Martin

Martin

  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Things go as pear-shaped as I fear in my nightmares, and the gummint goes full-blown fascist, but fails to quell the civil disorder. It then asks for help from the USA, which sends troops in to keep 'order' The...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Murder on the Occident Express?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    These guys definitely tick quite a few boxes on Heinlein's list (apart from the diaper changing). You might be surprised; a lot of them are fathers, and that whole "don't be Jack" thing applies to childcare and nappies (what y'all...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Would anybody care to suggest better lists, proposed without Heinlein's (or Lazarus Long's) arrogant tone? The whole "take orders; give orders" thing is amusing, having conducted leadership training and assessments over a few years. IMHO, "do what I say" is...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    [With links for y'all of the "Captain Kangaroo" persuasion...] So, if not "Wombles as ambush predators" (I'm still hoping for that - just wondering how many lost dogs / dog walkers / joggers on Wimbledon Common would be needed to...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Maybe, maybe not - Moore's Law has been "going to fail, real soon now" for over thirty years... A few years back, I was working for a programmable logic firm. I know that parallelism failed as the next way we'd...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    So... you've not seen Beatrix Potter and Sven Hassel's famous collaboration, "Peter Rabbit, Tank Killer"?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I'm now perverting beloved childhood icons for my own nefarious purposes So, Peter and Wendy, you've mentioned Mary Poppins, who else? Rudyard Kipling and Roald Dahl are already dark, and I don't know whether Julia Donaldson is widely-known enough (and...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    This may well move the goalposts on brain-equivalent AI by anything from 2-7 orders of magnitude, in the wrong direction. So, three to ten years, then......
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Used to be you had to have the surveyors locate your firing point so you could input that into the computation, but nowadays GPS serves that function. I was just thinking about plotting where the shots will fall, not guidance....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Their risible cover story supports them being rogue agents No, their poor cover story supports them not expecting to be caught, and that their standards have slipped. After all, the UK is an unusually surveilled country, with systems that...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Similar in the UK? Not with bases... (and a 1000-person base is a decent size for the British Army). ...the difficulty in the UK is getting rid of capbadges. "How dare the Secretary of State for Defence ignore the proud...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    You're thinking too law-abidingly. The Billionaire Tax Evaders can't exactly complain to the Fraud Squad. But they are likely sociopaths, they aren't poor, and they're possessive. Your story includes the motivated individual. It doesn't include the very-well-paid private investigators hired...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    One thing I don't understand is why the Army chose to station the 10th Mountain Div at Ft. Drum in New York Edinburgh's local Territorial formation during the Last Big Mistake was the 52nd Lowland Division; they were assigned a...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    the Defender hasn't been imported to the U.S. since 1997 You should be able to get yourself the new-model Defender. The skeptics will no doubt skeptic ("Monocoque chassis! air springs! eleventy!!") but even though it doesn't have rigid axles, leaf...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    anything in the UK that can carry more than 7 passengers Fortunately, I passed my test in the late 80s, so my standard driving license covers what is now class D1 and D1E; minibus up to 16 passengers, if necessary...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Absolutely, hence my mild sense of shame: see “Chelsea Tractor”, for wading those especially deep car park puddles and particularly steep kerbs and driveways... (the Edinburgh equivalent being “Morningside Tractor”). I spent years driving green-painted Land Rovers off-road, and a...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Rolls-Royce Cullinan? No thanks... Now that they're a subsidiary of BMW, I suspect they follow the BMW philosophy for SUV, as expressed by the ex-brother-in-law (he's an engineer, works for Land Rover): "3 wheels on-road, 1 wheel off". As compared...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    For that kind of money, you just get your Range Rover from Special Vehicles, have them fit their plug-in hybrid option, and do some serious tailoring... ...if you want to drop your standards and feel like a real callous rent-seeking...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    If you want a single rule of law for all, then it needs to be a single rule of law for all, period. I absolutely agree. However, what I was reacting to (I won't presume to speak on Nancy's behalf)...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Now if you want to raise the standards of how prisoners are treated, that's a different and worthwhile discussion. But if we in the US treat our prisoners badly, those who benefited from this inhumane system should also be subject...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Trump won't start a war, I don't think he has the mental capacity to plan like that. I'd like to think you're right... ...but even an unsuccessful, scamming, grifting, second-rate and slightly dim businessman has the intellectual capacity to cope...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Also, does anyone else remember the movie "Southern Comfort"? Ohhh, yes :) The British equivalents would either be "Dog Soldiers" (horror movie theme, even if the troops involved are regulars) or "All Quiet on the Preston Front" (Reservists theme, but...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    It would be a better world if there were no torture. Failing that, I would rather have a world where people who are theoretically of good will weren't enthusiastic about torture. It's interesting to see how the Norwegians approach the...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Regarding Trump and Iran... The good news is, he doesn't have time. A bombing/cruise missile strike: maybe. A full-scale war: nope. Strongly agree. Invading Iran is an order of magnitude greater military problem than invading Iraq; just, not going to...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Why do anyone think the Air Force is so big on drones? Man power to fly a drone for a year is so much less than a manned aircraft. Apparently not... as I understand it, the number of people required...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Apologies to moderator and all, time for me to stop posting for a while :)...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    your misrepresentation of what I have said is close to libellous. Post 289: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2017/08/radio-silence.html Post 35: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2018/05/cthulhu-counterfactual.html...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Re Martin: I'm *so* happy to read his right-wing propaganda. That made me smile. My view of myself is that I'm firmly centrist...but with strong kneejerk responses to bigotry and tyranny. Don't worry, I fully appreciate that my view of...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Well there was the Intervención Estadounidense en México. And the War of 1812. And the Fenian Raids. And the Mexican Border War.... At the risk of "what have the Romans ever done for us", I could point out that those...
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