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  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Robert Prior at 42: The implicit logic of citing to past atrocities in response to an objection to present conduct is that it's impossible to escape the past. By that logic, all Catholics are inherently and irredemably antisemitic (Torquemada, y'know)....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Our Gracious Host at 13: No argument from me on "fiction driving the military," that's one of the reasons that reference is inside of <sarcasm> tags. Which is not, of course, to say that fiction never does drive military actions...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Because violence breeds more violence — who knew? (Not the CIA and USAF with their typical 'oops' response whenever a drone blows up a wedding party they've mistaken for Al Qaida Central.)" <sarcasm> Yeah, because no member of the senior...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    One of the follow-on effects of this flood in Houston is going to be more bridges falling down hundreds or thousands of miles away in places like Minneapolis. Thanks to the wild and wacky structure of American infrastructure funding and...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    For something slightly more subtle, consider privatizing education on the US/De Vos model... which is admittedly more of a long-burning fire than a building conflagration. Start treating education-not-available-to-the-Entitled-Class as largely intended to train worker-drones in present production/distribution-technology jobs. Not actual...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I can't imagine a competent divorce lawyer involved in a custody dispute who won't use this "information" to the fullest. And if said lawyer outsources the actual investigation to a "reputable" surveillance firm (that just happens to fabricate evidence for...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    And here I was expecting a scene out of Spinal Tap, although the red-meat-eating TSA probably wouldn't recognize a cucumber in the first place......
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    If you really want to frighten yourself, imagine these same phenomena concerning: * Health care for chronic or undiagnosed conditions * Things designed to go boom * Control systems for things designed to go boom as the work-subjects....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    I have a "regionality" question that has arisen while trying to wrap my head around all of this ickiness. When I lived in the UK, I spent lots of time in two distinct regions separated by only 125km: the East...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    I jumped too far (I blame the antibiotics, yeah, it's their fault), Ludvig. The text of the Thirteenth Amendment doesn't mention persons; but the bills to adopt the Thirteenth through Fifteenth Amendments do, as do the legislative histories and debates...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    {166} Not to be overly pedantic or anything... I think Our Gracious Host's closing comment is referring to Santa Clara Cty. v. Southern Pac. R.R. Co., 118 U.S. 394 (1886), in which the Reporter of Decisions of the U.S. Supreme...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    I think the discussion of legal issues and systems is paying too much attention to the tail and not enough to the dog: It focuses on criminal and quasicriminal aspects, and not enough on resolving disputes between "colonists" (using the...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    There are also two man-in-the-middle attack vectors at issue. (1) Apple doesn't (and cannot) own/control the data transmission system, unless Apple's devices connect only to Apple's devices. The old, crude analogy to wiretapping remains relevant: I own my phone, Our...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Nobody doing maintenance ever needs to consult a tech manual. And if they do, it's magically kept up to date... and entirely consistent across multiple generations of jury-rigging, kludged repairs, and deferred maintenance. And language barriers. And they're all free,...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    (84) Hadil Benu, those are not the same numbers I was referring to. The FEC treats "what is spent on the candidate" more broadly than does opensecrets; for example, it appears that personal spending by a candidate at the primary...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    77: 2012. And 2008. Of course, that depends on how one defines "the biggest spender." If one counts only what is formally spent in a candidate's name by the candidate's own official campaign, the answer is different (below the Presidency)...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    I think many of the examples above concerning US politics are... not entirely representative, and probably misleading to those who don't know varieties of American politics occurring west of the Eastern Time Zone. Two that are obvious to me immediately:...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Quibbling on "peasants always acting stupid": Poor nutrition typical of the approaching-monoculture of stereotypical "medieval" agriculture can certainly contribute to that, especially if there's a significant "game belongs to the Lord" antipoaching element that further restricts availability of B vitamins...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    In no particular order, a few other problems (none of them, I'm afraid, unique to any particular flavor of speculative fiction): * Learning of largely-error-free alien communications with less than several years of intense study. Heck, it's even a terrestrial...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    I'd suggest that Edwina Currie would be a perfect replacement for Cameron, except that she actually had/has even more disdain for those parts of England that are more than 50km outside of the M25 than does Cameron......
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    I wonder if decreasing Eurocentrism* in publishing is a hidden variable in here? With zombies being derived from — in the lingo of the 1960s, when the data set begins — "third world" cultures, while vampires are derived from European...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    The scariest thing about the current generation of self-driving cars is that they're not telling anyone that they're putting a California driver behind the wheel — most of the development and testing is being done in the San Jose area....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Another prior-art data point: State-run/sponsored lotteries, especially compared to the criminal lotteries they've displaced. They definitely meet the main criterion: This is just an exercise in trying to figure out how to make as many people as possible miserable and...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    This all brings back disturbing Thatcherite echoes of that administration's treatment of [i]Spycatcher[/i]*... when it was available in English, in mass-market-paperback editions, at many airport bookshoppes that were the last stop to Gatwick or Heathrow (or GHQ). And that's not...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Regarding media coverage: Many moons ago, during the heyday of Eggdwina Currie and Spitting Image, what passed for a "local paper" — the Daily East Anglian — had a... specific political predisposition distinct from the London papers. (So did the...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I think there's a much simpler explanation of differences between polls (prevote or exit) and actual votes: The secret ballot. The converse of the secret ballot is that people lie to pollsters... or otherwise don't cooperate (my usual response to...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Certainly based on what was going on from 1989 to 1991, I think this overall assessment is probably right... but that it inverts who had control by 2001-04. Even in the Bush the Elder administration, there was an awful lot...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I thought the sarcasm would be apparent, but it obviously wasn't apparent enough, for which I apologize. I was trying, with some particularly insane analogies that nonetheless have some factual foundation — just nowhere near enough — to imply reasoning...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Why am I reminded so much of the US in the second quarter of the nineteenth century by all of this? Even the origins of "union" bear an uncomfortable resemblance to the UK in many respects... including, if one actually...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Then, too there are the triple problems of mass, path, and nature of target. That trick-shooting (as noted in one comment above) just does not translate to military use. * Military use is not D&D individual encounters: It is formation...
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