Andrew Deacon

Andrew Deacon

  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Charlie, I agree with you, but an artificial womb would undercut the antiabortionists overt objections to abortion. This would, possibly, force them to reveal their real, anti-woman,position...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    Ms. Bear appears to be too modest to mention that she has a "Big Idea" post about this novel over at John Scalzi's place, So I will mention it....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    What would you consider to be the most important but humble inventions of the last 150 years? I would suggest, the Washing Machine(I can remember clothes being washed in a Copper and extracting water with a mangle) and the...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    would you like to do another collaborative book when the current workload has been cleared. I wouldn't put you in an invidious position by asking for suggested collaberators but would you consider working with a non-fiction writer (e.g Paul Krugman),...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    if the "authorities" are backed by a competent ( & to some extent ruthless) "police"/par-military/military force. The problem from the "authorities" point of view is, if the control forces are competent,they become the "authorities". if they are incompetent, both...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    In addition I would refer to the trueism,"Those who preach the nobility of hard work(or labour) do not have to do it"...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    SNAP Charlie @ 260 And I should expect a reply whilst I hunt and peck at typing...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    From what I can remember/understand(and I may be wrong),If water gets into the reinforced concrete, the reinforcing bars can rust,Rust has a bigger unit volumn than steel and the expansion can cause cracking of the concrete matrix allowing more water...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    As with many UK residents I was aware of the use of Proxy bombs, my point was Driverless cars would not need a proxy thereby removing a weak point in the operational chain, if you threaten my family to make...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Some thoughts on Driverless cars/vehicles 1 Suicidless sucide car bombs(or land bound guided missiles) 2 Automated delivery of contraband materials(Drugs, arms Etc.) 3 Street Crawing/Prostitution becomes even harder to control 4 Following on from 3 changes in adolescent Sex behavior,...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Furthermore, if you can build a large space habitat, you can build a large moonbased habitat with the advantages of , Gravity(not 1g but not 0g either),Free radiation shielding, free meteor shielding(i.e. build the base in deep tunnels, simpler pressure...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Did someone say Spirit of the Age? Can I just leave this here please? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEwi2UZrewA...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I am currently reading about the 30 years war and in the introduction, the author explains the Imperial constitution of the Holy Roman Empire. This started me thinking about Charlie's question. The Holy Roman Empire was a series of interlocking...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Andrew, We have a majority of ~12,000 in the constituency I live in and a thriving Local Party. We have been twinned with a Conservative marginal to provide election assistance to our Labour candidate. there as well as at home...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    sorry for the mis-attribution...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Greg is right to object to the identification of UKIP as fascist. Robert Ford and Matthew J. Goodwin, in their book"Revolt on the right" have analysed the support for UKIp and find the core support coms from the "left behinds"....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    In reality it is the survivors who write History, generally the victors but not always....
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    El @52, I think you have a broken link. [[ fixed - mod ]]...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Greg, You made one mistake @195. Leicestershire, Derbyshire,Nottinghamshire,Kestaven and Lindsey form a united whole formally known as The Five Boroughs,and are inhabited by the descendants of the Vikings. Monkey with us at your peril(Joke?)...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Well Greg, there is a different view point to the FT here- http://libcom.org/library/dont-mourn-organise but you will not agree with them(other commentators may)...
  • Commented on The morning after
    What comes next?-I can not speak for anyone else but I have tabled a motion at the next Ward Labour party meeting calling on my Constituency and Area Labour parties to initiate discussions on a devolved East Midlands assembly. This...
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