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  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Heteromeles @426: elasmotherium An elasmotherium makes an appearance - under that very name - in L. Sprague de Camp's The Unbeheaded King. The two main characters land their temporarily-aerial copper bathtub in a royal game park. They have to hastily...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I saw something that claimed that almost all people on the USA were unsafe to eat "Dear Sir, I am glad to hear that your studio audience disapproves of the last skit as strongly as I. As an American naval...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I hadn't thought of that - and I've read a fair amount about WWI. Talk about not putting two and two together!...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    It has been claimed that facts are partisan About 30 years ago, I heard of a short book containing two biographical essays about Bonnie Prince Charlie, he of the 1745 fame. Two historians of the period, given an identical long...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    You're not dead. You're still alive! (Link is to the closing credit song of the game Portal. Song by Jonathan Coulton)....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    they're handling COVID-19 as if it's a public relations problem I am struck on a daily basis of how you nailed UK government reaction in The Delirium Brief. When faced with an existential threat, and having experts on that existential...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Attributed to Stalin: "Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything." Sadly, Snopes.com thinks that it's unlikely he actually said it. Still, as with Yogi Berra, "I really didn’t say everything I said" (which appears to...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Re: DT's re-election chances. I went to a betting site a couple of days ago and checked out their current projections as to who would be elected president in 2020. Betting sites are often quite accurate in their predictions -...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    You left out Worcester 1651 However, weren't most Scottish invasions of England due to Scotland's alliance with France? England attacks France, France prevails on the Scots to attack England. No, or fewer, wars between England and France would mean fewer...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    We really don't just spam links (hysterical laughter) 21 links in #916. 13 were from twitter, so I will assume charitably that any relevant information they may contain came from single tweets, not the beginning of a tweet chain that...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    For anyone who might be interested in a "What if the Cuban Missile Crisis turned into a nuclear war in 1962", a good book is the 2010 novel When Angels Wept. Its author is an academic whose specialization is that...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Java Jive, by the Inkspots "I love coffee, I love tea I love the java jive and it loves me Coffee and tea and the jiving and me A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup!"...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Re: Honor Harrington I read the first 7 or so when they were already out. Baen did a promo years ago where the physical copy of book 1 was priced $1.99, and I was hooked. Gave up the series when...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I just heard on the CBC this morning that the Alberta government is going to allow daycares to re-open so that health-care-workers can have somewhere to leave their kids while they work. My immediate reaction was WTAF?!? This completely destroys...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Bernie's real problem is that he's an outsider Another big problem that Bernie has: he's Jewish, and the US electorate contains enough people who are OK with electing a protestant male in his late 70s, but who are very much...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    So when someone with a southern accent uses a word like "Yankee" or "Yankeeland" he gets kind of a sideways look. "Ignorant Yankee" is an ignorant phrase. From The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce: YANKEE -n. In Europe, an American....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    So if the epidemic takes 12 months to run its course and the morbidity rate is constant (it won't be!) Scotland will need 50% more hospital beds than it currently has, for a whole year. A good movie to watch...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Every few years there's a news story about someone getting on the wrong plane and not discovering the problem until too late. A couple of years ago there was a story about a honeymooning couple from the UK who wound...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    4) Estimated world population in 2050 is ~9.7 G These population projections assume that agriculture continues to produce an abundance of food. I have the feeling that earth's human population will be substantially less than that. If people can't eat...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    JBS@ 682: many jokes made at Texas's expense. In Len Deighton's The Ipcress File (pub. 1962), there's a throwaway line of dialogue: "Of course Alaska is the biggest state in the Union. Just ask any Texan." [1] Heteromeles @ 687:...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    and addressing Parliament without using the words "ya fuckin' wankers." ... and that was how the Crown of Scotland remained vacant for many years. No contestant could pass that particular test. Quoted from Brookmyre, Christopher and McLeod, Ken. (2045) A...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    It concerns me that the Scots will miss the daily news about the troubles caused by Brexit, then UKexit (is this what leaving the UK is called locally?). Adding Gibraltar to Scotland is the logical thing to do to keep...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    IMO, the UK should turn Gibraltar over to Spain in a polite and dignified way sooner rather than later. If the current inhabitants of Gibraltar want this to happen, then I agree 100%. If they want to stay part of...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I got to the point when the Orc leader raped an elf girl to death ("Get me another one, this one's broken") and set the book down, disgusted. YMMV. cptbutton @398: I wonder if the Walktapus is similar to the...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    There was a picture making the rounds on Twitter recently[1]. Unfortunately, I, can no longer find it. Three pictures, three captions. Panel 1: Caption: English history as seen by the English. Picture: Sir Ian Mckellen as Gandalf. Panel 2: Caption:...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Classic detectives don’t level up to more and more power every novel, but fantasy detectives do Reginald Hill's Dalziel & Pascoe series had Pascoe leveling up from DS to a high ranking cop. I can't remember his final rank, but...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    So what's the next step for the Iraqi government? Blockade the military bases? If they simply prevented shipments of food into them, that would get people's attention pretty quickly, I'd think. Options: * the US takes off the mask and...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    helping reconstyruct parts of the chemical/dye etc industries in & around Bielefeld At least he was under the impression that he was there. He was probably somewhere else.......
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Right now, there's no reason to suppose it was an 'accident' and every reason to suppose it was a genuine accident. DJT orders the murder of a high-ranking government official (gets it, plus nine other corpses) and promises that any...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    It was a busted flush by the late 80s/early 90s Which meant that Julian May's Pliocene-Milieu series was the last big hurrah for psi powers. I reread the series a couple of years ago. The Suck Fairy had got to...
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