Birger Johansson

Birger Johansson

  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Re: Military SF Peter Watts wrote "Crysis: Legion", a rather unusual military SF story, without any attempt to glorify the mess. It turns out the xenomorph-like murdering thingies are androids created and mass-produced by a local Alien AI in response...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    "Norway allows permanent residents to vote in local elections, but not in national (parliament) elections." We have the same system in Sweden. . …..Fortunately, I have some anti-depressants over since the last time one of my relatives died, so it...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    OK, it is less than 24 hours to Machtubernahme. Cartoon Villain wins a strong majority, implements page 48 of the political manifest, gerrymanders the voting districts (without needing approval by parliament again) so most opposition voters get shoehorned into the...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    ...and this is just in: An example of how not everyone is motivated by greed. "'Call me Robin Hood': mystery patron pays debts of Istanbul's poor https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/call-me-robin-hood-mystery-patron-pays-debts-of-istanbul-poorest...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    OT, but related to the need to replace the entrenced elite of ignorant parasites: "Prince Andrew used N-Word" Nuke the place from orbit. It is the only way to be certain. . Re. fresh water: Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are capable...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    BTW, Australia needs a whole new newspaper empire to compete with the Rupert Murdoch monopoly. The first 5-10 years it would inevitably operate at a net loss, but it is essential if Australia is going to break out of the...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    First case I know about is an article by Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius 1898. I think this is the oldest article to commonly appear in references in "Nature" and "Science". But the the oil business catamites in Congress and elsewhere...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    A very good investment would be sponsoring real, in-depth investigating journalism in UK and USA, both in newspapers and TV. Reduced corruption will benefit everyone, including yourself. . Set up an Anti-Fox News network in USA, providing the plebes with...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I am no authority on British politics, being a Dirty Foreigner, but "A Different Bias" made a reasonable explanation for the bizarre mess. It is, the mutants who want to crash out without a deal want this because everything is...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    The commentariat are a kind of anti-fascists in the sense that, in fascism the Leader is supposed to mystically embody the collective will/nature of "the masses". (Anti-mass? Wasn't there a film about Vatican baddies using that to explode things?)...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Satire site The Newsbiscuit explains the attraction of the Dark Side to leaders; The Dark Side is slimmer http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2019/10/04/the-dark-side-is-slimmer/...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Re. the synchronized political meltdown in Britain and 'Merica... Sadly, USA and Britain nominally has the same language, so bad ideas/memes can jump across as easily as herpes. If you have different languages, someone at least has to go through...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    My condolences. I lost my father to cancer 1983 and pretty much burned out in the process -it took me more than two decades to bounce back. Then my mother got frail over a twelve -year-period and finally died 2016....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    BTW I see James ("Gaia") Lovelock will be 100 years old July 26th. -Is the self-organising/self-regulation of the biosphere a topic of interest for you?...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Charles, did you get to see any proper midnight sun in Jyväskylä, and how much of your blood supply did the local mosquitos steal?...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Paws4hot: "We are hitting the physical limit of smallness on components, below which quantum tunneling means that the chips just won't work." In the Merchant Princes narrative universe, you could get around normal limitations and expand the total size of...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Would the ancestor of the merchant clan have brought with him (or her) other genetic potentials beyond the genes creating organic nanotech for jumping between time lines? . The presumed deserter from a forerunner civilisation that arrived in Gruinmarkt had...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Was the singularity/black hole *deliberately* left as a lure to discover emerging civilizations, so they can be dealt with before they gain enough technology to become dangerous? "The Sentinel" by Arthur C Clarke -later expanded into 2001- was a rather...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    ...Also, does the Eater of Souls have a continuous memory? It seems pointless inhabiting any bodies of mortals if you do not have a memory of what you did in the previous body. Yet, Angleton's memories do not seem to...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    A few books back, when Clan members explore new parallel Earths, they by an extreme coincidence arrive right on top of a radioactive ruin with a functioning gate out to vacuum (the world at the other side has been crushed...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    You got me thinking about infiltration. Is there possibly another mode for an alien superintelligences to create a way to enter our universe, beyond those explored in past Laundry novels? A lot of prophets and saints had odd experiences which...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Re. the image of Washington DC, I have always thought the "hair" of the current president may be the sensorial antenna array of a telepathic alien parasite flattening itself to the skull, which is running the host body through remote...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    My condolences. When my dad died, it took significantly longer than a year to bounce back. As slamble says @ 11: "You have to take care of yourself first"....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Our Swedish conservative leader alas tries too hard to emulate the tories (villain index 4/10). Now a Laundry-esque outsourcing of secret government services has led to secret information going AWOL (alas, no supernatural entities involved). So now there is going...
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