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  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The recent mutterings are worrisome, yes, but precisely, they cant be tied to the 70 years of peace because we are living in the post-Cold-War world Which may be a very good reason for why we would need an EU...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I'm not that sure the argument "it is NATO" is so easy to dismiss. After all, for all the EU means, the big reality of the 20th century, which was where most of those 70 years are, was "choose what...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    ... Oh Shit. So 2016 is another "Vox Day gets to piss on everybody's cereal" year. Fun....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    No, lets us hope next year is not the same. Thats the whole point of the E Pluribus Hugo thing. All in all, this is a victory for decency, but lets next year be a normal one in which no...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    To add a different Spanish example... the first one may be very much open to discuss at which point saying stupid shit on the Internet is or no a crime (for example, would it be harassment?), while I'm sure calling...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Unnamed individual is Esperanza Aguirre, the candidate of the Partido Popular for Madrid's mayor. (In)Famous in Spain, but I bet nobody else cares here - would I have the pleasure to be able to ignore her :P...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    In fact, she has not presented her platform yet. As in, absolutely no programme at all of what she plans to do if she wins. All we know is that she is not ETA, everybody else is....
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Just this last few days here in Spain... feel free to ignore if you dont care about our banana monarchy... In the middle of "Operación Araña III", the third crackdown against "terrorism apology and disrepect to the victims on the...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    I'm sorry, but 2b) is, exactly, that he believes what he says. I for one have no reason to doubt he does. Oh, sure he thinks it is only against the real bad guys, but this is how skin-deep the...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    You can bet - I've already seen it on the Internet. Both against the SNP and the Greens, but of course more with the SNP An argument that always makes me wonder what, exactly, is that people are saying. "It...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    I wonder, what would be the supernatural equivalent of roaches and rats. Normally in "urban fantasy" we get a lot of stuff about how the mythical creatures have been displaced by humanity and forced to live in the shadows, in...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    For the love of... Christian Dominionist are not a harmless minority that feel powerless and is driven to extremes due to the persecution, and that needs our acceptance to have a place in public discourse They are a minority whose...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    The problem with that kind of middle-of-the-road thinking is putting into the same category people saying things like "You are black, so you are a subhuman savage" and "You are a racist and a fascist" Is not about calling people...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Exactly what our host says. When they spend a lot of time railing against "Islam" (conflating extremists and just anybody that is Muslim), always have in mind that they would be more than A-OK with having the same kind of...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    You know, I've been trying, hard, not to give any of them Sad Puppies even the benefit of knowing who the hell they are. But when I get to find out what the multi-nominated John C Wright has said about...
  • Commented on Bundle of Laundry
    They are also a good read. Or so I tell myself after buying the whole bundle knowing that unless I start kidnapping people or summoning things from the other side of the platonic realm, I'm not going to get to...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    In my deep ignorance of the technical aspects of the whole thing... ... wouldnt it be kind of, lets say, unpleasant for the passengers to be accelerated like, what are we talking about, 2g? More?...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    Oh yes, "settled", as you say. As long as the bomb explodes in somebody else face, fine by him. Even if Scotland would be free from this madness about repealing the HRA, I kinda wonder how this would have played...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    With the Scottish thing settled, it seems Cameron is right on track to the most important part of his agenda. "Dont leave us and vote UKIP, we can be as much of a right wing nutcase full of hatred and...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    While I think you are right about catching up in the developing world, I fear we are going all to level up at some awful sub-basement far below "actually really decent for almost everybody" and stagnate there. Sure, is going...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Globalization: If you are not a megacorp, then is not for you....
  • Commented on Special offer: Neptune's Brood (UK only)
    Got it, and Ancillary Justice. 2.99 € for us continental folks. Now in the backlist, as I'm reading The Rhesus Chart that you so kindly released just the same day of my birthday :-P...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    I know, and I'm saying they are charging more than $5 dollars less is you happen to be American but are buying the UK edition. $5 is 3,6 €, so it is actually 6,4 € of difference. If it is...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    $2? Kobo told me it was at 5$... before realizing I'm in Europe where it promptly told me it as 10 €. Ebook pricing is one of those computational problems that involves summoning stuff from parallel universes. Parallel universes that...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Innappropiate use of new Laundry cloud-computing capabilites, viz. distributed algorithm to improve chances of England winning World Cup by hexing other teams....
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    "I've seriously never been able to understand why anyone wants to reduce inequality of wealth, or cares about it" The short answer: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746 If you dont care about inequality of wealth, you dont care about democracy, and are ok with...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    The problem with your argument is that if we were talking about gold dollars, or paper dollars, then the deposit in the bank would be guaranteed by the US government. Same for pounds and UK government, etc. Suggesting that, maybe,...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    That "Bitcoin or something similar is necessary because goverments can take bad decisions" is part of that utopian branch of failures to think that I tie up as "The End of History" The idea that you will discover some mechanism...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    History is full of people that jumped out of an airplane with a parachute and died anyway. From that, one does not deduce that is safer to jump out of an airplane without a parachute....
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    Yea, is like the "all wounds heal with time" crap. Unless of course the wound is "I lost real money I was going to need and now I'm screwed" in which case, the "wound" to Bitcoin may heal, the one...
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