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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Another possible epligoue to the Laundry series: The Black Chamber makes a dealwith horrors from beyond spacetime, seeling of 90% of the earth population (most of which happen to be brown). The Black Chambers parts of the deal: take out...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    On the other hand if dark fiction is sufficiently unrealistic or unrelated to real world problems, I can sometimes find it comforting. The problem is when you, while reading, find ways to relate it in real events: When reading the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Skim reading German Wikipedia on submainr warefare in WWII finds only one incidient where a german submarine action was treated as a warcrime - Peleus incident, when the commander of the submarine had the lifeboats of a sunk greek freighter...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Just to be sure, I don't think that the massacre of Leeds is treated as a throwaway plot point in the book - just that the victims very anonymous. Or at least that's my reading, or rather, how I remember...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I greatly enjoyed TNS, like others I loved the dinner scene & while I generally don't like a strong military focus these parts where well done. There are things I do't quite understand, does anything of Cassie survive in First...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Back on topic ... One, can one of you people who work in industrial IT explain to me how hard it is to update a computer running SCADA? AFAIK the normal order of things is that the PLC does the...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    To the multitude of exdamples for downlifting i want to add Ishiguro's "never let me go", while no geneticall downlift happens the protagonists are conditioned in a very scary way and similar to what host described upthread. Also, in awa,...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Is anyone still discussing Rayguns & Rocketry, Harolds new settings and piracy? I skippedtha last 100 or so comments, but I have sort of an idea how to fit it all together. In Harolds setting (he described his world-building hack...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    thx, this is a a start!...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Graydon, can you provide some links for the following claims? - fertilizer not essential to nutrient production - I've never heard before that nitrogen fixing bacteria work without symbiosis with specific plants (is this your claim?) and afaik there's practically...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    For every kg of plant based protein, you need 1/15 kg of nitrogen. That has to come from somewhere, hence fertilizers. Your maize farmers will have some fertilizer input (manure?), you don't get the nitrogen amounts high yield maize needs...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    What are the prime carbon inputs into agriculture? At a guess, I'd say fertilizer first and machinery distant second. The global combined Haber Bosch plants are said to consume 1% of the worlds energy budget OR 1% in the form...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I popping in to mention that we are also living in the Rule 34 verse: Some guy bought put options against the soccer Club Borussia Dortmund (BVB). Then built and planted bombs where the bus with their players passed, apparantly...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    No time now to catch up on comments, but i want you to look at this video if you have 40 min. to spare and an interest in history or architecture: https://vimeo.com/211269857 Guy bascially starts with the Berlin Wall torn...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    7 Samurai or Stalker (Tarkovski) is a great movie, but really slow compared to todays mainstream cinema and so hard to watch if you are used to modern cinema. So I think many old classics are simply not watched that...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Totally off topic: All the hubbub around Empire Games lead (along with a few nudges by fellow posters here) to me starting the Merchant Princess series (at the start). Two books (of the omnibus variety) in I'm loving it and...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    It's easy to make fun of Galen and how long he was read and taken seriously. But I wonder, if punching a whole in someones head had a 90% survival rate, clearly there must have been some sort of evidence...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Interesting comments re. identity politics. What you say you mean with IP doenst quite map to how I think it's 'propely' defined (SEP: Identity Politics) - which is why I was a bit confused....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Here's how to cash in on the carbon bubble, when you are heavily vested in fossils: scout stuff that will be good investment after the bubble pops, hire experts and maybe get some stock in relevant companies: Nuclear power generation,...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Hey. Daniel Duffy posted the same stuff practically word for word here, on this blog, half a year back. And was wrong back then by an order of magnitude. Paid shill or enthusiast, I don't care - just believe nothing...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Another way to look at Charlies OP. Let's, for a moment, not ask ourselves if this is a likely scenario. Let's just ask ourselves if a scenario like this is on the minds of Bannon et al. This would mean...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Can those of youbashing identity politics please explain what exacly you mean? I've seen tons of acts that I could call "identity politics" (IP) - Women only spaces, refugee active in political struggles who insisted on meeting without non-refugee activists...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The sad thing about renaissance art is how much of it is scenes from the bible. Not that there are no awesome paintings among those - Judith & Holofernes by Artimisia Gentilecci! But to think of what the Breughels, Bosch...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Three: How to bust out of a bubble? Serious question. I understand the credit card trick Charlie linked in the OP. But how to do similar with the carbon bubble? Slowly withdrawing capital and investing in renewables would be a...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Two: Coalitions of violence I'm not sure I buy the scenario, I just don't find the big errors. But I don't think an actual conspiracy is neccessary. I'm thinking of Christian Gerlachs book "Extremely violent societies" where he investigates several...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    One: Deltas. We've mentioned anoxic zones, extreme weather and sea level rise as major dangers for people living in deltas. Add another one: Most large deltas experience subsidence, basically the ground sinks due to several factors - lack of sediments...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    SFReader & Antiquercus One of Goldhagen's critics is Christopher Browning, whose Ordinary Men is very much worth a read. It describes the mass murders commited by a reserve police battallion - ordinary men, whose age, upbringing and the fact that...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    And triptych: A scary possibility is that, even without a genocidal master plan, our current beige overlords or their brown competitors could stumble into the walls, drone, Gigadeath scenario WS & Charlie described - ever more open support to any...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Second hint: some of the nastier right-wing shitbags now clogging up the White House would like to solve the global sustainability problem by "allowing" maybe 1-3 billion people to die off. The scale is so large that gas chambers and...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'm not convinced there was an original plan for the final solution, it seems a lot was radicalization happening during the war. This is basically functionalism vs intentionalism: Was there a master plan on the part of Adolf Hitler to...
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