Gregory Muir

Gregory Muir

  • Commented on Book day!
    Wow. That was incredibly satisfying for horrific levels of well-done. It's seemed like the SHTF moments have been teased for ages and we've been waiting for when things get really gnarly and it can't be covered up anymore. That's a...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin_Laden_family#The_bin_Laden_flights At least 13 relatives of Osama bin Laden, accompanied by bodyguards and associates, left the United States on a chartered flight with Ryan International Airlines (Ryan International Flight 441)[25] eight days after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    It's time to give the Schiller novel a re-read. I like the strange bedfellows alliances that come up in these stories. We have the Deep Ones making an alliance of convenience with the hairless apes up top. The Cthonians I...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I do like the Culture names. I've got a couple of my own I tend to recycle in space games. The first crappy ship I get is always the Dreadgnat. The heavy bruisers get better names like Selection Pressure, Object...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Along the lines of what you're talking about, abandonware = poverty: There's a lot of talk about unsustainable investments in infrastructure from strong towns and james kunstler. In a nutshell: 1) real earning power of the middle class dropping, widening...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    That was a joke. I hadn't the foggiest what she was referencing....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The future of armed conflict looks a bit squidgy. Historically empires have been a bit of a pyramid scheme that worked out for a very long time. You conquer the neighbors and use the proceeds of the theft to improve...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "The nightmare isn't happening because elites in the first world nation are not unified because they no longer have any function whatsoever." The wealthy like to complain about the useless eaters and the welfare moochers and the parasites but is...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Yeah, a bloody song about a black hole that spanned two damn albums! And also sang about hobbits and the Necromancer like Zep. Tried to find the cite but I remember they were on tour with a hard-partying band and...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "TL~DR: Anyone with access to hardware can make deadly drones nowadays, the military is just moving at the speed of government and paying MIC prices." Yes, yes, yes. Exactly my fear. Big, televised crowd, drones doing the gps dash to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "Personally, I dislike Geddy Lee's voice (and Morrissey, go figure) and don't like giving money to Objectivists, so ..." The first thing to know about Rush is Geddy Lee doesn't even like his vocals. You have to listen past them....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    What scares me is where autonomous killing tech can go. Roll it forward 20 years with continued increases in computational ability. Tanks are so last-century. Two kinds of kill-drones I'm imagining. First, the sparrow, just on account of the size....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "THESUNTHESUNTHESUN EXPLAIN? Please. You use this phrase time & again & again & again & again & ...... Is it actually supposed to mean something?" Pshaw. It's obviously a reference to the 1993 Rush album Counterparts, specifically the song "Between...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "the Jews are all going to hell because they don't believe." Not entirely correct. The Jews will be given the chance to accept Jesus as the true and proper Messiah, accept no substitutions. Those who do not will be cast...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Mike, I grew up under the conserva-crazy of the Clinton presidency. It really was another world. Evil gubmint plans, black helicopters, the UN coming to take away our guns, all kinds of nuttery. People were convinced that the Feds were...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "Please can you explain to me why I'm wrong to fear this outcome?" Hard to say. There's the gap between intent and ability. Just because a dictator wants a nuclear bomb and is willing to use it, that doesn't mean...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    "No, the "special action groups" were cheaper and faster at killing large numbers of people. Shooting was more efficient than gas. The camps were used instead because of the political fallout from "massacre in place", and because the wastage among...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    "Trump is a Judeophile. His daughter is Jewish, his sons married Jews, many of his best friends are Jewish, he has many Jews in his administration, he is very popular with conservative and religious Jews. So maybe this "nazi" and...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Other interesting link: Alibaba founder politely devastates American misappropriation of resources. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-0jbIC4yig Astounding creation of wealth and squandering on pointless, stupid wars rather than investing in the people and infrastructure. My wife's family is a story of the welfare state...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Oh dearie shitbiscuits. http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/reuters-orders-reporters-to-cover-trump-like-an-authoritarian-regime-expect-physical-threats/ Reuters orders reporters to cover Trump like an authoritarian regime: Expect ‘physical threats’ The Reuters news agency this week recognized the challenges of covering Donald Trump’s presidency by comparing it to authoritarian regimes like Egypt, Yemen...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
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  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Regarding Hitler laughter: anyone who is strongly motivated by insecurity and overly compensating for it is going to overreact to jabs that come near. Hitler was extremely self-conscious about his education (or lack of it) and his failure to get...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Is it a new coining or a misspelling? I think of it as a slightly more pejorative version of bafflegab. There are certainly more hits for your spelling than mine....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    1. Regarding the cryptic crossword, it puts me more to the mind of the optimistic child enthusiastically digging through the manure assuming there must be a pony. 2. Trying to be aware of intellectual blindspots is always a good thing...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    There's so much lying from this admin I wouldn't even trust them on this. The list could have come from Obama, it could have been found on the floor of the bathroom in a Denny's down the block....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The worst thing about Trumpian immigration policies is they don't even make evil sense. Like genocide to clear the locals out so you can mine in peace, evil but you at least follow the logic. With Trump we're banning people...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Der Untergang was a goddamn amazing film. I think it needs to air as a double feature with Look Who's Back. That film starts out like a pisstake python sketch, what if Hitler suddenly found himself in modern Germany and...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Wodan, I know you feel there's communication happening here and some readers are making an attempt to interpret your oracular proclamations but please, for the rest of us, could you render your bafflegarb in plain speech?...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I don't have any confidence in predicting the future and I am suspicious of people who prognosticate with confidence. That being said, what I feared in the 2016 campaign wasn't a Trump victory. I thought he was too much of...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Other questions. We have dome-builders. We have dome-builder enemies. Rival civilizations or civil war? That means two ultra-tech time-lines or one. Where are they? Happiest answer: civil war in one civilization based on singularity world. Civil war ended badly, took...
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