Heteromeles

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  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Yes, yes. I was ignoring the draw weight of the bow, as that doesn't depend on the length of the bow (cf compound bows). I agree that green wood long bows don't have a draw weight as a purpose made...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Non-sequitur, but fun for the RPG crowd. I'm reading Holmberg's Nomads of the Long Bow, mostly notorious now as an example of an anthropologist mistaking a group of former Amazonian Indian farmers who'd been forced into the rain forest for...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Depends on what you mean by front-line politics, but yes, if you're talking about getting elected, I agree. If you're talking about participating in the process, then I personally do it, so I'd disagree, although I'm a policy wonk, and...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Got to agree about the use of Celts. My problematic idea of Celts *in the Roman sense* is that it's one of those notions whose modern equivalent would be "Latino" to an American. It's them on the other side of...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I'm curious: how many times have you been on SR-299?...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Erm, Article 2, section 2 of the US Constitution: "[The President] ... shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment." So if any officer is actually impeached, his successors...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    For the aussies, while I haven't been there, I believe that the Blue Mountains are half-way reasonable model for the Appalachians. There's a bit of difference when mountains get mixed in to travel routes. For example, in California, it used...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    If you don't want to think about stories about the Chinese "West European Company" introducing fentanyl to the UK in retribution for what the British East India Company did back in the '70s (1770s), then... Well, there's always the possibility...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    If I remember correctly, the Black Belt is an example of geology determining politics. The soils in the black belt, due to the underlying geology, are really good for growing cotton. The current density of poor black voters in the...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    There are a couple of problems that may be less than obvious: --One is the endorsement battle. As I've learned now that I've gotten dragged kicking and screaming into local politics, there ARE limits on campaign donations from individuals. There...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    What would the modern equivalent of stabling horses in one of the most important temples in the country be? In the US? Turning the New York Stock Exchange into a migrant intake center and adjacent Wall Street properties into squats....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I try to remember that we are human and just getting through life. It helps. That said, ending the ophoid epidemic isn't really a top priority in my book. I'd prefer treating the synthetic heroin addicts the same way we've...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    It's the Illuminati working to destroy your faith in reality so that you turn away and they can do what they want. Oh, and they're greedy and fairly stupid about a variety of things. But still....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Also, if you're sick of US/UK leadership politics, I've put up three new posts on my Putting the Life Back in Science Fiction blog, after long hiatus. The most recent one is explicitly escapist, while the other two are about...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Trump in the past has tended to follow a BBS strategy: Bully/Bullshit and settle. The first two B's tend to coincide. Anyway, we're pretty definitely in the Bully/Bullshit phase, where he's threatening a civil war, disband the government, blah, blah,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Per Wikipedia, the oldest known source is Sophocles, in Antigone: "τὸ κακὸν δοκεῖν ποτ᾽ ἐσθλὸν τῷδ᾽ ἔμμεν' ὅτῳ φρένας θεὸς ἄγει πρὸς ἄταν" [meaning] "evil appears as good in the minds of those whom god leads to destruction." Also relevant...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    For this I actually blame the media. The conspiracy, in this case, (probably) isn't some deep state conspiracy to run politics, but rather the confluence of a bunch of factors, the two most prominent of which are: --The absurdly long...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Yeah, it'll be interesting if they vote to impeach Donnie Littlefingers. The fun part is that so far Republican parties in four states have cancelled their primaries and will assign their delegates directly to Littlefingers. I can see a couple...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Causation? Don't know (the current rise starts in the mid 1970s), but if the rich have more they have more to spend on political "speech" to make the government more friendly to wealth and wealth acquisition, and it can be...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'm sympathetic with the points the two Biden aides made in their letter, but I have to say that when it comes to Rudi, I think of Napoleon's quote about not interrupting an enemy while they're making a mistake -...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Going to respectfully suggest that this ship sailed some time ago. Arguably it's the reason the world is in the mess it is in the first place. Unfortunately one of the flaws in human nature is that people start becoming...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    i don't think the jubilee thing really works now that everyone's debts tend to be someone else's assets, like ok we've cancelled the debt BUT everyone's pension's gone, never mind, can't make an omelette... That's precisely why a jubilee theoretically...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The revolution I'm concerned about is if a bunch of relatively wealthy* people start openly espousing the idea that a climate catastrophe is inevitable, so they're going to take as many of the world's resources as they can and protect...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Only if you are prepared to confiscate that capital by force (most ordinary Americans would oppose you). Then you have the whole problem of how you make capitalism work without an elite directing and pooling investments--or else what you are...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    My understanding was that Frank Herbert wrote Dune after his experiences in the coastal dunes of Oregon. One of the things that grows in the coastal dunes of Oregon are Psilocybe mushrooms. It is said by the Prophet Stamets that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Yup. A couple of things to remember: Writing developed from accounting, at least in the west (it's unclear in China, due to the probable loss of the oldest records on bamboo and silk) Roman legal cases, which today are done...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'm not an expert, but yes, it certainly appears from the pictures that the Roman dodecahedra could be used the same way as the Scottish orbs. Since everybody wants to be boring, the key term is "mnemonic device," as in...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    What, you don't like me retrolling? https://www.bookdepository.com/Memory-Craft-Lynne-Kelly/9781760633059 It's actually a fun book if you want a new hobby....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    My favorite hypothesis was published this summer, and I think it's right, especially since the author had replicated knobstones and actually uses them. Oh, and this explanation also works for Stonehenge and Quipus (ditto on the replication, although the author...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    My condolences as well. I've lost most of my relatives, so I do grieve that you've got to deal with it now as well. As for burnout, I'm not going to be chipper and suggest meditation, but I'll be downbeat...
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