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Posted: 29 Minutes ago by: Thomas KoenigSomething doesn't ring right here. Trump has been berating Germany for its dependence on Russian gas. See, for example, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-summit-pipeline/trump-lashes-germany-over-gas-pipeline-deal-calls-it-russias
Posted: 45 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonToo bad. We'll just have to see how this works out.
Posted: 47 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonI suspect it is part of the long-term Republican goal of destroying Social Security and Medicare. That is, after all, why they have been pumping up the National Debt all these years: in the hopes of one day being able to leverage it to
Posted: 47 Minutes ago by: pete...@gmail.comYou guys are way behind the curve. https://www.wcvb.com/article/satanic-temple-flag-request-boston-city-hall/39906576# https://abc7chicago.com/satanic-temple-of-illinois-display-baphomet-statue/11370430/ https://www.findlaw.com/legalblog
Posted: 56 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonThat's because the appropriate recipient would be Vlad Putin, Trump's controller.
Posted: 57 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonYou may want to cogitate on the difference between "intel" and "analysis". They are not the same thing. The analysts only "failure" was to not physically block him. Of course, he was the VP at the time, no doubt with Secret Service age
Posted: 1 Hour 8 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonPerhaps "sub-cultures" would be better, since they are clearly more than just a bunch of separate individuals. As the majority, if it tolerates and protects them, then eventually the larger culture will become co-responsible with the su
Posted: 1 Hour 12 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonSad but true. Unless Jiri's 2.0 has made the jump.
Posted: 1 Hour 13 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonAs a data type, sure. As something you can write code in ... well, I suppose it would depend on the compiler (which would make it not portable).
Posted: 1 Hour 19 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonThat's the problem with Free Speech -- you don't get to control what other people say.
Posted: 1 Hour 21 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonProvided, of course, that they cannot vote in /both/. After all, since one is the /Democratic/ Primary and the other is the /Republican/ Primary, they are two different Primaries and a voter can certainly vote in two /different/ electio
Posted: 1 Hour 24 Minutes ago by: AlanWell, being intelligent and articulate, we are "prominent" in Terry's list of enemies. :-) And why in the world would we need to denounce this killer? Which of us has promulgated false information in order to convince the ignorant t
Posted: 1 Hour 34 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonI can't speak for Alan, but I am certainly not "prominent". Nor a member of any political or ideological Party. I am hoping this isn't the guy who did it because of "replacement theory" because, if he was, it is the /Republicans/ whose
Posted: 1 Hour 39 Minutes ago by: Paul S PersonJust keep repeating those Trump (Putin) Talking Points! On Nextdoor, you would get a lot of agreement ... but the cause would not be anti-police sentiment, it would be homeless-coddling. It is, however, true that the more extreme plans
Posted: 1 Hour 57 Minutes ago by: Scott LurndalBill Clinton wasn't president and didn't make any of the decisions leading to the ill-considered and arguably illegal incursions into either Iraq or Afghanistan. What he said, or not, is an irrelevent diversion. Bush lied, and he knew i
Posted: 2 Hours 1 Minute ago by: Scott LurndalThe ironic thing about that is the reason Russia sold Alaska to the United States in the first place was to poke Britian in the eye and quash British ambitions in the Oregon territory.
Posted: 2 Hours 6 Minutes ago by: AlanDid Al Gore "rebel" by pursuing redress through the courts? Nope! Courts differing on what is "legal" is a very different thing that armed insurrectionists invading a building.
Posted: 2 Hours 24 Minutes ago by: Chris BuckleyLike Al Gore (who actually succeeded in delaying the certification, unlike Trump)?? There is much more needed than this "very definition of a rebellion" which I'm sure you would realize if you thought about it. Of course, there are diff
Posted: 2 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Dimensional TravelerThat's not how they are going to make America great again. ;)
Posted: 2 Hours 27 Minutes ago by: Dimensional TravelerAnd trusting the local Afghan militias US forces were working with actually wanted to capture or kill him.
Posted: 2 Hours 31 Minutes ago by: Thomas KoenigOr read up on the dangers of dihydrogene monixide.
Posted: 2 Hours 47 Minutes ago by: pete...@gmail.comYes, it was. It got close at Tora Bora, but the opportunity was lost due to delays in the command chain. OBL lived for years after that. Pt
Posted: 3 Hours 3 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeYou might want to look up the several ways that plain old water can kill you.
Posted: 3 Hours 4 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeI have been hearing that the USA is broke and can't afford to do anything more than half a century now. What leads you to believe that the US is "broke"? That it owes a debt that is astronomical compared to whatever pittance you pull o
Posted: 3 Hours 9 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeSo what? You really have something wrong with you if you think that NATO dragged US kicking and screaming against its will into responding to the 9/11 attacks. Bush was going to attack _somebody_ and Iraq and Afghanistan got the hits.
Posted: 3 Hours 15 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeIn that case you should easily be able to obtain the requested date from said book. And the Taliban still controls the country, so rumors of their demise seem to have been greatly exaggerated.
Posted: 3 Hours 17 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeWhat leads you to believe that it is a difficult problem?
Posted: 3 Hours 18 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke(a) What is your source for this information? (b) Titan II payload was more than 3 tons.
Posted: 3 Hours 21 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeBoth.
Posted: 3 Hours 29 Minutes ago by: AlanHow is attempting to stop the process of certifying an election NOT a "rebellion" "against the authority of the United States OR THE LAWS THEREOF". It is the very definition of a rebellion in that context. Yet more slander from Terry
Posted: 3 Hours 33 Minutes ago by: AlanWhat errant twaddle.
Posted: 3 Hours 34 Minutes ago by: AlanYou think that unless someone is charged with a crime that means something didn't happen? Was anyone in that group charged with "insurgency" (actually "insurrection")? No? Well then I guess it can't have happened. :-)
Posted: 4 Hours 43 Minutes ago by: James NicollEven Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/my-soul-to-keep Desperate for money, a sorcerous PI takes on a job she knows is out of her pay scale, only to discover the stakes are much higher than she though
Posted: 5 Hours 30 Minutes ago by: Jack BohnThere was a story... "A Trick or Two" by John Novotny, where possibly everyone had a minor ability, but only one. The minor powers seen in the story had the appearance of stage magic (a friend of our main character shows an ability to
Posted: 6 Hours ago by: Jack BohnThe character Colin Robinson in the TV series "What We Do in the Shadows." A psychic vampire, or, as the others call him, a daywalker. One (we've all met them) who will waste your time, almost literally boring you to death. The only vampi
Posted: 9 Hours 56 Minutes ago by: Charles Packerdeclassified-footage-flying-spherical-object The year 1947 was indeed a big year for "flying saucers," eventually to be known as UFOs and then UAPs. It was also a big year for Princess Elizabeth, eventually to be known as Queen Elizabet
Posted: 11 Hours 33 Minutes ago by: QuadiblocSome Russians believe that Alaska had been rented to the United States for 99 years, says the article. I can just imagine Russia promising "One country, two systems" in Alaska. John Savard
Posted: 11 Hours 49 Minutes ago by: Thomas KoenigWell, there's Alaska... if the US does not want to return it to Russia peacefully. https://www.adn.com/politics/2022/03/16/a-russian-lawmaker-wants-alaska-back-good-luck-with-that/
Posted: 11 Hours 59 Minutes ago by: Default UserWhile I didn't find it all that exciting, my reaction was much less negative than yours. It was a bit scattered and some of the parts seemed like extra stories appended to the main without helping things too much. Brian
Posted: 12 Hours 10 Minutes ago by: Ninapenda JibiniThey have little incentive to do so, since, as has been pointed out, they could deliver the warheads to their most likely target with a truck. But the technology isn't beyond them. Some of our earlier missiles were pretty hefty (the Mk
Posted: 12 Hours 22 Minutes ago by: Titus GInhibitor Phase. Alastair Reynolds. Revelation Space 5, I read this back in February so suspect Reynolds fans will also have read it. I loved the first four books. It started brilliantly as usual but deteriorated to dreadful, dreadful. I
Posted: 12 Hours 44 Minutes ago by: Titus GI bounced off The Riddle Master of Hed on first read but have since enjoyed it. Complete escapism. I liked that there was little to date it and the emphasis of the world building seems to be on the concepts of place in the world and duty
Posted: 13 Hours 23 Minutes ago by: AlanFair enough.
Posted: 13 Hours 24 Minutes ago by: AlanThen that mission was a complete failure.
Posted: 13 Hours 25 Minutes ago by: AlanExcept Trump...
Posted: 13 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: AlanYou don't even try to understand things before you blurt out your next bit of nonsense...
Posted: 13 Hours 27 Minutes ago by: AlanYes: they really were and are.
Posted: 13 Hours 31 Minutes ago by: Dimensional TravelerWithout the US nuclear umbrella?
Posted: 14 Hours 21 Minutes ago by: Joy BeesonNo "universal code" that adamantly refuses to distinguish between umlaut and diaresis is worth thinking about. The glyphs of the two diacritics don't even resemble each other as much as "1" and "l" do.
Posted: 14 Hours 24 Minutes ago by: David JohnstonRoko was engaging in a bit of hyperbole.
Posted: 15 Hours 11 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireYou do know that the USA is broke, right ? With the costs of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid spiraling out of control, there is no money to make war with. BTW, are we talking about the same Russia that is getting its butt kic
Posted: 15 Hours 18 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireSure, the two halves of the War Party ? They continuously agree on War. Lynn
Posted: 16 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Chris BuckleySorry, you're just flat out wrong. Check your cites. I know of no revelations about chemical WMDs - all agencies were convinced of Iraq possessed chemical WMDs Again, this was never said by the CIA. There was only debate about what t
Posted: 16 Hours 57 Minutes ago by: David JohnstonThere will continue to be talk about amending the American constitution. It just will always fail when tried. In order to succeed the two parties would have to agree on something.
Posted: 17 Hours 57 Minutes ago by: QuadiblocIt would have worked just fine, if FDR hadn't bombed Pearl Harbor! :) John Savard
Posted: 17 Hours 59 Minutes ago by: QuadiblocWhat? I thought that the facts, as reported by the mainstream news media, were that a heroic CIA employee revealed that the CIA told Bush "no WMDs" and so Bush lied about WMDs to invade Iraq. Except that those facts - as Valerie Plame h
Posted: 18 Hours 3 Minutes ago by: QuadiblocEurope needs to be effectively defended. How well is defending itself working out for Ukraine? Whether 300,000 or 100,000, the American troops in Germany prevented it from being invaded. Having a similar force in Ukraine would have pre
Posted: 18 Hours 8 Minutes ago by: QuadiblocTurkey is sort of useful. If a new government arose there, we could get it to repudiate the treaty with Russia that prevents it from denying Russia any profit from its seizure of Crimea. But ideally, Turkey should be moved to central As
Posted: 18 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire"Edgar Buckley describes how NATO invoked Article 5 on 12 September 2001, 24 hours after the terrorist attacks against the United States." https://www.nato.int/docu/review/articles/2006/06/01/invoking-article-5/index.html "Today, NATO
Posted: 18 Hours 35 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireBy Pakistan ??? I highly doubt it. Lynn
Posted: 18 Hours 54 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliDimensional Traveler <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: I believe that "meaning" is beyond Alan's ability to grasp. He'd only try to understand the meaning of a word so that he can lie about it. You know that
Posted: 18 Hours 55 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: ICBMs with that kind of payload have been built.
Posted: 18 Hours 58 Minutes ago by: Dimensional TravelerMicrosoft. :D
Posted: 19 Hours 12 Minutes ago by: John W KennedyC99 added the use of Unicode escape sequences, and most compilers today support direct use of Unicode. Fortran is still hanging back, but gfortran can handle UCS-2.
Posted: 19 Hours 22 Minutes ago by: William HydeAristotle. he's full of crap. Every monarchy is a tyranny. The problem is that this is not well translated into English. It may not be possible to translate correctly without a lot of footnotes. For example the Greeks of his day had
Posted: 19 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireShoot, there was even a book and a movie made about the CIA on the ground and the B-52s in the air just weeks after 9/11: "Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan" https://w
Posted: 19 Hours 27 Minutes ago by: John W KennedyDo you mean APL2 the language or the software product “APL2” sold until last year by IBM?
Posted: 19 Hours 29 Minutes ago by: John W KennedyYou can’t ignore a fundamental problem in a signature product and hope to stay in business, especially when the product has been around for decades.
Posted: 19 Hours 35 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireAnd the Pakistani nuclear weapons start at two tons and go to ten tons. Not very ICBM friendly. Lynn
Posted: 19 Hours 37 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireOther than plain old water. Lynn
Posted: 19 Hours 39 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireYah is wearing a skirt instead of their normal workout wear or pants. https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic969 Or a suit: https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic413 Lynn
Posted: 19 Hours 58 Minutes ago by: Dimensional TravelerIn order to prevent or at least delay further attacks on the US.
Posted: 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerHe said "after" Russia has won that war, when it is preparing to invade North America.
Posted: 20 Hours 5 Minutes ago by: Dimensional TravelerI think the word "culture" needs to be defined for this sub-discussion to have any meaning.
Posted: 20 Hours 7 Minutes ago by: Dimensional TravelerOnly because the people they most want to use them on are just on the other side of the mountain.
Posted: 20 Hours 31 Minutes ago by: pete...@gmail.comIts odd to see the America First Committee revived after 90 years. Is Trump your new Lindbergh? Isolationism worked real well in the 1930s, didn't it? In the age of the internet, global trade, and ICBMs, American isolationism is utterly
Posted: 20 Hours 42 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili
Posted: 20 Hours 43 Minutes ago by: David JohnstonWhoever that was, he's full of crap. Every monarchy is a tyranny. Every "aristocracy" is an oligarchy. And the failure mode of democracy is almost always to become a tyranny. And the reason why the world was a collection of kingdoms
Posted: 20 Hours 46 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliRoss Presser <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: You're hallucinating. Again. That's not even remotely close to anything I've said. Of course, it's more than just "open primaries,"
Posted: 20 Hours 51 Minutes ago by: David JohnstonWell to take one example, it's impossible for spiders to produce that much webbing so fast. Yes, they do seem to be stronger/faster/more venomous.
Posted: 20 Hours 52 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Now you're moving goalposts. Which won't surprise anyone, since you do seem likely to have - eventually - realized how stupid you sounded before.
Posted: 21 Hours 13 Minutes ago by: David BrownFor my latest blog post, I continued my series of anthologies with a post on Philip K. Dick, specifically a 1997 collection called The Philip K. Dick Reader. As I comment, it's of most interest for having a fair number of fantasy or even su
Posted: 21 Hours 17 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeIs it my imagination or is Yay looking less androgynous?
Posted: 21 Hours 19 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeAnd then there is Aspartame, which is said to be the only substance known to Man that is completely benign to laboratory rats.
Posted: 21 Hours 20 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeBy what means? There is no mechanism provided in the NATO treaty for such "ejection".
Posted: 21 Hours 23 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeSo you want Russia to become strong enough to actually make a fight of it?
Posted: 21 Hours 25 Minutes ago by: Chris BuckleyNo. Insurrection is a crime. Seditious conspiracy is a different crime. No one has yet been charged with insurrection. Chris
Posted: 21 Hours 25 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeYour argument was that Clinton supported the invasion of Iraq because it would benefit him politically. You have not demonstrated what the political benefit would be. Instead you made a pathetic effort to change the subject.
Posted: 21 Hours 28 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkePlease state your source for that statement.
Posted: 21 Hours 29 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeOk, tell us on what date a B-52 strike "took out" a "warlord army".
Posted: 21 Hours 30 Minutes ago by: J. ClarkeThey have nuclear capable submarine launched cruise missiles
Posted: 21 Hours 50 Minutes ago by: pete...@gmail.comThe actual term for the crime is 'seditious conspiracy', and indeed, 11 'Oath Keepers have been charged. https://www.vox.com/2022/1/16/22886516/stewart-rhodes-seditious-conspiracy-january-6-oath-keepers That was two months ago, yet dumb
Posted: 21 Hours 51 Minutes ago by: Chris BuckleyNo. The problem, like so many things, is rooted in the definition of killed because of the riots. A similar range for the Jan 6 riot might be 1-9. If we use the definition of some conservatives for Jan 6 (ie, 1) then the number for the
Posted: 21 Hours 59 Minutes ago by: Ross PresserSo sidelining state law is a good thing as long as you, Terry, like the outcome. Got it. It's difficult for me to imagine any more obedient party soldier than you. You spend countless unpaid hours here attempting to belittle and confuse
Posted: 22 Hours 25 Minutes ago by: Thomas KoenigNot in code (although it was probably the most widely implemented extension). Lower case came in Fortran 90. Character strings - these were introduced with FORTRAN 77, before it was only non-standard Hollerith, which varied widely. Yo
Posted: 22 Hours 28 Minutes ago by: Chris BuckleyOf course, Alan - I would think you would know that by now. https://www.cnn.com/2004/US/06/19/clinton.iraq/ Clinton, who was interviewed Thursday, said he did not believe that Bush went to war in Iraq over oil or for imperialist
Posted: 22 Hours 31 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireThat was not the mission. The mission was to kill Osama Bin Laden. Lynn
Posted: 22 Hours 31 Minutes ago by: pete...@gmail.comPSP speculated that the Apple ][ was an eight bit machine. I simply confirmed that fact. The Steves, for whatever reason, did not provide lowercase bitmaps for LC characters. It was certainly capable of storing the full 255 different valu
Posted: 22 Hours 34 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire"UFO Hearing: Pentagon Shows Declassified Footage of Flying Spherical Object" https://www.zerohedge.com/military/ufo-hearing-pentagon-shows-declassified-footage-flying-spherical-object You know, one would think that the lizard people wo
Posted: 22 Hours 36 Minutes ago by: Chris BuckleySorry, John, that's simply another conspiracy theory - I would have thought you read enough to know better. There were no doubts expressed by any of the intelligence agencies (US, British and allies) that Iraq had some WMDS. There was c
Posted: 22 Hours 47 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliRoss Presser <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Many would consider that a good thing. Open primaries have certainly made certain that nobody can get elected in California who is no
Posted: 22 Hours 48 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Which stopped how many terror attacks? Zero.
Posted: 22 Hours 49 Minutes ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat does it mean to increase the capability of a bug? Just intelligent direction, or they are actually stronger/faster/more venomus?
Posted: 22 Hours 50 Minutes ago by: email@example.comThat seems way low to me.
Posted: 23 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI would not hold my breath on that. There is a big fight about the ERA amendment coming. https://msmagazine.com/2022/01/27/equal-rights-amendment-resolution-us-house-28th-amendment-constitution/ and https://www.germanna.edu/blog/hig
Posted: 23 Hours 6 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireNot our war. Europe needs to defend itself. You know, when we dropped our army strength in West Germany from 300,000 ??? to less than 100,000 in 1995, we effectively left anyway. There is enough left for a good wienie roast and that
Posted: 23 Hours 6 Minutes ago by: Ross PresserDonald J. Trump is not. He wasn't even interested in briefings while he was in office; now that he's out, he gets no briefings.
Posted: 23 Hours 10 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireI hope not but I thought about that too. Lynn
Posted: 23 Hours 10 Minutes ago by: Thomas KoenigYou haven't heard of the IBM /360 RR instruction type, one half word, 16 bit, then? It was used for arithmetic instructions like ADD, and for instructions like BALR. The /360 also had the SS instruction format with 48 bits.
Posted: 23 Hours 11 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireHe was still read in on national defense. All former presidents are. Lynn
Posted: 23 Hours 13 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireThe B-52s took out the warlord armies so that our CIA guys could roam the country as needed. Lynn
Posted: 23 Hours 15 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireBut Pakistan does not have ICBMs. That is an even more exclusive club. Lynn
Posted: 23 Hours 16 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireC / C++ has wide characters, 16 bit. Fortran has allowed lower case since Fortran 77. Maybe even some of the Fortran 66 compilers. Lynn
Posted: 23 Hours 18 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireWe have to move to 64 bit (x64 / Win64). Watcom does not have 64 bit compilers and linkers. Lynn
Posted: 23 Hours 20 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireSorry, 8 bit characters. You are correct about the other machines. The Univac 1108 was 6 bit characters, 36 bit words, and I am not sure about the addressing. Ours had 32K words code space and 32K words data space. The CDC 7600 was
Posted: 23 Hours 21 Minutes ago by: David JohnstonIt helps that she could temporarily increase the capability of the bugs as well as control their actions.
Posted: 23 Hours 22 Minutes ago by: Ross PresserI've read some theorizing that he's trying to be a spoiler. From https://ballotpedia.org/Primary_elections_in_Michigan ] Michigan state law stipulates that any voter may participate in a party's ] primary election, regardless of that
Posted: 23 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireSupposedly the total mass of insects on Earth is 100X that of the total mass of human beings on Earth. Lynn
Posted: 23 Hours 28 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireMediumpowers of course ! Or would that be Medianpowers ? I have no idea if sidekicks are rated too. Lynn
Posted: 23 Hours 29 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuireQuestionable Content: Yah is a Little Crazy https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comicG89 Being a fairly new independent AI with many android bodies, Yah is still figuring things out. And 1% battery status is bad, real bad.
Posted: 23 Hours 53 Minutes ago by: QuadiblocThe one were some statues were removed and some streets were renamed! Finally in its long history, the United States has faced up to its legacy of racism, and real progress is about to happen... what, it isn't? John Savard
Posted: 23 Hours 55 Minutes ago by: QuadiblocChildren of illegals who are born on U.S. soil are citizens, so just lax enforcement of immigration rules will work just fine - although I regret having to make the talking points of MAGA nut jobs for them, I give even the Devil his due,
Posted: 1 Day ago by: David JohnstonThe American Constitution has fossilized now, though. There will be no further amendments.
Posted: 1 Day ago by: David JohnstonSo what's next? Do they also overturn Griswold which was the basis for Roe?
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S PersonThe problem, such as it is, has two heads: -- just because something causes cancer in rats doesn't mean it does so in humans -- there was a saying in the 60s or 70s (or possibly even today): "/Everything/ causes cancer in lab rats" So,
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S PersonHe's a Friend of Putin/Russian Propagandist. But aside from that, he appears to be quite reasonable.
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S PersonOr NATO could just eject Turkey, which (under Erdogan) wants to occupy a mediating position between Russia and the West anyway and has purchased a Russian AA system capable of providing telemetry on NATO's next-gen fighter, which Turkey
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: And? That such intel was available *to* pick was a failure of the intelligence community. And deluding the Russian public, though the
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: They really weren't different groups. Heh. Coming from you, I can only assume you're failing at stand up comedy, like you fail at ev
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: And correct, as well. Yeah, he's a high quality candidate. Not for office, but a candidate for *something*. If it weren't implied,
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: So the guy who just shot up a supermarket in Buffalo is representative of all the Democrats who didn't immediately denounce him? Incl
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S PersonI guess you missed the part where Vice President Halliburton (a wholly owned subidiary of the corporation) /hand-picked/ the Intel he wanted to see and ignored the actual analysts conclusions. I think Putin deluded himself. And is stil
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Not a single person has been prosecuted for insurgency. In a just world, people like you would be sued to oblivion for libel for perp
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: it is, but there's absolutely no reason to believe Quaddie's drooling idiocy that the insurgents didn't kill anyone. It's more a matt
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S PersonNot to doubt your narrative or your conclusions, but -- the Taliban was the government in Afghanistan that was shielding Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Ladin -- Osama was not "the leader of the Taliban"; he was the leader of Al-Qaeda Which doe
Posted: 1 Day ago by: David JohnstonI'm sure that guy will be very happy that he just made it mandatory for Boston to fly this flag https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/QFkAAOSw4tBeXucw/s-l640.png As soon as someone gets around to submitting the application.
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S PersonToo bad you couldn't continue with Watcom, but if you can't, you can't. Perhaps different FORTRAN standards are involved. IIRC, C pretty much defines it's standard character set, and, lo and behold, it is 7-bit ASCII. So Unicode code w
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S PersonI was very disappointed when they weren't broken up, having used OS/2 for some time and having found it quite nice.
Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S Person<snippo> I didn't mean to imply that IBM ever did an 8086. But I am reasonably sure some of the early near-clones did. And the point was that the competition from the clones drove the evolution of the PC. Had IBM been left the only ma
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonNice defense, but my statement was quoted as: and that, at least, says nothing about his being "representative of all Republicans". I certainly hope not, as it appears otherpost that he has now decided to infiltrate the Democratic Par
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonTo be fair, some Republican leaders probably /would/ have denounced him -- after all, some of them denounced the guys who proclaimed that -- incest is rare -- rape victims control whether or not they get pregnant -- a 30-something man co
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeI remember a certain Lensman owing a debt to a spider . . . And cockroaches eat plastic. Eat the right piece of plastic and your ICBM doesn't launch or blows up in the silo.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThey were attempting to prevent Congress from certifying the victory of Joe Biden on 1/6/21? 'Cause that's the only /insurgency/ in this country for a very long time.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeAnd after Russia controls the entirety of Europe then what?
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonIt's also rather ... vague. But perhaps some PDs don't keep accurate records.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeWhy? Ukraine seems to be doing a fine job and if the USA went in without their consent they'd likely fight us just as hard as they're fighting the Russians. If he told you he was leaving then it's almost certain that he's been arreste
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeBill Clinton left office and politics on January 20, 2001. He wasn't "in line to be President", he had already served the two terms that were allowed him by the Constitution.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonOnly if they ever get green cards and become citizens and avoid felony convictions. Among other conditions. I suspect the demographics suggest something like that will happen even if no immigrants are allowed at all. Not even Trump's be
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: pete...@gmail.comPutin's minimal goal appears to be to make the Russian homeland 'safe' from invasion. Russia sits in a vast plane, and has been invaded many, many times. Fear of invasion is deeply rooted in Russian strategic thought. Historically, the
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThe exhortation to support the Socialists in their street wars was made at the time (I was, of course, hearing about this about 50 years later). The Great Leader of German Culture involved was using it to promote his own political views.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeAnd still are, so Lynn's B-52 strikes don't seem to have been very effective in destroying them.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeOf course not, they have nuclear weapons.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeWhy not? You think the US _needed_ NATO to take down Saddam? OK, link the order from NATO to the US that instructed the US to invade Afghanistan. And on what date was this "bombing back to the stone age" completed? Post that link as
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonAs I have noted before, up here in Seattle and also in Portland we have had these guys and gals infiltrating peaceful demonstrations and using them as cover for such activities as rushing out and breaking windows for at least two decades
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeIn what universe were the VAX, Prime 450, or IBM 370 8-bit? Because they weren't in this one. Primes from the 300 series up were 16-bit, VAX was 32-bit from the git-go. IBM 370 was 32-bit instruction/data with 24-bit address.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeThat doesn't really relate to its being 8-bit though. My 8-bit CP/M machine had no problem at all with lower case.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeAPL2 doesn't require a mainframe you know. Runs fine on Windows.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: pete...@gmail.comYes, you could get aftermarket display cards that added 24x80 mixed case modes, but the on-board video was 24x40, uppercase only (but it was possible to display both white-on-black and black-on-white). pt
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeWhat "tectonic shift" would that be? Very briefly there was a flash of anti-police sentiment, but that has gone away in the face of increasing crime rates.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeOnly if they admit Hispanics who are on a path to citizenship. Noncitizens don't vote.
Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: pete...@gmail.comProbably because it was something 'they'd heard' but couldn't be arsed to look up. Just because something is a popular claim, doesn't mean it's false. Google 'dui rates by county dry wet' and you'll get a bunch of references. Examples:
Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: AlanHave you got the cites for those claims?
Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: AlanWhy do you "hope" at all? You've been going on and on about how it doesn't matter to you what happens to them.
Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: AlanNo. There are no such cultures. There may be a large number of PEOPLE within some cultures that feel that way, but even there, I'd bet large that they aren't nearly in the majority.
Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: AlanYou're utterly delusional.
Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: AlanYou don't RC.
Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: AlanYou should have elected the guy who wanted to use nuclear weapons against hurricanes... ....who thought that hurricanes might be created by a Chinese super-weapon...
Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: AlanWrong. The involvement of SOME NATO countries doesn't make it a NATO venture... ....and you cannot produce the document that "invoked" the treaty...
Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: Ross PresserWell ... I think you can blame *any* cancer in *any* lab rat on scientists, regardless of which clone line they're in or what it was designed for. I'm not saying it's a bad thing to cause lab rats to have cancer, if the study goals are
Posted: 1 Day 4 Hours ago by: James NicollIf only I'd thought to review this in 2021, the year in which it is set.
Posted: 1 Day 4 Hours ago by: James NicollEventually, I will consistently remember the descriptions... A young American woman gets swept up in the resistance against an American dictator.
Posted: 1 Day 4 Hours ago by: James NicollA Mask for the General by Lisa Goldstein https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/make-you-real
Posted: 1 Day 7 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieMy take is that Bill Clinton was onboard to slaughter foreign Muslims needlessly, or just about any other foreigners, when his political career called for him to take that stance. As are most U.S. politicians. In this, I think that I
Posted: 1 Day 9 Hours ago by: Charles PackerWhat interested me about your review was the notion of private interests going around governments to save the world. This is basically what is proposed in "The Open Conspiracy" by H.G. Wells, a non-fiction book he published in 1930. Th
Posted: 1 Day 12 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI didn't know that. I simply thought that while the CIA told Bush that it believed that Saddam Hussein _probably_ didn't have any WMDs, they had also admitted they weren't 100% sure of that. Given that Saddam Hussein _was_ known to be o
Posted: 1 Day 12 Hours ago by: QuadiblocMinor typo. No doubt you meant "Couldn't possibly have had anything to do with them providing a safe haven for al-Qaeda, eh?". They weren't providing a _haven_ for the Taliban; back then, the Taliban were the guys running the place. J
Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: peterwezeman@hotmailSomewhere on the scale between superpowers and micropowers are there powers? Peter Wezeman anti-social Darwinist
Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerWhich website? If its the company's website why would you expect it tell people about a problem?
Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerUS as well.
Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: AlanCorrect. We have IBM's panic due to the growing success of the Apple II running VisiCalc to thank for their use of mostly off-the-shelf components in the design of the original IBM PC.
Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: AlanActually, there is only one Mac still being made that runs an Intel processor: the Mac Pro. All the other Macs (and iPads and iPhones) run processors Apple designed themselves. Apple Silicon
Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyLinks have been posted to substantiate my numbers. Yours are wrong. And why did you say "Probably from Jones"? Chris
Posted: 1 Day 14 Hours ago by: AlanYeah...
Posted: 1 Day 14 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyYou do realize that Bill Clinton supported the war declaration and has stated that Bush went to war out of a genuine belief that large quantities of weapons of mass destruction remain unaccounted for. Please give your reasons for believi
Posted: 1 Day 14 Hours ago by: James NicollBlock's Evan Tanner had that, thanks to a brain injury in ... Korea, I think. Gave him lots of time to indulge his hobbies, like funding quirky nationalist movements.
Posted: 1 Day 14 Hours ago by: Ahasuerus[snip] I should probably clarify that it was my take on bug control when I started reading _Worm_. It changed ... significantly, not to say drastically, over the course of the serial. I should have kept in mind that there are estimated t
Posted: 1 Day 14 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatI can't speak for other countries but Canada had troops in Afghanistan for more years than WW1 + WW2 + Korea taken together.
Posted: 1 Day 15 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgWildcards had (has?) a whole raft of characters like this: The Deuces I believe they were called. In the Powder Mage setting these minor gifts are called Knacks, and those having them The Knacked. Currently the only one I recall is that
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: AlanHe's representative of all the Republicans who don't immediately denounce him, yes. Because declaring any one left of you as abnormal is perfectly acceptable!
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: James NicollIn a mage campaign, my generally no good at combat character used his not particularly impressive affinity with animals spells to summon every ant within a mile to deal with vampires. Ants are terrible at resisting magic and there are lot
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Default UserThe only one I have read is the Stross. Fine telekinesis is also useful for picking locks and opening safes after exploring the inside for booby-traps and such. That brings to mind Niven's Gil "The Arm" Hamilton, with his psychic replace
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: AlanAnd you didn't produce a link to this study...
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: John W KennedyI can’t say; I haven’t had access to a mainframe since 1997. But the website says nothing of a problem
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Default UserThat's the main power that Discworld's Susan Sto Helit has initially. This can be a problem when some teachers at her school don't think she's been attending class. She does develop more of the powers inherited from her adoptive grandfat
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatSo are you suggesting this MIGHT be a temporary situation if Biden + other Democrats open the borders sufficiently to admit enough Hispanics not to need black support any more? Mathematically that >IS< the impact of the current policy i
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerIsolationism doesn't work in the 21st century. It didn't work for most of the 20th century either.
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerShe knew things mortals didn't. ;)
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI am about 10% through Worm. https://parahumans.wordpress.com/ Lynn
Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: AhasuerusLawrence Watt-Evans's _With a Single Spell_ (1987) was like that. And then there is _Worm_. I remember starting it and thinking "OK, so the main character's superpower is bug control. I know that many stories take a seemingly minor or us
Posted: 1 Day 18 Hours ago by: David DuffyMany examples of people with the superpower of being easily ignored, _A Gift from Earth_ came to mind. The related power of being boring is not necessarily supernatural.
Posted: 1 Day 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: I'm less surprised than many people than the Russian military is a paper tiger, long past its prime. The Soviets never did have the kind of robust military
Posted: 1 Day 18 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireThey are doing amazingly well. Much better than I hoped. Of course, the country has been totally trashed which may have been Putin's goal all along. Of course, every one has been dumping smart weapons on the Ukrainians. My former US
Posted: 1 Day 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: I suspect that'w why he qualified it with "out of the box."
Posted: 1 Day 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Then why were they ongoing attacks the entire time we were in the country, and how did they have enough resources to retake control even as we were pulling
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireB-52s at 40,000 feet and a few CIA officers on the ground destroyed the warlords in Afghanistan after 9/11. That worked fine, we should have stayed with it. Of course, Osama Bin Laden turned up in Pakistan later and we took care of h
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireNo questions are stupid. We are updating our Win32 diagrammatic user interface C++ code (450 KLOC) to be able read, store, and display UTF-8. We are converting from the ASCII Win32 API to the Wide Win32 API, which, we already supporte
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireThat is right, Anya was deadly scared of bunnies. Lynn
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireArlo and Janis: To The Batroom, Robin ! https://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2022/05/18 I hate 4 am bathroom calls. Lynn
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireHuh. All of the six bit machines that I programmed on (UNIVAC 1108, CDC 7600, etc) did not support lower case characters since the lower case characters used the 7th bit in ASCII. But all the eight bit machines that I used (IBM PC, D
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: The Ukranians seem to be doing a pretty good job of it so far.
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: More likly UN peacekeepers, which will include some from the US. Which will require a restructuring of the UN charter to keep Russia from vetoing it, but t
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: It's a long term factor, but it's a big one. I am. We were at fault for enough to piss off some violently crazy people. And? Not all US interests are co
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireWe already fought WWI and WWII in Europe. We, the USA, need to sit this one out and let those people defend themselves. Lynn
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireYou do realize that we are probably headed to USA peacekeepers in the Ukraine. My agent in Russia told me that he was going to take his family and leave four weeks ago, probably to Germany. He has not gotten back to me yet so I have
Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Couldn't possibly have had anything to do with them providing a safe haven for the Taliban, eh?
Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI think that is a little too simplistic but, you could be right. There was lots of things going on in the middle east and we got blamed for a lot of it even though we were not totally at fault. The previous major involvement on USA so
Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI think that GW Bush used NATO for cover for the invasion of Iraq in payment for Saddam Hussein trying to kill his father. Without NATO he probably would not have done it, just continued shooting down their planes and bombing their an
Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliRoss Presser <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: So, someone who doesn't matter and never will, who has zero chance to actually be elected, is now representative of all Republicans?
Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerA former vengeance demon's contribution to the discussion about what was the source of the latest problem.
Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerNuclear ICBMs, the new SALT. :P
Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireUgh. Not my favorite Buffy episode. Giles singing was not the best. And I still don't get the bunnies so I guess that I am not remembering something about that particular episode. Lynn
Posted: 1 Day 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireZero for five again ! Orson Scott Card calls these micropowers in his "Lost and Found" series. The first books is excellent. https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Orson-Scott-Card/dp/1094091197/ Lynn
Posted: 1 Day 21 Hours ago by: Ross PresserAlso: ] While he's previously run for office as a Republican and is listed as chairman ] of the Antrim County Conservative Union, Bishop filed Tuesday to seek the ] Democratic nomination in the 37th Senate District. Well, I guess it do
Posted: 1 Day 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser[snip] I think I found it! Michigan state Senate, not Wisconsin. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2022/04/24/white-families-michigan-senate-candidate/7410621001/ ] Randy Bishop, a right-wing Michigan radio host who filed l
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Aside from things like the $150 million investment from Microsoft to bolster their claims they weren't an illegal monopoly.
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliQuadibloc <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Knowing what the fuck you're talking about would go a lot further. And if pigs had wings . . .
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliJ. Clarke <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: You're just noticing that?
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Salt is a significant component of human blood, IIRC.
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliJ. Clarke <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: One of the things that came out of the dissolution of the Soviet Union was the declassifying of a *lot* of Cold War documents. There were som
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyAnd what exactly am I supposed to be seeing? You have presented nothing to see over the years as regards what racism is!! I have gone in depth into my views of racism. I've heard nothing from you other than your cheap unsubstantiated i
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbiliscott@slp53.sl.home (Scott Lurndal) wrote in news:N6ahK.61497$qMI1.email@example.com: Not all the riots over Floyd's death were in Minneapolis. In fact, there were riots in many major cities, and many of them involved insurgents killing e
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliQuadibloc <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: You're not allowed to read anything that doesn't feed The Narrative, and you know it. Faux News has the most comprehensive list: http
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyIndeed, as has been stated in other threads, perhaps you have been reading biased news stories. If you want a liberal-trending look at some of the death reports: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/06/18/fact-check-more-bl
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Is that a trace of self awareness from you? At long last?
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbiliscott@slp53.sl.home (Scott Lurndal) wrote in news:7r9hK.48988$JSxf.firstname.lastname@example.org: DT didn't say Bush was resonsible, he said Bush lied. Lying is a specific allegation that involves the person doing it knowing what they are saying is untr
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Clearly, you know as little about the rhythm method as you do about most subjects. A distinction without a difference. Or, to quote t
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: The more recent the event, the less time it's had to reverberate throughout history. But they don't make troublemakers the way they u
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: They joined in the insurgency trying to verturn the election. They both consider police, and the rule of law in general, The Enemy, a
Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalThere were two deaths during the George Floyd riots. Calvin Horton Jr. was killed by a pawnshop owner who believed Horton was burglarizing his business. Oscar Lee Stewart Jr. died from smoke inhalation after being trapped in a burning b
Posted: 2 Days ago by: Scott LurndalNATO wasn't involved at all. Perhaps you are thinking of the UN?
Posted: 2 Days ago by: QuadiblocApparently I will need to word my posts much more precisely to avoid misunderstandings. One's race is _a_ community to which one belongs. Of course under normal circumstances people should be able to include people of different colors a
Posted: 2 Days ago by: QuadiblocPerhaps I have been reading biased news stories. As far as I knew, not one person had been killed in the riots *by the rioters*; there may have been killings by the police, and, of course, there were the people killed by Kyle Rittenhous
Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. ClarkeOf course someone can. March in, take the hit, keep marching, pull down every building, raze every middlesex, village, and farm, salt the ground, the whole nine yards. The result might be civilization delenda est, but the fact that the
Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. ClarkeYou _sent_ your kids? What did you do, hold a gun to their heads and make them join the armed forces? However you really weren't paying attention if you think that either Iraq or Afghanistan was something that NATO dragged the US into.
Posted: 2 Days ago by: pete...@gmail.comAs an Apple ][+ owner who programmed in assembler, I can confirm that it was most definitely 8 bit. Heck, out of the box, it didn't even support lower case. pt
Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. ClarkeSo you're saying that if there was no NATO Shrub wouldn't have lashed out at Iraq and Afghanistan? On what basis do you make that contention?
Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. ClarkeWhat IBM PC model used the 8086? There were the PC and XT which were 8088 and then the AT which was 80286. Intel processors were chosen initially by IBM--they weren't "developed for the IBM-PC clone market", the IBM PC was developed a
Posted: 2 Days ago by: Paul S PersonStupid question time: you mean that you are revising the code to read, store, and write Unicode, right? not that you are rewriting the code itself in Unicode I /said/ it was a stupid question.
Posted: 2 Days ago by: Scott LurndalAs one president remarked, "The Buck Stops Here".
Posted: 2 Days ago by: Paul S PersonI think that's a bit extreme. For one thing, I don't think there's enough salt available.
Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. ClarkeNazi In All But Name
Posted: 2 Days ago by: Paul S PersonWhich, of course, is just what a Friend of Putin would want.
Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. ClarkeGoogle Groups is one option.
Posted: 2 Days ago by: Paul S PersonSsssh ... you are refuting his Russian Propaganda!
Posted: 2 Days ago by: Paul S PersonI believe that Apple II, like my trusty North Star Horizon and other early microcomputers, was an 8-bit machine. But, yes, Apple was a major success story. Which is why it is still around today. The IBM PC was a 16-bit machine. Well,
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: James NicollFive Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers https://www.tor.com/2022/05/18/five-characters-who-make-the-most-of-minor-superpowers/ Well, more characters who do what they can with minor super-powers and trivial spells.
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person<snippo; "they" are "Roman Catholics"> That is hardly surprising. The statistics on the Rythm Method are: 99% effective x 2 times/week x 52 weeks/year = 1 baby per year which, of course, is why the Bishop of Rome supports it. None
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: QuadiblocI managed to necro up the thread OT: Some Facts About Leaving Afghanistan by replying to one of them. John Savard
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonExactly.
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person2022. Possibly in May, more likely in April. This is /current events/, not past history.
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: QuadiblocI agree emotionally with the sentiment. (Although not the quote. Rome was an *aggressor nation* against Carthage.) But Russia has nukes, so no one can destroy it. Instead, just as during the long decades of the Cold War, we must remain
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThere are none so blind as those who will not see.
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonIndeed, one might almost say they intend to /cancel/ the very concept. But not, of course, the reality.
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThe only one I missed after I returned home from the Army in 83 was when they changed the Primary from September to August and I blanked out. I applied for voting by absentee ballot the next day. You need to read /The Illuminatus Tril
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonAt one point, I was introduced to a theory called "Critical Points" (or whatever the now-forgotten Greek term could be rendered as). This started out great, asserting that history was a series of these points, the really big ones setting
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonNice Trump (Putin) Talking Point : that the BLM protests were actually about /the 2016 election/ instead of about /bad police behavior/? At least you are separating BLM from "Antifa" -- that is, Anarchists. The usual T(P)TP is that they
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliJ. Clarke <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: I can predict Lynn's response to that: "Why would we care about the EU? What have they done for us (or, rather, me, personally) lately?"
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbiliscott@slp53.sl.home (Scott Lurndal) wrote in news:8N6hK.4308$NMxb.email@example.com: I'm more of the opinion they were lied *to* by intelligence people who were too eager to please, and believed (at the time, at least) what they were saying
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonWhich, BTW, makes it quite likely to be revived by the Republican Party.
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Lack of involvement in foreign affairs leads to things like 9/11. The philosophy of "do we want to fight them there, or here at home" has significant merit.
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliDimensional Traveler <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Heh. And if we hadn't elected a potato to replace him, it's even less likely. Indeed. But when the main member of that alliance is headed up by a potat
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliRobert Carnegie <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Somebody just published a study that concluded that dry counties have a significantly higher fatal accident rate due to drun
Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliQuadibloc <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Which is to say, you're making shit up. Again. Plus, of course, most newspapers are liberal propaganda rags, unworthy to even wipe your
Posted: 2 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerBuffy the Vampire Slayer, episode Once More With Feeling.
Posted: 2 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtI assume you mean the patient lab assistants who bred strains of lab rat who were all clones of each other who were 100% fated to develop cancer ... the variable being *how soon* they would develop it, under the influence of a controlled
Posted: 2 Days 3 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalIt was a joke, obviously. And yes, the top attribution like had scrolled off the screen, you were indeed responding to Paul.
Posted: 2 Days 3 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndalcident). No, they were not. Some members of the coalition were also NATO members, but NATO had nothing to do with it. "NATO as an organization had no role in the decision to undertake or conduct the campaign" https://www.nato.int
Posted: 2 Days 3 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalLynn, Iraq had nothing to do with NATO. That was the US GOP that invaded IRAQ specifically Dick and George after lying through their teeth about the causes belli.
Posted: 2 Days 3 Hours ago by: James NicollThe Apothecary Diaries, volume 5 by Natsu Hyuuga (Translated by Kevin Steinbach) https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/cold-folks
Posted: 2 Days 4 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyI'm well aware of the differences, as well as the similarities; I support some forms of affirmative action in the present. But both are racist, according to my definition of racist. (I'm not sure using your definition of racist - you've
Posted: 2 Days 9 Hours ago by: Default UserI have been reading one of the themed Science Fiction Megapack anthologies, this one "Crime". This 1969 story features a USA that has a "meritocracy" government. Supposedly all jobs go to the most qualified. Elections are one vote per doll
Posted: 2 Days 9 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieThe driving worries me. We had isolated cases, pun not intended, when Scotland restricted bars and alcohol sales in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic but we have a mostly undefended land border with England. Also Scotland imposed a minimum price
Posted: 2 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatWell again the site does say IN THE UNITED STATES and since I'm not that one person must be someone else.
Posted: 2 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatNIABN? New term for me...
Posted: 2 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatYou sir are confused by your delusion that the person you are trying to reach inhabits the same planet since by his own words he clearly does not.
Posted: 2 Days 11 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat<shout on> GENERAL CONSENSUS MY ASS<shout off> I'm sorry - neither was right and anyone who dares say the former excuses the latter is beyond contempt. To say there's a general consensus to the opposite is off on a different planet and
Posted: 2 Days 11 Hours ago by: Thomas KoenigIraq wasn't. Germany famously refused.
Posted: 2 Days 11 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniJ. Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: If you actually *solve* the problem, there's no more need for anyone to lead the charge against it (and get filthy rich doing so).
Posted: 2 Days 11 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireYou know, I cannot even write a clear sentence tonight so, no way I got the bunnies. You will like the explanation for the "vampires'. And the horrible downside for being a "vampire". Good to hear that your finances have improved. I
Posted: 2 Days 12 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerNot yet. Bought it just recently because my finances have improved but haven't gotten to it. Did read the first some time back. (And I'm betting you don't get the bunnies.)
Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowellIt would be inaccurate to accuse anybody of deligitimising a term which was not historically regarded with the sort of worship that it is today - had it been, the world would not have spent so long as a collection of kingdoms.. Here are s
Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI am not sure how one goes about _linking_ to a USENET post, but I do know how to "necro" one. John Savard
Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireThis series is very closely related to the "The Excaliber Alternative" universe. I fully expect that should there be a book #3, another player will be admitted to the game. Probably not named Avalon though. https://www.amazon.com/
Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireDid you read the second book and explained the technology behind the vampires ? Lynn
Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireBoth Iraq and Afghanistan were NATO joint ventures. The British, French, Canadians, and others sent troops in because the USA invoked the NATO treaty. Not as many as the USA did but they did send troops. Shoot, Britain even sent a ro
Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireWrong. Both Iraq and Afghanistan were NATO joint ventures. The British, French, Canadians, and others sent troops in because the USA invoked the NATO treaty. Not as many as the USA did but they did send troops. Shoot, Britain even
Posted: 2 Days 14 Hours ago by: J. ClarkePlease link these posts.
Posted: 2 Days 14 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeYou don't understand the issue. If black people ever achieved equality they wouldn't need the Democrats to pretend to stand up for them anymore. The Democrats have a vested interest in keeping them down while throwing them symbolic ges
Posted: 2 Days 14 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeSo which one do you suggest which supports this statement?
