Damian

Damian

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I can only imagine the stockpiling of canned food and non-perishable medicines proceeds apace, as does the installation of propane-powered refrigerators for the perishable medicines. I am heartily sorry for those of you living in the middle of this, living...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I think there’s also a distinction between car ferries and long distance carriers. I could have been clearer I suppose, I didn’t think the idea of using this capability this way itself was far fetched, just the idea that the...
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    Well the petition changed overnight from being addressed to the Senate Privliges Committee to being addresses to the Prime Minister, and also passed the million mark. I did sign it because it isn’t pointless - as noted the stated objective...
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    Well for additional puzzlement, the number of people who have now signed the change.org petition to eject Fraser Anning from Parliament (around 900k) is double the size of the quota required to elect a Senator for Queensland (around 450k). However,...
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    Well I pretty much agreed with what you said @589, but we’re exploring the problem space and stuff I guess. The way we handle nuance is interesting here, we’re not all always all that good at it (I am probably...
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    I suspect Venezuela doesn't have the strategic sealift or airlift capability I vaguely recall back in Chavez days much being made of the Venezuelan merchant marine and the potential reuse opportunity for RORO (car) carriers as amphibious landing craft. Personally...
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    I would probably emphasise the point, because it’s totally (and I guess sort of understandably) possible that Frank missed it, that Australia did invade Afghanistan back in 2001 along with the US and everyone else. I wouldn’t necessarily disbelieve the...
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    I totally agree, and while we don’t really have a concept of “originality” in Aus Constitutional Law, I would like to think that Toned Abs is *exactly* the sort of joker that Barton and Griffith thought we should be excluding...
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    If we could somehow manage to strip Fraser Anning of his citizenship that would go a long way to improving things. Providing the same service for Tony Abbott (a childhood immigrant from the UK) and Pauline Hanson (born in Aus...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I have a small back burner project to popularise the usage of “cock and balls” to mean a greasy-spoon order for a crumbed sausage and two dim sims. The most likely medium for this is in some kind of narrative...
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    Well I tried to emphasise the whimsy. I wouldn’t emphasise sensation necessarily (because mostly you have to make the whimsical things up entirely) or belief (cf the circle of light thing: I’m explicitly calling out castles in the air here)....
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    Well there is a way of looking at a particular blind-watchmaker style pantheism and seeing is as sort of continuous with atheism. The universe is a marvel and full of marvellous things, there’s a very general sense of an underlying...
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    Not believing is itself a belief for the same reason that not making choice is itself a choice. For people who live in a box, the world is divided between people who live in the same box and people who...
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    I was always more of a Gould fan. Much as there may be flaws in the compromises he offered, they are flaws which would improved Dawkins....
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    There seems to be a whole genre of writing that tries to connect mass murder with an absence of Christianity. This always seem to me to a situation where the search for the pattern the author wants to see always...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    how should the rest of us correctly distinguish the real cases where someone was indeed taken advantage of in a drunken hookup from those cases where someone merely has a bad case of buyer's remorse? Well believing the complainant is...
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    They're being asked to recognise that a prey animal is actually a human being just like them... it seems to be entrenched privilege plus beliefs about "how men and women (should) relate" I think this is at the heart of...
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    The attributions get a bit confused - if you read up again you might find Moz’s post I was referring to. I had thought I was exposing the form of words to a bit of reductio ad absurdism but I...
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    Hmm, I read The Glass Bead Game and Siddhartha* when I was a teenager but I don’t think I ever read Demian or Steppenwolf. I’ve long intended to re-read the first two and then read the second two, but it’s...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    To be fair, if 2 units of alcohol (ie 200ml of wine, or 550[ish]ml of beer) is enough to remove capacity, and that means someone who drank that much cannot give consent, then a huge proportion of peoples’ sex lives...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    No worries! I was a little confused, but that makes sense. There’s a lot of quite dark irony in the whole Assange situation, and there’s a sort of ideology of the panopticon that becomes comedy when its missionaries’ own private...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Not clear my language is something egregious to require some sort of rebuttal, as I noted above my understanding of the sequence of events differs from yours (aligns with Charlie’s). Mooney’s comments have been vile, and I’ve mostly been addressing...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I don’t think that is entirely the correct sequence of events, however. The complainants made their statements before the activity that raised the level of notereity, it is just that prosecutors, faced with a challenging case to make, doubled down...
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    He’s already in this-is-true-because-I-say territory, including this-is-more-true-because-it-is-bold, so suggesting more discrimination regarding information sources is kind of moot....
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    That mode of dodging agency is interesting because it’d so familiar. Like the quote from O.J. Simpson from his court case where he said “We were having an argument and it got violent” - that is, there’s a tendency for...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Can you THEN prove he killed him? Oh come on. I am not sure what standard of proof you want to apply, and I'm actually not really interested (you do appear to want to apply different standards to different people...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    A year without summer would be bad enough, especially with a concentration of crop failures in and around the subcontinent. Not humanity-ending or even civilisation-ending, but pretty horrible. Let’s hope. Not sure there’s much anyone can do about it from...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Circumstantial Evidence is not evidence. It totally is. It really, really is. It's "He seems a bit shifty," and yes, he is, but so what? No, that isn’t what circumstantial means. It’s “he was seen in the vicinity with a...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I’m not so sure that this is as consistent as all that, but there are different effects with a range of nuances between them. The notion of someone being self-made usually omits a huge amount of help that the person...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Both of them want fewer abortions. [...] The right wing is driven by squick, while the left wing is goal-oriented. While there’s a level on which (of course) I agree, I’m less convinced by this as time goes on. It...
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