Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    What makes it trickier, especially for lead, is that many elements are dangerous to mammals only in certain forms (either physical or chemical); as we can all remember, lead's salts are extremely insoluble and it is fairly unreactive. Leaded petrol...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    More than you might think and not entirely :-) Yes, that's why I wasn't surprised at their existence - indeed, I would expect it from some of the children of non-Jewish immigrants in Israel, for reasons I would rather not...
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    Yes. I can't use them at all, for that reason. The phone that I do use (when I use one) is ancient and crude, mainly because it is almost audible. Unfortunately, such discrimination is not merely legal, but effectively encouraged,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Yer whaa?!!! Not the fact that there are neo-Nazis in Israel, which I would have expected, but its overtness and that article's reports of the official responses. I can believe that those developed out of the same reason that the...
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    With regard to your last paragraph, I am afraid that we are going to get precisely the opposite, at least in the short term. And most certainly in the UK. What I am hoping for is that the EU will...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    No, Russia does NOT want to weaken the EU - what it wants is for it to stop acting as an agent of the USA(*). Yes, Putin had an interest in Brexit, because the UK has been the USA's fifth...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    "At the time the U.S. had no idea how fragile the economy of the USSR really was" That, I am afraid, is complete nonsense. Not merely did they know, the whole world knew, and it was regularly reported in British...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    The point is that economists have been saying for some time that the likelihood of a recession is increasing - such very limited disasters (as far as the USA goes) are rarely the cause but often the trigger. The cause...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Unless the houses are build like bomb-proof bunkers, they will then just float away. For every cubic metre of house, you need about half a cubic metre of concrete or brick....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Well, doesn't general relativity claim there there ain't no such thing as gravity? :-)...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Heaven help us, yes :-( I really don't know what we can do to restore some sanity to UK and USA politics. I can see some vaguely plausible paths to sanity for Ireland, but none look at all likely without...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Yes. What the mainland UK press says about Ireland (and the EU, Africa, the Near East, Russia and other extremely foreign places) seems to have at best a tenuous connection to what is actually going on in those places. I...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    As with the trouser-leg of time, it won't make all that much difference, except in detail, because we long ago passed the point of no return. That doesn't mean that we can't do anything (in theory), but that we are...
  • 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...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    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...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    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...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    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...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    That's not true about the Great Trek, though there is some truth in it....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    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...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    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....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    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)...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "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...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    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,...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    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...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "Actually, the nukes were originally intended for Germany; VE day simply happened ahead of expected schedule." Those damn Russians again!...
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