Tim H.

Tim H.

  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    A US cable network, MTV used to have a claymation program "Celebrity Death Match", neo-NAZIs & da'esh might be appropriate for a live remake. FWIW, I've never met a Muslim who wasn't just trying to get through life intact,...
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    Was it not John Bolton who convinced Reagan to disavow Cater's agreement with North Korea to suspend nuclear development? Who's to blame for "Nork nukes"? Likely betting he'll be safely dead before the history books are written, assuming optimistically...
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    Note that the lower Mississippi is defined as from the mouth of the Missouri to the gulf of Mexico....
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    There's a chance the US may cease being a great power much sooner, the current denizen of the white house may not understand that the use of power demonstrates it's limits to your adversaries. He also may not get...
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    Such was the intent of Henry Morgenthau and Marriner Eccles. I imagine enormous money will fight a return to sensible taxation and even if they fail it will take a very long time to undo all the damage. The...
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    I think this may be relevant to Brexit, and other related unpleasantness: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/revolt-of-the-rich/ I believe many of the immensely wealthy do not wish to be governed, taxed or regulated. They somehow believe their wealth is responsible for the underlying...
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    Bombadil in a deeper tone? Why not, the story is largely about humans and demigods who choose human form, pigment isn't an important part of the story. Even better, a black Gandalf, he's already known to be not from...
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    I'll have to take your word for that, don't read much other high fantasy. Interestingly, Heinlein treated death that way in Stranger In a Strange Land, no death being final....
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    A fantasy novel written after the publication of The Silmarilion might take an interesting direction, that work claims Orcs to be modified Elves, if so, their death wouldn't be oblivion, but a trip to the halls of Mandos. The...
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    That's probably where you'd want the ship's computers also. Would be nice if some clever person works out a rad shielding method that didn't involve a few metric tons of water....
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    I am sure she finds the peasants, revolting....
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    A point Derek Lowe makes repeatedly, and fair enough. What bothers me is that little thing about Americans needing to pay inflated prices to fund R&D, while nations with rational health care negotiate less ruinous prices. Involuntary charity....
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    There was this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centrifuge_Accommodations_Module Much of the work is already done....
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    I suspect internal politics more than fear. If the culture at the ministry is such that "Hard decisions" are seen as justifying retention and promotions, the most negative decisions will be encouraged. The worst thing about conservatism may be...
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    I believe the Wrights were the first to have a mechanism for roll control*, giving them three axis maneuverability, *Though their method of roll control was incompatible with speed & durability....
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    Corbyn might be able to somewhat restrain "Weaponized Finance", which might take the wind out of a lot of black sails. It's why I vote for the most progressive Democrat available in the primary, even if I'm doomed to...
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    According to the late Jerry Pournelle, the tanks were designed to be so used, but NASA required them to be jettisoned before orbit....
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    They've yet to work out that dominance isn't leadership. And playing the game of management encourages disrespect for those doing the actual task. Not at all hopeful that we modded Chimpanzees can do much better....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Why erect statues of leaders so unpopular they require protection? https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-47068091 On this side of the pond, sculptures of Confederate Generals are often seen on tall plinths, for similar reasons....
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    If so, we've been extremely wicked....
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    And to make matters even more "Fun", the same donors who demand low rates of taxation have increased opportunity to buy treasury bonds, issued to compensate for the tax cut. For working class voters, who neither derive much benefit...
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    And remember to have everything on the phone, no networks! And don't be surprised if the secret police are the ones you actually see....
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    Given a time machine I'd elect to leave baby Hitler in peace, and try to talk to Kaiser Bill about the potential to gain prominence on the world stage through trade and manufacturing. Also talk to US Republicans of...
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    What I see over on this side of the pond are vastly wealthy folks pretending there was no real economic activity before R. Reagan, the 70% rate ms Ocasio-Cortez has talked about is the rate JFK cut down to...
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    It might be more appropriate to use RB-57 numbers, 4000 mile combat radius. NASA still flies three RB-57Fs, demonstrating the worth of English Electric's design....
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    One might wish for tax policy framed for the overall benefit of most of the people rather than most of the money. With tax policy, as in trade, the .001% focus too much on immediate benefit, too little on...
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    I found this interesting: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/opinion/sunday/brexit-ireland-empire.html "The Malign Incompetence Of The British Ruling Class", in fairness, the UK seems to have no exclusive on that phenomenon and there seems to be no lack of it in the private sector....
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    I think this may reinforce your point: http://robertreich.org/post/181848967520 Mr. Reich helpfully points out a second way low tax rates enrich the rich....
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    Cautionary tales in history books should help, but ambitious spawn are too good at rationalizing their way around the lessons, such as reading about mid 19th century planters who lost nearly everything over their resentment at slavery being forbidden...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    A contributing factor to the dust bowl was WW1, which cut off Russia* from selling wheat raising prices to the point of getting the attention of American speculators, plowing up dubious acreage with even less knowledge than actual wheat...
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