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  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I criticized Scalzi and think that PDP probably got treated unfairly, though I did not think he was all that funny and he probably did not make the wisest decision for his business here. From your reply, it sounds like...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I was looking for a term that would gloss a bunch of phenomenon which would otherwise take pages to describe. I totally agree this is not rigorous philosophical discourse....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Not sure what level to address this at: one, in the original post I was literally thanking you for a comment I appreciated. No need for dark sideways glances and infinite recursive analysis on my meaning. I did not see...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I am going to unpack my comments some more: there's an episode of Futurama where Fry learns that people in the 31st century frown on getting into a relationship with your sex robot, which in Fry's case is modeled on...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    "Anyhow @197. Take you how you see it: not having another round of this Game and quite pissed off that everyone thought they could make it happen. And you can call me names and hate me, but do note: larger...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Comment 136 was extremely easy to digest. So thanks for that. It confirms what I was thinking, particularly how I reacted to Scalzi's tweets on PDP and other liberal Democratic "it's not [really] a joke" responses. My immediate thought was...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    For the Partitions it looks like closer to 45% for the Russian sector and again there are general uncertainties in the numbers and all kinds of assumptions underlying any specific count/model....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    There's a fine line between "stop eating fish (or sea products)" and "just go ahead and die." If the latter is inevitable, then you might as well eat fish while the sun shines. If the sustainable alternative is insects, I...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Well, if I wasn't already there, I am about ready to say this is a simulation. (Or that authoritarian regimes can dictate sports results, take your pick.)...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Your last paragraph is either too dark or not dark enough. You underestimate the recovery of past territories of Rome or you overestimate the safety of common people in the Empire. Plus how does this tie in with current American...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The famous words of Justice Frankfurter about his meeting with Jan Karski: I did not believe him. I didn't think he was lying. Those are two different things. You can tell people the truth about horrible things and they won't...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Well, Trump thinks he's Andrew Jackson and one of the most famous things Jackson did was ignore the Court re: genocide/ethnic cleansing of Native Americans. Odds are the Republicans will give us a Court he won't have to bother to...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Nope to April D; I meant people Charlie invited to guest blog. Second, I was not questioning the value of your posts. I was questioning if your posts were valuable for the reasons Charlie stated. I do think your posts...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Did any of your feminist guest writers react positively to her? I seem to recall the reverse. She does add variety, but I am not sure she is particularly strong on emotional nuance or on providing an antidote to patriarchal...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Plus our "traditional conservatives" are not all that traditional these days and our true conservative leader was probably Hillary Rodham Clinton....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Night of the Long Knives was fascists killing fascists in order to give the appearance of being more traditionally conservative. That's the last thing I am going to get angsted up about these days. Not pretty, but we've got bigger...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Interesting, according to Wikipedia, Conan Doyle bought the idea from someone else....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I suppose a psychologist could have a field day with who answers yes or no to Owl's lurid imagination here, and why they gave the answer they did. I have to say that statements like this, which are so contrary...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    I figured he was serious about not knowing what (US) COBRA was; that's why I explained it. There's no reason for any non-American to know about COBRA. And there should not be any need for Americans to know what COBRA...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Assuming you're serious: COBRA is a mechanism for employees to continue their employer based insurance for a time after leaving employment with said company. One has to pay the full rate for the insurance; so you won't get the benefit...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Curtis Mayfield: If there's Hell below, then we're all gonna go...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I've met lesbian Republicans. Apparently your tax structure can be more in your interest than your legal right to exist. While what loan says is true for a percentage of the population (and any percentage would be way too much),...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I cannot find it either at a quick glance; so it's possible that it's from an essay on another site or buried in a comment section (and possibly not a "Dumbspeech" tagged comment section) or it's buried in one of...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Have you read Echopraxia? And have you read Peter Watts' ambiguous feelings about his own novel? There's a point where faithfully following science can lead you to speculate on a world where (human explicable) science cannot produce answers as well...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I wish I had your ability to be concise. I probably should not have spent so much time on illustrations, just said more or less, what you did....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    "A hard turn left" is a directional description and it was used for an aspiration, not an existing political organization. If we had a functioning left organization, then some, but not all of these problems would probably be mitigated....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    (This is going to include a general response, not just specifics for Georgiana.) That's an interesting question, more interesting than you might think. But I was talking about the run-up to repealing the Amendment. I don't think Bush/Trump appointees would...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    To clarify, I agree you could get civil war and massive unrest. And that Trump/Pence might be dumb enough to precipitate it. I don't agree on "six more state houses" and a convention. I also think you underestimate how big...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I agreed with you. Graydon's the one who thinks the Republicans can do this by gaining another few states. That neglects the fact that the Republicans are probably pushing the limits on how many they can control. There are states...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    If you believe the Republicans are going to make repealing the 19th Amendment a policy, I don't know what there is to say. First, the Republicans and Trump are actually two different beasts. Pence would have to replace at least...
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