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  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    I dunno - it's not extra credit, it's competence, a desire to do it *right*. If you've ever seen Seven Samurai (long version, subtitled, only, please), think of the one who's the Perfect Samurai. He goes out in the rain,...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Lovely week. On the other side of the world, Jordin Kare died yesterday. He'd had a bypass, I think, surgery that went pear-shaped last week. I still object to a universe where people who cause grief stay on, and people...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    I'm sorry, Charlie. I more than know how it feels, having lost far too many people I cared about in my life. If they are capable of communicating, please take the chance to ask them what you always meant to...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I swear, some of you folks simply skim, and don't read what I write. I said that the DSA seemed to be the exception to the rule. I said that it was this other organization - the PSL, I think...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    False. Counterevidence: the US and Canada. (We *used* to be proud of the longest undefended border in the world...till the bloody War on (Some) Drugs. And trust me, *NO* one considers us one country....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    No. What my meaning was, that you're responding to, is that the EU and NATO should never have offered more than support and treaties, *not* membership. *That* was part of their economic and other warfare against Russia....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Re socialist anarchism: speaking from the point of view that, a couple times in my life, in my twenties and thirties, I have been a dues-paying member of the IWW - yes, the Wobblies - and gone back to the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Here's a silly thought: an eastern European alliance? With maybe the kind of connection to the EU that - is it Norway? has?...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Twisted? Certainly. Unfortunately, in the US, I see capitalism, and its stooges, the Libertarians, as "I've got mine, screw you", and they're attempting to do so, right now. (As an example, look at what the GOP is trying to do...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    "Hobbesian realism"? Sorry, I don't agree with that... and I don't want to live in that. Many, many years ago, before I started working professionally, I had a temp job, and wound up talking to this woman temp. A conversation,...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    One thing I remembered that I wanted to add: here's the way a well-known American socialist of the last century, Scott Nearing, put it: there's a steep mountain road, with a sharp curve, and cars frequently go over the edge....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Capitalism isn't so "seductive" to at least 60% or more of the population. Consider the UK in the 1800's, or the US in the last half of the 1800's. It wasn't until socialism and unions became a force in society...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    PLEASE: Soviet/Chinese Communism is not the definition of socialism; rather, it's underneath that rubric. Please consider the French socialist parties, and the British Labour Party, and the German socialist parties. Understand that most of the rest aren't into forced collectivization...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Geez, do you really misunderstand me that badly? Why on *earth* would *I* want a funnymentalist takeover of the US? As wikipedia notes, it's about Heinlein's concern for funnymentalist evangelicals taking over the US... like they're trying to do right...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I certainly don't want a monopolar world - then, there is *no* check or balance on the pole. And you're suggesting that China is not, effectively, a Great Power? Or the EU? And with Trumpolini in office (for the moment*),...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    But the US, and, to a lesser degree, the EU are expansionist powers... and the folks being expanded into are not having a good time. This time around, though, most of the powers are using local intermediaries to support their...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Well, this is odd. Thinking about the arguments here, I just realized a whole knew theme - probably one or more chapters, for the political book I intend to write (which will finally allow me to call myself a Markist...):...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    *IF* the West, and the US, actually wanted to lower tensions, they would STOP HOLDING FULL SCALE MILITARY EXERCISES RIGHT OVER THE BORDERS of Russia and NK. Or maybe Russia should hold full-scale "counter-invasion" military exercises with Mexico, just south...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    If I've gotta go that route, can I take Heinlein, and Revolt in 2100, please?...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I assume you mean Mueller? Two things that you're missing from the view across the Pond: first, that gives him *perfect* cover for the not-totally-insane Republicans, so that when *he* comes out with the meter-high stack of charges, they'll have...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Ok, that's it. There's clearly no point in even trying to discuss anything with you rationally. I said "French socialist parties", and you deliberately brought in others, in other times. Fine. And the industrialists supported Hitler, because he was anti-commie...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Stalin, and Mao, both used communist ideas. Their implementation, as someone else pointed out, left something to be desired...as in, it wound up being as bad as any former emperor. Also note that *neither* country was exactly in the greatest...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    That kind of thing doesn't always work. For a stupid attempt at it, http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/10/politics/michigan-lawmaker-fake-email-male-prostitute-apology/index.html He and female legislator, both married, both self-proclaimed funnymentalist Christian, were having a not-so-secret affair, so he tried to set up fake news stories that would...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Y'know, you could write for Faux News.... 1. How much do you know of life under capitalism before socialism and unions, around the world? (You can ignore slavery, but not wage slavery). 2. You agree with me, then, that Stalin...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Please note that I have never included Finland as FSSR.......
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Yes. Which, according to my reading of history, were part of the Czarist empire it took them around the time of the US Revolution. I'm not saying bad things (we won't even *begin* to talk about the sociopath Stalin), but.......
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Horse, as Col. Potter would say, hockey. Try this: under massive pressure to put far too much of its GDP into the military against the huge economic force of the USSR and the Eastern Block, the US breaks up in...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Why are you offering specious arguments? Russia was a Great Power for centuries, which neither Lithuania nor Latvia was....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    No. No Siberian flying squirrel. American flying squirrel. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/5e/c8/64/5ec864da2ba3fff2e01164702572a620.jpg And Moose, for extra pleasure. Related snark: give Kelleyanne Conway dark hair, and dark trenchcoat, and dark fedora... Vlad, I mean, Boris, is Moose und sqvirrel!...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    No. The Dems are in no way fascist. They'll cater, far too easily, to big money... but they're not the ones pushing GUNS!!! and tacitly approving of militias. See my post, above, about what the GOP just did - the...
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