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  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Re: China in Africa This article lists quite a few points, worth reading. https://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21725288-big-ways-and-small-china-making-its-presence-felt-across...
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    Re: 'How do you think the developing world would fare in both timelines? Any differences?' Assuming a free Internet in both ... the steady-state (Clinton) trouser leg of time would probably see continued and possibly higher US-led foreign aid efforts...
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    Re: "the coal jobs are not coming back" Perhaps in the other trouser leg of time US presidential hopefuls still arm-twist corporations into expanding their operations in key (under-developed) electoral areas. Unlike in this trouser leg where the corporations arm-twist...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Re: US labor stats In the US there is no incentive to self-identify as unemployed esp. for long stretches. Also after 12 months or so, some folk decide to completely drop out of the labor market and rebrand themselves as...
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    Agree that the stock market is not the economy .... But making your money on the stock market allows you to go ahead of everyone else that makes their money the old fashioned way because way more money can be...
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    Re: '[Money] ... a coefficient of the velocity of economic exchange, or maybe a measure of public confidence in the viability of the state)?' A couple of comments: Measure of public confidence --- the stock markets have been going up...
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    Re: USA military action Of the impression that the total number of combatants on both sides is also a factor. VN was a very large war and because the VC/Chinese side could easily churn out new soldiers the US felt...
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    Re: '...data science techniques in business terms ' Am familiar with some of this. However, my impression is that AI is likely to be expanded into both biological/medical as well as psycho-social legal areas. BTW, there's accumulating data on federal...
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    Re: '... keeping them controlled is simple.' No idea what type of math/stats current deep learning AI use but if it's the same as or similar to anything that's based on 'normal distribution' or even the straight-up Bayesian based entirely...
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    re: Brian Aldiss Named a Grand Master in 2000 and received an OBE in 2005. Will reread what I have of his in tribute. Noticed this timely and on-topic item on Wikipedia, unfortunately don't have this book: 'The Interpreter Digit...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Re: 'Asimov's robots in his early stories, were a thinly-disguised metaphor for slaves,' Could apply equally well to any sentience that is dismissed out of hand because of some outward difference: gender, sexuality, age, species, carapace (skin vs. metal), etc....
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    Re: US post-WW2 global rise Something that seems to get forgotten is that in comparison to Europe, the US suffered less (in many ways) from this war which meant that it had the resources to aggressively pursue international trade. Of...
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    Re: ' ...the wages of the poor, the working class & middle class) is taxed at a higher rate than is paid by the "elites" on their unearned income (capital gains & dividends).' Agree - that's one of the reasons...
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    Re: Economic elites Given that in the US the most popular way of making money is income tax avoidance, I do not understand how having a chief strategist whose game plan for his corp was to not pay taxes doesn't...
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    Re: Japanese statism Unfamiliar with that history so looked it up ... interesting, Japan's military decided to absorb Prussian martial values including their already-present unswerving loyalty to head honcho in lieu of a personal conscience. Their tutor was this guy:...
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    Re: Started with LBJ Just checked this and it looks as though the Southern states' shift away from Democrat was in 1948 because they disliked Truman's pledge to desegregate. This faction became known as the Dixiecrats. (Sounds like a punk...
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    Re: Hurricane Katrina, FEMA/Bush, & military Even so, branches of the military did respond although they were not the branch that might have been expected therefore possibly more familiar with the locale and locals. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina_disaster_relief#Military 'According to an article in...
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    Re: '... very little in the more realistic center.' Bujold? Hits it on the nail about how slow and uneven 'progress' can be even among the elites. Sorta along the lines of: old customs never die, they fade into a...
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    Originally intended this as a response further up, but it also fits into what you've brought up re: increasingly visible military and police and what this means. Re: Military coups Bolivia holds the world record for military coups in the...
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    Re: '...recruiting undereducated former soldiers..' Think that this movement toward adding a humanitarian element is a trend in both military and police as per article below. Read some time back that military forces are increasingly being called to help in...
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    re: President's Analyst Looks interesting, unfortunately not available on Netflix....
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    Re: 'point of inflexion in the downward curve of influence exerted by the anglophone planetary empire' Where does balance of power come in from in the near future because BOP is also part of this historical dogma and/or rationale for...
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    Re: 'Edwin Black's book IBM and the Holocaust' Thanks for the recommendation! Looks interesting. Will add it to the to-read list. One hopes lessons have been learned as history has a way of catching up with people....
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    Re: War is good for biz! Ever read The Sovereign State (of IT&T)? Discussion of how IT&T worked both sides of the war. Other authors noted how some of the major US banks sat on its Board therefore must have...
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    Re: '...the US President can't order police to do anything -...' However the POTUS certainly can impact police via their budgets via Executive Orders as per this uber rt-wing site/rant. Excerpt: 'Executive Order 13688 was issued in January 2015, effectively...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: Britain & black Romans ... Black middle- and upper-class Africans have been visiting The Isles since at least the time of Julius Caesar's visit and intermittently since then as per popular BBC archeology shows and recent articles. Imperial Rome...
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    Re: ' ... chaos & infighting & deliberate shit-stirring ...deliberate & trending towards a "stste of emergency" or a civil war, ... can "legitimately" sieze the levers of power.' An alternate explanation is that the cloud of chaos distracts everyone...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: Scams... How about ... Converting indoor, multi-story parking buildings into indoor food production facilities aka greenhouses. I really think this could work including Frank's oft-mentioned concern about any structure being able to support weight of water. Loose estimate is...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: Or try public shaming and fines/taxes Social shaming works for some folk and fines for others. Of the impression that best overall reduction in drunk driving was when short and long-term financial penalties (i.e., tickets, higher insurance premiums, loss...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: 'Massive ...' This paper's received a lot of positive press mostly because (and I'm guessing here) that aside from where it was published and the number, range/prestige of its authors, it's showing that there's hope: secondary forest growth can...
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