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  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Note that unlike New Orleans, Houston is mostly about 10m above sea level. The issue is that it's flat, so the water can't drain away. Latest forecasts: the storm's track has moved eastward a little, so Louisiana will be hit...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Employment (or unemployment) numbers also conceal the real story. In the 80s there was a sizable blue collar middle class with secure, well paid, often unionized full time jobs. Now, across the anglosphere much of that has been hollowed out....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    That, and a narcissist's aversion to feelings of lost control or public embarrassment. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/which-famous-banker-did-donald-trump-carry-out-of-the-waldorf-astoria-because-he-was-too-drunk-2011-2?r=US&IR=T...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The Iranian theocrats shouldn't want an apology for Operation Ajax. Their revolution likely wouldn't have happened without it....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Despite all of that I still like the Melbourne-Sydney train. The airports which were privatized because efficiency now charge insane monopoly mark-ups on parking, landing slots, coffee etc etc. The train goes CBD to CBD, I can get cheap public...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    You've seen me playing Settlers of Catan, then, have you?...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    We are in furious agreement about all of that, and thank you for making the defence of democracy I was too lazy to make @133....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    our culture/civilization has to become more complex requiring a higher minimum level of intelligence just to function in it. For the reasons Charlie outlined, an individual doesn't have to be very intelligent to function. I'd tweak your statement to: An...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    By Jingo, I've got it! This isn't the Ian Fleming continuum, it's PG Wodehouse world. Wodehouse would have instantly recognized Kushner as being in the son-in-law business. Either Bannon or Farage would fit the Spode mould, with his alt-right Black...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Aaand we have our Bond girl. Not only is the ex-wife of Mr Y said to be dating Mr. X, but she introduced the daughter of Mr. T to Mr. K, and is said to have (at the very least)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    And I'm not sure that 007 is really the being to put down this current mess of villains. After all, Bond is a tool of the government, specifically the British one, and does what's in the best interest of that...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Very late entry for tech company merger contest many threads back: Wiki-Lairs A joint venture between Wikileaks and Ecuador. Ecuadorian embassy basements around the world are refitted as inviolable luxury boltholes for the well-heeled villain. Ticker code: ASSHL...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Random notes: I assume most of you are familiar with Asimov's treatment of the Great man/Villain vs. Stochastic history problem in the Foundation trilogy, especially the black swan character of the Mule. --- Thiel does seem to be building a...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    M.I.C Propaganda Channel of Choice. I'd forgotten that CNN was the (probably unwitting) vector for getting disinformation to Saddam during the Gulf War. Lots of footage of marines practicing amphibious landings, which kept Iraqi forces tied up on Kuwaiti...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    That FT link is blocked by their unusually sophisticated paywall. The CNN piece is interesting, but should be taken with a pinch of salt. "Now, with its huge portfolio of mortgage-backed securities issued by Fannie and Freddie, the Fed...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Of course, this assumes that markets don't just take a default position that most users are bots. *cough* twitter *cough*...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Many social media companies have been accused of inflating user numbers, which amounts to a fraud on investors. I dimly recall allegations of pre-tinder dating sites flooding (hetero-) sites with phony sock puppet accounts featuring photos of attractive women, either...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I'm not much of a comic book reader, but I'm enjoying The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel) courtesy of a plug on Charlie's Twitter. I assume no money changed hands for said plug. . . I know we're not talking about...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    JG Ballard talked about this: "Cyril Connolly, the 50s critic and writer, said that the greatest enemy of creativity is the pram in the hall, but I think that was completely wrong. It was the enemy of a certain kind...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I'm Australian. We're the Saudi Arabia of coal. My small home state, Victoria, has an 800 year supply of dirty brown coal. That's just the known reserves; there's almost certainly a lot more, but nobody's bothered doing any exploration since...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    We won't run out of coal and oil. Not until we've cooked the planet....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Given that I average about 3 dumbarse typos per post, this is unfair, but: @OP. . . hepatic (sic) enabled VR . . . EEEeewww. That really is a dystopian future....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    First, someone has to earn enough money to pay (through their taxes) for people who aren't working To quote Mitt Romney (something I try not to do): "Corporations [staffed largely by robots] are people too my friend". OK, carry that...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    our cultural productions might be one of our few remaining viable exports. You're probably right, but for SFnal purposes it's interesting to consider: What if you're wrong? Bollywood, J-pop and K-pop are vastly popular throughout Asia and beyond. What if...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I should have noted that internal migration, just like international migration can have cross-pollinating positive outcomes as well. The movement of African Americans North during the early 20th century was driven by Jim Crow laws, but many of those migrants...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Re. Conventional war, the obvious point to make is that there is a an advantage in being a nation with (a) massive manufacturing capacity and (b) massive population for cannon fodder. Ie., China. Or, possibly, proxy or client states of...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Re. Climate refugee migration, don't forget that even internal migration within a country's borders can have major social, political, economic and environmental effects. The Indonesian government has been encouraging the poor of over-populated Java to migrate to remote parts of...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Point taken. More broadly, the chance of catastrophic mismanagement in a crisis was always an obvious Trumpian risk. But, I'm not sure that an ideologically deluded Pence (or Ryan) would be much better. And if Pence can present himself as...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Just heard on BBC world: . . . swirling accusations of so-called pee tapes . . . Heh. Fricken 2017....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I'm guessing criminal charges from Flynn all the way up, including Pence, to the Orange One, and in the next month or so. I hope you're right, but it will almost certainly take longer. A Special Counsel has 60 days...
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