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Megpie71

  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Greg Tingey @ 55: Well, a lot of the damage was done between 1996 and 2006 (thank you *so* much John Howard and Peter Costello); some of the precursor conditions were set up between 1983 and 1996 (the Hawke-Keating years),...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    As I was going to say the other day, we're starting to see this in Australia. * We have the camps - safely outside the country, on Manus and Nauru (and in Nauru, the government there has a blanket ban...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    About the only one of the originals I have any definite answer for is III - to which my answer is definitely "hell no!". Mostly because as far as I'm concerned, as a chronic depressive, the idea of eternal life...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I'm not so much interested in the legal aspects of things as fascinated by the way the question you set up is very much a deliberate example of the way the nation-state is being gradually deconstructed at the end of...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Joe Crow @44: The problem is, Tolkien wasn't a brilliant world-builder. He pretty much pioneered the multi-volume fantasy epic with the map in the front showing where everything was and so on, but he didn't build a flawless world. There...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Australia's ABC has suffered a similar gradual grinding away at their actual "news" capabilities since approximately the election of John Howard as Prime Minister (Mr Howard once got a rather snippy answer from Kerry O'Brien on the subject of "bias"...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    As other people have pointed out, mind uploading is based on the Cartesian notion of the mind/body (originally body/soul) duality. Unfortunately, this duality has been largely flattened out by medical science, which chased down more and more and more things...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    SFReader @ 196: To clarify something you clearly seem to have made a category error about: * A sociopath is a person with antisocial personality disorder. They are personality disordered. * Personality disorders are not the same thing as autism...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Okay, this bears absolutely no actually connection to the main threads, mostly because a fair old chunk of it is stuff I wrote about a week or so back, after listening to Charlie's speech online. So, here goes: * One...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Largely off topic at this point, but for those who are interested, I picked up the game we were playing further up-thread (the "children's book" lines) and ran with it. The result is now up on AO3 as: A Laundry-verse...
  • 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,...
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