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  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The shorter version of my answer is: the cry of 'Fire!' is out there anyway, and we know it will be repeated. The money from manipulating social media - and other activities of a corrupted political process - is available...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    There is a theatre of human endeavour where crying 'Fire!' is greeted with 'Lets pump in some gasoline!' I refer to states which have become dependent on electoral fraud and voter suppression. Once you've done it, and - worse -...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    If any one body or group can stop Brexit in it's tracks ( As opposed to say a "Referendum on the terms" before the time-limit is up ) then it's The Corporation. Nope. We bankers worked extremely hard to...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Glad you got the sparkly vampire unicorn / my little pony novella out when you did, then. A thing that I like about Ghost Engine is the Merchant Princes pivot, from just another portal/isolated world-with-castles-and-and-a-king fantasy, into something far more...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    There's a niche market waiting for dollmakers in Germany. Specifically, dollmakers who can tailor doll-sized uniforms from the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit - the Stasi. It's illegal, in Germany, to have a *concealed* listening device and at least one web-enabled talking...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Late to the game here, and it looks like I'll be commenting well below the wtf-line where its monkeys all the way down... ... But here goes. Charlie's largely right, although I could find different numbers if I worked on...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    It's a bit worrying when something I distinctly remember reading in the press a year or two ago is not discoverable by search; especially so, when it involves Boris Johnson. Boojums was detained at the airport and deported from the...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Start with the Wikipedia article on Uranium-233. After that, it's hard work: start with the references in that Wkipedia article. Try this PDF: U-232 and the Proliferation-Resistance of U-233 in Spent Fuel" and see what else is there on the...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    You're a little out of date with that: India discovered substantial reserves of Uranium ore in 2011, at Tummalapalle in Andhra Pradesh. India will probably abandon the Thorium fuel cycle: the active fuel is Uranium-233 and this is problematic,...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Allow me, if you will, to hypothesise a truly horrifying event for 2017: Mike Pence evangelises Trump. Put this one down as a very low probability scenario. The problem with *your* low probability scenarios is tgat they're all in...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    There's a nasty corollary to that: if the foreign owners of British utilities take a terminal view of the assets - sell off and physically ship out everything object of value, strip and sell on all the IP on...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Your point on brownouts and rolling power cuts is consistent with Britain importing about 40% of our energy, and being less able to purchase this with a devalued currency. This 40% includes the five or six percent of our energy...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I expect a setup where there's something very much like a social safety net but it puts you into the (euphemistic) state-owned labour pool. The UK came very, very close to this with 'Workfare'. The state provided a *free*...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I left out the Carbon Bubble, because it was absent from the models I saw. It's a surprising omission. The destabilising effect on the market may well be underestimated. For anyone who isn't up to speed on this - an...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Here's a bad scenario: bad enough that I'm Okay with it if the moderator or OGH redact it off the board... What happens in the USA in 2017 after the third or fourth fatality, where an unarmed black man, woman...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    The best economics models I've seen center around an 'equilibrium' value of Sterling at USD 0.70, based on our ability to substitute imported goods and a severe decline in living standards. I'll come to those scare quotes around the word...
  • Commented on A reminder
    There is one jarring omission: Corporate Power is Protected The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite. What corporation...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Interesting observations, and they raise some interesting questions. What, for example, is the new economy? The neoliberal consensus is in all but name a secular shift from production to rent-seeking: neofeudalism, if you will, and the reactionary forces we associate...
  • Commented on The Day After
    No need for that: Trump's hamstrung by next week's criminal prosecution for sexual assault - the first of several, and one of them involves the statutory rape of an underage girl. He'll probably make it to the Inauguration. Meanwhile, Pence...
  • Commented on The Day After
    I fear Pence more than I fear Trump. Pence will probably end up running the country....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I have the enormous advantage of having spent my 20's crashing and burning out of education and go-go 1980's capitalism, repeatedly, with each 'low' worse than the last in a long and damaging decline. Not so much a bonfire...
  • Commented on Evolver
    This was intended as a reply to this comment from Dick Bruere about Chlorine-releasing photosynthesis arising; but it doesn't seem to have 'threaded'. Apologies for any confusion...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Well, that's an interesting one... My answer rambles a bit, because I need to lay out a bit of a background. Skip to the end for the creepy and disturbing bit. There's a facile answer, in that splitting chlorine using...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Is there an upper limit on the sophistication of Cordyceps brain-controlling fungus? NB: this is not a question for cat-lovers: there *is* an upper limit on the sophistication of brain-dwelling protozoans....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    I take it that Niven & Pournelle's Crazy Eddie Probe really is a bust, then. The bottom line is that nothing with a human lifespan, and nothing with a mission-critical information system as fragile as DNA, is ever going...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    "the idea of a buffer zone is charmingly quaint and obsolete in the era of ICBMs" Not quite. As we now see with the Eastern Ukraine, a 'shadow war' of militias and armed factions across a porous border demonstrates...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Could you write a character into a Ministerial position with Johnson's pomposity and eagerness to lie, Goves incompetence, and David Davies right-wing self-belief? Please, just bring in Great Cthulhu already....
  • Commented on Administrative note
    Cursed by disk failure? We say Winchester Geas....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Foreign policy wasn't a priority with the previous administration - indeed, it seems to be a mental lacuna for the Conservative party - but this... This is like appointing your horse as a Tribune and declaring the situation 'Stable'. My...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Oddly enough, we - the deep geeks of the London SF fan group - were discussing this in the Tun last night. Google for 'Airborne Rabies Vaccination Test, Texas' on someone else's PC. Not apocalyptic, but potentially very, very damaging;...
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