Steve Simmons

Steve Simmons

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    here's Assange saying "who cares if I raped two women, I'm a journalist so you can't put me in jail"*. Makes for a bit of an ethical quagmire for small-L liberal types who think that governments should not be able...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Thanks for the article link. It's so lovely to see phrases like The Brexit ideologues would sooner barbecue their grandmothers than acknowledge any misjudgment...in print....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    At this point the Brexiteers seem to have driven themselves into a corner. They can't find an exit compromise a majority of them will accept, they're staring at the 'hard exit' cliff, and they can't (or won't) go back and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    (replying to Greg Tingey): Do you think some of the more hard-core Brexiteers want a no-deal crashout specifically because it would hurt the EU? Sort of like cutting off one's nose to spite someone else's face. Clearly the cutter would...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I could have sworn this was the Brexit thread, not the global warming thread....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    So you envisioned Grant when writing Angleton? Yeah, I can see that. As for anything else, it's too soon to do anything except conjecture about conjectures. Not that that will stop anyone here......
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Graydon@432 wrote: May is, among other things, from the "taxation is theft" faction; it is better than the injured and unwell die than that taxes be raised. (And this is not rhetoric; there's a pile of corpses.)Sounds like she needs...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Greg Tingey wrote: (quoting me) SS @ 383: But I wonder how much of that is bots, non-UK folks, etc. Almost zero You have to tick the boxes, give your email address & your UK postcode & THEN the vote...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    ...every account I've read by someone who's been stuck with jury service seems to go pretty much the same way: at least eight of the twelve are the kind of thick small-minded arseholes... Which certainly doesn't match either of the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Now at about 1.25 million and adding about 280 per minute. Per minute. But I wonder how much of that is bots, non-UK folks, etc....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    _Moz_ wrote w/r/t sortilege: In practice when the experiment has been performed people have overwhelmingly taken their responsibilities seriously. This is obvious when jury deliberations are made public, and remember that the weird shit you occasionally read about is exactly...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    If I were May, I'd cancel article 50 and say a second referendum is required now that people really understand what the issues are. Given the huge unpopularity of any thus-far negotiated output, it should be a more specific binary...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    As far as I can see, the Ireland backstop is a method for politicians to stick their head in the sand while claiming to be moving forward. I'm with Katy Hayward - at some point, there's going to be a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Following the ball back and forth on this, it really doesn't seem like there's any Brexit plan, hard or soft, that can possibly get the majority support required to get through parliament. Enough MP's on any side of it are...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Have you read "The Last Ringbearer"? I recommend it.Looks fascinating, thank you....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Um, no, when we had the Civil War, there was a geographically unified slaveholding bloc and the rest of the country was finding other ways to industrialize.That's not quite as true as you'd think. William W. Freehling's two volume masterpiece...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    And now, some blatant speculation about what might be making the gods nervous. Case Nightmare Green looks very much like the magic singularity, when power just goes up-up-up. Seven or eight billion people, all effectively gods. By contrast, all the...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    So all in all, I liked it a lot. Some high points - The return of Jonquil. It took me a bit to recall her, then I wondered why nobody was freaking out about her. Of course - none of...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Mercushio (#7):Instead they burned a shit-ton of power on taking down the presidency RIGHT THEN. And I have to confess, maybe I'm a poor reader, but I'm having trouble grokking why.Make sense to me. If the Black Chamber thinks Nightmare...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Thanks for the Eldfell link, a fascinating story. As for:So I can see a thriving market in urban-scale pumping facilities for coastal or near-coastal regions developing as maritime storms increase in frequency and intensityI'm assuming it's satirical, as with one...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    We live in a world where theology is an actual subject taught at accredited universities. Expecting evidence and logic to be persuasive is unduly optimistic.Like the course I took at the University of Michigan where the professor ruthlessly graded down...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    There's an important difference between Houston and New Orleans. In New Orleans, the levees gave way. That meant that anything under water stayed underwater for an extended period, maybe months in some cases. That hugely increased the cost of repair/refurb,...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    My condolences on your loss, Charlie. On the book topic, I'm torn about this schedule change. IIRC, the space opera is intended as a Banks type of book, which I'd love to see. On the other hand, the Laundry books...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    In re the whole air gap thing - after reading the article, I'm highly unimpressed. Given some of the things possible with Tempest, “air gap” has been pretty much a useless defense for at least a decade. Heck, as far...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    The folks who did the spell instructions in re Trump should get some sort of an award - maybe a special Hugo for Tongue In Cheek Above And Beyond. I especially loved the allowable substitution for the candle, the grounding...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    According to page two of this report, the answer is somewhat different (and more complex, surprise surprise) that what either Thomas or Norjay claim. I'f I'm reading it right, when you remove the subsidies and try to get real cost,...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    ...you might want to ask yourself just what function Kurt (and his background) serves in the context of time line two...Been asking myself that question since he showed up. In re the dome: I dunno what has more interesting implications...
  • Commented on Empire Games in the UK!
    Finished it last night - why yes, I do live in the USA. Enjoyed it a lot, left me immediately itching for the next one. Well-done....
  • Commented on In other news ...
    Seriously: what is a STAR WARS novel, or a STAR TREK novel, if it isn't official approved fanfic (with a pay cheque attached)?Intending no disrespect (and somewhat off-topic), I think the only distinction that matters is whether or not it's...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    I'm doubting it will see print this year. What Varley said in July 2015 wasI am finally at work on IRONTOWN BLUES! I hope to have it finished by the end of the year, and it should see print sometime...
Subscribe to feed Recent Actions from Steve Simmons

Following

Not following anyone

Specials

Merchandise

About This Page

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Search this blog

Propaganda