Birger Johansson

Birger Johansson

  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Off-topic : . Hong Kong scientists say anti-microbe drug successful against coronavirus https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-10-hong-kong-scientists-anti-microbe-drug.html -and now we return to the ordinary programs......
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    "We don't have a group of manuscript readers at Asimov's. I read everything that it comes in." . You definitely have my sympathy. Even if the overall quality is decent, a non-zero segment will be like reading a textual version...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    This is going off on a tangent, but as genetic editing is becoming a staple of science fiction..... . -My home town has won the effing Nobel Prize! . Charpentier sorted out CRISPR-Cas9 when she was at Umeå University. “Nobel...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Welcome to Sheila Williams! I searched for something that might be of interest to a veteran science fiction editor that remembers the old days and found this example of the absurdity of past Iron Curtain literary bureaucracy and how it...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Even if Bob is now the Eater Of Souls, suppose if Angleton could be brought back from whatever closed-up pocket universe he and Old George got stuck in, he would be a formidable entity considering his experience (although he might...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I am an enthusiast of 'Team Four Star', who made the very good parody "Hellsing Ultimate Abridged". Imagine a combination of Mr Punch and a vampire. With lots of black humor. As they say, "dying is easy, comedy is hard!"...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "You've got the makings of a comedy of errors as Russians, sundry Israelis, occasional Americans, maybe a few African operators, all descending on a sleepy Gloucestershire village to try and identify the thieves who ripped off the wrong people." -As...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    The Soviet Union had no balsa wood, but learned to make laminate for fighter aircraft production. The Lavochkin fighters were mostly made of wood, and the Yakolev fighers were made from a mixture of steel and wood. It was not...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Some unrelated, but good news items. German universities* have worked out how Sars-CoV-2 disables the innate immune response. . And in Sweden, the daily death toll (as seen ten days ago -there is "register lag") is down to 10-14. I...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    A recent quote from Trevor Noah, 'You might be bored with the virus, but the virus is not bored with you' and 'A virus has no politics. It is the ultimate bipartisan thing.'...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I meant "there are currently three *female* party leaders....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    It was very much the same thing in Sweden. The virus had apparently entered Stockholm in January, long before the official first case. . Re unwillingness to elect female PMs: There was the social democrat Mona Sahlin that was party...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The current Swedish Labour leader/ prime minister will be surprised to learn that he is neoliberal. So will his coalition partners, the Green party. And if the PM had attempted to micromanage the FHM it would actually have been illegal....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    A brief summary from Sweden "Lockdown Lite: Sweden's Model of Coronavirus Control" https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=37&v=U6FiIz6u0Yk&feature=emb_logo NB: -While local doctors wanted tests that give as quick response as possible, the state wants tests that give as few false poitive results as possible in...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The statue-removal movement has reached Sweden too, but gone a bit overboard due to a relative shortage of slave owners and war criminals. There is a push to remove the statues of Linnaeus since he attributed different temperaments to different...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    'Captain Tom to be made Prince Andrew' https://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/celebrity/captain-tom-to-be-made-prince-andrew-20200520196605 (satire, but I like the idea)...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    This is completely off-topic, but I think you deserve a look at something above the sordid mess of human affairs. . "THIS WEEK'S SKY AT A GLANCE, JUNE 5 – 13 " https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-june-5-13-2/ Satire (I think -it is getting harder...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Yes, I assume the Saudis have removed the part with the sun setting "into a muddy spring" and replaced it with "into the ocean". -There is also a part where Allah and the angels pray for Muhammed. But who is...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    ...and on the topic of religion: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/entropy-2 A one-time pad? This reminds me of Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Allen Thompson @ 860: I would recommend "The Memoirs of God" for a century-by-century analysis how the Jewish scripture evolved, and how much the early Caananite pagans influenced them. . -Re, Saudi version of the quran; they are using the...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    OT: Some good news: "Proteins in the blood of COVID-19 patients could help predict how ill they will become" https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-06-proteins-blood-covid-patients-ill.html...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    (reposting after posting in the wrong thread) . Surely, they cannot be this cynical ? (Just kidding. Of course they are.) "What is the Plan to Get Away With a Hard Brexit?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9qKumDInb8&t=50s...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Surely, they cannot be this cynical ? (Just kidding. Of course they are.) "What is the Plan to Get Away With a Hard Brexit?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9qKumDInb8&t=50s...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    OT: Some good news: "Proteins in the blood of COVID-19 patients could help predict how ill they will become" https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-06-proteins-blood-covid-patients-ill.html...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I don't know what is satire anymore. "Trump urges Americans to stand beneath giant anvils suspended by a thread" http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2020/05/23/trump-urges-americans-to-stand-beneath-giant-anvils-suspended-by-a-thread/ -Naah. Trump would not provide money for any anvils! . Britain: "Keir Starmer censured for ‘unsporting’ use of facts"...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    From Nature: "Dozens of coronavirus drugs are in development — what happens next? -Drug manufacturers face supply-chain weaknesses and sourcing issues as they ramp up complex production processes to meet global demand". https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01367-9...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Researchers discover potential targets for COVID-19 therapy https://phys.org/news/2020-05-potential-covid-therapy.html “…These results now enable the search for an active substance to be narrowed down to a small number of already approved drugs. ”...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "Setting ethical guidelines for controlled human COVID-19 infection studies on human volunteers" https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-05-ethical-guidelines-human-covid-infection.html...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Coronavirus: real care home death toll double official figure, study says https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/13/coronavirus-real-care-home-death-toll-double-official-figure-study-says (Deep sigh)...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    More good news… "2000-2010 drought in Upper Missouri River Basin driest in 1,200 years" https://phys.org/news/2020-05-drought-upper-missouri-river.html...
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