Noel Maurer

Noel Maurer

  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Greg! Don't be a jerk! WaPo does great work and deserves your money for a subscription. I subscribed to the Guardian to help keep your democracy alive, so give a little back to help ours. And not just because if...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    "COULD 2" = CO2. Bloody smartphone. BTW, I do empirical social science for a living. I know, recourse to authority ain't worth squat, but you can at least assume I know the literature....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Hmm. You clearly haven't considered all the arguments, given the use of the word "correlation" and your citation of a blog post by the authors from 2005. We're in global-warming denialism here, which I find interesting. I can wrap my...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Man, it's hard to edit comments written on an iPhone. That really doesn't sound like a native English speaker, does it? Apologies....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Yes, commonly, and in New York City, greater Boston, and the District of Columbia. But never phrased that way and never with any sense that it was more than honest curiosity. That exact phrasing, though, sounds kinda weird. I can...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    (Head desk) See above, please. The link actually discusses southern California in depth. It ain't happening and shows no sign of happening....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    No. As a native Spanglish speaker myself, I can tell you that is not how it works. You're confusing code-mixing for hybridization. And you're assuming the two gentlemen were native-born. There is no sign of English grammar morphing, nor of...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    No. No. No. NO. NO, GODDAMMIT! I hate the way Donohue and Levitt popularized their work with the heat of a burning sun. They were wrong, they know they were wrong ... but once the idea was out there it...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I can't say that I fully understand what you an Ioan are debating. There seems to be a little confusion, though, so let me chime in. (1) Portuguese is much closer to Spanish than Catalan. Or anything, really. Portuguese speakers...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Nitpick: The WTO doesn't deal with expropriation. It does (contrary to popular belief) deal with energy trade, but only in the broadest terms (MFN and the like). All sorts of things are legal in energy that wouldn't be in other...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Tangentially, I'd like to point out that Charlie and yourself are in radical disagreement about the energy endgame. I'm a bit surprised that the difference is rarely acknowledged. The prompt for this observation is the electro-tanks; I'd be shocked if...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    First, a modest proposal for solving the Brexit dilemma. Second, a more serious point. There Is No Cabal. Seriously, there is no cabal. Everything with the Trump administration is right out there in the open. What you see is what...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Very postmodern. Nice attempt to shut up criticism with reference to irrelevant personal experience. We could duel this one out. I can remember at least four ... two in front of me ... no, no, let's not. We don't have...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Yes, Steve, it would be. Calling for his death is unacceptable. Pretending that you are not calling for his death is weaselly and disgusting. You do not seem to have changed....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Charlie, the following is a quote from the post you're replying to: "Oh, well, there's an upside -- I'm still hoping that when that mob gives Jean-Claude Junker what he deserves someone uploads the video to YouTube." With all due...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    “Here's the problem: importing gas or electricity means paying for it in Euros. Paying foreign corporations to build new reactors means paying for them in something that will be hedged against exchange fluctuations. So the postulated sterling crash is going...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Apologies, I'm going to be a drip again. I understand that the scenario is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the brownouts have me baffled. Rather than explain why I'm baffled, just assume that I know the size of the U.K.'s coal, gas...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    "It's hard to resent immigrants when almost all of us have at least one parent or grandparent who was born abroad." Sadly, that's not true. As you know, being Canadian! It's unbelievably easy for foreign-born people to resent later immigrants,...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    That explanation is cogent, clear and completely right ... but makes the debt limit seem less stupid than it is. There's no reason why Congress couldn't authorize borrowing as part of its vote on the budget. After all, the budget...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    So your hypothetical Ricardo is from Brooklyn? I completely approve. After all, what could "the kings English" refer to in America if not Kings County, Noo Yawk? I'm gonna guess Bushwick or Sunset Park....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Ah, well. Apologies. It's an uncommon name in this hemisphere, and you comment a lot about Latin America and Mexico....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Is this Ioan I met smoking cigars in a Polanco steakhouse, or another Ioan?...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    That's a great observation about the cash flow problem. My only quibble would be to point out that in practice U.K. procedures under the Enterprise Act and U.S. Chapter 11 aren't that different. A good primer: http://www.jonesday.com/files/Publication/b0c886bd-6721-4c66-9213-db7f01ddb55f/Presentation/PublicationAttachment/96b1ebf1-2203-4577-bff4-8baf89f4e0d1/Comparison%20of%20Chapter%2011.pdf...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I completely understand the need to conceal confidential information! Still, I wouldn't hint at secret unverifiable knowledge on a public forum. Some readers will take it as fact (rather than informed conjecture) and be misinformed; for others, it makes discussion...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    If Joat continues with the same M.O. as on past groups, he will neither respond to criticism nor change his opinion no matter the logic or facts. But let me allow for the possibility of change! After all, people mellow....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Am I allowed to be a drip here? What's the point of this, Charlie? It's not a possible worst-case. Worst-case is worse; this is just ... odd. And it's causing a misinformation thread: you seem to have readers who believe...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Sorry, what models? I'm passingly familiar with the literature and I've never seen anything that sounds like this. Could you please post the citation?...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Considering the main character, President Nikki Haley might create some tension. As would, if a member of the other party, President Kamala Harris. It is an alternate universe, so why be concerned with leaving the president unnamed? Good read, by...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Charlie, this has me very thoughtful. Thank you; I appreciate that. Some thoughts, if I may. First, this post was designed to bring out the worst self-referential tendencies in the audience. Many of the stories have been interesting, but many...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    AaaaarrrrrrrrgggghhhhhHHHHHHHHH! (Head wall) Listen, I'm from Brooklyn. You turn wherever-it-is that you live into Brooklyn, and it will be better. I live in D.C. It's quite likely that if you take wherever-it-is-that-you-live and turn it into D.C., and it will...
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