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  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    That is to say, Heinlein differs from Tolkien in that Tolkien's magnum opus was made into a film by someone who had some reverence for the story the writer was trying to tell, while SST was "made into a movie"...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The Bushies were told in 2002 that the Iraqi oilfields were already trashed by 10 years of sanctions and that no way would the production goals be realized. The response was to shoot the messengers. The "high on their own...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    @JBS #169: But they did believe they were going to create a democratic Iraq - for values of "democratic" out of some NeoCon Libertarian Free-Market smoke & mirrors pipe dream. High on their own supply & suckered by their own...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Weighing in late about What Heinlein Got Wrong in SST: I read the book in 197[34], as an early teen, and while I was captivated by the technological picture I was strongly taken in by the categorical opposition to conscription....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Boldly done! Upthread somebody linked a letter from Heinlein to F.M. Busby wherein Heinlein explicates his thinking and experience in his own voice, and from the part of it I read (it's long) I think you're mostly correct....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    In fact that line about bread and circuses is a perennial conservative slur against the plebs, who even in Roman times didn't vote themselves that....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I have one contrary opinion, namely that the Bugs were not Nazis but Commies, and the Skinnies were their fellow-traveler dupes. Other than that, great. Now do Farnham's Freehold....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Cyc is inherently doomed to failure, if the Wikipedia page on it is a fair statement of its goals, namely ... to assemble a comprehensive ontology and knowledge base that spans the basic concepts and rules about how the world...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    If I were an American person opining about 1A limits, one thing I would want to see would be criminalization of Confederate apologist speech. I was a 1A absolutist for most of my life, but after the last 10 years...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @613: Yes these are definitely non-expert suggestions. 1. Non-partisan elections across the board You observe that California does this for primaries, but do not learn the obvious lesson, which is namely that it leads to various perverse results. The continuation...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Biden was ahead in individual states. You can still look at 538's model (https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-election-forecast/) and look at individual state modeling, and they modeled a potential blowout by state based on all polls, not just in national aggregate. I must not...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @577: What happened to the double-digit lead that the pollsters said Biden had? Will the mail-in vote really break so hard to the Democrats? The double-digit lead was aggregated national polling, and as has already been pointed out, it's not...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @434: What you're describing is ordinary garden-variety ratfucking. It works to cloud the issue when the result is close, but when margins get to 2% they can't change things. If Florida looks like a 2% win for Biden by midnight,...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @398: Certainly he has support for an attempted coup. What he needs is support to actually pull it off. As for voting rights... The House already passed a voting rights act at the beginning of the session. It's languished for...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @413: What's been mind-boggling has been registration, and turnout. The early votes/mail-in votes broke 90M - about 3/4 of the *entire* vote in '16. Early voting in TX was more than all voting in 2016....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @380: Reverting - so ... which states are likely to both report first & give a reasonably accurate picture of whether we have a definite Biden win To reiterate, Florida could be a bellwether if it votes D by more...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @358: 50+ individual races This is correct. But some matter lots more than others. Florida is particularly important. Florida has a record of fucking up elections but this year might be better than in the past. If they don't fuck...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @310: What I think people want is "Capitalism with a Human Face." To counterfeit a phrase. I think it could work....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    > Discuss... Since nobody else wants to take you up on that... The problem with your suggestion is that if we could pass a Constitutional Amendment, we wouldn't need to do any of that. Any program for reform in the...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    Passwall + fireball + magic carpet = toasted defenders. With a 13th level magic user, ring of flying + cloak of blending + potion of haste and a fully charged Staff of Magic Missle is basically like a stealth helicopter...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @Heteromeles on general strikes: It was recently pointed out that it didn't take a general strike to end the US Federal shutdown in early 2019, but a call for one did play a role. If the air-traffic controllers don't show...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Greg Tingey @51: I expect Republicans to find whole new ways to commit irreversible vandalism on the way out, as well as stealing all the "B" keycaps from the keyboards in the White House. Trump apparently means for his order...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Heteromeles @68: They The people who enable them and egg them on really are like Tolkienian orcs Sauron, making mean, pathetic attempts of anything good, and ruining it thereby. I finally am unable to restrain myself from the reply link....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    That's the point, isn't it: IF. See above comments about "ratfucking distance," a term of art in American politics with which you might be unfamiliar. Basically, the range within which results can be massaged by voter suppression and selectively losing...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    No supermajority required. Admission of a new State is a standard Act of Congress. Or at least it has always been so. Certain parties might welcome an attempt by the Supremes to thwart such an Act, since it would pour...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "Biden leads in state $STATE by 2 points!" if [[ $STATE == "Georgia" ]]; then echo "this is indeed worthy of an exclamation point!" fi Trump's "win" was so narrow that he can't lose any of the Blue States that...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    ITT (and it's early yet!): Much misapprehension of the importance to Republican ratfucking operations of the outcome actually being within ratfucking distance. This is not 2016. Joe Biden has not been the target of a 20-year nonstop smear campaign. People...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The hopeful read is that the wheels are finally coming off the GOP Clown Car, the Plutocrats & Followers faction override the Drunk On Their Own Koolaid Gang and start siphoning off Conservadems in search of a coalition that's competent...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The way I like to put it is "Nixon thought he could put a saddle on the Confederate Faction so the Republican Party could ride it to power, but at the end of the day it was the Party with...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    I'm getting slow in my old age. Once upon a time, I used to give fits to DMs running AD&D campaigns using "weak," "low-level" spells in ways they didn't expect....
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