Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    So, since the delay, i’ve seen little discussion either here or in the news about what happens next. So does that mean Parliament is going to do bugger-all for the next five months, then panic again halfway through October?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Mine doesn’t say “Let’s remain,” preempt May’s deal, or preclude an extension for a new referendum or whatever. It only changes the default if all else fails....
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    You’ve often praised your MP. Do you think she could be persuaded to submit a bill to the following effect? “If, as of 10:59 pm on April 29th, the Withdrawal Agreement has not been approved by Parliament and the Queen,...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    The problem is not lack of applicable laws, it’s lack of will to enforce them....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    “Bronze” Or Monel, but that’s even more expensive....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    “a sequel to "Lost Boys" that does for Sweeney Todd what LB does for Peter Pan ...” While there are plenty of takes on Peter Pan that elide the original’s darkness, I’ve never run into a version of Sweeney Todd...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    When I see those letter I think “Canadian Standards Association.”...
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    “IT Crowd” Chris O’Dowd would make a good Bob....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I don’t believe “some other deal” is possible anymore. But that still leaves three, and unless either Remain or MayDeal gets above 50%, CrashOut wins by default. I can hope that when they’re doing “indicative votes” they do “Resolved, either...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    “It looks like there might not be majority support for anything, but that seems so entirely implausible I'm reluctant to reach such a conclusion.” 48% Remain / 27% MayDeal / 23% CrashOut / 2% hiding under desk doesn’t seem that...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    “I suspect the DoJ won't indict a sitting President” They explicitly have a policy against it, which is why Nixon was deemed an “unindicted co-conspirator.” So far as I know the New York State Attorney General has no such policy....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    “And as PM, May has most of the cards; it's hard to get something in front of Parliament if the PM doesn't want it to be.” If J. Random Backbencher, MP were to desire to introduce a motion to the...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Crap. “Pam” should be “Pym.”...
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    “I’m much more wary around the whole egg thing (in two minds about that” Me too. I remember Pym Fortuyn, pied, then assassinated. It’s hard to know whether any given pieing or egging is just saying “I dislike you” in...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    ‘a huge volume of UK law basically says "refer to EU law {reference}" and a lot of that will become irrelevant on the date of Brexit.’ Does it necessarily become irrelevant? Or could it become "refer to EU law {reference}...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Random trivia question: Thomas Erskine May & Theresa May - related?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Whoops, not “Indyref,” whatever it was called....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    “We’re not doing it” resolves it. Once any possible delays are over I see only three possible end-states: Hard Brexit May’s deal Call it off If the 51% of Indyref “Leave” voters are split between the first two, and the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    “find a Brexit solution that has so far eluded everyone in Britain” There’s an obvious solution that I’ve seen discussed by UK people: Cancel Article 50....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    What about NI as an independent EU-member nation? It’s bigger than Luxembourg. If they wanted they could go on feeling English by keeping Elizabeth Windsor as their queen, like Canada and New Zealand. Heck, they’re close enough to her digs...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Re OP: Changing Viewpoint Characters Daniel Pinkwater is a writer whose work I enjoy despite it usually being classified as “young adult.” He has one series that has an interesting character-jumping structure. Neddie Wentworthstein is the viewpoint character of “The...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    “They’ve blown themselves up.” As we well yet might. In which case we will be nothing special, just the billionth proof that too much intelligence is long-term unstable....
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    I think this universe is a student project in an introductory class for would-be gods. It’s going to get a C-....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    War and genocide are the result of big-brained monkeys fighting over resources. Ethnicity, religion, ideology, and favorite football team are all convenient ways of choosing up teams....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “21 days to go.” So something “interesting” is due 3/30 - should I be stocking up food and water?...
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    “You're supposed to be HSS, not fucking psychopaths.” Maybe I’m over cynical of my species, but when we have ever not been?...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Re side quests: I understand the reasons, both artistic and economic, that you’re unlikely to ever return to the Singularity Sky universe even though it has a lot of room (“Bear Trap” feels to me like thematic a precursor to...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “China backing Pakistan?” Already well established: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAC/PAC_JF-17_Thunder...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Those expeditions are looking for exploitable resources and immediate threats. I don’t think they’ll be doing any paleontology. On the other hand I’d be interested in the statistics of what sorts of worlds they find. How many worlds with no...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I’d say that “paranoia about a big malevolent superpower suppressing rivals is …” wise to direct at the rising superpower in addition to the falling one....
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