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  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Soft moon landing optional, too......
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Absolutely OT for OGH: yesterday the online website used by our populist moviment, the FiveStars, to hold online elections was hacked by an hacker who calls himself R0gue0. Now, the newspapers say that this site is based on Movable Type,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "That's almost textbook tyranny of the majority." A different thing, in fact the opposite thing. Provisions for supermajorities arose from some nasty historical experience here in Europe. Fascism in Italy was able to change the constitution of the then Kingdom...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The Spanish PM has been duly appointed by the head of state, has a parlamentary majority ( two of the major Spanish parties, voted in free and fair elections), won a confidence vote and is executing and enforcing a decision...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "I fail to see how that should bind people born since then." so, let's rewrite the constitution every year? I was born in 1953, am I bound to a constitution voted in 1948? you kiddin'? "The essence of democracy is...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Isn't España una e indivisible a holdover from the Francoist fascists and a violation of the UN charter?" No. Most constitutions have a similar clause (France and Italy for sure), and it doesn't violate the Un charter as Catalonia was...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "with the central government in Madrid sending the Guardia Civil to shut down the Catalan regional government and arrest politicians." The comparison with the Scottish referendum is imho wrong. That referendum was legal, the Catalan one is against the Spanish...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    My wife, years ago, had a Samsung iirc Galaxy clamshell with real, not haptic, keyboard (it died after getting water on it...external pocket of a knapsanck while having a trip in the mountains, hard rain...). A true physical keyboard could...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    "The constant migration on a hyperboloidal world strongly evokes Christopher Priest's Inverted World." YesYes! I remembered reading a book with such an alien space, but I forgot the title...the city moving on tracks or rails, the quest for the Optimum,...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I agree. McCain may have a lots of flaws but he deserves some respect. And the far right /alt-right guys I know online dubbed him McLame. I answered back it was a "deplorable" joke... odd that a former Italian Communist...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Newcomen's and earlier yet Savary's steam engines were stationary. And steam didn't compete with road (as different from rail) freight transportation, except maybe in UK (Wikipedia). Road freight shifted more or less straight from horse to IC...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    ahem...it's really NSFW but google "autofellatio" on google... Or watch "Clerks" :-)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    barely three axes of evil? if you believe that evil can be plotted in a simple 3D Cartesian space... given how many axes of evil are outh there, representing the true evilspace would require a geometry that either makes you...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    In doubt, with neoreactionaries like Mencius Moldburg I'd still follow the wisdom of Arnaut Amalric at the Albigensian War... :-), lizards or not. Mayne some of those lizards secrete some mind-altering drugs, or have glowing green worms in their eyes......
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    "In contrast, Mr X has invested his assets in grand infrastructure programs..." shouldn't he be Mr. Z (aka Elon Musk)? Mr. X is the first one in the list, the one with missiles and coming from a state agency with...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Damn, I'm very sorry for you...
  • Commented on Book day!
    [playing Cassie] I'm a great fan of NCIS' "Abby Sciuto" but, I suppose Pauley Perrette isn't the right physical type..."elfin" (as stated in Nightmare Stacks, "tall and thin") she ain't... but her body language looks a lot like Cassie's verbal...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    OT, and before the 300 posts mark, but I found it quite funny, so for comic relief: this morning on a bus in front of me there was a poster (no, nothing about EU and SSN, our NHS :-) advertising...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    "with the possible exception, IIRC of Kerala, of all places" "communism" in Marx's proper meaning is what in scifi nerdspeak would be labeled "post-scarcity society with no coercion" (the Culture in Bank's novels). So it was never tried, given...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    "in my case that the Morning Star Empire had peripheral neighbors who were not significant rivals but who were seen as uncivilized savages." when Cassie explains that her homeworld is similar to the state of affairs in Dr. Strangelove, she...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    "He went on to say how much he values the views of Ukranians who remember the "common history" uniting Russia and Ukraine" OK, historically the Russian state was born around Kiev's Rus'(far away and long ago: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_Igor%27s_Campaign...). But I suppose...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I was wondering why everyone was pointing at me the fact that Cassie was the daughter of the first wife of the All-Highest, something I knew perfectly...then I realized that I wrote "her daughter". Languages colliding...I'm Italian and in Italian...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I've re-read TNS and I've got two odd-feeling points. First the economics of the Alfar homeworld. Cassie/Agent First had to discover the meaning of money. So probably there was no market or other form of resource allocations, so what would...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    my comment from the other side of Channel about elections: "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Theresa May 10 Downing Street wgah'nagl fhtagn hard Brexit"...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Is any possible biological process allowing the firewyrms to produce chlorine trifluoride or is it produced elsewhere and they're "loaded" while grounded? (there is mention of them with pipes going inside them at both ends)? unrelate issue about the Apocalypse...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    btw, a couple of details about BASHFUL INCENDIARY: Charles was right about her Italian school career ("Liceo scientifico" is exactly the kind of school someone mathematically gifted would attend), but he mispelled the name of the terrorist organization, it's "Brigate...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I know it has already asked, but will be the Alfar be interfertile with humans (including use of CRISPR/magic)? An interesting twist could be Alfar being interfertile only with PHANGs... Another question: is the name of the Morningstar empire military...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    and next rename the US as The Republic of Gilead, as in Atwood's Handmaid Tale? :-) It looks a lot too extreme and farfetched. I'm not American (USian...) but I suppose a federal ban on abortion would infringe states' rights...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Coming to Italy? Where and when? Re: monastery ships, they appear in Cestus Dei, a novel featuring a Jesuit ninja 😀...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "Operacja Lew Morski" ROFLMAO.......
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