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  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The other big thing is economic progressiveness has been dead in the US since the 70s. When the boomers came of age, and became Watergate babies, the political realignment made the parties split on nearly pure social issues. Now that...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Something not yet mentioned is the various 'Calexit' proposals, which are now also being supported by some in the alt-right. You also see Trump twittering now about how he wants to defund California.(And I'd imagine the Russians would see it...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The thing is, they were within a country without a long democratic tradition, only ~10 years out from a much more authoritarian system whose levers of powers were shakier. They may try, but short of very extreme actions, they lack...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Ha, I'm original from near enough there. Great swimming pool there....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Thank you Dodge Brothers and the Lochner era. I'm thinking the thieves are going to fall out. Since 2010 the populists GOP guys have not had to govern. They've had their plans and their thoughts, and their hopes and dreams....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    There's a huge difference between campaign and governing. For a while Trump can use Obama et al. as an excuse. But there are limits. More importantly per several different twitter leak accounts, it sounds like victory is boring for Trump,...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Fritz Haber, father of gas warfare as well as artificial fertilizer, was ethnically Jewish, but converted and was a very Patriotic German. Enough that he seemed unmoved when his wife killed herself over the use of chemical weapons. Spent the...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    If you want to be timely and subversive, make Madam President be Tammy Duckworth. Whose probably on track to run in 2020, and being a Chicago moderate liberal whose in Obama's old seat, has a fair shot of getting some...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    I think there's a clear theme here that weapons made for prior wars stick around, and sometimes cause problems. The Wolf Orchestra, portable demolition nukes, Nixon's northwoods nuke, the NBE's heir, World-Walkers including lost heirs, the implication that the world...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Quick note on this line >an underground political party descended from the radical/puritan ethos of the Levelers and Diggers Interesting enough the Patriots/Founding Fathers were very much from this same strand of thought and loved John Lilburne's writings. One of...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    It's used, but its not as pervasive as it was in the original version or book. (also season 4 got boring for me, and I'm waiting for season 5 to finish it)....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    The only other clear non-americanism was the use of House of Card's line "You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment". Possibly it's more well known in Timeline 2, or Timeline 2 has its own US remake. That...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Audible just put up the Audiobook. Downloading to my phone as we speak....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Any timeline on the Audiobook? I've got audible credits, and debating waiting versus buying ebook....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I mean maybe one of those Bomb pumped X-ray lasers SDI research worked on could impart enough to do something. But I'm thinking it would need to be shipped towards the comet and have a pocket of steam. And at...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    As for the Baltic warm water port, I figure Kaliningrad would satisfy most of their ambitions, otoh they did lose many other ports in the Baltic ....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I would of gone with an unexpected Nova for 'The Year of the Jackpot' reference....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    The NS Savannah used commercial ~4% fuel, and could do about 3 years before fuel had to be rotated. The ideal plan would be a SMR where the reactor is modular and taken off the ship for servicing during a...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Potentially a fair amount. The SMR designs include some that are designed for small cities to be brought in on trucks. 25MW could be quite possible depending on how you want to make them. But the BIG ships, like the...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    While I think nuke civilian shipping probably won't happen, it is an interesting thought experiment on how to make it work especially compared to previous efforts like the NS Savannah. Probably need to be at least Neo-Panamax size. Apparently there...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Either that or the EU needs to federalize more and have an actual central bank run for the benefit of all, not one designed to comfort German fears of hyper-inflation....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    It's not just Dean, its also the replacements were all part of the plan for Hillary 2016. And they sucked at what their job is suppose to be. DWS and TK got nice jobs in a Hillary cabinet. But since...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Shoes are an odd, and awesome industry. There's actually an incredible amount of R&D in it. And old school shoemaking is not going to be easy to rebuild. But we won't need to. But the bigger point is even if...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    The good new is Trump really got the vote because Rural America hasn't recovered since the cold war ended. I grew up in these towns. Big factories being the main employers. Maybe its a mill town and does timber. Maybe...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Secession ends with Nukes. There's no way around it. The US will not willingly break up. The states are too tied together for power and water, and don't use natural boundaries. Tie that to even liberal western states have nukes,...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    I saw a writing prompt earlier today that said 2016 could only get better if Cthulhu came......
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    My take on this is Angleton as we knew him, TEAPOT, the ghost inhabiting a man, who learned to be British via long socialization, is dead. The bit of him that's the separate from the information of the Eater of...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    I'd say Late Antiquity ends around the time of the Carolingians ~750. That's where broad borders start being defined, the Germans convert, and the Carolingian Renaissance occurs. Literacy starts up again, the migrations are over, and stability is much greater....
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Arguably it lasted in some form or another until ~1920. Both Russia and the Ottoman's claimed legitimacy of the Romans. The Ottoman Map in 1683 looks a lot like that of the Eastern Empire at it's greatest. The Ottoman's even...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Greg pointed out it was crap argument with no basis. There was no one here defending David Barton....
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