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  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "...interacts with Congressional operations which is also huge." Trump met with Mitch McConnel at the Capitol a couple of days back. Just sayin'...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    On the topic of stealing the election/blocking transition etc (Greg and others). I thought the analysis of my favorite US politics podcast (Pod Save America - it's worth a listen) was good - which was *of course* DJT and the...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Charlie @ 1156 TLDR of Heteromeles: "Trump is a coward". ... Compare with Saddam Hussein: also a narcissistic psychopath -- and rapist -- but not a coward One thing that has boggled me (in a season of bogglement) is that...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    @JBS 674 It's obvious to me that before Hitler declared war on the U.S., the U.S. was preparing to do exactly that; turn it's back on the U.K. & Europe to pursue a "Japan only" war in the Pacific. I...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    @Trottelheimer "I don't want to join Mensa, but I'd have no problem with the test" The intelligence test for MENSA is coupled with a less well known wisdom test - you need to fail *that* in order to want to...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "First Contact with any interstellar-capable aliens who happen to be compatible with our biochemistry is going to go very badly for us." Heh, in the canon background for Traveller first contact went exactly the other way - the Ziru Sirka...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "An app, to roll up a character? Why?" Not to roll up a character*, to run the character in play. You have the sheet in a free floating window and when you need to make a STR save or attack...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "We're using the Rolld20 app and Discord..." Yeah that's the setup my group uses and it's pretty smooth - Roll20 has some nice pre-built character sheets for the more popular games which speeds up handling time and it being totally...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    The local constituency party selects their candidate in an internal selection meeting. Different parties have different rules around how the longlisting/shortlisting process happens (plus procedures for deselecting an incumbent who pisses enough people off) and the central party organisation has...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "I should have looked a bit further on warrant officers - 1912/1915 was the date for the army, 1881 for the marines, but the navy had had them since its inception." Which those of us raised on Hornblower or Aubrey/Maturin...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Something for Greg. The Red (On)Lion...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    One office I work (100 year old brick warehouse) in can't replace windows if it changes how they look from the exterior. One fun example of that sort of thing was when the repertory theatre in my home town did...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    ...two right-wing activists had offered $50,000 for "credible information corroborating" the whistleblower's identity. Note that the two in question are Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman (the clowns who tried to gin up a sexual assault smear against Pete Buttigieg and...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    @Paws4thot You can call them whatever you like. That does not mean that they have the expertise to make rulings under English and under Scots law. Two of the twelve Supreme Court justices (including the Deputy President, Lord Reed) are...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    ...actually I wrote too soon No, you had it right the first time. Succession runs down through each family line in turn, so Elizabeth (as the issue of the now dead older brother) would have been ahead of her Uncle...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    My point is that the UK should have taken the position that while it accepted that no direct negotiations on the substance of the separation agreement could occur before A50 was triggered there would be no triggering of Article 50...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The People-Who-Created-This-MessTM didn't want to create the mess, they wanted to lose so they could ride the coattails of a failed referendum campaign to that sweet 'MEP without doing any of the work' sinecure for NF and 'leader of the...
  • Commented on Story time!
    "The Gumshoe System that Pelgrane Press uses looks like it could be a suitable engine, if someone wanted to switch systems." I second the Gumshoe idea for a rebooted Laundry rpg - it's a low crunch system that runs practically...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Regarding Pigeon's thoughts on CO2 emmissions of German electric vehicles, actually this is pretty surprising - based on earlier well-to-wheel studies of electric vehicles I've seen you have to work *damn* hard to get an electric vehicle emitting more than...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    My previous comment is wrong the DUP didn't abstain in general just on the No Deal, Common Market 2.0 and EFTA/EEA votes. Looking at a visualisation of the votes, the Confirmatory Referendum motion only failed by 27* votes while 25...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "Teresa May didn't vote for any of the options, I don't know why." From the breakdown of votes, it looks like the cabinet abstained across the board (as did the DUP and SF aren't seated - so it looks like...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    On reflection the book series can, like Gaul, be divided into three parts: The first part is 'office comedy' and ends with Bob levelling up and becoming the apprentice Eater of Souls or whatever it is that he is these...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    It'll be an interesting adaptation challenge if they opt for using the entire sequence of books, since they span nearly two decades time - do they compress the timeline using the tv convention of one season = one year or...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "On the above theme, I found compelling a recent piece by London-based Aussie novelist and lawyer Helen Dale. I'm wondering what you of Charlie's commentariat will think of it." Paywalled, unfortunately. Your capsule summary of it seems pretty on-point though...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    https://www.heinz.co.uk/en/products/beanz/ranges/flavoured-beanz/heinz-curry-beanz...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    "Corporates have huge databases" They do, and some of them appear to be vast and deep. I say 'appear' because I haven't seen up close what sort of things the likes of your Amazons or your Googles have. Those I...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Greg @666: Corbyn & his idiot followers are still doing their best to get rid of ( "deselect" ) my MP - who has a majority of over 20 000 - because she is "too right-wing". The fact that she...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I don't know Emma Graham-Harrison, but Carole Cadwalladr has been doing sterling work digging in to how the Brexiteers won the referendum; lifting up the carpet and finding suggestive GOP/Russian links all over the place. I'm a filthy remainiac though,...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    What Mikko said - the reason why crypto and cyber security types were running around with their hair on fire a few weeks ago (and Estonia ended up cancelling over 700k of their ID cards) was precisely that there was...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    'Conspiracy against the US' sounds nastier than it actually is - it's a pretty standard charge in money laundering cases AIUI. The really interesting news is the stuff about Papadopoulos IMO - he was arrested several months ago apparently and...
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