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  • 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...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Re Tinned Herring (Kippered?), It may have more to do with changing foodways. I grew up (Scandinavian extraction, Chicago Suburbs) with Sardines (on Crackers) as a treat on Saturdays; I think it was a working class lunch item where there...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Whoops! Correction. It was Marco Rubio (All those lizards are the same to me), Free Trade and a Stronger Military. Go Team America. Remember, the US Military is the default International Humanitarian Relief Force....
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    No, fear of immigration is NOT ridiculous ho-ha among the working class; One reason the Republicans are so successful among "White Ethnics" (WE) here in Amurika is they can see where the Brown Tide has taken "Their" jobs. They (WE)...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Re Apple vs the FBI, Or are the "Corporate Organs" just telling us Apple is losing? And how much of the larger populace really cares or is even aware of the issue? (BT) I mean, what is the Surveillance State...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    Re, the perils of Uber drivers "rating" customers, this has already happened in a minor way on evilbay and Amazon; Happened to me specifically on evil bay, I down checked a bad seller, and she used feedback blackmail against me;...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    Re, multiple stories about the A-10 Being CURRENTLY DEPLOYED against ISIS, et. al., despite being scheduled for retirement; IIRC, a squadron had it's inactivation postponed for deployment. It's like the difference between your minivan and your Lexus, (or Mercedes?), the...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    More on Panzers in WWII (another strange attractor); The Panzer I & II were intended as proof of concept training machines; The Panzer III was supposed to be the "Main Battle Tank" armed with .... a 37mm Gun. (Panzer IIIE...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Cruise missiles with terrain following non-gps based radar could fill any ICBM Gap. Why build a supersonic bomber, fit the 787 or Airbus (Probably BOTH still in production in 2030) with a rotary launcher for said cruise missiles....
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    Actually, coordinated action with Infantry remains one of the key missions for armored vehicles. And after leaving out the telephone on the back of the vehicle on the M1 (Shave a few dollars off the program cost), they have put...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    OK, I'll bite (Only read thru 525 or so...) Why can't the Cat Eat the Dinosaur? Tastes like Chicken Doesn't it? Or Turkey, even better!? It's evolved Tigers that ought to scare us; They are in no immediate danger of...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    How about adding "The Age of Migrations"? There were places for those eastern European Jews to GO. Also the Scots Highlanders, Scots Irish (Two separate populations, still distinctly traceable here in Amurika), The Scandinavians (Half the Population of Norway in...
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