Steve Halter

Steve Halter

  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    There are quite a few monuments to Union civil war people. For example, the General William Tecumseh Sherman Monument....
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Yes, that's commerce. The constitutional basis of interstate ravel is more complicated: https://constitution.congress.gov/browse/essay/amdt14_S1_4_3_2_1/ Complicated is bad under the current Scotus. [[ changing markup links now to work with updated markup version - mod ]]...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    In a sane world that follows actual legal precedents they clearly can't. Unfortunately, it isn't clear we exist in that world any longer. Scotus just showed they don't particular care about precedent other than where it helps them construct their...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Cool. I wasn't expecting the fullness of that twist in "The Delirium Brief."...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Should you really "e at Bosco Theatre"? With Ada there, I can only conclude it is made of gelato. :-) "The Labyrinth Index" sounds great. Poor Mhari; well, poor all of us in both the book and out here....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    If the UK were to split up, the question of its role as a permanent member of the UN security council is interesting. For the Russian Federation taking over the seat of the USSR, I see the following reference: The...
  • Commented on A small research question
    An interesting one is Polysphincta gutfreundi. This is a wasp whose larva feed off of its host, the orb-weaving spider Allocyclosa bifurca, and cause the spider to build a highly modified, physically stable orb web, to which the larva then...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    J Thomas@718:Interesting. I would say that you have drawn the wrong inference from the discussion. The ML voting discussion is about hindering slates--any slates. The SP/RP happen to be a concrete example (the only one) that can be used as...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    For what it's worth, I don't think that J Thomas is actively a troll. They just seem to have an odd/alien/different mind space. They've posted for quite a while on Brust's blog in a similar style and seems capable of...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Exactly....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    A further complications is that the SP's probably want people to be confused and struggle making choices while they merrily vote in lock step. I wonder if they'll announce a final voting order that the SP's should vote for. I...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Yeah, I'll admit that I go back and forth on being nuanced (especially for the completely unaware) vs. just a simple slate = No Award. I'm sure I'll change my mind a few times before my final ballot goes in....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Those (VD & JW), on the other hand, I have no problem with condemning. Nasty stuff, that....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    That's interesting information. I am glad Butcher wasn't actively part of the slate (I didn't really think he was). It probably shows he didn't really understand the nature of slate voting. I don't condemn him but I also don't think...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I will totally support that. But, doesn't Menhit already have one?...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    And, if you search just a bit further, I see that Comtrol GMBH is the UK branch of Comtrol Corporation. Comtrol is the company founded by VD's father, Robert Beale--now in US federal prison for tax evasion. The company management...
  • Commented on The morning after
    The political announcements and fallout will be interesting to track. It seems quite appropriate that today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    While Texas may teach that it can secede, that isn't actually based in any fact. In the 1845 Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas, there is a clause allowing Texas to be divided in to 5 states. There is no secession...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I would argue that internal politics in the US is quite different than in European nations and arguments that are valid there do not necessarily apply. I deeply agree that the problem of Transnational corporations is going to become more...
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