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  • 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...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The people of Ottery St. Mary love beavers. Sounds like treason to me....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    "Using Chinese-style memes, I could claim that the Roman empire never collapsed, and that its current successor is the EU, via the Byzantines, the Holy Roman Empire, and various other big states. Collapse is a matter of perspective." Without using...
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    My problem with Sherlock Holmes, even as a child, is how his deductions are based on his assumptions being 100% in line with reality. Reginald Hill even wrote a story where there was a perfectly plausible alternate explanation for the...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    And yet on a tactical level, the Poles kick their asses more than anyone before 1943. Hence the trash talk as Charlie notes. Note the career of Stanislaw Maczek, Edinburg's most distinguished centenarian bar tender....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Regarding Dante's opinions: I think it's interesting how reviled Henry III (of England) was. By our standards, he was probably a better monarch than most. But to his contemporaries he was an abject failure as a prince. It was (supposedly)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I wonder how many times this was the real explanation. Thanks. And the linked discussion actually looked fairly interesting....
  • Commented on Book day!
    As I have tried to say a few different ways over time: there is no reason to fight Bean Sidhe. She is either an overwhelming force of Nature, in which case fighting is futile, or she isn't, in which case...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    It would be interesting to see how the wars stack up as percentages of contemporary global/local populations rather than absolute numbers. Obviously, lists like these are educated guesses with several large grains of salt recommended....
  • Commented on Book day!
    In your oodles of free time, I would love to see something from the perspective of the other inhabitants of earth. It would probably be moderated by Ramona's viewpoint, but maybe not; if you are going to go weird, go...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Charlie, stay safe and well within your own person. Make your best effort to give what you can to those around you. It's going to suck, but we are hoping for the best possible path for you in this crisis....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The French had that idea post-WWI. It probably had no shot of manifesting or working as desired, but the UK made doubly sure it never happened because believe it or not, the French were (Fri)enemy # 1 in the 1920s....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Either A) everybody has historical reasons to be paranoid or B) the Russians do not have "historically" good reasons to be paranoid. There are really only two good dates for modern Russian paranoia: the Crimean War and the attacks on/isolation...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Do you want ants? Phase IV. That's actually quite funny. The dream is to have the future where we have the option to make the same choices the uplifted animals in "Trouble with Ants" made. Alas, I doubt we humans...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    There were at least a dozen colonies. There were witch trials in only about 3 or 4. Most of them were in the 1640s and involved 2 or 3 executions. Then a huge gap and one more trial in an...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Just a few of the New England colonies and they would have been subsumed into the American mainstream long before 1776....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Great minds think alike or a stopped watch is right twice a day, take your pick. (I would be the stopped watch, no insult intended.) On the other hand if dark fiction is sufficiently unrealistic or unrelated to real world...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Looks interesting. Lots of cheap copies in the Big River; so I might take a gander at it....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Not sure if you were interpreting me as saying people were paranoid about the French or the other way around. In the context of Charlie's comment, it would be the French who would be paranoid about being invaded. Basically I...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    In the past my two best guesses were "Mainstream Feminism" or "Mother F***ers", but neither of those seem to fit this context. Meatsuit Fanboys? Ummm, I think that would apply to the Ship Minds and not the people themselves. To...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    You could make up a similar laundry list of countries invaded by Russia/USSR. You could also make up a decent list of invasions for many continental European countries, e.g. France. If I recall the century between Peter the Great and...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Fallout LARP: where almost everybody survives a full thermonuclear exchange in one manner or another, plus they have cool robots and bad artistic taste. Dozens of super high tech start ups will continue to operate in the middle of nowhere...
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