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  • Commented on Excuses
    My gas and electricity meters were installed in 1967, and are older than me. A hacker would need a front door key and a chisel to crack them. As long as they still work, they are staying....
  • Commented on Excuses
    And as far as I am aware, quite a small number of people are responsible for quite a lot of crime, such as burglary, muggings etc If that were true, why do we not live in land when property crime...
  • Commented on Excuses
    True. No matter what disasters hit the real economy & body politic (banking crisis, 'quantitative easing', post EUref Sterling collapse, Trump) I am wealthier than I was 2001, 2010, 2015. Quite legally, and keeping the money onshore, I pay very...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Prison population in the UK has DOUBLED since 1990. While actual crimes have fallen. Are the two related? No....
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Been there recently myself. :-( I hope the suffering and trauma is as minimal as possible, for all concerned. Best wishes. See you on the other side....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I have replied to this comment, Greg. If you want to read it you'll have to ask OGH to approve it....
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    Was there any other evidence they weren't unspeakable scum?...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Tribal loyalties in Ulster politics in map form Immediately before and immediately after Good Friday Agreement After eighteen years of the Good Friday Agreement A five colour map becomes a three colour map....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    When the likes of John Redwood and Jacob Really-Smug find the DUP are quite keen on freedom of movement and cross-border trade (considering the huge number of applications for Irish passports post 23rd June 2016 even from Unionists) they will...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The former leader of the DUP, Peter Robinson, lead a mob of 'protesters' into a village over the border into a village called Clontibret, where they beat up fellow EU citizens in 'protest' at the Anglo-Irish agreement between Thatcher and...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I voted for the main Brexit-opposing party in last week's GE, which means I completely wasted my vote, living as I do in an area that voted 69% leave, but used to have a Labour MP prior to 2010. Regrets:...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    The idea of using airliners as nuke delivery platforms is not new, and subsonic airliners have been considered for that role. http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5553.0 The aerofoil of the VC10 airliner, unencumbered by podded engines, had strengthen sections to hold Skybolt missiles. Only...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    There were a number of 1950's era Hawker Sea Fury, Gloster Meteor and MiG-15/17 airframes were recovered from post OIF Iraq, where they have been snaffled by the US vintage aircraft market....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    'Austerity' as a political touchstone predates the Thatcher era by quite some margin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geddes's_Axe It always fails, economically, because it is an ideology, not an economic theory. See the names of the same malefactors crop up again and again, eg...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Unfortunately the GBU-43/B (or the MOAB) is so bigly yuge it has to be punted out the back of a MC-130 Hercules transport plane. There's only the (Russian) RS-28 missile that could cope https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-28_Sarmat The eleven ton weight of the...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I always think of names they won't give ships when I see Royal Navy 'noun' ships HMS Vulnerable HMS Enfeebled HMS Defenceless The favourite Culture ships I came up with include ROU Forcible Insertion of Unlikely Object [d]ROU Are you...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Hopefully RL will not provide you with too much grim meathook material - or if it does, it mostly affects the U.S. ;-0 Can't wait to read Empire Games, when I finally get my clammy hands on the U.S. Also...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    TO BE CONTINUED (once the anti-depressants kick in) Everything should be fluffy bunnies, unicorns and infinite mince pies by then, surely...? *increases dosage* *waits* *hopes* *nopes*...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Oh, what a gruesome alternate universe. Isn't it George VII that Charles Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg-Mountbatten intends to reign under? I think Charles III, would be safer...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    A handful of gruesome atrocities in the West pale into insignificance compared to deaths of Muslims in sectarian violence, and Western [mostly, but not exclusively US] military violence. The Nazi sympathisers of the self-styled 'alt-right' have kept promising a Muslim...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    When I think of my childhood, I think of this John Cooper Clarke poem. Give him scars and khaki to wear Remove his balls, he'll go anywhere He doesn't speak, he doesn't dare Death sneaks, he isn't scared Minus balls,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Have you not heard of a concept called the Overton window? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window Or the saying that 'the only difference between heresy and orthodoxy is the passage of time'? Political ideologies adapt over over time, and libertarianism has NEVER mapped onto...
  • Commented on The Day After
    All politicians betray their supporters, their electoral base, eventually. How will Trump's extremist, sociopathic, and presumably well-armed supporters react to such a betrayal? It's hard to assassinate a President nowadays, but civilians are the softest of soft targets....
  • Commented on The Day After
    I think mass deportation and 'the wall' will become aspirations rather than policy - it's what he will do outside of the USA that worries me. There will be few domestic comebacks for Trump from his foreign policy Will he...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    The former is just an opiate -- a bit weaker/slower to take effect than the morphine it is metabolized to Yes, my mum's on the 30mg version of cocodamol... but the latter is the work of the devil and would...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Luckily I don't I have that problem [hypertension], but my Doctor still won't prescribe diclofenac with my antidepressants, except as the gel [which is cheaper OTC anyway] I have my diminishing stockpile of tablets that I infrequently resort to. Dirk...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    The only upmarket watch that's ever tempted me http://www.bremont.com/collection/ep120/ep120 I could afford one too, just. Decided to stick with a Casio F-91W instead. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casio_F-91W...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Medicinal speedballs...hmmm Anything that would ease my mother's arthritic suffering would be devoutly wished for. All my problems (bar depression) can be solved with OTC NSAIDs. So far. I still think aspirin is a superior drug to paracetamol, ibuprofen etc....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I think a bottle of Oramorph to every sufferer of chronic pain would solve a lot of the NHS's problems, if only they would prescribe the stuff. A 500 ml bottle every three months, perhaps? In a similar fashion, a...
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