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  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    It wouldn't be the first time the Mann Act has been abused. You just need to define abortion as in some sense sexual, and criminal https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_Act...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    It wouldn't be the first time the Mann Act has been abused. You just need to define abortion as in some sense sexual, and criminal https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_Act...
  • Commented on Hugos, 2022
    See you in Chicago then, I hope...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    I had pre-ordered from Waterstones,as it's convenient to pick up from the local store. Who just cancelled. I await the separate communication with the reason ......
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Here it is https://youtu.be/H99hvPlC4is...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    In some respects recent DT campaign at JET was absolutely routine, apart from the use of tritium. This is unsurprising, as we did not want to waste the neutron budget on pulses that had not already been tried and tested....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    The way the D&D game mirrored the ongoing events in the novel makes me wonder. Was this a bit of literary fun, or is it a subtle plot point? Are there any coincidences? The New Management is aware of the...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    Related Work is very flexible...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    Acquired via Waterstones , consumed. Experience suggests I should go back and read it again more carefully. I have questions which must wait for the spoilerific post...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    To put it in context, the interesting part of a plasma pulse at JET typically lasts for 10 seconds, because that's how long the neutral beam heating systems can run for. Unless the pulse terminates early for some reason and...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I like to think of the SSB as an early example of product placement for the Royal Woolwich Arsenal, that provided the rockets...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    For some reason Amazon refuse to deliver the hardback to the local Amazon hub robot locker thingy. How heavy is this tome? As I prefer not to risk the package being delivered to my wheelie bin when I'm out, I...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: signed copies and author events
    Finally ordered my copy from Waterstones. Paperback only. Pshah. Collect from the bijoux local shop in Didcot. For some reason Amazon wouldn't deliver the hardback to the local autoshelf system at the rail station, only the softback, so screw them....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    The most dangerous linguistic confusion. Pavement Do you drive on it, or walk on it?...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    Well, that hit the spot. Pantomime with teeth....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    What makes you think they don't? https://ca-times.brightspotcdn.com/dims4/default/f7c95a6/2147483647/strip/true/crop/900x506+0+0/resize/900x506!/quality/90/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.trbimg.com%2Fimg-583073cf%2Fturbine%2Fct-french-satirical-magazine-donald-trump-2016-001...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    This is the thing I can't get my head round. Elections in the UK use Mk1 pencil cross in box paper ballots, counted by Mk1 human beings. With the exception of some remote Scottish islands the counts are done in...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The "no taxation without representation" thing wasn't really about the onerous tax burden.It was about the representation. As a clever wheeze solving two problems at once, the tea John Company exported from India was taxed in London before importing to...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Ironically, the assertion that ubiquitous cell phone coverage kills stories based on lack of comms has generated a ton of them here. Because things fail. It used to strike me as ironic that you couldn't get a signal inside our...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Reverting to the original question... During the current hiatus I've taken to watching old episodes of CSI, and the one with the clowns and mimes got me thinking. Mimes and clowns are sub-classes of the Circus Skills character class. So...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Colm Meaney. Doh! Added value wherever he turns up. Of course every Trek franchise has a mirror universe excursion. I think it's a rule....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "As a complicating factor, "Lost Boys" is hopefully the start of a new series spinning off from "The Laundry Files" much as "Deep Space Nine" was a by-blow of "Star Trek"; different focus, different characters, zero relationship with the Laundry...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Surely the New Management will take care of everything....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    The obvious twentieth century examples of anarchism failing were in the Russian and Spanish civil wars. In both cases the anarchist experiment was rubbed out by the Communists, who were able to secure the support of a broad political front...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The Labour leadership clearly does not support Theresa May's "red lines" , and neither do the PLP (with four obvious exceptions), or the mass membership. You seem to be blinded by a tribal antipathy for the left....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The current UK negotiating strategy is classic divide-and-conquer, working their way down the major EU nation states to detach them from the position of the the EU's chief negotiater. The problem with this is his position was dictated by the...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Just happened across the 2015 movie Eye in the Sky, a forensic examination of a drone strike in Nairobi, flipping between the Whitehall COBRA meeting, (Alan Rickman's last movie appearance as the general in charge) to Helen Mirren running the...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Responding to the original question, this is one consequence that nobody saw coming . At least half a million dead cars in a city that only works if you have four wheels. Or maybe, just two ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41312810...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    From the wikipedia entry on the V1 flying bomb, one unexpected problem with the fall-of-shot deception was presented by an off-the-reservation Abwehr agent Ostro, safe in Lisbon, fabricating reports from his wholly fictional network in the UK. " He told...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    The queue for Charlie's reading from Labyrinth Index at WorldCon75 was surprisingly short. Which is to say it only went round a couple of corners and we all fitted into the room, just. Mhari's perspective is illuminating. Her developing problem...
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