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  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I don't think they need a working re-entry vehicle. NEMP over Seoul or Tokyo would look like a very credible doomsday threat to me, because of the economic effects. I doubt NK is really that vulnerable, simply because their installed...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I used to have a car which looked as if it was falling to bits (in particular, the front bumper was visibly not parallel with the road). It was very satisfying watching other drivers get out of its way :)...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Don't forget the stuff actively aimed at distracting you; i.e. advertising (billboards, etc.). I wonder if there's a lawsuit in there......
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    50-kilo chickens sounds like K W Jeter territory, IIRC. I forget which book it was....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I have a beard because I hate shaving. It's not particularly attractive, but that wouldn't change if I shaved....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    GCU Please Keep Your Receipt....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    There's the No Cause For Unreasonable Alarm as well. I'll leave the classification to others, I haven't read the books for some years. (GCU?)...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I assume they got to the other side, then?...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    My first guess re the killing of Kim Jong-Nam was that Russia was the culprit, the motive being to ensure the Chinese govt can't easily defuse the long-term NK problem by threatening to replace Kim Jong-Un. This was rather reinforced...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Does the USAF keep nuclear weapons at its bases in the UK? If the rump UK had to reposition its nuclear forces south of the Scottish border, would it consider basing them outside England? My suspicion is not. So, I'd...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Also worth noticing: a huge proportion of the world's cargo shipping (oil and container) is registered in Greece. If Greece leaves the euro, or has some similar economic catastrophe, it would be wise to have fallback routes, IMO. So if...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I've been meaning to mention John Brunner. Good catch :)...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    But don't eat the leaf; take it out before serving. (One leaf per casserole of stew.)...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Bay leaf is still used in soups and stews. At least round here :)...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    For those interested in Roger Bacon, I remember James Blish's novel 'Doctor Mirabilis' with fondness (though I haven't read it since my 20s - it's in my "reread" stack but I haven't found the time yet)....
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Good luck, and I hope you don't need it. I'm just wondering if you should obtain an Israeli passport. It doesn't mean you have to live there, and it might give you another option when you need to travel. Of...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Three reasons: a) Virulence. You have to be certain it's containable. b) Cheapness. Nothing's cheaper than free. c) Deniability....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    "Dumb as a fencepost": because it got hit in the head with a hammer a lot?...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    If Trump quits or cannot continue in office, how long can Pence be replacement-POTUS without losing his poossible two terms as elected POTUS?...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    That would be VIPER. I was never involved directly, but I knew people who were asked to be....
  • Commented on A reminder
    If, indeed. But if he insists on prodding the Chinese? Which looks very likely. I can't see him reacting well to being sidelined by the people he put in place....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    This is exactly in line with my experience: if you become ill from neglecting your own needs, you can't be much help to anyone. Best wishes to OGH and his relatives....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I think I'm going to assume that Putin is funding Marine Le Pen. Among other things, an FN win would mean that the EU would have no nuclear-weapon states....
  • Commented on The Day After
    I recall the CEO or chairman of Diebold, in maybe 2004, saying something to the effect the Repblican party must win the upcoming general election, whatever it took. I'm sure I am not quoting accurately, but that was the sense...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Votes....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Is that a real possibility? I had a look at the Article 50 wording, and some of it's open to interpretation; but the unanimous agreement of the remaining EU membership is needed, even to extend the two years. Whether it's...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I find it hard to see that zero-G manufacture has much of a market, bearing in mind the end result has to operate under 1G (i.e. back on the surface), and probably has to handle 2G deceleration during its descent....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Trebitsch-Lincoln instantly made me think of Michael Moorcock's Colonel Pyat....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    If there are no new conspiracy theories, that can only mean......
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    If there are no new conspiracy theories, that can only mean......
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