Greg. Tingey

Greg. Tingey

  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I was thinking more of the coprorate corruption & lobbying in the EU - as bad as, or possibly even worse than what goes on in Washington. Oh Dirk @ 126 At risk of Godwinising the conversation, the current Chinese...
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    I note that the banned person seemed to think that (e.g.) food purity regulations could be bribed your way out of. WTF? Or/however/contrariwise, in a larger contect, that all "laws" are negotiable - someothing some "bankers" may have thought, esp...
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    Yes But a "gendarmerie" is NOT an Army ... Armies are only useful for occupation for brief periods, till the locals are re-organised to look ater themseleves (even if other army type unots remain in samller quantities. My father was...
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    YES This was the Wedgie Benn argument against the EU - that it was a "giant emnployers/capitalist ramp" (or very similar phrase) Turns out he was probably correct, oh dear....
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    Weirdly, the pattern of the post-1945 era is for warfare to stop being labour intensive and become capital intensive and highly automated. REALLY? Viet Cong vs USA Or for that matter Da'esh (otherwise known as ISIL) who are very personnel/labour-heavy...
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    HORRIBLY true TTIP is vile. Even given the very nasty revelations regarding the racists inside UKIP base-membership, they are one of the few parties agin TTIP. The (English) so-called "greens " are too, but they are entirely off their rockers...
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    Stalin did exactly this in Ukraine & the USSR generally. 1932 & 1935-9....
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    Which thus defines Putin's Russia as a failed sate. Oh, wait a minute .......
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    In spite of all the scare-stories & the loonies on the right of the tory party, I don't actually think the NHS is going to be really privatised, simply because, as is becoming better-known (finally) the NHS, for all its...
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    @ 10 & 11 Charlie & Vanzetti Precisely .... now look for a solution to that nasty little dilemma. Oh, I diosagree about the trrist threat being "Manufactured" - but guvmin'ts respomses have been pathetically laughably incompetent, to the point...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    What gets me is that the RC church, even now, after all the scandals, has enough power in Ireland (together with a truly unholy church-alliance in the NOrth) to be able to keep this stranglehold in position. It's an utter...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    & also Charlie @ 39 Sorry ... Customs & Excise were a guvmint department when "The Treasury" was a box of gold under the King's bed. Apparently there is a guide to revenue-collection from the days of King John {...
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    Yes And "a person I know well" tells me that there is a steadily-increasing number of US current "citizens" divesting themseleves of that, to become UK or Irish nationals, & moving over here, so as to NOT pay that ridiculous...
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    You have to remember that asbestos was known to be hazardous from the start - but the degree of hazard/danger was hugely misunderstood. "White" asbestos was thought to be "safe" - provided it was kept into it's component sheets &...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    But "the robots" are our (humanity's) representatives in space, they are our plenipotentiaries to the outer worlds. They are also part of another human urge: "There's no sense in going further - it's the edge of cultivation," So they said,...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    OK THIS http://s463.photobucket.com/user/Greg_Tingey/media/MYLand-Rover.jpg.html?o=1 is Ratatosk ... & THIS http://s463.photobucket.com/user/Greg_Tingey/media/Hexladder04.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0 Is the late "Hex" showing what she thought of climbing things .......
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Worse, if they cross-breed with Birmans ... Who are very intelligent, even for cats. The open manipulation of the mere human's whims & desires is quite extraordinary. ( Current master of household is a 7-yr old Birman tom, "Ratatosk" -...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Norwegian Forests' climb very well, even by cat standards - their "tumb" claw is further round on theor "hands" than is usual, giving them an almost-opposable grip. "Hexadecimal" who died a few months ago aged 13 scared us when she...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    I should, perhaps have read further down! Your short listing is very illuminating for some, I'm sure. Can I recommend, for others: "The New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History" by McEvedy. Most interesting & punctures far too many "accepted" but...
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    What about historical fiction, where what are now unacceptable attitudes were "normal" - or where they are not what people now think they are? F'rinstance, racism was probably worst in Britan "between the wars" in the same way that women...
  • Commented on The Faces of Publishing
    But ... at a much lower rate. Normally, an "agent's" or middleman's fee id 5% - 20% The lower figure is why there is sucha thing as a "guinea", by the way .. £1 + 1/- - 1/20th or 5%...
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    Really? So crowdfunding / Kickstarter don't exist then?...
  • Commented on Let's Talk About Running A Successful Kickstarter Campaign
    "self-destruct" #2 The tax rules in the UK will be utterly different. Also, whatever you do, don't try it across different jurisdictions, if you can possibly help it....
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    "caltrops" ? Nah. There's a much better way of totally distracting police horses ... have bag-full of pny cubes ( Compressed horsefeed) in your pocket & just hold you hand out ... Horse goes "MUNCHIES!" - forget crowd-control .......
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Start from the target-bow I was using ( & still have) from 1964 .. Recurved high-quality tensile steel, so made that the bow demounts into two pieces, for ease of transport when not wanted. Now make the bow itself from...
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    Thanks for saving me the effort! btw ... anyone else, please google "Battle of Towton" before any more comments on that one, OK? Worth noting that, before the battle there was an exchange, via heralds, that both sides accepted that...
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    Sorry - I think I may have got the Towton figure doubled - so 20 000 dead. The bodkin was often "improved" by attaching a tiny lump of clay to the tip ... it would still penetrate "plate" at the...
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    NO, I didn't. If you find a copy of J E Gordon, you will see a diagram of the energy stored for draw-length & weight. NOT a straight line .... A recurve bow is much more efficent. I think we...
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    But ... it's not an Hooke's law spring & the loading is non-uniform. One adavantage of a compound recurve bow is that they are easier to drw for a given weight & they store more energy - see J E...
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    Look up the Battle of Towton 35-40 000 killed in a few hours Palm Sunday 29 March 1461...
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