Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on Radio silence
    Your evasions and misrepresentations are ridiculous. NEITHER YOU NOR I KNOW WHERE THAT MISSILE BATTERY CAME FROM NOR WHO FIRED IT. You don't have a scrap of evidence for your claim that Putin ordered its supply, or even that it...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Because Britain's economy wasn't almost entirely based on manual labour intensive agriculture. Also, where it was, slavery was largely replaced by indentured labour and low-paid labour which had no other major sources of income. I have read that, in some...
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    We are at cross-purposes. For the record, I agree that slavery is loathesome, the north was right to suppress the rebellion, and there should have been proper compensation and systematic enforcement of equality laws. What I was trying to say...
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    The southern states could read the writing on the wall as clearly as anyone. I suggest that you learn a little bit more about the political and economic issues that led up to succession, why they were already a conflict...
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    That is the victor's history, and was a major reason, but there were others - and the revisionism meant that the genuine problems of the south were not addressed. I agree about the anger of their descendents, but the harm...
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    That's not true about the Great Trek, though there is some truth in it....
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    I have no idea whether Lee was a shit or not, but the revisionism I referred to is to claim that the USA civil war was solely an attempt by the liberal northerners to free the slaves from their brutal...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Fer chrissake, you are now claiming that Putin ordered the shooting down of a passenger jet? And who are you claiming that he was trying to assassinate on board it? That's even beyond your normal tinfoil hat paranoia! It's as...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    And removing statues of Lee is going to help in that exactly how? Yes, I agree that the revisionism you describe is worse, as is the denial of the Holocaust, but that does NOT justify counter-revisionism, especially when it works...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    That is really, really dangerous for serious hillwalking, let alone what I did/do - in a class with not taking waterproofs because the forecast is dry. If something goes wrong, you get caught out with worsening weather conditions and a...
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    The trouble about the political correctness is that it rapidly changes into revisionism - the row about Rhodes is very much of that category - he didn't get the bayete from the Matabele because they either despised or hated him....
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    Yes, it is that bad and, yes, God help us, it does put Putin on a higher ethical level :-( You won't see the evidence in the western press, except occasionally in places like the Independent, but what the human...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Yes and, as I said in 196, neither the WWII Japanese nor modern USA/UK/Israel/Saudi Arabia restrict themselves to suspected terrorists or even ones with a plausibly relevant association - merely being being associated in any way (even by physical proximity)...
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    "The thing about Putin is he's appears to be one of the master non-violent strategists we have today. And no, I don't think he's one of the good guys." Not just that. When he takes out a political opponent, he...
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    I don't think that you understand the nature of the Japanese monarchy at the time, or the harm that such a show trial would have done. Hirohito had been brought up as a virtual prisoner, fed stories of glorious war,...
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    No. That wasn't the issue. The issue was whether the warlords would retain control. And THAT is why the Allies had to force an essentially unconditional surrender, and why those bombs were perhaps the only justified use of nuclear weapons...
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    "Actually, the nukes were originally intended for Germany; VE day simply happened ahead of expected schedule." Those damn Russians again!...
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    Yes. That aspect is definitely not a zero-sum game, even if many people and politicians regard it as that :-( Unfortunately, as far as most of the UK's population is concerned, it's purchasing power (more important than GDP as such)...
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    You're missing the point. At its peak, a word of advice from the British agent to most of the world was tantamount to an order, even to most nominally independent countries; the same thing has been (and, to a great...
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    "North Korean Missile Claims Are ‘a Hoax’" Interesting. I have been saying that is probably the case, based on the sort of 'evidence' put forward to support the claims, but it's nice to see it confirmed. It is very like...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    No. I said "no matter how it falls out", and meant it. I can't see any reasonable hope of Brexit being cancelled and the government lancing the abscesses on the body corporate that led to it in the first place,...
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    Yes. Brexit is going to complete what Suez started, no matter how it falls out, and we shall become just another tinpot, bankrupt and corrupt near-dictatorship in short order - absent a miracle. It's not just the decay of the...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I think that it's the multinominal one spreading obfuscation. But a niggle with your post: no, not fossil fuels, but machinery. Fossil fuels didn't replace wood and charcoal until about the 16th century in Britain, and slavery was long dead...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    That's not an ecological one - it's a climatic one. In most places, they are very similar, but Sudan is an exception - you can see that quite clearly if you fly over it at low altitude. Here is an...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Oops. Correction. Add Arabia to the trading. But that's all it was before modern times....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I doubt it - if you are, you are being very confusing. Berenice was/is NOT in sub-Saharan Africa. In that neck of the woods, that doesn't start until Kenya....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Irony is one thing, but posting bollocks and expecting people to see a joke in it is not sane. As I think you know, Nubia was the only place at which the ancient world (i.e. anything before the 15th century)...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    No, not at all. THEY're jammy. WE're fucked :-(...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    The series is looking more and more like a utopia, as regards our relationship with the USA :-(...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    It is you who are talking arrant bollocks. I could point out several major errors in what you have said, including the way that you have parroted several racialist claims, but won't (at least for now). I will give you...
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