Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    There are similar things you can say everywhere. And variations on calling the locals sheep-shaggers and declaring yourself to be their foreign overlord is a pretty good starting point....
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    Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film Which, I am told, whitewashes US responsibility for tens of thousands of civilian deaths and needlessly escallating a really nasty occupation[*] into a scorched-earth grudge match like unto the Vietnam...
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    Bullshit. Most of the muslim world has "soft" borders and weak states, making for migratory networks of jihadists. Not to mention funding by Saudi Arabia to keep their troublesome remittance men away from home (mostly cut off recently, when it...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    1. Yes, there'll probably be another push towards electoral reform. 2. It failed in 2011 because neither Labour nor the Conservatives wanted it, because both major parties were still convinced they could achieve actual working majorities under FPTP, and the...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    God alone knows what will happen with the next military adventurism, given the demolition of our armed forces, but I am damn sure that we will follow marching orders. David Cameron's government has had all the foreign policy initiative of...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    What's come inside the boundary, that arguably shouldn't have? I'm honestly not sure. Disclaimer: I'm privileged; I live in the Edinburgh New Town and although I'm an English incomer I don't experience any anti-immigrant feeling. (I'm pretty sure things might...
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    Thanks ......
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    the most significant political effect of UKIP is, of course, the 'Overton Window' shift in median expectations of mainstream political acceptibility. Yes, absolutely. The typical UKIP drum-beat of Daily Mail ranting about political correctness gone mad, immigrants taking over, and...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    It'd be the first time Article V of NATO was ever invoked - the "an attack on one is an attack on all" clause because in 60 years no-one's been dumb enough to try. Wrong. It has been invoked...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    A point that seems to elude a lot of Americans when they think about the military: Sure, you out-spend the rest of the planet combined on war-fighting capability. But if you subtract the USA from the rest of the planet,...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The fact they can't means no one has a clue what is going to happen as a disliked Conservative party is going to have more seats than any other combination... No, they'll simply have marginally more seats than any rival...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The one's not a vaguely plausible target. Spain is an industrialized nation, a NATO member, and has a navy and air force (including its own STOVL carrier); meanwhile, the Straits of Gibraltar are a little bit narrower than the English...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Milliband's "no deal" stance is a non-issue. Senior Labour figures are already saying publicly it's a bad idea. So for now Milliband can pose as a man of stern principle, but if push comes to shove after the election he...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Ok, Dirk, YELLOW CARD. Reason: racism. Go and stand in the corner....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    So how good is the SNPs' party discipline? Very good question. Short answer: I suspect if Salmond wants to be leader in Westminster, nobody's going to have the balls to say "naw" to him. However, he might not want to...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    YELLOW CARD This is a thread for discussion of the forthcoming BRITISH general election. Further discussions of US domestic politics are derailing, hence banned....
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    I don't live in the UK, but just looking at the numbers, your island is surely overpopulated and doesn't need to be importing any more people. I can see why you might think that, but it's important to note that...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    You shouldn't believe anything you read in the rabid sections of the press - unfortunately, the majority. Greg is disinclined to listen in person to those of us who live in SNP-land and know it ain't so. I'd save my...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Depends when -- not if -- it happens. My money is on renewables being the main energy source in Scotland in the very short term (within the next parliament); Scotland's likely to stay an energy exporter for the foreseeable long...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    As I've said before, Solar is a non-starter for Scotland. (Wind and tidal are a whole different ball game, and Scotland is due to be (a) net zero-carbon and (b) a non-fossil energy exporter by 2020, mostly due to wind...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    It's obscure, certainly. (As for "Scrivener's Error", I happen to be familiar with the owner of that blog ...)...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    in which Scottish writer's novel the Scotland had tried to separate from UK and join EU but was invaded by the Hannoverian monarchy forces "The Star Fraction" -- Ken MacLeod's first novel, published circa 1994. Curiously dated these days, but...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Here's hoping that what happened next in the US doesn't have an analog in the UK. It very well might, though: It's not that hard to imagine an outside-the-EU-immigrant-based Dred Scott based not on "ownership" but upon other economic and...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Lest we forget, Labour started as a northern regional aingle-interest party (a political voice for the unions). If the SNP top brass conclude that pure independence isn't going to be viable for the next few years, then in the wake...
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    See update for intended nuance....
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    Whoops, yes: I forgot Sinn Fein. Although it's really interesting to speculate on what they might do if a coalition was on the table with a remit for root-and-branch constitutional reform -- up to and including the Oath to the...
  • Posted The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two to Charlie's Diary
    The UK is heading for a general election next Thursday, and for once I'm on the edge of my seat because, per Hunter S. Thompson, the going got weird. The overall electoral picture based on polling UK-wide is ambiguous. South...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    I get where you're coming from; I felt distinct similarities between Merchant Princes V1 (of 6 US publication) and Zelazny's "9 Princes in Amber". OGH discusses the reason for this in #313. Ahem: see also....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Firstly, molecule diffusion was already a solved problem in 1827. Brownian motion, you might have heard of it? Ahem: Brownian motion was identified in 1827 but the mechanism wasn't understood until it was solved nearly a century later by Albert...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Yes! And a corollary of the political agency model for SF/fantasy is that it's possible to have a story with high fantasy wallpaper and furniture, even characters, but an SF model of political agency -- or an SF setting (an...
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