Michael Cain

Michael Cain

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    To me, the most interesting aspect of the cannonball run endurance road race is the electric option. Yes. But since I live in a place that has winter, I want to see them run it in January rather than July....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    BLM as in Bureau of Land Management... I spent some years on the permanent staff for a western state legislature. BLM will always be Bureau of Land Management in my head, mostly used in a derogatory fashion. I was told...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I wonder if there's any technology for my hearing problems. My new aids are somewhere between the simplest and the really sophisticated in terms of price. They have an astounding -- to me, a digital audio and video compression guy...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I'm curious, as an outsider, why did the EU feel it was necessary to have an exit clause? What convinced the parties like France and Germany to approve it?...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Re many of the comments about rural internet service in the United States: 1) The REA's charter was expanded and it is now the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The current charter includes telecommunications services (as well as electricity and things...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    The "official hearing aids" run $3k-$6k in the US... I haven't tried them, but Costco's house brand -- built by one of the major brands, using the same DSP/Bluetooth chip, with the software somewhat stripped down, no rechargeable battery, and...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    There's kind of a fine line between conspiracy theories and some sorts of political action. Is the SNP a conspiracy? Is my 30-year plot to separate the American West from the rest of the country a conspiracy? Well, no to...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    A few weeks ago I was traveling along I-80, the most heavily used east-west freight road across the US Great Plains (the big trucks are, for practical purposes, a badly-organized rail service). I get my cell service from T-Mobile, now...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Re the ever-lighter bicycles... For the Tour de France at least, isn't there a minimum weight? I seem to recall watching bikes that were rejected as being too light going back to the big trailers where the mechanics would swap...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    I recently let myself be roped into doing some of the work on a site running on WordPress. The combination of PHP, CSS, WordPress, themes and plugins seem to have recreated all of the worst system maintenance problems of the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The ruling on eastern Oklahoma is very narrow. For a certain set of crimes in certain areas and involving members of the Five Nations tribes, the case must be tried in federal not state court. The Five Nations and the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Not really North America ... eastern North America & the Pacific Coast. The central part of the continent is mostly grassland steppe and/or desert. All of the western mountain ranges would like a word. Much of that is wooded, although...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I know this is not a US political blog, and apologize to OGH for delving into minutia. Last month the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases regarding the control the individual states have over how their presidential...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    The larger the device, the more useful it is for content creation Hear, hear! I wish more people appreciated this....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    It's not the exact degree of empty of the Great Plains; I know there are bigger, emptier places. Even in the US, Alaska beats the heck out of the Great Plains for empty. (By gross numbers Alaska makes the Great...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    For example: if you've been paying attention to the news in the last week, the Klowns who wore the KKK hood and the swastika face masks to the grocery store and became Facebook famous did so in Santee, a "nice"...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    This is not your father's confederacy. Much of their strength is in the Old Northwest (Ohio River watershed) and the far northwest; states that were not part of the Confederate States of America. The states carved out of the old...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Small note on the "USPS delivers to every address" remarks. Our in-laws live in rural Kansas. Last summer they finished building a new house. When they were going to move in and went to the local Post Office to change...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    My first rule on sizing up a nursing home is to walk inside and sniff: if you can smell shit, leave immediately and cross it off your list. This. When I was working for the state legislature, I spent one...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    "...but the US constitution isn't amenable to easy change..." is a serious understatement. After the first ten amendments, which were actually part of the original deal, there have been two significant changes. Congress acceded to direct election of Senators only...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    In the late 1980s, before the complete collapse of the Soviet Union, my brother-in-law installed software upgrades on the systems in the command-and-control bunkers the US operated in Europe. He had to carry things into the bunker in order to...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    The American Physical Society's conference (11,000 physicists from around the world) was supposed to be this week in Denver. Last Saturday it was abruptly cancelled, 36 hours before the opening. Several hundred of the people registered, many from other parts...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    This does require that one deny continuity, but that's not problem. I, for one, believe that the universe is discontinuous, probably at around 10^-33 centimeters. So what you're saying is that the reals are a useful approximation :^)...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I got that in Köln back in the 1960's when I was asked for directions form a pair of almost stage-typecast US tourists .... I've never been able to figure out what the attraction is. The tourists in Manhattan were...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Of course, I *have* been stopped in the street for (usually) marketing questions ... but being me, I usually give them answers that are at least 4 SD's away from the mean For all of my adult life, people have...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The two US states whose mail ballots take forever to count are Arizona and California. Basically, both are using an absentee ballot system intended to handle a small number of ballots to process the majority of the ballots -- about...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm guessing that a DEC minicomputer with timeshare terminals was probably a VAX, because none of their other minicomputers had the oomph to run multiple users. When UNIX rolled out of Research into the rest of Bell Labs, it was...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    ...which seems to rule out the possibility of a secret ballot, at least under current Senate Rules. It is possible, of course, that Ed Kilgore has it wrong, but I've always found him to be careful and knowledgeable in the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The Boeing site says 'flew'. That plus comments on its ability to alter its path, land, etc. I'm not clear on the distinctions across/taxonomy of such devices: it just comes across as more of a 'plane' than a 'satellite' to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm a Yank trying to convert Parliament into the US legislative model, so am likely wrong about everything. Still, when I read Corbyn demanding days/weeks to consider the WAB for debate and amendment, is there anything there that can be...
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