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  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    When working at an airport I saw police training their dogs: We (baggage handlers) had to put one batch of suitcases in a long row. They opened a suitcase, put a small bag inside and closed it again. The dog...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Missed your earlier answer + had a few minutes to mull this over. See it now, in the food my (female) colleagues bring for lunch plus the athleticism bit....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Re Super intelligence: One question that often spoils my suspension of disbelief is how smart super smart really is. I found Athena a bit hard to believe, but ok, while Valery or the Bicamerals in Echopraxia ... come on. I...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Women are far more likely to get weird artificial fat, not enough fat, and inappropriate types of fat in their diet than men are. How so? You mean all the "low fat" products? How does this work in a family...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    .. There's the stopry that Freud gave a public lecture in April 1896 that hinted, not directly at sexual violence, but at somthing within families/education as the reason for the widespread 'hysteria'. The reactions from the medical establishment where very...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Isnt part of the whole evolution thing that you come up with something and then its useful for more than one reason? IMO the whole "purpose" thing is wrong headed when talking about evolved systems. But I'm probably one of...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    I'm no USian and my knowledge of US politics comes mostly from this blog, rationalwiki and the occasional Salon article or the like. So take this paranoid thought with a grain of salt: Before the last elections in Turkey, there...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    I don't know where you take Ina Wolf from, the Iranian woman I meant is mentioned in one of your comments: Describing what she called “coordination tactics” among the men, Shabani said: “I watched for some time as three men...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Postscriptum to my anti-conspirationalism rant: I think the politically meaning ful thing to do right now is to treat this incident at face value and that means to combat Pegida and other racists (as always) and fight rape culture wherever...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    @Heteromeles, You gave the estimate of 10 years till start of collapse of global civ. In your book IIRC you mention fod and global trade as the big eneablers of global civ. Where do you arrive at this awfully short...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    On the subect of Cologne, I'd like to direct you to a good article by Laurie Penny: After Cologne, we can't let the bigots steal feminism Especially this piece: Saying ‘sexism is also part of Western culture’ does not mean...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    ... you might want to look into recent German Intelligence kerfuffles and drama. (Especially their ties to right wing paramilitary groups). German intellegicence agencies had tie ins with right wing orgs. for the last 6 decades. Most of which...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    As always, when I read false flag, I get sceptical. Here's my theory of what happened in Köln when I assume the simplest case: Many people, among them quite a who 'öook northern african/arab' gather round the central station. A...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    I'm not sure the rock grinding capacity on earth right now is up the challenge to trigger a deadly all around H2S release. One could start by dumping the rock poweder into an area that's anoxic allready, I hear there...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    I want to reinforce one point: The problem (for me) is not lack of realism but that this is used to retell very old stories with no change. The whole ... recycled in spaaace! trope, instead of going with what...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    Not only is "move the people" more possible, it's also the humanest to do in sight of the butchers these people move from. Yes, I see the current war as reason enough to pack up, no need to wait for...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    Nations are imagined communites. A book has been writtn on this. As long as nationalism is a viable idea, someone will find a or make up a group outside their borders who are 'long lost brothers', 'share the language (family)'...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    I admit my 20mm per day where a ludicros number. I've since seen that solar desalination plats are less efficient by orders of magnitude than the MSFD I picked the numbers from. On the other hand - from the wikp...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    I like the cell phones. Apart from that, I'm always flabbergasted by how quick a thread about such a topic turns into military power fantasies. Mass murder by poisonos swarm robots, chinese invasion because, bomb everything. Guy (I'm almost certain),...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    Hmm. Do the math says that multi stage flash distillation takes about 18-25 kWh/m³ freshwater. Say you get 10kWh/dm² (day m²), that could yield you 200l a day per 1m² collector. Sounds like much, but is it? (I used the...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    A persistant meme in these discussions is that leaders without direct experience in war are more likely to go to war themselves. Then John McCain comes along. Can someone shed some light on the hawkish or dovishness (to use USian...
  • Commented on Cover reveal! The Nightmare Stacks
    SFF books and covers ... I must say, I find the tradition in most litfic - to have covers that don try to illustrate what's happening in the book at all - a blessing. Moste of the times, the books...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    Possilbe magic system with application to alternate historyfollows: Doing the samethings over and over (with slight variation) creates a little god. continuingthe same thing makes it stronger, as do explicit sacrifex in time (a ritual) or actual stuff. it usually...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    This of course relies on the author not needing . The only place where that is needed would be some kind of war game IMO, so you have thousands of years where all those epic battles can have happened. For...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    ... so you have a hell of setting - imagine it's the generation or so after all the magic contraceptioves etc are invented and the world is about to change rapidly, what kind of adventures you could set there. In...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Madeline Ashby
    Hi! Kudos for how in vN, the repression (for lack of a better word) against the vN felt very real. On the off chance that you somehow still look for ideas what to write about here, I'd be intersted in...
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    Once in a while I rad one of your pieces over on Wave, I think you share the authorial conceit....
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    The classical argument: 'SF is always about the times its written in anyway',I understand that as a writer you can only do so much to escape your own frame. At the end of the day, what you produce will...
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    Frank, you insist at a few places that SF or CliFi shouild not always be about examining the present using a different setting (or however one translates that SF is not really about the future or not about the real...
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    Regarding one of the recent attractors here, KSR nre Aurora seems to deal with the difficulty of space exploration: https://boingboing.net/2015/11/02/kim-stanley-robinsons-auro.html And KSR is one of the authors whoom I think to get society and environment (whatever the difference is ......
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