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  • Commented on Apology
    > PS: Feynman is God. And God's Words are > now free online Long ago I decided, if I ever got rich enough to be able to buy art, I'd want one of Winston Churchill's landscapes, one of Adolf Hitler's...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    > reminded me just how similar your working > experience was to mine. I think there are many of us. Our paths diverged after Charlie went to writing full-time, but the earlier similarities are eerie....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    In view of the long amity between our nations, not to mention the Special Relationship... would you mind doing it again? Nobody seems to be taking my proposal to resume above-ground nuclear testing in the District of Columbia seriously......
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > Almost every dictator from Caesar to Putin got > their start either in their country's military or > in the internal security services. Notable exceptions: Lenin: columnist, newspaper editor Stalin: columnist, newspaper editor Mussolini: newspaper owner and editor Hitler:...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    In the US, the police, the prosecutors, the courts, and the prison systems are all pretty much independent of each other as far as funding and accountability. You'd generally be arrested by the police or some sort of "law...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > If, in the USSA something like 33%-&-rising of > the populace are on the "criminal" database - > how long before over 50% is? Not just criminal lists, but the TSA's secret "no-fly" list, and the even less accessible...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > estimating from the population and makeup of > where I live, we'd have a police force of ~24 > for a town of 21,000, not 53 like Ferguson. My town is about 30,000, with 15 police officers. About as...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > he didn't start talking with the community > immediately. "Community" assumes a group of people living near each other, who more or less know each other, identify with the local area, and share social or cultural norms. Americans, particularly...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > This is a military weapon. Yep. The Soviets found that out when they sent troops armed with fancy new 5.45x39 AK-74s against antique SMLEs in Afghanistan. The "obsolete" .303s picked off Soviet soldiers from beyond the range of their...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    "To Protect and To Serve" was prominently written just below the windows of the patrol car doors of a police TV show called "Adam-12", which was very popular about 40 years ago. The motto was visible probably once every...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    The US military has non-citizen soldiers. My niece, for example, became a naturalized American during her second enlistment in the US Army. It's not like the old French Foreign Legion; naturalization isn't part of the deal. Some complete their...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > North Hollywood shootout That wasn't an arms problem, it was a training problem. Police training in California drilled officers in shooting to "center of mass," held to be somewhere around the sternum. And for the most part, the officers...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > It's not the militarization of the police, it's > the paramilitarization of the police, which is > a lot scarier. Now look up "fusion centers" and see why so many Americans get their full paranoid freak on. "Yes, we'll...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > it’s the mind-set of a soldier at war. Yep, and if you say anything about it, you're automatically sorted into the same group as people who think George Bush was a Soviet mole; people the Republicans think of as...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    > The tricky part would be getting the aluminum > for the zeppelin or plane bodies, if you're going > to make a 19th century air force. With your oil-based chemical technology, you could jump directly to fiberglass and carbon...
  • Commented on Down tools
    > same waypoints That's the USAF's version of "working to rule." When the Pentagon doesn't like the orders they get from the Oval Office, they interpret them in such as way as to increase casualties. That's why they flew the...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Same here; for a second I thought it was the authors who were being signed. Hey, it would be cheaper than paying for tattoos......
  • Commented on Down tools
    > The reason for not making QE nuclear- > powered is also simple: cost. That, and the Royal Navy's mission profile is a lot more varied than, say, the US Navy's. The US Navy is a sledgehammer; carrier groups get...
  • Commented on Down tools
    >Tell me, again, why we scrapped the Avro >Vulans then? Britain was in considerable economic distress at the time, and the Americans were offering a triple package of free, subsidized, or joint weapons platforms a'la carte. British engineering was top...
  • Commented on Down tools
    >is a nuclear bomber force a credible threat today? Theoretically, no. In practice, when the US military, DEA, and other agencies can't seem to see or track planes full of drugs crossing the Gulf of Mexico or the souther US...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    They're looking for Charles Stross books, perhaps? Back in the early days of the internet I maintained a couple of FAQs. I regularly got mail from people DEMANDING detailed information on... almost anything. Like they worked themselves into a...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I'm sorry. My own copies of the Gil Hamilton and Jan Darzek books (which I thoroughly enjoy) are clearly labeled and marketed as "science fiction", not police or detective. One of us has missed the other's point, somewhere along...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    > that people make songs about the things > that are limited or lacking in their lives [thinks of the lengthy worldwide tradition of religious music...]...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Well, more like "selected to be agreeable to the Arisian expectations of what they should be." Remember, the Arisians had their agenda just like the Eddorians....
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    >science fiction is a subset of fantasy. I'd say it's a subset defined by limits. If you're writing, say, a police procedural, you're working with a given set of building blocks. Cops, criminals, procedures, crime scene investigation tools, surveillance video......
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    @69: Strangely, the US Armed Forces appear to be determined to die in a ditch over the whole issue, but to say they are socially conservative is possibly understatement ; --- I did a web search to refresh my memory...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Smith's "good guys" ruled by, essentially, divine right. They were the strongest, thus the most fit to rule, Q.E.D. From Seaton to the subspace explorers, their inherent superiority put them above all law, ethics, or morality. Fuhrerprinzip on steroids....
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    >I lost count of the number of reviewers, for >example, who complained that Slow River ...aaand... are you writing to please reviewers, who generally don't even pay for your books, or are you writing to please your paying customers, who...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    @10: Romance, especially, has the same problem as SF in that anything "good" is reclassified as literature ;-) --- I've seen claims for some huge percentage of all fiction sold in North American being "romance," but that seems to be...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    > Who is Us and who is Other? A question that doesn't arise in other genres. Though most people associate SF with robots and time travel and spaceships, SF is really just what's left over when the other genres draw...
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