MattS

MattS

  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Regarding a second referendum I think you'll be disappointed Greg. My guess is that the Abilene effect is in high gear and you'll get a result that satisfies no one....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I guess I see what Charlie calls the 'beige dictatorship' as a general case of the politics (and myth) of inevitability. Y'know, how it's inevitable that the rising tide of economic progress will lift all boats or that all nations...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    My guess is an outbreak of mass hysteria is at the bottom of this....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I liked your quote, but I prefer, "Evidence without argument is unexplained, but argument without evidence is unfounded". I'm still not quite sure what your concern about 'excess mortality' is, at least as it relates to recorded births and deaths,...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    *That should be,’ when you add the 1927 to 1937 official birth and death figures to the 1926 census data.’ SR I hope you now have a better idea of both the source data and the reasoning behind how those...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    There is quite a lot of statistical data, due to the work of the TsUNKhU (central administration for national accounts) statisticians who collated the data under what were hellish conditions. Thanks to their efforts we have mortality, natality and nutritional...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Hi SR, The canonical study of Soviet Agriculture is Davies and Wheatcrofts multi-volume work. Vol 5. deals specifically with the years 31-33. Handily their data on crop yields, grain collection etc and excess deaths in the USSR by region can...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Only if he can govern from the centre......
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    We haven’t had a good NSW state premier since Jack Lang and that’s going back a ways......
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Every time I hear this my mind immediately goes to Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘The Nine Billion Names of God’. Let’s hope they don’t finish up too soon......
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Well... I'd suggest that if someone is arrested and charged with cannibalism, as 2,505 persons were in Ukraine in the years 1932-1933, then it's probably famine related. See Davies and Wheatcroft, 'The Years of Hunger: Soviet Agriculture 1931-33' their data...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Interesting theory, bold even. But does suffer from the ‘relying on lack of evidence as evidence’ problem. Suggested research below. If there were famines in Western Europe in the same period in the first instance I’d expect the Soviet press...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    JR, I’m married to a Russian and have Ukrainian friends so yes I understand the historical context of that term. cпасибо....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    If Pinker is not quite your cup of thallium laced radical centrist tea then another interesting book along similar lines is Factfulness by Hans Rosling. Although I find his TED style on the page a little grating. TLDR we are...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    There were more factors than just the peasants giving up. For example setting future quotas based on the outstanding 1930 harvest which could only be met by handing over the seed reserves. Deportation of large chunks of the rural population....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    For anyone interested Pinker’s latest book, “Enlightenment Now”gives a data driven view of improvement on the human condition. For example average global IQ has been rising every decade due to better childhood nutrition....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Let’s see. 1. The US system of checks and balances did what it’s founding fathers intended and constrained the actions of a President who clearly doesn’t give a fig for democracy or the rule of law. 2. All those thousands...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I’m in Morocco at the moment and drove past the Ouarzazate Power station yesterday. They’re just finishing Noor 3 which is a big ass 150 MW solar tower, very impressive. Power is stored in molten salt giving 7hrs supply for...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    There might be away around it though. Given the lovecraftian singularity is a function of the region of space we’re bobbling through on our orbit around the galactic core, plus the computational power of nine billion people plus the Comp...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    The strategy of using catspaws rather than just 'leaning in' may have something to do with the mass/energy problem of a hyper-intelligent (Turing complete?) entity thing trying to intrude into our spacetime. If it was not careful it'd run straight...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I look on Mahogony Row more as as a classic deep state network. With the senior auditors maintaining control over the hierarchical bureaucracy of the Laundry. As far as England being better set up to deal with a contagious outbreak...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    There’s enough ‘holes’ in her Legend to leave room for the interesting question of who she’s really working for. But she is also (it’s implied) a standing member of Mahogony Row as is Bob, the SA and Mo, so what...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    What do you mean 'going to get...'? Things are decidedly weird already....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    The SA would possibly remark that it was games theory that won the Cold War and that the first (and just about only) rule of such open ended games is to stay in the game. Therefore a counter needs to...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    How about Windows 10^9? Puts a fresh meaning to the Blue Screen of Death......
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Don’t forget Solomon’s labyrinth. Then there’s the use of the word ‘Index’, so from the Latin one who finds out, points out or indicates. Put it all together and you have a hidden twisted path between life and death that...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Took some time out to read Charlie's latest. So labyrinth... you mean like the one Daedelus designed to hide and imprison the Minotaur? There's the obvious thaumaturgical labyrinth built around the avatar of the God of Sleep, but there's also...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Plus the USAAF found that they couldn't hit dick from high altitude in their shiny B-29s so it was fill the bomb bays up with incendiaries and go in at low level boys. That brilliant idea courtesy of Curtis Le...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Yep. I totally get the dislocation thing. My war was the first Gulf War and while we sure weren’t slugging through paddy fields taking fire you do find that when you come back there’s this wall of incomprehension that you...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I’d kind of understood his book to be a riposte to the joyful militarism of SST in the form of a yeah well that’s nice but here’s how it really is being a conscripted grunt in the longest war....
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