Richard Gadsden

Richard Gadsden

  • Commented on Catching Up
    It's notable that although the Tories were "cleared" of the Battle Bus spending scandal from 2015 (sending busloads of supporters around to marginal constituencies but claiming it as national expenses), they didn't dare try it again and they were comprehensively...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Some very sensible person on twitter that I can't find right now said that May was a typical Daily Mail reader that, for some reason, lots of people think is pretending to be a typical Daily Mail reader....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I'm sure there will be electric puddle-jumpers for crossing water, and in regions where there isn't the population density to build fast land-transport infrastructure, or where the geography makes that impractical. And there will be electric bizjets for the very...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Given the diversity in Spanish within Latin America and between Latin America and Iberia, and the similarity between Spanish and Portuguese, I'm not entirely convinced that the Spanish/Portuguese distinction will be the most relevant one in 2117. Portuguese is at...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    If fossil fuels are unusuable, then long-haul freight will revert from ships to rail. China has been spending a lot of money on their "Iron Silk Road" project, and that's a very long-term plan for maintaining a connection to Europe...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    English-for-non-native-speakers is already the dominant language in the EU's institutions, so when you're talking Globish, that does already exist. A different English-for-non-natives is a big deal in India. Both are pretty easy for a native-speaker to understand, though fairly hard...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The summary for Wilders is this: Q: Will Islam-bashing Geert Wilders become prime minister? A: If all the following statements are true he might become prime minister; if even one of them is false he certainly won’t. 1. PVV, VVD,...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Kicking all the Jews out to Israel would do fine from the Nazi-in-America perspective. And Netanyahu keeps calling for Jews to come to Israel rather than calling for other countries to treat their Jews better (see what he said after...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Of course they are. Dolchstoß, Dolchstoß, Dolchstoßlegende....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I went out at lunch and had a look at Beetham Tower (I work about a block away). It's the building that Eastercon was in this year, some of you (including Charlie) were there. About halfway up, there's a visible...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    It's not from space. It's using this monster as suborbital....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Speaking of which, much bigger rovers should be possible with ITS....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Actually, on consideration, it's the inner-system stuff that really benefits from solar power. An autonomous Venus airship?...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Military applications, obviously (rods from God should be possible, for instance). Combat satellites? The one that's more interesting to me is that you could have some truly huge solar panels, and therefore a giant energy budget. Here on earth, the...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I remember once hearing that one of Napoleon's Marshals ended up as King of Sweden, and fought against Napoleon. This is true, and rather understates the remarkable career of Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte. Bernadotte was born the son of a minor lawyer...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Sure, Spain spectacularly screwed up the economics of the biggest single windfall in human history. But five countries (adding the Netherlands and Portugal to my original list) had their access to trade zoom up like a rocket in an extraordinarily...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    The trade system of Euro-Western-Middle Eastern civilisation ran through the Mediterranean and then connected to the Silk Road and the Indian Ocean trade routes through the Black Sea and the Don/Volga rivers, or through the Red Sea, or through the...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    I think that "There is a great deal of ruin in a nation" is Adam Smith....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Oh, and any analysis of Northern Ireland that doesn't use the words "Petition of Concern" is bollocks and can be safely ignored....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    In relation to Northern Ireland, while they voted to Remain, there is probably a majority in their Assembly to Leave (DUP are solidly for Leave, the other unionists are split and there are a few scattered votes in the other...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Who's next? Denmark seems possible....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    The Jacobite claimant is the 82-year-old Duke of Bavaria. He doesn't have any children; his heir is his 79-year-old brother. He only has daughters, and Bavaria applies the Salic Law, so they won't inherit the (nominal) claim to Bavaria. The...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Same. And also @po8crg on twitter and various other places....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Wendi Deng has moved on from Rupert Murdoch to ... Vladimir Putin. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/rupert-murdochs-ex-wife-wendi-deng-is-dating-vladimir-putin-w200077...
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    I may have burst out laughing reading that, but I'm not admitting to doing so....
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    CBT: cock and ball torture. A sexual practice, m'lud....
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    Not *all* of Wakefield is armpit-like. I shared this with some residents of the West Riding. Their responses were enlightening: "that's true. Some of it is worse." "Some of it is more like a syphilitic scrotum after an intense CBT...
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    If she vouches for you, then you can't be all bad then, in spite of being born wrongPennine....
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    To be helpful, Charlie's programme items are here: http://guide.mancunicon.org.uk/#part/342 I can't make the kaffeeklatsch because I'm helping count the BSFA award votes (unless we count a lot faster than I expect us to) but I'm sure I'll see Charlie around....
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Transport. If you want to do politics: how to build needed transport infrastructure without it taking twice as long and costing three times as much as it should, with particular reference to trams in Edinburgh (as compared to Manchester; note...
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