Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

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    Following the collapse of the Roman Empire, of course. And, no, Bliar did NOT do better. Not merely did he create and tighten more fascist laws than any PM since Thatcher (and arguably her), including Johnson (so far), he sold...
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    Yes. Whether the Tories or Blairites win in 2024 will make no difference - at MOST the latter will maintain the (current) status quo but with lipstick on, and Bliar actually made things significantly worse. When the economy crashes (and...
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    There is going to be some serious shit happening before sanity returns (if England lasts that long as a political construction). I doubt VERY much that any of the existing parties are even candidates for leading the next revolution, let...
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    Look on the bright side. I remember when the UK standard voltages varied from 200 to 260, depending on location - and that was nominal (*). Some equipment covered the range happily, but most didn't (and incandescent bulbs DEFINITELY didn't),...
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    While I agree that the Commonwealth is essentially just a talking club, that does have its uses, diplomatically, and retaining the monarchy while not remaining in / joining the Commonwealth would be bizarre. We can agree that, politically and economically,...
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    I don't think that even our sheeple are THAT stupid! It's more that they don't care, and are prepared to put up with crooks, charlatans and worse provided that those pander to their prejudices....
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    Thanks. The confusion is widespread, even among physicists, and is due to the common mistake of using a simplifying assumption (flat space-time in this case) and dropping the condition when generalising the results. If you want a simple, Newtonian example,...
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    Hmm. While you are correct, that applies almost equally to all other colours of supremacism - white merely happens to be the dominant one at present....
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    Nicola Sturgeon?...
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    Actually, I stated that wrongly. It's a LOCAL (in a technical sense) relativistic principle, which is more general than just special relativity, but still does rely on ignoring the wider effects of gravitational potentials on the shape of space-time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equivalence_principle#The_Einstein_equivalence_principle...
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    The equivalence principle is a derivation, not an axiom, and applies only to special relativity (i.e. with the effects of gravitational potentials on the shape of space-time neglected)....
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    Both the British Empire and the USA equivalent had, at least at one stage, an active policy of establishing and maintaining a hegemony, and the latter still does. Indeed, the whole of the latter's post-1945 policy in Europe and the...
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    Both English and Scot(tish) are, eventually, derived from the names the Romans used for particular tribes, and are therefore Latin :-) To be fair, I can't think of any other languages that are quite as mongrelised as English (in this...
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    Thanks for that! I may tell the OED that they should have mentioned that .......
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    Let's ignore the fact that they aren't proxies, but are being supported by Iran, for reasons given below. Iran stayed out of such politics for a long time, until it became clear this was an anti-Shia pogrom, led by the...
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    That explanation is thoroughly mangled, though I can't say who mangled it :-) According to the OED, it comes from the French germaine, which means 'close' in terms of relations (e.g. full sibling or first cousin). If it came from...
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    You have that completely arsey-versey. Israel has been waging direct war against Iran since well before Netanyahu schemed his way into office, and he hasn't done more that heat up the war. The ball is solidly in Israel's court, to...
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    They don't? :-) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6089952.stm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Crabb#Crabb_Affair...
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    Nah. That was a decade earlier. I don't know if there is anyone still alive who used it in the late 1950s, but I assume not many....
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    Originating from this song: https://welsh-nutter.co.uk/songs/redbreeches.html...
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    And the zillion (mostly very bad) ones about where Britain did not completely balls it up in the 1770s....
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    No, it wasn't done on Italy, and that wasn't the reason they ended up joining the allies. Mussolini had suckered them into believing in glorious campaigns of expansion, they discovered they had been had, and had changed their minds....
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    Olympia is the most amazing film I have every seen, but its showing is often discouraged purely because of who its director was. As far as I know, Triumph des Willens is still effectively banned in the UK, so I...
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    Yes, though that omits the main 1984 aspect - specifically, the need to turn Russia into a containable enemy, following the demise of the USSR. China would not do, as it was and is not containable. What utterly baffles me...
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    Re the last, yes. It also applies to simple hillwalking - as one of the few people who regularly spent a week out (and I don't mean bothies) in the Highlands, I found ARRSE the most reliable source of equipment...
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    And it led to the demise of several aristocratic lines. For all its faults, most of the 19th and 20th century aristocracy took duty to the country seriously, whereas one cannot say the same about the current plutocracy. Despite its...
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    There, I agree with you. I have read precisely one Rand (Atlas Shrugged), which I was pointed at as a way of understanding their mindset, and it was hard to tell whether it was more scrofulous as philosophy or literature....
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    Those are just two sides of the same coin - the problem comes when an electorate turns into a flock of sheeple, and start following demagogues and (worse) rabble-rousers. For representative democracy to work, the electorate MUST be sufficiently well-informed,...
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    To a great extent, that is the difference between WW II and Vietnam....
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    Yes. While I strongly disagree with his approach to enforcing civic responsibility, he has a very good point that one such is needed. Smaller and more stable societies can sustain it mainly by social pressure (though rarely did above a...
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