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  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    There is a bridge. It goes all the way around the world, has a variety of architectural styles, and people live in it. It might connect to the Culture. Or Ancient Greece....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    You know the Donald really likes having his name on things. If the UK cannot get the latest Trident missiles, don't look at it as a military problem. You just need to make a deal. Your new Trump D-5 missiles...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    The January 2017 issue of Scientific American has an article on the "It from Qubit" project. This quote got me thinking:Once researchers have deduced a quantum gravity theory, they could ask what is the theory's computational power? "If that power...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Bear in mind this lesson from the George W. Bush administration: however badly the President screws up, if he can find a way to make things even worse, he gets reelected....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    As a USian, it seems to me that British libel law is skewed heavily to the advantage of the rich and powerful, who use it to censor legitimate journalism. And somehow, in spite of strict libel laws, the news is...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    There are vast well-funded networks that spread right-wing propaganda, conspiracy theories, and general craziness. There is no reason why they can't set up subscriptions or crowd-funding and take micropayments. They surely will, if they haven't already. Traditional news reporting started...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Micropayments are a great idea technically, and the internet is already in the process of transitioning to micropayments. But they just make commerce more efficient. They don't have a bias towards truth or justice. Karl Schroeder's novel Permanence showed an...
  • Commented on A reminder
    See Eco's comments on syncretistic ideology. Fascism isn't coherent. It is a mishmash of tenuous justifications for authoritarianism. Trump evolving into a fascist is done. He was a garden-variety corporate authoritarian narcissist. Now he has linked up with a party...
  • Commented on A reminder
    FDR passed Social Security by throwing the minorities under the bus. (Domestic workers and agricultural workers were excluded.) Even now, Social Security collects premiums from undocumented immigrants and provides them with no benefits. No private insurer would be able to...
  • Commented on A reminder
    The corporate power that is preserved is political. If you just want to maximize economic power across the entire corporate sector, all you have to do is set up free markets, invest in stocks, and let the best companies win....
  • Commented on A reminder
    I second the recommendation to read David Neiwert's piece on right-wing extremism. He was working as a reporter when extremists moved into the area. He thought the best thing to do was to ignore the extremists, to not give them...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    John Muir, born in Scotland, grew up in Wisconsin. An extraordinarily strong walker and mountain climber. Mechanical genius and inventor. Scientist. Writer. Conservationist....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    If we're going to pack into burbclaves, how about burbcaves? http://www.undergroundgardens.com/summary.html If I had to live in Fresno, that is totally how I would want to do it....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    "Politics turns rational proposals, such as John Wesley Powell's 19th Century rational proposal to dam some western rivers and irrigate a bit of farmland, into the unsustainable sprawl of pork-barrel dams and water works that is the American West today."...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Extrapolating from the history of desert civilizations, you want to have a broadly spread religion. Judaism and Islam in the Middle East, Buddhism in Central Asia, Mormonism in the American West. It takes a huge amount of cooperation to establish...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    For an American analogy: imagine if you lived in Massachussets or Washington but your political frame of reference was dictated from Mississippi or Alabama I would say Texas. I'm intrigued to know how this very British lunacy looks from the...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    When mucking out the spam bucket on a blog, what really characterized the spam was how boring and poorly written it was. I realized that I wasn't deleting it just because it was spam. I was deleting it because it...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    It's good. See also Alexei Panshin's Anthony Villiers series....
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    The first half of the twentieth century political leaders used telepathy very effectively. Both in service of the paranoid style and in opposition to it. Radio is still a big deal. It's the only social medium that people can engage...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    I'm going to say: 1. Industrialization A lot of stuff fits under industrialization. I would even argue that the Enlightenment was demanded by industrialization and spread by it. So: 1a) The Enlightenment. 1b) Replacement of slavery with independent contracting 1c)...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    However, you can't put Alfie Award on a book jacket. Use more glue! It will work....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Obviously the Elder Gods are 'pantsers' (or 'gardeners' if we want to say it nicely). The discussion about sterilizing failed ecosystem experiments is making me feel a bit uneasy. I'm not sure exactly why......
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Let's say the self-replicating robots are benign. They never attack a civilization. They just quietly spread through the galaxy building mines and factories and warehouses full of goods for their alien masters. Who of course are long gone, so the...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Okay. I just realized I misread "members-at-large", thinking you meant Worldcon members. Getting a Worldcon member contact list would have privacy issues unless it was an official Worldcon function but they are already doing the real Hugo Awards. A general...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Would you like to organize it?...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I've been thinking there should be an explicit rule against slate voting. As you mentioned, at the very least it would reduce the annoying claims that it was within the rules. Beyond that, it would express an ethical principle, which...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    That's a mighty fine looking story there. I sure do hope you are getting more than a shilling for it. As you know, a bob doesn't go very far these days....
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    "Jumping the shark" reminds me that a trireme could get going pretty fast. Mongol archers on water skis had extraordinary maneuverability so they could evade enemy missiles while shooting at a high rate from their composite bows....
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I think we will see suborbital airliners. Maybe not in my lifetime, but eventually. There probably will be suborbital business jets first because it's easier. A lot of work went into refining conventional airplane technology before there could be airliners...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    If you were knitting a sweater, you could print buttons with bas reliefs of your friends' faces on them....
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