Dave P

Dave P

  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Going back to the OP, we now have three hurricanes active in the Atlantic and Caribbean; we are more likely to have to deal with simultaneous or near-simultaneous major weather events as ocean waters continue to warm and weather patterns...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    "Nobody has tried to hold real peace talks that I know of . . . ." I guess you haven't heard of the Six Party Talks or preceding negotiations on the status of the Korean peninsula and NK's nuclear program?...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Why haven't military drones been used post-Harvey? I'll give you two reasons to start: - The Posse Comitatus Act bars the use of the U.S. military to act as a police force short of civil insurrection - Executive Order 12333...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Don't rely on "something I read somewhere"; here's the 9/11 Commission Report in all its 585 page glory. It's a remarkably frank analysis of the events of that day from multiple angles. The key thing I took from the report,...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Hah! The Trump Organization is much more a marketing and licensing business than it is a construction company. The one thing Trump does well is market Trump. He's about as likely to build something as I am to pick up...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Martin @50: "Isn't the US Army Corps of Engineers a close approximation (i.e. Hoover Dam, New Orleans levees, etc, etc)?" It is, to a limited extent. USACE has responsibilities nationwide for flood control and major water infrastructure (dams, canals, flood...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Umm, just no. The Department of Defense is good at a lot of things; nation-building is demonstrably NOT one of them, nor is it something any general or admiral wants to do. We're much better at breaking things than building...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    It's not just the shoreside facilities, the U.N. estimates 90 percent of global trade is carried by sea. How much harder will maritime trade be when we're at the mercy of stormier seas and disrupted ocean currents? Many African countries...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Re: What are the global consequences, outside the USA? We'd have to look at the proportion of coastal cities worldwide, and their impact on global communications and commerce, which will be HUGE. It's not just hurricanes and typhoons, look at...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I'll abstain from commenting on the failure of the Brexit vote because I still don't know enough about your politics or internal economy to advance the discussion (there - when's the last time someone admitted ignorance here?). Re: a Hillary...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    I'm careful to separate what I know at work from what I read in the news; that's why I only cite publicly available, non-paywalled sources. But it does seem like EC doesn't have the first hand experience of military operations...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    I like it! Perhaps sort of like The Office by way of Terminator: Judgement Day was March 26, 2022. Mandatory worker-management training began the next day. With videos. Many died, mainly of boredom....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Oh, EC, oh my. Where to begin . . . "NEITHER YOU NOR I KNOW WHERE THAT MISSILE BATTERY CAME FROM NOR WHO FIRED IT." Not true. A number of independent investigations have agreed with a much certainty as is...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Charlie, Welcome home, and sorry again for your loss. It sounds like you've got your production line ironed out, and we're looking forward to the next delivery from Strossworks. Do you have any other public appearances lined up in the...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The key to the Twitter mystery is . . . covfefe!...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Fortunately, North Korea doesn't have a nuclear alert force like the UK, France, Russia, China or the U.S. (yet). It's open odds whether Kim Jong Il's order to use a nuke would be the last order he gives....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Ah, the old George Carlin joke (start at 1:45 if you don't want to hear the whole clip)....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Damn, I am crap at editing my own writing. That should be "I do find it amusing, though", and there are twelve Fleming novels and two short story collections. My bad....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    So Cyberdyne then? And I thought they were in Silicon Valley . . . . Re: Ian Fleming and the original Bond novels - the thirteen original novels and the posthumous short story collection were written between 1953 and 1965,...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    The only thing worse than witnessing the passing of a loved one is missing the opportunity to say goodbye. Please take what good you can out of a terrible situation....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    This sounds a lot like Einsteinian time dilation; hmm . . . ....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I wear my Seiko stainless with the nice blue dial as much as decoration as anything else, but the darned thing insists on running slow. I agree that the iPayMoreMoney for stuff doesn't seem that useful, since it has to...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    For us dinosaurs who still wear watches, especially those antiquities of mechanical watches, you occasionally need to check and correct the time. Thanks to the U.S. Navy, you can get accurate time hacks at USNO Master Clock....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    If you want musical time travel, come here to Germany and listen to FM radio, where '80s pop and techno still rule....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Hmmm . . . interesting. I might give this a shot, but seeing the pro authors that have already responded, I'll have to decide if I'm up to the challenge. I liked your "positive" story, in that the passengers positively,...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Here's an interesting perspective on May from the Beeb: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-40245800 What do you all think; is she a dead duck walking?...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Now we'll have to see if Mutti can keep CDU leadership here in Germany....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    What strange times these are when the French have the most surprisingly rational electoral response to extremism over the past year! Bravo to the UK for pulling back the reins on the Tory runaway wagon; let's hope they can get...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I had one brush with this community. While I can share no details, I will note that the final flight was NOWHERE CLOSE to the limits of the SR-71....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Well I see I'm going to have to binge read the Laundry Files to get up to date the way I did earlier this year for Merchant Princes . . . . You'll see another bit of geld from me...
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