Gerald Fnord

Gerald Fnord

  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The 'Carter's second term leg' started with one or two more helicopters' being assigned to EAGLE CLAW. I recalled the story when there were reports of equivalent liberality's having saved the raid that killed Usama ibn-Ladeen. Hmmm, would Carter have...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    A Constitutional amendment would be necessary to Thiel's becoming President, as he is not a natural-born U.S. citizen (born on U.S. territory or of at least one parent with U.S. citizenship). This were highly unlikely by 2020 even in Pres....
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    Are there events which are not part of the plot? If a character tips a waiter badly or well or not at all, and the story avoids the restaurant, waiter, and anyone observing the tip or its absence thereafter completely,...
  • Commented on Book day!
    'Fabian' socialism was named for a Roman general who avoided big battles, preferring to worry the enemy to death by pieces, as per: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabian_strategy …. That's the reference of which I thought. Perhaps there's also a minute nod to the...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Alex is seen by some as a traitor because he was around* and some people need there to be at least one 'traitor' to explain anything bad that happens to The Nation, much as some peoples supposedly believe that no...
  • Commented on Book day!
    (I hope our speculations, and certainly my likely–{dead-wrong} such, provide Our Gracious Host with some welcome measure of amusement.) The question of 'Where is that other cult group?' may have been in the back of my mind when I speculated...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Remember that Iris' honeypot was far from the only Black Pharaoh cult group, and the isolation and paranoia born of being suppressed violently (albeit for good reason) and just dealing with the Black Arts might produce widely divergent theologies, rituals,...
  • Commented on Book day!
    This might indeed be the wrong thread for this, but I'm overwhelmed by the need to suggest that initial welfare schemes were very different to a Universal Basic Income because they were much too spottily available and much too low,...
  • Commented on Book day!
    And there I was, feeling all clever at being about to tell everyone here that the Black Pharaoh were basically a cat. Damn You....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Speaking of Fuller, it's occurred to me that the reason we haven't seen the Glasses of Good and Evil for awhile is that they were too powerful to plot around, that they were a later-unwelcome product of the otherwise excellent...
  • Commented on Book day!
    You've claimed that you've stopped visiting spy genres, and also that The Fuller Memorandum was your 'le Carré' book because of its mole plot, but I think that this one captures the le Carré mood much better…as I'm guessing you...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    It wasn't just support of renewable energy sources. I always assumed (though I doubted that assumption when I heard noöne else say it) that the Obama Adminiastration's at-best-clouded eye turned toward the damage done by 'fracking' for petroleum and gas...
  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    'car pound' —> 'impound [lot]', pron 'IMpound' 'parked up' —> 'parked' 'suburb of Cambridge' Cambridge has no suburbs, as it _is_ a suburb. I am at this moment in a suburb bordering Cambridge, half a block from Belmont (and Belmont...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    My apologies: it was a bad pun—I wanted to use a colour O.G.H. hadn't used before, and I was referencing Russia, and had mentioned homophobia, so suddenly I felt under a geas to use the Russian word goluboi which does...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    The defence measures for the New York headquarters of the (like it or, sanely, not) current U.S. leader worry me greatly—Midtown is extremely dense during the workday, and I can easily see a bad actor's counting on something's being shot-down...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I've wometimes wondered if there were in fact a thaumaturgic reason for keeping a royal head of state, something like making it simpler to ward the nation to some extent… …so the n mention of Russia makes me wonder if...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The majority of the government don't have to be actively evil, just acquiescent and blind enough—and in a day-to-day level, I think no level of acquiescence with or blindness to evil greater than that shewn by me with regard to...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Well, for what it's worth, though they'll work with him as they have to and profit from his evil if they can, Wall Street basically hate Trump, and have not been willing to lend him money for decades…in both cases...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Trump's essence is the hatred of civilisation. He didn't invent this in the least: the idea of refinement, excellence in art or science, or even simple decency as feminising poison is an underground stream in our national, psychic, landscape, born...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I disliked the Schneier afterward because it implies that there's a U.S., book publishing, and some degree of liberty, at some sort of future remove from the events of the books and in some time-line strongly suggested to be Timeline...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Sousa's "The Liberty Bell" was featured at the inauguration of William J. Clinton's first term;I turned to someone my age and relatively sympatico and said 'One of us?'? There's something wonderful about seeing a very serious Marine in full soup-and-fish...
  • Commented on A reminder
    I'm not sure how badly Rust Belt people are doing compared with (say) a former buggy-whip maker in 1925 or a full one-third of society in 1932. It's bad, but how much of it is material want, which could be...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Yes, and apologies for my laziness in not posting the link. That article has been much on my mind lately, as more and more conservative U.S. pundits deliberately confuse the real pain of some D.T.-voting workers with wisdom and immunity...
  • Commented on A reminder
    The Eco piece is one of two articles I recommend over and repetitiously over again. (The other is much better than its title 'Why Oppressed People Suck'.) I first encountered it with the subtitle "Fourteen ways of looking at a...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I think that forces in the West have been complicit with what the Russians are doing because higher living standards, especially sustainable such, are a threat to them. Comfortable people not living in fear (as many Americans rightly do of...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    > Or just tell them to grow up and > not to be so bloody stupid. In my experience, just about anyone who says `Let's bring back X so that we can be real men again' for any value single...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Trump's particularly dangerous when he fails—it will be blamed on one or another sort of person who can then be fed to his standing lynch mob....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I think adulthood is largely in the internalisation of being able to ignore the perceived, unique, centrality of your own existence for practical and moral purposes, or a reasonable simulation of that. (A child often can't understand that the universe...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Bears discover fire, for one thing....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    It's the Rabid Trombone Reality Check that depresses me....
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