Posted: 2 Days 15 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgI was not too happy with the partial explanation of the Vamps we got here. I would have liked to stay with a Magic/Tech universe. Also I felt the foreshadowing detracted from any suspense. Still I will pick up the next one, if any, whi
Posted: 2 Days 15 Hours ago by: QuadiblocYou haven't been reading any newspapers for the last six years or so? John Savard
Posted: 2 Days 15 Hours ago by: QuadiblocYou can't tell the difference between affirmative action and Jim Crow? John Savard
Posted: 2 Days 15 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comRussia is a threat to the US, and all countries that respect democracy and the rule of law. Russia clearly interfered in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and seems to have supported Brexit, and the various extreme right movements in Europe..
Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: QuadiblocIf George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, *and* Joe Biden hadn't done the obvious - and gotten Ukraine admitted to NATO after Russia proved that it was a threat to its freedom by invading first Crimea, and then Donetsk and Luhansk -
Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWhat does any of that have to do with the US belonging to NATO? Are you under the mistaken impression that those wars happened because a NATO member invoked the NATO treaty rather than because Shrub didn't think his dick was big enough?
Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: QuadiblocHere's another quote from the article: "By welcoming Finland into NATO, Biden is offering Helsinki the kind of war guarantee Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain gave to Poland in the spring of 1939, which led to Britain’s having to dec
Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: QuadiblocThat's just crazy talk. Russia's immediate neighbors can't deal with the threat Russia poses to them, because Russia has nukes and they don't. Period. That's why we need an international order where the world's free countries are defen
Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerFirst, all the Middle East adventures weren't NATO. Second, if Trump hadn't spent four years trying to undermine and dismantle NATO there is a good chance that Russia wouldn't have invaded Ukraine. Being part of a strong alliance is a
Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: Jay E. MorrisI was probably a little further south and east of you. Same time frame but we went to Ohio.
Posted: 2 Days 17 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireThat is a very expansive answer. Why not ? Let's send your kids then. Mine went to Iraq already. Twice. He was smart enough to refuse to volunteer to go to Afghanistan after that. He and his First Sergeant had a four hour talk abo
Posted: 2 Days 17 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAnd then the Russians start digesting the EU and we're back there but without the forward basing and commonality of systems and coordinated doctrine that we have now.
Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerNo, it isn't.
Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerIt really was VERY weird the way he brought vampires into the first book. <starts singing>I have a theory, it could be bunnies....<stops singing> Um, no vampires! It was almost like he realized he'd written humanity into too tiny of
Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Tony NanceAye - the site underreports. For example, from the ssa.gov website, where you can search for baby names: More information for male name Payton • For 2018, the number of births with name Payton is 237, which represents 0.012 percent of
Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireOn 5/16/2022 11:41 PM, Quadibloc wrote:
Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieOr not.
Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: MoriartyOh! I hadn't read that due to being pretty ambivalent about "Stress". However I am interested in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, having seen an exhibition of their works a year or three back and then watched a pretty good fictionalised mi
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliJ. Clarke <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Don't be questioning the monkeys that fly out of his ass, now. His masters won't like that.
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWWI wasn't about "defending freedom". It was about which member of the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha clan had the biggest dick.
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeUTF-8 isn't 8-bit. It's variable width with an 8-bit subset.
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeIs Log-On actually selling it at this point? I knew they were supporting it, but I seem to recall they had some difficulty that was preventing actual sales.
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAccept that it's his definition, sure. Obey his orders, not so much.
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeTheir leader was named "Jim" and they knew your political viewpoint perhaps?
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeRead the Illuminatus Trilogy. Also, "fnord" has its own wikipedia entry.
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThat you and your cat agree on some topic does not mean that there is "general consensus". And I suspect that the cat is just humoring you.
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeI think if the Founders could see what America is like today they'd have made some adjustments to the Constitution, probably not the ones I would expect, or that liberals would expect.
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAnd your authority for this statement is?
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeYou know, you're the flip side of quadi. Get out of your little blue bubble for a while.
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeSome prefer it because it gives them time to do things that are important to _them_ instead of to the idiot they work for.
Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWhich if he wasn't so dangerous would be a hoot, considering that he's a NIABN.
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Thomas KoenigMy grandfather worked on such a system, I used to love helping him with the experiments. It probably came a bit too early for market success, though.
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliChris Buckley <email@example.com> wrote in news:jeigfhFghdrU3@mid.individual.net: No, when we're told to see it by our betters.
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliChris Buckley <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:jeifqgFghdrU2@mid.individual.net: Rather like Shawn Wilson's claims to be an economist, which he refused to define even when I offered him a thousand dollars cash to do so. This is the fasci
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire"Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris Kennedy https://www.amazon.com/Into-Light-Out-Dark-2/dp/0765366924/ Book number two of a two book series of an alien invasion science fiction series. I read the well pri
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Thomas Koenig"The" is an unusal first name. I have only run across this once, with "The Journalist" in "Starship Titanic".
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliChris Buckley <email@example.com> wrote in news:jeiet4FghdrU1@mid.individual.net: I'm guessing they're white. Which is to say, in Quaddie's diseased fantasy world, they're not people and don't matter. Not quite. It's in the interests of th
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: KevrobI had a PoliSci professor (Political Philosophy) who earned his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame. Without fail, at least 1 student a year had been told by those who had taken the course already that he could be importuned to tell
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyWhat a ridiculous, contradictory statement! We're supposed to be teaching kids to recognize racism by telling them that they will know it when they see it???? And I was responding to Paul - check the attributions. Chris
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalCalling Justice Potter, calling Justice Potter. And you're responding to John, not Paul.
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalCheck back in a couple of days, maybe that's how they populate their database.
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyAnd exactly how are we supposed to teach kids to recognize it when we can't even give a definition for it for adults? Paul, you have been railing against racism for years, calling people and groups racist. But you have flatly refused t
Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyAs opposed to making a fuss about the 9-25+ people killed in those riots? You seem to be ignoring them. In part, for the same reasons that one party is so strongly against laws that prohibit state and local governments from discrimin
Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliRobert Carnegie <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Yeah, that's Bobbie's job. And he does it so well.
Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireOK, I laughed at that concept. Lynn
Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross PresserThe leading cause of cancer in laboratory rats is scientists.
Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross PresserSigh. Any idea *when*? 2022? 2021? 2016? I found this tweet, but it's equally unsourced. https://twitter.com/RachelBitecofer/status/1506726579807789061 ] @RachelBitecofer ] 4:16 PM · Mar 23, 2022 · Twitter Web App ] GOP 2022 ] Marr
Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuirexkcd: Heath Data https://xkcd.com/2620/ “Causality is the leading cause of death in this country”. Yup, the world too. Explained at: https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/2620:_Health_Data Lynn
Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireWe are in the middle of converting our software distribution of 1.3 million lines of C++ and F77 from ASCII to Unicode (UTF-8). The conversion is not going well and we have yet to start on the Fortran code. Lynn
Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fnord Its a bit more complicaterd. It comes from Discordian books, such as the Principia Discordia and the Illuminatus! trilogy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fnord In this context, PSP means that racism
Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: William HydeAnd his dad, a fascinating character in his own right. with Powers channeling John Le Carre. I loved "Expiration date" but have been unable to finish "Earthquake Weather" despite two tries. Of more recent novels, other than Declare,
Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comDon't trust the site. It says I don't exist. 642,077 with my first name, 163 with my last, and 0 with both. pt
Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comThere's no reason Unicode can't work on Usenet, but a great deal of the time, it doesn't. I've successfully posted Tibetan script from trn, and it was readable (if you read Tibetan). However, the stumbling blocks are: Many clients strip
Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: QuadiblocIf the word "fnord" encloses something in a Usenet post, it indicates the author wishes readers to forget that they read it. So the comment had to do with the people objecting to what they allege is teaching "Critical Race Theory" in th
Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI ran across this novel recently. Glanced at the description in the dustjacket, then hastily put it down. It appeared the book was about how God kept sending disasters to the planet because the human race had failed to obey Him - and this
Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieWell, anyway, as I explained, it's exactly as traditionally American as slavery, do it goes back a /long/ way.
Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieDo not feed the troll.
Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieIf "one's community" is your race - I think that most people would regard that as racism, whether they're for or against that. ObSF: in Poul Anderson's _There Will Be Time_ when the hero and heroine of different dates time travel to the
Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatApparently according to that site there are 63000 people in the US with my first name and 4800 with my last name and 1 person with both. Since I am not >IN< the United States well he ain't me. I'd be curious knowing where he is and poss
Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatRacism goes far beyond ownership of other human beings. And I have no hesitation saying so though I utterly reject the racism of BLM and those who demand "equity" (equality of results) rather than "equality" (equality of opportunity). Wh
Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatI was mostly disputing his mis-remembered chronology. My father was born on 30 January 1933 - I'm pretty sure I know who took power in Germany that day and what resulted from that. During the 1920s both Nazis and Communists were signif
Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatWiki attributes it to the princess Victoria daughter of you know who and mother of Kaiser Wilhelm II so if I'm wrong on Bismarck I'm not wrong on the era https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinder,_K%C3%BCche,_Kirche My late wife stayed hom
Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jaimie VandenberghEw. I rescind my previous article, which of course also isn't possible on Usenet. Cheers - Jaimie
Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jaimie VandenberghOn a Mac, just hold the "e" key down for about 2.5 seconds and you get a popup with accent offerings. Applies to the other obvious candidate keys also. There's no sense in trying to work out characters that have been to Usenet and back,
Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatWhile true, IBM was rather late to the game by Aug 12, 1981 when they introduced the IBM-PC. Apple had sold 100,000+ Apples (mostly various versions of the II) by the end of 1980 (one of them to me) and a large number of them WERE runnin
Posted: 3 Days ago by: QuadiblocWhile I don't agree with him that it's a particularly "low blow", it is indeed true that _Kinder, Kirche, Küche_ is referred to as a phrase used by Hitler in a number of works, and is associated with him. John Savard
Posted: 3 Days ago by: John W KennedyCocoa has always used UTF-16 (though with translation to/from UTF-8 and UTF-32 are available), but, a couple of years ago, Swift changed its internal representation to UTF-8.
Posted: 3 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili
Posted: 3 Days ago by: John W KennedyEspecially since the ⍎ operator (small circle over inverted-T), “Execute” was added, which interprets a character string as an APL expression in the current context. It was only in 2021 that IBM sold APL2 to Log-On Software, whic
Posted: 3 Days ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: So far as the crows are concerned (and their opinion is the only one that matters to them), if they become aware you exist, you're torm
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonActually, some of them have been warming up to Rome, to the point of adding opposition to contraception to their position and redefining infanticide as "post-birth abortion" so the Fathers can be said to oppose abortion. Such concern ov
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI've known several, in various contexts. And, while they may not /agree/ with the Pope, I suspect that they accept his definition of "pro-life".
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person"They" refers to "animals" or, more particularly, IIRC, pigeons.
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI apparently strayed "too close" to the nest. Which I never saw. But they may have felt tormented, I suppose. More likely, they felt that their eggs or chicks were /threatened/. They have a territoriality range of at least 10 feet, poss
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person<snippo> It was the /family/ that was being defined, not marriage. To the best of my recollection, it was a candidate in the Republican Primary for a State-level office. Possibly in Wisconsin, although quite possibly not. Note that "St
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Since she's the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, yes, I'm pretty sure she would disagree with that. I'm sure she'd a
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonBecause the sad truth is that racism is as American as apple pie. Albeit now in only some areas. And will continue to be such until rooted out altogether. Hence the uproar over actually teaching kids to recognize it and call it out whe
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliThe Horny Goat <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Yes. Perhaps you've hear of "Black Lives Matter" and "Antifa," though of course, you're not allowed to recognize their violent insurgency trying
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliThe Horny Goat <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: You've *just* noticed that the *first* place the left goes is "if you disagree with me you're literally Hitler"? That's been their standard line
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonWho all appear to be agreeing with a Justice who apparently believes in Replacement Theory, a staple of the alt-right. Judging from the footnotes to his draft. Footnotes, I should add, that may or may not remain in the actual decision if
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThe problem is that the Republican Party has become an ideological party -- and, yes, everbody has to believe the same thing or they are RINOs. I will agree that the Dems are moving in that direction, but they aren't there yet. But as
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonNot agree with what? -- that all women will find life worse under Republican totalitarianism? -- that some women might be content to be houswives? or something else?
Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonAre you sure? IIRC, it was presented to me as the traditional German attitude. But I suppose they could have been mistaken. Or my memory could be. And, really, all I am doing is pointing out that it is possible that not /every/ woman
Posted: 3 Days 4 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalUTF-8 _is_ unicode. There are many possible encodings for unicode, UTF-8 is the most common outside of windows, which uses UTF-16 by default. And Clarke is correct, you cannot represent Chinese in 8 bits, even when using UTF-8 encoding
Posted: 3 Days 4 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn[re: driving and calculus] I still mostly think of fuel economy as a post-driving metric for analysis. I didn't have instantaneous fuel economy until I was too old to experiment with drafting behind trucks. I do remember the joys of a
Posted: 3 Days 7 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieI meant to say "acceleration or the value of staying behind the next car." And on reflection, let me mention fuel economy.
Posted: 3 Days 9 Hours ago by: Charles Packer[stuff] Fun fact (courtesy of HowManyOfMe.com): There are less than 1700 Americans named Payton. Racist, schmacist. If I had had the name Payton inflicted on me by parents named Pam and Paul, I'd eventually...well, I don't know what I
Posted: 3 Days 10 Hours ago by: QuadiblocWhile there was indeed widespread property damage and looting, there is a general consensus that to make a fuss about that in the face of the death of a human being is... indecent, and shows bigotry against black people. Whether or not
Posted: 3 Days 12 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatAbsolutely right. I'd go so far as saying few science fiction writers write 'as far in the future' as the 250+ years since 1776 and that our shock at the 23rd / 24th century would be far less than the Americans of that era. (I know - S
Posted: 3 Days 12 Hours ago by: Quadiblochttps://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-16-2022-1.6454744/blaming-fox-news-republican-rhetoric-for-buffalo-mass-shooting-is-too-easy-says-professor-1.6454921 The professor being interviewed for CBC Radio says it's "too ea
Posted: 3 Days 12 Hours ago by: KevrobYou might want to search on the term "seamless garment" in regard to Catholic "pro-lifers." I don 't know if Protestants use that or have their own jargon.
Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerIt was a bit subtle, you had to think about what was being communicated because it wasn't straight "speech" Rudy was receiving. And I'm used to automatically thinking "Why are they saying it like _that_?" with, well, pretty much everyt
Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: Gary R. SchmidtUNICODE?? It's a joke, Joyce. (If only it was!!) And I've been fighting with UNICODE (and incompetence/lack of understanding) of UNICODE for decades. The only thing less (or wrongly) understood than UNICODE in computing is time and d
Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: KevrobAWB? The Average White Band! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Average_White_Band I think neither the Real World nor in-story groups with those initials would like their music.
Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatDuring the 1920 the Nazi SA were almost entirely engaging in street battles vs their Communist counterparts. Hard core Nazi anti-semitic actions didn't really get into full gear until after Jan 1, 1933 when they took power. If the Nazi
Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatTHAT is an extremely low blow since while the term "Kinde, Kirche, Kueche" was coined by Bismarck, it is most associated with the Third Reich which some Democrats insist on describing their opposition as. (As does Putin in describing any
Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatThat's true pretty much anywhere where there's a boundary where the drinking age is lower on one side than the other. I had a similar discussion with my daughter when she came home for Christmas her first year at Carleton (Ottawa ON wh
Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatSurely you mean 2020 (or more accurately January 2021). I am not aware of a great deal of uproar relating to Trump's inauguration. On the other hand you are showing your bias when you excuse the widespread rioting after the Floyd death
Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatThe Trumpsters would probably describe me as a RINO if I were an American - I'm very tough on the need to run a tight ship financially but am fairly tolerant on social issues. I'm NOT one for social engineering by pouring dollars on them
Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatThanks! My first grandchild - she will be 10 days old tomorrow. Son + wife aren't keen to have us over just yet - he says they're still working out their crib arrangements.
Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: Joy BeesonAnd this plain has been flooded a foot deep for a week or two at least once a decade ever since the glaciers retreated, therefore building a dam to put it under twenty feet of water permanently will make no difference whatsoever.
Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: You deserved it, for tormenting them. If they did, that still says more about the intelligence of people than it does about crows. On
Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: Quinn CThat's doesn't fall under the normal interpretation of "handle with 8 bits" for me.
Posted: 3 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireOn 5/16/2022 7:50 PM, Dimensional Traveler wrote:
Posted: 3 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireYes, you can with variable-width character encoding UTF-8. We are in the middle of converting our software distribution to it. The Fortran code is dicey at best though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTF-8 Lynn
Posted: 3 Days 15 Hours ago by: David BrownHere's a couple things I've done that got backlogged. First, a review of Godzilla Vs Biollante, sometimes considered the best in the series. Unfortunately, you can't get it here. https://trendytroodon.blogspot.com/2022/05/featured-creature-
Posted: 3 Days 15 Hours ago by: MoriartyTim Powers is one of those authors who, for me, is very hit and miss. Some I love, some leave me totally cold. If you want to try another of his, give "The Anubis Gates" a go, or "Declare". The former is a time travel fantasy about Egyp
Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerJuvyr ba Anaghpxrg ur znxrf "pbagnpg" gubfr erfcbafvoyr sbe Gur Punatr. "Gurl" ner gur zretrq pbafpvbhfarff bs nyy fragvrag orvatf va gur tnynkl/(havirefr?) sebz znal ovyyvbaf bs lrnef va gur shgher. Nf orfg nf ur pna qrgrezvar gurl
Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAnybody who tries to drive by doing calculus in his head is probably already a statistic.
Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAs implemented it's a bit wild-west, but it was necessary--you can't handle Chinese with 8 bits.
Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWhile there have been APL compilers in the past, they are aberrations. APL has historically been an interpreted language and most APL code expects that environment. Current commercial implementations are APL+Win, APL2 (I think--it was a
Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeYou don't actually know any Catholics, do you?
Posted: 3 Days 17 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWho is this "we"? Do you have a mouse in your pocket?
Posted: 3 Days 17 Hours ago by: Titus GGreat. Thanks for the warning. Given your previous recommendations/reviews, I suspect my mileage will be similar. _Last Call_ is the only Powers' that I have read. I think it may have been recommended here.
Posted: 3 Days 18 Hours ago by: QuadiblocBut in that case, how was your post intended as a relevant reply to a post that _was_ only talking about right and wrong, and not about the current status of the law? John Savard
Posted: 3 Days 18 Hours ago by: QuadiblocWell, he used the A-word to describe Israel! Thus, if one wishes to muddle up the discussion of Middle East politics in the same way as has been done around Ilhan Omar, one... _could_... fashion an argument to that effect. John Savard
Posted: 3 Days 18 Hours ago by: MoriartyI loved "Last Call" but found "Expiration Date" to be a tedious snore-fest. I finished it but had to make myself do so; Powers has enough runs on the board that I won't abandon him mid-book. "Earthquake Weather" has been un-read on my sh
Posted: 3 Days 18 Hours ago by: Quadibloc(oh, he really was quoting "The Horny Goat" and not Terry Austin) I thought that the only member of "The Squad" that was even accused of anti-Semitism was its only Semite... Ilhan Omar. She has opinions I disagree with about Israel and
Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: I suspect our foundes would all have a stroke and die foaming at the mouth at what we've become.
Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieThe post is pretty bad around Christmas. I don't know anything about this case but it is desirable to pause fighting at an earlier point in peace negotiation. ?You can always start again if it doesn't work out. ObSF, Joe Haldeman's _Th
Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: Quinn CMy spontaneous interpretation was that it was a circumflex in an outline font. I don't think we can combine a diacritic in an outline font with a character in a different font, though.
Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieWhere is that supposed to have come from? It could be out of the traditional "mad scene" performed in each year's Republican convention, but Google doesn't recognise the words, which implies no one even alleges it, or else they're censo
Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comPeople are much better at driving safely than most would estimate from our recorded reaction times. It appears that humans have a hardwired appreciation of at least some things that normally involve calculus. We can throw things with f
Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireYup. A friend who passed away a couple of years ago called the repuglican party and the dumbrocrat party the two sides of the War Party. I suspect that he would be aghast at both of them now. Lynn
Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireCongrats on the new grandchild ! Lynn
Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: One could argue that he is in the sense that he's (closer, at least, to being) a true conservaive, while the party itself lost their way years ago.
Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireTrump's legacy, three conservative SCOTUS justices (two more than I had expected), is proof to me and mine that Trump was not and is not a RINO. Lynn
Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Titus GDespite little attraction to demons and horror suspense, I was fascinated by the strangeness and the complexity in the 'patterns' of _Last Call_ and would be happy to try the next.
Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI need to reread the Dies The Fire series because I do not remember who the Powers are and why they are messing with humanity. I reread the first four books last year. I seem to recall that Rudy makes it to Nantucket around book #8 o
Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross PresserSome more photos of the kids: http://www.boston-baden.com/hazel/Pix/A/kajafoglio.htm
Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross PresserFrom http://www.westercon64.org/?page_id=231, dated 2011 ] The Foglios have two children, a son Victor (a budding artist and entrepreneur in his own right) and daughter Alex. From https://girlgenius.fandom.com/wiki/Victor_Foglio ] In no
Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireYou are making me hungry. Lynn
Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireSorry, I did not intend a joke here. As a computer programmer, I find Unicode both fascinating and horrifying. Lynn
Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI was not even aware that there was a current APL compiler. Lynn
Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuirePearls Before Swine: Dear World https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2022/05/16 Oh my, that will not go well. I see a “Bless your heart” in Pig's future. Lynn
Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross PresserAlthough this citation does date the quote to May 2, 2022, other searching I've done dates it to April 2, 2022. For example: https://www.newsweek.com/gop-candidate-says-we-are-church-we-run-state-viral-video-1696729 I still would like a
Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross PresserThanks for this one!
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Robert WoodwardThe Treaty of Ghent was signed on Dec 24, 1814; the British government ratified it on Dec 27th, but it didn't even arrive in Washington DC until Feb 17th. The Battle of New Orleans took place on January 8th. While the treaty provided
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S PersonIIRC, an article, probably in BYTE, reported in the early 80s that businessmen were flocking to computer stores and buying any computer they could get (all of them 8-bit things) "so long as it ran VisiCalc". The small computers on desks
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Only for Catholics. And really, when it comes to the loudest of the anti-abortion types in the US, neither they nor the Pope would co
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Ones that have a lot of adherents? Only if your desire is to confuse the issue. Which, of course, it is. No reason to let others be a
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S PersonPrecisely. Personality is something we detect in others. In other people, in animals, even in things.
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S PersonActually, the point I was and am making is /precisely/ what the law is. And I said nothing about "right" or "wrong". Although I feel I should point out that adopting the position that it is always "right" to disobey the law because the
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Robert WoodwardIncluding _Vandals of the Void_ (the most un-Vancian of the Jack Vance novels I have read)?
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S PersonDepends on what you call "major". Other issues are a /lot/ more variable than this one. Well, he probably does.
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S PersonIt is my understanding that, if you check with the Pope, you will find that being pro-life includes all of: 1) opposition to abortion 2) opposition to effective contraception 3) opposition to capital punishment Although not a Roman Cat
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: And here you are, literally unable to stop yourself from talking *about* me. As usual.
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S PersonThis was a very interesting mish-mash of quotes from different sequences. Granted, they all had the same overall title, but the only place they form a continual conversation is -- here. Actually, depending on how you /define/ religion,
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha h
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Is that the most recent Democrat you could come up with that I couldn't immediately point to fascist acts they've committed? Most lik
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S PersonBack when I was walking an hour each day for exercise, I walked too close to a nest during the season when they were raising their young. They didn't like it and attacked. And kept attacking. This is not at all uncommon here, as the Bur
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliJ. Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: All domesticated animals have personalities. It is especially prnounced in animals that we keep as pets, or companions, like cats, dogs and
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S PersonI think it more a question of both centrist RINOs and far-right RINOs, which are very different from each other. What I like to think of the Republican Party is somewhere in between. Maybe we should also be recognizing DINOs. Bernie, of
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: I'm not sure Ms. Ronna McDaniel would agree. In fact, I'm pretty sure she wouldn't.
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: I would argue that he is actually too stupid to be properly sexist.
Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S PersonNo, no, no. We want him alive, kicking, and in prison. And that will take a bit longer. Although he /does/ respond to $10K/day court fines ...
