Mike

Mike

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Personally I tend to think that, if he loses the election, he'll resign some time prior to Jan. 20th so that Pence becomes President, and the Pence will pardon him from all crimes. It won't work the way he might...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "Scot", damnit. #@!%& autocorrect... apologies to Scots everywhere......
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    There, see, Charlie: all done by Christmas. You're such a pessimist. Dour Scott and all that: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yhGPFF-VbDk...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    For what it's worth the orange headed sewage-for-brains running this country as decided that the middle of a pandemic is the perfect time to stop contributing to funding for the World Health Organization. I wonder how much of a kickback...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Re: Dr. Strangelove I received affirmation of fatherhood this morning when I apologized to my daughter for buying the wrong dog food and she replied, "I can be just as sorry as you, Dmitry: we can both be sorry."...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Even the new one is still a third full of film. You say that as though it's a bad thing. About once a year I have to remind my wife that one of the terms of the deal that brought...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Far be it from little ol' me to presume but I think you've got it backwards. This is a very good time to sit back and watch how the world deals with a pandemic while plotting the sort of novel...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Has anyone checked with Google about the cost of a translate module for SBH? I'm having difficulty parsing her lengthy comments; since I'm from the wrong side of the pond it might be my poor education, short attention span or...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    So as a practical matter, how long do you suppose we have for life as we have come to know it? There may be a vaccine but probably not for at least a year and just who believes that sheltering...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Daughter #1 was told to work from home yesterday; today she learned that they were expected to work the same hours but would only receive 75% of their regular pay. Daughter #2 is home for two weeks at full pay...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Yes, yes, yes! This would be great! For once a happy ending!...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Folks on this side of the pond are getting religion: here in the conservative backwater of northern Indiana the governor today closed dine-in seating in all bars and resteraunts (they can still offer carry out and delivery,) closed casinos, gyms,...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    "Executive leadership" may be sticking its head in the sand but more locally leadership has apparently been told scarier tales. (Northern Indiana, a land of farmers and discretionary goods manufacturing. Some speculation that this may help recreational vehicals, a demonstration...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Sadly, I saved some of my pay over the years so I wouldn't qualify for Obamacare until I am broke. Let's hope that doesn't happen: homeless and diabetic would be a difficult combination. I don't think it will: there's always...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Interesting. Whatever the cause of the ennui, votors are maybe just resigned to their fate? Or don't care. I always thought this was most likely the way American democracy would fail, not with a bang but with a whimper, as...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Perhaps I misunderstand how important your NHS is to most voters. Are people already unhappy with it to the point of supporting change to it?...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    It's not so strange if you realize that 50% of the British newspaper industry is owned by just two foreign right-wing billionaires, So most voters haven't heard of it or don't believe it, then? How utterly cynical of us....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    It seems strange to me that I haven't seen anywhere near the comments on Corbyn's document dump that I expected. Particularly about the changes that appear to be coming for your NHS. Is this because you don't believe his claims,...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    My first calculator was a Rockwell which ran on a 9V battery and used RPN. I adored it's brightly glowing red display. A bit later my little sister asked for a calculator for Christmas and my parents foolishly insisted, as...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You said, "And at least the UK still retains an independent court system that threatens to deal with leaders who misbehave, which regrettably can't be said about the US." and I've been wondering about that. Boris the First says that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The usual, Charlie: topic drift as is inevitable in such a long thread and some hurt feelings but I don't think anything you need be concerned about. The star keeps shining, the planet continues to simultaneously revolve and rotate and...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Before I let myself get too worried about Charlie's prognostications I try to remember that in the past he's had to scrap an entire novel into which a lot of hard work had passed because the Real World made it...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    An older friend in my teenaged days told the story of returning from his tour of duty in Vietnam as an aviation mechanic and ending up in Texas, where they processed his discharge. In those days you were discharged from...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Brexit seems to have disappeared from the news in the States and on the BBC's website from here. Is everyone going to ignore it until two weeks before it takes effect again? Also, I'm curious about campaigning in Britain for...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Greg @261: I thought the royal family were figureheads these days, with perhaps some minor approval duty for actions the government has or is going to take but no real authority to actually do anything. How wrong am I?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Way back in 152 Greg said, I think if it really looks like it's going down the tubes, the REAL emergency powers comne into effect - Orders in Council Noted that William ( NOT Chaz ) has been given full...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    We should be okay if nobody asks for a definition of "chips." Now that you mention it, I've always wondered... :)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    (Read on Fark but it seems so appropriate today) Great Britain - determined to make US politics appear rational, since 1776....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I admire all of your optimism, determination and stubbornness but isnt it time to spend less energy on stopping the tsunami and more on surviving it, particularly those of you dependent on specific medications which might become scarce after your...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Well, crud: you're getting to be an expensive habit. Now I might have to buy a TV. On the other hand, maybe they'll stream it. :)...
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