Roy

Roy

  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Things today are perhaps slightly better, but not much. Back in the day, I worked with a USAF colonel who had been a tageteer for SAC, and he said that the mantra regarding civilian targets was "neither target nor avoid."...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Count me as another liberal fan of Starship Troopers. I read it as a thought experiment about how in a democracy do you ensure that voters have a "stake" in society and won't wreck things by voting for panem et...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Trains aren't going to be running without electricity over much of the (electrified) network. Or *any* of it if the power to the signals and telecoms goes down!...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Malta and Cypus too....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Adjustable-rate mortgages are standard in the UK, although many are fixed for the first couple of years. I couldn't believe it isn't usually the case here in the US when we bought our house. "You mean the monthly repayments never...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Hell, I said part of the problem was that we backed the wrong set of authoritarian monarchs. A Middle-East where the Hashemite Kingdom of Hejaz survived and conquered the Saudi Nejd, rather that vice versa, would I suspect be rather...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Except that the human rights defeats for May were from the European Court of Human Rights, which enforces the European Convention on Human rRights. Both of these come under the umbrella of the Council of Europe and have sweet FA...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I, too, agree that Charlie’s scenario is unlikely to occur, Most likely some sort of fudged, cobbled-together deal is going to be achieved. It quite likely will be at the 11th hour, and it may well be just be a...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    What the others said. Do whatever you need to get yourself through. We'll all be waiting for your work whenever and however you chose to deliver it!...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    One of the more mindboggling things about the US is the number of police services. As best I can make out there are over 15 *thousand* of the blighters. Tell me (Brit in the US) about it! Where I live...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Eck, Driving With A Black Passenger. Must. Use. Preview....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    My wife has been stopped by the local PD for DWABP (Driving With A Passenger). And this is in a believes-itself-to-be-liberal NYC suburb....
  • Commented on On hold
    Everyone knows Cthulhu doesn't exist... Neither, of course, does Finland, so who's really behind the hack? BTW I have been to both Stockholm and the place that claims to be Helsinki and all I can say is that they're awfully...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Also, doesn't the UK have something called "death by dangerous driving", which in the case of "no aggravating circumstances" has a maximum penalty of only two years in prison? (I will vaguely gesture in the direction of relevance by pointing...
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    Charlie, what's your take on the CEO of Hachette calling eBooks "stupid" because they're just digital copies of traditional books and don't have any shiny multimedia or something? It seems to me that he's missing the two most attractive aspects...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Even so, I find it hard to read his stuff without asking questions like "Why doesn't the king (pick one) just rob the Iron Bank" Same reason the Nazis never conquered Switzerland I should think....
  • Commented on I get book covers
    No apology necessary Charlie. Your books are always worth the wait....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Absolutely loved everything about this book, apart from the having to wait another year for the next instalment part... I am wondering whether one more book will be enough to tie everything together or whether we’ll end up with the...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Note - several railways used WHITE for "go" & red for "stop" - until a very sensible desire for uniform standards cut in. Still the case for shunting signals in the UK, no?...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The power of the government to take private property for public use is defined in the core Constitution, not the Bill of Rights, and is only limited by the requirement to pay "just compensation". oops correction, it is in the...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Actually I'd say it's probably easier, using "eminent domain" as it's called in the US, to take land for high-speed rail in the US than it is by compulsory purchase in the UK. There's a new privately-sponsored HSR-ish[a] system being...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Hear! Hear! I'm really looking forward to it....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Whenever I pass an n0 birthday I’m “hey, I’m only in my early n0s!” and when I pass an n5 birthday I’m “well, at least I’m still in my n0s and not my (n+1)0s yet!” It’s worked so far....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    As far as I'm aware the fixed term parliaments act only covers Westminster No, all the devolved assemblies are fixed-term. I believe (OGH please correct me if I'm wrong) that the Scottish Parliament has provision for an early election in...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    This is all the fault of the madwoman from Grantham & her even madder follower, one N Ridley ... followed up by the utterly incompetent J Major. I think Major should take all the blame. Even Thatch saw that rail...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I don't think BoJo was deported - US citizens are the only people that have an absolute right of entry to the US (for now) and Boris isn't just eligible for US citizenship - he is a US citizen. Unless,...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'm an Englishman living in New York. And between Trump and May I really don't know where I want to live. Me too. I have just accepted a new job with a well-known Swedish streaming music service, so maybe I...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    The only other clear non-americanism was the use of House of Card's line "You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment". Possibly it's more well known in Timeline 2, or Timeline 2 has its own US remake. Uh,...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    On a similar vein, the Americans only have one Secretary of State, who runs the State Department. The DHS is run by the Secretary of Homeland Security. (The reason why the UK has multiple Secretaries of State with almost every...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Just wanted to say I've been reading EG on tablet on my train ride into work, and am thoroughly enjoying it. One good thing about being in the US I suppose is that with a fair wind behind me I...
Subscribe to feed Recent Actions from Roy

Following

Not following anyone

Specials

Merchandise

About This Page

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Search this blog

Propaganda