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  • 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...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    It's the authors' sandbox, and he can do anything he wants with it, BUT, I see a mixture of Polyanish thinking (We will decarbonize and everything will be hunky dory) and disaster scripting. We are living in a brief interregnum...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    At first pass, it looks like the same problem here in Red State Amerika. 72% average turnout, higher in Scotland, labor and lib-dem voters didn't show. The Republican "Majority" in the US is based on computer drawn gerrymandered districting (US...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Re this whole argument about alternative versions and lyrics, Walmart already DOES THIS. The version of a CD you buy there may not be the same as on offer elsewhere and there have been groups who refused to authorize this....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Actually, in 1939 the only "Fully Mechanized" army in the world was the.... British But the Politics of the Sacred Cap Badge meant that the Mechanization of the Cavalry had been totally botched, they went for the (Cheaper) (Well, it...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    The Shiites are an absolute Majority (or at least Plurality) in Iraq; And rapidly fell under the political influence of Iran, post Invasion. They really don't WANT to be tools/appendages of Iran (Very Secular in some ways), but that is...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Reply to #197, the Nature of 18/19C "Capitalism" at Take Off. See Eric Hobsbawm, "Industry and Empire" (1968 & 1999); The most interesting thing I took away from this (Besides the 18C Agricultural Revolution, no famines in the UK), was...
  • Commented on Default Option
    On Deadbeats & etc, would you rather spend $30,000 pa (Or more, once repeat trips to solitary drive them crazy) to keep them in Prison, or give them #12-15K and let them sit around smoking weed (maybe even growing their...
  • Commented on Default Option
    But this is the basic problem with the world economy, most of the self described "Capitalists" are really Rentiers, especially here in the US> Make Stuff? That is so 20th Century....
  • Commented on Default Option
    In parts of the USA, we have the "Barracks & Meals" model, called Homeless Shelters. I certainly have no intention of checking into one voluntarily... And New York (City) has a "Right to Shelter" law, and still ends up with...
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