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  • Commented on Catching Up
    Wait - this is a red-letter day: Greg and I completely agree on something! By the end of first grade, we mostly walked to school - I mean, you didn't want to be like the little kids, who walked with...
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    You are being obtuse, to say the least. You know perfectly well I was *not* talking about more than a century ago. And do you really believe - based on what data - that per-population, we shipped less and more...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Um, yeah. And before there were so many trucks on the road, how'd the goods get shipped? And how are more and more of them being shipped in the last 10 years or so? Hint: in the US, truckers have...
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    Given that for most of human history, 99% of the population was peasant/serf/etc, and that I grew up poor, and only in the last few years are in what I call middle-income group, I'll go for being on their side...
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    Oh, one last thing: consider yourselves appreciated, over the Pond: *your* gov't is saying about the right-wing scum who drove into Muslims coming out of a mosque as *terrorism* is terrorism. As opposed to here, where it's lone wolf crazies,...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Question: what does France *do* with all of its spent nuclear fuel?...
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    I hope some of you folks have read Mary Gentle's Grunts - it's from the Orcs point of view, and a wonderfully written and funny book...
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    I have read that Marx *never* expected the Revolution in an agricultural country; he expected them in industrialized countries with democratic traditions. Russia was still something like 90% agricultural. On the other thread, it wasn't so much that folks got...
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    Gee, i go away for a three-day weekend, and the posts... Sorry, but Trump *is* likely to be impeached, and for the first time, successfully. His popularity is down, on the right-leaning Quinnipac poll last week to 34% (Nixon was...
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    I'm sorry, but your statements are *SO* wrong. If they started by voting for FDR and the New Deal, in their 50's, they were voting for LBJ or Nixon. And a lot of the reason (sorry, Charlie, for US politics,...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I've had a few friends over the years who I considered "followers of Yeshua ben Miryam", and they were pleased at that. They told me that the New Covenant *completely* replaced the Old Covenant, and therefore, no, you can't claim...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Because they're hoping for Adventurous lives, not remembering that the actual definition of "adventure" is, as Tolkien, I think, himself put it: sitting in a comfortable chair, with a warm drink and a fire nearby, reading about someone else risking...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    One has to make money to stay alive and functional, even if one is not living in the desired future yet. And Communism (tm) is, of course, secular millinarianism. Socialism is intended for the real world, to improve life for...
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    Charlie, I didn't mean to make it about US politics; apologies if it seemed that way. The reason I went on in 76 was a) to discuss varieties and realities of socialism, as opposed to Murdoch's media & libertarian view...
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    Re 20:, 25 and others: I am beyond bloody tired of the right describing what, 40 years ago, would have been called centrist or moderate as equivalent to Bolshevik revolutionaries. In the US, Barry Goldwater, "extreme right-wing" GOP candidate who...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    You wrote, "Americans are dumb." Well, not all of us, but certainly the 63M that voted against their own "enlightened self-interest" - that is, bite their noses to spite their face - are. And far, far too many USans are...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    *chuckle* Ok, a reasonable new name - the word of the fates has *always* been difficult to parse, until far too late. A chuckle for you, if you hadn't seen it: Rep. Maxine Waters, on twitter: "Comey says he didn't...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Maybe, maybe not. There are several folks in jail, including one from eastern Europe, who were tracked down... by a journalist, Brian Krebs (krebsonsecurity.com) who did old-fashioned investigation. I look at his blog every day - I consider it part...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Now, I could be wrong about the twit image... but where's the robot, the feline predator, and the girl? On two cheery notes: first, the GOP-controlled legislature of Kansas has just overridden the ultra rightwing governor's veto, and raised taxes....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Re the anti-Tory poster: we haven't had enough like that over here.... Btw, I saw a story saying that, at least in one poll, it was down to a 3% difference between the Tories and Labour. Given the "you're in...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    My condolences. Mine's pretty screwed up, too, relationships at least, though my kids really are pretty damn good. But... I finally realized something, why I react to J-L Moore the way I do, attracted and looking away. I've been married...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    *snicker, snicker* The Austin Lounge Lizards were voted best bluegrass band in Austin three years running in the early/mid-eighties. One of the guys just left last year, but their musicianship... along with their songwriting (not the politics you're thinking of)...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    You wrote: 'The Plan' is, of course, to privatize everything, make all moments in life part of the Rentier / Gig economy" MARK SCREAMING AND WANTING TO RIP PEOPLES' HEADS OFF (they have NO hearts).... This one reason alone should...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    For lower levels of heat, from used radioactives, they could have a whole chain, which no one seems to have considered - put them into RTGs. And no one ever seems to discuss the idea I came up with as...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "Gender fluid".... Try this on for size: in thirty or so years, instead of gender alteration surgery, specialized genes, resulting in a vagina that is also a socket, literally, and a grown or plastic penis, *WITH NERVE connections*, can be...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    "Bad parents"? No. You were WORKING AT A JOB, and they interrupted you AT THE JOB. For those working day jobs, how do you feel about being deep in the throes of working on something, and a manager comes in...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    You wrote: I think we have to look long term on this. 5 years of Trump led stupidity on Climate Change is just a hiccup in the timeline. Well, here's the good news: a) US Presidents serve a four year...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I wasn't so much arguing with April - in fact, I agree that we'll mostly, including the US, be social democrats, if not democratic socialists, later this century. Bernie made the difference - socialism was the most searched for word...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    About the left.... I speak as a red-diaper baby. And the New Left went the way of the Old Left, and what there is now tends to the same: they're damn secular Millinarians, and You've got the wrong analysis, so...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Sorry, the only con I'll be at in Oct is Capclave (DC area, where I live) Then *either* Philcon *or* Windycon in Nov (DAMMIT! It's another damn year when they're the *same* weekend...)...
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