessy, one of the instructions to the...
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    ...how many people were required to put one combat infantryman on the firing line? I've read, oh, at least since the sixties or seventies, that there are 9 behind the lines for each combat troop. It really depends, and it's...
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    Let's be real: Gorbachev tried, and Raygun, Bush, Sr, and the rest of the West kept on full-scale economic warfare... because they were looking at the collapse of the USSR the SAME way they looked at the collapse of the...
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    I suspect tribal knowledge was critical in keeping them running. Not just knowledge, but the entire infrastructure around steam turbines; this is a fascinating article about the subject. Until a series of tweets this spring, I hadn't realised that the...
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    Foxessa has convinced me (pretty much) that the Civil War would have happened even if the North had been willing to allow secession. As I pointed out, South Carolina started shooting before any other State had even seceded. That rather...
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    The southern view of what was happening was that they were trying to expel an invasive army Again, the timeline defeats that argument. South Carolina were the first state to secede (on 20 December 1860); their militia waited all of...
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    I quite believe that the reason for the succession was to protect slavery, but the war was over the right of states to secede. If they had been allowed to do so, there would have been no war. Again, timelines...
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