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  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    ...spiritual but not religious... I suppose. I still go hiking in the sage fields from time to time. I hope you return with sage advice. … [I'll show myself out.]...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Here's a late back-to-on-topic comment: I've just discovered that Kyle Kallgren of the Youtube channel Brows Held High just did a double feature on Starship Troopers the book and Starship Troopers the movie. It's announced as a three part series,...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    You do know who America is named after, right? Sure, and you're making my point for me quite nicely. If you're naming something after someone's first name it doesn't really matter which language that first name is in. I also...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Also, I forgot: Bret Devereaux is making the point in one of his essay series (I think the one about Fremen) that Julius Caesar not only reports to us the names he has for the various tribes in Gallia and...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    What do Germans call themselves? Pigeon has already answered the gist of it, but as a German I'd like to reply, too. Someone above gave an impressive list of names for my country in different languages. Why are there so...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    [sorry, accidentally pressed "submit", therefore posting again] @ JBS: Thanks for taking the time to reply. … the United States is part of America, but there are other parts. That was exactly my point as well. I prefer to refer...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    @ JBS: Thanks for taking the time to reply. … the United States is part of America, but there are other parts. That was exactly my point as well. I prefer to refer to the country where I live as...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I see another problem with that neutronium sphere: Okay, so you have built your shiny sphere and it's sitting before you. But before y'all can board it you first have to send in the plumbers to do … well, the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Honest question: is a "deeply held sense of inferiority" the reason that US-citizens misappropriate the name of their whole continent to refer to their own country only? I honestly don't know why they do it. Of course I should note...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I think paws' point was that "America" =/= USA. America is a double continent that comprises of 35 independent countries. Everybody who comes from any one of these countries (between Canada in the north and Chile in the south) is...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    As we've already crossed the 300-threshold I'm maybe allowed an off-topic remark following from the thread about powered armour above: Basically the energy budget of powered armour comes up short unless they use lots and lots of extension leads and...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    And like, maybe that seemed like a reasonable stance to take in the 80s when crime rates were higher - I wasn't alive then - but nowadays it comes across as "Yay police violence!" with "Boo corporate corruption" in second...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    On the subject of capital punishment, who "deserves" it, and how to best deter mass murderers, I'd like to first highlight the following quote of Moz: What I prefer is not creating terrorists in the first place. Which means not...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Takes 60 to pass such things. So one Dem either way means the difference between 10 or 11 short. That's something I deeply don't understand about the US political system. This 'it takes 60'-rule doesn't seem to have bothered the...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Why bless their hearts! I wonder how many people outside of the US get the joke. I certainly don't get it, and googling didn't help. Can you explain to a poor German guy?...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    re a Donald Dumb Presidential Library: I think Rocketpjs (#1401) has it right: He will collect tens of millions of dollars for it and pocket the money. Nothing will be built at all. Or, in case it does get built,...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    David L wrote: Just watched the movie "Rommel". German with English subtitles so I had to actually watch it and not just let it be background. Mixed feelings about the portrayal. The review-snippets on German Wikipedia seem to suggest that...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    @ Niala # 1695: "All through the worst of the mob "visit" there was remarkable restraint by the ladies and gentlemen of the press in not revealing the restricted location where the members of Congress were spirited away, within the...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    An observation on the "what is religious freedom and how should churches be taxed?"-thread: Everything anybody has so far written about it reads very US-centric—and therefore very unfamiliar—to me. So please take this as your scheduled reminder that this is...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    As to the https vs. http thing: I notice the same problem with that since the day when Charlie switched to https. I am usually not signed in while reading the blog. I only sign in in the rare event...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Following your format I think you were missing two more couples analogous to the first two: 4 March '05 3 April '05 8 June '10 6 August '10 12 May '13 5 December '13 12 September '15 9 December '15...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    I think it's also worth pointing out that what I'd call (for lack of a better name) the American Religion with all its different branches between Mormonism, Evangelicalism, and the Prosperity Gospel, while claiming to be Christian–and bearing a few...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    _Moz_ wrote: "To me euthanasia is different in that you're unambiguously killing yourself." Huh? You probably meant suicide here. Because the problematic nature of euthanasia stems precisely from the examples of it being used to kill others, namely those people...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    Well, I guess with the new Supreme Court Democrats can say 'good bye' to the mail-in votes. Wasn't there a decision just a couple of days ago that saved postal voting in one state by the tiniest thread (4 vs...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Heteromeles: Thanks for the fascinating insights about the deep ones and the various implications of their presence in the Laundryverse. I remember that I'm waiting for their re-appearance in the story ever since The Jennifer Morgue. By the way, on...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Hi Charlie, I just bought Dead Lies Dreaming. Kobo.com in Germany is selling both the UK- and the US-version ebooks, although the UK-version isn't supposed to come out before Thursday, I thought? Anyway, as I've bought only the UK-versions of...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Re Trump's corona infection… Do you believe it? After all, the news came from the White House and from Trump's twitter account. And, pray, tell me, when was the last time anything truthful came from those sources…??? If I were...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Last question, this time concerning the SCOTUS-nomination: Can't the Democrats filibuster it until January? Or at least threaten McConnell behind the scenes with something like "we're going to filibuster everything until you take the confirmation off the agenda; we have...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Another question regarding the election and its aftermath: If the Democrats win both the presidency and the senate, and if they seriously want to clean house, would it be enough to let the prosecutors go after the current administration? Shouldn't...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Heteromeles wrote: The thing to remember is the 200,000 dead unnecessarily… Here's something I've wanting to ask the USians here for months, and now seems just as good a time as any: Why haven't the Democrats used this as a...
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