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  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    "but the same "democracy is dead, long live fascism" idea was alive and well then" fringe Nazis and outspoken Fascists are street soldiers and often winning candidates at local elections within mainstream right parties like the Italian League or Brothers...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    A mayor issue in democracy's failure mode is ... too much democracy (or something labeled that way, better called "stripping power from ppl who know things", see our Fivestar crusade for "ignorance is strenght"). Alle the way from parents dictating...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    *Lenin was more an Adam Burroughs frickin' copypaste from Kindle......
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I'm a former Communist, so take my points with a big pinch of salt, but comparing Brexit to the Lenin/early Stalin period is imho wrong. The October Revolution, which imho was the less worst choice in itself, ( does anyone...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Maybe I'm too fast a reader, but I miss how Mike Fleming ended up. In hiding in the USA? Escaped abroad or in the Commonwealth?...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    How does the Hive store information? Could humans access and decode it? on a different subject: The titles of the last three chapters are really funny ( I got the references...) and the "early days of a better nation" in...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    not the CONCEPT of battery, but the word. Frex in Italian we use also "pila" for "battery", literally "pile", because Volta built his first battery piling up zinc and copper disks with acid drenched fabric between each couple of disks....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    John Cristopher's Death of the grass? OMG. perchance, was a grandparent of yours named John and lived in Patmos? :-)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I read it. The part about Italy running to a military dictatorship was probably echoing rumors about coups (Google Di Lorenzo)....
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    "I think I've said enough. Watch on the Rhine is so breathtakingly full of shit that it's possible a single copy, appropriately mulched, could fertilize enough arable land to end African famine for the next four centuries" from a review......
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    A kindly reminder about Nuremberg trials and gallows?...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Already done by John Wyndham (Consider Her Ways) and Charles Eric Maine (World without men, IIRC). What about a virus-carried genengineering to reduce testosterone and increase oxytocin in males? Ain't it more humane?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "A Trotsky-Tukhachevsky-Zhukov team would have cleaned Hitler's clock. " and Bukharin in charge of the economy, carrying on the NEP, would have avoided famines, repression and the eventual failure of Soviet agriculture. Or having Bogadanon in place of Lysenko... Eventually...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "Keeping a shotgun with a variety of ammunition to keep pests away from your food supply is probably also warranted. " are two-legged pests included? /evilgrin...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Threads... it was aired just once in Italy, and really it makes The Day After look like a walk in the park.Scariest movie about nuclear war, ever. It should be aired again or put online for download, there is only...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I've been a card-carrying Italian Commie* for most of my political life, and I subscribe to your post, verse, line and chapter.Two more issues: Stalin helped a lot the rise of nazism with his idiotic policy about "social-fascism". The KPD...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "I've lifted sixteen tons" comes to mind......
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "Ultimately, there's so many feet of shelf space... "Hoarding is not collection development." True. I'm a librarian, too, and quite prone to hoarding. But small public libraries can't keep everything, medium-sized ones like the one I run (mostly library &...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    In Italy gas stoves are the most common ones (electricity is expensive and price is higher 7.00am-23.00 pm), either with gas from the mains or bottled, but ovens are often electric. I've got a gas-fired, electronically controlled oven, and I'd...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    True. Everything sold by weight is usually measured in "etti" if it's less than one kg. I know well, as my late father had a gorcery market stall. Probably we used metric for long enough that unit names got short...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "they actually got more votes from outside Bavaria than inside" LOL! it's really perverse......
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Re: authorial control over screen or TV adaption. The Italian TV is airing a miniseries based on Eco's The Name of the Rose. (beware when it will aired overseas. Forewarned is forearmed) It explains perfectly what can go wrong when...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Re Brexit and May-hem in UK gov't: from the Guardian: "it is easier to be on the team that accuses the prime minister of failing to deliver majestic herds of unicorns than it is to be stuck with a portfolio...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    My deepest sorrow. Been there some years ago....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    "The anglo world also has a really stupid prejudice against fungi ... Given our strict dietary prejudices (muscle meats, rather than organ meats, ... LOL. Being Italian, I love mushrooms (farm-grown, they're safer and cheaper...wild Boletus is fiendishly expensive) and...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "Italian elections being overridden by Eurocrats"... sorry, pure Bannonite BS (Steve Bannon is now in Rome, and helping the two populist parties to work together in order to destroy the Union. Where are good wetwork specialists when one needs them...)....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    ah, the sweet lovely Gwen Ingolfsson...wait, at least she delivered here some useful bits of technology. And it takes just some knowledge of SMS' works to get beyond the REDACTED... :-)...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Yeah, I can easily picture US shopping malls with parking lot aisles dedicated to charging stations" not just US. Last Sunday I went shopping to IKEA in Rome, and now they have aisles with chargers (there was a Nissan Leaf...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Joat (didn't you know who really is? Charlie knows, and me, too) said something interesting about wether it's possible to know the underlying structure of society or not. He believes a lot in contingency (Things may happen perchance and butterfly...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Emotion destroys the capacity for rational thought" Yes, I agree, Reverend Mother. Put aside that gom jabbar, please :-) "Eg., try to imagine a Roman deciding in 0 CE that the future would be utterly shaped by a mystery cult...
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