Paul

Paul

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    We don't have a general social construct of incompetence by reason of deficiency of imagination, but we should. Yes to this. Lets try and get it started. What should we call it? How about "flat-headed"? As in "That flathead should...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Can I recommend OsmAnd? It puts maps derived from Open Street Map on your device, so you don't need Internet while using it to navigate. Also spoken directions and all the usual sat-nav functions. The maps are free, the app...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Some definitions of Socialism: Google dictionary: a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. dictionary.com: a theory or system...
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    Just think ! I'd be able to drive on pavement without having to pay a turnpike fee at a turnstile ! GOSH, NOT CAPITALISM. You're confusing a mixed economy (which we have, as you point out) with socialism. Where did...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    You're telling *us* the definition of socialism, when you are clearly against it? BZZZT! Thank you for playing I'm from the UK, and I was paraphrasing the definition from Wikipedia. I'm not *against* socialism. I think it would be great...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    So, too, is "a detailed plan" not what you want. Won't work, and can't work The reason I say "detailed plan" is that without one socialism (or any other -ism) is not an ideology, its just a happy-clappy religion who's...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    I could argue that there are a lot of things in place now which prevent people from moving around You're just criticising capitalism. I'm not looking for a critique of capitalism; I'm very well aware of its deficiencies and I'm...
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    Why overcomplicate? It doesn't have to be pure capitalism* or undiluted socialism, borrow enough socialist ideas to stop wasting human lives. The definition of socialism is the communal or social ownership of the means of production. If it doesn't have...
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    I may have said this before: can you point to such a plan for *any* political system? With the exception of our current one (which I'm calling "capitalism" for convenience) the answer is no. The current one is quite well...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    OK then, can you point me at a genuine well-worked out plan for how modern technological society, in all its mind-boggling complexity, would run under socialism (defined as communal ownership of the means of production)? Something that will permit people...
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    You view being that smart political operators and scientists don't venture onto reddit? No, but I did think that if there *was* some kind of plan for how things would work under socialism then one of the redditeers might be...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    You can, however, hang the CEO, CFO, COO, [...] In theory we already have this; if anyone in a company causes that company to commit a crime then they are personally liable to arrest and criminal charges. Consider the fallout...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Attempts to divide the population by "class" will always fail for exactly the same reasons that trying to divide them by "race" will; you are dealing with a multi-dimensional continuum rather than distinct categories. According to the "works for a...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Since the discussion has moved to socialism, perhaps I can point to this post I made on Reddit: Change My View where I claimed that socialists have no actual plan for how things should work. My view was confirmed; the...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Charlie @ 44: It's not murder if they're still breathing, right? No, but it might well be Reckless Injury, and if done on a sufficiently wide scale it might even be Reckless endangerment of the lieges. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culpable_and_reckless_conduct#Reckless_endangerment_of_the_lieges...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Just remembered another take on this: The Giving Plague by David Brin (link to full short story). TL;DR: Virus evolves to use blood transfusion as a vector by making humans irrationally generous....
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    Before I really wanted to read Invisible Sun, and while I understand the reasons it was delayed, I nevertheless found it frustrating. Now I really really want to read it, if only to find out how the East German regime...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    I'm reminded of the Great Politics Mess Up, AKA the end of the Cold war. Due to the long publication pipeline, for some 2 years after it happened there were thrillers being published in which the Iron Curtain, East Germany...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    "We are extreme hand washing. I mean extreme, extreme hand washing"...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    https://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2020/02/26/social-media-conspiracies-blame-coronavirus-on-5g-internet/ https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/25/conspiracy-theorists-facebook-youtube-blaming-coronavirus-5g-no-evidence-12300961/ with links to Facebook messages. https://fullfact.org/online/wuhan-5g-coronavirus/ FullFact fact checking on these claims....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    And I'm fairly certain that as soon as there's a vaccine, the Anti-Vaxxers will crawl out of the woodwork. They are already crawling. According to anti-vax theories the whole Covid-19 thing is a conspiracy cooked up as an excuse to...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    What about books that start Low and then shift High? I'm thinking of some of Robert Heinlein's works here, including "Citizen of the Galaxy" and "Glory Road". CotG starts with a slave boy bought by a beggar scratching for a...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Lois McMaster Bujold has defined a genre as "a body of works in close conversation (or heated argumentation) with one another". I think that's the best definition I've heard; it captures the way in which books in a genre will...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I was blowing off steam and doing therapy-writing for stress relief Rather puts me in mind of Richard Feynman's experience of burnout. He felt unable to face any "real" physics, but one day in the canteen he noticed the strange...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I want to pick up on the algorithmic targeting of fake news. Maybe this falls into the 9%, but I have a nasty feeling its going to be one of the big ones. From Wikpedia: Legitimation crisis refers to a...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    When I saw the headline I assumed that Guiliani Butt-Dials was the name of an impecunious NBC reporter....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Charlie @ 24, Have you tried pointing out that pulley-airers are part of the original architecture, and hence should be mandatory? Also you might like to know that our LG washing machine has a "silent" motor which almost lives up...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    While some kind of military engagement in the Gulf is very possible, I don't see the UK military engaging in the kind of brain-dead strategy you envisage in Wildcard#2. Boris may be an idiot, but the Chiefs of Defence Staff...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I agree with Eloise@22 that the most likely scenario is a new election, and it is going to be interesting. The Tories have spent the last decade burnishing their reputation as the Nasty Party (something that they had previously started...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    There is a precedent for arranging the time of death of the monarch to suit the news cycle: As he lay comatose on his deathbed in 1936, King George V was injected with fatal doses of morphine and cocaine to...
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