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  • Commented on Book day!
    To be fair to Mo, I had the distinct impression it was hard for her to sort out what was real and what wasn't at times due to Lecter screwing with her head. My copy should be arriving tomorrow!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I am reminded of a passage from Dorsai about why a spacefaring civilization was still using infantry with fairly simple mechanical rifles. Couldn't be jammed, hacked, or otherwise messed with by any of the advanced tech their opponents would be...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    There's a bit of an unexplored track here too. If in fact Alfar and orcs are descended from a common ancestor, then who were those ancestors, where did they come from, and what happened to them? If the answer is...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I think I have to disagree with your that the Host would be more effective in urban warfare and occupation. They achieved a lot of success with a surprise attack against unprepared mainly civilian opposition, but I would maintain that...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Disclaimer: It's been nearly a year since I read The Rhesus Chart and The Nightmare Stacks, so I may have a few things not entirely straight, if I make an idiot out of myself here. The biggest question lingering in...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I think the Great Orange One actually gets along fairly well with frogs, at least the cartoon variety that prance around in SS drag. *After* the singularity? Oh my. I had not even considered that, I'd figured the series would...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    It's also somewhat hopeful that Bannon and his grand plans for dismantling the EU appear to be on the outs right now after he embarrassed Trump with several executive orders that got him a ton of bad press before being...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    The "Looking for Martyrdom? We can help you!" now has an entire lineup of infomercial themed warship names running through my head. In honor of this happening, I will just leave the following: The (Interstellar SSBN Equivalent) Glowing Testimonial...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    When I read the phrase heavy attack monastery it makes me think of the opening of Neptune's Brood. +1 for a double helping of gravitas....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I think there's some extra fun to be had when you throw augmented reality into the mix. All those IoT devices are going to be WiFi enabled, right? With ransomware and unethical marketing spewing out of obsolete devices and straight...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Some people are calling them out on it, this comes to mind: https://www.balloon-juice.com/2017/02/11/prove-it-or-shut-up/ It often kind of gets lost in other news about the rolling crisis that is this administration however....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    For fans, the sequel titled Sunless Skies is about a week into it's Kickstarter campaign....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I believe this is the segment you are looking for: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/cbbn22/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-third-world-health-care---knoxville--tennessee-edition...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    McCain has not got the power to impeach the president in any case. Presidents are impeached by the House of Representatives, and the impeachment is then tried by the Senate. McCain is a Senator....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Congresscritters are utterly venal and won't turn on DT until his craziness begins to reflect on the party to a point where it threatens their own personal hold on power and narrowly defined self interests. That may be sooner, it...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'd be willing to bet that Benny thinks of them as useful idiots. Likud has been in bed with Christianists in the states for ages, even though the Christianists make no secret of the fact that they want all of...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    I'm inclined to think that the dome WAS the airlock....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I'm not sure your picture is quite right. As I understand it, the REAL money in the US has always looked down on DT and viewed him as boorish small fry who is in the wrong business (real estate as...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Wouldn't the political problems of sticking a giant laser in space or mass driver on the moon be at *least* as big as the technical ones? Also, yay, Cascadia Subduction Zone! Our very own local cataclysm waiting to happen!...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    Totally fair. I suppose I misread the word co-opted as being somewhat more positive than you meant it....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    If you're looking for happy fun ideas for the next installment, I'd suggest doing some reading about the Cascadia Subduction Zone. And on the subject of human insanity, the possibility that the proxy war in Yemen between Saudi Arabia and...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    I don't think you're being cynical enough. The Mandate is the political version of a nuclear weapon. Just imagine what he could do to convince voters, or get legislation through Parliament. Now put a number on what kind of money...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    I bet that she can see Russia from the White House, you betcha....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    I've had a feeling for a while that control of information might turn into one of the defining political issues of the 22nd century, with the capacity to overturn the existing right/left coalitions and redefine normal. I confess that I...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    I know a bit more than you might think, seeing as I've survived two breakdowns myself (in extremely different circumstances, obviously), and I know firsthand what they can do to relationships. You are right though that it didn't necessarily come...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    I think I read The Annihilation Score a little differently. My impression was that Mo still cares about Bob, for all his (rightly or wrongly perceived) flaws, but that she spent most of the book being pretty dishonest with herself...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    I don't feel like we are going to get a happy ending for Agent HOWARD and Agent CANDID. At least not together. Individually though... I think the picture for Agent CANDID is relatively clear at this point, and if there...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Here's the scenario that I'm most afraid of. Trump spends a couple years dealing with the realities of the permanent state, filibusters from Senate Democrats, obstructions thrown up by a put-upon bureaucracy, etc. With his authoritarian personality, he doesn't take...
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