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  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Domestic beatings, from a traditional Brit Bobby; or, as the Brexiters know it, "taking back control"....
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    Muscle memory of typing "instruction" or "construction" or other words of similar, um, construction? The "strua" string is fairly uncommon in English; the "struc" string is commoner....
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    David L at 953: Isn't he likely just to announce it anyway, regardless of whether it's there or not? If he's shown to have lied *after the election, he won't care either way....
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    Argh... then I've completely misunderstood the thing. Damn it. Thanks for the correction....
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    I suspect that the flamethrowers would still be really, really handy for sorting out the dead T. Rex's parasites (as Brian Aldiss has pointed out, IIRC)....
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    It would have been easy enough to build a (spring-operated) PIAT launcher-analog for the trench mortar role. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PIAT. I'm pretty sure the springs necessary would be available in the 1890s. And they have the advantage of being relatively economical in...
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    IIRC my thought at the time was that Afghanistan really badly needed some sort of legitimate export industry and there was a global morphine shortage, so it seemed a natural conjunction of demand and supply with a bit of nation-building;...
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    Aha... my old employer built one of those. For testing Chobham armour, IIRC. I never had the chance to play with it, or even see it working, sadly....
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    I have a vague recollection of it being the defence supply chain which was driving UK poppy growing, possibly after the invasion of Afghanistan....
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    One of Tanith Lee's 'Tales From The Flat Earth' also has violent unicorns - I think it's 'Delirium's Mistress'?...
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    dpb at 428: Yes, that DUP, the Tories' old ally in NI. Back channels via old-school Tory back-benchers is the mechanism I guess at; they have always been close....
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    amckinstry at 424: My suspicion is that Johnson is now trying to appease the DUP, now that the treaty implications have become clear to them. They are still trying to have their cake and eat it; he is still trying...
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    RobertPrior at 356: Good idea. I shall try to do that from now on. (Not that I comment much.)...
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    Guardian orcas link doesn't work; I hope this link does: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/01/boats-off-spain-damaged-in-orca-encounters...
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    Wayfair... nesxt they will be claiming that hurricanes are to deposit people with the same name in a dangerous fantasy world....
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    Re opium poppies: I wonder how they are policing drone operators? Just GPS-fencing the fields isn't going to help much, just a big "look here" to the nosy and the criminally-inclined....
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    Bill Arnold: "home is defined as the place at night where the phone doesn't move :-)" I *knew* there was a use for that damn' cat......
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    Plots: One which seems now to be valid is the one where some idiot believes that limited nuclear war is possible, but has overlooked that it will produce nuclear winter....
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    Oh that's easy... D is the SF author who's working up plots, then discovering that his golf buddies are taking them and running with them....
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    Len Deighton, with a knowledgeable technical advisor....
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    Agree with Greg here; IMO Johnson's just a celebrity with ambitions to be PM. Which I think is why he needs Cummings; he has no ideas of his own....
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    It wasn't exactly new :) IIRC it was a Volvo 340, and the owner was a fairly elderly clergyman. I'd guess the date was 1998?...
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    135000 km? Wouldn't even have to roll it back. Once I didn't buy a car whose owner kept saying "it's been round the clock" and I didn't have the heart to ask how many times....
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    Spammer at 1324, mods please note. Ta! [[ now gone - mod ]]...
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    Indeed, and thanks for saying it better than I could....
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    SFReader at 1264: To be fair, the tone of the article is (AFAICT) normal for academic papers, and (probably more important) difficult to avoid without seeming hysterical. I don't think the tone is the thing which should be concentrated on,...
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    I suspect there are a lot more firearms available in FieryOne's neighbourhood. I don't know how easy it would be to distinguish the sides, either. Not if they're not segregated already....
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    Disk-wiping: Last time I did that (about 5 years ago), I removed and dismantled the disk-pack (with a hammer and chisel) and scrubbed the platters with a (steel) wire brush. Anyone who cares enough to get to them after that...
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    Elegant. Relatively expensive, relative to an old normal which just doesn't exist any more, but a lot cheaper than enabling the spread of the virus. I do wonder how those of us who deal poorly with (say) open-plan offices will...
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    Errm, boiling water for tea in Indo-China: Some of the confusion comes from referring to "the war". British-Indian troops occupied French Indo-China in late 1945, after Japan surrendered (presumably because they were on hand and France was not). Then handed...
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