Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Given the USA's record of interfering in elections and cancelling the results it doesn't like, I cannot get excited about such claims, anyway. That includes in the UK of course, via proxies....
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    God alone knows - I had and have nothing to do with them....
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    My public school had more people in the England under 20 (?) athletics team than got into university in one year. Yes, it has changed, and is now coed - I am still not interested in having anything to do...
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    I try to avoid this subject because of this sort of response. Let me just say that the staunchest defenders of the Palestinians are also Israeli Jews (often religious ones). It's too easy to blame and hate a whole class,...
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    You are both overstating your cases. There is overwhelming evidence that alcohol IN EXCESS is harmful, good evidence that 'average' drinking is, and very little evidence of exactly how the risk increases with consumption. The 'safe limits' are NOT based...
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    Right. Actually, the effective delay is several nanoseconds a foot, because the transmission speed in copper (used within racks) is about half the limit, and most protocols need a round trip. Using optical fibre doesn't help, because of the delays...
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    Please delete this if you don't want to follow this path, but one classic, generic example of what you say is the Big Lie. The latest one is the Saudi Arabia / Israel / USA claim that Iran is behind...
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    It isn't impossible that she will lose the vote on the Queen's speech, which will force her to offer her resignation (unless she chooses to ignore protocol). What happens then? More likely, she will lose a vote on the Great...
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    Well, yes, but they DIDN'T have any real justification for the original limits, and had less for halving them - they were plausible guesses, and the later was based on exactly as bad a misunderstanding as Greg's post. See Spiegelhalter's...
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    The modern standard bearer is the asbestos hysteria, which has created an entire and very lucrative industry, removing all traces of asbestos whether or not there is any reason to. The original problem was entirely in the industrial uses, and...
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    It doesn't have to be visible to do what I said. There are good reasons that health professionals are increasingly regarding traffic as a main (if not THE main) health hazard....
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    And so is the grey stuff you blow out of your nose and cough up after a day in a big city. And is the fact that it is too dangerous for children to walk or cycle to school and...
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    But nothing like as much as the other costs, including to the health services and indirectly to the population (whether they own a car or not). This is a very complicated issue, and all simplistic analyses are misleading....
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    Sigh. Cereals etc. use the ripening period to convert their 'growth' biomass to seed biomass. f they don't get enough sunlight when growing, there isn't enough biomass to ripen, and the crop is dire....
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    Sigh. Yes, there is a huge shade effect in the UK. Gardeners who grow vegetables know the effect well. Oh, yes, plants will grow, but the productivity of food plants is PRIMARILY limited by the amount of sunlight....
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    Well, I looked at the industry's own papers on this about 5 years ago, and 15% was the highest value on the open market. I couldn't find an independent test that got above 10%, either. And was for clean cells,...
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    For the Nth time, solar is a damn-fool idea as a MAIN source IN THE UK; simple physics rules it out. But that doesn't apply in more equatorial or less densely populated locations (like the USA), or as an incidental...
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    Please do the RIGHT calculation. Aylesbury gets 2.2 MJ/m2/diem or 25 W/m2/diem in winter, so 35 GW at 10% efficiency (very high) is 14,000 km2. Which, of course, cannot be used for agriculture....
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    Posted while sinking a beer in Lisbon. Yes. I suspect that there was a very loose, tacit agreement until Omagh - and then the godfathers stamped down relatively hard. That matches the events. On the matter of competence, yes, but...
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    I take your point, but I have been watching this area closely since 1969, and my analyses and predictions have been borne out about twice as often as not. Also to Martin (#283): none of them, actually. There was SOME...
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    I did not say that about you and did not mean it. I was quite reasonably offended by what YOU said, and responded in kind. You can certainly request an explanation of the evidence and my reasoning, but I am...
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    Read the article. It says "territories that now belong to Ukraine". Very different. And, unfortunately, what he says about the Kiev regime is true, though glossed over by the western press :-( As he has repeatedly said, the mess in...
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    Do not confuse the technical legal sense used for sexual relations with the normal meaning of the word. And, if somebody does something that you have the power to correct or reverse, and you choose not to, that IS consenting...
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    Yes and no. She might fuck it up enough (or get fucked up from outside) to have to resign, but where nobody else can get the support of Parliament. I posted in another blog entry that I won't be surprised...
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    However, my view is that anyone who claims that an Epistle (let alone the Old Testament) should override the Gospels cannot honestly be called a Christian....
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    "You're implying ...." Accepted. That was sloppy of me, and 1998 was downright wrong, now you remind me. I was referring to the political/military split that led to the Real IRA breaking off. My expectation is as I described in...
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    Consent does not imply foresight or even presence; it can include accepting something after the event. In particular, before 1998, any PIRA member who disobeyed orders and (especially) misappropriated material would have been jumped on. And, as I said, McGuinness's...
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    Your second clause is true, but your first is bollocks - and offensive with it. I could explain the evidence in detail, and it is NOT compatible with the line that is officially touted to the public, but there is...
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    I am not responsible for your misunderstandings. I said what I meant and I meant what I said, and what you read into it was something else entirely. To quote me: "I agree that the IRA, as the paramilitary organisation,...
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    To a very limited extent, yes. The evidence for that is very strong, and I have seen it stated in official analyses. But ONLY to a limited extent - i.e. they were allowed to take a small amount of material...
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