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  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    RE our Hosts comments about US racism, disasters, etc. Post Katrina clarification, other than the members of the New Orleans Police department running around shooting "Looters" who just happened to be Minority group members. A couple actually are going to...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Re Planning/Authorization for the "Final Solution" Actually, IIUC, the Heer (Army) (Not the SS) was marching around Poland in the fall of 1939 committing "The Usual Atrocities", mainly against Jews. So it was deeply embedded in the Reich cultural DNA....
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Received an email (Today, Tuesday Afternoon) that my pre-order has been shipped from the other major US Bookseller (the one that isn't named after a South American River); Kind o disappointing, it was in the store Friday, and here it...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Mixing the groups. This is one of the functions that used to be served by Public Schools. The incoming Trump administrations putative Department of Education is nominee is a known Voucher/Privatizer enthusiast. Public schools were NEVER about teaching critical thinking,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Gruppenfuhrer Pence? How about we describe his as (Would be) Lord Protector Pence. Or se are stuck with the Hairpiece that walks like a man. (I like that one)...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Thanks Greg, already seeing some of it (The Woods of NW Arkansas, DEEP red territory), just trying not to sink into a black fog of depression. Or get yellow carded/banned....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    And what is wrong with Colonialism 2.0? I don't like it, but the current variety of Islam comes with toxic social and political ideology embedded, admitting more than token numbers will only poison our own, WEIRD society. It's a forced,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Actually, Republican State legislatures have been dutifully passing a petition for a Constitutional Convention. They only need three or four more at this point (Two Thirds). Read some RW fiction, they really think things like a (Mandatory) balanced federal budget...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    The nightmare at this point is the "Republicans" control ALL THREE branches; The only thing blocking the rolling back of the New Deal (FDR) and Great Society (LBJ) programs they (or their Donor Class) don't care for was- President Obama....
  • Commented on The Day After
    Re (Up thread) the potential for electoral fraud, my understanding is the Machines in use in Ohio in 200 and 2004 did NOT create a back up paper tape. And Republican underfunding means states have NOT spent the money for...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Going back to an earlier thread, the Caste War of Yucatan did NOT end until 1900? (or was it 1920?); (Read the book twenty five years ago); The insurgency just went on and on.... Mexico still isn't in firm control...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Re, Mid List Death Spiral; Nightmare Stacks was NOT available at the local B&N; I asked, nope, nope, nopity. From Observation, Xtian Romance and Lou Wesley, Rawls are more to local tastes. The entire "Political" new release Non-Fiction section is...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Actually, world wide 75% of "dogs" are what we would consider "Feral", not well trained (Disciplined?) "Pets"; Here in Amurika, you get the Thugs and their Free Range Pitt Bulls. There was a Feral dog attack in Dallas (Texas) a...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Speaking if Cthulu, a travel article about Lovecraft and Providence Rhode Island from the NYew York Tines. Today or Yesterday? http://p.nytimes.com/email/re?location=InCMR7g4BCJTYuyKqXu41nIP79Eb5EgZ&user_id=2e789514d27b058b82ae762f124b542d&email_type=eta&task_id=14710736269796®i_id=0 Great, hope I pasted the link correctly. Will go back and copy again.......
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Re, Charcoal Iron, it actually hung on in the US for special applications (cast Iron?) through the 1880's; Eastern Iron Companies were left with extensive tracts of forests that had been managed on a twenty year cycle, they became corporate...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Standard ammunition for the British was projected to change to a .276 cartridge, they were preparing for troop trials in 1914; Thus the origin of the (Mauser derived) P14, designed around that cartridge. Which, after contracting to three US manufacturers...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Great analysis of the costs and implications of Small Arms Procurement, add the tendency of bureaucracies to shave pennies. C. J. Chivers wrote about how America equipped the Afghans(?) with a (slightly cheaper) folding stock Rumanian AK, making middle range...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Discard the Tragedy of the Commons? I don't think so, we may need a new concept to attribute the fishing out of the Oceans, or Peruvian Artisanal Gold Mining in he National Park; Or Ivory Hunting and probable Elephant Extinction....
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Somewhere up thread there was a query about what is a Submarine (Diesel Electric) good for. Well, not much if you are thinking in terms of a Mahanian clash of Battle Fleets, which a lot of (cough, Japanese) did, leading...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Actually, a lot of the early industrial revolution was incredibly small scale, basically artisanal. One of the supporting factors of the take off may have been a high level of artisanal craft skills in the general population (part of my...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Weinberg's Woodpecker? Stigler's Law? Never Heard of 'em. SHAPE to me was "Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe" (or SHAPE HQ, which was redundant, but... still a 970's usage?) Are these "in" group jargon, or serious concepts the layman really should...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Or you just gain control of the government, and make whatever your con is "Legal"....
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Building "Enormous Fusion Weapons" is a non-trivial engineering problem. There is some (knowledgeable) speculation that some of the Pakistani test shots were failures (squibs); This is the most likely suspect culture (Apologies to the PC sensitivities out there), If they...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Hillary has the potential to be the USA's best Republican President since Eisenhower (tm). Assuming she gets enough Senators and can break the obstructive (Republican/party of Koch) nut cases in the house (Congress/House of Representatives). Which would probably require breaking...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Educate the voters? "They" have been maliciously eroding the public education system in the USA for a generation, and it sounds like the UK has similar problems. Today I saw a streaming "Gadsden" Flag ("Don't Tread on Me") and an...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Clarification on USAian Taxation Local "Sales" tax rates (Sometimes "Goods and Services, GST) are set at the local level, and can vary by municipality. Or county,,, But it is the varying municipal and county rates that are confusing to outsiders....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    From my vantage out in the woods, I have the distinct impression that Germany has ZERO interest in any deeper integration which would involve bailing out those feckless and lazy southerners. Historical note, wasn't there some kind of assumption or...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Sounds more like a "Dead cat Bounce"; I have a pending UK transaction, (Small time, miniature wargame stuff, Kickstarter) and thought about executing it today. A penny either way is way beyond my interest or ability to control for. They...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    How about calling the new construct "The Kingdom of the Isles"?...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    The view from Darkest Arkansas (Lots of Trump yard signs on the drive into town...). What is deeply scary about a Trump/Hilary cage match, is the way US politics work. A win for the Donald probably has enough coat tails...
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