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  • 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...
  • 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...
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