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PrivateIron

  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The rebellion started in the North and we freed our slaves faster than the British would have. In fact most of them were freed by service in the rebellion against Britain. It is estimated that 1/4 of the American army...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I cannot remember who said the ultimate form of the Panopticon is not a prison, but an Intensive Care Unit. It might even have been an off the cuff remark by my Professor of Victorian English History when discussing Bentham...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Let me add the good wishes and hope you get the relief you need. And as much as I love hearing you talk, I am perfectly aware that you owe us absolutely none of your spare time. What you give...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I have to admit I always wondered how you and the Many-Named-Entity would hit it off. And as I suspected you have a better take on how to interact with her than anyone else here. Thanks for the "model;" it...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I don't want to let U.S off the hook,* but there are people who have killed/enslaved/oppressed more people than us, either on an absolute or per capita basis. But don't worry, if there's hell below, then we're all gonna go....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I think most leaders are bonkers by the time they arrive. Possible exceptions are the people who are unexpectedly shoved onto the stage and don't immediately die: Truman, Claudius, etc....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Sadly, his general physical health probably had a large impact as well....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    It's more like the U.K. being allowed to be a country of its own :) To be even more accurate, it's like Great Britain being invaded by Hungarians and mostly depopulated, then the island is resettled by people from Brittany,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I thought Germany was bitterly opposed to having a military force. Why would the EU want a military force separate from NATO or its individual members? Isn't the EU having a military force exactly the kind of threat you think...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Greg, almost every slave in the North was manumitted by service in the Colonial Army. One could make a pretty credible argument that slavery was abolished in the North FASTER than it would have been under British rule. You also...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I'll be a lot happier with nuclear once all the kids are safe in their beds in Yucca Mtn., not swimming in pools all over the country. We have not shown the capacity to implement a simple plan supposedly finalized...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Whenever Judge Posner reached his apotheosis, transcended and was deified. Records are scarce from that chaotic time. My guess is the 1980s....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Since all American law schools not named Yale or Harvard became Chicago Style Law and Economics, rather than Socratic Method, pretty much all American lawyers learn about externalities and similar principles. (Cue the requisite jokes about Chicago Style not being...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Do you have numbers here? I got the impression that a lot of people in the Rust Belt turned to Obama for "change" and when that did not happened they looked for the next thing the appeared truly different. So...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "Unite the Right" has the had the unintended (or intended? per Bean Sidhe?) consequence of tying "Confederate History buff" to "German memorabilia enthusiast" in the mainstream consciousness. Once the American public makes that collective connection, you will see an acceleration...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Colorado Springs: Charlie only destroyed Leeds once. He must think this town is the Withywindle of Nazgul influence....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Happy to get new work from Charlie any time. And I am really interested to see what comes next in the L-verse in particular, as DB had more of a cliffhanger than the last one. People in the US are...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The people of Ottery St. Mary love beavers. Sounds like treason to me....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    "Using Chinese-style memes, I could claim that the Roman empire never collapsed, and that its current successor is the EU, via the Byzantines, the Holy Roman Empire, and various other big states. Collapse is a matter of perspective." Without using...
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    My problem with Sherlock Holmes, even as a child, is how his deductions are based on his assumptions being 100% in line with reality. Reginald Hill even wrote a story where there was a perfectly plausible alternate explanation for the...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    And yet on a tactical level, the Poles kick their asses more than anyone before 1943. Hence the trash talk as Charlie notes. Note the career of Stanislaw Maczek, Edinburg's most distinguished centenarian bar tender....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Regarding Dante's opinions: I think it's interesting how reviled Henry III (of England) was. By our standards, he was probably a better monarch than most. But to his contemporaries he was an abject failure as a prince. It was (supposedly)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I wonder how many times this was the real explanation. Thanks. And the linked discussion actually looked fairly interesting....
  • Commented on Book day!
    As I have tried to say a few different ways over time: there is no reason to fight Bean Sidhe. She is either an overwhelming force of Nature, in which case fighting is futile, or she isn't, in which case...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    It would be interesting to see how the wars stack up as percentages of contemporary global/local populations rather than absolute numbers. Obviously, lists like these are educated guesses with several large grains of salt recommended....
  • Commented on Book day!
    In your oodles of free time, I would love to see something from the perspective of the other inhabitants of earth. It would probably be moderated by Ramona's viewpoint, but maybe not; if you are going to go weird, go...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Charlie, stay safe and well within your own person. Make your best effort to give what you can to those around you. It's going to suck, but we are hoping for the best possible path for you in this crisis....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The French had that idea post-WWI. It probably had no shot of manifesting or working as desired, but the UK made doubly sure it never happened because believe it or not, the French were (Fri)enemy # 1 in the 1920s....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Either A) everybody has historical reasons to be paranoid or B) the Russians do not have "historically" good reasons to be paranoid. There are really only two good dates for modern Russian paranoia: the Crimean War and the attacks on/isolation...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Do you want ants? Phase IV. That's actually quite funny. The dream is to have the future where we have the option to make the same choices the uplifted animals in "Trouble with Ants" made. Alas, I doubt we humans...
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