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  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    I think in general "supporting" a foreign government -- especially a dictatorship -- is a rather dodgy plan And yet you suggest that Obama should "prop" the Assad regime in Syria, on the ground that the opposition is worse. But...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Yup. Shame about all that oil, though, isn't it? (And once the oil isn't economically amenable to extraction, think of all that cloudless desert just waiting to be paved with photovoltaics ...) Hmmm... How easy could it be to occupy...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    And Obama helped, by not actively propping up the weak Ba'athist regime in Syria — who are bastards, but at least they're not trying to destroy western civilization for a hobby By this logic, do you think now that Obama...
  • Commented on Touching base
    >First there are airstrikes. But they don't seem to be stopping ISIS. So then we have to go in on the ground. Where more people get killed. And no problems are solved. Hurray. I feel that Obama is going to...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Oh, right. I know that the upper age for the month-per-year of service is nearer to 50, though. The reserve service is never month-per-year unless you are a volunteer (some people actually like it, it's like a vacation with your...
  • Commented on The morning after
    $WIFE is probably eligible for a Canadian passport, but we'd need to chase up a decades-cold paper trail and employ an immigration lawyer to prove it. In another month I could acquire an Israeli passport without rendering myself liable for...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Valar Morghulis. Nuclear bomb is 1940-s technology. Sooner or later everyone will be able to afford it....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    >>One of the main failure modes of a smaller nation is to be forcibly absorbed by a rising imperial power. The solution to this is nuclear weapons. If Israel can do it with 8 million people, others can as well....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    >Servicing those sounds like fun. At this point I think Freyaverse has a serious problem with masochism......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    >>But the payback is only valid if you buy into the delusion (because it requires FTL travel) that "Asset Realisation", such as in Peter Hamilton's Fallen Dragon will be possible someday. No, of course the system will work if the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    They don't. The entire economic edifice our Host built is not actually possible. They can't trade physical goods and there is no point in creating physical Colonies to trade in virtual goods. (Not to mention that there is no way...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    >>>Let’s ignore the fact that Thor is a god Thor is not a god. Just like Superman is not an alien, Batman is not a vigilante billionaire and Doctor Strange is not a sorcerer. Their back-stories don't matter. All of...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    >>>Meanwhile, us working proles labour under increasingly tight immigration controls that effectively stop us from moving to where the pay and working conditions are better. Charlie, if you are a working prole, I'm a dung beetle. How can you even...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Charlie, do you profile your texts with word frequency tools? Because it seems to me you use the word "deeply" too much....
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    > I have, and it's true that Russia's government has major issues, but singling out Russia in this way as "cursed" is really over the top and dangerous propaganda. Where does this campaign to demonize Russia originate, and why is...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Your obsession with "fascist militias" leads me to believe that read too much Russian propaganda....
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    I'm pretty sure Poroshenko is also responsible for the snipers killing Maidan activists, for annexation of Crimea or for the Chechen "separatists" in Donetsk and Lugansk. /sarcasm off There is a rule of thumb in geopolitics, one that is correct...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    How about a different explanation, namely that Secret Service knows all this perfectly well, but needs to cover its ass?...
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    >>Somehow we've been unable to come up with a better way to do high quality fiction since Thomas Hardy's day, despite having a century filled with progress in other fields. I wonder if people actually really tried. A real "collective...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Damn. Should I stockpile e-ink readers before they disappear?...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    I don't think Bezos is a Load-Bearing Boss (see tvtropes for details)....
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    >Evil is the deliberate infliction of unnecessary suffering. The argument is over the word "unnecessary" Really? I could argue over "deliberate" and "suffering" all day......
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Since no sane person is going to invest in things with time-spans on the order of magnitude of her lifespan, we should really try to persuade the rich to invest in life-extension. Then terraform Venus. :-)...
  • Commented on Checking in
    Yeah. A sign of healthy civilization is when there is no arguments, as everyone knows what's best for everyone. Uniforms and marching may also be involved, while democracy is right out....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    It used to be the case that people died off between ages 50 and 70, and the rare over 70 survivors were (in theory) cared for by their numerous descendents. But caring for an 80+ is pretty close to a...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    You are forgetting the Oxygen Catastrophe. It was the mother of all extinctions....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    According to what he wrote, in 10 years he may be joining the cohorts of the homeless. I'm not sure if that's better than being "the modern proletariat". Also, LOL, "proletariat". The modern proletariat is in China, assembling iPhones, and...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Nah, eugenics is boring. Who wants to wait several generations? Modifying an already grown human, that's where the money is. Alipogene tiparvovec is just a beginning. :-)...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    >>Can you name any of these things he might do with an Internet connection that would meet his ability to earn money? Learn to program, become an expert in some field and build a portfolio of works to show to...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Have you even read the original comment I was replying to? He is sitting in his house with a computer and an internet connection and just waits for the money to run out (in 10 years, no less!). I propose...
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