Gerald Fnord

Gerald Fnord

  • 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....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    But you're ignoring The Human Spirit!!1!11!! (Sorry, I just had to….)...
  • Commented on Mendel Acquisition Squares : A Game of Futures
    Given that World President Trump has promised to repeal business regulation and avoid future ones, that payload-to-shielding fraction is appallingly high, so that Čherenkov blue is dead-on....
  • Commented on Mendel Acquisition Squares : A Game of Futures
    My proposed merger?: cheezburger and xhamster, because porn needs snarky captioning....
  • Commented on Mendel Acquisition Squares : A Game of Futures
    Verizon are already seriously messed-up by virtue of the place's being run as a set of barely coöperating fiefdoms, which model was set in place by earlier, badly-handled mergers. The place is a palace of whispers, conflicting regulations, and nominally...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Recreational cannabis will likely be legal in California, the world's seventh or eighth largest economy, if the next U.S. president doesn't clamp-down on the states' acting so. Good in itself and as a marker of sanity. (I'm not as sanguine...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    A bit of an epicycle of your idea, but what about an inadvertent binary poison or sterilisation agent? One chemical's active, the other blocks the catabolic pathways for disposing of it. (Supposedly a lot of inadvertent overdoses are related to...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    As someone who... * likes 'stuff', and thinks involuntary Puritanism is bad in itself and as a fertile ground for fanaticism, * believes in fairness * fears that the world can't support ten milliard living as I do ...I think...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Fair enough; I was thinking of being a white, straight, Christian, man's meaning that unless you sank to the lowest levels of (say) drugs addiction there would always be someone you were birthright-guarantied to be above in the general hierarchy,...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Calling the E.U. 'soft fascist' misunderstands the E.U. and Fascism. As noted elsewhere, the E.U. is not founded on the principles of 'corporatism' (which does not mean 'rule by corporations'), an idealised past moment as an end-goal, the glorification of...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I stick to Eco's "Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt" for a fascism reference. Saying that a government were 'fascist' just because it does the will of the corporations misunderstands what the Fascists meant by 'corporatism', which was rehashed...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    A good civilisation does not need to be 'run', and the general tone of the post smacks both of either worship of ancient tradition or else a cynical, Straussian desire that others worship it so in order to be kept...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Ken Macleod's "Cosmonaut Keep"'s Terran sections are in a world with Scotland in a tightly-integrated E.U. (Communist but free—why, the European Parliament includes everything from Trotskyites to Maoists!) and England that's basically Airstrip One for the U.S.. In a different...
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