Steve Simmons

Steve Simmons

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    In re Trump's desire to get respect: I gotta agree with LAvery in 153. Trump is long past the point where he'll ever feel accepted, but is constantly seeking acceptance anyway. Worse, he seeks that acceptance clumsily and then reacts...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re various:"Those wielding power are less scrupulous than those not wielding power." Being able to minimize the risk of being caught is part of what you can do if you have power. Being able to minimize the punishment if you...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Have you ever had to rely on getting a straight answer from people, even on factual issues, let alone social ones? There is an implicit assumption there that the asker is competent to judge if the question has a simple...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Harkening back to the original statement I'm going to stick my neck out here and assert that the typical commenter here is middle-aged-to-elderly, male, white, somewhere on the ASD spectrum, has a STEM background, and doesn't have children...More correct than...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    Insert comment about how organized crime can't rely on state infrastructure for guard labour . . . Not that some people won't try. Googling will find you a few more instances, but few with the record of accuracy that...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    I'm so sorry for your loss, Charlie. I lost both parents in the past few years, and my heart goes out to you - I know how you feel....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Mister Freeze - Inspired by Lord Kelvin, tries to reach absolute zero, it goes wrong, gets caught up in the Ice Cream Van Wars in the 80sThis would bring me comfort and joy. We both know who should direct the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    here's Assange saying "who cares if I raped two women, I'm a journalist so you can't put me in jail"*. Makes for a bit of an ethical quagmire for small-L liberal types who think that governments should not be able...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Thanks for the article link. It's so lovely to see phrases like The Brexit ideologues would sooner barbecue their grandmothers than acknowledge any misjudgment...in print....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    At this point the Brexiteers seem to have driven themselves into a corner. They can't find an exit compromise a majority of them will accept, they're staring at the 'hard exit' cliff, and they can't (or won't) go back and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    (replying to Greg Tingey): Do you think some of the more hard-core Brexiteers want a no-deal crashout specifically because it would hurt the EU? Sort of like cutting off one's nose to spite someone else's face. Clearly the cutter would...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I could have sworn this was the Brexit thread, not the global warming thread....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    So you envisioned Grant when writing Angleton? Yeah, I can see that. As for anything else, it's too soon to do anything except conjecture about conjectures. Not that that will stop anyone here......
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Graydon@432 wrote: May is, among other things, from the "taxation is theft" faction; it is better than the injured and unwell die than that taxes be raised. (And this is not rhetoric; there's a pile of corpses.)Sounds like she needs...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Greg Tingey wrote: (quoting me) SS @ 383: But I wonder how much of that is bots, non-UK folks, etc. Almost zero You have to tick the boxes, give your email address & your UK postcode & THEN the vote...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    ...every account I've read by someone who's been stuck with jury service seems to go pretty much the same way: at least eight of the twelve are the kind of thick small-minded arseholes... Which certainly doesn't match either of the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Now at about 1.25 million and adding about 280 per minute. Per minute. But I wonder how much of that is bots, non-UK folks, etc....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    _Moz_ wrote w/r/t sortilege: In practice when the experiment has been performed people have overwhelmingly taken their responsibilities seriously. This is obvious when jury deliberations are made public, and remember that the weird shit you occasionally read about is exactly...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    If I were May, I'd cancel article 50 and say a second referendum is required now that people really understand what the issues are. Given the huge unpopularity of any thus-far negotiated output, it should be a more specific binary...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    As far as I can see, the Ireland backstop is a method for politicians to stick their head in the sand while claiming to be moving forward. I'm with Katy Hayward - at some point, there's going to be a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Following the ball back and forth on this, it really doesn't seem like there's any Brexit plan, hard or soft, that can possibly get the majority support required to get through parliament. Enough MP's on any side of it are...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Have you read "The Last Ringbearer"? I recommend it.Looks fascinating, thank you....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Um, no, when we had the Civil War, there was a geographically unified slaveholding bloc and the rest of the country was finding other ways to industrialize.That's not quite as true as you'd think. William W. Freehling's two volume masterpiece...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    And now, some blatant speculation about what might be making the gods nervous. Case Nightmare Green looks very much like the magic singularity, when power just goes up-up-up. Seven or eight billion people, all effectively gods. By contrast, all the...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    So all in all, I liked it a lot. Some high points - The return of Jonquil. It took me a bit to recall her, then I wondered why nobody was freaking out about her. Of course - none of...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Mercushio (#7):Instead they burned a shit-ton of power on taking down the presidency RIGHT THEN. And I have to confess, maybe I'm a poor reader, but I'm having trouble grokking why.Make sense to me. If the Black Chamber thinks Nightmare...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Thanks for the Eldfell link, a fascinating story. As for:So I can see a thriving market in urban-scale pumping facilities for coastal or near-coastal regions developing as maritime storms increase in frequency and intensityI'm assuming it's satirical, as with one...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    We live in a world where theology is an actual subject taught at accredited universities. Expecting evidence and logic to be persuasive is unduly optimistic.Like the course I took at the University of Michigan where the professor ruthlessly graded down...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    There's an important difference between Houston and New Orleans. In New Orleans, the levees gave way. That meant that anything under water stayed underwater for an extended period, maybe months in some cases. That hugely increased the cost of repair/refurb,...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    My condolences on your loss, Charlie. On the book topic, I'm torn about this schedule change. IIRC, the space opera is intended as a Banks type of book, which I'd love to see. On the other hand, the Laundry books...
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