Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

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    He even discusses it in the text; the whole thing about how the trainees "don't think and won't read."...
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    Imagine if the history you learned in your early teens included a Russian force landing in Scotland or Oregon for a few years trying to overturn an election before withdrawing. Not a one for one equivalent but still. I have...
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    True, but I think there would have been a happier ending if each side had fucked off. American are touchy at best, and the Russians seem to have a major paranoid streak, and both nations are ambitious......
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    One of the failure modes of having to deal with countries which inappropriately intervene is that the "immune system" of your country becomes overly-powerful and starts attacking it's own host. I'm sorry that Russia is having to deal with this...
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    I've got to go with EC on this particular debate, particularly his use of the word "marginal." I'll give you two examples from today, (not counting the whole Trump shitshow.) https://www.theroot.com/police-accidentally-tweet-screenshot-showing-that-they-1829082201 https://boingboing.net/2018/09/15/berkeley-police.html And maybe something should be said about the...
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    ...values of sense. Exactly. It was something which caused at least as many problems for the American left as it solved, and I shortened a multi-decade history to a few paragraphs, so... yeah. And stuff....
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    In the 1920s and 1930s the Russians were also trying to insert agents into the U.S. and create connections to various political movements. But the connections were to the left rather than the right, and the danger from this essentially...
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    I found this on David Brin's blog, and I think it's a good take on things. Arguably the decision to force world-wide communism hurt the Soviets in the 1930s and I suspect that the attempt to push world-wide oligarchy will...
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    Now, before we get SR's grumbling about how it couldn't have been the Russians, whyever not? It's considerably cheaper to hack an open target than it is to play military superiority games, and if a country wanted the US to...
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    So clue me in. Why was Gorbachev such an idiot?...
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    Gah! "DC Metro area." Feh!...
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    Russia has detonated an attack idiot in the CD metro area. I'd say that nuclear retaliation is completely appropriate. (I'm not serious, of course, but the blow-back from this is going to be gigantic!) And Paul Manafort just signed a...
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    "It's been noted by several people & even by the UK "press" that Trump's rallies are "unusual"." Definitely unusual from an American perspective, and in my humble opinion, not healthy. Ideally a U.S. president attempts to at least present the...
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    I left him on the list mainly because I'm not sure how Heinlein's fictional MI would have treated a recruit who pulled this particular stunt while his planet was ramping up for a war. (And I should note that Schwarzenegger...
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    Not Heinlein. The very well-known, Nebula award winning, Hugo nominated novella A Boy and His Dog was written by Harlan Ellison....
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    In the U.S. we call politicians who advocate war but have never served in the military "chickenhawks." These amazing examples of humanity tend to be Republicans. So I was thinking about Heinlein's rule in Starship Troopers that people who haven't...
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    As an aside does anyone else ever cringe reading fantasy books where the Empire had been in place for a thousand years with little change, the same family line providing rulers, the Empire's boundaries unchanging, the language ubiquitous and frozen,...
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    I think the issue here is this: Why the ongoing critique of Heinlein? What's gained by it? Every future world I've seen has strengths and weaknesses; what makes it more important to critique the future of Starship Troopers than the...
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    ...and then getting aggressive about how important your current standards are and not having the historical background to notice that by 1950s standards Heinlein was a flaming social liberal!...
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    It seems to me that most of the people who say the book is an apologetic for fascism just haven't read it. Bingo. And it's a result of applying 2010-2020 standards of social justice to a book written in the...
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    There's nothing to apologize for. Chip Delany was definitely one of the people I considered as a "tutor" for Howard, but he didn't rank quite as high as Zora Neale Hurston or Josephine Baker, mainly for reasons of not being...
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    I suspect that Heinlein was always perverse; he was one of those sad souls where his inhibitions failed before his other faculties did. It's perfectly acceptable to discuss your obsession with spankings with a sex partner. With the public in...
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    Is the book currently available in book stores?...
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    Right. I was thinking about people who don't live in books....
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    My father had a couple slide rules once. I wonder if he still owns any. And who is Kip?...
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    I'm glad you enjoyed the con....
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    Thanks. I'll fix the spelling....
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    I have posted my Heinlein/Lovecraft/J.K. Rowling story at An Archive of Our Own. I'd be curious to hear anyone's opinion....
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    Also per regular Wikipedia, and Klendathu being the Bug's homeworld is also my memory of the book. Unfortunately, my books are currently in storage, so I can't find the original text....
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    Per the Starship Troopers Wiki, Klendathu was the home planet of the Bugs....
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