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  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Also the map in the senate was really really bad for the democrats. The democrats won 2/3rds of the seats up for grabs. But they were defending 26 seats, while the republicans were defending 9. Further, the democrats included the...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Oh I'm quite content with the USPS having such a division. Its one of those issues that attempts to centralize agencies usually result in multiple agencies with differing mandates, and such groups don't usually play well together. (FBI-CIA in the...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Oh so some additional notes now after stewing on the books: I like the implication that there are multiple US occult agencies within other agencies. It totally fits the history of rivalries between services and agencies. I really want to...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Same error was in the Audio version. BTW Charlie, you missed a golden opportunity to riff Jane Eyre after using parts of the same narrative technique....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    The interesting thing is the later novels kinda rehabilitate him as he more than anyone else messed up a generations long plan of the secret true villains. Bit of a spoiler: The Men behind the Men are would-be transhumans. Extreme...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    I mean potentially it could be about trend analysis, with someone finding popular writer X is about to do Y monsters, and thus we need to start buying Y now to ride the coat tails, or prep merch. Way easier...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    I mean its not much stranger than the CIA's Congress for Cultural Freedom....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Franconia is the end of the blue line. Lots of folks parking there to get in deeper into Arlington and DC. Used to have Yellow line service. Also I used to live one stop out from Forest Glen, almost directly...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I can give you the quick 2 bits. The big thing is the strawmen political got dialed back, and overtime the main conflict became good people on both sides stuck in a war they don't want but can't end. It...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    There's a couple of things which either represent differences between words, or lack of local knowledge. Eg. people flying into Reagan International, when Dulles is the international airport, and Reagan is Reagan national. Otoh I'm chalking some things up to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    >So this is no longer the Bob series; it's more like Discworld, which fissioned into about five disparate series with a shared setting and different viewpoint characters who grow and change over time. Actually, you're closer to the same problem...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Let's see if this tag works:...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    A story I remember at space camp in the mid 90s was the solid rocket boosters for the shuttle being transported by train in bullet proof containers, due to rednecks enjoying target practice at trains in a few very isolated...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Some more random ones Irontown being Philly seems odd unless it's a rename. Philly pre-dates the point of departure between timelines. Lots more questions on how the actual formation of the Kingdom in the Americas. Eg. was the Royal Navy...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    You left out the magnetic field issue. Any orbital tether long enough has the problem that it's dragging across a magnetic field differential. Eventually we may be able to do this, but it means we'll have problems even with ungrounded...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Thank you very much for that help. And now I'm wondering what entity is coming....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Best wishes to Charlie and his family. Finished the book via audible. I'll need someone to give me what the text of the message via feeder actually was for bob. I couldn't understand it via the audible recording. Also Nyarlathotep...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I think with Mo it was also her undergoing a slow motion breakdown the entire novel, making her decision making fuzzy....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    And its not just his power, its his Rank. Bob is no longer a junior black bag job/layer of cable. He's a DSS and member of the Invisible College. He shouldn't be in the field doing ops, he should be...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Also Bob's getting too powerful and high up. While Charlie could go the Jack Ryan route and milk his rise in politics as well as intrigue, its not the same sort of story. In current SFF two other writers are...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Vernor Vinge is exactly where I got the idea from. Combining how the Magic Circles were used at the end of Rhesus Chart with that experiment in book one. It was also a question to me on why the Host...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Also because the Alfär do not have a remotely free system. If the All-Highest only cares about those worlds for resources for their war against others of her kind that dare not be under her thumb, then it won't get...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Smart doesn't always win. My favorite example is in the movie Idiocracy, where the main character has used his average wits to outsmart people in the future several times. But after being returned to prison they chain him to a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Note Death Valley isn't a great example, since its 3 hours from For Irwin, where the US Army has its National Training Center. Clancy wrote a bunch about it since the 11th Armory Calvary Regiment is there, and their job...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I'm thinking a combination of factors. 1. The Alfar are more efficient and have more elegant methods worked out. Our Phangs may be the equivalent of a Model T compared to a modern car. The model T despite a '25...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Thoughts: 1. Are the Alfar actually a separate species? Or another subspecies? eg. Could a generation of intermarriage result in a good talent pool of magic, with a still higher rate of sociopathy than we'd prefer? 2. How hard is...
  • 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....
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