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  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Though being outdoors does seem to have helped - there wasn't a surge in the number of cases from the BLM protests....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Re restaurants wouldn't allow people to occupy a table for hours and hours - there's apparently a lot of bars & similar in the US which have quickly got restaurant licences so they can take advantage of any difference in...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    If Earth's in a state such that Mars looks like a more viable place to live then there may not be the resources to move. You need a fairly big surplus for that much rocketry, never mind the science staff...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Trump's not aggressively militaristic, but by letting the US military do what it wills in Africa he's responsible for a lot of bombs being dropped. Even if he'd declare himself not responsible for any of it. Obama insisted on knowing...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I'd actually heard that from a QAnon fan evangelising for his conspiracy theories about a week ago. It's BLM (who are Marxist Soros-funded Antifa revolutionaries apparently, nothing to do with police violence) who are behind it all. Poe's Law very...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I knew a guy - non-famous, working in software development - who followed the same ideological path. I think he's a QAnon fan now. Hogan wasn't a one-off....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    That's a bit far off the OP isn't it? Sorry. As to what a GM might come up with in a D&D game. Start with the players' characters rebelling against an evil empire of elves, then as they fight their...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    As far as the New Management or Black Chamber regimes go, RPGs might fly under their radar entirely and if there was any response it'd be highly coloured by the exact attitudes of whatever person did pay attention. Pray that...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    There's a few different types of tabletop roleplaying games being made at the mo. The most commercially viable seems to be rules-light games, ranging from easy games to improv acting with prompts driven by dice. D&D 5th edition barely fits...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Whether it's swiftboating or just Biden's chickens coming home to roost I'm not qualified to say, but once Trump gets stuck into Biden about the Tara Reade rape claim I assume Biden's unfavourable %s will go up. And yes, I...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Possum fur trapping has the problem that the optimal population density of opossums for the purposes of trapping is quite a lot higher than the optimal density as far as the native wildlife goes. There's also historical cases of trappers...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Thanks for confirming that you're full to the brim of shit CoE. Anyone else - is there any way of getting an ignore function here?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Just wondering if there's an ignore function anywhere here, or if it would be an easy thing to add?...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Here in NZ I've barely heard of Dominic Raab. Since he's effectively PM of the UK now - Boris Johnson is down with covid-19, likely to need rehab after recovering if it doesn't kill him, and will be out of...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    On average wearing a mask makes people touch their face more - to adjust the mask, or because it makes them sweat. It's one of the reasons that wearing masks isn't recommended for the general public....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Here in NZ the politician-class is mainly in their 50s and early 60s, but from what I see in the USA it's a decade older. A prime target for Covid-19. What sort of psychological effect do you think it'd have...
  • Commented on A serious question
    Basic trigonometry tells you the distance is about 115 times the moon's diameter. Sin = O/H or Tan = O/A. So 200-400 m in this case. Round that off to 100 diameters and you've got an easy rule of thumb...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Complaining about a lack of good candidates is pointless - you don't know who will be a candidate the voters like until they get up in front of the cameras as leader. Jacinda didn't look the same before then, nor...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    In NZ the Labour party went thru several different leaders before settling on Jacinda Ardern as someone who actually had charisma and might win an election. I don't understand why the UK's Labour party hasn't done the same, but obviously...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I've an aunt in England (~80), a staunch leaver and Labour supporter. From what I've heard she's been told the EU is a terrible thing (by media & her surviving friends) for so long that it's no longer in question...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    If you look at why Third Way types abandoned socialism for being a lighter version of the New Right IME their own words don't go any deeper than it had to be done, it was a response to new times....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    There absolutely are people for whom being able to keep tabs on everyone at any time is the most important part of open plan offices. They're not even always wrong - people can use privacy for non-work related stuff, sometimes...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Hitting Taupo in order to get the rich gits around Queenstown is roughly equivalent to bombing Belfast in order to target people in Kent. Wrong island, and in NZ there's multiple mountain ranges between the locations. Real mountain ranges....
  • Commented on Story time!
    It could be a form of hyperstimulation; healthy dragons are shiny, gold has an even more impressive lustre and leads dragons down the beer bottle path....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    My grandmother once had to get a new copy of her birth certificate, I forget why. It took a while - she'd been understating her age for long enough that she'd forgotten that she was doing so. The only Nigel...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Matching names can be an issue even in fantasy writing, especially if you unconsciously grabbed more than one from another fantasy you read. There was a webfiction writer who I asked if she was doing fanfic - though her plot...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Just a thought, but if drone goods delivery does take off - it'd need some combination of personal transport getting more expensive, paranoia about delivery drivers (which seems possible) and cheaper/better AI or autonav - then houses might be adapted...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    No-deal Brexit is emotionally satisfying to many voters, personally enriching to a few politicians (while not harming the other politicians significantly), and most importantly doesn't require any positive action to happen now. Isn't this the most likely outcome? By far?...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    '"host body" for "pregnant woman", "narcoterrorist collaborators" for anyone who consumes the wrong drugs, "gender traitors" for LGBT, etc ' Soften it a bit surely? "child host" or "confused gender" at least. Host body referring to the person is a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I suspect Charlie's hinting that ordinary statistics will apply wrt that burst condom, but just a reminder that statistics are a lie in any individual case. Something I thought of when my sister aged 40+ got pregnant on her first...
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