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  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I always think of names they won't give ships when I see Royal Navy 'noun' ships HMS Vulnerable HMS Enfeebled HMS Defenceless *********************** I love these and would like to offer HMS Inadequate HMS Insufficient HMS Incompetent HMS Distressed HMS...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    This reminds me of the anecdote (or perhaps it's just a made-up joke) of the female US tourist standing in front of Peterhouse College, Cambridge, and asking the porter "Is this pre-War?". He's giving her his sternest look and replies...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    I'm so glad that someone took up the link to Chenoweth and Stephan that I put in a few threads back. Thanks for the piece on your own blog as well!...
  • Commented on Empire Games in the UK!
    I can also add that I found the book's pricing very strange. Amazon's pre-order price was 9.49 €. I didn't pre-order, just bought it yesterday, and had to pay 10.04 €. The pre-order price at Kobobooks was 12.99 € I...
  • Commented on Empire Games in the UK!
    I can confirm that the UK-version bought via amazon.de doesn't have DRM....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Can I also suggest that everyone reads "Why Civil Resistance Works. The strategic logic of nonviolent conflict" by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan (Columbia University Press)....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    It's actually quite a lot older than that. According to wikipedia, die formula "Nacht und Nebel" can be found in texts beginning from the 14th century. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_geflügelter_Worte/N#Nacht_und_Nebel The meaning used to be: doing something illegal, like committing a crime at...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    "had you a time machine that would let you convince the politicians of 1930s Europe to move against Hitler much earlier, which date would you pick? And how would that subsequently look to history?" Now, that's an easy one: I...
  • Commented on The Day After
    I took the individual rank, which makes a distinction between visa-free and visa-on-arrival. These two are added together for the visa-free-score of the global ranking. Anyway, regardless of scoring details, the #1 spot is taken unambiguously by Germany. UK, USA...
  • Commented on The Day After
    #441: "Oh, and yeah: That's Hotel California if you want to keep the score." LOL. Funny that you move The House of the Rising Sun to California and make a hotel out of it. Would you like me to give...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Oh, and I forgot to say: This of course corresponds beautifully to the fact that the scene is also an in medias res for the first person narrator himself, being his first assignment on active duty....
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Question: Does it have to be a climactic action scene? Is that the technical definition (provided there is one) for in medias res? Or can't the definition be broader? For instance: I’m lurking in the shrubbery behind an industrial unit,...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Obviously the age of colonialism had no shortage of colourful characters. My entry to the list is Eduard Schnitzer, better known as Emin Pasha. Jew, lutheran Christian and later perhaps Moslem; as he was banned from practicing as a physician...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I don't recollect exactly, but I'm pretty sure that I've encountered similar signs in some "anglophone" African countries as well. I never really noticed, because for me—as I'd bet for the locals as well—"aliens" is simply a synonym for "foreigners"....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Charlie has already written that novel. It's The Jennifer Morgue....
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    although they seemed to not bother explaining why terrorist death tolls were so much higher in the 1970s and 1980s I haven't read the article as an attempt to explain anything, only as an attempt to inject some numbers into...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    I have a similar peeve. Agent First was confused that there were apparently no magic users on Earth except Alex. However, even if Cassie was an airhead and only interested in celebrity news, she must have known about the very...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    You'd just have to redefine "race" as to put Pakistani, Romanians, Indians, Polish, Persians, Italians, Greeks, Slovaks, etc. in one race and white red-nosed Brits in the other race. That's basically how racists are already defining the term, isn't it?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Germany showed us that unifications can happen a lot faster than expected once the idea starts rolling. But Germany currently has no plans for a unification with Great Britain. But we could make some. There are already Germans on the...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    In your comments you seem to operate on the assumption that the rest of the EU has to give the UK/Cameron something. I can't really see why this should be the case. From my point of view (I'm German) it's...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Ah, thank you. Needs updating for TRC and now TAS, though....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Charlie, an administrative request not especially concerning TAS, but all your books: in the sidebar there are shortcuts to some of your posts, for instance to an index page for all your CMAP entries. Could you do the same for...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    No actually. It's an entirely home grown authoritarian control-freak tendency from the Home Office, backed up by the paid fascists in UL Border Farce. Now I'm confused, Greg. First you name your increased difficulty to travel to Germany as one...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Perhaps your expectations about how doctors (and everybody else) would work—and be trained for their work—in a self-sufficient colony are too high? For me there is no prima facie reason to assume that in a self-sufficient colony everything would work...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Greg, rest assured: Your standard comments on religion and scottish politics are tiresome as well. But the other commenters here are polite enough to not point that out each and every time you're making one of them. Perhaps you could...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Not quite. It's BASHFUL INCENDIARY....
  • Commented on The Rules of Magic
    Here's how to see how the Earthsea system of True Names breaks down: Pretend it's real. I know nothing of True Name systems (or of Earthsea), but my immediate thought is: you're apparently working from the (unspoken) assumption that every...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    "Expect Nuclear Strike levels of stuff from the Le Pepes. 48-72 hours at max." Given that currently 105 hours have passed since comment #1037, I'd like to get a follow up. Where was the 'Nuclear Strike' that I completely missed?...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Other people who happened to have a melanin variance not adapted for Northern hemispheres had the opposite rule attached: Kill. All. The. Clever. Ones. Looking @ you, CIA in the Congo, who the Belgians had already gone through like a...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    If I may, just a couple of thoughts and guesses about your odd experience, from a cross-cultural point of view: It may be that your Algerian neighbour doesn't partake in the whole gift-exchanging routine at Christmas, which you—despite not believing...
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