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Graydon

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    None of Trump's appointees to the DoJ want to have anything to do with prosecuting anyone connected with Russian interference in the 2016 election. There's a line of speculation that the third individual, mentioned in the already-public Manning/Assange chat logs,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It's the same stuff; a conviction of English exceptionalism. In a time when there's an empire and the ruling class are mostly numerate and mostly believe in a notion of general prosperity (in part because their positions are secure), you...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The smart, if evil, move is to let the UK go hard Brexit and make the regulatory readmission fast track (and it has to be very, very fast, as the UK starts to starve....) conditional on the UK joining the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Innovation produces incompetence. Peter Principle aside, if the environment is novel, competence isn't available; there's a bunch of learning experiences no one has had yet. The pan-national id amplifier of social media is a lot newer than it generally recognized;...
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    And they're collectively a lot calmer about Reality Winner so I really do wonder if there's something we're all missing about the information Manning released. Transphobia doesn't have anything to do with it, in your view? Is the vindictiveness coming...
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    I think the Swedish sexaul assault charges are absent political motivation and should obviously be tried. If Assange were a rational actor, the way they're acting would indicate someone who is utterly terrified of a government, any government, looking into...
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    The problem is we don't know that. Is it journalism, or some journalism as a cover for being an agent provocateur/espionage front/covert ops coordination node? I'm a lot more worried by the probable lack of public trial, where such things...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Someone on twitter used "time for a Brexorcism". I admire the coinage greatly, and wonder just how ceremonial the church of england could bring itself to be on the subject....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The point I have been making is that the ancien regime, in Montréal and in Québec, was unsustainable and not easily reformable at all, based as it was on an English Canadian disdain for Francophones that was fundmentally racist and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I would think that the answer to "who are we now?" is indeed obviously "Irish", but, well. I'm not, and I don't live there. Hereabouts, the Orange Lodges died of shame sometime in the 50s, and there's been a resurgence...
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    That might work if we were writing in 1660. Three and a half centuries is a bit too late to apply the lens of the decolonization of settler colonies. Depends; the local politics do seem to be defined in terms...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I have clearly not used enough caveats! Not in favour of the ancienne status quo in Quebec! Do think, at a tactical scale, shooting your primary city's service economy turns out to be way, way more expensive than people seem...
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    As I recall the writeup, there are apparently now some folks trying to track medical consequences; those responsible were way some lots unclear on the "lack of immediate symptoms does not equal safe" thing, and the idea that feeding people...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Oh, no, no, the extra-virgin olive oil thing is much better! EU bureaucrat is out shopping; looks at price on the litre bottles of extra-virgin olive oil. EU bureaucrat goes, wait. I do things related to agricultural production, and this...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    A relationship built on deception and misdirection is not a healthy one between people, why would anyone expect that to be different between nations? I much doubt the nations are deceived. If you're trying to shift from nation-state incentives to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The UK initiated the divorce knowing all that stuff, and for no plausible or even coherent reason. Having the Tory party taken over by (at best) lunatical greed-heads and (probably) by genocidal would-be autocrats isn't assignable to the EU's culpability....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    no real rights of consultation sits very oddly with the UK continuing to use the pound and staying out of Schengen! I do think there's been a disconnect, but it seems to have been more on the UK side and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Sure! but they're not going to see things as a betrayal of the working class. They're going to see it in some sort of xenophobic thing. And a lot of the reason to cultivate the xenophobia is so they blame...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    No, I think "if you turned off cell phones today, deliveries would stop". As a general rule, as organizations shift to being organized around more capable communications tech, you get forms of organization which can't be replicated by the previous...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The Brexit protest vote has almost nothing to do with Europe and everything to do with austerity. (About which people have been told it's Europe and want to believe that because that increases their insecurity less than it being the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Getting all the phones turned off breaks delivery of pretty much everything, from taxis to trucks; most people's access to emergency services; plus a big general social organization hit as people can no longer call the daycare and check on...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You're supposing that people connect those things to a)"the government" and b)their choices to act peacefully towards their neighbours. In a lot of cases -- at least 30% of cases even in some place like the Netherlands or Norway --...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Peace is a continuous active process. It's subject to ongoing, individual, conscious choice about what other people it applies to. The more broadly defined the "included in the peace" group is, the more work it is to maintain both the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Eventually! I mean, yes, today, Montreal continues to be a functioning import-replacing city[0] and is doing/has done a (long-delayed) big round of infrastructure replacement (well!) but it was a near-run thing despite sound policy, a lurking (if lamentably not very...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It's applied to the US since (at the latest) ICE started functioning as an ethnic cleansing organization....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Any political organization arises from belief in its power, and all political power is unitary. The leaders of the EU27 may not agree on just what the EU is or should be, but they agree that it must get copied...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You're being rational. None of this has anything to do with being rational. Civilization requires you to give up immediate direct benefit in return for amorphous indirect benefits which are materially greater but don't feel that way. This can fail...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yugoslavia - maybe, but for that to succeed, you need lots of weapons in the hands of your followers Absolutely not. First off, "decisive violence" is not delimited or constrained by equipment. "Decisive violence" just means that; it's the violence...
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    In what strange universe is the EU your enemy? The sinews of empire are long-dissipated, by the UK's preference and policy; the services economy shan't recover from the damage done already. I can see wanting to push for the Heineken...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "those born after Reagan" is everyone younger than forty. Just like you have to be in your mid-thirties to have any memory of a baseline year in the climate change analysis sense; the global temperature has been above "average" for...
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