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  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Looks like you're building the power station at the North Pole, then: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martian_polar_ice_caps The South Pole has a permanent ice layer of frozen carbon dioxide, eight metres thick; it's seasonal at the North Pole but that's fine, too - 'Seasonal'...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "I find it incredible that anyone thinks that it could have been even an incompetently planned coup" So it's a not-really-planned not-a-coup, that has succeeded in the things that failed coups do. Trump doesn't really plan: his way in life...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Trump did *not* lose money running a casino. The fraudulent 'business' which ran Trump Casinos lost somewhere between a hundred and twenty and a hundred and forty million dollars or *other peoples money*. People who do not matter to Trump....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    You may find this analysis useful: https://eand.co/this-what-trump-always-wanted-and-theres-worse-to-come-fd402567afdd The short version: most attempts at political violence on the national stage fail in their visible objectives. But the strategic objective - destabilisation, the legitimisation of violence, discovering the level of support in...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    I cannot tell you how screwed we all are, here in Brexitland, without resorting to the phrase: "We are so screwed, that surgeons were unable to recover the corkscrew" That's us, here; and on the other side of the Atlantic,...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Brexiting Euratom gets interesting, in unexpected ways. So lets gloss over the expected issue of who's certified as competent to receive medical isotopes or be the duty manager in a power station... Does anyone here know anything about (say) industrial...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    I cannot tell you how screwed we all are, without resorting to the phrase: "Surgeons were unable to recover the corkscrew" But... Me, I got a job in Dublin. Not what I wanted at the time, having my job exported...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    The Nürnberg session looks interesting! As for dystopia societies... It's rather worrying to think that we are living in 'The good old days', as a future generation might choose to recall it; and I suspect that the worst of times,...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    The short version: I can see an Elder God, or something far, far worse than the Black Pharaoh as you have portrayed him, becoming the Prime Minister, and a wildly popular one, by the use of money, media influence, and...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "Even if it costs the odd human sacrifice" I can imagine the Daily Mail headlines that would bring the country 'round to supporting it wholeheartedly. I might even write a couple of them down, on the kind of day when...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Signed copies at TransReal books?...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Interesting... I don't know if Derek himself can carry a novel, even with all the fun that can can be had with an arrested-development-teenage-geek catapulted into the thirty-years-later present day. His gaming circle will now have grown up and graduated...
  • Commented on A serious question
    I amm being very good, and will treat myself to a GoodBoy!® Doggy-chocolate reward when the moon is full, for not repeating the most toxic responses I gave on Twitter before it occurred to me to come here. However... "Also......
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Look for regional trade figures: last time I checked, Scotland had a net export surplus with the EU, for both manufactured goods and agricultural produce. Also: they are actually exporting seed - mostly, I think, seed potatoes - and that...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Clarkson does have the best interests of the motor industry in mind: that's not necessarily a virtue, and some would weigh it alongside his vices and character defects... ...But I can well believe you, surprising as I find that news...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Tip-top Kipper Trip! Six game-on-for-gammon Little Englanders compete to be The Next Leader of UKIP in 90-second speaking slots and a 2-minute biopic showcasing their Nationalism, xenophobia and "I'm nor a racist but..." dogwhistles, with the winner chosen in a...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The best bang-per-buck with the lowest risk of apocalyptic retaliation against Iran is to destabilise The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A servile revolt in any Arabian city - including the Emirates - would do it. So, too, would targeted assassinations...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Successive Republican Presidents have installed a highly effective passive defence against assassination: the automatic succession of the Presidency to dangerously-stupid or psychopathic Vice-president. The Ayatollah and the Revolutionary Council do *not* want Mike Pence in the White House. For the...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Am rather intrigued by the rarely unmentioned 4) unknown/knowns I like that observation! However, I define it differently: "Things that we know, but don't realise we know" Consider that an (almost) all-white, all-male, all Oxford-educated upper caste of First...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    The right to human appeal of an algorithmic decision is baked-in to European law, in a directive - the General Data Protection Regulation - which every member state has enacted in domestic law. Someone was thinking ahead, when that provision...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    A point about the markets: it costs money to maintain shorts and derivatives positions, and the possibility of an extension could be quite expensive to the members of the ERG who are reputed to be betting against Sterling and the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    None of the uncertainties of Brexit have been resolved by yesterday's vote in Westminster. The proximate uncertainty - will Parliament reject the latest bad deal and precipitate Hard Brexit? - has been kicked down the street as far as possible:...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    My condolences: and yes, it does take time....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Oh dear, I have 90 minutes from my flight's arrival at Dublin, to get to the start of the Writing Robot & Non-human intelligence panel......
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    A mental exercise: list the various parties in the Gulf and ask which war each of them wants. The Kingdom wants someone else to prosecute a war if annihilation against Iran, with just enough of a role for the some...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Consider Farage welcoming the riots, and knowing damn well that the Thin Blue Line of the Police won't hold, and that the Joint Chiefs won't play ball with his blustering demands to 'get tough'. Exactly as he expected. He doesn't...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    What, ask *anything*? Without necessarily naming names, what is the most bizarre or disturbing vice (or fact of reproductive biology) that you have discovered about the luminary geniuses who lead or nation?...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Sometimes, there is a side to my geekiness that's a bit "you're not very nice at all, are you?"... "...the Alan Moore electric chair diorama" Can you imagine how much fun it would be to do ALL THAT HAIR for...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    How did the Tory party become so inept? In general terms - the force of history, if you will - you're right. But there are specific problems in the selection of MP's in play, some of which apply to the...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Kim Stanley Robinson touches on the societal impacts of effective longevity treatments (but not rejuvenation - you have to get them young and keep taking them to stay youthful) in second and third books of the Mars trilogy. I say...
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