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April_D

  • 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...
  • 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...
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