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  • Commented on Ask the Author
    At the risk of somewhat derailing this thread towards one of the strange attractors, e.g. our feline overlords: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/04/cat_intelligence_and_cognition_are_cats_smarter_than_dogs.html Sorry, just back from an day long odyssee to the intersection of Fulda Gap and North German Plain, I'm getting better......
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Well, being somewhat late to the party again, congrats, many happy returns and may the Schwartz be with you! And a toast to the feeling you won't become as old as the guys and gals half your age doing the...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I guess deuterium-tritium fusion won't be that much help; for starters getting the tritium is somewhat complicated, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritium#Lithium 6Li and one neutron give tritium, but there is no new neutron, so given some lost neutrons, we'll run out of tritium...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    randomly assorted weirdnesses of Roman Catholic theology (which in RealLifeā„¢ are not very central to the core of doctrine) Err, I guess I'm the only one with that Strange Attractor... Thing is as OGH mentioned, there is a book by...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Thanks for the understanding. Concerning the correction, I'm sufficiently accustomated to a personal strange attractor of mine (and she still has some of my Lem and Lovecraft, I guess it's best we meet next when single, err, let's leave it...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Hm, which Anastasio Somoza were you thinking about, I guess Anastasio Somoza Debayle, not Garcia? ;) Thing is, getting away with the local war chest and even have the time to get the coffins of your predecessors is not that...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    What makes you think deflecting grievances on disposable soft targets is undirected ? >:) Cut-throat environments foster for intelligence and ruthlessness. So assuming the managerial boards is not as intelligent (and ruthless) as the avantgarde of the proletariat is somewhat...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Going from history, the only ones hung from the lampposts are going to be the lowly clerks either giving you unrealistic credit or denying it and the IT guys caring for the bank's computer centres, no matter if they administered...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    So is Yersinia pestis evil? Or E. coli, might depend on some plasmids? A human with the flu, not knowing it? Or a virus? Or an earthquake? Or a chimp tearing you limb from limb? And then, even if we...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    BTW, sorry for dabbling into RCC theology somewhat, might be the aspiring, somewhat German conservative Lutheran priest working at my factory, where I try to establish a friendly rivalry, with me playing the 1. There is (most likely) no god....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Though AFAIR "Declare" was quite far from Catholic Orthodoxy in some places; let's just say the whole Nephilim issue http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephilim sits squarely with the canonical Jehoschua Ben Joseph insisting angels don't have a sex life, at least none to speak...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Actually, I get the impression Charlie is not going for "evil elves"; "evil" necessitates the "concept of good and evil", e.g. a certain subset of human ethical systems, something notoriously absent in sociopaths. Or cats, for that matter. Always liked...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    There is even a Wikipedia article on that one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_of_Heilbronn Strange thing is, one of the murders is now liked to the Neo-Nazi NSU; even if you look just at the number of crimes and the fact nobody suspected a...
  • 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"...
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