Greg. Tingey

Greg. Tingey

  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Ah: "the Door in the Wall" syndrome. If Charlie lets me, I will send a picture of a classic one of those, for posting up .........
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    Oh dear # 271 - 274 appear to be content-free...
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    The exact reverse, in fact of the previous process I mentioned in # 288...
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    He's also implied that he "cant't see" why the US shouldn't go for a "First Use" of nukes, for Ghu's sake! Unbelievably dangerous if true. Even worse than a Trump selection of US Supreme Court Judges, which takes a lot...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    you can delay industrialization, but is there a way to artificially freeze it's development? Quite easily, IF you control all external access. See Shogunate Japan. Which could, very easily, have turned outward, used the European's inventions & taken over the...
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    Very interesting. I suspect you are approx 75% correct. There's also the other factor, of course, which may be represented by my last name ( which you can see, of course ) - I'm descended from the Huguenots. Louis XIV...
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    Without the vast fortunes coming out of slavery and slave labor France couldn't have made the scientific and industrial strides she did in the 18th century, and neither could have England. Disagree profoundly. Produce evidence to support your case. As...
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    The Lincolnshire Fens are the UK equivalent to HP Lovecraft's Innsmouth dwellers. All too true. They ain't called "Yellowbellies" for nothing! I remember Holland County ( between Spaliding & Lynn ) in the 1950's all too well!...
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    Given that one grandmother came from the depths of the Fens, no problem. Contrariwise ... There are persistent attempts, usually successful (eventually) by "the authorities" to clamp down on, fine & jail the corrupt gangmasters running those illegal scams in...
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    But the "Argies" nonetheless lost at least one sub to (IIRC) helicopter-attack: The Santa Fe ( S-21)...
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    There is a definite anti-French bias here. OK, so why, then ( apart from US "war of independence" when everyone ganged up on the UK ) did the French lose every time? And why were the RA better than Boney's...
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    Err 2-cm not 10 (!) Significantly smaller, more efficient radar-heads, much more easily fitted to aircraft...
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    Late reply to # 4 The easy coal that facilitated the development of steam technology won't be there Sorry, but wrong. Lots of the coal is still there, especially since, now, China has already passed peak coal & use is...
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    CORRECTION having more or less run out of Catholics to burn, Err, no. The catholics burnt everyone else(!) Catholics, in England at any rate were condemned for Civil crimes & suffered cruel civil penalties. There was also a lot of...
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    And R Feynman refused, point-blank to endorse the Copenhagen mystic bullshit, ( "collapse of the wave-function" ) I note. With which I will tend to agree.......
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    it has taken on a pro-European socially progressive hue Disagree profoundly. Although the SNP proposals for "Block Wardens" spying on every child in the country have just been thrown out by the courts ... [ News this past week, in...
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    The British railway companies ("the Big Four" ) used small-containerisation extensively in the interwar period ( especially the LNER ) but this was sidelined after nationalisation, through a combination of the biggest group ( ex-LMS ) not using it much...
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    Indeed The real Adam Smith saw this, of course. He advocated government "pump-priming" for capital projects such as turnpike roads, docks & canals, predicting that the increased movement of capital around the system would enrich everyone, including the government, which...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    This is NOT an "American" or USA-based blog, as Charlie repeatedly points out. OK?...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    EVERYONE always wants "special treatment". So what?...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Upminster Carriage Sidings ( a.k.a. "Broadmoor" See: HERE ... )...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    It's run much further in the UK. Apart from loonies who won't learn from history, who are joining Corbyn's drive back to 1977 or even 1917 ... political-party membership has dropped dramatically. Less than 2% of the population overall, I...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    150% US-centric & also wrong. The USSA is NOT the planet. For at least the third time Grow Up...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    YES WE ARE GETTING IT Crashing the system, or releasing disease-agents can, & quite possibly will - KILL over 50% of the population. THIS MATTERS. Like I said, grow up. YOU are the one who is not "getting it" Locked...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Grrr Please GROW UP Please read what "Heteromeles" is saying & me about deliberate introduction of disease-vectors ... OK? "Nice" is unimportant - competent is. Hilary, whom lots of people seem to hate, probably because she is a powerful WOMAN...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    I wish more anarchistic types would realize this: the System is metastable, wobbly, unsustainable, and evil. Unfortunately, crashing it completely would result in (at an easy guess) a >>75% decrease in the human population. See also my comment (551 &...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    CORRECTION: " .....by showing that their identities can be stolen if they participate in the democratic process isn't the mark of a whistleblower, it's vendetta state or other (?)Mafia(?) intervwention, pure and simple." "If Wikileaks is now about playing politics...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    The Dorothy L Sayers translation is the one to go for, if only for the really extensive historical footnotes & explanations. Got me into high Medieval history that did ..... Just about to start a semi-bio of Lord Woolton, who...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Incidentally, I would have thought that ( see above ) ..... Deliberately releasing or introducing disease-carrying vectors ( Insects &/or what they are carrying ) into a public place, especially one where food was served was itself a serious criminal...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    And, to show that stupidity is not confined to any one group, a n other group of so-called "activists" do something rally stupid OK, so what the employers did wasn't, perhaps "nice", but deliberately releasing disease vectors into the public...
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