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  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Actually, you don't really need foreing influence for languages becoming mutually unintelligble. When doing "tech support"[1] on telephone, general agreement was speaking to Bavarians (and Swabians/Alemannians) required advanced foreign language skills. How we got there is, err, complicated, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_dialects please...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Oh, while scanning the article, a bishop named Chad......
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    It's still somewhat funny Celtic languages left so little influence; BTW, there is a wiki article about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_language_decline_in_England...
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    Please note I must suppress quite a bit of laughter when an article talks about "Celtic" and "Anglo Saxon" DNA when part of said Celts might have been Belgae, living just next door from what later on became Frisians, Angles...
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    Actually, the secrecy surrounding the situation would not that surprising; "Last name? I'd rather not say. My brother's in politics." On another note, maybe they discovered some processes in the solar photosphere involving quantum effects, and they have a working...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    In case you didn't allude to it, mercury contamination and rec drugs are not mutually exclusive[1], Aluminum amalgam can be used for the reduction of imines to amines, which is central to some synthesis routes of arylalkylamines e.g. phenethylamines, amphetamines,...
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    Actually it's most likely people were aware of their descent, they just tried to adhere to the other group's norms more than longer standing members. Please note tribal units and ethnicity are complicated, and this doubles with the migration period....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    It needs people who not only can exist and stay away from grave, but also participate in procreative activity. Well, yes, but procreative activity is somewhat easier if they don't have to engage in questionable behaviour to pay for their...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Apparently not: https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/innovation/building-construction/sweden-aims-for-first-place-in-carbon-free-steel-race It's possible, though, similar to aluminium, but given iron has a much higher melting point, it's going to be an energy drain: https://phys.org/news/2013-05-electrolysis-method-green-iron.html...
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances
    Have much fun in Berlin. T have been to Otherland only once a few years ago after the last C3 in Berlin, but it was nice; AFAIR it's in the middle of Kreuzberg, so you might like to get a...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Well, yes, but Skandinavian countries have a high proportion of hydropower. It might be somewhat problematic to scale up for the rest of the world... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_sector_in_Sweden...
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    Hm, no idea if Peter Pan the psychopomp might be a trope you want to get into. Going through German wiki because I got reminded of "American Gods" and wanted to look up "Anansi Boys", it seems Nyarlathotep is quite...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Coming in somewhat late, one way to look at it might be asking yourself why murders are overrepresented in relation to theft and, err, griveous bodily harm. One idea might be salience, e.g. we care much more for a murder...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    You're assuming that both the humans and the Skinnies had signed some kind of treaty prohibiting certain kinds of attacks; Err, I don't. But the Geneva Convention is somewhat binding even when dealing with non-signatories, when the other party breaks...
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    As mentioned, it's not genocidal, but it's still problematic with the Geneva convention: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-combatant Actually, it's somewhat similar to a punitive expedition, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punitive_expedition and if you look at the list, it's quite clear most of these occured with "them foregn...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    The timidity caused by fear may superficially look like (and therefore be mistaken for) politeness. It's, err, complicated. You might define "politeness" as "trying not to offend others". Which might have different explanations, empathy for others, fear of repercussions, idealized...
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    And it seems like usually, two idiots, one idea... https://imgur.com/zkcr5Bc...
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    And then, you go through Wikipedia, and your first association with Musk's mother https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maye_Musk is Futurama... https://theinfosphere.org/Mom Sadly I have no idea how to exploit that one. Maybe she dated Minsky once?...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    BTW, for those able to read German or use autotranslate: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nachschubtruppe_von_Wehrmacht_und_Waffen-SS...
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    See, this is what you get when you concentrate on selecting for tall and blond, then getting Hugo Boss to design your uniforms... Minor quibble, Eastern European[1] models in Boss uniforms were the Waffen-SS, the division might have been Wehrmacht,...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    The movie still SUCKS! Hell, this is the movie that gave us Doggie Howser (or Barney Stimpson) in a Sturmbannführer mantle[1]. And the nickname for a guy in my KULT RPG session, "brainbug, because you have a feeling of your...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    IIRC he talked about population pressure driving space exploration in the same chapter as the one about the non-mutagenic planet[1]. Let's just say IMHO reading too much Malthus makes for a similar effect Chesterton noticed concerning eugenicists, "they have discovered...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    To the sociopathic mind, of which there have always been a great many in politics, it's a tossup between whether it's better to defeat and enslave/subjugate a rival civilization or to eradicate them entirely and move your buddies in so...
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    Hm, my memory was this story being the origin of the term "waldo" for remote manipulators. Reading the summary on wiki, I see your point. Though going by the same summary, let's go with the story of Waldo using a...
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    There is a small kiosk where you can mail your "oops" to yourself. IIRC sadly not in this case, and I haven't seen anything like that in Germany, Italy or France till now, though I'll keep looking. I have been...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    It's a terror attack, and as such an example of state terrorism, yes. But the tactics implied in the book, e.g. going for "soft targets", are quite similar to the one used e.g. by the Contras in Nicaragua and backed...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    SST is also about what later on became "cybernetics", there is a long talk about "negative feedback" in the beginning. There seems to be a similar theme in another story, "Waldo", though I haven't read it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldo_(short_story) As for today,...
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    ...decided to overemphasize the "militarism", he then proceeds to get all of the military aspects WRONG. Which indicates it got a central aspect of militarism right, it's a piss poor way of running an actual military. Imagine your local "tactical...
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    I'm happy to encourage you Well, thanks for the advice... As for putting my SAK into checked baggage, similar here, IIRC my brother lost his Victorinox at Rome Fiumencino in the early Zeroes. I don't want to follow his lead....
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    Err, the first one was quite popular at our student dorm's video club. With at least 25% of the members[1] having read the book and indicating there were few similarities. Let's not talk about SST 2 and 3... [1] OK,...
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