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April_D

  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    You're getting too wound up by CD. She googles extensively and talks shit. Everyone knows this by now. Take her input for what worth you want to ascribe to it, and chill. Not that I'm standing up for her bullshit,...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I do not blame you one jot. Before the election, I was very serious about moving out if Trump was elected. Then it happened and I got angry enough to stay and fight for as long as I can, but...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    That still sounds like a better deal. I'd rather be shot with birdshot than a discarding sabot round. A bunch of comets breaking up in the atmosphere would be bad. Something peeling up the mantle of the crust and hurling...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Optimist. You think the end will be quick, after only a year of suffering. Oh no. No, we've got a ticket to Cannibal-Town, with stops at Gas Chamber Junction and Rape Cult Square, and we're riding the midnight meat train...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    That seems plausible, and indeed almost inevitable, as political pressure to move away from carbon mounts. Fukushima was bad, but nowhere near the scale of bad that Chernobyl ended up being. The fact that they're both level 7 accidents is...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    TL;DR version of paras 1-3: The UK equivalent of the US State National Guards is the Territorial Army. Thought about saying that, but to be honest I don't have a damn clue about what the TA is or does so...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    There's nothing paramilitary about the US National Guard. They are military-military. They have tanks and helicopters and fighter jets, and in terms of equipment and firepower can stand toe to toe with almost any other force of comparable size in...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    [*] By which I mean they emerge from the meme soup of the western formerly-majority-Christian nations rather than from Islam or Hinduism or Buddhism or whatnot; their beliefs are as far as I can tell repugnant to the vast majority...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    You know where my anger and aggression issues come from? A childhood of incessant trauma, neglect, and abuse. You know what one of the few golden bright spots in a terrible childhood was? The day I bonded with my first...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    It occurs to me that if someone made a game like ARMA, but made sure that it had a compelling, playable, and bug-free single player campaign to go along with an accessible and well-structured multiplayer game, it might be a...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    32 - Yeah, exactly. People forget that the purpose of a tank is not to win armor duels, though that does happen, but rather to win the fucking war. The most important part of winning is showing up, and no...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    His Warhammer 40K habit meant that he wanted to read "Black Library" books set in the 40Kverse, I just got a bit nervous about the approach of the books to war. Yeah, good call. I am fascinated by WH40K but...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    That quote was by Stalin, about the T34, compared to the Panzer IVs....
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    I'm sorry, but my war nerd impulses will not let me stay silent: The Panther was *not* a "perfect later" solution. The Panther had a transmission that would reliably fall apart before the damn thing even ran out of fuel...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    It's like she's gone into a fugue state....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Oh. That'd do it. Things are different where I am....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I've been thinking on this, because it parallels one of my pet obsessions, which is the social, economic, and political consequences of practical immortality. Is there a point at which a person with an indefinite lifespan would be guaranteed to...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    A simple statement of affiliation is evangelizing? You must break out in hives when you see someone wearing a religious garment....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Stage 1: When you hang washing on the line, the two coloured plastic clothes-pegs holding any single item of clothing should match each other Stage 2: They should match not only each other, but be at least an approximate match...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Formatting error in the above post. My contribution starts with the paragraph beginning "This is an optimistic view..."...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Mostly, it seems we've adopted an epicurean model of life. We'll only have kids if we think we'll actively enjoy it, the 2008 crash and skyrocketing house prices mean that home ownership is neither possible nor desired, and travel, entertainment,...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I'm at the upper end of the Snake Person demographic, and so are most of my friends. We've had a lot of discussions between us about how none of us feel like we've grown up yet, largely because we don't...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I've been distracted from world events for the past few months by the ongoing implosion of my country's political consensus and socially placating convenient fictions (that is to say, the Donald Trump campaign) and so may not quite understand the...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    > Actually, that was dumb: does actually doxx myself. Hun, anyone who has been paying attention with interest already knows. Happy belated birthday, by the way. How was it?...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I can only imagine what it must be like for someone trying to talk to you while stoned....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    If Charlie's shit is going to be coming true, could he please get Doctorow in on the deal? I want to get my ass up to the Cloud like ASAP....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Would you folks read an overt unselfconscious steampunk novel with my name on the spine? As long as it's actually steampunk and not another entry in the recent trend of high fantasy overdosing on brown leather jackets, sure....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I've come to the belief that with states the size of EU or the US simply are not capable of remaining free due to how unfathomably profitable regulatory capture becomes. There's been rumblings of discontent with the way the US...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I'm currently reading a book about werewolves called Lunatic Fringe by, and I swear to the Goddess I'm not making this up, Allison Moon. I'm enjoying it because I've hit a real dearth of genre fiction about queer ladies recently....
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    What's YOUR apologia for tolerating this sort of murder, torture & oppression, then? I don't. But neither do I blame all people of faith for the actions of a few. As for supposedly intelligent people falling for stuff, I...
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