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  • Commented on Radio silence
    However, Al Gore was among the last VPs to be drafted. Except that Al Gore was NOT drafted. When he graduated from Harvard in 1969 that ended his student deferment, so he enlisted. One benefit of enlisting is you get...
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    And removing statues of Lee is going to help in that exactly how? Yes, I agree that the revisionism you describe is worse, as is the denial of the Holocaust, but that does NOT justify counter-revisionism, especially when it works...
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    I also agree that we are SUPPOSED to be the "good guys" & should not do such things. But the desire for revenge is a (?)natural(?) human emotion - hence all the rules, of course. I would contend that all...
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    To be fair, neither Clinton nor Obama served in the US military ... Obama was born in 1961. He'd have had to volunteer some time around his 10th birthday to have served in Vietnam....
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    Agree - that's one of the reasons I've been wondering why people continue to put up with such in-your-face fiscal/tax inequality. There's even precedent about what to do about unfair taxation. I think it's because people don't know what to...
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    BTW, the tax revenue burden on the individual in the US is 50% greater than for folks in other OECD nations. Well, there's "lies, damn lies, and statistics". The Tax Foundation was founded in 1937 to oppose FDR's New Deal...
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    "Something very unpleasant and strange happened..." Is it just me, or is that a much more disturbing thought than it should be? Depends on just how disturbing a thought you think it should be. I find it quite disturbing, but...
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    Da'esh An ideology virtually-indistinguishable from Nazism, with the fanaticism of the kamikaze (?) There was a play-producer on R4 this AM, talking about "no military solution is possible" & "we have to understnd & engage with these people" (!) Well,...
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    One thing I'm a bit puzzled over is how the Black Chamber is supposed to have pulled off a hostile takeover of a nation that has more intelligence agencies than the average Irishman has cousins. Keeping your dastardly plan hidden...
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    - The girl does not actually wear glasses, they are not prescription. Actual glasses would fit clean, not slide down her nose. It is both a disguise and a distraction to lull people into thinking that she is safe. If...
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    Well, apart from anything else a suspension of democracy is a direct threat to their personal power, no? It would depend on how the proclamation was worded. As long as it contained at least some nod towards continuing the current...
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    If DT tries to go that far off the reservation he'd have the House voting impeachment so fast people would wonder who those people are. Then the Senate would likely impanel a trial within the day or as soon as...
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    For better or worse, a lot of white southerners see themselves as a separate nation. The thing is, I grew up in the South. I have seen people either whose parents moved there or who moved there very young. A...
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    Given that this is a UK blog, should you perhaps clarify that with "The US Police have traditionally..."? Not that many Neo-Nazis around here, and those that exist find themselves fairly heavily policed. Since I was responding to a comment...
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    I always saw "Mhari" as a form of "M Hari" as in "Mata Hari". wiki - Mata Hari I've been pronouncing it in my head as "M are y" - Marey....
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    Of the impression that the military (primarily reservists) were shown to be more reliable/trustworthy than local police during Hurricane Katrina. https://www.army.mil/article/45029/The_Army_response_to_Hurricane_Katrina Except that is mostly self-serving clap-trap to shuck responsibility for how badly the Bush Administration screwed the pooch after...
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    They are; this is explicitly stated in TNS. Once a civilization reaches a CN* event, it tends to go extinct. See the Alfär world as an example: too much use of magic, (almost) everyone died messily and all that is...
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    Noting how well armed the open carry 'enthusiasts' were in Charlottesville, I'm inclined to think that a couple of APC, some SAWGs and a helicopter gunship are in order. Why? The police have traditionally been quite deferential dealing with white...
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    The series is looking more and more like a utopia, as regards our relationship with the USA :-( Just be glad you're not having to watch the crash landing from this side of the big pond...
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    Thank you. I feel like I should have known that, but for some reason I drew a blank. Google didn't want to give it up, and even the Urban Dictionary failed me....
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    What does "GDRLH" stand for?...
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    The thing most people don't get about wilderness is that it can easily kill you if you're stupid. Not that I'm Bear Grylls or anything; I just have a healthy respect for natural selection. Wilderness can easily kill you even...
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    So you replaced some half-aarsed gear with a full-aarsed equivalent? Sounds about right going by my experiences in the military...
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    There was said to be a list of outdoor shops in Plymouth that was given to new Royal Marine recruits by their colleagues. A fair bit of their personal equipment thus landed up being not quite standard issue on deployment....
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    I've never heard that as a "lesson of the Falklands War" - I'm curious as to the source of your story. Something I remember being told during training at Ft Bragg, NC. Likely would have been some time between when...
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    I like a rollicking good story. I don't care much about the nuts & bolts of how you get there, although I think it's more fun if there's lots of new stuff I don't yet know so I can look...
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    The reason I was joking about this is that it would take an extremely strong and rigid shell to sustain a large enough volume of vacuum to lift the weight of even a small aircraft. That's Rudy Rucker-level technology, and...
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    Thought you guys might find this interesting http://www.businessinsider.com/yougov-poll-leave-voters-happy-for-relatives-to-lose-jobs-over-brexit-2017-8 In short, 61% of Leave voters think that significant harm to the Brexit economy is worth it, 71% for those above 65 years of age. 38% think that their family members losing...
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    Cool. I grew up in Durham and live inside the Beltline in Raleigh now. Generally in the US, I think you need a range of at least 300 miles on a single charge. You also need some way to really...
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    Right. My BMI is 23, but I would be 'better off' if it were 20, because I am fairly lightly built. However, I am disinclined to lose that much insulation and padding :-) A "lesson (NOT!) learned" from the Falklands...
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