Posted: 4 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonIndeed. But the left-wingnuts plaguing the Democrats are not, at least so far, in control of the Party. This is why Manchin is so unpopular with them. What the Dems need, BTW, is more candidates like Manchin in traditionally Republican
Posted: 4 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonJimmy Carter went all fascist on you? Poor baby! It is the /Republicans/ that have gone fascist. And, BTW, "they do it" doesn't mean "I can do it too". The Republicans became well known for sitting down, making an agreement that reco
Posted: 4 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jack BohnI want to say _Midsummer Century_, but I don't have it to check. I also want to say either "Beep" or its expansion into _The Quincunx of Time_, but I have those. They have a major character named Thor Wald, so I began doubting an off
Posted: 4 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI don't think so. The most basic principle of the Traditional Family Values they champion is, after all: women are cattle However, "all women" is a bit of a stretch. Any woman who is satisfied with the 3 Ks (Kinde, Kirche, Kueche -- th
Posted: 4 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person1. Yes, that was drawn rather broadly. And may have confused different results from different contexts. 2. I said nothing about your state of domestication. Indeed, I didn't even mention the concept. 3. Overseas charities deal with cul
Posted: 4 Days 2 Hours ago by: MartinI have a four-paperback series "The Complete Federation of the Hub" (series link at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074BPTX6Z), which contains the following: 1. Telzey Amberdon 2. Trigger and Friends 3. T.N.T.: Telzey Amberdon
Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeIf you have had cats, multiple, you will be aware that they have personality.
Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeOK, show us the statute or case law that defines "personality". Not "person", "personality", the words are not synonyms.
Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThe point is not what the law is, but what the law should be. If you equate "lawful" with "right" and "unlawful" with "wrong" you really should move to Canada or Britain or some other place that wasn't founded by people who violated the
Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. ClarkePersonally I'm a Republican and I don't give the tiniest damn what Trump wants. He had his shot, he screwed up by the numbers, he lost, and I suspect if he tries again it's not going to turn out like he planned. Be nice though if he ki
Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperThat's probably more fair to Heinlein, yeah.
Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThis is Democratic Party cant.
Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeRight now a debate above my pay grade at my current employer is whether to keep APL or move everything that is currently on APL to another platform.
Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeNonetheless, sooner or later "the good guys" are going to have to take down a nuclear-armed opponent. And a quick Russian surrender most assuredly would be a "win for the good guys". Just don't fuck up the subsequent regime change.
Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperI must not have had enough coffee yet this morning. I can only think of one such novel -- _Starship Troopers_. Which other of his novels had this idea?
Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperAre you saying that he had this *outside* of the Cities stories? I'd be interested in knowing which, if you happen to recall.
Posted: 4 Days 9 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieIn those terms, _Empire Star_ may be a misnamed book, but I suppose that's a spoiling remark, which is a risk in this topic. Consider Douglas Adams's cover of book five in "the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers Trilogy." That
Posted: 4 Days 9 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieAnti-what? Oh well, at least you don't consider it important among "their crimes". Whatever it is.
Posted: 4 Days 10 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire"This Is Not What It Looks Like" by Sarah Hoyt https://accordingtohoyt.com/2022/05/15/this-is-not-what-it-looks-like/ Sarah Hoyt's cat, Havelock, is cute, real cute. And looks huge. Lynn
Posted: 4 Days 10 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireYes, me too. Lynn
Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Default UserBook series frequently have a name attached to them either by the author or book sellers. There have been a few that I have come across that really don't fit the actual books. The Parker Interstellar Travels by Michael McCloskey. In the fi
Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Default UserAnother series that fits well in this category are the Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath books by Jack McDevitt. I would actually like to find more like this. Brian
Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Gary R. SchmidtDo you often find your hair being parted as the joke whooshes by??? Cheers, Gary B-)
Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniThe Horny Goat <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: In a perfect world, we'd remove the quotes around "crimes" in the case of those who have openly endorsed the violent insurgency after the 2016 e
Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniThe Horny Goat <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Stereotypes are all Quaddie can understand. Simple, bigoted stereotypes. Especially where women are concerned.
Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniAnd one must reconcile the fact that a) every major religion has a different definition of when life begins, and b) imposing religious dogma as law in unconstitutional. As well as c) you're a fucking morong, and d) who gives a shit wha
Posted: 4 Days 12 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniQuadibloc <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: The human brain, at birth, has basically *no* functuion beyond the autonomic ones. People who study such things scientifically believe
Posted: 4 Days 12 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniDimensional Traveler <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Which is emaningless until it's also ratified. Which occured on the same day as the beginning of the battle, making it physically impossible, in 1815, fo
Posted: 4 Days 12 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniQuadibloc <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: You can't even *define* "the pepole in control of the Republican Party" in a coherent manner, so not, they cannot. Just to humiliate you
Posted: 4 Days 12 Hours ago by: Robert WoodwardThe minions of Trump are busy driving out all sane Republicans by calling them RINOs (of course, Trump and company are the actual Republicans In Name Only).
Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatWell that is DEFINITELY 'channelling his inner Heinlein' since Heinlein in several novels tied the franchise to a period of government service (not just military as Starship Troopers makes plain)
Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatMy comment was about NATO actively taking part in the fighting. That's why I prefaced my comments of Putin using nukes in Ukraine as the "mother of all blunders". I'm sorry I apparently wasn't sufficiently clear but I was suggesting th
Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dan SwartzendruberIn article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com says... I went to college in northern Indiana in the 70s. It was very popular for students to drive less than 1 hour over the border to Michigan, w
Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatYup - and Visicalc largely sold several hundred thousand Apple II's back in the day.
Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatOh? And the fact that modern Democrats egg on their most extreme elements (the Squad's open anti-Semiticism is the least of their "crimes") with zero restraint whatever? I'm no Trump-ista but if you describe ALL Republicans in those ter
Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatHate to tell you this but that isn't a specifically a female trait. Was I showing my "female side" when I saw my 3 year old son had wandered off the curb into traffic on a 4 lane street and I ran between him and the oncoming car screami
Posted: 4 Days 16 Hours ago by: QuadiblocCan't the people in control of the Republican Party just be bent on making life worse for nearly all women? John Savard
Posted: 4 Days 16 Hours ago by: QuadiblocPersonality is a function of the human brain. When the human brain does something is a scientific fact that has to be determined by observation. Not by someone's arbitrary decree. What you've said here is just silly. If law makes right
Posted: 4 Days 16 Hours ago by: QuadiblocThat's not the point at *all*. The legal definition of "human being" is whatever some politicians chose to write one fine day. It could have excluded people with dark skin. It could have excluded Jews. So the fact that it excludes the u
Posted: 4 Days 18 Hours ago by: William Hyde"But weaseling is what separates us from the animals!
Posted: 4 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieThis sounds like a Jim Crow law, although calculus is how to understand such phenomena as acceleration of the value of staying a ways behind the next car when driving at speed. I suppose that most twentieth century drivers had a reason
Posted: 4 Days 19 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerThe Battle of New Orleans took place well after the peace treaty was signed.
Posted: 4 Days 19 Hours ago by: Jack BohnI think it was _Mission_ I read, not knowing it was a juvenile, at that awkward age when I was able to drive but not yet understand calculus. I think two theories of juvenile fiction is that the protagonist should be either someone the r
Posted: 4 Days 19 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerI got the impression that The Powers were trying two methods of getting what they wanted. So both were intended results rather than one being a side-effect of the other. But then I also have some serious issues with who The Powers are
Posted: 4 Days 19 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comHe's made similar statements about resuming XXXenophile. He did that for money, not love, though, and it's possible GG brings in enough he'll Never feel the need. Pt
Posted: 4 Days 20 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniChristian Weisgerber <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: All things considered, I'd say they're justified in getting a little uppity.
Posted: 4 Days 20 Hours ago by: Titus GFrom the same thread: Paul Person wrote: Jibini replied: I have noted the same thing. I can't think of a single trait that is uniquely human. There are many that we do *better* than any other species, but the only uniqueness we have is t
Posted: 4 Days 20 Hours ago by: Titus GA Carlos Ruiz Zafon Trilogy not only claims that each book can be read on its own but that they can be read in any order. I am reading them in publication order having read _The Shadow of the Wind_ and forgotten it before reading _The Ang
Posted: 4 Days 21 Hours ago by: MagewolfI was replying to the only anti-capital punishment people are pro-life statement,pointing out they are not the same thing.
Posted: 4 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireYup, that is my impression. In the school of equal and opposite effects, the effect of removing electric fire from the world caused Nantucket Island to be moved 3,000 years in the past. Lynn
Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: John W KennedyActually, APL was becoming very popular among accountants and the like in the prehistoric days before VisiCalc (awaiting a cry from the Peanut Gallery, “What’s Visicalc?”).
Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: When one side of an argument has to resort to instilling hysteria to convince you, it's very likely because that's all they have.
Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: I have noted the same thing. I can't think of a single trait that is uniquely human. There are many that we do *better* than any othe
Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: In response to the Democrats going all fascist on us Like Obama's idea of "bipartisan cooperation" being for the Republicans to sit
Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: There has been peer reviewed research. Some varities will also not only *use* tools to dig food out of small places, they will *manuf
Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Christian WeisgerberIndeed, who cares about Moscow. "Moscow as a centre of Rus' will disappear - the imperialism was a consequence of the Mongol invasion, and Rus' went the wrong way for centuries. This imperialism is now dying, we won't recognise Eastern
Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Making as ass out of himself? No, he's *always* been an ass. When evolution conflicts with survivial instinct, in the long run, evolu
Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniQuadibloc <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: So, in your diseased fantasy world, all Republicans are hell-bent on murdering all women? That *must* be your belief, based on what you
Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Thomas Koenig"cat" is short for "catalytic". Which reminds me of something that happened ~20 years ago. We were discussing a chemically unstable catalyst, which decomposed. A Belgian colleague was abbreviating "catalyst" with "cat", so he talked ab
Posted: 5 Days ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgMy feeling is that for whatever reason, the Winston line was sort of an "also ran" effort, with some enjoyable entries. As for _The Star Dwellers_, you have to give it credit for the "They became bad liars?" bit.
Posted: 5 Days ago by: James NicollOh, yes.
Posted: 5 Days ago by: Robert WoodwardHave you read very many Winston SF titles (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pubseries.cgi?790+2)?
Posted: 5 Days ago by: Robert WoodwardWas it? IIRC, GB was willing to claim that Napoleon's transfer of Louisiana to the USA was invalid. If the battle took place before a date specified in the peace treaty (and IIRC which I might not, it did), then Great Britain could tr
Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonCanada grants birth certificates to stillborns and/or miscarriages? You wanted to know when personality came into existence. The answer is: no sooner than a human being does. And that is determined by law. And no amount of handwavium
Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonAgain, this is not the point. The point is the legal definition of "human being". And an unborn child does /not/ qualify. Hysteria does not help, not even one little bit.
Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI seem to be missing a point here. Aristotle may seem to be simplistic here, but plants /do/ grow, animals /do/ move, and humans /do/ reason. It's not like he claimed the soul could, say, transport itself instantaneously to Mars or som
Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonIt is truly amazing, over the last 50-100 years or so, how many "distinctively human" activities have turned out (when suitably defined) to be anything but.
Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonHaving made that mistake in the past, I can confirm that it certainly /seems/ that way. And, around here at least, they are /protected/, so can't even defend yourself effectively.
Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI should acknowledge here that, much as I would prefer a different outcome, the usual result of a mid-term election in a President's first term is, indeed, for the other side to take control of Congress. Up to 40 years ago, this was arg
Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonWell, there's your problem -- making an ass out of yourself. Female mammals with offspring tend to act to preserve their /offspring's/ survival. Some overseas charities learned long ago that -- if you give the husband the money, he wil
Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeNATO is already united militarily against him. That's why it exists. He just hasn't pushed them to the "release the Kraken" point.
Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: James NicollOr maybe it's his attempt to emulate YA SF without really understanding it.
Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperI just read this and _Mission to the Heart Stars_ earlier this month. It seemed to me as if Blish was channeling his inner RAH. A coming of age story, with two boys and their mentor, the mentor explaining what was wrong with the twentieth
Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerActually they are connected. In one of the 'Dies the Fire' books a main character visits Nantucket Island. The reader finds out that their Nantucket is the far past Nantucket that was switched for the modern Nantucket in the first "I
Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperHow about this? <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?544>
Posted: 5 Days 3 Hours ago by: James NicollThe Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/at-least-it-was-short How wretched can a YA about a cadet, his space pal, and his grumpy mentor be and still get published? At least as bad as T
Posted: 5 Days 4 Hours ago by: email@example.comTim Powers has a Trilogy (Last Call, Expiration Date, and Earthquake Weather) in which the last one is a sort of a sequel to the first 2.
Posted: 5 Days 8 Hours ago by: Default UserI saw a video featuring crepe shops in Japan. They made large crepes (14" or so). After cooking, they put whipped cream, fruit, and syrup on one half, fold the other side over that, then roll it into a cone. In the top of the cone they'd
Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Default UserI would put the Murderbot Diaries stories by Martha Wells in that category. While there is some linkage between stories, they are mostly different locations and often totally different casts other than Murderbot itself. All Systems Red -
Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieParrots can use speech meaningfully. Human exceptionalism has retreated to elevating the elaborateness of human grammar. And mainly in English, I suppose. Indeed, I think there's a word that I would have liked to use instead of "elevate
Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieA rare sighting (of some version), about 8 and a half years ago: <https://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date 131230>
Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatIf long shot upon long shot the Ukrainians got to do to one or more Russian cities what the Russians have done to Mariupol I doubt few westerners would share tears even though most of us probably wouldn't advise it. Putin resorting to n
Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatNope - different point of divergence (that's the soc.history.what-if term anyhow) between the two.
Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatCorrect - there is very little of the War of 1812 where opinion was unanimous on one side or another other than that both sides tend to agree the Battle of New Orleans was a grievous waste of life since it was fought AFTER the peace but b
Posted: 5 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatNot to mention that they know darned well that they won the 2016 election in large part by over-confidence by the other candidate. And would prefer not to do likewise.....
Posted: 5 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatMy experience with pastors - and I've known several - is that like any other field of human endeavor they range from the sublime to the truly awful and I'm chiefly surprised anybody's surprised on that point. The one who did my wife's s
Posted: 5 Days 11 Hours ago by: QuadiblocThey continue to make money, we continue to be entertained. It seems a fair exchange. Also, given the nature of the Girl Genius series, where most of the payoff is in the comedy associated with each installment, this isn't like a "Wheel
Posted: 5 Days 12 Hours ago by: QuadiblocThis does not involve a pretense of completely understanding women. Simply the assumption that women share with men one nearly universal characteristic of organic life - an interest in promoting conditions consistent with their own surv
Posted: 5 Days 12 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeI remember a "Confucius Say": "Show me a man who understands women, I show you a man who has a big fat surprise coming." I understand Campbell used to challenge his authors to come up with aliens who thought as well as a man, but not li
Posted: 5 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI have been married to a woman for over 40 years. My conclusion is that they are a different species of humans than men. Any man who says he knows what they are going to do is delusional. Lynn
Posted: 5 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtThank you. Now I know.
Posted: 5 Days 13 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniJ. Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: His fantasies are all he has, or ever will have. Can you imagine an actual woman ever letting him near her?
Posted: 5 Days 14 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThat is not clear. Dolphins communicate with each other in some encoding that we do not understand. That we do not understand it does not mean that it doesn't exist.
Posted: 5 Days 14 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeYes, you are. Women are not the simple creatures you imagine them to be.
Posted: 5 Days 14 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI suppose one _could_ think of the Honor Harrington series, and similar ones - Kylara Vatta's, and Kris Longknife's - as examples of this. But what came to my mind, instead, was the Demon Princes novels of Jack Vance. I am a bit unhappy
Posted: 5 Days 14 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgI remember reading _New Lensman_, and liking it though not as much as Doc Smith. It may say something that the 70s were kind of Smith's last publication hurrah, with the Pyramid editions of all the Lens, Skylark and IPC out yet Pyramid (
Posted: 5 Days 14 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI'll be 62 in a couple of weeks. I now find it difficult to move back and forth from C++ to Fortran and back to C++ in the same day now. I suspect that this problem will get worse, not better over time. Lynn
Posted: 5 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireA refinery catalytic-cracker is a special type of reactor that mixes catalysts in the vaporized crude oil stream using high pressure compressors and cracks the long hydrocarbon chains into short hydrocarbon chains for making diesel, je
Posted: 5 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtNope. I did have one memorized around fifteen years ago, so I could quote words in Elvish with their vowel-length marks. But that was fifteen years ago, and I seem to have forgotten it.
Posted: 5 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtOk, I am certain that the refinery was not cracking felines. The ASPCA would have complained. What does "cat-" stand for in this instance? Good for him.
Posted: 5 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtDo you happen to have a link to the whole lot?
Posted: 5 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniQuadibloc <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: You are not the first to observe the similarity. There's no evidence that you ever have. Or stupid.
Posted: 5 Days 17 Hours ago by: Titus Gsnip. Israel has one of the most liberal abortion practices. The fetus is not a life until the head or most of the body is outside the mother. Mishna. The following is short but interesting and informative: https://israelnewsagency.com/
Posted: 5 Days 17 Hours ago by: Titus Gsnippage and editing .. He didn't know much about plants then, did he? The animal souls were [also] concerned with movement,. .. He didn't know much about animals then, did he?
Posted: 5 Days 19 Hours ago by: AlanWhat action has a child taken to be "imprisoned" by his/her parents?
Posted: 5 Days 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireWhat, you don't have over 100,000 characters memorized, such as ♖. https://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2600.pdf Lynn
Posted: 5 Days 20 Hours ago by: John W KennedyIt’s not a proper Ê. It either E with an inverted breve above it (Ȇ) and a circumflex ^ above the inverted breve, or else it’s an E with a tiny A (or a Starfleet A badge or even a simple 2-D line drawing of Duke, the Java mascot)
Posted: 5 Days 20 Hours ago by: Ahasuerus[snip] That's right. The type of title record 958455, which was linked by Don, is "INTERIORART". If you display publication record 208961 (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?208961), you will see that it appears on page 136. The related
Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jack BohnA spray of vinegar on the leaves will curl them up and wither them away. (It has been suggested the leaves make good greens for a salad. I'll never try.) I've long since decided my house pride doesn't require my yard to be dandelion-fre
Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn.... The title "Course Perilous" simultaneously refers to two items. One a story by Smith, the other interior art by Finlay.
Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI cannot really argue that claim, but the only thing that has recently struck me as resembling Hitler's career is where... first Hitler says he is only trying to protect the Sudeten Germans, and then he gobbles up all of Czechoslovakia
Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniQuadibloc <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Rather thoroughly proven to not be true. Crows, for instance, have demonstrated the ability to describe humans to other crows. Which me
Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniPaul S Person <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Not speicically, no. It recognizes a right to be "secure in your home" and requires a warrant. Only a fucking moron would see that as
Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: QuadiblocYou didn't bother mentioning parrots. Yes, many creatures vocalize, but only humans have *language*. Although our hopes were once raised in respect of chimps, and even gorillas, involving sign language rather than vocalizations. John Sa
Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ninapenda JibiniKevrob <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Dandelion wine is a thing.
Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Don1976 makes even more sense given _New Lensman_'s provenance. <http://decomposed.outel.org/goe/lensfaq.html> says it first appeared as "Moon Prospector" in _analog_ April 1966. Then it was embellished to become _New Lensman_ in the PR se
Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: QuadiblocHowever, Canada's definition of birth does _not_ require the baby to have taken its first breath. But the definition of birth is about as relevant to the abortion debate as the definition of weaning. John Savard
Posted: 5 Days 22 Hours ago by: Ahasuerus1975 is the year of the first serialization while 1976 is the year of the first book publication. See http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/index.php/Help:Use_of_the_SERIAL_type#Date_Rule for a discussion of the reasons behind the ISFDB's dating rule
Posted: 5 Days 23 Hours ago by: MagewolfFINAL.pdf Why? What action has the fetus taken that warranted a death penalty? Being born to the wrong person?
Posted: 5 Days 23 Hours ago by: Donisfdb shows it the other way around. It says Forry first published _New Lensman_ in 1975: <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?678313>. And a year later Futura published it, presumably for the first time in /Great Britain/. There's
Posted: 6 Days ago by: Robert WoodwardSeveral of the Telzey stories obviously take place after other Telzey stories (IIRC, publication order, with one or two exceptions, can be assumed to be internal order).
Posted: 6 Days ago by: Robert WoodwardI see that one chapter was published as "Moon Prospector" in Analog in the 60s. Forry also serialized another Ellern Lensman title, _Triplanetary Agent_ (which only appeared in Ace run of Perry Rhodan, #100-105).
Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonAn Uncle once confided to me that what he did for his local church's lawn was put a drop of gasoline on each and every dandelion. No, I never tried it. And, yes, they are very prolific.
Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Andrew McDowellI like the Astreiant series. It is an interesting medieval fantasy world, well described, and the good guys work well together (in fact two of them are in a male-male relationship but most of what is described is them working together to f
Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonHim can't. Him too far into bot mode. I hope not. How can I tell if he's slipping into bot mode if he does that? And he is so ludicrously funny in bot mode.
Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonOne problem is that "soul" is a vague term. Well, unless you consider "psychology" to be what it was originally intended to be -- the scientific study of the soul (psyche in Greek). But pretty much nobody does that any more. Aristotle r
Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: MartinHow about James Schmitz's Federation of the Hub stories? There are more short stories and novellas than actual novels, but they can be read in pretty much any order.
Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI'm not trying to prove the underlying theological point, merely pointing to Quadi that that /is/ the traditional answer to when a person begins. And that it /is/ the traditional Christian answer as well. He hasn't responded. Perhaps he
Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: email@example.comInteresting, so UK only until Forry picked it up. One of the links there suggests Ellern may still be with us.
Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI'm taking it for granted that the origin of this attitude is classical Calvinism. But I suppose the person quoted could have come up with the idea on his own.
Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonOf course, that has /nothing/ to do with privacy. Do you even know what "privacy" means? And, BTW, I wasn't responding to you. But thanks for providing the source material.
Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonSo, then, the Constitution /does/ recognize a right to privacy. Despite the assertion I was responding to. You confirmed my point. Am I therefore a moron ... because you are one? Again, the question was asked of the person I was r
Posted: 6 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtAnd on us non-programmers who can't turn backslash-x-alpha-numeric into something we don't have to guess from context.
Posted: 6 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtI have no idea. The parents keep the children well out of the limelight.
Posted: 6 Days 3 Hours ago by: James NicollThat is indeed the British Orbit, which is now part of the Hachette-verse. Hachette created an American arm of Orbit, but far too recently to have published Ellern.
Posted: 6 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperThe ISFDB entry: <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?211509> gives a price of £0.60
Posted: 6 Days 4 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie
Posted: 6 Days 9 Hours ago by: Michael DworetskyI am not all that worried about adaptations to 24-hour cycles. Someone mentioned indoor cannabis farms, which leave the lights on all the time (and in one case not far from us in outer London they managed to burn down a whole row of ho
Posted: 6 Days 10 Hours ago by: QuadiblocBut babies start talking a lot earlier than at 20 years old. What other creature can do that? John Savard
Posted: 6 Days 11 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowellI recently noticed that one of my favourite podcasts is back after a hiatus (that the podcaster doesn't really want to talk about). The name is now "Can't Cancel Rob Smith" Rob Smith trained as journalist after a stint in the US army and
Posted: 6 Days 12 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireMy Dad used APL in the 1960s trying to control a refinery cat-cracker using an IBM 360. He kinda got it working and wrote his PhD Chem Engineering thesis on it. He got his PhD from Princeton in three years because of that. Lynn
Posted: 6 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireSo you are saying that the ê is not a Unicode character ? Or are you talking about the little hat over the e ? Lynn
Posted: 6 Days 14 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgOK, thanks! Hmm. The cover image I can bring up says "Orbit" for the imprint of the paperback, and I don't see a price. Was that a British label? Wonder why I never saw this except in PR. I certainly would have bought it.
Posted: 6 Days 15 Hours ago by: Paul S PersonSomeone else found it. This is very traditonal: Calvin applied it, IIRC, in Geneva. To be fair, it was also what the Bishop of Rome was doing from the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West to the rise of nationalism and national churches
Posted: 6 Days 16 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieI think they lie down on the ground until they're ready to leap up and release their seed. Um... anyway, I can believe the flowers lie flat when they /hear/ a mowing machine.
