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  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Well... excerpt.... Speaking, very seriously, as a red diaper baby, with one recent exception, every single socialist, trotskyist, and communist party I've ever run into has the same relation to an actual political party that a fantasy sportsball league does...
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    That's an absurd suggestion. It's more blacks, and lots of poor. A lot won't vote, but many will. And it's not the GOP who pushed that. Hell, my late ex had to beg the governor's office to have her right...
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    Ah, but there's one small catch: businesses are "artificial people". If I can badger my Congresscritter, it wouldn't take a Constitutional Amendment, just a law, or maybe just a court decision, that "artificial people" are not citizens... and so have...
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    Ageed. I'm appalled that we *lost* seats in the Senate, which was *critical*. On the other hand... some races are still too close to call, including Texas, Beto vs. Cruz, the man with the most punchable face in government. And...
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    How 'bout the reverse of alla that? Most humans, suddenly, with godlike powers? Or on the way up to that (I would assume it's not *ping*, magic god dust)... what do you think would happen in the US, not to...
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    The courts struck it down three times, but who's counting? It's not like all the GOP in the legislature will go to jail for a year or three.......
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    Yes! Yes! Gojira! As opposed to Pacific Rim, this time I will *NOT* see it in 3-D, so I can enjoy it. Pacific Rim, due to timing issues, we saw in 3-D,a nd that was dreadful - the fight scenes...
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    A tad confused here: the Great Game is, to me, the one played by the UK, and France, and Germany, and Russia....https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Game...
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    A black hole, which then proceeds to evaporate, or Inflate, depending on the size?...
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    The Malignant Carcinoma, if we don't take back at least the House? And de-gerrymander for 2020? Horrid thought....
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    They've lost use of their legs? Sounds like Bradbury's The Last Pedestrian....
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    Long brass rods? Oh, hell, second reading isn't what I thought I read the first time; I was hoping you could mount it on a ship, sail up the Potomac, and give the WH a broadside....
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    And, just to add to this, I just saw today on slashdot that some idiot company is selling a lawer-powered bong - yes, the laser lights the weed, and it's 5mW, and they give you glasses to go with it,...
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    Good gods.... I mentioned a story last week; going through the weekend's posts (I was at World Fantasy, btw, working the consuite, of course), and some other posters thoughts, and one which led me to a closer than the novel...
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    I think I saw that headling (I read the Buardian every day - news, not infotainment), but it hadn't hit....
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    The meters broadcasting, so that they can just drive by and read, rather than have to come inside, I guess. But my gas? electric? (I forget) co offered me an Internet Connected Thermostat!!!, and I told them were to get...
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    And, appropos of nothing else, I have just come across an acronym I *adore*, which accurately describes the situation: Carla Schroder, of Linux.com, offers "The Internet of Gratuitously Connected Insecure Things (IoGIT, creatively abbreviated to pronounce as "idjit")" I've emailed...
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    Wish I could do more than say 'sorry for the issues..." Out of order? You mean, like broken into tiny bits, with the 0.1% scrambling to see who can grab most of the loose change? The world is holding its...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    A sequel? To War of the Worlds? But... who would they get to write it, and what time period...? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edison%27s_Conquest_of_Mars (Serviss, 1898). Actually, I have a copy. In an anthology in the early seventies, Forry Ackerman mentioned that he knew...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Please. Rob S. Pierre wasn't just a cardboard villian (Weber did avoid having him twirl his mustache, but just barely), he was a strawman where you could see the strings. And Weber's whole attitude about him and his planet was...
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    As I've been saying since about 19, there is *no* such thing as "common sense", the only thing that's common is stupidity. Meanwhile, I never did figure out why the techs laughed, when I tell them, when I'm in for...
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    She of Many Names! Glad to see you again - I was a tad concerned when you just vanished. And yeah, calling on Elder Gods, from where we now, officially, are ruled by the Cult of (unreality tv_ Personality.... veryone's...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    And the silver line, that will go to Dulles, is half completed (or more) - we're hoping it's finished by '21, if we get the Worldcon....
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    Moved to the DC area just over 9 years ago for the job I'm still at. Pepole do call it the Metro (I keep dithering between subway and el, having grown up in Philly, lived in Chicago, and been to...
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    By the bye, is anyone going to be at World Fantasy, Windycon, or Philcon? I'm going to be at all three (and will collapse on T-day (US).... Throwing bid parties for DC in 21 at the latter two, working the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Weber and HH: ugh. I stopped around book 5 or so. This is why my late wife and I built a universe, and then wrote stories in it. The novel that I'm looking for an agent is complete in one...
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    Mhari... I figured it for an ... I think the right phrase is - aspirated labial. A "v" would be an aspirated, um, dental? For the latter, you (or at least I) put my top teeth on my lower lip,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I assume you *do* know about the decades of MIT hacks, including a real VW Beetle on to top of the University's famous dome?...
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    Skimming back to see what I've missed... and this hit me: "there is no such thing as a good deity".... So, perhaps, to paraphrase a vile old American line, "the only good deity is a dead deity"? But, surely there...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    It would be the corporate-speak that would give it away. They would *not* be allowed to make a change that had not been approved by their management.... I am reninded of my Fortran textbook. This was late seventies, and in...
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