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Barry

  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "Avoiding a collapse of government during an unfolding economic crisis while exerting at least some moderating influence on a Conservative party gleefully hell-bent on taking an ideologically driven sledge-hammer to every piece of public/social infrastructure in sight in the name...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "When did the language turn to shouty gibberish?" A certain person (usually known as CD, for Catlina Diamond) needs to talk with their doctor about pharmaceutical adjustment again....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "Remember the driver might say "I'm carrying potatoes for Tesco" but the border force hears "I've got fifty Syrians in the boot"." And the government rapidly setting up a vastly expanded border force is one which holds its position based...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "Brexit isn't conservative. It is very radical." Are there any actual conservatives left in the UK? Or just radical right-wingers calling themselves that?...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "Nobody seems to have posted this link, so here: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-give-people-a-final-say-on-brexit-deal I assume that the government will ignore it, especially as Parliament is closing down for a month and a half, but we shall see what happens in October." The problem...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "...and also to make sure the kids have duel nationality as well." That won't help much; they'll need 'mass melee nationality'. There will likely be very very one on one formal fights. :)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "But if it's the UK, well, they're going to have a lot of explaining to do, to make the case that it is moral failings on the part of the UK." (1) Just rebroadcast the rantings of the UK Brexit...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "Where the fuck have those hundreds of Remain-supporting MPs all gone? I know there's been an election, but it didn't result in that many MPs being replaced, and in any case the sudden vanishment was apparent straight after the referendum...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    (sorry for redundancy, if this has already been covered) "The UK has historical connections to various countries that would, I think, happily go back to pre-1973 status with regards trade. " From what I've gathered, no. Those terms were set...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Charlie, Take it easy and heal some. Good luck!...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    ""We don't really need a non-military manufacturing sector"." Unless you need to support a large military manufacturing sector. This assumes a major separation....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    "So the UK government held the referendum, and tried their very best to rig it. Read that again: at the time of the EU referendum, BOTH big UK parties were pro-EU and BOTH were trying to rig the vote in...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "Whether damage gets fixed or not is the critical question. If the state can't afford to repair itself after an ARkStorm or the Big One Earthquake (and note that the storm is forecast to cause about three times as much...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "According to Wikipedia, at least at time of writing, identity politics began in the civil rights movement." That's using the definition of 'identity politics' which classifies [whites over non-whites, men over women, Protestant over Catholics and Jews] as something other...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "I'm certainly intellectually lazy, but I figure that one of the classic signs of a bubble is someone saying "this time it's different." So far I haven't read Factfulness, but it looks like a classic work in the vein of...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "Bezos wants, to quote him directly, "trillion of people living in space". This is beyond anything Earth or Mars can support, but is trivially achieved by living in space. Once you have a first O'Neil habitat built in high Earth...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    "ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: You might notice that you're now seeing the blog via secure HTTP (URLs begin with https:, padlock icon displayed in some browsers). This is entirely intentional -- my sysadmin finally got around to switching on a feature to...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "In that sort of environment, would you REALLY perform such a career-limiting move as to document that?" I don't expect people to file memos saying "she's dumber than a screen door on a submarine, but we need to promote her,...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "The converse happens, too, especially when politically correct organisations react to a low proportion of promoted women by 'positive discrimination', completely ignoring relative merits. " Has this *ever* been documented? It's more like the (right-wing) urban legend of some Poor...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    " The people who voted for DT are a very good example of this - I think." IIRC, working-class people opposed Trump, and usually vote Democratic. There's a book 'Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State' which covers this....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    I would add that slavery is a foundation to all white right-wing evangelicalism/fundamentalism/Calvinism in the US. Remember that during various religious movements in the USA, defense of slavery was 100% required by slave owners, who ran both several states and...
  • Commented on On hold
    It does scale up nicely. You can hack data lakes and even oceans of stuff....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Signed in through Movable Type, using Opera on Windows 10....
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    "I recall reading about something like that happening during WWII. The production lines soldering VT fuzes (the first radar proximity fuzes for AA shells) were staffed entirely by women. Working together for so long their periods synchronised and the change...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "There is an increasing belief among the people who analyse such things that those features have increased danger as much as they have reduced it. Because of those, people now driver faster, further, and often closer to the edge. "...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "...It will be interesting to find out why, say, the French don't make the UK glow in the dark the moment they realise who's in charge over the tea-sippers now." Because their diplomats, spies, tourist and business travelers are sending...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Note that this curve will probably go non-linear in a very impressive way at some point, depending on manufacturing capacity of batteries." 1) Battery capacity. IMHO, when EV's have a 200+ mile (real) range, then for most purposes, charging becomes...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Upshot: by 2020-24 this stuff is probably going to affect you personally — large numbers of reasonably affordable electric cars coming off production lines (both Tesla and the likes of GM and VW who are pivoting hastily to compete), and...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Don't Christian Democrats, immigrants, and Muslims get uploaded to the computronium, too?" Remember that the basic core of the right's beliefs in the USA (and probably everywhere) is that some people should be more privileged than others. If you think...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I'm also wondering about that Clan offshoot in (TL 4?). IIRC, they have access to TL1 - when they jump in, and it's in nuclear winter, they might wonder (of course, they don't have the ability to figure out that...
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