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  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "Heh. In southwestern Ontario, we have a Delhi that's pronounced Del-hi (accent on the second syllable) in the local parlance." In southeastern Michigan, we have a 'dell-high' road. Along with a city called 'Say-leen'. It's in my county, right near...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "I'd think that they'd change the codes as soon as he touched down. Claiming to be "president-in-exile" would be unlikely to fly even with the current Senate, and DoD would be even less likely to go along with it." I've...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "... 2016 was a coinflip election which caught a lot of people by surprise (which is odd, considering what happened in 2000. Perhaps the series of pretty decisive results in 2004,2008 and 2012 had made people forget that this problem...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "And voter suppression has been the norm for decades (even if less blatant) and nothing has come it." Off of the top of my head, Kemp was elected governor of Georgia after being Secretary of State (who runs the elections)....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "Juat to show that DJT & his minions are not the only ones capable of destroying a country ... Internal passports for lorries to "enter Kent" - yes, really!" So instead of onerous eu oppression, it will be domestic beatings,...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "One thing I don't understand is why the Army chose to station the 10th Mountain Div at Ft. Drum in New York rather than Ft. Carson in Colorado? I'm sure their reasons are good ones, but I just think Ft....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "This is interesting and disturbing. The QAnon [cult++] is preying on other religions that actively suppress critical thinking. " The way that I see it is that when Trump came by, these people knew their True Master, to the consternation...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "A lot of those "idiots" literally have no place to go, and no money to get there if they did. This ties in with the "is the US a third world country" discussion in this thread. If a large fraction...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "Seriously? That is an argument to show that slavery was not the primary cause of the war? "If you had just given me your TV we wouldn't have had to deal with the whole breaking & entering unpleasantness." "If you...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "Only immigrant friendly countries will continue to have growing economies, which still means essentially the USA. " Sorry to skip ahead, but IMHO the USA no longer counts as immigrant-friendly, even if Trump loses and the GOP loses the Senate....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "Which is officially being released for production at Tor -- for copy-editing and the rest of the 12 month turn-it-into-a-book-and-publish-it cycle -- next week." And the people cheered!...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "But in England? There'll be a huge backlash, but it will be expressed in the form of anti-immigrant pogroms and a huge upswelling of support for neo-nazis. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Conservatives split and the more rightwing...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "America is not a developed nation, in terms of functioning infrastructure. " Note that England is likely heading towards 'not a developed nation' status, given the Tory lock, intentions, and incompetency at keeping things running....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    "Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Philip R. Bartlett, Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the United States Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), announced the unsealing of an indictment charging...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    "There are tradeoffs in asteroid mining -- the upsides are things like no requirement for ecological and environmental controls" Note that asteroid mining involves playing with serious WMD's, all the way up to Earth (surface) devastators....
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    "I think the key takeaway is that Ben Shapiro is so unfamiliar with female genitalia whose owner is sexually aroused that he mistakes it for a symptom of disease." Several months ago the entire Internet paused for an afternoon. That...
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    "The part I don't get is how a conservative party who disbelieve in the utility of government hope to improve it." The first thing to remember is that they are not conservatives, but rather radical right-wing revolutionaries. The second, of...
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    "The Tories have a roughly 80 seat majority; there are no constitutional grounds for dismissing the government he has been elected leader of." This is why I think that you guys are sooooo screwed right now (and I'm writing this...
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    "Concerning the Fermi Paradox, that would be "Periodic extinction by natural events", though veering into "It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy itself"." Not 'destroy itself', just 'technological civilization is hard to maintain, for either internal or external...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "Two mistakes, Greg. You read the Seagull's emissions and you posted about the Seagull's emissions. You are now squarely in their sights because they know you will react to them, so expect more prodding and poking over the next few...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "I've got to point out that probably any society that can freeze-dry human beings in a patented elixir and rehydrate them successfully later probably has the ability to set the human up to resist a bunch of radiation damage after...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "Take a look at the first graph on the Gallup site below: 'current satisfaction with the position of the US in the world' is higher now than in the Kennedy era among US respondents (53% vs. 43%). How representative this...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "About walking on foot: https://fastestknowntime.com/routes It's amazing how well we handle long walks" These times will be based on modern equipment, good trails and selection of prime weather. Assume that you have to wear/carry 20 lbs of wool to start...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    (note, I live in Southeast Michigan) "To be fair, not every governor did a good job on lockdown. Michigan's governor declaring that nobody could buy seeds was as bad an idea as I've seen, despite the fact that she otherwise...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "Yep: that's why my normative assumption for non-relativistic slower-than-light SF novels is that either the travelers have got cryonic suspension sorted[*], or it's a very slow but absolutely gigantic moving city with green spaces, lakes, recreation/theme parks, and zones big...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    (re: Texas GOP officials) "Whether it be the hospital CEO's, the business CEO's, or something else the GOP has found the face mask gospel in the last week. The turnabout has been quite spectacular with almost every GOP person now...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "The fact that Sweden is seeming like a world leader (deaths per million lower than quite a few locked down countries, higher coivd deaths than some countries but balanced against the fact they've kept their civil liberties and maintained healthcare...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "Sure there's a current spike, but the real question is what will the status be in 3-4 month and I don't believe that that can be reliably predicted at this stage. " Actually, it can be, because it will be...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    RalphB: "in a lot of places the infection rates were dropping several days before the lockdown was introduced. " Michigan cases peaked on April 3; the lock down started on March 16. From my personal observation, the lockdown behavior started...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Personal addition: I wasn't really aware—before I just looked up all those numbers—that the UK is doing so much worse than even the US. It's a bit frightening…" It was a challenged to 'surpass' (undersurpass?) Trump, but the Tories managed...
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