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  • 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...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "One thing that peeves me about university libraries is that many of them now require a login in order to use the catalogues." really? Here in Italy it would be almost unthinkable (yes, I'm a university librarian). You need to...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Downloaded it to Kindle this morning. I wonder about who will be sent to the Commonwealth as US ambassador...a retired Colonel breaking a fountain pen, maybe? Is the language of the rail police officer arresting Rita a strongly Scottish-inflected variety...
  • 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,...
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