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PrivateIron

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    If he did not try to kill you, then you are the kind of "simple man" that belongs in an institution with other simple men. If he did try to kill you, then what is the point of this "thought"...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    Take care of yourself and let other people take care of you, if you are fortunate enough to have that kind of support....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    As to Cancel Culture: I am mostly on Dave Chapelle's side. And if you told Louis to put it away he probably would; he doesn't strike me as a particularly confident man. The Cats have always been there; the Veil...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Sometimes I worry my whole attitude these days boils down to Warren Zevon: I'm putting tinfoil up on the windows Lying down in the dark to dream I don't want to see their faces I don't want to hear them...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Wrong end of the stick. There have been several successful conquests of England since 1066, but no one characterizes them as such. And as other people have pointed out, you've missed a few even from the first millennium. Some people...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    "Hell, consider how many times the UK's been invaded and conquered: in the last two milleniums, that'd be, un, three times." Charlie often quotes the line about treason: when it succeeds, none dare call it so. When invasions of Britain...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    I always saw Angleton as Nigel Green, unsurprisingly enough.* Or possibly an evil version of Judi Dench's ex-brother-in-law from "As Time Goes By."...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    When I have too much time on my hands, I wonder about things like: Should Tom Bombadil have been black? Charlie: you enticed me into reading P.C. Hodgell's Kencyrath saga and there is a series with an interesting long term...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    So it took you about 3 or 4 years to reach "Get off My Lawn!" I told you a while back that Future Shock is accelerating obsolescence no matter how bright your grey matter burns. Greg Tingey is less out...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I now go to Peter Watts' site for the happy songs. As OGH would say, 2018: Who ordered that?...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    The Blues Brothers don't carry guitars. Why would you keep beating a broken pinata? Why would Mhari care about Xena? And if she did, why would she not know Conan was not a knock-off? The other members of the team...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Again, nothing but the best of thoughts and wishes for you on this phase of your life, which is probably not so far in the future for many of us. You're good people and I will always look out for...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Wheras Russia won't abide by anything EVEN IF they are threatened by immediate and unavoidable retaliation. Since both sides know such retaliation is fairly unlikely, the threat loses its edge. However, Russia's Mexican sized economy has a lot less to...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The rebellion started in the North and we freed our slaves faster than the British would have. In fact most of them were freed by service in the rebellion against Britain. It is estimated that 1/4 of the American army...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I cannot remember who said the ultimate form of the Panopticon is not a prison, but an Intensive Care Unit. It might even have been an off the cuff remark by my Professor of Victorian English History when discussing Bentham...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Let me add the good wishes and hope you get the relief you need. And as much as I love hearing you talk, I am perfectly aware that you owe us absolutely none of your spare time. What you give...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I have to admit I always wondered how you and the Many-Named-Entity would hit it off. And as I suspected you have a better take on how to interact with her than anyone else here. Thanks for the "model;" it...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I don't want to let U.S off the hook,* but there are people who have killed/enslaved/oppressed more people than us, either on an absolute or per capita basis. But don't worry, if there's hell below, then we're all gonna go....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I think most leaders are bonkers by the time they arrive. Possible exceptions are the people who are unexpectedly shoved onto the stage and don't immediately die: Truman, Claudius, etc....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Sadly, his general physical health probably had a large impact as well....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    It's more like the U.K. being allowed to be a country of its own :) To be even more accurate, it's like Great Britain being invaded by Hungarians and mostly depopulated, then the island is resettled by people from Brittany,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I thought Germany was bitterly opposed to having a military force. Why would the EU want a military force separate from NATO or its individual members? Isn't the EU having a military force exactly the kind of threat you think...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Greg, almost every slave in the North was manumitted by service in the Colonial Army. One could make a pretty credible argument that slavery was abolished in the North FASTER than it would have been under British rule. You also...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I'll be a lot happier with nuclear once all the kids are safe in their beds in Yucca Mtn., not swimming in pools all over the country. We have not shown the capacity to implement a simple plan supposedly finalized...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Whenever Judge Posner reached his apotheosis, transcended and was deified. Records are scarce from that chaotic time. My guess is the 1980s....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Since all American law schools not named Yale or Harvard became Chicago Style Law and Economics, rather than Socratic Method, pretty much all American lawyers learn about externalities and similar principles. (Cue the requisite jokes about Chicago Style not being...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Do you have numbers here? I got the impression that a lot of people in the Rust Belt turned to Obama for "change" and when that did not happened they looked for the next thing the appeared truly different. So...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "Unite the Right" has the had the unintended (or intended? per Bean Sidhe?) consequence of tying "Confederate History buff" to "German memorabilia enthusiast" in the mainstream consciousness. Once the American public makes that collective connection, you will see an acceleration...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Colorado Springs: Charlie only destroyed Leeds once. He must think this town is the Withywindle of Nazgul influence....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Happy to get new work from Charlie any time. And I am really interested to see what comes next in the L-verse in particular, as DB had more of a cliffhanger than the last one. People in the US are...
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