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  • Commented on Excuses
    Of course the usability of clothes lines depends on (a) the climate/weather and (b) the availability of space in your place. And that's where the attic comes into it. As Martin already mentioned, in Germany practically all housing has both...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Just wondering in general why European history doesn't have more mercenaries in it - during any era. Where did you get this impression? European history is full of mercenaries. Basically all wars at least from the peasants' wars in the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The founding fathers didn't want a large, professional standing army. Their experience with the way the government of Britain used their standing army in the colonies left a bitter taste. The original idea was to have a small cadre of...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    re the Second Amendment: My understanding of it as an uninvolved non-USian is that it's basically about national defense, which at a certain time required the existence of (state) militias, because there was no big national army, and the land...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    For example, something as simple as a refugee camp can suffer (as in Rwanda) if a local militia group decides that "inside the refugee camp" an excellent place to get fed, find recruits, and not get bombed. However, that's not...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Sorry, got distracted, therefore only a late response. Hope you're still reading. Not true. It's a subject of great interest in government; as witnessed by the arguments between FCO, DFID, and the Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Oh, I absolutely can...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Re: F-35 How many drones can you buy for the same price as one F-35? However, the real question, which the military wonks are never asking—not here on the board and certainly not in the governments who make their citizens...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    In the UK you cannot refuse cash. It's a tad more difficult than that, however. I distinctly remember a scene on a trip to the UK in the 1990's, which led me to Edinburgh and Cambridge, among other places. I...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Biblical signs in the sky? Will the sky on September 23, 2017 mirror “signs” from the Book of Revelation in the Bible? An astronomer responds. There is also the big hint that—as a general rule—headlines phrased as questions always have...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    re Charlottesville, here's a dumb question from a non-USian: Why isn't the Ku Klux Klan (a) illegal and (b) featuring prominently on every official list of terrorist organisations?...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    back then, a month's wages and two days in a stage coach would get you a hundred miles in some discomfort; today, a month's wages and two days on airliners will get you from London to Australia and back, in...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    About Harvey, Mumbai is hit about as hard, I think, bot the coverage is so insufficient. More people died. About coverage. First off CNN and it's kin are TV based. Without video there's not much for them to do but...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Transhuman Police Coordination Force (the superheroes-turned-crimefighters led by Mo with assistance from Mhari and Ramona in The Annihilation Score)...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Okay, so here are my proposals for some interconnected carbon sequestering scams: Plan A: STEP 1: Get CO2 out of the air. STEP 2: Break it up into carbon and oxygen. STEP 3: Use the super pure carbon to manufacture...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Somehow I'm glad that paying-with-card has never arrived in this part of the world (Germany). In any kind of shop cash payment is still the standard, with the option of using your ec-card (maestro) becoming more widespread over the last...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Leaving aside the issue that King Arthur's Court as envisioned in the myths/books/movies never existed anyway…...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    In other news, the German Bundestag just voted for marriage equality. (English version.)...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    As far as orbital mechanics, ellipses and parabolas go, I found Kerbal Space Program quite helpful for myself. Once you've managed to get your space ship into orbit you clearly see that it's in an elliptical orbit that you can...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I could also have added these two, but that probably wouldn't be fair....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    So gay politicians are not necessarily having better policies than straight politicians. Who would have thought......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    It's not just California. At least it's only the United States (who seem to be confusing themselves with the universe—again). Who cares about listing the wedding laws of different US-states, while at the same time there's not a word about...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Well, Bob has already told us earlier in the series that he intends to use his last bullet on himself--and fully expects this to happen. And while he may be an unreliable narrator, I tend to believe him in this...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I think this is all beside the point. Any war crimes committed by the Alfär are irrelevant and will never be prosecuted. This is a matter of geopolitics and Realpolitik. The UK (together with the rest of the world) is...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    The other other thing to remember when dealing with the logistics chain of horses in the context of The Nightmare Stacks is that the Host don't have horses. Their steeds don't eat hay or oats, they need meat....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    So true. I'd probably still go for Glenn Gould's second recording of the Goldberg Variations....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The analysis over here seems to be that President Bannon has taken over again from President Ivanka (who failed with the disastrous overseas-trip, thus making everyone forget Bannon's failures with - well - everything he did during his first period...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    - the internal disintegration of Germany, with that state not becoming an constitutional monarchy under “little Willie”, thus allowing the rise of Adolf & the wrecking of Europe While I agree with the general thrust of your points, I think...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    You may have missed it, so I'll spell it out: the article linked by Bill Arnold was not a learned argument, but an April's fool joke. (Note the publication date on the PDF and the date of posting it here!)...
  • 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...
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