Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    So, since the delay, i’ve seen little discussion either here or in the news about what happens next. So does that mean Parliament is going to do bugger-all for the next five months, then panic again halfway through October? Previous...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    The idea that there's a natural world separate from the divine world seriously only exploded in the 19th Century (especially after 1860 and the publication of Darwin's Origin), and before that, I don't think a chemist or alchemist could disentangle...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Someone made up a lovely protest sign giving as good a plan as anyone else has presented. Let's be jolly British about this: * Revoke Article 50 * Apologise profusely * Offer tea * NEVER speak of this again...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Granted that Trump has a long history of pretty much everything he's accused of now, but knowing that a guy is a career con artist is one thing. Some specific prosecutor being able to prove in court that he did...
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    the most likely version of the report that clears Trump et al of wilful wrongdoing would be the one that makes his team look like a bunch of idiots out of their depth It's hard to imagine any independent investigation...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    My understanding is that science and magic were not distinguished. The actions of the tinker, sailor, smith, alchemist or brewer are what matter, not their state of mind. I was going to address Hereromeles's oversimplification myself but I like your...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Nigel Farage has launched a 'Brexit Party' but failed to register thebrexitparty.com and the name has been poached by his opponents. I'd say this is typical of Brexit competence but honestly the whole Brexit movement seems even less organized and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Clearly WikiLeaks never watched Yes Minister and missed that, ‘you never believe a rumour until it’s been officially denied’. Yes Minister has become a utopian fantasy of well functioning British government....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    But I don’t think either was treasonous under US laws... Treason is tightly defined under US law and convictions are surprisingly rare even when people have done things they really shouldn't have. (I remember all this because the actual legal...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Off-topic breaking news: the BBC has a report that Julian Assange has been arrested but no details yet....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    ROTFLMAO!!! I've sat through a WSFS business meeting, might have been there, or a couple years before. For those who've not been to a Worldcon, the business meeting occurs what, two? days in a row, and runs hours each day.......
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I think it takes an awareness of history to understand how good we've had it. Yes, it can be tedious to hear people blither on about the one true canonical definition of extra-virgin olive oil or quibble about whether a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I suspect we may be coming up on the hillarious "What have EU ever done for me?" moment of realization, thanks to UK. "All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Aligning yourself with the economically conservative bloc that was formed because you were actually leaving the EU would be the logical next step. If you were economically conservative you wouldn't be leaving the EU....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    There is a truck eating trestle in Albany, Oregon with lots of pictures on the interwebs about what has happened to previous trucks. The period between is usually about five years... This article suggests an impact about once every two...
  • 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... :) * shrieks, hides under table *...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I think both the US and Russia have experimented with pump jets. The US has been playing with this, off and on, for years. The Russian Navy probably has but they don't tell me about their mad science projects. The...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Yes, that's called a pump jet. This may be one of those 'two nations separated by a common language' things. To me that's a shrouded prop, no matter how fancy one makes the shroud - and as you describe some...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I think you mean ducted props, propellers inside rings, which are quieter and harder to foul than exposed propellers (although a bigger problem when they do). Nobody who knows would tell me, but I'd imagine that various navies have looked...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Also, I suspect this is "being seen to ask" rather than expecting a positive response. I'm actually waiting for someone to tell her that negotiations have been completed and the next time they see a UK Prime Munster it will...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    France and the UK didn't share info about where their deterrent patrols were taking place prior to 2009. One presumes that this oversight was swiftly rectified .. One would hope. I've got a book covering the underwater antics of the...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    The problem with the Federal Reserve is that it's "neither fish nor fowl". It's a privately held company performing government functions. That's one of several things making it confusing, yes; Americans aren't as used to quangos and the strange hybrid...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I was thinking of a traditional old steam locomotive, maybe the historic one that pulled the first transcontinential train? A beautiful machine! If they're hiding a secret rail route between Ottawa and London, now is the time to use it....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The Governer General gets a call in the middle of the night and staggers out in their dressing gown. "Sergeant at arms! Get the mace. Right boys, that was the Queen. Fuel up Auz-Force-One/ Kiwi Prime/ The Maple Leaf Express*....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Doggerland shall rise again! What if we don't wait for it to rise and instead build a dyke around it? I'm sure the Dutch would have some helpful advice. It's perfectly located to become a new EU state once the...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    But even if I had called Mr Hovater yet again - even if we had discussed Blavatsky at length, the way we did his ideas about the Federal Reserve Bank - I'm not sure it would have answered the question....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    *Sigh*. If he wasn't James Alexander, but was still Heather Alexander, she'd be *perfect* for Mo, esp. the way they play the fiddle.... Sorry, this is in fandom. Good point! There just aren't that many tall red-haired violinists around. I've...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    my wife's father was the base comptroller for Fort Mead in the early 80s. I never met him as he died while on that duty[1] but the family stories about military accounting... Oy vey. One of my good friends is...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I guess "Wales and England exit" would be "weexit"? My 100% silly plan for Wales surviving Brexit: 1) Plant a really big hedge along the border. Anyone with some spare time this weekend can show up and pitch in. 2)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    And now there's a delay in hand (CNN coverage here), giving Theresa May until April 12th to finish stuffing Parliament's basement with gunpowder....
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