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  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Robert Heinlein wrote a whole chapter breaking down this idea and providing worked examples in "For us, the Living" - it's part of his argument for Universal Basic Income....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    There's a certain degree of dark amusement to be taken in someone accusing a religio-ethnic group of concerted efforts to distribute material accusing a religio-ethnic group of conspiracy....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    “My gift to industry is the genetically engineered worker, or Genejack. Specially designed for labor, the Genejack’s muscles and nerves are ideal for his task, and the cerebral cortex has been atrophied so that he can desire nothing except to...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Warren Ellis spotted it pretty well....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    An entirely new weapons system may be unlikely, but if the US navy have successfully got their railguns working for ABM defence that would presage a sudden, dramatic end to the idea of MAD....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    I mean, imagine everyone in sales replaced by a sales robot: No, but I can imagine them replaced by a website or a tablet. Does this mean that 15 million jobs just disappeared, so now people are unemployed? Of course...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    For me it was "Jesus saves! Everyone else takes damage." Which may say quite a lot about the era and social circles I grew up in....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'm actually put in mind of something from Snow Crash, if you've read it - it features "The Raft", a floating refugee city built around an old aircraft carrier....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The thing about the monarchy, though, is that it makes the head of state largely apolitical. I've always regarded that as one of the problems with America's construction - an elected head of state is, by default, an opponent of...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I thought they mostly went to Cape Canaveral? I'm actually due in the US myself towards the end of February, and am worrying about what devices to take - especially since I'm actually going to be in DC. I'd leave...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I think the worst thing about that list is that I can no longer trust the Danish....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    I can't help but feel the major flaw in these predictions is that you have a Patriot system in Gulf actually hitting what it was aiming at......
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    That culturaly tight group is generally referred to as "The Army". (Or I guess "The Marines" in the States, maybe? I'm sure the US Army has grunts, but by cultural product you really wouldn't think so...)...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    I would be damned curious to see who the west would back in a fight between an independent Kurdistan and Turkey. I mean, I know who I would *want* them to back, I've an abiding fondness for the PKK dating...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    Huh... I'm all in favour, obviously, but I thought there were legal reasons authors couldn't acknowledge fanfic? Opened them up to "You stole my idea" lawsuits, or something?...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    I actually bounced pretty hard off the series just based on the synopses and original book covers - it wasn't until I saw the omnibus editions that I really grokked what was going on....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Out of interest, was it the mild paedophilia or the puns that drove you away? ('Both' is also a valid answer)...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    I was including Bob in the people he fooled!...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Yes, but he's good enough that no-one realises that until it's too late....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Aren't military bases always extraterritorial? I mean, I was born on the BAoR base in Rhinteln, which counts for purposes of citizenship....
  • Commented on A reminder
    I can kind of see a path to it, assuming continued voter apathy - consider Japan, pretty much the poster child for ageing populations. (And, let's be honest, latent racism) They're already talking about taking in more immigrants to keep...
  • Commented on A reminder
    My gift to industry is the genetically engineered worker, or Genejack. Specially designed for labor, the Genejack’s muscles and nerves are ideal for his task, and the cerebral cortex has been atrophied so that he can desire nothing except to...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Well that's put my day in perspective....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Would that it were otherwise, but being an arsehole doesn't automatically make you wrong!...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    She (I'm using feminine pronouns because she uses female names) frustrates me because she's clearly very smart and clued in, but also suffering from GD and a generally arsey attitude. More sensical than usual in this topic by and large,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    You couldn't get that from context? Homo Sapiens Sapiens. Y'know, us - Twice-wise man, etc?...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    See Exhibit B: Mrs. Mizulina. This one is known for her relentless fight with "pedophile lobby" which is apparently controlling the whole world I mean, how sure are you she's wrong? Given the investigations into the HoL, several police forces,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    So maybe colonialism is the better option?...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Generally, aren't non-believers better off than heretics? "They don't pray" seems to be better regarded than "THEY PRAY WRONG!"...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    So I just found out that Russia has, today, withdrawn from the ICC. (Joining such august bodies as Sudan and the United States, I gather!)...
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