JReynolds

JReynolds

  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Are you Radagast the Brown, Greg?...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I have to agree with Greg - any argument saying that "We are special, we are the centre of the universe" should, IMO be treated with suspicion. After all, fully anatomically modern Homo sapiens have been around for 200,000 -...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    This comic shows that the ongoing Brexit / DJT fiascos are helping at least somebody - aliens doing some harvesting. (That cartoon is a good one for anyone wanting to binge-read. At least IMO.)...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Redrawing state borders every 10 years would be too onerous, I think - probably every 50 years would do the trick. It would be amusing (for some values of amusing) if they did gerrymandering on a 'redraw state lines' level....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    There are various tongue-in-cheek proposals to fix the Electoral College by changing the borders of all the states so that each of the new 50 states had near-identical populations. The U.S. Map Redrawn as 50 States with Equal Population provides...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The assassination was used as an excuse for war True, but instead of a government official of a hostile power providing assistance to the murderers of Franz Ferdinand, this was meant to seem to be a home-grown plot. As for...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Regarding: avoiding WWII - Ben Elton (of Blackadder and Thin Blue Line fame, among others) came up with a method in one of his novels, Time and Time Again. It seems that there's a temporal 'hole' connecting Istanbul at a...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Take care of yourself, Charlie....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Scotland has an entirely separate legal system which ... [is] based on Roman law Strange that Scotland works off Roman law - since the Roman Empire advanced into Scotland a couple of times but never stayed for long. No...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    If someone told you that their pronouns were 'they/them' would you still refer to them as their assigned at birth pronouns? Reminds me of a story I read years ago (no idea how true it is): the country of El...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I suggest that you refer to Ukraine by its name: Ukraine. Not 'the Ukraine'. It is no more 'the Ukraine' than 'the France' or 'the Japan' are France or Japan. I know that 'the' isn't a pronoun, but countries have...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Eventually this resulted in the teacher taking me aside into the cloakroom and positively yelling and screaming at me for a good fifteen minutes, going red in the face and almost frothing at the mouth; I genuinely thought she had...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Heh. The Purple Sage opened his mouth and moved his tongue and so spake to them and he said: The Earth quakes and the Heavens rattle; the beasts of nature flock together and the nations of men flock apart; volcanoes...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Worth going, if you get the chance. Unless, of course, you're Canadian. The Chinese government is imprisoning Canadians on various charges these days. This probably has to do with Canada arresting a Huawei CFO at the request of US authorities....
  • Commented on What I published in 2018
    I've noticed that Invisible Sun is almost invisible on Amazon.com: your name in the Author field, Invisible Sun in title field: nothing. If I do a Google search "charles stross invisible sun", the first two hits are from Antipope entries...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    at a minimum a second ref would require a different choice: probably a three-way with ranked voting on "May's Deal", "No Deal" or "Withdraw Article 50". This sounds almost like hope. Do you really think that the powers-that-be would make...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I got to meet Charlie when he was at Bakka-Phoenix books. I said "I like your books!" He said "Thanks." We're like best buds now. ~ I liked the reference comparing The Mandate to Stalin early on in the book....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    A key point here. GM did not spring up from the R's. It has been in force for decades (centuries) in the US. Mostly by the D's. Claiming that it's mostly D's is not true at all. Both parties have...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    The Colorado dragon was always there. He woke up just now....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    On an unrelated note, in a much earlier thread Greg Tingey recommended the book Take These Men by Cyril Joly. I bought it for my dad's 80th birthday, and he powered through the book and enjoyed it immensely. Greg, if...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    You're missing the possibility that the SA sees a way through this - but is lying to himself. If you really really want something to be so, it's easy to see the evidence for and ignore the evidence against. There...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Honorable exception for R A H ... one of his late stories had a brown, female, elected POTUS If it's the story that appeared in Expanded Universe, the brown female President was actually elected VPOTUS. The Prez then died in...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Blair only wanted the Apocalypse of St. John plan updated. ~oOo~ Re: good deities. A while ago on Twitter (it may have been retweeted by Charlie) I saw something apropos. To paraphrase: You're outside, working on something. Gradually, you become...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    On page 264 of my copy of TNS: RED RABBIT is indexed in the classified lexicon on the same page as RED HARE and RED HORSEMAN. RED HARE is the plan for what to do if and when Martian death...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Getting back to the OP, you mentioned in The Nightmare Stacks that Tony Blair had requested a military plan for dealing with the Apocalypse of St. John the Divine. Who was the last PM in the Laundry-continuity to match the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Howard Waldrop wrote a short story called "The Wolfman of Alcatraz", in which the title character had to be placed in protective confinement for 3 days every month. Protective for the other inmates, of course....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Channeling Nyarlathotep Causes K-Syndrome, Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, and may Complicate Pregnancy. Discontinue channeling Nyarlathotep if any of the following occurs: * itching * vertigo * dizziness * tingling in extremities * loss of balance or...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I am me because my memories of the past are about me, there is a continuity of existence as me. Bob may well be the Eater of Souls but he's still got continuity of memory as Bob, he thinks like...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Just looked at your Twitter. Happy Birthday!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday and getting you to sign my very own copy of The Labyrinth Index. How many books is it polite to ask you to sign?...
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