Posted: 6 Days 16 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieUnless you're vegetarian, I guess you've eaten critters that had some kind of a brain. We make a difference for a human brain that is fully developed, but they say that takes around 20 years.
Posted: 6 Days 17 Hours ago by: Titus GI hope they don't taste like dandelions.
Posted: 6 Days 17 Hours ago by: Titus Gsnip No. They have to imitate the climate of the plants' natural habitat but speed up growth with heat so there has to be day, lights on, and night, lights off. When the day cycle is shortened, the plant flowers, producing buds containing
Posted: 6 Days 17 Hours ago by: KevrobObOtherSF: Dandelion Wine, by Bradbury. I can see Loonies making Pruno out of it. Can we put the domes on rails and have them circumnavigate the Moon in order to stay in sunlight? " The Farms Must Roll!"
Posted: 6 Days 17 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliJ. Clarke <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: And dandelion is a source of significant nutrition. Plus, you can make rubber out of the sap. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyePMeGE3CI
Posted: 6 Days 18 Hours ago by: Richard ToddWilliam B. Ellern's _New Lensman_. It was better than the Kyle novels, and took considerably fewer liberties with Smith's background setting, being basically the story of one Triplanetary Service agent-turned-Lensman assigned to Coperni
Posted: 6 Days 18 Hours ago by: KevrobNot a good answer for those of us living in a republic that, the opinions of some conservatives aside, does not privilege religious values. Appeal to philosophy (specifically ethics) and/or appeal to the biology of human development,
Posted: 6 Days 19 Hours ago by: John W KennedyWell, this mess isn’t even a Unicode character. And, on my Mac, I can’t even fake it by putting a combining circumflex over a combining inverted breve over the e, though it ought to work in theory. (I tried both straight output to
Posted: 6 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThe full text of the Fourth Amendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probabl
Posted: 6 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAPL is nearly as old-school as Fortran, and funky non-ASCII characters abound. Nice thing about Windows--if you routinely use another language that uses a different character set, just install the keyboard map for that language. Dyalog
Posted: 6 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeI've got a cultivar of dandelion for them. Mowed on Tuesday afternoon. On thursday afternoon they're a foot tall and putting out seed.
Posted: 6 Days 20 Hours ago by: William HydeMost of the recent American settlers would have been content enough to be again a part of the US, but they weren't going to lift a finger to advance the possibility. Actually the NY militia was not necessarily our enemy. At least one B
Posted: 6 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireDilbert: Mystery Solved https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-05-13 Is she legally blind with her glasses on or off ? Lynn
Posted: 6 Days 20 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieHmm. Mentioning grow lights prompts the thought: do clandestine cannabis farms put the lights on and off, or are they on basically all the time? I'm not sufficiently familiar with the trade to know, but my impression is that they are al
Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireZero for five here. Would Heinlein's future history count for this ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_History_(Heinlein) Lynn
Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI should have said old school programmers with a lot of Fortran code. I have 850,000 lines of Fortran 77 in my calculation engine. Lynn
Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieIf I'm allowed, I used the portal to the Jo Waltonverse <https://www.tor.com/2009/04/06/so-what-sort-of-series-do-you-like/#comment-947139> to give names to her categories. Not worthy to share at Tor, I judge, are other thoughts of "-ve
Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireCool ! I did not realize that HPB was interstate until recently. Apparently there are over 120 of them. https://hpb.com/ Lynn
Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: AlanThey were...
Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuirexkcd: Crêpe https://www.xkcd.com/2619/ I love crêpes ! My Dad, myself, my son, and three of my nephews stood at a fancy crêpe stand and ate about 20 to 30 of them in Paris by the Eiffel Tower back in 2009. We had a lot more fun
Posted: 6 Days 22 Hours ago by: QuadiblocHow much Swedish - or Norwegian, or Danish - do _you_ know, to be able to tell that? John Savard
Posted: 6 Days 22 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperThank you. I had: <http://www.outel.org/decomposed/goe/lensfaq.html> which is sooo close! I will update accordingly.
Posted: 6 Days 22 Hours ago by: pyotr filipivichThe real, un addressed issue remains: grow lights. While it might be possible to turn regolith into soil, earth plants are adapted to a 24 hour diurnal cycle, not a 336 hour cycle (okay, more like 354, but...) Solar panels are a groov
Posted: 6 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieThank you! And, wow, I missed that you got a lot of "new" stuff... from the 1990s. ...Um... ...
Posted: 6 Days 22 Hours ago by: Tony NanceLet's see - same list, with years: Poul Anderson - Shield (1963) James Blish - Black Easter and The Day After Judgment (in one volume) (1968 and 1971) Leigh Brackett - Alpha Centauri or Die! (1963) Steven Brust - Brokedown Palace (1985)
Posted: 6 Days 23 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowellI think I remember either David Drake or somebody quoting David Drake talking about this on a Baen podcast. They said that if somebody buys your book in haste at an airport bookstall and then finds out it is book three of a series and mak
Posted: 6 Days 23 Hours ago by: Tony NanceCurrently accessible here (a different URL than we'd previously had): http://decomposed.outel.org/goe/lensfaq.html Original URL, accessible via the Wayback Machine (archive.org) here: https://web.archive.org/web/20210507155225/http://www
Posted: 6 Days 23 Hours ago by: email@example.comI am reading _Cosmos_ now, a chapter between finishing one book and starting another. The Keller chapter is very proto-Lafferty.
Posted: 7 Days ago by: Alan'Well, the more traditional Calvinists still believe that the State exists to do whatever they tell it to do.' '"But we are the church. We are the church, and we run the state."' So... ...how do those differ?
Posted: 7 Days ago by: AlanRiiiiiiight. And that's why you had to snip his arguments...
Posted: 7 Days ago by: DonFrom my vantage point as a PR newbie, with only about a quarter of Ace's PR corpus consumed (read) to date, one such Smith serialization comes to mind. It's "Cosmos Chapter 13a Course Perilous!" by either Edward E. Smith, Ph.D. (author o
Posted: 7 Days ago by: Robert WoodwardBorn in 1956, thus he is 66 last week (born on May 1st, were there any superstitions about Beltane babies?).
Posted: 7 Days ago by: Robert WoodwardBut how old are their children?
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: You are, as always, an idiot. An illiteral idiot, incompetent even in your own native language.
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbilieichlertwothedigitnotspelled@comcast.net (Bice) wrote in news:627e4df7.140717984@localhost: Which doesn't really say what Paul claims it said, but that's hardly a surprise, given how stupid he is.
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Explicity and specifically covered by the 4th Amendment. Which specifically mentiones the issuing of warrants upon probably cause. Mo
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person/Dolores Claiborne/, which made a very good (IMHO) movie, would appear to be another. Well, unless the book is different.
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonOf course it does. It allows for those who were famous when the were alive, serving as a reminder that it /is/ possible for not-stupid Republicans to exist. And it allows for those who are alive but not famous, that is, who are unknown
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Robert CarnegieI kind of want to know the mean or median date of Tony's latest acquisitions. Some I'm pretty sure are older than I am, which might be the reason for buying. It also may be obvious in not-so-good ways, but I have a lot of love for d
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThat's perfectly fine, but I find that "Stupid is as Stupid does" is more euphonic than "Unwise is as Unwise does" to my ear.
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Michael F. StemperI've never seen it, but I think that that's the stuff written by William B. Ellern: <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?11862> Gharlane's Lensmen FAQ mentioned this, but I can no longer find the archived version.
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person<snippo> Huh. So a warrant is not required to search a home? Or it isn't required because there is no right to privacy in your own home? Are you sure you are living in reality? That does appear to be their argument. Whether it wil
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Scott LurndalIIRC, the article noted that while it did, indeed grow, it grew poorly.
Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Tony NanceCool - thanks for both of those I'm expecting it to...not be very good. I'm also disappointed that my E.E.Smith Lensman stuff has gone walkabout - my dad says he never had it, so ... where did it go? If they're roughly as good (or bet
Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: Garrett WollmanIt's pretty clear that there's a continuum, and even within the same setting authors can write stuff that's more or less independent. I think the trend over time is for successful series authors to make their books less and less stan
Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: Tony NanceI've heard of the Ellern but never seen one. And apparently there are two other Kyle additions to make an "Authorized Lensmen Trilogy" (per isfdb). Tony
Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: Tony NanceHPB is exactly where I was yesterday - both stores. We have 5 in the area (one of which is "Temporarily Closed"), and I went to the two that are best for SFF. Tony
Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: Tony Nance1) Re: It’s odd I cannot think of short, snappy terms to distinguish the two models. Do you have any ideas? Maybe “episodic” (vs “serial” or “sequential”)? 2) Re: other examples banks - culture vinge - zones of thought bu
Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat was the one that Ackerman serialized in Perry Rhodan?
Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: email@example.comBeen a long time, but I remember TLOP as being more mainstream(*) Vance, before all the sumptuous meals and footnotes. (*) As in "mainstream sf". Actual "Mainstream Vance" *would* have sumptuous meals and footnotes.
Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperKind of, except in the end, she leaves him, due to class differences. The ISFDB shows that it came out in serial form in 1962, which was only about a year before the first Berkley edition. Anderson hadn't had time to regret the sins of
Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: James NicollOh, very definitely Little Fuzzy (the Federation's golden age), then The Cosmic Computer (the Federation's gears are making unhappy grinding sounds), and then Space Viking (the Federation is dead and gone, and the barbarians rule ).
Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: James NicollOne man and one woman, as I recall. Kind of an odd duck book, in that the Pax America is presented as oppressive and unjust in its methods . My copy is a Berkley MMPB, which I don't think came with one of Anderson's trademark "I wro
Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperH. Beam Piper's future history certainly falls into this category. Without looking up the information, I couldn't say which of _Space Viking_, _The Cosmic Computer_, or _Little Fuzzy_ happens first. For that matter, Anderson's magnum opu
Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: James NicollUnfortunately, it's a minor Brackett. Although I suppose if I ever wanted to do "five novels about people fleeing an oppressive Earth government" it would be a possibility.
Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: James NicollFive Series Made Up of Standalone Novels https://www.tor.com/2022/05/13/five-series-made-up-of-standalone-novels/ What it says on the tin: some series are really one very long novel, broken into parts. This looks at anther sort, where ea
Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: James NicollThe Jade Setter of Janloon by Fonda Lee https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/so-criminal An ambitious jade setter's career plans are derailed when a precious item belonging to one of the two most powerful clan leaders is stolen from his b
Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperThat would be _Z-Lensman_. The entire "Other Lensmen" series is: <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?4156>
Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeYou are assuming that you know better than that person what that person's interests are. Which is typical behavior for a crusading do-gooder. If the all-powerful State knows better than the voters and is expected to act on that superio
Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperIndeed, at least as far as the stuff with which I'm familiar. _Shield_ is a "one man against society" thing, with the man being a just-returned space man and society having changed while he was gone. _The Jewels of Aptor_ pushes the usu
Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeIn "Fledgling", Lee and Miller make a finer distinction--in the fictional society of that story, "advertency" plays a major role. If one came to grief by their own actions they would be considered "inadvertent", and "inadvertency" wheth
Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWhich was actually within the Founders' intent. Several states, at the time the Constitution was ratified, had state religions. The Establishment Clause was intended to reassure them that the Federal government would not attempt to alt
Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn.... I don't remember if we ever got around to recommending _The Mind Pool_, but I enjoyed both versions. He did another book set in the same universe, I'll have to read it again; at the time it wasn't what I was looking for in a sequel
Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: Jack BohnDoesn't say how much lunar dust to how much "other nutrients." At worst, I figure lunar soil can function as sand (or, as in some potted plants I've received, small styrofoam pellets,) in keeping the soil from compacting and allowing exc
Posted: 7 Days 5 Hours ago by: Bice"Don't talk to me about separation of church and state. Church and state was written because the state has no business in our church. But we are the church. We are the church, and we run the state."
Posted: 7 Days 8 Hours ago by: Michael DworetskyThis morning the London Times features a front-page article about how moon dust from Apollo missions is being studied to see if plants can be grown in lunar soil. "Researchers at the University of Florida spent 11 years asking to borrow
Posted: 7 Days 12 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowellI saw an interesting summary of a popular science article recently that looked at typical adolescent stupidity and compare it to more sane decision by adults. What they found was that the adults were relying on experience unavailable to th
Posted: 7 Days 12 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowellI remember enjoying a book on Nadreck, which I presume was in that series. (I have just started re-reading "On Basilisk Station" after re-reading the proper Lensman series. I found more similarities in the Lensman series than I expected -
Posted: 7 Days 13 Hours ago by: James NicollI thought I'd read an excerpt of the Kyle Lensmen but it must have been William B. Ellern's Lensmen.
Posted: 7 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireCool. Half Price Books can have some great finds too. I have one in Sugar Land, TX. Lynn
Posted: 7 Days 15 Hours ago by: Tony NanceQuite unusually, I pretty much had a day to myself, and after running some errands and finishing a few minor projects, I ended up with an open afternoon. So for the first time in roughly a year, I visited a couple used book stores, resu
Posted: 7 Days 15 Hours ago by: QuadiblocBut the Tenth Amendment - or is it the Ninth Amendment - _does_ also say something about rights, doesn't it? Ah, yes, it's the Ninth Amendment that says: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construe
Posted: 7 Days 15 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI do have the prejudice that a black person who would vote Republican - at least, _these_ days - in the privacy of the voting booth is acting in a way that is manifestly against his interests (in most circumstances), and could fairly be
Posted: 7 Days 15 Hours ago by: Tony NanceOh hey - I have that downstairs...<gone a minute>...ah, here we go: Quoted from "Why I Was Bachman" by Stephen King: "... In 1968 or 1969, Paul McCartney said a wistful and startling thing in an interview. He said the Beatles had discusse
Posted: 7 Days 15 Hours ago by: QuadiblocSpecifically, page 71 of the Del Rey paperback edition. John Savard
Posted: 7 Days 16 Hours ago by: QuadiblocOh? Their flag was described accurately at a _very_ early point in the book, and so I thought that particular "spoiler" was very clearly telegraphed well in advance to any present-day readers of the book (as opposed to people reading it i
Posted: 7 Days 16 Hours ago by: MoriartyI think you could count on one hand his stories that DON'T have a science fiction or fantasy aspect. "Misery" is one that leaps to mind, I'm sure there others. That essay is, appropriately enough, in the introduction to "The Bachman Bo
Posted: 7 Days 16 Hours ago by: AlanYou said it before me. Intelligence is about solving problems. Wisdom is asking whether or not there is a problem that needs one's attention.
Posted: 7 Days 16 Hours ago by: AlanYou're utterly immune to irony...
Posted: 7 Days 17 Hours ago by: rkshullatIn my lexicon stupidity and intelligence are antonyms. I'd instead say that the individuals were intelligent but unwise. Intelligence and wisdom are orthoganal to each other. Robert
Posted: 7 Days 17 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieIt's in Act 2 Book 9 currently, and Act 1 was 13 books. So about 4 and a half to go.
Posted: 7 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtHmmmm. I wonder when their resolve to go on doing GG until their kids finish college will be amended to "grandkids."
Posted: 7 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtBooks, games, T-shirts, jewelry, anything they can put a trilobite on ....
Posted: 7 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtThe Foglios announced at least a decade ago that GG would continue to run * until their kids have finished college. _____ * At least. -- Dorothy J. Heydt Vallejo, California djheydt at gmail dot com Www.kithrup.com/~djheydt/
Posted: 7 Days 20 Hours ago by: Ross PresserPhil just turned 64, so he's got a bunch of years left.
Posted: 7 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarkeswag . . . Considering that Higgs just entered Skifander, sans Zeetha, and the door closed behind him, and that's not even the main arc, I suspect it's going to go on for a while.
Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross PresserI would like to see a citation for that. That too, please. I'm not doubting your memory, I just want to learn more about these events.
Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireBloom County: Who Is Driving The RV ? https://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/1987/04/08 Oh yeah, the self driving vehicle has been wanted for a long time. Lynn
Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgI have several trade paperback collections.
Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross PresserAds, printed volumes, electronic games, an RPG game, novelizations ...
Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireHow are they monetizing it ? Just ads ? Lynn
Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireSorry dude, I am a sixth generation Texan. We've been here quite a while, since before the Civil War. However, my wife is 3/8ths Cherokee. One of her grandfathers is listed in the Dawes list. I had to arm wrestle him after I married
Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: AlanDear god, you're one of those idiots. It does NOT say that. "The POWERS not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Governme
Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireNo, the actual issue is that the federal abortion right was granted based on a non-existent right to privacy in the USA Constitution. There is no such right even though I think that there should be. It appears that the right to privac
Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerRealistically the answer is probably "As long as we can do it and make money from it."
Posted: 7 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireBreaking Cat News: Elvis Missed Georgia https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2022/05/12 Oh yeah, definitely a Siamese. Our 15 lb Siamese male sat in the kitchen last night for ten minutes last night and meowed at me. I know t
Posted: 8 Days ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: "None that are alive and famous, anyway." does not allow for *any*. And my circle of acquaintences is pretty small. None of which in
Posted: 8 Days ago by: Paul S PersonA while back, I read the volumes I had not previously purchased (10 onwards). I stopped buying them when I burned out on them. Each review noted that this was a incredibly detailed soap opera , but a well-written soap opera and very
Posted: 8 Days ago by: Robert WoodwardRight now, the webcomic is working on chapter 23, but out of how many? I vaguely remember an estimate from Philo Foglio of 24 or 25 chapters, but that was at the start of the Castle Heterodyne arc. Has anybody heard an update?
Posted: 8 Days ago by: Paul S PersonTwo out of how many hundreds, if not thousands, of local Republicans either in local office or seeking local office in California? Up here, I have often voted for /sane/ Republicans for such positions as Treasurer and Auditor. They tend
Posted: 8 Days ago by: Paul S PersonYou are confusing "intelligence" with "stupidity". Every so often, back when newspapers still existed as a viable concept, I would read a story like this: "NN, a female High School student, died when she flew through the windshield of
Posted: 8 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThat's a true observation, but it isn't relevant here if they all (or mostly) require a live birth before a new human being can be said to exist. And, anyway, the /actual/ issue isn't the morality of abortion, it is whether it should be
Posted: 8 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jack BohnHe wrote some essay where he mentioned his pseudonym, comparing it to if the Beatles had really gone out as "Billy Shears and Seargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and he concludes that they would have been recognized into their fir
Posted: 8 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person<snippo above & below> No, no, the usual meaning -- "Dead White European Males" -- was intended. No need to limit it by denomination. OK, 1914. The article was interesting (OK, the introduction was). One of the books I read was /The
Posted: 8 Days 3 Hours ago by: Ross PresserMore ObSF: "Sixth Column" by Robert A. Heinlein. (Trigger warning: racism) ] The proponents of the measure had maintained that China was a big bite ] even for Soviet Russia to digest and that the United States need fear ] no war while t
Posted: 8 Days 11 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comThe classic study of the issue is "When prophecy fails". https://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Prophecy_Fails Pt
Posted: 8 Days 11 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comIt passed a few months ago. Pt
Posted: 8 Days 12 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire"Known Alias: How Stephen King Was Outed as Richard Bachman" by Jake Rossen https://getpocket.com/explore/item/known-alias-how-stephen-king-was-outed-as-richard-bachman? "A bookstore clerk reads through King’s deception, kicking off th
Posted: 8 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeIt's certainly better for the criminals. I wonder how many of our legislators are in the pocket of organized crime. They certainly seem bent on creating as much of it as they can get away with.
Posted: 8 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieI don't think that's how it works. Perhaps more reliable is "Is Abortion Permitted in Judaism?" (yes), <https://www.snopes.com/news/2022/05/09/abortion-permitted-judaism/> As you said: "The fetus is not viewed as separate from the pare
Posted: 8 Days 18 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatThat's hardly a unique foible of fundamentalists - plenty of non-fundies come up with reasons it's a godly act to do whatever "worthy" cause they favor - even abortion in one case I've heard. As for "god damn' that's backwards - the oat
Posted: 8 Days 18 Hours ago by: William HydeOf course it wouldn't be reasonable to expect the percentage of pro/anti UK types to undergo a step function at the various anglophone Colonial borders. There were plenty of loyalists in the south, disloyalists in the north. As Nelson f
Posted: 8 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieMost of these are in the past. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events> Most of the really sciency ones there are in the future. Y2K, the problem of computer dates in 2000, was preventable, and was
Posted: 8 Days 19 Hours ago by: MagewolfI was not disagreeing with that being a very "unique" reason for opposing God damn just commenting that it does not seem common even here in the bible belt.
Posted: 8 Days 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliMagewolf <Magewolf@nc.rr.com> wrote in news:email@example.com: And it is often an indication that the person who believes that (you abuse the word "thinking") is projecting their own faults onto others.
Posted: 8 Days 19 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgI've never read the DTF series, but my understanding is that they both started with the Nantucket timeslip event. Nantucket went to the past, but standard physics still applied there, and in the present the event changed physical law for
Posted: 8 Days 19 Hours ago by: MagewolfFrom many decades of working with the Democratic party in NC I can say that that is not true and thinking that is one of the main reasons the party pretty much imploded here and had to rebuild(along with becoming a sock puppet for the
Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeBut if they get an offensive rolling it might not be all that easy to stop.
Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThat depends on how it went down. However if China consumed Russia I suspect they would have enough indigestion to keep them out of trouble for a good long time.
Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeBoth of which are much more defensible, but that's not what his "pastor" told him.
Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeIn a sense. "Dies the Fire" is the flip side.
Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliMagewolf <Magewolf@nc.rr.com> wrote in news:email@example.com: That is both linguistically and theologically supportable. But it's not what Clarke was talking about.
Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Sounds like about as much fun as the injections into the eyeballs for retinopathy.
Posted: 8 Days 21 Hours ago by: MagewolfI believe the usual reasoning around here is that it is taking the Lord's name in vain or if not that you should not be praying for damnation in general.
Posted: 8 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerGot tied in to them.
Posted: 8 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerJust for clarification, I am not advocating stopping supplying Ukraine with weapons. I am just noting the possibility is one of the reasons people in power to make those decisions may be deciding to not supply Ukraine.
Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireDidn't the "Island in the Sea of Time" books transition into the "Dies the Fire" series ? Lynn
Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgI liked _Guns Of The South_. In retrospect it probably led Turtledove to a well he drew from a few times too many.
Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI am hitting the one year diagnosis of glaucoma. The drops burn every night. But my eye pressure is down from 18 to 14. Lynn
Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliThe Horny Goat <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: I'll take your word for it. The only stuff I've read with his name on the cover is the Falkenberg's Legion stuff he wrote with Pournelle. Does he
Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliThe Horny Goat <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: I did not even remotely suggest they were a majority, or even a large minority. Simply that they existed, which you agree they did (or it wouldn
Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatSo are mine (though as a Canadian I'm not a Republican) and even joined them in the early 80s but discovered I enjoyed being anti-social with a modem more than socializing with them (might have been the 1/2 hour drive each way to where t
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatNot sure if that would be such a great idea - wouldn't that pretty much deliver all of the former Soviet Union east of the Urals into Chinese hands? How THAT would be good for the world is not clear to me at all.
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatSince when have the Ukrainians expressed any interest in Moscow? No question they'd like eastern Ukraine and Crimea back (and anything else Putin might have conquered in 2014) but I've never heard anything about a northern thrust toward
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatInterpretation of biblical prophecies isn't just a hobby of loonie fundamentalists but no question they're the ones who most pursued it. The minister I mentioned above was more about building churches than interpreting biblical fine poi
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowellOne possibility is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corneal_pachymetry
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Quinn CIn my world, the word is established enough that it had time to become unsalvageable (being interpreted as "I look down on less educated people".)
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatHis Island in the Sea of Time books didn't and he wrote more of those than about Draka
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatOne of the great fears of the British governor in 1812 was whether the former Americans (NOT the 'United Empire Loyalists') who had moved to southern Ontario from the Northern US after the Revolution was whether these men would be loyal
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatHmmm. Didn't know Stirling had a Canadian connection. He certainly made an opus out of work out of a simple play on words (on "Marching Through Georgia"). As a chess player I certainly knew THAT Georgia (it did produce 2 world champion
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: So is denying that one is doing so.
