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PrivateIron

  • 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...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    He's riffing off of Yackov Smirnoff's signature "humor." Since that bit was "popular" 30 years ago, he is regressing more than you think :)...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    So Puro-kaiju has been overtaken by real world events? :)...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Well if you were one of "those kinds of people" who make everything about repetitive cycles of history, then Nixon is Sulla and Trump is, umm, Crassus?* I am not one of those people, by the way, but it can...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Yes. I was aware that other cultures and times had different outcomes. We tend to think of modernity and Northern European type modernity in particular, as the apex of human development; so results that show the process degrading us are...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The onset of puberty has fallen drastically over the last 150 years, from 16.6 (1860) to 10.5 (2010) in Germany. In some industrial settings English girls in the earth 19th century might have waited until 19 for menarche. So in...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    "In this we are truly a European country, much more like our near-neighbours" So after the London riots, Scottish Independence I, Brexit, Scottish Independence II (Date TBA), NI, among other things, you are seriously peddling this as a difference between...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    "Something that few SF writers (apart from Pterry*) address: history, archeology, culture, etc. are the accumulation of many layers" I am not sure it's that rare in fantasy: Steven Erikson, Glen Cook, Gene Wolfe, Robin Hobb, Barbara Hambly, etc. Also,...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    It's more of a quote than a suggestion. It would be interesting to see numbers on what constitutes a "niche" genre. I am not a big anime fan and Bebop is not a typical anime; however, I suspect that anime...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I thought Planetary Romance was more akin to some of Jack Vance/Gene Wolfe; maybe even Kage Baker is a branch that's taken a very twisty development off that tree since she uses a (relatively) near future or even past Earth...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The work, which becomes a new genre itself, will be called... COWBOY BEBOP Would Cherryh's Chanur books fit into your subgenre here?...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think you are only partly right. Probably more children are being read to, but fewer are learning to do everyday necessary tasks. I would conjecture this is a middle class bias. Probably more "lower class"/working class children are being...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I question whether this has actually changed to any great degree. See for example, Charlie's recent comments on parental mortality in the past, leading to orphans and step/adopted parents galore. Plus much of what we now consider dysfunctional was considered...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I am not disagreeing with the substance of your comments. But professional ethics courses tend to be that way in general. They don't usually teach Profession X Morals classes. American lawyers go through pretty thorough ethical training, testing and CLE,...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I am relatively certain that my son's Computer Science major does have one or two ethics course requirements....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    "Those saying "multiple marriage is too hard for the legal system" have a pretty high bar to clear when explaining exactly how that's true." Not particularly. It depends on how common situations like your example are. The legal system might...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I am guessing they are still only on e-book. I might have to finally give in if people start publishing interesting stuff exclusively without the aid of dead trees....
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