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  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The problem with a wider rail "gauge" (and the real limitation, loading gauge) is everything has to be wider; More fill/blasting, longer sleepers, bigger tunnels and bridges which use more material. Why (3') "narrow" gauge was popular in the American...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Re: Canals (This may have been covered up thread, but...) North America (and presumably it's analogue, the NAC) has an extensive network of er, "Inland Waterways" The Mississippi Drainage. The Battle of New Orleans, already an (the) important export point...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Shoplifting? Most retail "Shrink" is internal. Like 80% is the stuff that "Falls off the Back of a Truck"....
  • Commented on Excuses
    In the US, If you want to stay out of Prison (Jail is different from Prison), be born Middle Class. Other than various white collar or high profile cases, Middle class (usually "white") communities in the US are policed quite...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Re: Financing Autos in Amurika; yep, it's another profit center for the financial colossi, including a (NASDAQ listed?) outfit called "America's car Mart" (on the Arkansas 20 list); Plan to be the Walmart of Used cars for poor people; Buy...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Actually, the formerly "Middle Class" workers have no clue as to what happened to their jobs, and they really don't want to hears some(probably commie leftist) college boy 'splain about it. It is all the fault of those brown people...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Re, Federalization of the (US) National Guard and the "Little Rock 9" is something that still gets a bit of commemorative coverage in the local media (Print) around here (NW Arkansas), IIRC, Eisenhower told Federalized the (Arkansas) National Guard, who...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Not only do Americans not like him, but he was voted OUT last November (The distributed nature of US Law Enforcement) (No one is even sure how many local municipal agencies there are). The Citizens of Phoenix got tired of...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Re: Links to "The Forbidden Weapon" FWIW, please note that the paper was written by a member (student?) of the "Jedi Knights", the American version of the Great General Staff. (School of Advanced Military Studies = Two Year Program...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Re: Conscription costs. Yes, and training to any useful standard is at least six months, and really a year or more; But one thing the US Military spent at least an intellectual generation adjusting to, the lack of "Draft motivated...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Re: Greatest Album ever, What about Dark Side of the Moon?...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Re "Homemade" AK Note he has a forge, grinder and skills; Probably a lathe and drill press, you used to find those in Every High School too. Not necessarily AK's, but I understand there are Sten gun plans floating around...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    You have to deal with the world as it is here in Red Amurika, not the idealized possibilities. I see LOTS (more) streaming Confederate Battle flags than I did a year ago; OK, it's still only 1-2% of the vehicles,...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Unless the Diesel has been deliberately programed to do so, because you know, "Freedom": https://nyti.ms/2kpozJv Only seen something like this once here in NW Arkansas, but I am sure it will reach the provinces like this soon....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    US Police Depends, it is FAR worse for POC; The standing joke is that "Driving While Black" is a crime in the (White) suburbs. If you are Middle Class and Anglo, or can appear such, they tend to be far...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I don't see the Rural/Urban split being that great; "Deprived" inner city youth can be just as lost in the Undergraduate Jungle as your "Rural" youth, they both have some exposure to the National Media culture (Cable/internet), part of it...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Re British invasion to "Repossess" India. Nah, more like Bismarck's apocryphal response to the prospect of a British invasion; "Send the Police to Arrest Them"....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    It doesn't matter, the last mass E.coli(?) Broccoli(?) outbreak in the US was traced to fecal contamination from the field workers in the California Central Valley. Walmart was recently touting a new, computerized system development (not implemented, just a plan)...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Read a claim (where?) that the Russians already broke the equilibrium with a new generation of hypersonic cruise missiles. But being Russian Tech, what is the likely failure rate?...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think a horrible new weapons technology is even less likely than aliens. Weapons tech has been pretty linear like, forever; The problem is how the Mil SF crowd perceives it. Examples, the Machine Gun in WW I; It was...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    And have been largely neutered in the USA; Or at least "Management" has so many tools for their suppression, that it is very hard to organize a resistant sector (like Walmart). Walmart frequently does (anti) union things that are ILLEGAL...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Yes, but Americun RW/Red State voters are CONVINCED that is what the Democrats do, take their hard earned money and give it to "Those People" lounging in their welfare hammocks. The exact inverse of reality, and when you try and...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Actually, such collective living already exists (sort of) for well off US "Seniors". My mother lived in one ($4300/Month) for the last two years of her life, and I sat through a catered lunch sales pitch for another (New one)...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Re extreme premature births: Depends on who is doing the "Deciding"; The American Pro-life people seem disinterested in WHO is going to pay for the neo-natal intensive care ($250K per DAY is the number I have heard) and even less...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Yes, major problem. Be aware, much of the "Rural" population was dependent on the economic activity generated by the local manufacturing plant of some sort, so many of which have closed. There are not enough Walmart and Amazon distribution centers...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    actually, in 1917 any respectable factory had it's own railroad siding. Loading dock straight into box car, car load lots to distributor/wholesaler. Who had their own Rail access....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    USA Transcontinental High Speed Rail? IIUC, US Transcontinental (passenger) Rail used to frequently involve a change in Chicago; All the Major Eastern railroads went to Chicago. Chicago is STILL the major mid continental freight car (Container) interchange point, with major...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I think there will remain a Network Standard English, "For Engineers" if nothing else. American usage seems to be winning, at least in Europe, watched a bunch of YouTube videos about English in Germany recently. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW5Cg3Zb0M4 Dialect speakers (Nigerian, Ebonics,...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    More on British Cavalry "Mechanization" 1938-39; One of the minor might have been, the Cavalry wanted to continue pursuing cavalry roles and missions; It is unclear how much the procurement decisions to emphasize "Light" tanks over the "Cruiser" series (A9/A10/A13)...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Actually a reply to multiple comments about the utility of Cavalry in WW II; For the US, it was the logistics as much as anything else; EVERY horse/mule requires that 25 lbs. of Feed and Fodder every day, which would...
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