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliJ. Clarke <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: And your posts here are an indication of how useful SAT scores are (not) at measuring intelligence. Like IQ tests, which measure only the abi
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: I know two, and I live in California. Ergo, your misguided beliefs say far, far more about your bigotry than they do about Republican
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliJ. Clarke <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Based on a translation of a transalation of a translation (at least), all of which introducted errors, and all subject to deliberate editori
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliPaul S Person <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Except every major religion has a slightly different view on the matter. And none of them have offer the slightest shred of proof tha
Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeI've said it before, eventually the world is going to have to figure out a way to take down tinpot dictators with nuclear weapons. If NATO decides eventually to take the hit and disarm Russia that would be a very worthwhile object lesso
Posted: 9 Days ago by: J. ClarkeWell, I'm a Republican and my SAT scores qualify me for Mensa . . .
Posted: 9 Days ago by: J. ClarkeUnfortunately modern American "fundamentalists" have chosen to ignore 2000 years of theological and philosophical consideration of scripture and make it up as they go. I remember one (not a stupid or ignorant person--he could handle mat
Posted: 9 Days ago by: J. ClarkeHaving climbed the stairs from the lower city to the upper city, I have a great deal of pity for any soldier who had to make that climb up the cliff in full military kit against opposition.
Posted: 9 Days ago by: Chris BuckleyI completely understand. Cherryh is the author with the most books on my Favorites bookcase (3 times the second place author), but the _Foreigner_ series isn't all that close to having a representative there. I buy her in hardcover to r
Posted: 9 Days ago by: Robert Woodward<SNIP re: US-Canada relations> There were two simultaneous invasions of Quebec in 1775. Arnold moved by boat or overland through what is now Maine ("aided" by a bad map). Montgomery went through the traditional invasion route of Lake C
Posted: 9 Days ago by: rkshullatI just had an exam on Monday and this sounds like the gadget they used. Looked like an oversized pen or marker? They used it after putting in numbing drops and I couldn't tell if they touched my eyeball with it or not. I apparently have a
Posted: 9 Days ago by: The Horny GoatNo apologies needed - and given the passage you quote comes from Genesis you can be reasonably certain that Jews believe that. As for religion and the law a fundamental basis of Christianity is that we were given intellect and the abili
Posted: 9 Days ago by: Paul S PersonSo, the Soviets claim to be attacked and do /not/ use nukes? And Putin appears to have done the same (no maskirovka involved). So, to return to the point: No, Ukraine attacking Russia does /not/ guarantee a nuclear war. At least, fro
Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeI think I burnt out on Cherryh. Love her style but just lost interest in The Perils of the Paidhe.
Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonNone that are alive and famous, anyway. There may be some lurking about at the State level.
Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonIt begins when God breathes into the infant's nostrils the Breath of Life, causing it to breath independently of the mother. As noted, providing assistance is allowed. Sorry to get so religious on you but, as should be apparent, this is
Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonIf the inhalator works, then they were not stillborn or a miscarriage, and so were born live.
Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: J. ClarkeI suspect that it has come into the public's awareness through its use by Sandra Bullock's character in the recent movie "The Lost City".
Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonAnd many people, including some very famous DWEMs, agree today and agreed when they were alive with that position. "The Bible interprets itself" is another aspect of it: to understand one part, you must consider the other parts. Indeed,
Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: James NicollThis one had an actually physical probe. Maybe it was some cutting edge device schools got. My flinch reflex is pretty developed and we never, ever got it to work on me. Even the puff requires me to physically hold my head in place so it
Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonSadly, it's a moveable feast. But it's always in the future. And they always have an excuse when the date is reached and ... nothing happens. This is, of course, embarassing to those involved. But, somehow, they either pick themselves
Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonSadly, we appear to be dealing with either a Russian bot or a Friend of Putin. Who, so far, hasn't actually responded to you. Perhaps he can't think of an evasion for your point.
Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonProdded it with a puff of air, IIRC. And, yes, it was good to see it go.
Posted: 9 Days 3 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyIndeed. McKillip has been one of my very few "automatic buy in hardcover" for decades. I think the only ones remaining whose automatic buys haven't been converted to e-books are Kay, Cherryh, and Brust. The reasons differ, but for McKi
Posted: 9 Days 4 Hours ago by: James NicollI let the local optometry students do my exams because I have some eye issues that aren't common. Last one, I rattled off to the student areas where she was going to have trouble testing me. She was a little surprised at the detail but
Posted: 9 Days 4 Hours ago by: James NicollSurrealist novel about a bureaucrat whose knowledge of gifted people makes him a target for greedy people.
Posted: 9 Days 4 Hours ago by: James NicollThe Cabinet by Un-Su Kim (Translated by Sean Lin Halbert) https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/no-mutant-enemy
Posted: 9 Days 4 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyYes, I agree. That was why when Paul insisted he had a _confirmed_ case of a Ukraine attack on Russia territory I was so surprised. It would be a very major political statement if such a case existed. Chris
Posted: 9 Days 5 Hours ago by: Lenona"What does it mean to give love, and to receive it? No one can answer. For the answer can only be lived. And sometimes, the living takes sharp and unexpected turns. "It seemed so simple to Barbara, Joslyn and Claudia -- the idea that the
Posted: 9 Days 5 Hours ago by: Lenona"ID this pre-1980 novel - woman with menagerie?" https://groups.google.com/g/rec.arts.sf.written/c/fXWXVfYfVMA/m/-Uzf600FBAAJ Since my memory wasn't quite clear, I confused the style of the cover artist - Gervasio Gallardo - with Brian
Posted: 9 Days 6 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieSo what was the date to be? Just so we can be prepared?
Posted: 9 Days 9 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatWasn't RSR primarily about the naval battle in the Atlantic in that scenario? (I'm NOT thinking of the Search for the Red October which was in the same "universe" but not the same book at all) I'm pretty sure there were no nukes used in
Posted: 9 Days 9 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatThere's no question this minister would have been aware of Lindsay but he was not the sort who would be an enthusiast for Lindsay's type of fantasies. Yup - I read a lot of that kind of material in my late teens. In between the Foundat
Posted: 9 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatGiven fighting stopped after Yorktown with the British still in posession of New York City a subsequent American expedition against Ontario, Quebec or the Maritime provinces might not have ended nearly as successfully particularly if the
Posted: 9 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatWell that's a matter of opinion of course but what is unarguable is that it was the actual declaration of war took place in Washington not London. Canada was not "complicit" for the very good reason that Canada had no warships of her
Posted: 9 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatSo if the poor tyke has to spend their first 2 or 3 weeks on an inhalator they're not born yet? My late wife would have celebrated her birthday a month later than she did if that had been the case way back when.
Posted: 9 Days 11 Hours ago by: MoriartyWell, damn! "The Riddle Master of Hed" is one of my all time favourite series. Time for a re-read. -Moriarty
Posted: 9 Days 12 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comIn a situation where it is not in the interests of anyone who could definitively confirm or deny the event to do so, this is the best evidence available. There has been an unusual number of fires and other accidents at Russian war relat
Posted: 9 Days 13 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comThat completely misses the correct reference. Adams was asked if Dilbert had ever 'gotten lucky'. He responded (paraphrasing) 'No, but when he does, I'll draw his necktie hanging straight.' And indeed, sometime later, after a series of st
Posted: 9 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerCall of Duty, a very popular first person shooter series of games.
Posted: 9 Days 13 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comSo, anyone not a full blood Native American should go home? Pt
Posted: 9 Days 13 Hours ago by: Joy BeesonAt my first visit to a new eye doctor, he opened the interview by singing the praises of contact lenses. Then he tried to put eye drops in, and the subject never came up again.
Posted: 9 Days 14 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieSnopes says a lot of the war film is from video games with names like "Call of Booty" or whatever. And this isn't the first time that happened. It's bonus points I guess if television news - or Fox - broadcasts that as the real thing,
Posted: 9 Days 14 Hours ago by: James Nicollhttps://locusmag.com/2022/05/patricia-a-mckillip-1948-2022/ Noted fantasy author Patricia A. KcKillip has died.
Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireYou know, Dilbert has lost weight over the years. So has PHB. God for them. Lynn
Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireOh my goodness, please. We are really getting tired of immigrants to Texas, legal or illegal. Lynn
Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireSure, by God. Man, no. Lynn
Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireAfter the first chapter in the first book. Lynn
Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: email@example.com://dilbert.com/search_results?page=1&terms=necktie
Posted: 9 Days 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerA YouTube video isn't evidence of anything.
Posted: 9 Days 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerThe "Dies the Fire"/"The Change" series _started_ that way. :P
Posted: 9 Days 16 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comSadly, since Dilbert now wears office casual, we won't know exactly where it goes. Pt
Posted: 9 Days 16 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comDid you watch the video? There are more of the same event, also. Pt
Posted: 9 Days 16 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comI once asked one of these loons about that. His response was "Yes, the day and hour are known only to God, but the year, month, and week can be worked out." Pt
Posted: 9 Days 17 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireWell if the OED only has 600,000 words in it, it is hardly the definitive authority on the English language. Do I have to mention James Nicoll and his 3,000,000 stolen words ? https://www.oed.com/ However, the Urban Dictionary has
Posted: 9 Days 17 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireNot "Conquistador". Maybe the rest of the 30+ books of SMS that I read. Not sure about the other 30 books. https://smstirling.com/books/ Lynn
Posted: 9 Days 17 Hours ago by: John W KennedyI don’t offhand see why. “Sapiosexual” hasn’t made it into the OED yet, but it’s been around for about twenty years, and I, myself, can testify the phenomenon is real enough.
Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Don't all his books end that way?
Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: And not all of them were in the US side.
Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliJ. Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: He's a lefty. It means "People who agree with my insanity. Everyone can be killed at will."
Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliQuadibloc <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: Well, there's your error (we all knew there would be one, and that it would be early in your drivel). That you use the term "in fact" im
Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireAh. Not a Dr. Who fan. I have tried and just lose interest quickly. Thanks for the explanation. Lynn
Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieIt's from Doctor Who. Matt Smith's first story, "The Eleventh Hour". This time, there's... a crack in the universe. Everywhere. And specifically in the bedroom wall of an Earth child called Amelia Pond, where an alien known only as
Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireHey, I just read a five book series of alternate history books by S. M. Stirling, a former Canadian, where that happened. His premise, not mine. Ended up with the entire Earth decimated and in slavery. Lynn
Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeDefine "personhood". Talking about when it begins is meaningless if you don't know what it is. <Wall of text trimmed>
Posted: 9 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWell, let's see, the helicopters fired missiles and the storage facility blew up and the Russians aren't whining about it being an orphanage or some such, so apparently nothing else was hit.
Posted: 9 Days 20 Hours ago by: William HydeIt's tough to compete with Mr Savard in this arena. But you might just have what it takes. William Hyde
Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalPerhaps Who is that might be a better question, containing it's own answer.
Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerWhat proof is there that missiles were fired into the storage facility?
Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireOr if the thirteen colonies has seized Canada also at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. There were many people in favor of it. Lynn
Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireOn 5/10/2022 2:41 PM, Robert Carnegie wrote:
Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie"Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence or the human residence will be incinerated!" also comes to mind.
Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieI expect that "they" do, given the very great number of people who will give them an education in the subject, one way or another. Even if, like Dave, you don't consider yourself to be Black. A prejudice of my own is that Black Republi
Posted: 9 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieIt applies to chickens, and to well laid plans as well as eggs. Humans, including several in my family, are extremely unhappy when they intend to have a baby and they don't. That is not a time to mention chickens. I didn't ask if th
Posted: 9 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI have read "Space Cadet", "Galactic Patrol", and "Star Rangers". I do not recognize the others. I am surprised that you did not mention the first "The Day The Earth Stood Still" movie. And of course, there are hundreds of books abou
Posted: 9 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireDilbert: Sapoisexual https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-05-10 This is not going to a good place. Lynn
Posted: 9 Days 23 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperI quite liked the Homecoming series the first time that I read it. The society portrayed was different enough from ours to hold my interest. In that first reading, I got a distinct _Acts of the Apostles_ vibe from it. Only later did I r
Posted: 9 Days 23 Hours ago by: QuadiblocGoing there? I would have thought _this_ strip is lampooning the racist stereotype that all black people must, of necessity, understand and sympathize with stereotypical black attitudes and cultural phenomena. John Savard
Posted: 10 Days ago by: jdnicollDid Clancy explain how the results of the Superbowl were recorded? Tie? Whoever was leading at the moment of incineration wins? N/A?
Posted: 10 Days ago by: Scott LurndalAnd, since it has apparently been quite a while since you read it, there's no nuclear war in RsR; rather it was the current Ukraine conflict writ large. (You may be conflating with _Sum of all Fears_, but, while the superbowl game was di
Posted: 10 Days ago by: QuadiblocThat may be the traditional time of birth, but you were replying to a post about when personhood begins. Old and trraditional laws reflect _how people thought_. That isn't really informative here. The question is: when does personhood
Posted: 10 Days ago by: Scott LurndalYou are confused. I don't have a position on this particular topic, just noting a curious possible juxtaposition of current events with a fictional depiction.
Posted: 10 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThe /traditional/ time is "when the child draws breath independently of the mother". Note that "encouraging" the child to do so by slapping it on its behind (more recently, poking it in the foot) has always been allowed -- nay, expected
Posted: 10 Days 1 Hour ago by: jdnicollFive SF Works About Fighting Crime in Space https://www.tor.com/2022/05/10/five-sf-works-about-fighting-crime-in-space/ What it says on the tin, although it should say "classic" or "old" or "is there evidence James has read anything in
Posted: 10 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonHal Lindsey /There's A New World Coming/. Copyright 1973. So the military tech would be late 60s/early 70s rather than my earlier estimate. There are entire denominations involved in this sort of thing, plus (no doubt) independent churc
Posted: 10 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI don't recall -- it's been a long time since I read it. I remember enjoying it, though. You do realize that, by citing a fictional instance where maskirovka produced nuclear war, you are /weakening/ your position, since a maskirovka c
Posted: 10 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonAll you are going to get /now/ are the Standard Excuses. We are dealing either with a Russian Bot or a Putin-lover.
Posted: 10 Days 2 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comThis is one of those cases where 'everyone knows, but no one will admit.' Just what other groups might have helicopters firing missiles into a fuel storage facility 30 miles from the border? Pt
Posted: 10 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler"Reuters has not yet been able to verify the images."
Posted: 10 Days 3 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalWasn't it _Red Storm Rising_ that started with the Russians complaining about an attack on an oil refinery within Russia (maskirovka)? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_military_deception
Posted: 10 Days 4 Hours ago by: James NicollGreen Eyes by Lucius Shepard https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/sparks-fly Second in the third series, this focuses on a temporarily resurrected man determined to extend his lifespan beyond months.
Posted: 10 Days 10 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieThat's "ancestry"? So, a grandfather (or mother) clause. Oookay.
Posted: 10 Days 12 Hours ago by: QuadiblocNothing wrong with that, given that Britain started that war by commiting aggression against the United States by kidnapping its citizens to serve in their naval forces. Canada, however, was not complicit in this aggression, so the fact
Posted: 10 Days 12 Hours ago by: Robert WoodwardThere are family stories that suggest my sisters would be eligible for the DAR (from both sides of the family, both my mother and her sisters and my father's sisters would had been eligible). IIRC, it was Continental Army membership f
Posted: 10 Days 13 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comThis was all over the news a month ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?vfXrGQcKnJc Pt
Posted: 10 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatWhich is interesting given the evolution of requirements through the year - many members had their ancestor's service 'certified' by much lower standards which is currently (as I understand it) in effect. One of the funniest (for me) sp
Posted: 10 Days 14 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyI'll be more blunt - I think you are misremembering the article. There have been no confirmed air attacks on Russian territory. Not enough for what you claimed (that there was a confirmed attack). You trust Russian propaganda? Chris
Posted: 10 Days 19 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalThat was a couple years after I first went to the Safe House in Milwaukee (was living near Madison at the time). Looks like it's still there; it was a lot of fun as a kid. https://www.safe-house.com/
Posted: 10 Days 20 Hours ago by: KevrobHuh. I didn't show up in MKE until 1974, but the clinic at Great Lakes only opened in 1972. https://www.nytimes.com/1972/06/24/archives/pioneer-navy-facility-leads-drive-to-treat-alcoholism-navy-facility.html Now a DoD/Va partnership:
Posted: 10 Days 21 Hours ago by: Kevrob[snip] [snip] https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/syngamy Ever since this issue broke into the public consciousness in my teens - the Sisters at my high school used to arrange bus trips to Albany so that the girls could join protes
Posted: 10 Days 21 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalWhich is somewhat ironic as Great Lakes is where the Corp sends marines and the Navy sends sailors who have alcohol problems.
Posted: 10 Days 21 Hours ago by: KevrobThe bars in Milwaukee, prior to Wisconsin being whipsawed into raising the drinking age to 21 by the Feds denying states any highway money unless they knuckled under, had a constant stream of brand-new sailors given liberty from the Gr
Posted: 10 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuirehttp://leepers.us/evelyn/faqs/sf-written.htm "rec.arts.sf.written is a newsgroup devoted to discussions of written SF. It is a high-volume newsgroup and this article is intended to help reduce the number of unnecessary postings, the
Posted: 10 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireOn 5/9/2022 10:53 AM, Paul S Person wrote:
Posted: 10 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire"Drakas!" by S. M. Stirling https://www.amazon.com/Drakas-S-M-Stirling/dp/0671319469/ Book number five of a five book alternate history military science fiction series. I read the well printed and well bound MMPB published by Baen
Posted: 10 Days 23 Hours ago by: Joe PfeifferAlmost nobody has to demonstrate they meet that requirement directly -- tracing your ancentry to a member will do it. So, since my mom was a member (in fact, she was the person in charge of assisting applicants in putting their applicat
Posted: 10 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatI don't know what book you're referring to but the minister in question led a rather large big city congregation first in Montreal then Vancouver. He happens to be buried about 20' from my grandparents but that's coincidental. Gone way t
Posted: 10 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatDoes a service in a state militia count? (In our case NY?) Trouble of course would be documenting that from a distance of 250 years unless the ancestor is somebody famous. We've got a connection to the Rockefeller's (Nelson Rockefeller's
Posted: 11 Days ago by: Robert WoodwardThe relevant authority can be found as part of Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution: "To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particu
Posted: 11 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThey got badly burned when the USA subsidiary of one of them decided to /sell tax evasion/ as a financial plan. They shouldn't be blaming the IRS and our courts. They should be blaming whoever thought /explicitly and deliberately helpi
Posted: 11 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonRestricted to /sane/ theologians, that makes sense. But nutters are everywhere. That was because the firmly predicted Big Day arrived and ... nothing happened. Rather than return to reality, some groups adopted the assertion that some
Posted: 11 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonBut ... but ... Putin would regard any threat to his re-election (he does get re-elected every so often) as an existential threat to Russia. "L'etat, c'est moi" (in no-doubt severely fractured French) is his motto. Kind of like Trump an
Posted: 11 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonSadly, no. It is lost in the whirlwind of time. Or, more accurately, the confusion of the Microsoft News thingy, which appears to have a policy of never showing a story you have read and want to find again. That they complained is enou
Posted: 11 Days 2 Hours ago by: Paul S PersonIn an interview, Miyazaki apologizes to Spanish-speakers for borrowing "Laputa" (in /Castle in the Sky/) from Swift, being unaware of the meaning of "la puta" in Spanish when he did it.
Posted: 11 Days 2 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalI will attest that my Father bought "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" for me specifically for the science in it[*], this would have been circa 1971, probably the Ballantine edition. [*] He had asked a co-worker for a suggestion.
Posted: 11 Days 2 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comPerhaps, but be aware that another of his novels is 'Tropic of Capricorn'. Pt.
Posted: 11 Days 2 Hours ago by: Torbjorn LindgrenTheir webpage claims DAR's requirement is much stricter that that. Specifically, the ancestor must have provable "Revolutionary War service" (on the US side), just having an American citizen ancestor is not enough. Which isn't enough i
Posted: 11 Days 3 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperI am quite skeptical of the idea that parents bought the Scribner's juveniles for their kids because of the science in them. In fact, I rather doubt that parents were even aware of it. (Since I was still in single digits when RAH stoppe
Posted: 11 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperSweet!
Posted: 11 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperThank you. Actually, I didn't make the connection to Gulliver until a year or two after I started referring to him that way.
Posted: 11 Days 4 Hours ago by: BiceI work on a Navy base and was riding a bicycle across the base one day when a guard stopped me and gave me a warning for not wearing a helmet. I told him that helmets aren't required for adults riding a bicycle in Pennsylvania, and his r
Posted: 11 Days 5 Hours ago by: Jack BohnAs the saying goes, "I am Groot." https://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/entries/tales_to_astonish_13amazing_ad.shtml Note: the purpose of the above site is the maintainer's thoughts while putting his comic collection in internal
Posted: 11 Days 10 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI see that Serhiy Dyachenko and his wife were currently living in California within the United States, and that he was 77 years old. Thus, natural causes, rather than Russian military aggression, is presumably the likely cause of death.
Posted: 11 Days 10 Hours ago by: KevrobThe Salkinds were responsible for that one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus:_The_Movie Not having any kids, I easily avoided it . Rumor has it that it made "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" look good by comparison. The
Posted: 11 Days 17 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieHenry Miller did write _Tropic of Cancer_. This is the name of a zodiacal-geographic boundary on the Earth, the north edge of "the tropics", but Henry Miller had in mind the disease... metaphorically, I think. <https://tvtropes.org/pm
Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatI dunno - the only place most people see such creatures would be around a D&D table....
Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatUh boobs askng questions about dinosurs?
Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: WolffanHmm... that would apply to lots and lots of gals... Gorgons. Lamia. Female nagas. Probably more. And while we’re at it... exactly where _do_ female werewolves, minotaurs, etc., keep their mammary glands? And how many pairs? And exac
Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comTry harder. While it's possible Putin could go all 'Apres moi, le deluge', and order the use of nukes in contradiction to published doctrine, I doubt he would, and if he tried, this is one area where he'd get a lot of pushback, and flat
Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: William Hyde?
Posted: 11 Days 19 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieThey should have put the first of those on the <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_plaque> to make sure aliens don't mess with us. Although the Pioneers went out in 1972 and 1973 and <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?264722> refer
Posted: 11 Days 20 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie"Trope Ick of Cancer" hasn't been written yet!
Posted: 11 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireDJT inspired his book, "Win Bigly": https://www.amazon.com/Win-Bigly-Persuasion-World-Matter/dp/0735219710/ Lynn
Posted: 11 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireOver The Hedge: Suburbs Emerging From Quarantine https://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge/2022/05/08 Just a little over the top. Lynn
Posted: 11 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerScott Adams is a big supporter of Donald Trump.
Posted: 11 Days 20 Hours ago by: James NicollEither of these covers would have attracted questions. http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/f/f7/MTHSLHSCHL1975.jpg http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/e/ee/THDRNTSMMB1979.jpg
Posted: 11 Days 21 Hours ago by: William HydeNot at all in my experience. James has mentioned in the past at least one Heinlein he couldn't bring to school due to the cover. But RAH had no control over that cover or any other. - even though he routinely pushed the envelope on
Posted: 11 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieWell. <http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p&5> The word "breasts" appears; actual breasts don't appear, but who knows what the background represents......
Posted: 11 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jay E. MorrisDinosaurs with boobs?
Posted: 11 Days 22 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeOK, Quadi, quote the exact question that was posed in each case, and the answer. Of course they could have been questioned under fast-penta while connected to a veridicator and monitored by a treecat and a Bene Gesserit truthsayer and y
Posted: 11 Days 22 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyI missed "the article", also. Could you please post a link? Certainly the Russians have complained about air attacks inside Russia. But I'm unaware of any confirmed attacks. Attacks very possibly exist. But the word _confirmed_ was em
Posted: 11 Days 22 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeIf in fact this resulted in better outcomes for black students, then they made the right call. If it did not then they wasted everybody's time and money. So did it?
Posted: 11 Days 22 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgAdams does have it in for "Ted".
Posted: 11 Days 23 Hours ago by: DonThe preface of "Howard Hughes: A Modest Proposal:" ... I admire the work of John Dos Passos, especially the USA trilogy, and wanted to borrow his intricate technique for a science fiction novel. I wanted to boil it down,
Posted: 11 Days 23 Hours ago by: Kevrob
Posted: 12 Days ago by: James NicollAuthors generally have somewhere between zero and no say in cover art. Some may have negative say.
