Michel2Bec

Michel2Bec

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "Paranoia" was one of the best RPG of the 80s. Looks like a "code 7" mission....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I remember reading an article on these ants / termites. It turns out that if you remove the active workers, the lazy workers take they work. It is probably built-in resilience, which is often the contrary of optimal efficiency, as...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "DOES NOT MEAN That "good" & "evil" do not exist" I don't believe in Good, but I know Evil when I see it ? ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_know_it_when_I_see_it )...
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    "the French were probably the least abusive..." "The later ones, yes - but the French were settling Quebec ..." Maybe to the local indian tribes, not to the slaves. Lets not forget that a big part of the south was...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    " https://aftertherapturepetcare.com/ " : this one made me spill my tea thru the nose. I almost died. The creativity of grifters is endless, this scheme is even better than cryogenics because you have no capital to expend, only a unverifiable...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    "I've read that someone in Lebanon still had hopes of extracting a payment from the original owner of the nitrate, and that was more iffy under Lebanese law if the cargo was sent on. Presumably that person wasn't responsible for...
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    Well your fertilizer may be mixed with stabilizing products, specially if it is sold to non professionals in a reasonable country. Here is a safety sheet, in case you have the pure stuff : https://www.austinpowder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ammonium_Nitrate.pdf TLDR : keep it well...
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    Ammonium Nitrate can be remarkably stable, up to the point where it goes bang. My engineering school is a descendant of the "école des poudres", so when the AZF disaster struct a chemical engineer did an article in the school...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    How long untill english immigrants are as badly considered as ... say italians in the 1930s ? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/brexit-fuels-brain-drain-as-skilled-britons-head-to-the-eu "Co-author Daniel Tetlow added: “We’re observing a new social migration phenomenon and a redefining of what it means to be British-European. In...
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    "the DNC VP choice has become about checking certain boxes and rewarding factions in the DNC with a total disregard for actually winning" In french : "Vendre la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tué"...
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    I cannot agree more. But the number of people that prefer ideological purity over practical progress is always worrying....
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    Some people are less than happy about the potential candidates : https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/07/kamala-harris-or-susan-rice-the-veepstakes-appears-to-have-kicked-out-two-truly-terrible-choices.html What's your take ? I kind of like this site, but they are also often not shy of pushing pie in the sky "solutions"....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Try getting an american or englishman pronounce the "vre" in french "lièvre". (not that I'm any good with "th" in english)...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "Not to worry: England is collectively saying "hold my beer"" The proud Americans won't be one-upped : "Here in Texas, political leaders have been at odds with one another, and residents sharply disagree about the danger the virus poses and...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    " What's the PROFIT in dismantling the Mid Class? What's in it for them?" : The same reason people try to be on top in supposedly classless "socialist republic" societies : power, privilege and mostly the pleasure of seeing other...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I haven't tried the RPG, maybe this setting may interest you : https://killsixbilliondemons.com/ https://killsixbilliondemons.com/kill-six-billion-demons-rpg-full-release/ So far, nobody in the story has a clean slate....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    The level of outright incompetence and/or corruption in German banking is truly unbelievable. Whenever i take a look at English edition of German newspaper or at https://ftalphaville.ft.com/ I find a new tall tale. And I do not read these papers...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Apparently, if the story is juicy enough, it can survive a looong time (or it may be mere coincidence and clicbait) : https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2378-6 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/science/irish-archaeology-incest-tomb.html...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Well these kind of assets are relativelly hard to move around, and keeping them on station for long time is quite expensive, if only in personnel. My main worry is how cheap and effective spying has become, if it's still...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I can imagine mobsters doing that. Anyway nowadays, you cannot have a secure meeting anywhere if you are against any kind of actor that can fork a few 10000 €, the spy gear has become too good and is often...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I saw your re-twit of the encrochat breach. ( https://twitter.com/FLAnderson/status/1274239266722381825 ) In our extreme surveillance societies, I'm starting to think that the only way to securely transmit secret informations between plotters is to do a modern take on cold war's...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "As you say though, an irony of the last 20-30 years is that we're more afraid of violence on the streets at a time when violence on the streets has never been lower." I believe it is CNN and other...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Artificial Intelligence or Automated Incompetence ? Replacing human curation with AI, what could have gone wrong, I ask you ? https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-is-struggling-with-their-new-microsoft-news-ai-picking-stories-which-embarrass-them/...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    @Graydon 130 " the Mammonites have greater relative social standing than would otherwise be the case" Precisely. It has never been about money, it is, and it always was about power. Money is a mean to an end and that...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Hey, we devious frenchies managed to *sell* most of our slavery problem to USA in 1803. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Purchase ( and we are also the proud creators of the "code noir" ) ( and we forced haiti to pay for their hard...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "They seem to be around what's going on in someone's head... but what happens outside of their head isn't interesting." That's a significant part of french literature since World War II. Intellectuals probing the depth of their navel....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "They're going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg, but, I mean, the ROI this quarter!!!" I believe it is part of the "pure mercenary business manager" trend of these last 40 years. People, usually MBA, who are...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Hey, you got Hacker Newed, expect a steady stream of anti SJW people in your spam filter....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    WE may *yet* get and American version of the Zombie movie : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/16/us-sales-guns-ammunition-soar-amid-coronavirus-panic-buying The level of stupid is strong in these people....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Yes, that's the general story I read, but whenever Darwinian selection is involved, I always add a *lot* of "possibly" and "probably" because it is easy to get into circular reasoning. Especially since this is not my specialty....
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