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The Marquis de Leech

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  • Birthday 12/15/1982

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  1. The Marquis de Leech

    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    It'd be what we here term a Caretaker Government. Basically, signing stuff to keep the lights on, but not actually changing anything in the interim.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Of all the issues I can think of with Tigana, they're not in the first twenty pages.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Fionavar ain't standard Kay in terms of what came later, but it is certainly an adult work.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Considering that I've read the majority of Kay's output (minus the last three novels and the poetry book), I always thought it rather odd that I had never previously found a book of his I'd enjoyed without reservations. Under Heaven is the first.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Did you re-enact Fagan v. Metropolitan Police Commissioner?
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    I've read Lord of Emperors and Under Heaven so far this month. The prose of the latter is gorgeous, and part of me could not help but grin at certain events - which in another book would be covered in intricate detail - being treated almost as an after-thought.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Around here (and in England and Wales), you'd be guilty of manslaughter, not murder. Intent does matter. (Counter-example: is there a difference between someone who steals a loaf of bread from the shop, and someone who forgets to pay for it? Hint - there is).
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Well, this is a new one. Not only getting my politics completely wrong, but somehow managing to invoke Godwin's Law too. Please see the 1948 Genocide Convention for more details on the term genocide. It's a term coined in the 1940s, precisely to cover what the Nazis were doing - and, no, disabled people or homosexuals don't count as a protected category. (You may dispute as to whether this distinction is useful, but attempted extermination of particular groups - and only those groups - is what the word means. Note that it is possible to kill ten million people without being genocidal, while possible to be genocidal without killing anyone. I'll leave the latter as an exercise for the reader).
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    *Head desk*. Let's work with the (exaggerated) assumption that they're deliberately engineering 120,000 deaths. Not as a mere callous and inevitable side-effect of policy, but as the actual purpose of policy. It still wouldn't be Genocide, for the basic reason that Genocide involves the intent to destroy a particular ethnic, racial, national, or religious group - which wouldn't be case here. Genocide doe not equate to mass-murder.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    While I am hardly a Tory fanboy, there are few things more irritating than people who throw around the term Genocide willy-nilly.
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    Third Quarter 2019 Reading

    Have just finished reading the entire Platonic corpus over the last couple of months. I've produced a reading order, in case anyone else wants to try out Plato.
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    Scott Lynch's Thorn of Emberlain is Completed

    Agreed. The books are, at heart, the Locke and Jean Show. Anyone else is fair game, but those two? Killing either kills the story.
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    comparitive advantage

    I'm a time-travelling David Ricardo.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    He wrote lesbian fanfic between Devi and Goldberry from The Lord of the Rings. Yes, really. To be honest, I wonder if Rothfuss might be better off trying some stand alones set in his existing world (minus Kvothe). The world is a genuinely interesting one.
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    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Ugh. Luckily, the rematch is at Eden Park.
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