Derek

Derek

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Surely one can be both an "unspeakable bonehead" _and_ "a hypocritical sectarian corrupt bigot, with a side order of fundamentalist religious zeal, and an unsatisfied yearning for ethnic cleansing."...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Yes, the EU is under no obligation (nor, I think, likely) to extend the exit date. However, there was a ruling a year or so, supported by the EU executive, ago that Britain _could_ unilaterally _revoke_ Article 50. So, we...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Very polite, Vincent. The first thing that came to my mind was "You &*()_@#$%!!!!!" Unicorns are never going to be the same again; and now he's going to ruin Peter Pan, too... But, I am of course going to read...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "'In both cases decentralising power and tax-raising powers is the answer.'" "Which may explain recent Ontario neocon politics — to whit, disempowerment of local governments in the name of "efficiency"" Precisely. Yes, decentralized taxation gives more control to the locals--and...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    " by pissing in their wheaties." Ugh. Charlie, I know you make a living from putting images to paper, but that's not an image that ever belonged in my head......
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "Because I think I need to work smarter, not harder, if I plan to keep this up for another 20 years." Please do!...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Your acquaintances have left? None of mine (in Marine biology) have. We even made two Italian PhDs redundant last year (shortly before the vote) and they're still in town. We have easily a dozen research scientists here who have other...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I hope you're wrong, Charlie. My Brexit bag is packed. I only moved back here from Canada in 2015, and always intended to return there by 2028 at latest, but I brought over a lot of money to buy my...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I totally agree that Amazon UK won't collapse. Sure, it's going to be more expensive for them to do business, but it's _not_ going to be more expensive for them than for all the other businesses. Yes, the _money_ currently...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    "...to provide an adjustment period for leaving organizations like the Customs Union (which wasn't on the ballot in the first place)." Let's not be naive. It's true that the Customs Union was never specifically on the ballot, the Leave campaigners...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    F! Charlie, I used to look forward to probably living to 150. It's still an option, but I'm about as optimistic as you that it'll be worth staying here into the 22nd century....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    I loved the story about the Memorial Scrolls Trust. The other, not so much....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    @JanneM You beat me to it, but I can't help thinking that the reason Hobby Lobby is headquartered in Oklahoma might be an attempt to protect themselves from marine eldritch horrors... I'm afraid you can run, but you can't hide....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Good enough :-) I do subscribe to the theory that ideas want to be born, and will find multiple channels to do so!...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    So, who cribbed from whom? This looks an awful lot like Ted Chiang's: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tedchiang/the-real-danger-to-civilization-isnt-ai-its-runaway...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    There was a lot of discussion of this at coffee break this morning. Everybody agrees they want the Cons out [I work for a scientific foundation that stands to lose significantly from Brexit, and we've already cut staff this year],...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    "We might actually (gasp) be better off with Boris Johnson, who is at least obviously an incompetent clown." Look how well that attitude is working in the US......
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