Posted: 12 Days ago by: email@example.comThe dilbert.com site also has the best search of any comic strip site. You can search for dialogue or characters. I've often wished I could do the same for Peanuts.
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny GoatI like your double entendre - both the reference to Gulliver's Travels and to Spanish even though putting the phrase into the proper gender would destroy the joke.
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny GoatIt also depends on the audience. When I was 10 years old I was more interested in dinosaurs than boobs. I won't discuss which attracts me more these days.....
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny GoatIn fairness Heinlein didn't go in for softcore porn covers as some authors did - even though he routinely pushed the envelope on his content. I'm thinking of things like I Will Fear No Evil or certain parts of Time Enough for Love
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny GoatWell with all due respect anybody with a web browser can easily follow Dilbert (and many other strips) https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-05-08 is today's strip. Any guesses on what the URL for yesterday's was?
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny GoatExactly - it's fine to be proud of your parentage or place of birth but it doesn't transform you into a superior human being as a result. And only a complete idiot or somebody with a triumphalist agenda would try to enforce privileges a
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny GoatI defy ANY theologian to say definitively what a particular prophecy of the future is supposed to be about. Obviously past ones can be judged as fulfilled or not (for instance saying in 400 BC that the temple in Jerusalem would be rebuil
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonWhere you are, maybe. In California in 1969, no. That's why the EM ("Enlisted Men's") Club was so popular. And so much "fun" to clean up the next morning.
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny GoatAppeal courts overturn established precedents all the time and nobody considers that an act of "moral turpitude". Indeed - there's a standard for what is required to overturn a previous precedent and the bar is deliberately set high. It
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonBut the OP may have been referring to one of those strips. What a difference a day makes!
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI'm sorry you missed the article. The /Russians/ were upset by it. And said so. But no nukes were used.
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny GoatIn the olden days they used to vote by publicly announcing it on a raised stage and the party agents would give the man (this was pre suffrage) who had just voted a drink - usually whiskey. That's a far cry from offering people in line a
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: QuadiblocOh, no; that's Paul Hellyer. John Savard
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: QuadiblocIsn't he the one that believes in flying saucers? John Savard
Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: QuadiblocOh, no. They were asked what they thought of Roe vs. Wade and what their plans were for it, and they evaded the question by saying, truthfully, what the law was instead. John Savard
Posted: 12 Days 2 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatYup - and in the Canadian federal Liberal and NDP parties there are policy positions on points that are NOT a matter of jurisprudence that will instantly lead to a person being refused as a candidate. Issues that are not at all unanimous
Posted: 12 Days 2 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatThat was after all one of the key arguments in Brown v Board of Education - since it was demonstrated that budgets for 'white schools' vs 'black schools' were something like 4 or 5 to 1 per pupil and it was argued (and the high justices
Posted: 12 Days 4 Hours ago by: James NicollInfinite Dreams by Joe Haldeman https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/in-every-possible-way A collection of short stories from early in Haldeman's career.
Posted: 12 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperWell, I've read it a couple time now, and the only argument that I can follow is: “A shift of the exchange rate risk from Gazprom as exporter to its importer counterparts in the ‘unfriendly’ countries could potentially res
Posted: 12 Days 11 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWhen the country has a totalitarian dictator, the doctrine is "do what I say", regardless of any little pieces of paper that say otherwise.
Posted: 12 Days 11 Hours ago by: KevrobThe Ghost Who Walks was being reprinted in David McKay's ACE COMICS as early as #11, Feb, 1938, https://www.comics.org/issue/206249/? ....and in FEATURE BOOK #20 and some later numbers, starting in Dec, 1938. https://www.comics.org
Posted: 12 Days 12 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowellI've seen this suggested elsewhere. I was going to trot out my line about how satire is not the same thing as a reasoned argument and is as a side effect considerably more ambiguous - but the Dilbert strip for Friday May 6th (viewed from h
Posted: 12 Days 15 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comRussia has a published nuclear doctrine. Nothing that has happened so far is close to triggering it. It's described here: https://sgp.fas.org/crs/nuke/R45861.pdf Read from page 7 on, the summary at the start gives a misleading impressio
Posted: 12 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireHere is a complete listing of S. M. Stirling book: https://smstirling.com/books/ Lynn
Posted: 12 Days 17 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeIn the US? Most assuredly yes. In fact this was a point of contention between Jacksonville, Florida and USNS Mayport--the base commander had set the on-base drinking age to 18 and Jacksvonville had 21. IIRC ultimately the base command
Posted: 12 Days 18 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatOf course - kitty cats didn't enter human history till about 7000-8000 BC in the earliest days of ancient Egypt when agriculture started and the Egyptians quickly figured out that (a) their grain silos attacted mice and (b) the mice attr
Posted: 12 Days 18 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatI also have excess tearing but the eye doctor said the only real solution was surgical which he did not recommend. I'm about a +7.0 so if and when I do go for cataract surgery I will ask the doctor about correction (non-astigmatism) I'v
Posted: 12 Days 19 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtBack in the days when the age of majority was 21, the argument was "if they're old enough to fight, they're old enough to vote." So I didn't get to vote in Kennedy vs. Nixon. When I was old enough to vote against Nixon, I did so every ch
Posted: 12 Days 21 Hours ago by: James NicollWere I a bar owner, I would not care to bet my bar on a random judge agreeing with that logic.
Posted: 12 Days 21 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatGiven I'm a 25 year veteran of both soc.history.what-if and alt.history.what-if I'm astonished I haven't read his complete opus then. So I looked up https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/s-m-stirling/ and found I had read about 28-29 of them
Posted: 12 Days 21 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatHave you EVER heard of any member of any of the armed forces in uniform being denied beverages on account of age? I sure haven't. Not in uniform sure but I've never heard of a soldier or sailor in uniform even being "carded" much less d
Posted: 12 Days 22 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThey weren't asked for "positions", they were asked what the law was. And they're lawyers, so they said what the law was. Why are you having so much trouble with this concept? What did you want them to say, that "no, this is not preced
Posted: 12 Days 22 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeYeah, yeah, and Moskva just accidentally caught fire and sank.
Posted: 12 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI've got about 30 of his books, maybe 40, and there is no churn in my opinion. He has stretched the "Dies The Fire" series as far as it can go (and possibly too far) but who can blaim him ? SMS writes alternate history stories which
Posted: 12 Days 23 Hours ago by: Dudley BrooksGood one!
Posted: 13 Days ago by: The Horny GoatThanks - yes my daughter is both extremely bright and emotionally frail - which is probably why she didn't get offered an articling job after law school. (Long story but around the time of my mother's death 15 years ago who she was very
Posted: 13 Days ago by: The Horny GoatWow - that's impressive. Clearly it was long ago that the pain doesn't hurt daily - which is good. We're not yet there as today is the 2 month anniversary.
Posted: 13 Days ago by: Dimensional TravelerI'm not aware of any _confirmed_ Ukrainian air attacks on targets inside Russia. Any such attacks are almost certainly being conducted by ground forces, aka "boots on the ground", simply because they are much harder to confirm.
Posted: 13 Days ago by: Robert CarnegieI see a quoted tweet "Dave will be featured all week". Evidently that meant till Friday. Let's see what happens after that. Going by search at Dilbert.com, the comic previously used the word "Black" to describe a person approximately
Posted: 13 Days 1 Hour ago by: Dorothy J HeydtWe don't read a newspaper at all, these days. We read various webcomics online, but I don't look at Dilbert at all unless somebody posts a link here. /googles Dilbert It's not about Dave at all; it's about Wally's voicemail. The last
Posted: 13 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonOr employee survey, IMLE. AKA the "mgmt only provides the answers it is willing to hear" technique.
Posted: 13 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonIf it is the law of the land, and established precedent, then overturning it is acting in direct opposition to their stated positions. Which is to say, it shows their statements to be lies. And the reversal, if it occurs, to be bad beha
Posted: 13 Days 2 Hours ago by: Paul S PersonThe reaction to the various "bathroom bills", which has already cost jobs and convention-center bookings. The not-just-verbal war between Disney and the State of Florida over the "don't say gay" law. No violence so far, at least. And t
Posted: 13 Days 2 Hours ago by: Paul S PersonAnd yet, when Ukraine attacked a similar target /inside Russia/, no nukes were launched. Get it? Russia was attacked; no nukes were launched. Just attacking Russia from the air isn't enough. But I wouldn't advise putting boots on the
Posted: 13 Days 2 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyThanks; I wasn't careful enough in my reading! The problems with pronouns... Chris
Posted: 13 Days 3 Hours ago by: AhasuerusThe one who died is the husband, Sergey (Sergueï in French, Сергій in Ukrainian, Сергей in Russian.)
Posted: 13 Days 3 Hours ago by: KevrobOr https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Dolezal Newspapers have screwed up comic strips by not following the coloring guide the syndicate used. In this day and age, I'd think the coloring used on a creator's or the syndicate's websit
Posted: 13 Days 3 Hours ago by: Tony NanceOne place's analysis, similarly supported by other places: https://fortune.com/2022/04/01/why-putin-wants-russia-to-be-paid-in-roubles/ "... By weaponizing his trade surplus, Putin not only props up the ruble but demonstrates internally
Posted: 13 Days 3 Hours ago by: Tony NanceNo Dave on May 6 - Dave only showed up locally on that first day. We seem to have gotten the May 7 strip, but then, Dave isn't in that one. Tony
Posted: 13 Days 4 Hours ago by: KevrobSure, until you got into range and your nose betrayed you! If anything, SMS gets criticized for churning stuff out.
Posted: 13 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperThis raises a question. Recently, La Puta insisted that all payment for Russian petro-stuff be made in rubles. Why wouldn't he insist that it be in money? Like Euros or dollars, or even something like Turkish lira?
Posted: 13 Days 4 Hours ago by: Chris BuckleyI'm sorry to hear that. A shame we won't be seeing more new from her (depending on what her partner has), though I suspect we will be seeing more past works translated. I read your review of _Vita Nostra_ and bought and read it. It is
Posted: 13 Days 12 Hours ago by: Robert WoodwardThat might be the reason for the 2 surrender signings. However, I reread the wikipedia article more closely and it was the timing of the ceasefire order that is important (the 2nd document was signed in Berlin on the 7th, with the cea
Posted: 13 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireFrom rec.arts.comics.strips: https://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2022/05/03/dilbert-presents-black-character-gets-dragged/ Lynn
Posted: 13 Days 14 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireCongrats on the anniversary. Are you going to watch Hal eat the cake ? Lynn
Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireMy local newspaper in Fort Bend County, Texas does not carry Dilbert. It carries Peanuts, Arlo, Alley Oop, and about five others. https://www.fbherald.com/ Lynn
Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieSo, did you see Dave in your newspaper today? Have you seen Dave in your newspaper at all? Just curious! ;-)
Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtWell, it's a movable feast: I started seeing the ads and thought, "What? THIS Sunday?" Turns out it's "second Sunday in May." OTOH it's Hal's and my fifty-first anniversary. He bought a sinfully rich chocolate cake at Costco. It's
Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt/e hugs Goat I'm sorry for your loss.
Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: James NicollWhoop. I reviewed it in April.
Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: James NicollSF author Serhiy Dyachenko (whose Vita Nostra, co-authored by Marina Dyachenko, I reviewed in March) has died.
Posted: 13 Days 16 Hours ago by: QuadiblocWhich is understandable, since what he _really_ is, is a Dutchman. John Savard
Posted: 13 Days 18 Hours ago by: WolffanHeâ€™s a white Persian cat and a monocle short of being a Bond villain, is what he is.
Posted: 13 Days 18 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThe pay is likely to go where it's supposed to. The thing is they get paid in rubles, which outside of Russia are pretty much toilet paper.
Posted: 13 Days 19 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerDoes the machinery to open to silo doors require maintenance? Do the personnel manning the installation need training and regular drilling to remember how to do the launch procedures? Do the communication links from command to the sil
Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireSorry to hear that. Sounds tough for the daughter too. Lynn
Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeTitan II was liquid fuel and could launch on 60 seconds notice. It's called "storable propellants". Google it. Well, for one thing the O-rings need to be inspected periodically. But the fact is that nuclear warheads do not remain us
Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeI've got weird associations--my mother died on mother's day, and my SO was born on mother's day.
Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeI guess one has to consider the times. The titties are mostly interesting because they are natural, post-Internet-porn-barrage they certainly don't shock, anymore than a craptastic animatronic dinosaur appeals after however many install
Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAnd at that time it was. So where is the lie? Roe vs. Wade certainly held that. Where is the lie? The Supreme Court certainly held that. And at the time it _was_ the law of the land. Where is the lie? And it certainly was settle
Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatHa ha ha - I'm actually trying hard NOT to think about Mothers' Day this Sunday since I had the dubious "privilege" of burying my wife 6 weeks ago and this will be the first Mothers' day without her. My main priority right now is keepin
Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireSolid fuel ICBMs are always loaded an ready to go. Liquid fuel ICBMs require four hours to load the fuel. And liquid fuel off gases over time becoming unusable in a few years. You know this. Do solid fuel rockets require any mainten
Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: Magewolfmovies-list.html I think the redhead had a muffintop she did not want on camera so she pinned a scarf around her waist. They should have gone all in and set it on Venus and done something(anything) about the script. Actually this rem
Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWhat kind of "labor actions" do you have in mind? When those actually happen get back to us. What particular "labor actions" and "boycotts" do you have in mind that induced any company to relocate from one state to another? You con
Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireDilbert: Dave's Urban Culture https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-05-06 Oh yeah, Scott Adams is going there. I wonder how many newspapers have pulled him this week ? Lynn
Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeOh, the horror, having to stand in line. You've never been in any kind of military, have you? Those who favor preventing political activists from influencing elections by doing favors for people standing in line waiting to vote believ
Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuirePearls Before Swine: User Survey https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2022/05/06 Yup, that is about as useful as a typical user survey. Lynn
Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: QuadiblocOf course, even if they didn't outright commit perjury, unforthcoming statements with the intent to decieve could still be considered contempt of Congress. However, there is another side to this. As I recall at the time of some confirmat
Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: QuadiblocLocation: the floor of the United States Senate. The words? You can listen to them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJCGAA4VYT8 skip ahead to 4:40 or so November 11, 2006 _Roe vs. Wade_ is an important precedent of the Supreme C
Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: QuadiblocAvoiding labor actions, boycotts, stuff like that. Also, this sort of thing has _already happened_ with regard to legislation considered inimical to LGBTQ+ rights, so this would be a continuation of an established pattern. One certain
Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: QuadiblocAlthough respected political commentators in the U.S. have indicated that ID requirements can weigh more heavily on minority group members, I was talking about the more obvious things. In Texas, and several other states, black neighbor
Posted: 13 Days 22 Hours ago by: Jack BohnAnd most recently as "A Jadoon Platoon, Nude on the Moon" to get a few to watch it out of curiosity. (I kid.)
Posted: 13 Days 22 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerTrump had legal limits on his power and people who might prevent a nuclear launch in that situation. Putin does not and will have those who disobey shot.
Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeHowever this vehicle is clearly not propelled by Cavorite. I was expecing the guy with the pipe to blow them all to Hell. Smoking a pipe in close proximity to experimental rocket fuel is not, in general, a good idea.
Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeSo? Please show the Federal statute that prohibits "moral turpitude" and establishes the penalties for it. You still have not shown evidence of this supposed "lie". Please state the words that constitute said "lie" and the time and l
Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWhy would you expect to see this? What's in it for those "major corporations"? And do you really think that the small chance that one might need an abortion outweighs, say, the cost of living?
Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWell there's your problem, you rely on "news dispatches" to tell you what life is like for people you have never met. Oh, now you're going for an establishment of religion. The Democrats are going to try to slaughter you on that one.
Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeQuadi, people knew this in the _18_60s, some of them were even slave owners. But they couldn't figure out a way to get from where they were to where they wanted to be without creating a lot of black misery in the process. And we're sti
Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: QuadiblocI am, at least, in reciept of news dispatches from the real world. And I find them most distressing. Thus, I think it's time to replace how things are run in the real world with the situation where God's Kingdom _has_ come, and it _is_
Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: QuadiblocI realize that there's always a problem inherent in taking drastic measures. But something has gone wrong. We are behind schedule. People knew in the 1960s that racism was a terrible problem, but progress had been made in overcoming it.
Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonLying, under oath or not, is a sign of moral turpitude. Here is one definition: Moral turpitude refers to conduct that shocks the public conscience, or which does not fall within the moral standards held by the community. The law concer
Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonOh, /I/ can wait for that. Bernie and friends may not be able to, but they aren't the ones that are going to solve the problem. And, much as I wish it weren't so, the Dems chronic inability to campaign effectively will make it take a lo
Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Robert Carnegie"also released as "Girls on the Moon," "Moondolls," "Nature Girls on the Moon" and "Nudes on the Moon" <https://www.amazon.com/Marietta-William-Mayer-Lester-Brown/dp/B01GWD9JI2> I think Cavorite is manufactured in liquid form. And...
Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI just want to commend you for your efforts to educate Quaddie. I don't think its working, but the effort is still appreciated.
Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person/That/ is a keystone of the book: John (well, God) isn't describing what he's describing -- he's describing 70's/80's level advanced weaponry. And the Yellow Peril. These are books I inherited from my maternal grandfather. I don't know
Posted: 14 Days 2 Hours ago by: Paul S PersonYou forgot the context: 2017: Trump, realizing that the only way to get Mexico to pay for the Wall, invades. Initially, they reach Monterrey, but soon they are pushed back to within a few miles of the border. Still on the Mexican side,
Posted: 14 Days 2 Hours ago by: Paul S PersonAnd that "educational" purpose was the only reason the parents tolerated it.
Posted: 14 Days 3 Hours ago by: Jack BohnNo, this isn't an objection that can be answered by it only being a little bit of censorship. It has to do with the principle of no ex post facto laws: the citizenry needs a clear idea of what will or will not get them banned from the air
Posted: 14 Days 3 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalHow about a few citations? Preferablly to something a bit more mainstream than Usenet.
Posted: 14 Days 4 Hours ago by: James NicollNight of The Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/happy-boys-and-girls One bold teen sets out to minimize the damage from a practical joke gone wrong.
Posted: 14 Days 5 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerAs I recall there were two "surrenders". The first on May 8 inside territory controlled by the Western Allies. Stalin threw a fit and demanded another signing of the surrender documents inside Russian controlled territory, which took
Posted: 14 Days 8 Hours ago by: Michael DworetskyOK, but Heinlein was always keen to insert some real science in his work to help educate his readers (in this case, mostly teen-age boys). And he was friends with a Mt Wilson astronomer, Dr R S Richardson. On the other hand he was not
Posted: 14 Days 10 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeHave you ever, once in your life, visited the real world?
Posted: 14 Days 10 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThe thing is, if a black kid robbed a white kid at knife-point in a recently-integrated school he might well be strange fruit later that afternoon. And the black kids _knew_ this.
Posted: 14 Days 12 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThe production values were almost Whovian. The direction and script make Ed Wood look like Orson Welles. Scenery was nice--didn't look like a surgical enhancement in the lot and none of them were starving themselves. But that's about
Posted: 14 Days 12 Hours ago by: Quadiblochttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU9A7bf2-dM John Savard
Posted: 14 Days 12 Hours ago by: Robert WoodwardSupposedly, the German surrender was signed rather late on May 8th, so late that it was after midnight in Moscow.
Posted: 14 Days 14 Hours ago by: QuadiblocYes, but it's so hard to _prove_ that someone didn't just change his mind as he studied the matter more deeply in order to render a sober and fair judgment upon it. I don't really mind Roe vs. Wade being overturned, in itself, as it see
Posted: 14 Days 14 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI wasn't thinking of lynching, I was thinking of being robbed of one's lunch money at knifepoint. This isn't because black people are intrinsically violent, it's because crime is a problem to be expected where there are poor people. T
Posted: 14 Days 14 Hours ago by: QuadiblocNo, it was _integration_ they were opposing based on their delusions, I apologize for my error in wording. John Savard
Posted: 14 Days 14 Hours ago by: QuadiblocWell, if anyone's rights are being violated, anywhere in the world, they should just be able to pick up the phone, and call the police, who will come and put an immediate end to it. No need of any "revolution" which might be messy. It
Posted: 14 Days 14 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comStalin really pushed the generals to complete the occupation of Berlin by May Day, but they missed. Similar tactics to what we see today in Ukraine; indiscriminate destruction, looting, murder and rape of civilians. Right now, the Russia
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerSo, a day that ends with a "y". :D
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeI wasn't aware that starship pilots were poor people.
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: Joy BeesonPoor people do die all the time.
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtThere was, however, a tabletop RPG with the same title. I never played it, but reading the manual was a hoot. The "races" to which the player characters could be assigned were Human, Near-Human, Not-So-Near-Human, and Real Weirdies. I f
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: John HalpennyI have watched some late night TV movies that I didn't bother to finish, like "Tammy and the T Rex" - the boyfriend's brain is used as part of a reconstructed dinosaur - and one where the monster is a killer fog - the special effects co
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeWhy, you expect poorly maintained Russian solids to make out better than poorly maintained NASA solids?
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatWhich was more or less my point.
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeImpeach away. What makes you think it will any more effective when applied to a Supreme Court justice than it did when applied to Trump. To get them out of office you don't just have to impeach them, you have to _convict_ them which req
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatRather ironically since his idol Stalin enthusiastically (especially enthusiastically since he made the Spanish Republicans send their gold reserves to Russia to "pay" for these "volunteers") sent arms - and men - to Spain 1936-39.....an
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAnd that is exactly the problem. "We want our rights and we don't care _how_, we want our rev-o-lu-tion NOW!". It will take a very logn time, decades, of concerted effort to establish that consensus. And that will only happen if the e
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatNo no - it's "Victory Day" which in western terms would be V-E day but celebrated on May 9 instead of May 8 like the rest of us. It's been a huge Soviet day ever since 1945.
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeThe extent to which it is a democracy is debatable. It is Germany, everything that is not specifically permitted is prohibited. That's where do-gooders want to take America. Because it isn't Germany. Funny how the people who actual
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeOn the other hand I hear with great regularity such people demanding an end to conservatism, that all conservatives be jailed or worse, that conservative political parties be banned, and the like.
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeYou clearly have not talked to black people who grew up under segregation if you think that the teachers in black schools were all, or even mostly white. As for the inferior resources, schools today put a lot of store in "resources" and
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeSo discriminating against Putin is a crime against humanity? After all, he is a minority of 1. You have decided, without due process of law, what constitutes a crime and now you want, without due process of law, to impose your will on
Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAnd then we have that great African American success story called SpaceX. Of course he's the wrong _color_ African American.
Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatThe catch was that prior to Brown v Board of Education "separate but equal" was proven to lead to gross mismatches in education spending between the separate but "equal" schools and the justices recognized that and disallowed the claim b
Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatOn the other hand I >have< heard a Christian minister suggest that mankind has had the technological ability to bring about all the plagues described in the book of Revelation on our own without divine "help" since around 1975 in a somew
Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatBack in 2010 my daughter (from Vancouver) was in art school and did an exchange semester in Baltimore, MD. They went for beer one night and the subject turned to genealogy and my daughter shocked everybody by telling them that she (the o
Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatI knew they had collaborated though Pournelle is more known for his collaborations with Larry Niven.
Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatYou are right - I am having a confused sort of day
Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: BCFD36I've seen things you people wouldn't believe... Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion... I watched Nudes on the Moon...
Posted: 14 Days 17 Hours ago by: Dudley BrooksAnd it is on the list of Worst Movies, after all! But no, it's definitely not So Bad It's Good, like Plan 9 From Outer Space. Nor is it almost watchable, like my own favorite bad SF movie, Teenagers from Outer Space.
Posted: 14 Days 17 Hours ago by: Kevrobhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Puebla for those who don'r know.
Posted: 14 Days 17 Hours ago by: Dudley BrooksMy condolences. I had the same sad experience you did ... although perhaps seeing it as I did in a theater at a film festival, where lots of people could jeer it, made it slightly more bearable. I still think, though, that the scenes
Posted: 14 Days 18 Hours ago by: BCFD36I went and took a look at the movie. It is at https://archive.org/details/Nude.on.the.Moon.1961.AVI1Gb It is terrible. It has some somewhat attractive topless women, but that is the only thing that is remotely worth watching. And it is
Posted: 14 Days 19 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgI have a vague recollection of a story (it might have been a comic book) about some hideous tree aliens, but the good guys won using termites.
