Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    The Eater of Souls is incarnate in a human body, with human memories and sense of identity, and mostly acts human. The Eater of Souls eats souls, OK, but what exactly does it do to them? Does it digest them?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Military Incompetence Unleashed a Wolf Psyop on Unsuspecting Canadians That's an amusing fuckup. In my local nights, the local (part wolf) eastern coyotes are softies. I [say hello] to them, suggest that they quiet down, and they do. The owls...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    This piece is good: Will SARS-CoV-2 become endemic? (Jeffrey Shaman, Marta Galanti, Science, 14 Oct 2020) Nice short abstract: "Reinfection, seasonality, and viral competition will shape endemic transmission patterns" Short, moderately dense, and helpful article, that clearly describes a bunch...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    0.1% don't give a flying fuck about conventions anymore, and it's going to get messy. Not looking forward to this. Hard choices will need to be made, by many. I have, however, been enjoying(well, [seeing], with satisfaction) the Trump administration(/campaign)...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Thanks for those links to Cory Doctorow's musings. (I also quick read his How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism) He's painting with a rather broad brush, and duels with some straw beasts, but overall interesting. (He underestimates the realities of stochastic...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    but the reason Trump did so well was probably that the devil looks after his own. Well, that, but also, his adaptive immune system got an early augmentation with a quadruple dose two-monoclonal-antibody cocktail. I don't know the details of...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Thanks!...
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    @867 There’s a reason the USSR is remembered in literature mostly for the art that dissidents created, Out of curiosity, what were you replying to? (Interesting comments, thanks.)...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    The part that's hard for me to understand is that many of the names signing on to that document are right wingers. Maybe they're so eager to restrain political freedoms, they can't see how the loss of privacy weakens their...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    What kind of monster would be against protecting the children? I'll note that QAnon is all-in on priming 10s of millions of people to be extremely concerned about Evil Monsters who abuse children. (e.g. by eating them.) This document is...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Oh my. The Five Eyes have agreed; end-to-end encryption is BAD and cannot be tolerated!!!. This effectively means banning anonymous communications by dissenters worldwide; if any government where a provider operates demands access, they would be unable to seriously deny...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    F'in internet rabbit holes. :-) This thread has lots of material: Lyr Req: There are no flies on Jesus The oldest I saw in that thread was 1887, 'There are no flies on Jesus; There's two or three on you...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Thanks linking that. One of those says it dates back to 1840 Australia at least. And another says: "1 somebody is not stupid and therefore cannot be tricked or deceived easily"...
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    Those charts are really interesting/informative; thanks. Have you shopped them around at all?...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    I think it's also seasonal--material can get thin when people get busy with school, or children going back to school, or whatever. Interesting. Have you seen other time/date related patterns with story submissions?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Harris 1, fly 1, Pence 0. The Fly was very well done. Hat off to the scriptwriter for this episode....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Has everyone heard yet about the fly on Mike Pence's bullet-proof hair that was there for about 2 or more minutes? I'll just note that flies are not usually attracted to white. (Hair, in this case.) I wonder if it...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    FWIW, the US president just did a literal drug testimonial video on twitter for the Regeneron antibody treatment - "... they gave me Regeneron. It's called Regeneron."[2] [Narrator: it is called REGN-COV2; the company, which he was not given, is...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    They (heh heh) exist: the best ones are iNaturalist and Facebook interest groups. That way you group-source a bunch of experts who double check your ID. I have wondered a bit perhaps along EC's lines after watching botanists keying specimens...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Not sure[1], but perhaps it's about Zes and knowing and priors. I often struggle[2] to understand her(zer), but try, for reasons (that are true). The last time I saw something that looked like that was in spring 2016 and appeared...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I'd be particularly interested to spot cases where the Wikipedia revision history was altered. FWIW, web.archive.org archives the first page of revision history (at least when lightly sampled). Doesn't go deeper though. Given this page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Database_download I'll assume that there...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    That NYTimes pieces is eeek. "good crop"!????? Bold mine: After World War II, Soviet agronomists, keen to quickly rebuild the country’s agriculture industry, thought that the plant’s impressive biomass could make it a good crop to feed livestock. Seeds were...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Among the many catastrophes we can lay at Donald Trump’s feet, his long-shot presidency has plunged the nation into a narrative crisis. Charles McNulty thinks that this is a narrative crisis? This is just a warm-up. The release of Dead...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Hm, the Biden/Trump debate moderator off-offhandedly says that D.J.Trump wasn't tested for SARS-CoV-2 by the debate organizers. The "honor system" was used. Trump was certainly positive and infectious. Since Trump is devoid of honor, I will assume with middling high...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    That comment playfully obscure. (Noted that we should be watching our tracker blockers more closely, and manifestations of privacy leaks like advertisement patterns.) ;.; = BIG SHINY TEETH. Works for me. Though the one with the comma in the middle...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    they* have the know-how and equipment to rapidly sequence (and identify) DT's particular COVID-19 strain Thanks for filling in the details. The other part of it would be evidence that DJT knew or suspected that he was infected when at...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Hanlons Razor: never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence. What if [He] (sorta?) knew that he was infected? (Note that with this crew of liars they could be lying, but the probability of that has...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    [I see SFReader already mentioned this.] Trump stood on a debate stage, mostly facing Biden, and sprayed exhalations laced with lies at Biden for 90 minutes. If the debate participants and other people in the room weren't given a rapidtest...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I wonder who H. Hicks been interacting heavily with. E.g. Dan Scavino is another long-term aide (the longest, other than family). He might be a bit heavily built and plain looking for her (though he has a respectable focused gaze),...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    If anyone here (or friends/acquaintances/enemies) is getting COVID-19 prevention/avoidance fatigue, try reading (or telling them to read) a half dozen random comments from this reddit thread (linked by https://www.twitter.com/cstross ). It is long (10k comments ATM) and sobering. [Serious] People...
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