JamesPadraicR

JamesPadraicR

  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Did both you and @82 failed to notice that it the same article that Charlie links to at the beginning of this post? I think he's read it....
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Just so long as you keep in mind that that quote is from the fictional story above, and not necessarily a Manifesto/Call to violence. It may be accurate, but be careful. Just sayin'....
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    I didn't think I had much to say on this, but just heard this NPR profile of Senator Lindsey Graham, potential Republican candidate, quoting him: "If I'm president of the United States and you're thinking about joining al-Qaida or ISIL...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    "Someone to claim us, someone to follow. Someone to shame us, some brave Apollo. Someone to fool us, someone like you: We want you Big Brother" Big Brother - David Bowie Hmm, I think this is the 4th or 5th...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Bummer. Hope that doesn't mean the authors aren't able to republish their stories....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I hope that anthology becomes available in the US someday, at least as an ebook....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Oh yeah, also in 14: "use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media"...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Interesting list. Seems like the US ticks all the boxes, at least slightly. Expect sexism(5) to increase once Clinton is confirmed as the Democratic candidate. Religion and Politics intertwined (8), not much needed to say there (for a long time...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    And now I'm thinking about the Bradbury short story "The Pedestrian"....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Just been reading on twitter about your PM saying things like: "For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone." And all I...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Don't some twins and others create their own languages? We don't necessarily need to talk to them if they talk to each other. They don't do it in a vacuum, they've already learned how to speak from their parents....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    The classic solution is to put as much mass as you can get right in front of you. A few gigatonnes of ice might be a decent shield, and I'm sure you could think of other uses for it. This...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Crap, forgot to add: Waking Uranus, I'm totally cool with this. I believe you misread that. Sounds potentially very painful, if you happen to have hirsute nether regions....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Didn't Asimov, in the later Foundation/Robot novels, have probes sent out to wipe out life on other worlds to make room for humans as an explanation for the lack of aliens? Or was that in the "Killer Bs" prequels?...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Just looked up the rules, so if anyone else is interested: WSFS Constitution...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I don't know enough (or anything, really) about the current rules to have much to say. But it seems to me that they shouldn't make any major changes that would be difficult to undo or lead to other problems. Perhaps...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    A light-hearted suggestion: If one of the puppies should actually win an award they could be presented with a special rocket resembling this (needs fins), or this one. I know it would cost too much to make them for "just...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Yeah, "dominated' was probably an overstatement. I should add that what I mentioned was at least 15 years ago, so I can imagine things may have changed since then. Now there's online homeschooling through local school districts, and there's a...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Also note they have a US homeschooling curriculum series. That is very much a US centric business. It's also one dominated by fundamentalist christian groups, who don't want their kiddies being exposed to Evil Evolution among other things. On the...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Christian Dominionist... ...They are a minority whose whole ideology is to fuck with my life as a godless heathen till I learn to be silent - or to be dead. Think that's bad? In my case (and Charlie [never mind...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Respect: "due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others." Yes. That is further down in the ipad definition. I think you can give due regard by being neutral and then making up your mind once you've met or...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    This seems to be a very USian thing, although I may be wrong. Respect should always be given freely as the default position. Or is your default position one of disrespect towards the 99.99999% of people you have never met?...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Kinda have to laugh at VD calling themselves "Rabid Puppies", I've seen Old Yeller and know how it ended....
  • Commented on A major ebook announcement
    Awesome! I think I need to run my first novel through it. One of my beta-readers commented that there wasn't enough cussin' in it. I think I've rectified that in the current one, it's damn near fucking Scottish. Oh, and...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Cue the B-52s...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I've yet to see anyone assure me that, "No, really c*nt isn't a gendered sexist term over here," who wasn't a dude. Well, I was once told by FeĆ²rag (Charlie's spouse, if you don't know) that he and she fairly...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    drinking the blood of a freshly killed gladiator Not sure it did the gladiator much good. Meanwhile story idea to file away: "Flavius Josephus - Vampire Venator: Lev.17:10-11"...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    After reading that article I almost feel sorry for the parents who made the app. But not quite. They just want to raise their kid as they see fit, which is fine, but then they went and proselytized....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I think another problem with that might be the creation of false memories. If someone sees 'themselves' doing something enough times they may come to believe they realy did it. Kind of like well-meaning (and some not so much?) therapists...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    If Harry sells software that makes it easier for people to modify their own personal copies of things, so what? That could make for some interesting book groups. Imagine the fights over who read the 'real' book, or what it...
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