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PrivateIron

  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    if Quantum of Nightmares shows disappointing sales, in which case there may be more trad Laundry novels instead - Hey, don't give me a motive to NOT buy your next book....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    With regard to "grips" on Congress: the mean demographics of the total US population are shifting leftward, but the median State is tending rightward. The upshot is that the Senate is likely to turn more conservative over the next decade,...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    But a lot of people have been pretending that NC is turning left; so it will be "interesting" to see if GA is fools gold from the same vein. Both parties used to pretend to care about various surface flavors...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    I realize the first sentence might be ambiguous: in case it was not clear, GA's turn might be more permanent and reliable than NC's supposed turn starting in 2008....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    538 had a pretty good analysis of why Georgia turning purple may take more than North Carolina's supposed turn leftward. NC-23% African American/Georgia-32%; Charlotte and the Triangle-44% of NC's population; Atlanta-55% of GA. Bizarrely, NC rural/exurb areas are turning right...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    His name is Joe Manchin and he has already announced his intentions to anyone who will give him an interview. I had been predicting he would be the most powerful person in Washington and then I rolled it back because...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    I suppose it's wrong that the only person I cared about was the Gammon, right? I had an intellectual sympathy with some of the "better guys," but he was the only one that popped for me as a real flesh...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    I have to say I am having a hard time getting through a novel on bleak dystopias this very moment. The lack of familiar faces also contributes to the feeling one is falling face-first into the abyss. It still seems...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    You can also require a pledge beforehand, but it's much harder to replace/invalidate a vote if they break said pledge....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    You can punish a faithless elector AFTER the fact, but I am pretty sure you cannot ignore their vote....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    If every vote is counted, if, then Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan will probably let Biden ooze over the finish line by a small margin. He will also probably have a popular vote win by roughly the same margin as Hillary...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Donald Trump: proven liar; suspected rapist Joe Biden: proven liar; suspected rapist (but fewer counts on each than the above) These are my choices. If I choose not to accept them, then it's my fault if Kodos wins. Joe Biden...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    This is not on topic in any way, but I was wondering if you had any opinions on Death Stranding, that is if you've had a chance to take a peek. For me, it was the praxis of the game...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    To elaborate on your comment: GT seems blissfully unaware of Britain's Haitian campaign in the 1790s. But to keep it focused on the United States. You can find pro and anti slavery policies and events on both sides of the...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    I was just being light-hearted about the Puroland novella. Thanks for the additional insight though....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I was hoping to be more humorous than confrontational. But a few things do distinguish us: we have no realistic expectations of getting a real pension/retirement, but we have terrible outlooks on keeping employed before we die. We were born...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    I would expect a sequel a la Godzilla vs King Kong: Hello, Kitty vs Winnie (Paddington?)....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Don't bad mouth us X-ers. We barely exist for starters. And we have had to deal with Boomer idiocy for a lot longer than anyone else. Unfortunately, for Millies and Zeds, the wheel has started to become self-aware and will...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Since American politics does not seem to be verboten on this thread: I am curious how Warren acquired this aura of competence. She alienated people of color with her DNA fiasco. She said she was not going to raise taxes...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    On the subject of depressing Januaries: 20 month (month, not year) orange/butterscotch tabby: smart, athletic, social, beautiful orange eyes, fearless, two six month old minions ready to do his bidding at the snap of a paw: vicious lymphoma. 1 week...
  • 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?...
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