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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Try a predicted bit of the future that's probably going to serve up some "Who ordered that?" by 2032: Surveillance Capitalism. We know it's going to get worse in America and Brexitstan. But how much worse? There's only so much...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Good to see it coming out! Are Transreal getting a box of hardcovers for signing?...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I would be very glad to hear from a reliable source that Omicron is less-virulent than other circulating strains of Covid. But the numbers aren't in yet, on virulence. They're in on transmissiblity, and the news is genuinely frightening. If...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Wot he sed... Any chance of Transreal getting an order in?...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Mike from Transreal's been in touch, and I've got my order in! The glimpses I've seen of the book I've seen have compelling plot lines and characters I really, really want to see through to end of their roles in...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Yes, I've been watching this... "That's the real end-game for the money men behind Brexit." It's one of the objectives, and it is apocalyptic for whatever remains of the economy, because it means that all cross-border transactions with the EU...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Let's be a bit more direct, here: "MuskCoin is required in payment for cargo capacity on Earth-to-Mars shipping" MuskCoin is required in payment for shipping a serf to Mars. It is, among other things, an advance payment for the real-estate...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    The question is: how can this be undermined? The 'Proof of work' is a proof of authorisation by the Central Bank and I would strongly recommend that this is accompanied by a proof-of-economic-demand in the form of a reserve deposit...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    So that's where my order for Invisible Sun got to! Will it be available from TransReal Fiction?...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Looks like you're building the power station at the North Pole, then: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martianpolarice_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...
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