Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    To be fair to Greg and JBS, I think that in general people in the UK and especially in the USA are less used to concepts like general exemptions, thresholds and means testing than we are. Even where their national...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    “self-labelled "left" wing” I quite like your suggestion that Albanese would make a great stay at home dad. Recently an old friend (both senses of the word) and neighbour who happens to be active in the local ALP branch threw...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    “Oh, and is it now the Year of the Pig, or does that start in the spring? ” It starts with the new year, which hasn’t happened yet. Chinese New Year is 5 February this year. Not sure if that...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Well if the peaceful transition of power is breaking down in democracies, and there are problems with political-national entities holding their provinces together and managing unrest, and this is widespread, then the early 17th century would seem to provide the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I was thinking earlier in the other thread that the way the breakdown of cosmopolitanism appears to become manifest in the UK is not a million miles from the end of Yugoslavia, something no-one really expected either. How fast can...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Err, yes I know this is not necessarily healthy It’s relative and it seems like the point of articulation is relative privilege. I used to think that perhaps a disdain for status rendered all those for whom the quest of...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Oh yeah, apologies, the missing word is “earnlay” and it should be 3rd last. I’ve nothing against the esteemed fellow commentor either. I’m just not interested in any used carpet right now. I mean I’m not interested in any carpet...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    His argument is weak anyway. These touches are a handy shortcut to the let the rest of us know we don’t need to take him seriously or bother much with his comments. Ixnay on the elpfulhay uidancegay, ehay illway ninay...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Well not a primary source, but certainly this is one possible source (whatever you might think of Hitchens otherwise). The specific interpretation is far from unusual, and in terms of a simple and practical analysis of outcome, certainly correct. Churchill...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    It’s funny, when I read the thing about Bread Shortening I closed my eyes for a moment, during which I had pretty much the same train of thought about Plibersek, and chuckled when you said what I was thinking. PW...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Well maybe, now it seems less likely than ever, Julie Bishop v Turnbull or Pyne (v Abbott or Dutton isn’t a fair comparison!)....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I’ve referred before here to Snyder’s work in Bloodlands. Dekulakisation was neither well-intentioned nor unintentional. It’s a familiar pattern, recognisable wherever an out-group is demonised and while it went along with collectivisation, it was far from an inevitable or necessary...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Sadly, I think 600ppm is still optimistic. It’s the combination effect - we’re just not going to get even currently agreed targets consistently honoured or applied. I’m very open to being pleasantly surprised, but I expect 800+....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    The thing about “in the long run we’re all dead” is the context, which is one where dominant voices insist that “adjustments” are good and “in the long run” the market balances them out show to steady linear growth. It...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I dunno, I read a little in the early 90s and didn’t think much of him then. What I pick up from the general discourse is that his later works mostly consist of intellectual frotage of some kind, with a...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    SLA v Lithium: I have an older electric lawn mower, years ago when I bought it one of the attractions (to me) was that it uses SLA batteries and they ought to be relatively cheap to replace. The downside was...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I saw an amazing home-built welded-steel-tube kayak trailer for a bicycle the other day parked at a popular launching area (attached to a bicycle which was chained to a tree). It was a ribs-and-stringers design but its creator had made...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    With luck they’ll manage to unseat Tony Abbott next election. There are at least two high profile candidates likely to run, I guess the interesting thing is that preference discipline is not to be expected, but nonetheless preferences ought to...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I got that, and same here (though my sense of humour is drier than most, even my wife often thinks I’m being serious when I say something that I had thought ridiculous enough not to require signalling, so... ). And...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Well, seawater can be very clear, and I thought Rick’s explanation was better than most. Clarified a bunch of things for me. I think the main confusion is discussion with Americans who think that stuff is normal and don’t have...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    The phrase “the living will envy the dead” really does come to mind in relation to the immediate next 100 years or so....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    230 years “at today’s consumption rates” per that article. But we’re not talking about today’s consumption rates, since nuclear power generation now is a small fraction of the total. Both the technologies the article says would be available with “a...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I guess you’re thinking of MacOS(X). iOS is the OS for iPhones and iPads. It doesn’t have a “desktop” or a text editor, though very recently a built in filesystem browser appeared (part of the push into laptop territory I...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I’m sure there’s a way to turn them off. However the “under the covers” config screen in Chrome for iOS has so many terrifying options (“Use Google Pay sandbox”, “Use MEMEX Tab Switcher”*, “Unified Consent”) that I generally just work...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Well given the fact that Chrome for iOS seems to have started helpfullly turning inverted commas into “smart quotes” (the reason for several of my handwritten links failing lately), using a copy-paste method for including links seems pretty smart to...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    To corroborate gasdive’s perspective, such failures are fairly rare here and utilities work very quickly when they do occur. Around Brisbane, they are mostly pad mounted (the nearest to my house sits on a slab in a small compound that...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Cf Julian Barnes: “I dreamt that I woke up. It’s the oldest dream there is, and I just had it”. That poets lie is perhaps the oldest theme there is in literature. It’s why Plato banned them from his Republic....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    While I think of it, and just jumping back a few steps for the moment, cf the September that never ended. When I was hanging around various programming and says admin oriented usenet groups in the late 90s and early...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    This is going to be one of those “Hey, I resemble that remark!” pieces, I can see....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    It’s a long time since I read any, perhaps I should revisit, but I had an understanding that the evidence or consensus is that Marx read Smith but not, perhaps, Ricardo. However I always thought Marx’s key insight was, if...
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