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  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Put that way, there is indeed little difference between us, though I got the impression you originally just countered "Alexander started it" with "the Persians started it", which, as already noted, is not necessarily so. Or mentioned incursions of Asia...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    Err, there are already the hate speech laws: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_speech_laws_in_the_United_Kingdom OTOH, if you want to ban ANY incitement of hatred, you'll have much fun, e.g. with politics (managers as a persecuted minority, right?) and any religion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amalek#Commandments_to_exterminate_Amalekites Also, with Islamists and...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Arrghhh... One presenter asks if her presence in Syria would be considered 'boobs on the ground', while another jokes about her parking the aircraft. Why do I have to think about this comic concerning sexism in different societies... http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/files/2008/12/1.png...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    , well, history has wide room for chronological apophenia, so... a) the arab spring was the french revolution, and we're somewhere between the bourbon restoration after napoleon and la terreur (with kurds and shias standing in for the vender) b)...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Err, I forgot the footnote: [1] Err, not, I was not thinking about the time some friend lived next door to some friends of a friend of Mr. Atta et al. Apparently, there was a scene somewhat similar to "He's...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    AIUI it wasn't quite so much "local tribes are disgusted with IS predecessor" as "local tribes are persuaded that standing up to IS is possible and will give them a better end-state" That's maybe the most important aspect of the...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    I'm afraid it's somewhat more complicated than this, at least AFAIK... Let's start with the fact that while we view Greece as the South-Eastern part of Europe, at the time in question it was more like the North-Western part of...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Concerning both the likely federal units and the likely reform of the Barnett formula, may I propose there is both good news and bad news? First of, the bad news: Making sensible choices is tricky, and some of those unit...
  • Commented on The morning after
    BTW, AFAIK it's only sure Goebbels used cyanide. Shame he likely used a somewhat higher dosage than most of his victims, so it was quite fast......
  • Commented on The morning after
    Err, do we really have to go discussions about Appeasement Politics again? From the look of it, Wiki hasn't even updated on use of the term concerning Russia and Ukraine, IS etc. ad nauseam. Problem is viewing WWII in terms...
  • Commented on The morning after
    As for the order of allegiances for Germans, it might depend somewhat. ;) Generally speaking, Bavarians are somewhat notorious for their local patriotism. Examples? Well, let's start that German TV stopped with the national anthem after 1985 (before that, just...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Err, don't get me started on Libertarian Republicans and the War on certain Drugs... But then, with Lensmen it might be a question of historical context; the 30s is not that lon after the establishment of modern international drug legislation,...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    BTW, for a somewhat real example of strange cases of an illness croping up, and working out what happened, ther is always the MPTP story: https://www.erowid.org/archive/rhodium/chemistry/mptp.serendipity.html...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Oh yes, Mhari... Somewhat typical of Bob to think she was either just recovering from a bad relationship or bipolar, when in fact it might be a mixture of both, some conditions make for debatable choices in significant others. But...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I'm somewhat wandering how Bob's "early warning system" is going to work out in the long run. Of course, in this case it was quite easy because Basil orchestrate the creation of a vampire nest, thus creating a very strong...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Well, in the Laundryverse magic more or less runs on information, and music is just a special kind of information. We know magic works with computers (electrical impulses) and human brains (concentrations of ions and neurotransmitters), which is already somewhat...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Saw your tweets about the title and thought of suggesting "The Megiddo Score", Sounds interesting. Given the angry mails Charlie got over Cheney in the "Merchant Princes"-verse, some part of me wants to see the reaction of the "Left Behind"...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Thanks, actually, it was meant as something of a joke what fandom reaction to a bisexual Mhari could be like. Not that I think this is the kind of fanfiction we need, though I kinda miss Pinky and Brain. That...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Well, if I found something similar in one of my papers, my first idea would be I copy-pasted some paragraphs to get the format, but forgot to change the text. This is quite common with M$ Word, but it might...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    May I cite a private TV Tropes addiction in my defense? Err. As already said, SCNR, I got somewhat carried away, delete it if, err, too inappropiate. I hoped I stopped before it got really revolsive....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Not that sure if that's a good idea. Of course, this would make for interesting Rule 34 fodder[1], but... Oscar being female and lesbian is quite close to the "Psycho Lesbian" trope, http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PsychoLesbian and Mhari or non-Marianne being bi would...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Well, there is also some female-female talk not about men in some of the comitees; one of the Auditors is female, and she speaks with Mhari, and some of the coffin-dodgers, so I'd say it's a clear pass....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Hm, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mhairi gives some ideas. I'm not that sure about her background, but "Murphy" is originally Irish, so may even herself is not that sure about the pronunciation. Parents giving their children foreign sounding names are a funny issue, I...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Err, make this "Kuru goes for the cerebellum". Damn, anybody knows a nearby MRI, just to be sure? Err, for classification of prion diseases: http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/126/6/1333.short http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/66/1/241.abstract and http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/66/1/213.abstract It seems like there are different forms of prions in different part...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Well, actually the question forced itself somewhat, especially since we knew "dead blood" was disgusting, keeping in mind the animal blood was from slaughtered animals. But well, this is Charlie's universe, so let's see what he is making out of...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I thought similar about Mo and Angleton, but then, the violin didn't exactly care for Bob before he tried to save Mhari. So maybe it's not so much his Eater of Soul promotion, but the fact he went between the...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    For the "Talk to you later", well, may I remind you of "I may be some time."?...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    As mentioned, I guess humans would still be somewhat on top in computation power, I'm just not that sure how much; also note brain size is not necessarily all, it might depend on neuron number (subject to neuron volume, number...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Also note there might be a way out if you put the victim into a suitable summoning grid or like, if the therapy of K syndrome applies......
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    BTW, for cerebellum size across species: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24795574...
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