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  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    You're going to have to explain that; last I knew they have just as bad a claim to the Scottish throne as to the English, since the coup in the late 17th century that installed the William of Orange and...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Your post has prompted me to think more about the closure thing. I too don't mind new plot directions, the issue is how well the author segues from one direction into another. In the case of some trilogies, they don't...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I read an interesting book a few years ago, "The great and Holy War" by Philip Jenkins, which explored how all sides used religion to whip up the appropriate fervour for the fighting and in some ways it became a...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I got a copy of the Nag Hammadi scriptures recently, translated of course. They are a bit odd and repetitive to modern eyes, but the gnostic stuff that was around 2k years ago is rather different from the Christian theology;...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    You seem to be setting yourself up as the only arbiter of the one true measure of being Christian. That's not how it works....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Yup, that is quite right. It would also be a good idea to put the conquest of the USA into some sort of context. There were definitely missionaries, but the massacres and murders and so on of the native people...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    There is of course the glaring big fact that many of the rank and file Nazi's who carried out the massacres considered themselves good Christians doing the right thing. "The Nazi's" is rather a big class of people and you...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Ah thanks. That makes more sense....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I'm surprised nobody has done a film version of at least part of the Lensman series, since it could be sold as such a tie in with various of the Manly white men saving the worlds and women tropes that...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I admit I have lost track of what HSS means, apart from High Speed Steel. I also have major difficulty trying to comprehend playing with language and obfuscations....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The German people were aware of losing the war; increasing starvation and disease across the country led to a loss of morale in both civilians and army men home from the front. There was an attempted revolution after the war,...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    You're going to have to explain what your gnomic comment has to do with anything on this page, including my post....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I recall one chapter in a book discussing the complete failure of German military intelligence, because before they reached Moscow they were fighting divisions they hadn't known existed. Over confidence due to lack of accurate information is a common problem....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    That would only slightly ameliorate things. Power attracts corruptible personalities and crazed lunatics, so they'd find ways around it. Our lawmakers already get paid reasonably well and get decent pensions....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Certainly you don't need to look at Venus to say anything about CO2; we have lab experiments and measurements on earth looking up and in space looking down, which enable us to say almost everything we need to know about...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    You presume that the people who are anti-Eu and the propaganda outlets are all operating in good faith. Even if the government had bothered to try and deal with the EU immigrants that it was allowed to do so, the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Slight slip of the keyboard there, you mean the last coal fired power station in Scotland. There are still 9 of them in England, amounting to 14GW output according to the internet....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Given that 13.8 million people voted for labour at the last election, your comment re. the British public being small c conservatives is clearly nonsense....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Yes, I agree that is a likely response. I was reading on twitter today that Lioncolnshire police have been sending their video footage of fracking demos to the DWP (for non-uk, that's the government bit that's responsible for not giving...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    They'll be wanting the drone intact to see if there's any forensics on it. Twitter was also saying that DJI stuff can be bypassed easily enough, either the software or replace the hardware with home brewed stuff. Apart from that,...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Ah, I started thinking later that you were basing it on the military, which I feel obliged to say isn't the entirety of society. I was aware that various regiments were renamed at various times, and yes some of the...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Clearly I wasn't clear enough, although I did specify that a battery was the easiest method. The average domestic electricity use in the UK is 10kwh per day, which will be fridges, cooking and some space heating. Having part of...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I see your comment about Scottish/ North Britain, and say that I don't recall reading any evidence that it was a widespread thing to do; I can't find any information about it one way or another online* Moreover, the railroad...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Yes, exactly. I'm at work so can't try and find anything....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Regarding pole mounted transformers, there must be statistics out there about their failure rate. Here in the wet and windy UK we never hear about them failing, because maybe it isn't hot enough, or nothing catches fire,or ours are built...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I thought electric vehicles had battery packs with something like 30kwh at least; our technology now and for the foreseeable future is not good enough to permit anything holding that amount of energy to be easily fitted to a house,...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    You do know the difference between space heating and electricity used to power your computer?...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I notice mention of batteries in houses. They are in fact already for sale in the UK, and go nicely with a solar panel setup. Seeing as we need to put panels on millions of roofs, it makes sense to...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I've noticed that people seem to be taking the brexiter rhetoric seriously. As if the gammons will actually run riot in the streets. They don't exactly have the support of the police now do they? And I'm sure the youth...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The issue, as far as I have seen, is more that they get publicly funded research at a low price then keep all the profits, although obviously some effort is made to keep some of that for the university and...
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