Posted: 14 Days 19 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comThey vary. Some are liquid fueled, some use both in different stages. One, the RT-2PM2 Topol-M, has 3 solid stages. pt
Posted: 14 Days 21 Hours ago by: WolffanIf you’re going to drone-strike somewhere in Florida, may I suggest Mar-a-Lago?
Posted: 14 Days 21 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatWhile you may well be right I do think Scott Adams is being brilliant in his mocking on this story arc (which for those who haven't seen it involves a black guy "who identifies as white") For those who haven't seen it this week's arc sta
Posted: 14 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireIf most of his ICBMs are solid fuel rockets then I would be (and am) very concerned. If their ICBMs are liquid fueled, my concern level drops considerably. Still concerned but the usability of the liquid fuel drops considerably over
Posted: 14 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI was thinking that also. Stirling and Pournelle did write a couple of books together. https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Sparta-CoDominium-Future-History-ebook/dp/B00APA4SQ2/ Lynn
Posted: 14 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireBC: SKWAK https://www.gocomics.com/bc/2022/05/05 Yup, that would be unnerving. Especially when it tried to eat you. Lynn
Posted: 14 Days 22 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperGood catch! Also, Simak's _All Flesh is Grass_, which has Simak's home town of Millville taken over by purple flowers from outer space.
Posted: 14 Days 22 Hours ago by: QuadiblocIt is fitting that it was in Springfield (Illinois) that Abraham Lincoln gave the speech that included these words: "He finds the Republicans insisting that the Declaration of Independence includes ALL men, black as well as white; and fo
Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI've already addressed this point. But what really keeps perplexing me is this: Surely we all agree that the Federal Republic of Germany is a democracy. After the end of World War II, you don't see *any* open expressions of anti-Semiti
Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: QuadiblocNo, I don't think that's going to happen. After all, the Senate couldn't even convict Trump. And *if* it's not going to happen, enlarging the Court is the answer that remains. At the moment, it certainly _looks_ as though the Republica
Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI'm aware that there are girls-only schools, with the intent of helping girls become willing to develop their non-traditional skills. School segregation usually meant black students, white teachers, and a markedly inferior set of resour
Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalI suspect you recall Jerry Pournelle's _Computing at Chaos Manor_ column in BYTE.
Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: QuadiblocIf the majority favors discrimination against a minority - like Muslims in Egypt or Pakistan - since discrimination is a _crime against humanity_ it must be prevented by whatever means are necessary. Always, and without exception. Democ
Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: QuadiblocOh, I believe in freedom of speech! So segregationists could still make their case in print. But the limited resource of the airwaves, with its pivotal role in shaping mass consciousness, needs to be limited to constructive content. J
Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat61? Obviously I don't get out enough. I very much do remember his columns in Byte magazine years ago...
Posted: 15 Days ago by: pete...@gmail.comOf course, in your scheme, prior to the Civil War, it would have been illegal to publicly advocate stripping slave owners of their legal property, anywhere in the country. Your attitude is fundamentally unAmerican and unconstitutional.
Posted: 15 Days ago by: QuadiblocYes, that is true. But that doesn't make them Native Americans, just native Americans. The phrase "Native American" has been used with a specific meaning, it exists and is commonly understood. It exists because a replacement for "Indian"
Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: pete...@gmail.comAbout 30 miles, iirc. There's been a lot suspicious fires and explosions in war related locations in Russia. How many are chance, how many foreign agents, and how many home grown resistance is an open question. Pt
Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI tried some research, mostly to see if the second usage is now considered something you can be sued for in South Africa. -- elements of the African-American community used "Black" in the 60s and probably later. Some of this usage surely
Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonAfter a no-longer-quite recent, well-publicized case where such a claim /was/ put to the test, that sounds like a prudent position to take. A long time ago, when I was interested in geneology, one of the first things I learned is that m
Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonAh. I wasn't aware PBS was a /print/ medium. But I see where the topic comes from.
Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonEnlarging the Court isn't the answer. Two of the Justices appear to have testified, under oath, that they would respect and not try to overturn Roe v Wade. If they do, they can be impeached for moral turpitude. Two more recent Justices
Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThey don't have the votes now, and aren't likely to have them after next November, no matter what happens. For one thing, they would need 3/4 of the States to ratify it.
Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThe strategic missile defense forces may be in better shape than the others. I have no particular desire to find out. But I suspect Putin is your basic bully -- mostly bluff.
Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonI don't recall, but it wasn't very far.
Posted: 15 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerIn our universe.... :D
Posted: 15 Days 3 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeSo they should get to work on building it. But in your ideal world where you are dictator, the only vote that counts is yours, so why is this an issue? So you favor tyranny as long as you agree with the tyrant. There are black peop
Posted: 15 Days 3 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeCool. My luck it would have been a bear.
Posted: 15 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtOn grounds of genetics, not size.
Posted: 15 Days 4 Hours ago by: Jack BohnAs he was advocating the state of affairs before the Supreme Court decision, it would take a rather quickly-pivoting government body to ban any discussion of subjects against current laws. You have discovered a practical reason agains
Posted: 15 Days 4 Hours ago by: James NicollVolume 2, in which our hero does her best to make amends for having handed the keys to the universe to the big bad in book one.
Posted: 15 Days 4 Hours ago by: James NicollThe Silicon Mage (Windrose Chronicles, volume 2) by Barbara Hambly https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/more-than-just-a-number
Posted: 15 Days 8 Hours ago by: Michael DworetskyIt was in the chapter which, I recall, was entitled "Lineup". He had all four large moons lined up one side of Jupiter to cause a "Ganymede Quake". This cannot actually happen, because one of the moons (Io) is always on the opposite s
Posted: 15 Days 8 Hours ago by: Michael DworetskyOne night in the early 1970s I was observing at Mt Wilson Observatory and stepped outside the 60-inch dome to check for any encroaching clouds, or rising fog from the Los Angeles Basin below. (The night assistant was taking a brief tu
Posted: 15 Days 9 Hours ago by: QuadiblocIt would take a very long time to build a consensus in favor of "abortion rights". However, other amendments to the Constitution ought to be someday obtainable. "Impatient", however, is perhaps not the right word. When it comes to genui
Posted: 15 Days 11 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeNot necessarily. The puma and the cheetah are both considered to be small cats.
Posted: 15 Days 12 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAnd then at the next election it gets enlarged again and the ruling gets reversed again. The right way to do this is to amend the Constitution, but that requires a consensus that Democrats are too incompetent and lazy and impatient to b
Posted: 15 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerIn other words, a piggyback attempt to hijack the Star Wars meaning.
Posted: 15 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtI've asked that question more than once and he hasn't answered. Others have guessed that it's because Baker played the fourth Doctor Who. And a charming alien he was, too. Somewhere I have a video of an interview with him in which he sai
Posted: 15 Days 13 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI don't think that anything like that is likely to happen. But two people hold the power to ensure it won't happen. Manchin and Sinema. They just have to get out of the way, so that Biden _can_ enlarge the Supreme Court. John Savard
Posted: 15 Days 14 Hours ago by: Jay E. MorrisIIRC, may the forth (doctor) be with you.
Posted: 15 Days 14 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireRiding a roller coaster without glasses can be terrifying. Lynn
Posted: 15 Days 14 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI assume that you are talking about big cats. Lynn
Posted: 15 Days 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerYou REALLY need to explain why its "Tom Baker Day".
Posted: 15 Days 16 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireJohn Grisham wrote a book about that. The outcome was not good. I'll give you a hint, "The Pelican Brief". You can even watch a movie about it. Lynn
Posted: 15 Days 16 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI thought that same about Gwendolyn in Drakon. In fact, I gave it five stars on the strength of her character alone. And I am fairly sure that I would intensely dislike her in real life. Stirling has 61 books published now. What lev
Posted: 15 Days 19 Hours ago by: The DoctorSad but true.
Posted: 15 Days 19 Hours ago by: The DoctorHappy Tom Baker Day!
Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: William HydeMonarchs rarely give up titles except to assume a better one, and often not then. Having been kings of France once, arguably anyway, the British monarchy retained the title until about 1810 - about the same time that the Austrian emperor
Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieYou left out the doctrine that Ukraine is just part of Russia that is farther away. That type of delusion also isn't exclusively Russian. Your King James Bible tells you that Jimmy is King of France, as well as of Britain and Ireland.
Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com'Identifies as' isn't restricted to gender. Example: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-33156905 Race activist Rachel Dolezal: 'I identify as black' (an identification that surprised both her parents). My brother in law 'identif
Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerHow far is "just over the border"?
Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comIf you look for the book on Amazon, DONT click on 'Imperial Draka'. pt
Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerI suspect that there is also some doubt now that Putin actually _could_ launch his nukes given the way his army and navy are doing in Ukraine.
Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieI believe you are wrong, although Scott Adams's satire has a wide scope, and he appears to be as screwy as Terry, but of course more successful in life. Nevertheless - as with the links I just posted about President Obama - some people g
Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: John HalpennyI enjoyed Iron Sky II. I don't watch many movies, so I got to see all of the plots of all of the SF movies rolled into one big ball. John
Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieIndeed? But I thought it was "new" for mainstream or casual writing to use the capital letter. Since a point, well, I'll play safe and say after 2010. Maybe it was old style, then out of style, then in again. I don't know if this i
Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatI enjoyed the series though have the following comments: - Stirling has a long way to go before he could be fairly described as a prolific author - Of COURSE the Draka books describe terrible acts - the Draka are villains and by definiti
Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jerry BrownMy favourite of the other segments is "Son of the Invisible Man" starring Ed Begley, who has recreated the fornula which made his father both invisible and insane. He's only succeeded in one of these.
Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI figured that a reader would not need to be astute to recognize that "I identify as" identifies the strip as a dig against the transgendered. John Savard
Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieIf we are discussing this coming court decision, please satisfy my curiosity: what would be the position now, Wednesday, if half of the justices had been shot dead on Tuesday?
Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI also forgot to mention that by the year 1980 the Draka free citizens are using gene manipulation on themselves and their serfs. They are making the serfs more compliant and raising their IQ by 10 points to an average 110. For thems
Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comNo. A astute reader could work it out perhaps, but at first glance the PHB is simply pointing to a white guy, who (unsurprisingly) self identifies at white. The next day's strip compounds this when the PHB admits that he claimed to be bl
Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comCheck the links in the first post. pt
Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieThank you. I should have been clearer: I think the yellow lads are on the left. I suppose they're at war with Maza, whose "transmission is cut off" by them when Ted makes a videophone call, and as you see, they're wearing pagodas. Th
Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comThat's a lot of Damsels in Distress! Turnabout is fair play (warning - pinup level NSFW) https://comixjoint.com/commiesfrommars4.html pt
Posted: 15 Days 23 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireZero for five here. A couple of good additions would be "Midworld" and "Mid-Flynx" by Alan Dean Foster. https://www.amazon.com/Midworld-Alan-Dean-Foster/dp/0345310179/ Many of Alan Dean Foster's books contain perilous plant life.
Posted: 15 Days 23 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireBTW, the name of the book is "The Stone Dogs". I copied the Amazon information without thinking about it. Lynn
Posted: 16 Days ago by: James NicollIt's not an uncommon attitude in nations, though. Just drone-strike one Tallahassee wedding to eliminate a crypto-Pythagorian and see how the US reacts.
Posted: 16 Days ago by: QuadiblocEven if the beard doesn't at least suggest the character in question is black, surely the joke makes it obvious? John Savard
Posted: 16 Days ago by: Paul S PersonAnd fund raising. And voter turnout. Don't forget those. And there are a few things they might be able to do: for example, they might be able to use Federal control over interstate commerce to prevent States from prohibiting the receipt
Posted: 16 Days ago by: Paul S PersonThey have allowed similar flags to fly in the past. And they announced, when the suit was filed, that, if they lost, they would change their policy to assert control over what could be flown. Which the decision explicitly allows them t
Posted: 16 Days ago by: Paul S PersonNot that I know of. But then, I am not /au courant/ on the current stereotypes.
Posted: 16 Days ago by: Paul S PersonThe identifier "Black" has been spelled that way for a long time in both America and in South Africa.
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonBut they are in color on the web. Are they not in the printed newpaper?
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonWashington State, IIRC, amended its Constitution two years before Roe v Wade to legalize abortion. Others may have done the same. Several have done the opposite. So some States may need to do something on the issue if Roe falls, but ma
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonAs the documentary history amply demonstrates. Even when they tried real hard not to drop or add anything.
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonSo far, Lindsey hasn't made the "inerrancy" claim. But perhaps he cannot conceive of any alternative being possible.
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonBecause, when Russia invades Ukraine, it is the Will of God that they do so. But, when Ukraine invades Russia, it is Holy Mother Russia that is being invaded. That's how it works: Russia gets to invade whoever it wants to. Nobody get
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonToo late -- Ukraine has already made helicopter-based missile attacks on targets just over the border. This was some time ago. It produced some whining, but no nukes.
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonThat, I think, was what I was reading about. After all, they /did/ take Berlin! They have a lot to celebrate. But not their conduct in Ukraine.
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonWhy spend money on the troops when you can stuff it into your Swiss bank account?
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: email@example.com
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: DonIt's hard enough to find a bigley, buxom, breastplated, braided blonde on an old pulp cover to begin with. And now all of my hard work is met with an implication, an innuendo, about how an unseen "warlike yellow alien" association stains
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonSomewhere, Robert Graves (probably in speculative mode), states that he agrees with another mythographer that the Great Mystery was ... a sprouting head of corn. IOW, the Great Secret was, at least for plants, that -- life comes from l
Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S PersonSounds like there may have been some improvements in the process. Then again, I was unconscious both times, so cannot confirm that the old lenses were phyically (as opposed to sonically) removed. It was after I got the second one that
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: WolffanIf you’ve gone to the trouble of killing the bear to get the bear fat, why not use the bear skin?
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Steve ColtrinBesides... it was low hanging fruit. (puts on sunglasses, cues The Who)
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Tony NanceHexapodia is the key insight. - Tony
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: BiceSpace Mutiny was featured on Mystery Science Theater. Someone put together a nine minute highlight reel of the episode up on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7POGi2TQls Or if that's too long for you, there's also a three and
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ross PresserObSF: Simak had a robot character who killed bears over the centuries so that he could lubricate himself. (Itself? Themself? Whatever.)
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comAs the weeks have gone by, Western nations have become much less nervous about sending Ukraine better weaponry. In particular, the artillery being sent now will undoubtedly be used to strike targets tens of miles into Russia. Published R
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Tony NanceAll true in general, but this paper has mentioned such things in the past when they occur. That said, there is a brand new editor (in the job less that two months - maybe less than one), so maybe this is an indication of how this editor
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: James NicollI considered it but I think it was on an earlier list.
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comInevitable 'Why didn't you include....' post: The Day of the Triffids - Wyndham pt
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Michael F. StemperThat is a claim that is less than universally accepted: Historians dispute his acount. Ian Kershaw, for example, wrote in his biography of Hitler Hubris, “A family named Frankenreiter did live there, but was not Jewish. Ther
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comThe M/D/Y silliness in America only applies to numerically written dates. 'Fourth of May' and 'May Fourth', are equally acceptable. 'May the Fourth' is a bit odd. We do have terms like 'Wednesday the Fourth', but there, 'the Fourth' is
Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: J. ClarkeAt this point Ukraine, if they had the ability, would be completely justified in rolling over Russia and not stopping until they hit the Pacific.
Posted: 16 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerNot strange that they aren't saying anything. They are obviously afraid of controversy and/or "offending" some readers, so why even tell them "Hey, we're not printing this comic because we think it is offensive."? That would itself j
Posted: 16 Days 3 Hours ago by: James NicollFive Stories About Perilous Plant Life and High-Risk Gardening https://www.tor.com/2022/05/04/five-stories-about-perilous-plant-life-and-high-risk-gardening/ What it says on the tin. My parents had a one acre garden that I got to weed so
Posted: 16 Days 3 Hours ago by: Tony NanceThe May 4 is another substitution here - also without notification or comment by the paper. Could be. True, but it wasn't exactly a year (the substitute was 5/5/21), and today's substitution is from February 2020. Strange that they'
Posted: 16 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtIn article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Oh, that takes me back. In the late nineties I wrote a series pf stories set in the third centuries BCE. In one of them, my protagonist trained for initiation into the
Posted: 16 Days 4 Hours ago by: James NicollWitch Hat Atelier, volume 1 by Kamome Shirahama https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/that-magic-technique An ongoing manga about a young girl who, having accidentally killed her mother with self-taught magic, is enrolled in a witch's scho
Posted: 16 Days 4 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieHmm. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maza_of_the_Moon> "Ted Dustin, an American inventor, seeks to win a prize of one million dollars by being the first person to touch the Moon with an object launched from Earth. He devises a huge gun
Posted: 16 Days 4 Hours ago by: email@example.comFWIW Adams has tweeted that the reliance of the strip on being printed in color was intentional: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1521511843159674880 All part of my plan. (Of course I know they print without color in some ma
Posted: 16 Days 4 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieWell, May 2nd and May 4th strips also were on the subject. On the other hand, maybe your newspaper is embarrassed about how the strip prints without colours. Or if it was exactly a year adrift, it could just be a mistake. <https://dilb
Posted: 16 Days 6 Hours ago by: QuadiblocWell, certainly virtual reality technology has improved _his_ life, by letting him rob a family blind that was using it... John Savard
Posted: 16 Days 6 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI see the title of the show was "The Chosen", and it was about Jesus and His disciples. I will resist the impulse to automatically conclude from the choice of title that it must be anti-Semitic... But that's the thing. Normally, I would
Posted: 16 Days 6 Hours ago by: Charles PackerI should emphasize that when I said anything could happen, the "anything" would of course be an entirely human creation. There is something that has changed since 1000. That's the existence of mass media capable of creating large-scale
Posted: 16 Days 9 Hours ago by: Gary R. SchmidtI had my lenses and cataracts melted using ultrasound and the plastic lenses slipped in in their place a couple of years ago. I went from being short-sighted to being long-sighted, with greater clarity of vision. You can get multi-foc
Posted: 16 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatI've always been a bit creeped out by putting things on the surface of my eyeball so I'm partial to glasses. My daughter (whose vision is worse than mine) isn't so she does. As they say "different strokes..."
Posted: 16 Days 12 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtI'll go along with that. Remember the Agat? An imperfect rip-off of some early Apple computer, known informally as the Yablochka.
Posted: 16 Days 12 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtHow so?
Posted: 16 Days 12 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerPutin screams "It was weapons you gave them that attacked Russia!!" Pushes the nukes button. That answer your question?
Posted: 16 Days 13 Hours ago by: The DoctorAnd It is Tom Baker Day!
Posted: 16 Days 13 Hours ago by: Your NameExcept it's the "4th of May" in sensible countries that don't put their dates backwards. :-p
Posted: 16 Days 14 Hours ago by: DonThe Dec 21 1929 _Argosy_ cover captures the concept: http://www.philsp.com/data/images/a/argosy_19291221.jpg It turns out Isidore's interest in buxom, breastplated, braided blondes is nonexistent, at first. _Electric Sheep_'s Martian na
Posted: 16 Days 14 Hours ago by: Default UserMost of the sunrises I have seen have been from the wrong side of sleep. Brian
Posted: 16 Days 14 Hours ago by: Leif Roar MoldskredI seem to recall that with The Phantom they went back and colourized old, originally black-and-white stories at some point.
Posted: 16 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireI would like to see a Privacy Amendment added to the Constitution. That would solve this type of issue and start a whole lot more. Lynn
Posted: 16 Days 15 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatWhat I don't understand is that if Russians invade Ukraine why it's a vile thing for Ukrainians to hit targets inside Russia. Why is that worse than Russians hitting targets inside Ukraine?
Posted: 16 Days 15 Hours ago by: The Horny GoatIt is known Hitler's grandmother worked as a housekeeper in a Jewish household. This does not of course imply she was the husband's mistress. I remain annoyed that Putin et al still refer to the Ukrainians as 'neo-Nazi' since other tha
Posted: 16 Days 16 Hours ago by: Magewolfrefusing-to-fly-christian-flag-u-s-supreme-court-1.5885195 opinion-00029473 The thing is that I think regardless of their opinion on abortion rights if you held a gun to most lawyers head while they were hooked up to a lie detector mos
Posted: 16 Days 16 Hours ago by: Tony NancePossible, but unlikely. If forced to speculate, I'd guess it has more to do with the editors and/or company lawyers being uncomfortable with the race aspect. Tony
Posted: 16 Days 18 Hours ago by: MoriartySomething similar happened in his obituary thread: someone wondered whether Christopher/Youd was Jewish, his daughter responded with a "no", and plenty of people passed on condolences to her, saying how great his books were. -Moriarty
Posted: 16 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieCould the publisher be involved in <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_college_admissions_bribery_scandal>?
Posted: 16 Days 19 Hours ago by: Tony NanceYou know what's interesting about that? My local paper didn't run that strip today -- they ran a strip from a year ago -- and I would never have noticed if you hadn't posted the above. I can't find anything in the paper saying they subst
Posted: 16 Days 19 Hours ago by: firstname.lastname@example.orgIdeally there would be two different versions. I remember a really nice panel of The Phantom fighting a lion in which the color version would have been much better without the ziptone effect. Of course The Phantom is an action/adventure
Posted: 16 Days 20 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.comZiptone, or whatever the digital equivalent is. Ie, a way to indicate that the character is African American, using only black ink, and not turning him into an opaque ebon blob. As it is, the joke is entirely different in color and mon
Posted: 16 Days 20 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI do see one flaw in it. It relies uncritically on the historical record. Given the First Amendment, specifically the Establishment Clause, the argument is not without weight that, while one could point to a time before which Sunday Blu
Posted: 16 Days 20 Hours ago by: The DoctorBut of course, man corrupts.
Posted: 16 Days 20 Hours ago by: Titus GSorry. I have mistaken the Praxis book for a Metropolitan one. I was completely mixed up.
Posted: 16 Days 20 Hours ago by: QuadiblocI'm going with the period known as "The Crazy Years" in Robert A. Heinlein's future history. John Savard
Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: J. Clarke<https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israel-denounces-lavrovs-hitler-comments-summons-russian-ambassador-2022-05-02/> And it's about to get worse. A majority of the Japanese public is in favor of revoking the renunciation of war
Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliWhat's the sci fi angle of you whining like a two year old with a dirty diaper?
Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula TumbiliLynn McGuire <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: Note that this is a working draft that was leaked (which is apparently unprecedented), not a final decision, and whatever it ends up being won't be publishe
Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Scott LurndalMay Day? The Russians have lost _at least_ 3,374 military vehicles so far (documented), including 600 tanks. Many abandoned due to logistical failures (no fuel) or unit cohesion (or lack thereof). https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2022
Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieI want to say "shading".
Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireActually, today's Dilbert had PHB talking about running the scam in reverse to pay for college. https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-05-03 Lynn
Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerThere were (and may still be) plans for a third movie in the franchise but the odds IMO are pretty low considering how little the first made and how long its taken to get the second.
Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireArlo and Janis: Sunrise is like Sunset in reverse https://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2022/05/03 No ! There is no such thing. Lynn
Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional TravelerSomething pointy haired boss couldn't imagine.
Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire"Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling https://www.amazon.com/Stone-Dogs-Draka-S-M-Stirling/dp/0671720090/ Book number three of a five book alternate history military science fiction series. I read the well printed and well bound
Posted: 16 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieWhat's the sci fi angle in any of this that justifies bringing it up?
Posted: 16 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert CarnegieTell your family you love them on the 7th. The 8th is liable to be hectic.
Posted: 16 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuireYou are going to love this one, "Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows" https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473 Hat tip to: https://www.drudgereport
Posted: 16 Days 22 Hours ago by: email@example.comThe Elves will own the means of production!
Posted: 16 Days 22 Hours ago by: Dorothy J HeydtI should've specified that Hal is not African-American; we are both whiter than mayonnaise, he more than I. *Two* of his grandparents came from Denmark.
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