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  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Next steps for future bullshit: Trump is attacking Mitt Romney for gently chiding him; he's calling for Romney to be impeached, although that is not a thing for Senators. He's clearly trying to keep the rest of them in line,...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I thought about mentioning Wales but then I thought no, no, surely not. Don't over-egg the custard....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I am struck by how consistently the Republicans have been squeezed out of the urban and dense suburban areas. That's self-selection at work. As a dyed in the wool urbanite I can tell you we're not driving conservatives out, so...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I was also feeling lost and confused, but then Marco Rubio was a spineless piece of shit, and that was like a lighthouse that brought me home. (https://twitter.com/JasonOverstreet/status/1180185703289778176) Every day I see a headline that looks like it was tailor...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    This is pretty fucking scary....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    > Remember, dude was a SEAL, not an average soldier. There's like, a thousand of those. How's he so special that they need not just any of the SEALs who probably hang around the nearby east coast sub pens on...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I wrote the jacket copy for both of my books, but I was at a small, independent house. I'm hoping to retain at least the option to "try out" with a pitch of my own if/when I move up to...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    EDITED BY MOREDATOR...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Can I just stop and point out how fucking disgusting it is for you, a grown old man, to be positively cackling with glee about the horrible death of a child, mainly because she was using a device you don't...
  • Commented on Excuses
    You're completely wrong. People who start with more money can often expand their fortune many times more than someone who starts with a pittance can increase their own wealth, in both relative and absolute terms. We don't need to valorize...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Going to add my voice to the chorus of ASD kids who did not like sports in school, though it sounds like things were better in California at the turn of the century than they were in the UK in...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Hey, if people are gonna start writing angry notes to "A_D" could you please hop to a new pseudonym? I know it's a little early, but still....
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Shit, did I just humble-brag? I swear I was trying to thank you for the insight, so: thanks! I need to stop posting when I'm so damn tired. :P...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Thanks to this post, the penny has finally dropped about why my editors keep complementing me on how little I change in the edited manuscript. They're happy it's a quicker job. I think this sort of basic "what publishing looks...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Again, not true. Drone pilots have to talk to air traffic control in controlled airspace True for large drones, but I think we're going to see a proliferation of smaller drones, many of which may be armed, and for them,...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Robert posted a pretty good list, but I'd also recommend William Hogeland, who does pretty readable popular histories of the early American state that takes a skeptical eye toward a lot of favored myths....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    We were a land-grab from the start. Washington pushed for war with England when it became obvious that his land speculation in the Ohio Valley would never pay off as long as the Crown kept honoring its treaties with the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    That's fucking racist, dude....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Trump sort of hinted in the election that he might be less hostile to Russia than Obama had been. This is such an absurd mischaracterization of his public and enthusiastic cooperation with Putin's regime that I can't fully describe my...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: April Daniels
    The post is coming! But I have a whole lot of anxiety-inducing things regarding SOVEREIGN that I need to put away first, thus the delay. As for casting DREADNOUGHT, the problem with casting YA properties is that the lead, almost...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: April Daniels
    Yes, I'm the same person, but I haven't gust-blogged here before, I don't think....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Magnificent. You win the Internet for today. Bravo....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    My understanding is that it is dangerous to use human excrement as fertilizer. Crops grown in such a way need to be thoroughly boiled before they can be eaten, which tends to limit the menu to various sorts of gruel....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    WOW! I thought you were exaggerating for comic effect....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I'm betting that the endgame is the recreation of an openly aristocratic society, updated and patched for the 21st century, all the way down to rescinding the franchise from people who don't own any land. That's long-term, obviously, but they...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think the game plan is to snag a quick victory (looking like a big one, but a small one would do) and use that to legitimize some truly awful Brexit choices they're planning to make. Take the UK out...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    If your theory about cultures aggressively expanding due to language extinction is correct, then I expect we'll see the beginnings of a new age of city states. Not necessarily full independence and primacy for cities and the nation-states all gone....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Stalin was also pretty fond of welfare states, and he killed so many of his own people that the Soviets made a big point of "de-Stalinizing" their government after he died. A leader's position on the economic spectrum does not...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    One of the best parts of KSR's Aurora is the bit where the generation ship colonists finally set down on their destination planet and discover the middle distance--a concept they had to look up in the ship's archives. A popular...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    As for the list of grievances, you did miss out the shooting down of a civilian Iranian airliner in July 1988 by the USS Vincennes as revenge for the embassy hostage taking incident in 1979. You are overstating your case...
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