Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Going back to the OP I expect the mayor and their most trusted aides will open the emergency planning files, dig around a while, then say “Implement emergency plan 17A, variant 2.”...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Gene Wolfe?...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Given sea level rise I don’t see the point of spending anything on Miami infrastructure rather than just milking the cash cow until you have to abandon it....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Your family is right....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Horrible design! “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Is instinctive these days, and it’s hard to concentrate on reading the manual when someone’s shooting at you....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “Many of the political corruption [pardon] cases seem to be people who pleaded to one count of lying to the FBI to get out from under more serious charges ...” Is it legal for the FBI going ahead with prosecuting...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Knock knock. Who’s there? OJ. OJ who? OK, you’re on the jury!...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ Secret Service normally tries to follow all local laws ...” So what happens if a cop saunters up with an arrest warrant and a pair of handcuffs?...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I suspect you’re misremembering, and it was “eighty” vs. “quartre-vingts” (four twenties)....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I’d like to see him met by DC police with an arrest warrant on behalf of NY for tax evasion....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ And intentionally let it slide.” Make that “And were ordered to let it slide by their top-level boss.” On January 20th that boss changes....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I’ve observed (from the outside) that chronic pain tends to use up a lot of energy and brain space leaving little for anything else. And age often brings chronic pain. (See Charlie @ 621.)...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Whatever their reasons for voting as they do, they remain in practice a party of treason. Plus I wonder how safe Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez are feeling right now....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Impeachment passed. 10 Republicans voted for, 197 against. So, 95% of the Republican Party is still more loyal to Trump than to the US Constitution....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    To me “shut up and calculate” isn’t “flanneling,” it’s an admission of defeat. This stuff will never make intuitive sense to our monkey brains, which evolved to deal with macroscopic phenomena....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “If you're going to be curmudgeon, be honest about it. "This is a new thing and I don't wanna". But the rationalizations are just sad.” More like “This is a new thing and it’s hard.” I’ve been remembering “name” and...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Because it forces them to make a clear statement on where they stand. If they vote for impeachment they anger the Trumpists and risk losing their next primary. If they vote against impeachment they anger everyone sane and risk losing...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    No need to alter the building, just get an airplane designer to design new seating. Should be able to pack at least 3x the current number in there. Until the work is complete use the food court in an abandoned...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ Lying fuckin weasel! Figures he would be Air Farce.” I wonder if he’s a Dominionist Christian? That would be on-brand. (Someone please check his tongue.)...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I was thinking Jonestown. If it’s Trump’s family and remaining stuff and supporters I won’t shed a tear....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Same site has another interesting story: “Iraq issues arrest warrant for Trump over Soleimani killing” Not *Iran*, *Iraq* https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2021/01/08/iraq-issues-arrest-warrant-for-trump-over-soleimani-killing/ I’m in favor of honoring our alliance by extraditing him if asked....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ Almost all political conflict, especially in the US, boils down to a fight between the Sane Billionaires and the Insane Billionaires. It generally follows this template: INSANE BILLIONAIRES: Let's kill everyone and take their money! SANE BILLIONAIRES: I like...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    From the point of view of Congressional Democrats, impeachment proceedings are a great opportunity to put their Republican colleagues in a bind: Vote against Trump and piss off their base and risk getting primaried, or vote for Trump knowing it...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Old lead batteries are valuable scrap. I don’t see why lithium batteries would be any different....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    “ use the quarantine rules in the convention on air-transport to bottle him up in the airport” Do you have to even let him off the plane? Don’t bring the stairs, let’s see if the crew will let him deploy...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Maybe Scotland is just a refueling stop on the way to the UAE?...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Part of the procedure for putting out an electrical fire is turning off the electricity. That’s hard to do when the source of the electricity is in the middle of the fire....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    “ Larger companies that employ more than 20 people, have revenues above $5 million and a physical presence in the US, are exempt from the act. Churches, charities and other non-profits are also exempt. That last loophole should inspire some...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    “ If you find really old Anglo business writing, pre-1970, you can find that view that profit is the proof you're doing it right...” “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    “ this isn't as much a political problem or a technological problem as an education problem” Dealing with ignorant people is a huge part of practical politics....
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