Antonia T Tiger

Antonia T Tiger

  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Greg: common factor is that it's not just the headline-making instances. I'm thinking I should shut up for a while. We don't get the raving nut-jobs here, but I think we should give Charlie a chance to say yea or...
  • Commented on Service update
    Rotherham and Ferguson are both towns which grabbed headlines that are not all that unusual. In particular, I've read the report on Rotherham, and it mentions other places were similar abuse happened. It also mentioned other pimping groups with racial...
  • Commented on Service update
    I hadn't thought that much about what smaller majorities for Tony Blair would have led to, but it's all part of the "scare the bastards" meme-set. I keep having to remind myself that 25-seats moving from A to B is...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Stir away, although it could be a distraction. I've read the report on Rotherham, and it's grim stuff. One bit of context: pimping in the UK seems to have a long association with the different "criminal outsider" groups, which is...
  • Commented on Service update
    On the electoral numbers, seats at Westminster, that last election was unusual. Removing the Scots MPs doesn't usually make a significant difference in the Tory/Labour balance, and the (currently) 50+ Scots seats in Westminster would have last mattered 40 years...
  • Commented on Service update
    Looking at who was doing some of the negotiation over Ireland… David Cameron isn't Winston Churchill and Alex Salmond isn't Michael Collins....
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    I am sure I shall be able to cope. You have that rare combination of understanding the tech and good communication skills. I doubt I'd get so clear a notice from Facebook....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I looked at the reports, and the place's web site, and 30-acres for a range where they use .50 BMG just seems insane. It leaves me thinking that the people who set up and run the place are not entirely...
  • Commented on Service update
    I was looking some of this up for other reasons, and looking over what Denmark and Norway have, and Scotland would be armed more like them than the current/planned UK. And a big driver for current British expenditure is those...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Those are small ones. The ones in workplaces are often around twice the size. I recall bigger ones, but perhaps the modern trend is for a couple of smaller ones, meaning they both have to have failed before that "Oh...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Here's something to remember. The movie She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is set in the period immediately after the Battle of the Little Big Horn in June 1876. The Posse Comitatus act came into force in June 1878, and concerns...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I've seen mentions of that legal situation back in the mid-Seventies, and I am not sure that any police force, anywhere in the world, guarantees protection. Very vague memory suggests the case I saw mention of was a bit more...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    There's a scale factor comes into this. I can remember when there were police forces in the UK which were quite small, places such as the Country Boroughs. Around here, Grimsby had a population of about 90,000 and it's own...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Gentlemen, what makes a military weapon is the user. You're over-focused on what ordinary soldiers currently use. This is a military weapon. It's a bolt-action rifle. It has a ten-round magazine. I don't know how well he's hitting the target,...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    It's worth remembering that a lot of the jargon is different between the UK and any part of the USA. But... Generally, the British Police Officers who carry guns are specialists. Very roughly, they're the equivalent of a US SWAT...
  • Commented on So ...
    There have been years when I have wondered why the hell something won a Hugo, but this isn't one of them. Doctor Who, alas, wasn't nominated in a category for its incredible history, and the quality wasn't quite there. But...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I am not sure the USN is overjoyed by the Queen Elizabeths. No cats, no traps, and the STOVL aircraft look pretty marginal for air combat. The USMC might think differently. It's a big ship that operates the F-35B that...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Cold Comfort Farm was meant as a satire on a certain sort of novel of its time. And, until WW2, a lot of farming was like that. The Starkadder's were not dreadfully far back. Farmers used horses rather than tractors....
  • Commented on Down tools
    I think the attack pattern, in particular the type of warheads used and the delivery system, implied that the usual strategic systems were not affected by the MP scenario. It would take time to prepare the warheads, but most would...
  • Commented on Down tools
    We could do with a few St Trinians girls in this country. As shown in the original movies, they have a strong sense of what is right and wrong. You could do a deal with them. There are times when...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    "Scavenger Hunts" were around in the 1920s, and were one of the slightly amusing newspaper stories about the Bright Young People of the time. Who were generally pretty well connected to their targets, and not that large a group. This...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    "Published writer" includes all those people selling their deathless prose only as a Kindle book. I did once pay money for such a book…...
  • Commented on Loncon 3: Charlie's worldcon schedule
    I shall decide nearer the time. but I may buy a ticket for the Globe Theatre one afternoon, part of a day being a tourist....
  • Commented on Keep the money in the family
    It's all part of letting the financial markets run everything. What, you haven't heard of the Loan Arranger?...
  • Commented on Keep the money in the family
    Amazon are trying to sell me cut-price creative writing courses. I would expect a flood of how-to-publish-with-Kindle courses to follow. It all looks so obvious....
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Role-playing-games got a lot of people putting together this sort of information: logistics rather than tactics. Just getting a price list for all those quasi-medieval goods in D&D is a piece of research. The info is out here, but not...
  • Commented on Keep the money in the family
    Charlie, the first time I went to an Eastercon, a couple of Editors were the TAFF delegates from North America. I am inclined to think that sums up the nature of SF fandom. There is still room for us and...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    It was about seventy years ago that the War Office was worried that British soldiers would be too friendly with German civilians (and that isn't a euphemism). My late father told a few stories about the German PoWs who worked...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    While that could be utter bollocks, I think you could be on to something. If it is wrong, a good explanation of the why would be interesting. And the idea that something doesn't make sense now is certainly tempting. But...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    American Libertarianism seems freaky as it now exists. What sticks in my mind from Galactic Patrol is the imagery of the opening. If that wasn't influenced by Triumph of the Will I will eat my deLameter. I'd agree with the...
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