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  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    At this point, Scottish independence seems certain. HOW? I don't mean "independent in the far off never-never unimaginable future when unicorns fart peace and rainbows over the isle" because sure, that's going to happen and everyone will live happily ever...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    And the map would look like an island with a bad case of mange. Especially if the Welsh stayed in the EU. Ideally also Cornwall, just to make a point. But spitting the other union seems chancy to me, it's...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    UK still compete in the Eurovision Why not? Australia does, Israel does, for all I know Europa does. The only reason they wouldn't is some kind of political tantru... oh, wait, you're right. Will the UK still enter Eurovision?...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Good summary article for those interested in the specifics. There's quite a hopeful tone https://thespinoff.co.nz/the-bulletin/18-03-2019/the-bulletin-questions-emerge-after-weekend-of-mourning/...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I think it's really positive that we're seeing the "you made this" message in the mainstream media. People are reminding both media and politicians of their support for hatred. I don’t disagree that we need to be mindful what we...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    the numbers are their own message IMO the one that counts is 19. No, not the soldiers' age, the number of people who actually voted for that clown in the first place. Once you have 20 people on the petition...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Didn't sign, no point. We can't do that, and that is IMO a good thing. Can you imagine what the voters of Australia would do to someone like Mehreen Faruqi if they could? She's the trifecta of political hate in...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Senate currently does not have the power to eject a Senator... this is a pretty troubling power Yeah. Nicolas Gruen @ ClubTroppo is a huge fan of citizens juries and sortitiion in general, and this might be one place we...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    You want puzzlements: apparently a big memorial service for the Christchurch attacks was held in St Marys Cathedral in Sydney today. That's the reason given why the consulate-general couldn't attend the gathering at the consulate, anyway. Quite why you'd do...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Mosques were open for the most part, but there's "not giving in" and then there's "don't be a dick". There are places white folk can go to express support and solidarity, and I'm about to go off and stand in...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Mexico might have something to say if Venezuela tried to send a couple of armoured divisions through. I am thinking purely in terms of a ruck filled with explosives, or a small team with automatic weapons. Which they could...
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    wouldn't Australian politics be improved if you guys all banded together to invade Afghanistan and stop the flow of illegal migrants from Afghanistan to Australia? Would make a change from invading it to create a flow of refugees. That worked,...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Invading Venezuela might be one way to justify the wall. Starting a war in South America could well encourage the other side to send soldiers north to carry that war to the self-declared enemy. The US doesn't like it when...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    strip ... of his citizenship ... Tony Abbott I can't be the only person slightly disappointed that Toned Abs wasn't forced to resign by the section 44 nonsense. He is, after all, both a proud fan of the British...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Christchurch events are quite terrifying, and the mosques here in Lakemba are quite tense as well. They're not convinced that all the Australian christian terrorists have gone to Aotearoa... which seems reasonable given the political support being offered here....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Sorry, meant to link to my "legislate against mathematics" comment above, and say something like "um, what do you mean think they can vote to..." because the morons in our parliament actually did vote to put Australia in violation of...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I get the feeling they are voting to change the time of the sun rising above the horizon. Once you have lived at the top end of parliamentary sovereignty for a while it can be hard to escape the...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    most of those either voted for someone other than the top 2 or purposely didn't vote at all in disgust. In Australia the tradition is a cock'n'balls drawn on the paper. I linked to the "invalid vote" stats the other...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    it's still a crime to receive unauthorized broadcasts in the U.K. In Australia we have the US DCMA-style garbage making in an offence to *sell* equipment for viewing copyrighted material protected by a mechanism (ie, cable decoder boxes), but it's...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    a signal can be sunk well below the noise floor and you can still pull it out if you know exactly what you're looking for, but if you don't you can't even tell it's there That's sort of true in...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    The album title has full stops. I'm not going to argue with the man....
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    As immortalised by Roger Waters:: You're listening to Radio K.A.O.S. I don't like fish. My least hated favourite fish is sole that way you don't have to see the eyes. I still can't decide whether that was one of his...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I'm not entirely sure that's different, unless you ready really slowly. For me it's a year of an author's work goes into 2-5 hours of reading, and I have a lot of blocks of 2-5 hours in my year. The...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I also quite like the anti-faith version of atheism: "show me". This god that is present in your life, show it to me. Otherwise it's Russell's Teapot (or Taoism, same thing) and we can move on. The Jewish "not put...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I have yet to hear a self-avowed atheist define what this god thing is that they don't believe in. Wouldn't that be a bit silly? "I specifically and only disbelieve in the god of turtles" is more like monotheism...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I get the impression that if Pol Pot thought Marx was too hard to read, then the reason Kampuchea got so bad, so fast, was a combination of evil and incompetence. Sorry, yes, there is a great deal of...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I'm reading "Pol Pot: Anatomy Of A Nightmare By Philip Short" at the moment and it's both slightly terrifying and very interesting. The author is convinced/convincing that one reason Kampuchea turned so nasty so quickly is the Buddhist influence with...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    ethicists in western traditions struggle with the idea of whether animals are conscious and what that means about eating meat. The problem for us westerners is that we've inherited the idea that only humans have souls, souls have something...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Thanks. I'm mostly just boggling at the physical size :)...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I feel that have to explicitly ask now, dammit. Both "do you use tile lifts for solar panels" and "do you use solar panel lifts that fit inside the van"....
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