Jay

Jay

  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    One word: racism. Of a kind qualitatively alien to your (British) experience. That's a big part of it. The rest is fatigue. To white Americans, talk about racism tends to go in the same mental folder as global warming, peak...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    correction: I don't agree with a lot of things Fred writes. I really should use preview more....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Former D.C. police reporter Fred Reed posted his thoughts on Ferguson. They're worth a read. Short version: it isn't easy being a ghetto cop. http://www.fredoneverything.net/CopNotes.shtml n.b. I don't agree with a lot of things Fred rights. That said, I think...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    It's not just Iraq. Almost every dictator from Caesar to Putin got their start either in their country's military or in the internal security services. Pulling a coup is only possible if you control enough force to intimidate anyone who...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Ferguson is a town of 21,000 on the northwest side of the St. Louis metropolitan area (pop. 2.8 million or so). It was probably a distinct city when it was founded in 1894, but it has since been pretty well...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Article I, section 8 of the US constitution gives congress the power "To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions." Once called up, they are under the command of...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Another thing to remember, for non-Yanks, is that murder is a state level offense in the U.S. No interstate borders were crossed and none of Congress's powers are involved, so the investigation and punishment (if any) of these officers is...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Individually, every person has a right to be there, even though not-nice things are brewing. Not true, from my knowledge. The first amendment guarantees, in principle at least, the right of peaceable assembly. So in addition to their individual rights...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    This doesn't really apply to Fergusson, but in the southwest U.S. and north Mexico the drug cartels are essentially proto-states. In Mexico, they run their own border controls (to stop rival cartel members) and their own special forces (originally Mexican...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    You seem to be confusing the New Deal anti-depression reforms (dating from about 1933) and the Great Society reforms (starting about 1964). There's a significant fraction of the American population, especially in the South (e.g. Missouri, home of Fergusson) that...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    In the U.S., it's not uncommon for members of many professions to refer to outsiders as "civilians". I've even heard the term used by standup comics (offstage) to refer to non-comics. It draws a line between those who understand their...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Congrats....
  • Commented on Hiatus
    It hardly matters what the aliens want. What matters is how much what they want diverges from what Earth's movers and shakers want. Let's put it this way. If what they want is the development of some small technology item...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    I'm sure the first assumption would be that the unwanted influence was not alien, but rather Chinese/Russian/Al Qaeda/drug cartels/communists/capitalists/cubists/imperialists/Zionists/Methodists/jihadists/Satanists/impressionists/whatever. Nevertheless, if random messages start appearing in the internet and changing human behavior, then some organized body is likely to take...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Yes and no. If the remote overlords kept things relatively small, stealing a bit here and there, that would be nearly undetectable for the forseeable future. The more they tried to change society, the more resistance they would face....
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Personally, I'd go to Hollywood first, or maybe west Texas, circa 1850. The American federal government had bigger things to worry about, culminating in a civil war in 1860. A few discreet tech disclosures to the Confederacy could have kept...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Every last one of these assumptions is highly questionable and relies on naive extrapolation of historical conditions. If we assume that future technology is based off something like the laws of physics that we know, then conservation of mass will...
  • Commented on Down tools
    It seems awfully dangerous to assume the F-35 can win all its fights from far away. China has a couple of different stealth fighters in testing that could probably get close, for example. One of their newer designs (the J-31)...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Moore's Law in reverse. Also known as Moore's Second Law. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law#Moore.27s_second_law...
  • Commented on Down tools
    All that is true, but a lot of the requirements get simplified. Drones are lighter than manned aircraft, so runways can be shorter. Getting pilots into and out of a stealthed aircraft is an enormous pain in the rear which...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I could possibly be persuaded that an F-35 is better than previous fighter aircraft, but it seems very unlikely that an F-35 is better than $181 million worth of legacy fighters (about 13 F16s), let alone $181 million worth of...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Defense would probably favor underground installations. In order to successfully attack, the enemy would have to do substantial digging in adjacent worlds, which may be relatively easy to monitor. Obviously, I'm making certain assumptions about the connectivity of the universes....
  • Commented on Down tools
    I checked the Wikipedia page for 2000AD. I've seen movie stills for Judge Dredd (but not either movie) and I'd heard the name "Strontium Dog". I've never read either one. The rest was totally unfamiliar, and I have significantly above-average...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I'm pretty sure most of those references are going to fly by me like an SR-71. AFAIK, 2000 AD and Temps never made it across the pond....
  • Commented on Down tools
    A lot of your references seem to be lost on the American audience, including me. Over here they're decidedly obscure....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    The part where Ancient Vampire Law decreed that vampires who meet must kill each other made me think: legislating that must have been interesting. How do you get a quorum? When you've passed the law, how do you announce it?...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    ... Hipster Faculty Desperately Feigning Eccentricity 46%, ... If the numbers are hard to find, they look bad. If they looked good, they'd be in every press release. That's a fairly good rule about organizational statistics....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    humanities are funded in some large part by grant overheads from the biomedical and engineering schools Humanities classes are actually much cheaper than science or engineering classes, usually. It's just a teacher, some desks, and some books. There's no need...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    We're now at 122 of 168, so I think there must have been elements of multi-tasking in that. Throw in a church service every midday (a welcome rest) and some gardening and her time is pretty well accounted for. Seems...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I recall reading somewhere that a typical Celtic woman of antiquity spent about 40 hours a week on activities related to textiles. That's spinning yarn and thread, weaving, knitting, sewing, etc. just to keep her family clothed. That figure does...
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