Tim H.

Tim H.

  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I hadn't consciously intended to equate ambitious sociopaths with demons, but hey, it kinda' fits doesn't it?...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Could be appropriate subject matter if one wished to write a story about human extinction, because I doubt we know anywhere near enough about genetic diversity to cull that many people without paying a dreadful price. There was a...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    The question that comes up, not just with this problem, is it possible to set limits on ambitious sociopaths that they won't weasel out of?...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Trump's actions seem to be motivated by protecting old investment, at least, when it's not merely pissing on anything Obama touched, the worse part is such strength as the U.S. has lies in innovation, decarbonizing and maintaining a high...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Please note the essay concerned the peculiar variety of contemporary conservatism in the United States, which shares little with European conservatism. Thought about renaming your political movement to avoid being mistaken for something distasteful?...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    You may find this interesting: https://thebaffler.com/salvos/the-eyes-of-spiro-are-upon-you And this: http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/pagre/conservatism.html The TL,DR of the second: Q: What is conservatism? A: Conservatism is the domination of society by an aristocracy. Q: What is wrong with conservatism? A: Conservatism is incompatible with...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Oklahoma might be a bad idea, what if sedimentary rock and petroleum are there for a reason? A reason like the mithril Balrog cage that the Dwarves broke into by accident?...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "Pro Life" seems like just another weird-ass religious thing, though more offensive than most, add an aversion to any remedy for poverty that is in any way socialist, and that combination is not uncommon, you get something monstrous. No...
  • Commented on On hold
    I'd be surprised if an elder God could come that close to mimicking semi-evolved apes....
  • Commented on On hold
    Would an expanded Arbor day celebration fit in the sort of future you'd like?...
  • Commented on On hold
    Let me guess, manifests in our "Reality" as a one time commercial real estate developer with a bad comb-over?...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Reminds me of an incident with a Drive-in theater in south east Kansas City years ago, they began showing "Hard R" movies on weekends to fight declining attendance, problem was, the screen was in view of a curvy road...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    I can only speculate on the rarity of hybrid minivans in the US market, possibly cost of certification. Ford has displayed hybrid minivan prototypes, I expect one for sale soon, possibly Honda & Toyota are waiting until they can...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid? There were published road tests last year....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Before the Minuteman 2 was retired one would sometimes see missiles being changed out in Western Missouri, and the security was obvious. BTW, Chevy did Blazers, Ford did Broncos....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Enormous money seems happier if they're not contradicted. Or possibly the conservative message is like religion to them, making any progressive message heresy....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    A back door would fit the authoritarian mindset, wouldn't it? I wonder if it can be isolated enough, given how many supposedly secure things, weren't. A BSOD on final approach sounds like a very bad day, hope the ejection...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    This seems so pointless: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43311581 Without the cooperation of investors, all Americans will get out of this is higher prices, retaliatory tariffs will be passed along, with a mark up....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    The avionics look to be the secret sauce, and the concept most likely to maintain relevance when the airframe shows up at Davis-Monthan, otherwise, it looks like the love child of fifty years of defense buzz words....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Driving through Johnson County, Missouri a couple of years ago I saw a shadow pass over, an A-10 out practicing, if it'd been serious, I would've been dead before I knew I was endangered....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Not performing as advertised yet. The proposed retirement of the A-10 had little to do with it's fitness for purpose, it was to free budget for the F-35, AIUI, was never intended to fly CAS, that mission was to...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    More like will this aircraft be so expensive that there will be second and third thoughts about deploying it anywhere the paint might be scratched. The F-35 should've been two separate programs, than the airframe and power plant wouldn't...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Yes, if the money folks left, there'd still be conservatives, what I meant was if the specific elements of conservative mythology that retied to Jim Crow and whatever the Hell ludicrous accumulations of money want could be "Flashy thing" removed,...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Yes, pretty much, conservatives feel that the rabble is not perfectible, thus they owe them nothing and wish no one else attempt to help them either, apparently for religious reasons. I suspect they see the approaching end of their...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    The "Crop duster with a machine gun" is going to be more like a Sturmovic with a turboprop if it's expected to survive small arms fire. Consider the F-51 in the Korean conflict....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    It worked earlier, the United States built two XB-70s and the Soviets spent a lot on MIG 25s......
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Closest such is on the other side of Missouri from me, and not a residential area anyway (Supplied the uranium oxide in the original pile.). Are you also worried about depression glass? (Uranium used to color it.)...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Not an elf, I've read that plutonium bomb pits are viable for around a century, the plutonium is continuously becoming something else, when enough of it does, it's no longer suitable for blowing things up. I presume it could...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    No dilution needed, the more intensely radioactive elements undergo nuclear transmutation. In my Granddaughter's lifetime, the plutonium that gave me nightmares as a child will degrade enough to not dependably reach supercriticality, even with non-nuclear components replaced. The radiation...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Already survivable, but the purity some would be more comfortable with seems unobtainable. The wastes are no worse than the ores in less than a thousand years, which puts it in the range of human-capable structure. Personally, I'm not...
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