JReynolds

JReynolds

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    In Jason Brennan's book Against Democracy, the author claims that there are three broad categories of voters, who can be divided into the categories Hobbits, Hooligans and Vulcans. To quote: Hobbits * Mostly ignorant and apathetic about politics * Lack...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    TPTB seem to think that the Houthis couldn't possibly do this on their own. This means that it's time for war (or at least more sanctions) with Iran. The Forever War gets extended and expanded, due to popular demand....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I heard on the news this morning that the Houthis had managed to strike deep into Saudi Arabia with some drones. The news said that they did quite a bit of damage to an oilfield. OGH mentioned it just now...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    My deepest sympathies. Grief does take a long time to process. Take care of yourself. All the best....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I think that people are ignoring the truly important royal counterfactual here. What if Charles I's third son, Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester (irl 1640 - 1660) had lived a long life? He was apparently as fanatical a Protestant as...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    But as of now the (the long term R leaders) have no idea what will happen next. All they know is in 20 years everything they are doing now to stay in power will be moot as demographics wipes them...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Erwin @943: Sanders loses to age and progressivism Don't forget antisemitism - you'd better believe that the antisemitism already seen in the US will be a pale shadow of what will occur if Sanders gets the nod. Elderly Cynic @954:...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    "Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's spirit than when we win his heart." -Eric Hoffer...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    It worries me that people seem to think that Trump will definitely be defeated in 2020. People like Seymour Hersh think that the chances of him winning re-election under the current system are very good indeed. Even Doonesbury is raising...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Women are trained to pay attention to their fellow conversationalists, cue them for responses, and to keep the conversational torch circulating. There was an entertaining example from Captain Awkward - although I can't easily find it in the enormous archive....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Interesting news from Canada's department of the obvious. British Columbia's NDP (think social democrat) government just handed down a budget with a $1.5B *surplus* - the first budget surplus in 20+ years. When I heard that on the radio this...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    H'mm. You may be right! More research required.......
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    "Whiteness" isn't about skin colour. Ask me! (Jewish, by ethnicity if not belief.) A good book on this subject is How the Irish Became White - when the Irish migrated to the US (before and after it became independent) they...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The Chennai water crisis got some play on Canadian (radio) news when they actually ran out of water. Nothing since then that I've heard. Anchorage's 32°C also got a note on the CBC last night. Suggesting that the two are...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Well, Anchorage Alaska (pop. 294,000) is clearly more important than Chennai (pop. 11,100,000). Or it could just be ingrained racism in the newsroom. Who can say?...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Back to the AMA part of the thread. At the end of Dark State, the Americans do a smash-and-grab in Berlin, narrowly missing Ryvmnorgu Unaabire but grabbing a high-value ex-Clan asset. I wondered as I read it: what are the...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    How would the Moomins fit into the Laundryverse (if at all)?...
  • Commented on Story time!
    One extremely minor nit to pick: it was possible to refuel using coal while at sea. SMS Emden did it during WWI, and the Russian fleet that made it to the Straits of Tsushima managed it as well. It was...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Canadian here. I've run into Colins, Trevors and Grahams. I've never met a Nigel. The only Nigel I knew of before Farrage showed up had the surname of Molesworth....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    if I see book one of the ... series/cycle/trilogy/infinitad from an author I haven't heard of I tend to skip past it. And yet, if everybody did that, no sequels would ever be written, because the books wouldn't sell....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Heh. Perhaps twenty pence in a pound if the currency really falls of a cliff....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Her now; him then. Her now, her then. Just because she hadn't come out didn't make her any less a woman....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The good news is that the people in the U.K. have six months to get organized and let Parliament know they really, really want to remain. This would be helpful if Parliament had shown that it cared in the least...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    why I believe it wouldn't happen Last week sometime, Trump told various border-enforcement officers not to be afraid to rough people up. If they were charged, he'd just pardon them. While I'm sure most of the US civil service does...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Once again demonstrating that Radagast the Brown has infiltrated the UK....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Reminds me of the line in the movie Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln: [to Cabinet members] As the preacher said; "I could write shorter sermons, but once I start I get too lazy to stop."...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    "Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes." --John le Carré...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Great news about the Laundry series! I'm actually more excited about the other two pieces of news I'm sitting on for the time being Charlie has invented a time machine and is going to change the Brexit referendum results and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I think that it's clear that if there was a second referendum, the question would be: 1. Accept the deal offered by the EU & Mrs May & leave 2. Leave the Eu withut a deal. It would take an...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    "She was a classy dame with jet-blonde hair." The novel They're and back again A "Science of Star Wars" book called Empirical Storm Troopers would be possible IRL - if the author/publisher didn't mind running the risk of being shunned...
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