Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Their flight, like that of a turkey, is for short-distance escapes Not entirely escape. First, they roost in trees at night, flying up. Also I have personally seen a flock of 50+ (counted 50+) wild turkeys ascend and fly...
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    For organic blimps, hydrogen is definitely better than helium! Yeah, I don't see helium as viable for bio-blimps. Unless it were some sort of inhabitable mostly-helium planet and there were some sort of biological process for concentrating helium from air,...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    From that piece, “We were the first North American media company to commit to science-based targets to limit climate change," Mr Murdoch said. "There are no climate change deniers around, I can assure you.” The bolded part at least is...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Ah sorry, missed closing quote, just wikipedia: (Excepting perhaps the Directorate of Analysis.) I was just saying that the Directorate of Analysis is not directly involved in operations, and so is much less culpable. I agree about USSOCOM; it's just...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    - Soleimani was an official of the Iranian government Yes. This is the core of the situation; Soleimani reported to Iran's Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei). We've been struggling for analogies; the closest might be the head of the CIA,...
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    And the something else is always orange or mint. Oh come on. There's cherry[, orange), lemon[, mint], blue[1], grape. (?No indigo?) [1] OK blue is sometimes "mint". But also "Blue raspberry". And also occasionally blueberry....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    as long as no-one considers the unlikelihood of an armed and hostile military flight originating from an actual civilian airport belonging to the nation using the SAM battery. This is the part that needs convincing investigation. It's likely that the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    And a bit of egg on mine, I should have stuck to my usual resistance of conspiracy theories. Nah, you were OK given the information publicly available. (Though there were plenty of other theories available and consistent with available information.)...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Here we go (tab was on another device): Iran commander says requests to shut down country's airspace denied ahead of Ukraine plane crash "We had requested several times that the country's airspace become clear of all flights," he said. "Requests...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The thing I can’t figure out about the airliner shoot down is why the Iranians didn’t just ground civilian airliners until things cooled down That does seem to a fuck-up on their part. Apparently there was argument about it in...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Be careful with that analogy. Yes, but here is causality here, in that the shootdown would not have happened absent the high level political assassination. Anyway, just saw this, not bad piece, a couple of days ago, prior to Iran's...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Re-read the thread. You might get shook / woke. Did, and yes. (Shook especially.) There was an interesting tit-bit about IFF tags being changed just before the bird left the cage. I had not seriously considered IFF fuckups/fuckery. That (the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Have to ask now, any emotional reaction (that we should know about) to the works of Robert Rankin, and some of his characters? e.g. Barry the Time Sprout "...God has run out of Guardian Angels due to a supply shortage,...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Just from the priors it was probably a shootdown: (1) a couple of hours(?) after an attack by Iran that might have resulted in high-tech retaliation, thus forcing air defenses to high alert, (2) airliners falling flaming out of the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Why would the Iranians do this? Unless it was a massive non-state-sponsored cock-up on their part. Charlie asked (well sort of) that we tamp down [speculation], so I've refrained. The investigators are investigating. If it was a shootdown, you're right...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The research greenhouse staff sprayed all sorts of stuff to try to keep the aphids and whiteflies down. First job as a teenager was doing grunt work (e.g. washing flowerpots) in a botanical laboratory's greenhouses. Even then, several decades ago,...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    1) Everyone has suddenly become experts on Iran 2) They know shit all and most of them work for dubious Think Tanks Like Judith Miller, who's been on TV recently? [1] 3) Can you see in the dark? A bit....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    If you need sources, they can be provided Don't need sources (good practice, though always appreciated), but what is "IR" (as something that both is done and can be a f-in joke)? If e.g. Information Retrieval or International Relations, true...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Good short story by ctrlcreep (who does microfiction on twitter using that name). It's Laundryverse-adjacent. Host Negotiations (Dec 29, 2019) Teasers: For society's well of outcasts was deep indeed, and in its waters slept those with the capacities necessary for...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Sanders's appeal to nonwhites is weak, but at least he is not perceived as a white suburbanite. OK, I'll let this rest else Charlie will put us in timeout. :-)...
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    And the saga continues, Trump tweets he has a gun pointed at Iran’s head and to just please pretty please give him the excuse to pull the trigger That tweet thread is fairly belligerent. Not entirely clear what he means...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Do you think anyone in the power structure in Iran (or China) makes a distinction between what Donald Trump does in pursuit of his own selfish interests and what is in the interest of the "United States"? Yes, I do....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Why is Warren unpopular? APart from being female, of course ..... Graydon's answer @ 269 is good. (FWIW I like Warren. Not least because she is intelligent and can speak extemporaneously in whole coherent paragraphs, unlike the current POTUS. And...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It looks possible that Iranian short-term retaliation will take the shape of isolating the USA diplomatically by painting them as a rogue state. It is a very encouraging sign that they are trying this. They have a reasonably good set...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Seriously? If Iran decides to kinetically retaliate as opposed to e.g. orchestrating an expulsion of the US from Iraq plus some retaliation via proxies, why would they retaliate immediately? Why would they be overt about retaliation? Ex-Iranian intel officer says...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    So, it is now the position of the executive branch of the US government that this was a preemptive political assassination to prevent war. If they are to be believed, sort of like using a time machine to go back...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    That was a thing in SoCal in the depths of the Great Recession: Foreclosure Business Boom: Lawn Painting (Cindy Perman, 30 July 2009) One of the few businesses booming in this recession is lawn painting, which has gotten a huge...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    You weave your way through a bunch of industrial and warehousing buildings that sort of agglomerated on a 3D Tetris principle in Victorian times, most of which either are abandoned or look like it, until you are somewhere in its...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I don't think a shaped charge that size could be detonated...an actual bullet with a little barrel would be much cheaper and have a stand off range True that a zip gun is easiest to improvise, but small shaped charges/EFPs...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Hi. Your story of Νέμεσις and Narcissus makes more sense, and yeah the wikipedia edits of older religions/deities have been annoying in the last year+. New moon. :-) I won't speak about Kevin Spacey, don't know enough context/truth there, but...
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