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  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The EU as the Hotel California. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    But you'd need to build the bridge before you remove the current underpass, unless you can close either the road or the rail line for at least a few weeks at a minimum, I'd think. Months to years at more...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I thought you got chips from an insanely expensive giant fab over in Asia somewhere....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    So all those fairies marrying Lords were doing it to get whatever the UK version of a "green card" is?...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Ack! That was from 06 Sep 2018, sorry....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    In other oppression news: Charlottesville Jury Fines Man $1 for Punching White Nationalist Jeffrey Winder was found guilty of misdemeanor assault in February for punching white-nationalist organizer Jason Kessler in August 2017. On Tuesday, a jury ruled that his punishment...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Won't that happen anyway once the ice dams around the South Pole opening melt? @1072 Combine that with technophobic religion and you get CJ Cherryh's Merovingian Nights shared world series....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Is the idea here "dam Gibraltar to empty the Mediterranean", or "dam Gibraltar to keep the sea level of the Mediterranean the same as it is now"? In the latter case, you'd likely need to let a controlled amount of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Another use in the US these days is a trust for "estate preservation" or a "Special Needs Trust". The first more or less the same as one you mention, with the purpose of allowing well off middle class people to...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "The Last Command" Collected in the big black book of all his short stories the other year. Earlier in "The Wind From The Sun"....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    On the question of basic fuels, I'd be surprised is the Coast Guard doesn't get them from the Defense Logistics Agency, which wouldn't be immediately affected* even if the Department of Defense was under the shutdown, which it is not....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Draft registration was resumed in 1980 for all males born after 31 Dec 1959. It continues to this day, though no one has been drafted from those lists....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    So sort of a Brexit event horizon, then?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Don't think that could work. The empty land belongs to someone, or the government, and you are trespassing and causing ecological damage. You are under arrest. The equipment is seized without due process because it was used for a crime...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    ObSF: Arthur C. Clarke did something like that in his short story "The Light Of Darkness" in 1966. But I think an observatory telescope was involved....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    The $1.5 million is the lifetime limit, sort of. Anything above $15,000 a year you give to one person means you are supposed to pay gift tax on it. Alternatively, you can take it out of that $1.5 million. If...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Perhaps this is a dumb question, but if one were to institute a 100% estate tax, how do you stop people from gifting their assets to their children before they die? Presumably the same way it is done now with...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Mack Reynolds also wrote Trample An Empire Down in the same or a similar setting. In that one some bored guys on GAI (Guaranteed Annual Income) decide to start up the "Subversive Party" aka the Suedeshirts. The initial concept owes...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Of course the US never got Muffin the Mule or other British kid's TV classics... We don't know from Noddy either....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "There's nothing an agnostic can't do as long as he isn't sure whether he believes in anything or not." - Monty Python...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Now I am thinking of all the snarky Culture ship names that he couldn't put in the books. What?...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    ObSF: The 15,000 AD chapter of The Man Who Awoke. Most of the population spends their life in virtual reality via surgical implants....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Good point. In the 50s and 60s we were selling stuff to rebuild the rest of the industrialized world. Which was in ruins because they had had wars fought through them, been heavily bombed, or at least been overstrained in...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Just ran across something relevant, MIT is working on how to alter pictures to induce empathy. Now I am wondering if I got shown that because I posted or browsed this thread....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Auricoma @ December 12, 2017 17:01 Like what they are trying to do with fake rhino horn to ruin the rhino horn market? Murphy: SirenWareâ„¢ will do this for susceptible people, but only the ones who have at least some...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Oops, forgot your cited one, "Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty"....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think people may be confusing different treaties. Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968) - Non-signatory (India, Israel, Pakistan, South Sudan) Withdrawn (North Korea) Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963) - As of 2015, 126 states were party...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I think you're right. In a scare deep way, that Charlie's windows are indeed the key to survival. So is Charlie going to have to deal with hordes of time travelers trying to adjust this time nexus? (Actually I recall...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The better proposals (IMHO) are to link the value of currency to the basic cost of a day's rations for the average worker. That was actually the basis for things like the denarius and the talent back in the...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    My snark is that HBO should go all in and just license SM Stirling's Draka series. Just as offensive and controversial but with more lesbian sex scenes....
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