Fazal Majid

Fazal Majid

  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    If you want to see just how heedless and callous the US Armed Forces are about shooting down a civilian airliner, just read the section in Major David Crist's excellent "The Twilight War" dealing with the Iran Air flight 655...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I'm sure Daesh, pedophile rings and the like will use it to generate fake traffic against their websites in order to stymie law-enforcement and spooks trying to use traffic analysis to identify terrorists/pedophiles/etc....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was well aware the war was unwinnable for Japan. Most likely the Japanese government was as well but decided to go ahead to save face: http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB905.pdf...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I believe that is not the case - all the EU member countries are individual WTO members as well as the EU being a member in its own right. Are you sure about that? I was basing on this...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    In 1900 Argentina was one of the ten richest countries in the world. Through misrule it lost that position, and Argentinian debt is not denominated in pesos. UK debt can only be denominated in Sterling if it is mostly held...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    One point that is hardly ever mentioned: the UK gets its WTO membership from its EU membership, and would lose it and have to apply for readmission upon Brexit. This requires unanimity, and you can be sure China and India...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Sure, but do you think they are more worried by a revolt of Scotland than one of England itself?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    What's to stop Parliament from rewriting the Scotland Act and others to remove this putative veto? Also, even if a majority of MPs are for Remain, parliamentary representation favors rural voters who voted Leave with large majorities over urban ones...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    The U.K. could procrastinate on triggering article 50, but the resulting limbo may be as economically damaging as the worst-case outcome of renegotiation. This would also not satisfy the 52% of Leave voters. There is some precedent: Sweden has been...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Because intelligence services, British or otherwise, are known for their unstinting obedience and loyalty to their civilian overseers....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    They are completely preposterous. The Laundry may not have plush funding, but to believe they lack safe houses to the point that is his only option stretches the bounds of credulity well past breaking point. He is clearly hoping Mhari...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    I was also put off by the self-pitying rationalizations for marital infidelity. They are probably realistic but don't make her, or Officer Friendly look good....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    If you can show Sephardic ancestry, Spain is also an option....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    French citizen married to a Brit and living in the US here. Our daughter is tri-national. My wife wants us to go back to London eventually, and Brexit would complicate that dramatically, as would the ensuing economic depression (I believe...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    For a contrarian take on how much Campbell really influenced Star Wars: http://www.salon.com/2002/04/10/lucas_5/...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    "Halting State" examines the impact of body cams on police work. The US is belatedly realizing the extent of its rogue police problem and adopting the cameras (I'm sure Taser Inc. is contributing heavily to politicos to make it happen)....
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    Platinum was first smelted in the Americas by precolombian civilizations (in Ecuador, among other places), and Europeans learned from them (inevitably, the first application was counterfeiting gold coins with similarly dense platinum, the irony being the counterfeits are now much...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    I doubt that society would reach even the level of Uruk circa 3200 BC. You've made the point in discussing generation ships that technology development and even maintenance requires a large population with division of skills to support it, which...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    I had the TactilePro for my Macs, but switched since to the CODE keyboard. It doesn't have the nice option and shift-option glyphs silk-screened on the keys, but it has backlighting, and while the key response is suitably tactile, it...
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    I have some experience on the subject, as I worked on the subject while at France Telecom circa 1996. At the time, FT made about a billion euros a year in revenue from the Minitel, which was basically a glass...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    I had never heard the term "Social Justice Warrior" until a month ago (I was reading the acronym as "Single Jewish Woman" and getting very confused). And yes, some well-intentioned people can be preachy, and, well, boring. That said, nearly...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Hmmm, a reference to the Iron Law of Bureaucracy and another one to Evolution in Action in the same paragraph. I wouldn't have figured you channeling your inner Jerry Pournelle, Charlie. Or is he possessing you, Lecter-style?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    You could try Desmond Bagley, specially High Citadel. Air passengers, stranded in the Andes by a rogue copilot crashing their plane, defend themselves from Communist troops sent to kill them by building trebuchets. Of course it's science fiction (alternate universe...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Another thing that could happen if the Anti-Europeans win in England is for England to secede from the UK and thus it's European treaty obligations, and Scotland inheriting the EU membership (not sure what would happen to Wales, and Northern...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    He has proven experience of leading an aggressive, declining, former military superpower bristling with nuclear weapons and suffering from eating disorders and a tendency to binge on breakaway republics when nobody is looking. Wait, I thought you were talking...
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