Karl-Johan

Karl-Johan

  • Commented on Radio silence
    No problem! I was sort of busy during Worldcon as well, and I imagine so were many others of us. I hope you had an enjoyable Worldcon!...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Got it! (Feel free to remind other friends of yours.)...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Have you noted your interest to participate in the programming at Helsinki? (Hint, hint)...
  • Commented on A reminder
    I can recommend taking a look at David Neiwert's writings as well, especially Rush, Newspeak and Fascism: An exegesis. Unlike Eco's or Britt's more typological description, Neiwert works from Griffin's definition of fascism as "palingenetic ultranationalist populism". The one "good"...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I'm generally averse to seeing conspiracies, unless there can be hard proof of it (correlation does not imply cuasation and all that). I found your piece on the beige dictatorship quite insightful, and it helped to explain a lot of...
  • Commented on The Day After
    One thing to remember here is that Trump ran a fascist campaign, but he does not control, build, or run a fascist movement, or any real political movement as Europeans are used to thinking. What I believe will happen: *...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    "A Different Kind of Darkness" by Dave Langford. First published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and IIRC a Hugo Winner (and worthy so, IMO)....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Heh. I'm also something that can be perceived as a super-ultra-radical-rabid left, for Swedish values of same. Back when Sweden had the referendum about joining the EU, I was vehemently on the No side. But if Sweden were to have...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Yes, that's a very good question, and OGH has already coined a great term for their type of governorship: the beige dictatorship. But I'm fairly convinced that the answer is "No". Thank god we have at least one reasonably statesman...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    So the beige dictatorship is crumbling, since one faction of it started to play the xenophobia card so much that they actual populists could pick up the ball with it. Which description fits both the US and the UK. I...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Secure against industrial espionage and leaks! Every department working on $PRODUCT must use different code names for it. Use of the code names or discussion about $PRODUCT must be limited to those on the need-to-know list, where you explicitly know...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    I'm Swedish and base this on Sweden, but Sweden and Finland are quite similar demographically and in their telecoms development. That said, Sweden had a very healthy and large cabled telephone network, covering the entire country. Part of it was...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    One medium-term result is that the militaries will take far greater control of the space launch infrastructure. However, that monopoly is unlikely to last longer than, say, 10-15 years past where the Kessler syndrome has gone from critical to serious/moderate....
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    My WAGs here: 1. Globalisation. This includes that communication and transportation has become cheaper, more accessible, safer, faster, and with more capacity during this entire period. Here lots of things can be included, like improved navigation methods, trains, aircraft, telephones,...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I'm reminded of that this happened in reverse with one of Börje Crona's books published by LFP here in Sweden. The typesetter deliberately removed various swear words he considered tame, and inserted his own. Only trouble was that he managed...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Makes _Bone Dance_ by Emma Bull seem prescient......
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Note "can be". Not all dictatorships are equally fragile, and Stalin is probably a good example where there were plenty of factors that made the Soviet Union remarkably stable, as dictarorships go. First was that Stalin managed to build a...
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