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FUBAR007

  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Yes, it's an ugly moment when you realise that you, personally, are part of this exact problem and will have to change. That's difficult to deal with and the easy response is angry denial. We see a lot of it,...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    At least as the term is used in the U.S., "whiteness" is the critical race theory analog to "bourgeois" in more traditional Marxist philosophy. In practice, it serves as a neologic synonym for Anglo--racially Caucasian, English-speaking, and practicing of Anglophone...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Industrial. Started out as civilian DoD in grad school. Got recruited by a defense contractor after graduation. Worked primarily in wargaming, modeling & simulation, and strategic planning support....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Some thoughts from inside the U.S. military-industrial complex: 1) Iran's military capabilities--including naval and asymmetric--are known and accounted for in strategic planning. If anything, they're overestimated as a hedge. (Now, whether the U.S. political leadership will listen to, much less...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    At this point, I'm wondering why any academic or political body concerned with climate change wastes time discussing anything less than worst-case scenario projections. We're going to use the whole carbon stack. It's only a question of how fast....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Speaking of Slushkiller... Since TNH was there addressing specifically SF novels, her list skipped several other reasons why stories get rejected. Speaking of such other reasons, a question for OGH: My friend and former English professor, a published poet but...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Incendiary and ineffective. By the time you finish a detailed survey of what politicians can effectively do to keep billionaires from not paying their taxes, given the realistic constraints of both lawmaking and bureaucracy, you'll realize just how wrong-headed your...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    AIUI, there were broadly three waves of human settlement in Europe: 1) Paleolithic hunter-hatherers who migrated out of Ice Age refugia, 2) Neolithic farmers who came from Anatolia, and 3) the Proto-Indo-Europeans who immigrated from the Eurasian steppe during the...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I repeat what others have said, that the US Overton window needs a serious re-set. That is happening. Just in the wrong direction. America isn't going to reform into anything a Northern European would recognize as good or sane until...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Specifically, Obama did not understand the full nature of what Americans (and many others) see as Russia's extreme paranoia, which means in practical terms that any smart government does it's best to avoid extending too much influence to those nations...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    There are 44 million USA citizens of German ancestry, far outnumbering the Scots/Irish and English. In all seriousness, I've heard it said that, in some ways, American culture is more German than it is Anglo-Saxon. Particularly middle-class American culture. I've...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    RE: Anglosphere/UK-as-51st-state The upside is that, unlike the U.S., any such conglomeration would have a proper left wing. There would at last be, both among the public and within the body politic, a counterweight to the neoliberal juggernaut. Just imagine...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I meant what the fuck has happened in the US that this has occurred? The taproot? America has no politically significant left wing (in the traditional sense) and hasn't had one in decades.* What genuinely left-wing parties exist are minuscule...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The usual response from the opponents of SJW is that "Social Justice Warriors" have the same relationship to social justice as "Democratic People's Republic of Korea" to democracy, people and republics. It's less that than some of the more overzealous...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Greg is the "straight man" in her act. I can't decide if he hasn't figured that out yet or if they have some kind of offline deal struck and he's in on it. What I'm curious about is her cultural...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    To many of us her substance was the issue. Was it her personality, her policy positions, or both? I ask because, setting aside the villainous caricature of her created by opposition propaganda, I've found what people tend to find most...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    HC was by no means the optimal candidate, but surely she wasn't that bad - was she? In terms of substance, not at all. But, with Hillary Clinton, it must be understood that she has been the subject of 25...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    …current progressive politics has brought us Brexit and Trump. Uh, no. The failure of the neoliberal capitalist establishment to deliver on its promises combined with the lack of an effective contemporary labor movement caused a vacuum which reactionary zealots and...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    You can find an exec sum of the book in question here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nine_Nations_of_North_America...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Russia is being seriously threatened already, and can't be far off from concluding that its enemies are starting to go for the kill, and that it has no option but to treat this as undeclared war. That's what Putin wants....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Yeah, but it's still used incorrectly for a reference by people who don't know what it was, the same way I think some people who don't actually know what Hadrian's Wall was use that as a reference for something else....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Eh, it's an obsolete reference for contemporary U.S. political/cultural discussions, anyway. Delaware, Maryland, and, increasingly, Virginia--the birthplace of the South--have been assimilated into the "blue" northeast corridor, and they're all south of the Mason-Dixon. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania west of Greater Philadelphia...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I wonder if it was something to do with lots of immigrants and the reaction to the Civil War causing everyone (school boards especially) to want to demonstrate their American-ness. American identity is and always has been ideological construct. Going...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    That's not an apples-to-apples comparison. Dallas and Fort Worth are two separate cities with some built up areas in between. Lumping them together requires a construct called a "Consolidated" MSA. No problem. And, it's combined statistical area (CSA), not consolidated....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    2. There’s a possibility that Confederate nationalism may be spreading in the plain states? Speaking as a native of Kansas, it's already spread. The Plains states are culturally and politically part of the Confederacy now and have been since at...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Questions from someone with the science and engineering knowledge of a mollusc: do we yet have the technology--even if just in theoretical form--to remove carbon from the atmosphere as fast or faster than we put it in? If not, what...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Agree with whitroth on this; it's a belief not rooted in anything fundamental. You can find a decent summary of realism's theoretical and philosophical underpinnings here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(international_relations)...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    "Hobbesian realism"? Sorry, I don't agree with that... and I don't want to live in that. [...] Therefore, I reject your Hobbesian realism, and remind you of self-fullfilling prophecies. You seem to think that, when I say I'm a Hobbesian...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    whitroth: But the US, and, to a lesser degree, the EU are expansionist powers... True. (Though I quibble with characterizing the EU as a "power." It has the potential to become one, but it isn't one yet.) ...and the folks...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Of course, I don't believe the first two... Ah, now we're getting somewhere! ...but you seem to believe them of the USA, for some incomprehensible reason. Less that I believe the U.S. is acting in good faith than that I...
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