robertthomasson Free

UK writer, dog lover, astrophysicist and cook.

Recent Comments

  1. 1 day ago on Doonesbury

    Duke is quite capable of enabling, and failing, all on his own.

  2. 2 days ago on Joe Heller

    Needs binoculars at least, not a naked eye comet.

  3. 3 days ago on Joe Heller

    There is a bit of dilemma here. Policing is a tough job, criminals can be violent, police have to trust each other and know their buddies have their backs. But none of that should be an excuse for the behaviour we see every week (from the UK news, I am sure it is daily for people in the US) of police shootings and beatings.

    One issue no one has mentioned is how many police forces the USA has, something like 16000, I believe. A real case there for consistent state wide training to ensure standards of behaviour, selection and discipline. With federal oversight.

  4. 4 days ago on Mike Luckovich

    And, for the RWNJ agenda, it is a positive thing: black on black violence. See, it is just like we have not (but have really) been saying all along: they are all violent, even the police, they need to be put in their place. I even read one RW report that this is what you get when you put a black single mom in charge of black policemen, it always turns to violence. Plus, in their tiny, neanderthal minds, this justifies violence from white police officers: ‘Look, the black cops are doing it too, so it is ok’. They are on a different planet.

    But the reality, this was really about the ‘ethos’ of the special unit they belonged to. In the UK, back in my youth, we had a similar problem with the London SPG, Special Patrol Group. They were all white, considered ‘good thief takers’, tough, came in a fleet of armoured minivans. If there was a region with high crime they would put them on the streets there and crime stopped, But only because they terrorised anyone young, non-white, shifty looking into going elsewhere to do crime. Now disbanded. And we are finally moving to fix the macho, racist, misogynistic culture in our police. The head of the London police has said expect 2-3 police officers being charged for sex abuse crimes a WEEK for the rest of the year.

  5. 4 days ago on Mike Luckovich

    The lesson of Icarus is only in part not to fly too close to the sun, but also do not fly too low…

  6. 5 days ago on Doonesbury

    I was thinking the AI programme behind these bot-trolls is getting better, a much higher word count of full sentences that are internally consistent if devoid of any real world connection.

  7. 6 days ago on Doonesbury

    In psychology it is called projection and reflection, I think. They know they are doing it, so they assume everyone else is.

  8. 6 days ago on Doonesbury

    My read on politics is that when a party is defeated it lurches back to what its hardliners feel is the pure form of the party. They claim they were not true to their beliefs, that they compromised too much, that this is what the people truly want. It is only when they go down to a second crushing defeat that they regain the centre ground where swing voter live, those who actually decide elections.

    My own UK Labour Party did this in 2010, after 13 years of Tony Blair (good centrist but trusted Bush too much) and Gordon Brown. They elected a clown of a left winger, Ed Miliband, rather than his sensible brother David. When that clown show collapsed (look up Ed trying to be normal eating a bacon sandwich) they elected Corbin, a communist in all but name. The far left SWP and fellow travellers (read Antifa) flocked to the party and swelled our numbers, filled venues with sheering supporters. But the voters turned away. Now we have a centrist technocrat in Starmer who is tipped to get a 194 seat (of 650) majority, with the corrupt Tories who pushed Brexit through being reduced from an 80 seat majority to 130 seats in all. Our system is different to the USA.


  9. 6 days ago on Clay Bennett

    I think you are a tRump partisan posing as a moderate, claiming proof positive is just circumstantial. I wish you well with your delusion.

  10. 6 days ago on Clay Bennett

    And the others on your list are broadcasting to an audience that has is self selecting and has no real power in the world. We, the Western Democracies, have spent 100s of billions of fighting the extremists, but they have killed far few than US gun laws allow US citizens to do every year.