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  • Commented on Bad news day
    So, no names, then? Ah well. Thanks, anyway. I appreciate the effort....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    we're the real deal[tm], Just out of curiosity, what are the names of each of you?...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    We have done at least the respectful thing and witnessed it. Nothing more convincing than four responses in succession each less coherent than the next, separated only by the jagged and short minutes that you could hold out before you...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    What you label incoherent is someone elses' really smart joke. Thanks! I’ll stay with incoherent, but I appreciate the image of you giggling to yourself how how clever the misspelling was, even if maybe the little voice you try...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Anglo based with a Mind like a small avacado I mean entertaining if both misspelled and completely incoherent....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    So, no, then, not supposed to make sense. Okay then....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Dude, was that supposed to make sense? Speak in complete sentences....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I should have said "defined at its limits," not "defined" in the most general sense. Okay....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Nobody has ever defined what it takes to "adhere" to the enemies of the US, or to give "Aid and Comfort" in any circumstance other than overt espionage Not quite true. A number of American citizens who broadcast propaganda...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    The presence of Russian pilots in the Korean War was established some time ago A presence the Russians went to great length to conceal, because as Paul noted the Cold War was fought mainly by proxies....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    executive power tends to drive office-holders completely out of touch with external reality in about a decade Putin's being eminently rational. Russia lost a great deal of power after the Cold War and he wants to reestablish it. One...
  • Commented on Omicron
    infection rates scale exponentially over time while fatality per infection (the case fatality rate) remains linear. Again, though this assumes a vulnerable population with no upper bound. Looking at it from the opposite direction (ie, total population), the situation...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Comment Wrong Well, no, not wrong actually. What you’re pointing to is the speed of the deaths, not the final amount. It assumes that the population is unlimited. But that’s not the case and in a population with an upper...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Um, most of the lethal ones? They didn't spin out of the ether, they jumped into humans from somewhere else, then mutated to spread. Certainly Spanish flu and Covid19 became more lethal as they went along. I'm sorry, I framed...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to select for a less lethal covid19 variant. Is there an example of a disease that evolved to be more lethal?...
  • Commented on Omicron
    There does seem to be a fair bit of evidence that this variant leads to less serious cases. In which case, the higher contagion could actually be helpful -- if it drives out more lethal variants....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    We don’t. No one does. Welcome to the real world. So, that's your answer? Just give up? Yes because that’s the only other option on the entire spectrum of existence. (Narrator: Nope)...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Tell me how we BECOME the "shining city on a hill". We don’t. No one does. Welcome to the real world....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Erm, NO Erm, YES. For values of land warfare, which is what I was thinking of. But fair enough, we had a lot of battleships that went to England, and did absolutely nothing of use, except to use up...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    In hindsight Woodrow Wilson fucked things up for the State Department by positioning the USA (hypocritically) as a beacon of light in the darkness, succour to the fallen, the arsenal of democracy, and all that bullshit -- despite being a...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    conspiratorial thinking is now mainstream Conspiratorial thinking has always been mainstream, ranging backwards through UFOs, JFK assassination theories, fluoride as mind control, FDR helping the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, and (as you note yourself), the Protocols. I could go...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    About the only marine-ish thing And all the other things I mentioned up thread, but sure....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Then I think it's fair for me to ask the same of you as you've asked me. Can you support your position with a direct quote from the man himself that the basis for Starship Troopers is Marine amphibious operations...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Sky Soldiers is the Nom De Guerre of 173rd Airborne Brigade, which traces it's lineage to the 503PIR and the airborne assault on Fortress Corregidor The 173d was not an airborne unit until after Heinlein had already written “Starship Troopers,”...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    “The M.I. modeled on the paratroopers of WW2” Do you have a cite for that? I'm pretty sure that the MI were modeled on WWII marines and their operations on the amphibious landings of the Pacific War. Take the description...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    The M.I. modeled on the paratroopers of WW2 Do you have a cite for that? I'm pretty sure that the MI were modeled on WWII marines and their operations on the amphibious landings of the Pacific War....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    The "message" of the atomic bomb was lost Yeah, no. The best concise examination of the decision to surrender was written by a Japanese historian, Sadao Asada, in 1998, in his article "The Shock of the Atomic Bomb and...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Response: That is, the goal is not primarily to exterminate civilian populations No, both the USSR and the US war plans during the Cold War explicitly targeted civilian populations -- so-called “counter value” targets. The only two nukes that have...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    The modern trend of increased civilian casualties is not the result of a deliberate policy to wipe out civilians, other than in examples such as Stalin in Russia and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia Uh, and the Nazis in...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Actually, excepting the 30 years war almost all "European" wars since then have been fought according to "rules" which include the no-rape-&-pillage rule. There are military reasons for this, of course, as well ass "civilised" ( enlightenment ) ones....
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