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  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    Guiliani's wiki claims he supported the 'broken windows' theory of urban decay, that minor disorders create a permissive atmosphere, though he must have reached that conclusion from his experience of posing in a leather jacket after a failed undercover drug...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The referendum result with only a minority in favour of EU exit was insufficient to justify the withdrawal application. If the House has a majority it could vote to withdraw the application, this would spare the other EU states from...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Blair's Supreme Court reminds me of the 'you have been supplied with a false idol speech' someone who claims that he can't be judged on international genocide because the relevant court wasn't sitting is no-one I want to design a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I once imagined a Star Wars 7 where the new Jedi attempted to interfere with a series of violent power struggles among former Republic politicians, with a tell on each conflict. At the end the final winner was to make...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The 'light touch' as justified by J. Fraudron Brown in 2005: 'The better, and in my opinion the correct, modern model of regulation- the risk based approach- is based on trust in the responsible company, the engaged employee and the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'm not sure that 'backstop' left financial regulation in a satisfactory situation, or that the Munich Agreement left Czechoslovakia in a satisfactory situation. However what seems more likely is that discussion of 'backstop' is 95% junk, like a defensible position...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Does anyone else have that Etoro ad pop up before the clips of The Big Short? Is 'mindless trading' legal to advertise? Steve Eisman doesn't seem much like Steve Carell's portrayal of him, there's an EU exit interview where he...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Is there anything wrong that isn't already wrong with EU exit? If democracy has to be restored, an alternative is to resume the practice of naming Parliaments. The democratic alternatives are then clear, if the Pigfuckers Parliament vote for no-confidence...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Mair's gun was widely reported to be home-made, however the reality is more mysterious. Who supplied the gun? https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2017/june/who-supplied-the-gun...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    A murderous fascist psychopath story, I'm not often invited to these. I'll opt for the fairy tale second referendum ending. Taser Implementation Squad gunmen kill a Spanish electrician for wearing a Fly Emirates shirt, shooting him fifty-two times in the...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    'Joy in the collapse of metaphor, which here in Europe we merely grieve over. The exhilaration of obscenity, the obscenity of obviousness, the obviousness of power, the power of simulation. As against our disappointed virginity, our chasms of affectation.' Baudrillard...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The assumption that any UK ambassador to the USA must be somewhat competent has been considerably undermined after John Kerr helped to draft Article 50. Also, none of Darroch's leaked comments do him any credit at all, however honest they...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Sometimes satire ages timelessly. There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse And they all lived together, in...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I wondered why you might need a second day to bury bad news, and so quickly. I suppose if you didn't have a second day to market the first, there might be suspicion. Though the same principle doesn't seem to...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I always envied Sell Your Soul To The Flaming Stars. While Edge Of Tomorrow is an example of creator/promoter name conflicts, I suppose that The Bells might be the classic of being faithful to the original creative intent as opposed...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    You seem to have omitted Poulson, Stonehouse and 'ungovernable' Britain from your version of pre-1979 political history though? I'm not sure why Kinnock's Labour weren't the centre-left party you wanted to support? Why was Major's government 'epically corrupt' compared to...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    'Yet no-one watching from the outside retains that romantic view of Britain as a bastion of political sobriety. They see instead a weird, stubborn refusal to talk about the crisis in plain English.' Rafael Behr for The Guardian. However rare...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Before Britain entered the EEC it used to be considered odious to resort to an autumn budget. It is possible to search for criminals at Westminster, though it hardly seems necessary....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    My suspicion is that the supposed drone attacks at Gatwick after Ashdown's death also concerns the gunning down of Brazilian electricians. What might happen if Owen died, are we really making long-term strategic political decisions on the basis of a...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    None of the possible Democratic candidates mentioned seem to me to have more support among Democrats than President Trump had among Republicans when he sought the nomination in 2015? It hasn't been often that a President seeking re-election has been...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    President Trump was the leading Republican candidate in terms of name recognition when he declared in 2015. While he was outspent by his major rivals, it was clear that he would always have sufficient funding, and his lack on dependence...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    President Trump is the President, if anything happened to him Pence would be President. There is as yet no credible Democratic challenger, with less than two years to President Trump's reelection. The observation that Britain is not sufficiently competent to...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    51st state discussion seems a poor, fraudulent response to being forced out of Europe under Article 50. Europe resorted to this new stick after its population refused its new state-corporate constitution, instead of rights Europeans are to have Britain as...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Are you sure that the current Parliament, stuffed with Blair PLC pro-corporate television celebrities, has as much concern for the fate of Britain as you suggest? If it took any level of courage to stand against the desires of the...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    How humanity emerges from the twentieth century car-media doctrine is possibly as much of a blind spot for science fiction as Notre Dame. More effort, Frenchmen, if you would be free of Baldwinism. Jeremy Hunt has claimed that he just...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The monstrous physical presence of the past often seems to have yielded too easily to the future, especially the near future. Europe is also haunted by the spectre of feudalism. Victor Hugo wrote to protest the destruction of medieval Paris,...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    The Starship Troopers Wiki claims that Henlein's inspiration came from a newspaper advertisement calling for the unilateral suspension of nuclear testing. If the specific inspiration is important, is the only authentic Heinleinism set in the fifties? What seems to have...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Arisians? Suppose once you join the military you are no longer blanked by the world media and realise that the security forces targeted Buenos Aires, Operation Bright Pebble Horizon. Britain was an alternative, however it would take more work to...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Oh, we never not gonna go phone 'Cause mother isn't home We could still have the Marines to defend us! Except if they were taxed to support great-auntie, perhaps. The Solomons Campaign was abandoned as make-believe, why write equiv-tec fantasies...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The enemy in All You Need Is Kill are alien machines 'Mimics' which eat soil and excrete poison, the process is designed to terraform Earth to be inhabited by an advanced civilisation. The story explores the consequences of a military...
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