Barry

Barry

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "But in Westminster, Labour can't form a partnership with the SNP, because in Scotland the SNP are an existential threat: they compete for the same votes, and Labour would be entering coalition from a subordinate position." Why not, if Labour...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "Remember when Obama lost 90,000 Americans to Ebola in 2014? Neither do I, because he was a competent leader and there were 2 deaths, not hundreds of thousands." And note that the GOP quite successfully put the USA into political...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    (I won't reply to NERVA... directly) His comment about Sweden is dead wrong. Denmark, Norway and Finland are doing far, far better....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Charlie, this NERVA guy sounds like a bot....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "There's something about lying authoritarians which just doesn't work well with pandemic control. I don't get it. You'd think that, given how good they say they are at their jobs, they'd have everything under control, no problem. Instead, it's almost...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "The only reason I can see is that Biden is a horrible candidate. I'll probably vote for him, but that depends heavily on who he selects as his vice-president. I don't expect him to last out the term, and to...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "Can we include South America there? At least the Cono Sur?" Good point, and an indicator of my bias....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Oh, for another sh*t log on the dumpster fire. I live in Michigan - the legislature just shut down for a few days due to armed right wing groups threatening them....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    There is the interesting question of how the USA deals with being a collapsing power with several thousand nuclear weapons + a crazed minoritarian governing faction? The emerging powers will have priority #1 not being nuked, and a collapsing US...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "It occurs that if Our Host is still wondering what his next challenge for fiction should be, it could be a series in which American Becomes Great Again, after a century or two of being not only the world's pariah,...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "I am quite aware of the disadvantages that "Black" people have in the USA. Their overall disadvantages in this country are nowhere nearly as bad, but they are there. STILL does not explain the difference - which is visible here,...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "Yes, the lower-level of infection/fatality amongst us pinkoes is interesting. FUCK "political hot poatao" find out what is happening - almost certainly inherent genetic difference of some sort or another ...." Gaaaaaaaaaaaaawd, but it does get boring explaining life to...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "Anyone know of any SF movies or TV shows that came anywhere close to describing the level of dis-unity, insanity, pigheadedness, anti-science, etc. that we've seen to COVID-19? I'm thinking that an alien invasion scenario would be closest to a...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Greg: "At which point one starts to wonder, seriously, maybe, if simply taking reasonable precautions, but opening "society" up ... might, just might be the course with the lowest fatality numbers." mdlve: "If you are willing to tell anyone with...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "The sad part is that Trump's had every resource to be a truly effective crisis leader and win the re-election in a landslide. " Trump's whole life is being subsidized, connected and privileged, screwing it up, and walking away while...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "They revere at least a part of the Second Amendment." Actually, no. The whole point of constitutional rights is that they are universal. The New Confederacy's view of the US second amendment is that it only applies to white right-wingers...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "His period of illness will have caused at a minimum thoughts, if not the start of actions, and the fact that he doesn't appear to have responded to any of what likely happened indicates he may be politically weaker than...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "There is Lyme disease in the UK but it's limited to a few geographical areas. However a lot of these areas are tourist destinations. " You need opossums; they eat a lot of ticks. I'll send over a few dozen...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "Not everyone has a handwash station in their car," I do. It's a large bottle of sanitizer with a pump top....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "It's not true that half the population wanted Donald Trump for president. It was significantly less that half. This is what is driving the current movement to repeal the electoral college, which grants increased influence to lightly populated states. (I'm...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "It's obvious to outsiders that the GOP are being a pack of cunts, they know it, and they believe that they can get away with it because they a. aren't breaking any laws (as far as you know), b. they...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "The in-laws have to pay for a box and drive to town for their mail." Write to their congressperson....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    (re: the US Post Office) "Exactly, the disruption to their cash flow would be extensive until new alternatives are worked out; and the current alternatives, primarily UPS and FedEx, don't deliver to all addresses. " The USPS delivers everywhere; everybody...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "As you say, he's got everything he wants - why would he risk what he's gained already, just to help a Trump reelection? He can already do that with the trolls out of St.Petersburg, and a few million in dark...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I'm going to write one massive reply, to save time. Here's what I see/believe: 1) The GOP in the USA will try to win by voter suppression; the Federal courts are on board. Or shall I say 'The Federalist Society'....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    "At this point, I think that supply chains are global for just about every major bit of tech, including especially cars. It's not just the motor, it's the tires, electronics, plastics, body panels, etc." The problem with 'falling back tech...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    "If the problem that needs treating is LOW "blood oxygen saturation, might there be other means of increasing that saturation? I'm thinking something along the lines of dialysis. Instead of filtering toxins out of the blood and returning it to...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    "So: millions dead over the space of 24 hours. Tens of millions dead within a month. Hundreds of millions by 6 months later. Ozone layer? Gone. Thyroid cancer among the survivors? Through the roof." Massive nuclear winter. The US would...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    "We can't just instantly retool them anymore like happened for WWI/WWII. Then there's the whole offshoring manufacturing capacity thing..." For the US 'instantly retool' meant a couple of years. The US government started planning in 1940 or so, and one...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    "There's an old saying: "You cannot con an honest man". It is true, you can't. Offer a truly honest man a con to make money, and a quiet little voice tells him no, and he listens to the voice. Problem...
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