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  • Commented on What happens now?
    I don't know what will happen. But I think what *did* happen has not registered. There was no planning. There is no mastermind, or master plan. Merely a bunch of people playing at being revolutionaries, each individually deciding to go...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    GFA: the Good Friday Agreement. Peace accords in NI. Now the US is a guarantor of that, and so is the EU. It's more or less their legal duty to sanction us if we break it......
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    A twist: Magnitski sanctions from the EU will be a thing soon-ish. Now it just might be that breaking the GFA might forbid access to the EU to a great many of oligarchs -- some of which are French residents...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Ah. Let's try without the html, then... https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/8za35 and https://www.bu.edu/polisci/files/2019/09/Graham-and-Svolik-Democracy-in-America-web-1ngqg71.pdf...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    About the new world being born, I have good and bad news. Young people being progressive will not revert, probably. But Polarisation may well mean we can kiss democracy goodbye (warning, PDF). So the new world will be fine, if...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Minor comment: space vacuum is pretty crap vacuum. My personal fear/dystopia? Society falls apart because it's more important to belong to a group, any group, than not and the best way of forcing group cohesion is demanding members believe things...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I'm in agreement with our host, and hope it won't come to that. I'll just note something which bothers me: it's not a left-right issue, this brexit thing. It's an open-closed thing. Yes, closed is more prevalent in the right,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    If you think of propaganda as a virus of the mind, or any other biological metaphor you care to choose, you need to consider the environment in which it can thrive. I think propaganda of the kind Russia uses latches...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'm sorry, but this is a very Anglo American vision of the world. Inequality has been rising across the so called developed world, yes, but marginally outside of the US, GB, and for reasons I've not looked at, NZ... In...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I, for one, think the beige is good. All of you you are wishing revolution, i.e., deaths and pain and children crying, what is it that you want that the beige did not provide that is worth that? A more...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Seeing how Our Host has an uncanny ability to make the future he writes happen, I hope the anti-depressants are extra-strong....
  • Commented on A reminder
    Oh, You wish they were only 5 percent. Except polls, in the UK and in the US, and the percentage of parties which are in essence only xenophobic in proportional systems tells us I may even be a bit optimistic....
  • Commented on A reminder
    I apologise for the rant coming to our host. Please delete is way off topic. I am angry. Angry at the authoritarian right. Angry at the terrible press. But I am also angry at the guerrilla warfare against the very...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Of course, von Ungern has already been done by Pratt. But he could well have escaped, and tried to carve himself an empire in a China engulfed in civil war....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    The proximity, however, offers the possibility of looking at another planet "now", versus, "a long time ago". This is exciting. And the closer it is, the more feasible a very large observatory is. Communication would be in the realm of...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    [[ ID now DMed to Charlie if he didn't already see it - mod ]]...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    I'm sorry, I agree with you, but I think you are missing the point. The fascism is a symptom of broken politics. All the decent politicians (and frankly, all the non-insane in-decent ones) know that the EU is a force...
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