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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    ... and the right is almost always less scrupulous than the left. This is a temporary historical aberration, not a general rule. The Left has not recently been attracting the kind of will-to-power careerists who cause real political harm. Give...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Totally off-topic comments ought to be OK after 100+ responses to OP, right? This item is so totally up blog host's alley that I had to come straight here and post it....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    a regrettable indication of how far the masses have willingly allowed themselves to be dumbed-down, brainwashed by the marketdroids, oligarchs and demagogues. The way that this is phrased suggests that there was once a time when the masses were not...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    I think you have plotted a wise course. When I was in that position, I at least had the advantage of having had more time between my parents' deaths. Eventually the dreams about their still being alive will stop, or...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The Procustean electoral calendar the US runs on made a lot of sense before the telegraph and the steam locomotive Indeed, even that quadrennial atrocity, the Electoral College, made sense in 18th-Century terms. Tabulating and reporting the votes of individual...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Only in that ours appears better able to accommodate a 3rd national (by nation I mean a country which is a member of the UN in its own right) party and regional parties. USian here. I read @Noel Maurer as...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Except, decentralization and local control bring different problems of their own. Centralization of authority isn't something that happens just because empire-builders at the center want it that way. It's a response the the dysfunction that results when local control gets...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I think we can safely say that since 2013, the grip of the beige dictatorship on the western system has been broken. I've been wondering when you'd get around to revisiting that. "The failure mode of democracy is greedy hateful...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I don't object to being corrected when I get it wrong, which I do often enough to benefit greatly from such corrections. I do object to people critiquing what they *think* I said without actually paying attention to what I...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I read once that Heinlein considered all voluntary body modifications (e.g. cyborg) and genetic engineering of humans absolutely immoral, and moreover, so obviously immoral that he never bothered defending that position -- he just took it for granted. Was this...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    American Christianity is what you get when anybody who wants to call himself a preacher can found a new sect, and can make it stick if he can get enough people to go along. Mormonism is a good example of...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    OT: China begins rolling out CopSpace: http://www.ecns.cn/2018/02-07/291784.shtml via http://www.ibtimes.com/how-does-face-recognition-sunglasses-work-chinese-police-increase-use-smart-tech-2651700...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I'm so old I remember when the dream was that everybody would have a computer and all the computers would be connected. It was going to enable The People to build Countervailing Power and Stick It To The Man! I...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    (Germany as target, scale of WWII weapons programs, unexpected power of 1st-gen fission devices) Yes the program was initially sold with warnings about the risks of the Germans getting there first, and yes if the Germans had still been in...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Well, apart from anything else a suspension of democracy is a direct threat to their personal power, no? The Establishment always think they can control the guy who's going to take care of those pesky peasants for them. Sometimes they're...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    If DT tries to go that far off the reservation he'd have the House voting impeachment so fast people would wonder who those people are. Then the Senate would likely impanel a trial within the day or as soon as...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    the only successful justification for the actual use of nukes in Japan was that the alternative of a conventional forces invasion of Japan would have caused far more deaths on both sides. You write that almost as though there was...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    It seems to be seen as a sinecure for working class authoritarian types who a rigidly structured framework to work within — and as a playground for narcissistic thugs who can get along with that and enjoy the privileges of...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    can order police & military to do stuff One point that came up in this history of the camp apparatus under the Nazis: the police will be the natural allies of the strongman, at least at first, and will spontaneously...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Very well. I have some guesses, will be waiting for the reveal with bated breath. Not really. I don't think I can hold my breath for a year. But I will be waiting....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Since I'm here early enough (for a change) not to get buried by being the 150th comment, here's a question I've been wondering about. Has there been any discussion about what is the nature/origin story of The Mandate? Am I...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    ITT: people who have no experience with security or secure systems, opining loudly....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I scanned through the thread and can't see that anyone pointed out that some organisations have good reasons for not blindly applying every update that M$ calls "critical." For a long time there was a "critical" update for pushing out...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    Wow, a hundred comments and nobody has said "B-b-but, an armed society is a polite society!" Clearly you do not have enough trolls stopping by here!...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    That means core memory at that time...and it took awhile for core memory to be invented. Actually the first working storage was delay line memory which used acoustic pulses in long tubes of mercury. Which could theoretically have been invented...
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