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Megpie71

  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    O is for "oh no!" - we say it quite often P is for PHANGS; they've come out of the coffin...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I think petrol-driven cars will probably be around for a while, particularly down the "low income" end of the price range. For example: my partner and I are currently driving a car which was built in 1999. When it dies,...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Mirror Field @ 203: You are Mavolio Bent, and I claim my 5 Ankh-Morpork dollars. I'll take it in golems, thanks....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Greg Tingey @ 187: The "dual citizenship" stuff is a hangover from the mindset which gave us the White Australia Policy until about 1973. Our founding fathers were very worried about the idea of someone emigrating from say China, or...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Well, alternative timeline view for Australia - one seat changed hands in the lower house in the 2016 election, going to the ALP rather than the Liberals. The ALP formed a government, and we had a hung parliament (again). On...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Sympathies and condolences, and may their passing be as free from suffering as possible under the circumstances. I hope you get the chance to say farewell....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I'm sorry, I just have enough trouble trying to imagine myself as a passenger on a flight from Tokyo to San Francisco in the first place. The USA is not a place I want to visit at present, and even...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Can we all stop for a moment, and please remember we are still (modulo CRISPR, selective breeding programs, mass ennui-sparked die-offs and similar other such unlikelihoods) dealing largely with the standard Mk 1.0 Plains Ape anatomy, physiology and psychology we...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I was one of those who walked away from LJ years ago (I think the last time I seriously updated my LJ was back in 2007 or thereabouts), due to the way that SixApart were, at the time, attempting to...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Heteromeles @ 103: Let's not forget the news from down under, where half the country is on fire (eastern half, this year) while the other half is getting flooded out (western and northern halves this time around). We've apparently had...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Moz @358: You could always have one like the one installed in our current rental place. Without the owner's permission[1]. It's a split system, and they put the compressor unit down at ground level on a couple of slabs, where...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    To all those people who are asking "why did the theory of the four humours persist for so long?" Three major reasons: 1) speed of information transmission; 2) speed of data compilation; 3) human refusal to listen. Oh, and one...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Charlie @ 420: On a more immediate scale, because people don't like picking up and leaving everything they've ever known unless they absolutely have to, what's likely to happen is this: Bangladeshi fishermen will move away from their current un-fishable...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    W┼Źdan Shodan @365: Unfortunately, for them to look at that would mean they would have to firstly, admit they might be wrong on something; secondly, admit they might not know everything; and thirdly, be open to correction. None of which...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Given our Treasurer (who used to be our Immigration Minister) has gone on record praising Trump's immigration policies and saying "the rest of the world is catching up to Australia", I believe very strongly he was right....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Scottcie @ 103: " The welcome is warm and the beer is cold!" ... and the Fascism is in a different accent. Let's not kid ourselves Australia is any better. Not when our Treasurer is busy congratulating the USA for...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Mayhem @ 143 - I sit corrected. (Even so... surely just avoiding pissing off the people with the heavy vehicles and the sniper rifles is probably a wiser course? I mean, this is Australia we're talking about - they're not...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    To which the Australian government responds by evacuating them all off to Manus Island and Nauru, because clearly the earthquakes were all set up by the NZ government in order to get around Australian Border Force restrictions. They can apply...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Martin @ 42: Oh, our sprots journos are generally the worst of the worst anyway (Eddie Macguire, anyone? Anyone? Please? We'll throw in Sam Newman for free!?). Don't worry, we've long since realised the mistake which came from taking the...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Moz @ 563: We're up to three hours behind the east coast, unless you're talking about the east coast of New Zealand. Perth and WA in general are in zone GMT +8, the east coast is in zone GMT +10,...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Hugh Fisher @ 13: I already mentioned what was happening here in Australia back in the comments for part II - basically, the Liberal/National coalition government continues on with "business as usual" (kicking the poor when they're down; attempting to...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Meanwhile, in Australia, the Turnbull government continues on the way it's been going for the past year or so[1]. Which just proves the disaster keeps on keeping on no matter where you are in the English-speaking world! [1] For non-Australians:...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Gregory Muir @ 214: I suspect we're both in violent agreement. As I've said elsewhere, my suspicion is Trump and/or Pence and/or Ryan are going to be lazy fascists. They're not going to organise goon squads to march people off...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    Today's actually turning out pretty good. For a start, it's not boiling hot (it hit 43C yesterday); the final side-effects of the summer cold I came down with nearly a month ago are finally starting to recede on a regular...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    [Replying to a bundle of ideas, from all the way up and down the thread. Will tend long.] Charlie @ 72: As you pointed out, the other problem with that one is figuring out how to sustain it. Once things...
  • Commented on A reminder
    I have a feeling we're looking in entirely the wrong direction when we're pointing out our potential fascist dictators - and I get the feeling we're actually ignoring a rather crucial part of the whole "control of the media" thing....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    SnU @ 81: I can testify to the Australian side of things. We have the euphemistically named "Institute of Public Affairs". This labels itself as a libertarian/economically conservative "think tank", but is, if you look at the names of their...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    ChrisB @ 81: I find it exquisitely humorous that at least some of the people yelping loudest for the return of "a culture of honour" in the USA and Australia are the same people who bitch extremely loudly about how...
  • Commented on The Day After
    The last time I felt so shocked and stunned by something which happened in the USA, it was September 12, 2001 (Australian time). The planes had hit, and to quote Yeats, "all changed, changed utterly". But instead of a terrible...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    On the one hand, yeah, it's an interesting batch of research, with a fascinating premise, and it looks pretty well done, with a wide variety of samples from a number of different nations (although given it's psychology research, I do...
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