Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

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    I realized, after making my reply to you yesterday, that your comments to me made a lot more sense if you were replying to my post at 633. The idea that my novel needs a reworking is not particularly a...
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    You're in one of those moods where you want an argument. Sorry, not playing....
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    I apologize if this comes across as dickish, but you're clearly not paying attention to the actual conversation. Please, please, please go back and read everything after "Slushkiller" over again so your comments can be relevant to the actual discussion....
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    You complained about how "The prose is grammatically, syntactically and semantically correct, but will be unreadable except to the 1% of the most literary readers." That certainly qualifies under the category of "pointless."...
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    Ding-ding-ding! We have a winner!!!...
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    I believe it's El Salvador....
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    The prose is grammatically, syntactically and semantically correct, but will be unreadable except to the 1% of the most literary readers. Agreed. This is useful criticism, but I suspect ultimately it is covered by number 7, particularly the second sentence:...
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    There are definitely some things we could do, for no more than the current ICE budget which focuses on our southern border. For example, we could come down really hard on any corruption which comes out of Mexico - not...
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    I've frequently thought that if we really don't want immigrants that the place to put our money is into Mexico. We should work hard to make it into a first world country (easier said than done) and let them absorb...
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    Renovations are currently taking place with particular reference to TNH's discussion of "story vs. plot."...
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    I ran my current manuscript past a professional writer and learned that I was somewhere between: 7.) Author can write passable paragraphs, and has a sufficiently functional plot that readers would notice if you shuffled the chapters into a different...
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    Could it be that St. Mary's was simply the biggest religious venue available? Churches/Temples/Mosques can be remarkably supportive of each other in circumstances like the current ones....
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    I really want to read some stories set in this universe, but I think that if you want people to Get It the choice of viewpoint character and where in the universe you put them is vital....
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    Practically speaking, we'd have to give them numbers, so we'd know who we were talking about. So REDACTED-358 shot up the _________ in ___________ after becoming inspired by reading TITLE-EXPUNGED_86 by REDACTED-247. Or something like that....
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    I hate to say this, but I think you're being insufficiently cynical. Upon the release of the Mueller Report, Trump will go to war (channelling Kurt Vonnegut) if the chemicals in his brain tell him that "wagging the dog" is...
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    You want to poison the whales? Don't do that!...
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    "As Jimmy Carr said, 'President Trump got elected president. Little did he know.'" Word....
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    Yeah. You're definitely on to something. The U.S. will get in a war or have a really horrible natural disaster and China/Russia/India/Brazil/EU will do to us what Roosevelt did to the U.K....
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    There is one small ray of sunshine breaking through the sMogg on this, which is Europe's Article 13. A post-Brexit UK would be a very nice place for any business driven out of the EU by Article 13 to post...
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    My best hope is that you guys withdraw your Article-50 filing and forget the whole thing, making schadenfreude unnecessary. The ability to say "I told you so," comes in second after that. But deciding not to jump off a cliff...
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    Ah yes, the four pillars of the Church: Suicide, Abortion, Cannibalism and Sodomy. I may still have a paper copy of Stuff It #3 around someplace. And yes, I Like To Watch!...
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    Next on Parliament's agenda; invade France!...
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    The U.K. will lie on the floor sobbing while the E.U. kicks it in the nuts. God I feel bad for you guys! (I feel bad for the sensible ones, anyway!)...
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    Corbyn vs. May is the same problem we had in the U.S. with Clinton vs. Trump. Both represent the end-points of a thousand ugly processes and poor decisions within their parties. I thought of the 2016 elections in the U.S....
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    600 million? A billion? What's a few zillion years among fiends?...
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    The argument that even one would have spread by now is bogus. Our solar system is 1/3 the age of the universe, and our kind of life critically depends on elements that were produced in supernovae, so will not have...
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    ...because we're in one of the simulations addressing the question, "What if the Eschaton novels weren't bestsellers? Would Stross have turned out equally good fiction in other settings?" I started out by saying I agreed with you, and that this...
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    I've had arguments on several occasions with people who deny "Jesus" ever existed; that his disciples just invented him and his teachings. Some evil people believe the same thing about our guru and SlackMaster, J.R. "Bob" Dobbs! One day, there...
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    Tying "God" back into the original discussion... In that case, *if* he were actually "good", he would have done a dozen code reviews before he instantiated the universe It seems to me that Charlie and God both have the same...
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    I think that comes under the heading of both "statistical accidents of history" and "we remember recent events longer than we remember less-recent events." Note, for example, that everything you're considering happened in the last century. But if you look...
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