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  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Regarding alien-focused fiction, I have fond memories of Timothy Zahn's Conqueror's trilogy. Teenage me found the depiction of aliens there pleasingly different, but I doubt it holds up to a modern re-reading....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    JBS @ 743: I think the word I meant to use is unintentional. I completely agree that this was negligent, but I don't think anyone intended it to go off....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Bellingcat has a rather good writeup about what just blew up in Beirut. TL;DR: they find that the evidence clearly supports an accidental discharge of ammonium nitrate....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    JBS @ 278: There's be a line of succession if they both come down with a fatal dose of it in quick order. The best outcome for the country might be if Mitch (Putin's bitch) McConnell & Chuck Grassley both...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    SFReader @221: I'm only an amateur in these things, but my impression from reading Raven Rock was that the line of succession rules mainly deal with death and not incapacitation, which was why section 4 for of the 25h amendment...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Robert Prior @148: Big thanks for the Delilah Dirk recomendation, it looks very good....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Charlie @216: If Trump and Pence both come down with ventilator-level cases, things can easily become interesting, especially if it happens in close succession. The 25th amendment isn't as clear as it could be in these cases, and mainly deals...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    JBS @ 1197: I've been lurking here for so long that I have a good feeling of who the regulars here (like yourself) are, but keep forgetting that I haven't introduced myself to the same level. I also prefer to...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Didn't see the new thread, so cross-posting and adapting a summary from the previous thread. The start of the week looked promising with about 170-ish detected cases on monday, including the first hospital admissions. It rapidly deteriorated, with the first...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Things are moving rapidly now. During the day, Norway has taken several severe steps, first at local levels and lastly at national. For the next 14 days (with extensions expected), the following will be closed: * All education facilities, including...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    @JBS #1089: My apologies; my earlier post made it clear that here is Norrway, but I forgot to include it in my follow-up. Extra bonus points for having the first confirmed infection on an offshore rig....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    So, things took a turn for the worse here yesterday. 160ish new cases, with several people being hospitalized for COVID (as opposed to with). We also have the first cases where the infection vector has not been possible to trace,...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    @Greg #871: We've been having some uninformed discussion about why Italy seems so bad off. In the daily Ministry of Health briefing, it was mentioned that they believe Italy had early hidden community spread. So far, most of the cases...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Regarding the rate degree of low-/asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, I think Norway might offer some clues. As of writing, Norway has 169 176 detected cases, but we got our first hospital admission yesterday, apparently more due to existing underlying conditions...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Can I just emphasise that. In NZ you can vote. Permanent residents included. It's a remarkable extension of the franchise that AFAIK isn't done anywhere else in the world. I'm a big fan of a universal franchise, or at...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    > (Norway at least had deep-water fjords for ships and U-boats and airfields within bombing and paratroop range of Scotland: it also secured access to the Baltic). There were other, industrial factors in play as well. In short, there were...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Damian @1154: Then I wonder whether the next series of gunmen will start out with lanyards and official looking ID to increase their own survivability. Just putting your driver’s licence on a plastic sleeve on an official looking lanyard would...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Charlie, did you ever get to Moominworld? As fate would have it, my family vacation put me there at approximately the time you were talking of going, but I wasn't able to spot you....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Another good candidate for defending coastal waters is the Norwegian Skjold-class, which has a pretty nice sprint ability for ambushing....
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