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Roy

  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    As far as I'm aware the fixed term parliaments act only covers Westminster No, all the devolved assemblies are fixed-term. I believe (OGH please correct me if I'm wrong) that the Scottish Parliament has provision for an early election in...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    This is all the fault of the madwoman from Grantham & her even madder follower, one N Ridley ... followed up by the utterly incompetent J Major. I think Major should take all the blame. Even Thatch saw that rail...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I don't think BoJo was deported - US citizens are the only people that have an absolute right of entry to the US (for now) and Boris isn't just eligible for US citizenship - he is a US citizen. Unless,...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'm an Englishman living in New York. And between Trump and May I really don't know where I want to live. Me too. I have just accepted a new job with a well-known Swedish streaming music service, so maybe I...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    The only other clear non-americanism was the use of House of Card's line "You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment". Possibly it's more well known in Timeline 2, or Timeline 2 has its own US remake. Uh,...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    On a similar vein, the Americans only have one Secretary of State, who runs the State Department. The DHS is run by the Secretary of Homeland Security. (The reason why the UK has multiple Secretaries of State with almost every...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Just wanted to say I've been reading EG on tablet on my train ride into work, and am thoroughly enjoying it. One good thing about being in the US I suppose is that with a fair wind behind me I...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I agree with Charlie, Putin won't invade the Baltics, ever. Let's not forget, there's a former Soviet Republic, Belarus, way more ethnically close to Russia, that's been begging to be returned to the rodina for years now and Putin hasn't...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Cthulhu - Yog-Sothoth 2020 Because how could it be any worse?...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    AND THEN 2/3rds or the states. 3/4s I believe. I hope I'm right, I just mailed my US citizenship application in this morning. This may come up in the test....
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Also: I pissed off a few Dick Cheney fans in the first series by making him a drug-running bad guy; why piss off more readers unnecessarily? I recall that you were rather circumspect at actually naming him in the first...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Sorry, I didn't make it clear, it's the top three in terms of *electoral* votes cast, not the popular vote, so if in the next six days the Russia thing becomes big enough to cause enough electors to consider breaking...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    If no-one gets 270 electoral votes or more then the election passes to the House of Representatives voting by state, with each state delegation getting one vote. they have to choose one of the top three vote-getters for President. If...
  • Commented on A reminder
    I know a Sasha who's British, but whose parents were Russophile (of the hammer and sickle variety) and named him after Alexander Nevsky. I work with an Alexander from Russia here in Noo Yawk, but he grew up in the...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Overseas military bases aren't usually extraterritorial from the hosting power unless they've been leased or ceded as sovereign territory: Guantanamo Bay is one such, the Panama Canal Zone was another, I don't think any of the US or British bases...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    But these days, they are 99% fully-independant nations that have the same formal Head-of-state. [ HM Queen Lizzie II ] that are, functionally republics in their internal workings. 100% fully independent. Each "realm" (as they're called these days) has its...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    then some other know-it-all chimes in saying that the real name of Mexico is also the United States. Although Mexico's full name translates to "United Mexican States" not "United States of Mexico"....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Depends on your definition of "republic" really. If you define it as a state governed by representative institutions under the rule of law then Canada along with the UK, the Scandinavian and Benelux monarchies etc are more "republican" than most...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    If a merger were to happen, I'd certainly hope that they'd go with KGB. That acronym has an incomparable cachet. Well, Lukashenko kept it in Belarus, although the acronym in transliterated Belarussian is "KDB" which doesn't really work. I think...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Constitution would not need to get amended for most (all?) of TD's plans to be enacted, therefore at most only 50% plus 1 will be needed. Correct, although under current rules a minority of 41 or more can block passage...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Someone (not even being funny) told me ~5 years ago that safe havens might include Africa, Iceland (Elf Safe Land) and a couple other places. They weren't joking. We're looking at Ireland. (Hurrah for Irish citizenship laws!)...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Re: 'Super- Majorities in both houses of congress are required, along with a super majority of the states.' Yes - the GOP controls both houses and probably the White House too, so it's full speed away. FYI - 'super-majority' is...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    As a matter of interest are lunatics still denied the vote? Yes, if involuntarily detained I believe....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Even leaving aside a margin of 2% being within the margin of error for polling, the vote was rigged two ways. Firstly, in the immediate previous referendum the vote was available to those aged 16-and-over; indeed, the electoral commission was...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Trump won't be impeached. Sure, the mainstream GOP hate him, but he's given them the presidency and both houses of Congress. And let's face it, he's not really interested in the boring bits of the job, so he'll outsource the...
  • Commented on The Day After
    The absolute best CBP experience I've ever had was on the train from Montreal back to NY last time we took it. The agents were laughing and joking with everybody and were very laid back and friendly. We wondered if...
  • Commented on The Day After
    the [Dublin] pre-clearance office closes around noon Not any more, since they expanded the pre-clearance facility at Dublin a few years ago. It now closes at 4pm and all flights from Dublin to the US are supposed to be pre-cleared....
  • Commented on The Day After
    What is more likely and way more scary is that we might get a constitutional convention in a few years. Those are scary because there are no rules as to what one can do. We've only had one and it...
  • Commented on The Day After
    To pluck a small diamond from this rough, I, for one, will be very interested to see what OGH's take on high fantasy will be. Something set in the world of the Morningstar Empire before the fall, perhaps?...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Although it was recently reported that the rise of time-shifting and VOD has effectively ended those usage spikes on the UK electricity grid....
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