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  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "Look up "sea skimming missiles" and consider that they are essentially cruise missiles that don't have to know how to fly over hills." This leads to some interesting game theory, so to speak. The missiles have smaller sensors, but are...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "Next generation warships, which can run with the same (or greater) capability on half to two thirds the crew. As an added bonus, you no longer have to capture them from the French ;-)" The article I saw on such...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    " If Trump is re-elected, do something that affects him personally -- e.g. massive damage to his brand (which associates with his ego, such as multiple simultaneous attacks on Trump properties around the world) or his children" If Trump is...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "For those saying, "Iran has not done anything, so clearly they are backing down", I would suggest the leaders (and people) of Iran might be a bit more patient in their vengeance than you." In addition, Iran is under serious...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "It was during the war itself that we lost interest in the idea of assassinating Hitler, because it was apparent that it was greatly to our advantage for the other side to be commanded by a corporal who was rapidly...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "How Iran retaliates, depends on the message they want to send and to whom." My bet is that they'll work with (lean on) the government of Iraq to expel US forces from the country. They just got an enormous boost...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "That would be more comforting if that pipeline had not been shut down by drone strike just this summer. I recall we discussed it on this blog, too." In addition, what would blocking 15% of world oil production do to...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "A better analogy would be the assassination of a above-government-level official strutting around in a disputed territory." More like a high government official of country A who is visiting country B, an ally, conducted by country C....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    My guess is very little terrorism which could justify an escalation. The leadership of Iran understands that Trump and the GOP would welcome a war as a distraction and re-election campaign. However, forcing the US out of Iraq should be...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Please note that the whole point of the cargo ships with nukes idea is not a sneak attack, but to persuade US leadership that even after a barrage of nukes against China, that there'll be a few to several dozen...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    "Well, it's no real help, but if I lived in Englandshire I'd have been pretty much forced to vote Lemmingcrat given the desirability of either Bozo or Cor Bin as PM." Well, don't worry about the Evul Korbin; *he* won't...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    "300 odd warheads (not missiles, warheads) simply isn’t enough to protect against such and it is bound to give people ideas. If a US first strike accounted for 80% that leaves 60 warheads for the anti ballistic missile systems. That...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    "Those gas powered leaf blower things are a prime demonstration of the Sisyphean futility of fighting entropy. As fast as their users order the leaves the wind comes along and randomises them again. " The first rule of leaf collection...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    "It wasn't a matter of old folks being old, the planes of the 20s could not carry enough boom far enough to decisively defeat a fleet of post-dreadnought battleships. Yes, they could do a lot of increasing amounts of damage...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    "... The Sherman tank vs. Tiger tank debate kind of misses the point: by 1945..." The US had deployed the first Pershings by spring of 1945 (the successor to the Sherman), and upgunned Shermans were already in service (in the...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    "As Amazon found with their AI recruitment tool - their entire structure was biased against women but not just in the ways they had identified but even more so in ways they hadn't themselves identified." I'd love to get a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "And it appears that the only way to remove Corybn from the Labour leadership is to have the voters give Labour a lesson at the ballot box." One hopes, but (a) that doesn't necessarily happen and (b) the Tories +...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "The streets of Paris have seen major advertising popping this week about where to go and what to do for British citizens working/studying here "Before Oct. 31st". Because nobody was sure there might be an extension deal coming." IMHO, if...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Charlie: "...until they're challenged by the exigencies of actually having to, er, do military stuff." I would rephrase it as 'war stuff'. Military stuff is garrison work and movement to/prep for war. It's much more orderly, and imposing a strict...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    "AIUI there has never been a successful impeachment (Tricky Dicky resigned first) so I can't think that there's a mechanism for quashing one. " https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_in_the_United_States#History_of_federal_constitutional_impeachment "The House has impeached 19 federal officers. Of these: 15 were federal judges: thirteen district...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    "I do think we have to give the writers credit for maintaining thematic consistency across 100's of seasons in regards to the British attitude to and treatment of Ireland and the Irish." I'm really hoping that this was all a...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    "Looking at the rolling Woke-SJW Auto-da-fé that is the Democratic nomination process I kind of think they haven't got this..." I'm trying to figure out where you are getting that impression from. The three front-runners are all US Senators; the...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    "This change is driven mostly by the transition in advanced (western) countries to an information technology economy, some by globalisation and has resulted in a strongly bifurcated labour class of winners and losers. " IIRC, in the USA support for...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    "I thought about mentioning Wales but then I thought no, no, surely not. Don't over-egg the custard." This will make it much easier to liberate England over the next decade. The Scottish Republican can move in from the North; EU...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    "The band of blue across Alabama, Georgia and S. Carolina is interesting, as is the band that goes up the Mississippi and terminates at, roughly, Memphis." This could be what is called the 'black belt', a zone of high concentration...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    "I just hopw for everyone's sake ..." [typo by Charles indicates shift to level Red-Alpha - commence evacuation of multi-vers] :)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "There was a non-binding referendum that disenfranchised quite a few UK citizens who probably would have voted for one side, that is now being treated as a binding decision and mandate by supporters of the other side." In addition, the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "...if Brexit is followed by sanity, but that is looking increasingly unlikely." The right will always double down on evil, and from what I can tell the UK mass media is part of the crime network. And the right will...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "...He probably hopes to stand tall in a general election, win a 5 year majority, and hope the dust settles after the UK collapse." That's what I've been thinking, and explains why he wants an election Right Now: Get the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "Or even have someone outside with a laser-designator .... the drone flies to the approximate location, the outsider presses the "on" button on the designator, drone sees laser-spot ... BANG Meanwhile external operator has pocketed designator & walks ( Do...
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