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  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Which is why I was careful to say "popularly believed". We're talking about pop mythology here, not history. Or at least I am....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Syphilis? Possibly linked to Henry VIII, who was popularly believed to have died from it? Protestantism and the Virgin Queen also springs to mind....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I'm pretty sure that I'm not allowed to borrow money from my boss, to avoid conflicts of interest. It's in the staff handbook, IIRC....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Completely agree with that. It also leaves France as the only EU nuclear-armed state. Who are you seeing as actors on our side of the problem, if anyone?...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Perhaps I should try to clarify. One of the ways forward from here would be an increase in mobility, so that states competed directly as being good places to live/work/exist; which was always one of the claimed USPs of the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    A reason to leave the EU, it appears....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    To what extent are the ways forward you envisage compatible with national boundaries?...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Though I'd probably not be calm enough to manage that....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Immediate list: Passport. Coat (includes hat + gloves). Boots. Most of my day-to-day life is in my trouser pockets (wallet, keys). Medicines. Toothbrush. Mobile phone and charger. Swiss Army knife. Depending on space available: Mortgage and insurance details. Laptop and...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think we may be looking at a US recession here. Florida property prices could well crash after Irma, given that sea level rise is already a problem there. Not being USAian, I'd appreciate a better-informed view....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I really don't think you can pin that on Greg, he's strictly a Landrover man :)...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Hm. I wonder if the NK leadership has decided it can't afford to keep all those artillerymen on the SK border any more, and needs them to productive instead? That would be a pretty strong incentive to reduce the manpower...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Yeah, but then people would be all "Ooooh, [i]anyone[/i] can make a cylindrical thing!" Now they can do the "Juche is superior or at least as-good-but-different". My guess is they can't do thermonuclear yet; just getting their fission devices to...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    ... suggest a two-stage device? It's so suggestive I'm suspicious of it, TBH....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Is there a likelihood that this will be used as a means of ethnic cleansing in Houston, given Charlottesville and similar? Lots of people will be displaced; only some of them will come back....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Pu-238, since that seems to be the nastiest. I worked with tiny amounts of plute a long time ago, but it wouldn't have been reliably pure at the isotope level if there'd been a release, so I didn't bother trying...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    So it's a cloister? Was that intentional? It must have been, I suppose....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Indeed. I'm rusty on this stuff, but IIRC plutonium is actually a nastier chemical toxin than it is radiological. And it's not as though you could go to hospital....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Thanks. I guess the intracoastal waterway is heavily monitored, but there's a lot of oilrig traffic it would be relatively easy to disappear into....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Given that there will probably be a lot of derelict properties in southern Texas, are we likely to see more illegal drug production and smuggling there?...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Cement stories: I went to hospital with a broken collarbone once. I had to wait a while for anyone to see me, because the bloke who came in after me had been opening a bag of cement and it had...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    If Barbara Tuchman is to be believed, Mexican fuel oil was the driving reason between the Zimmerman Telegram which brought the USA into the First World War, in 1917....
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    I am sorry to hear it. Best wishes to you and yours in a difficult time....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I don't think they need a working re-entry vehicle. NEMP over Seoul or Tokyo would look like a very credible doomsday threat to me, because of the economic effects. I doubt NK is really that vulnerable, simply because their installed...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I used to have a car which looked as if it was falling to bits (in particular, the front bumper was visibly not parallel with the road). It was very satisfying watching other drivers get out of its way :)...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Don't forget the stuff actively aimed at distracting you; i.e. advertising (billboards, etc.). I wonder if there's a lawsuit in there......
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    50-kilo chickens sounds like K W Jeter territory, IIRC. I forget which book it was....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I have a beard because I hate shaving. It's not particularly attractive, but that wouldn't change if I shaved....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    GCU Please Keep Your Receipt....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    There's the No Cause For Unreasonable Alarm as well. I'll leave the classification to others, I haven't read the books for some years. (GCU?)...
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