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  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    All that’s necessary to solve the problem […] is regulation. And of course the land of the free can't have that. So it must also be the home of the brave (sewage dippers)....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    @ Heteromeles and other interested parties, concerning the debates about urban planning, public transportation and adjacent topics in this and the previous post: I've recently stumbled upon the YouTube-channel of a guy who calls himself Adam Something. He has very...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    What about taking the New Deal-projects as an inspiration? Let the crazies work on the big infrastructure repairs (roads, bridges, what-have-you) with shovels. You'd get lots of untrained, overweight people to do manual, unskilled labour in fresh air (with the...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Charlie, the last link in your comment—while covering an interesting story—leads to what looks suspiciously like an anti-vaxxer website. Maybe viewer discretion should be advised....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Next you'll be telling us the American Mid-West should be abandoned because of the increasing threat of tornadoes, or the South-West (aka the Great American Desert) because of drought. … and California because of lack of water … Well, most...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    While the Iranian leadership is probably as rational than the USA or UK ones I can get behind that, as long as we understand it to mean "not at all". For starters, let's just remember this woman and this woman....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    But for me, the real fun part is that the actual mastermind behind the plot (a chthonian?) was the white Persian cat. AIUI the cat is indeed an avatar for the chthonian entity. I am not sure, however, what this...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    As we're well past 300 I hope I'm allowed a follow-up question to the topic of Bitcoin from a few posts ago: I have understood that Bitcoin transactions are limited, basically each newly mined Bitcoin allows for a very limited...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    re vaccines/autism/Wakefield: Harry Brewis (hbomberguy) did a video about the whole affair a few weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BIcAZxFfrc A little longish, but quite illuminating (the shit just keeps piling up; it's really amazing)....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Greg, I believe it's too early for off-topic comments. Usually it's not encouraged before #300. Returning to topic, I've been thinking some more about the deep ones. Where are they actually on the magic scale? Specifically: how powerful are they...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    The main point of confusion for me in the Laundry series is over the Black Pharoah vs the Sleeper in the Pyramid. I believe your explanation is more or less correct. It seems to me that in The Fuller Memorandum...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Charlie, for me the existence of BLUE HADES and DEEP SEVEN always seemed like a type of Checkov's gun. BLUE HADES did already feature in several books, but do you (or did you at some point) have plans to feature...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    That is not what I said. I said that the Vatican was not an agent of the British government. To me that seems to be precisely the point. As far as I've understood the current Canadian scandal, its roots lie...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    ...spiritual but not religious... I suppose. I still go hiking in the sage fields from time to time. I hope you return with sage advice. … [I'll show myself out.]...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Here's a late back-to-on-topic comment: I've just discovered that Kyle Kallgren of the Youtube channel Brows Held High just did a double feature on Starship Troopers the book and Starship Troopers the movie. It's announced as a three part series,...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    You do know who America is named after, right? Sure, and you're making my point for me quite nicely. If you're naming something after someone's first name it doesn't really matter which language that first name is in. I also...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Also, I forgot: Bret Devereaux is making the point in one of his essay series (I think the one about Fremen) that Julius Caesar not only reports to us the names he has for the various tribes in Gallia and...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    What do Germans call themselves? Pigeon has already answered the gist of it, but as a German I'd like to reply, too. Someone above gave an impressive list of names for my country in different languages. Why are there so...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    [sorry, accidentally pressed "submit", therefore posting again] @ JBS: Thanks for taking the time to reply. … the United States is part of America, but there are other parts. That was exactly my point as well. I prefer to refer...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    @ JBS: Thanks for taking the time to reply. … the United States is part of America, but there are other parts. That was exactly my point as well. I prefer to refer to the country where I live as...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I see another problem with that neutronium sphere: Okay, so you have built your shiny sphere and it's sitting before you. But before y'all can board it you first have to send in the plumbers to do … well, the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Honest question: is a "deeply held sense of inferiority" the reason that US-citizens misappropriate the name of their whole continent to refer to their own country only? I honestly don't know why they do it. Of course I should note...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I think paws' point was that "America" =/= USA. America is a double continent that comprises of 35 independent countries. Everybody who comes from any one of these countries (between Canada in the north and Chile in the south) is...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    As we've already crossed the 300-threshold I'm maybe allowed an off-topic remark following from the thread about powered armour above: Basically the energy budget of powered armour comes up short unless they use lots and lots of extension leads and...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    And like, maybe that seemed like a reasonable stance to take in the 80s when crime rates were higher - I wasn't alive then - but nowadays it comes across as "Yay police violence!" with "Boo corporate corruption" in second...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    On the subject of capital punishment, who "deserves" it, and how to best deter mass murderers, I'd like to first highlight the following quote of Moz: What I prefer is not creating terrorists in the first place. Which means not...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Takes 60 to pass such things. So one Dem either way means the difference between 10 or 11 short. That's something I deeply don't understand about the US political system. This 'it takes 60'-rule doesn't seem to have bothered the...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Why bless their hearts! I wonder how many people outside of the US get the joke. I certainly don't get it, and googling didn't help. Can you explain to a poor German guy?...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    re a Donald Dumb Presidential Library: I think Rocketpjs (#1401) has it right: He will collect tens of millions of dollars for it and pocket the money. Nothing will be built at all. Or, in case it does get built,...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    David L wrote: Just watched the movie "Rommel". German with English subtitles so I had to actually watch it and not just let it be background. Mixed feelings about the portrayal. The review-snippets on German Wikipedia seem to suggest that...
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