Heteromeles

Heteromeles

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    You are looking at it too detailed - An apex - as opposed to a new - rainforest is not accumulating biomass, therefore it is not storing carbon, or because that is the same thing on net generating oxygen. Yeah,...
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    Um Thanks. I hope that's honest confusion, and not an attempt at trolling. In the assumption that you're confused, allow me to use a bit of my education at extreme and boring length. First off, one of the first laws...
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    Yeah, Charles Koch is definitely in my thoughts and prayers at the moment. So are Trump, Putin, and Bolsonaro. Heck, I'm even praying about the NRA......
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    I think we agree. The problem (hopefully it's a challenge, not a systemic feature) is that people are already implementing these grand, simplistic strategies. One example from California is the idea of getting all green waste out of landfills, and...
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    The basic reason to focus on nonviolence is that according to the research, nonviolent campaigns are about twice as successful in achieving their outcomes than are violent campaigns(52%-26%, IIRC). The major reason is because almost everyone can get involved in...
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    I'm afraid you're still not getting it. PLEASE check those links and do a lot of reading. This is about not wasting your energy and time, both of which are finite and valuable....
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    You have looked at the materials from the Albert Einstein institution, correct? And you've read Blueprint for Revolution? That's where I'm coming from. Please don't mistake having a goal for the methods for getting there. Having a goal is how...
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    Until we see the other 90% of voters willing to actually vote for survival I don't think any form of disruption is unreasonable. It's the problem of what happens when the dog catches the delivery truck, or more pointedly, the...
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    How about the unholy mashup between the Segway and the unicycle? Similar things have been a science fiction staple since the 1950s. Or, conceivably, you could build a large solenoid with a foot attached to the rod inside, a good...
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    One of the many naive things coming out of the current Extinction Rebellion is the idea that it'll be easy to get cars out of cities. The point ER is trying to make, and the reason so many of...
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    Yup. I traded in a home that was walkable to most of what I needed to do for one that could hold serious solar panels, but we have to drive everywhere, or walk 1.5 miles to the nearest store (which...
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    Exactly. And I've driven stick (including a really cranky old Land Rover Guardian named Thelma). It's not necessarily the juggling act, it's that the primary driving I do is in heavy traffic, with a mix of everything from the terminally...
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    Yeah, without AC, you've got to do the driving gloves and experiment with the ol' 470 AC (four windows down, 70 mph. That would be around 4110 in the saner parts of the world)....
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    Sheesh, how unimaginative: The buttons on the Bolt are (behind the wheel on the left) regenerative brake paddle. Yes, it's a hand brake that's really useful, but it doesn't apply the disk or drum brakes. On the right: two buttons,...
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    Well, the reason a real nuclear expert is standing next to an experimental device when something goes horribly wrong is normally that they're trying to keep something from going horribly wrong, and either they succeeded (it could have been much...
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    Actually, there's some interesting coolness there. Giant penguins have been popping up in the fossil records since, erm, 1859 (see Palaeeudyptes antarcticus. That one was found on Seymour Island, Antarctica. Oddly enough, penguins have a pretty decent fossil record, and...
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    Yeah, but have you ever looked at the price of an Indy Car? Here's the Bolt's wheel: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/chevrolet/bolt-ev/2018/#izmo-2018-chevrolet-bolt-ev-lt-hatchback-steering-wheel Much more boring. But it works. Note that you can't see three of the buttons, because they're behind the wheel where your...
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    Yep, but that's not what they're doing with Skyfall, so far as I can tell. It appears they're planning on vectoring its thrust. Somehow. Thus, I am intrigued....
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    That's actually why I like the 17 physical buttons on the Chevy Bolt steering wheel. Every single one of them is a different shape in a different position. You can spin the wheel and toggle switches upside down and still...
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    What I do depends on where I am. Near home, BigFruit is usually about 20 minutes behind actual traffic. I usually use my phone for directions, because if there's a truly serious blockage, it's already in the system and I...
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    I think we're coming from different frames of reference. In this case, I'm not concerned about nuclear power per se, because running a nuclear power plant that sits around being hot is, as you note, fairly well understood. The Skyfall...
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    Got an engineering-adjacent question about the "Skyfall"/Pluto type nuclear propulsion engines. This isn't about wargames, but about spaceflight. To naive little me, it looks like the problems with making one of these engines work are equivalent to the problems with...
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    The "Jato car" myth was tested three times on Mythbusters, with, erm, spectacular results....
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    I'd actually ask you to define your scale of black ops competence before I answer that question. My actual take is that most black ops/psy ops, and espionage is pure, unadulterated crap, based on the activities con artists and other...
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    Thinking about it, one of the other things to watch out for is that the story of American exceptionalism/cluelessness may also be a carefully spread myth. The problem with this story is that when you look at activity charts, you...
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    The problem with this scenario is that when the blowback is all the legal crazies in SPECWAR doing what they love to do, even a small risk has disproportionately huge consequences. For example, this article debunking some mass shooter myths,...
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    Something as simple as a Mark 10 would fall foul of a simple precaution in the US: ammonium nitrate sales are monitored, due to the Oklahoma City bombing. It's not widely used as a fertilizer, so you've got to radicalize...
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    Concerning the "draft" sub-thread, I reckon that's been doomed from the word go by the mere choice to discuss the concept in the language of military conscription. Everyone knows that national service or whatever you want to call it is...
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    Probably worth reading the entire thread. The original Takings issue was about the State of California turning Pacific Gas and Electric (net worth $68 billion, with possibly $30 billion in fire-related claims) into a state-owned utility. That would be illegal,...
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    It's not like people aren't already trying to solve this problem already....
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