Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    There’s a few (smoky) mountains in Italy where chunks of elemental sulfur may be found laying about....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Another 2020 headline: 'Transsexual Satanist anarchist' wins GOP nomination for NH county sheriff https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/516616-trans-satanist-anarchist-wins-gop-nom-for-nh-county-sheriff...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Past 300, so not as creepy as a violin made of human bone but still pretty cool: a stone violin. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbird_(violin)...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The Wayfair thing inspires an idea for a new kind of scam: Pick unlucky company. Take short position. Start Qish rumor....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Shorter #1585: Upstate NY may not be “high” but it sure ain’t “flat.”...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Another (NATO member) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armed_forces_of_the_Netherlands#Unionized_military...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I would expect a terraformed world to require constant maintenance, rather like a polder. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polder...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    If it comes lamppost/guillotine time I’d like to start with Murdochs....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    “It's the same thing that Farage, Orban, Milosevic, and Karadic knew” & Trump...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    “All the government, from what I vaguely remember, were all venal villains. ” Very similar to what we have right now in the US....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    No need to invade the financial havens, just hit them with the kind of economic sanctions the US is using against Iran. Unlike Iran the financial havens don’t have real economies with oil and farming and manufacturing, so they wouldn’t...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    As is being discussed in parallel here, there is a well known example of undefined rules of departure helping lead to unfortunate events....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Don’t all dogs go to heaven?...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    “tell me where my math is wrong...” Too optimistic?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    One theory I’ve heard: When narcissistic cult leaders go down they like to take others with them. Jim Jones had poisoned punch, Hitler had his “scorched earth” policy, and Trump is deliberately doing all he can to make the plague...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Where college students congregate, raves and house parties tend to follow....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I wonder why they went to Interpol - this sounds more like the ICJ’s area of authority....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Polar smallsats are a profitable niche for Rocket Labs....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Also NASA. I’ve seen SLS documentation with temperatures in Rankine....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    No metal on metal or color on color is a rule of the folks currently in charge of UK heraldry. Historically there are exceptions, such as the Papal flag (yellow & white) and the Albanian flag ( red & black.)...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    “Sous” not “Sou”...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    “Souveillance”. Those below watching up instead of those above watching down....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    “cops haven't adjusted to the idea that there are cameras everywhere, and thus whatever they do will be subject to public evaluation.” It’s entirely possible that the violence is not at all worse than it ever was, just better documented....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Bloody autocorrect. Merkel....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I’m waiting for Markell to propose a G-6 meeting minus the US....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Twilight Zone, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monsters_Are_Due_on_Maple_Street...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Having been involved with designing & selling bits and bobs to both Boeing and SpaceX, my money’s on SpaceX having a better chance of success. My keyhole view into a corner of the SLS’s design process has not inspired confidence....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    “flange magnets”?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    As usual the problem is less technical than political. In the USA’s case it’s that one major party is dependent on white supremacists’ votes....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    “there's a decent reason to start looking at the obvious candidate chemical rather than any other of all the ones it usually comes along with.” Nicotine is the obvious choice, but I hope some research into other components of tobacco...
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