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  • Commented on Do my Homework
    My personal take on the Bible is that it's not like normal books, where you read the first page to find out what it's about, skip to the last chapter to read the summary, and assume you know most of...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    ONLY a Civil marriage is legal inside France - if you want a chuch / synagogue / mosque / whatever wedding, fine, get on with it, but the French state only reocgnises their own non-religious civil marriage for legal purposes....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    We should all stop now. "Stop" in the sense of "cease to exist" or—more to the point—"go to hell"? ;-) No, I don't think we should do that now. Thus I'm taking a step above and beyond an arbitrary number...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    re: "an armed society is a polite society" I think that's flat out wrong. An armed society is a society that is governed by fear. The timidity caused by fear may superficially look like (and therefore be mistaken for) politeness....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    re: https://www.politicalcompass.org Interesting test. Turns out that I find myself slightly to the right of Pjotr Kropotkin (-9.38 left, -8.46 "libertarian" (although that word feels wrong to me)). I'm 50, by the way, and don't think that I've become more...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    In the second case, we have the same control scenario, but with an outnumbered and outgunned force such as terrorists hiding among a civilian population and releasing these things against more numerous and better armed invaders of their turf. Consider...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Oh, and if you want to be clued in[1], Merkel just gutted her revolting right-wing. He resigned, she didn't. No, he didn't. Not yet. Yes, I know: thatsthejoke.døc, isn't it? And here's a link, just so....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    JBS wrote: I'm not opposed to the death penalty per se. There are some crimes that are so heinous that the death penalty is really the only appropriate response. The problem I have with it is I don't trust the...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    HPMOR loses a lot of its rationalist appeal once you realize that it's basically an Author Tract preaching the gospel of transhumanism, and for that reason the author (or his avatar Harry) never once applies scientific scrutiny or rationality to...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The other thing is that memories of the hyperinflation in Germany 1914 to 1923 persist… And the other other thing is that memories of the currency reform (sorry, no English version) in 1948—which ended the inflationary post-war shadow economy (and...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Half the weight problem is just sheer bloat, and the answer is Morris Minors. A Morris Minor is about 750kg and I used to get 40mpg out of mine, with its 1950s-design engine and carburettor and points ignition and all....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I theorise that:-Chocolate comes from Beans, Beans are vegetables therefore Chocolate is a vegetable and can form one of the 5 a day Close, but no cigar (which is—incidentally—itself made of leaves). Cocoa "beans" are the seeds of a fruit—whose...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    It surprises me a little that the UK participates in black friday (since as far as I know it's defined as the day after (american) thanksgiving). … How global is it? Like, is it limited to anglophone countries? In Germany...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Since we're over 300, did anyone else read David Brin's prediction of war with Iran? Now that you've pointed us to it, I've read it. I'm not sure about it. A few weeks ago a US-North Korea war seemed inevitable;...
  • 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…...
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