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  • 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....
  • 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...
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