Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    AIUI, the Puritans were, by and large, drunkards, gamblers, wenchers and adulterers (and sometimes actual rapists). There would of course be exceptions. But they were very proud that their theology was pure, unpolluted by Romish heresy and the like. That's...
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    As for prohibition of alcohol and various drugs... Where to begin? I don't think any country has clean hands in this. One part of the problem in Christian culture countries and elsewhere is that people get inculcated into binary logic...
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    I'll also note that I don't see huge criminal organizations before Projibition, when suddenly there was HUGE money. La Cosa Nostra, Yakuza, Triads, Pirates, Corsairs, Buccaneers...no, I don't see any large scale criminal enterprises before Prohibition. And I won't even...
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    Um, Greg? I believe you mean the teetotalers, not the Puritans. The Puritans stopped at Plymouth Rock because they ran out of beer (reference). They were using that instead of water in their ship....
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    Yeah, isn't it fun to use a combination of Colorado River Water and ground water to feed alfalfa to the middle East? If you like California water management issues described by an insider with serious attitude, read the blog "On...
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    The real danger is when someone's been scuba diving and then goes to altitude. They may be okay at sea level, but going above 10,000 feet can place them at risk for the bends. This is a known problem for...
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    Oh yeah, the footnote: *I'm not much about the history of the end of empires invaded by barbarians, but I wanted to highlight a real problem. Often historians who look closely at the family names of people find that people...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Heteromeles has talked about how the Syrian Civil War was about a shortage of water. The point that follows this is really important. Thanks for bringing it up. There are two additional issues, beyond just drought making refugees. One issue...
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    I've got a series of specialized tools for digging: pry bar, pick axe, or (what works really well) a spetnaz shovel. I'm doing it the lazy, carbon conserving way, by trying to dig as little as possible and letting the...
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    You've got more than I do. I'm on adobe clay soil, mostly on a steep slope. A pry bar is mandatory for large hole construction. So far I had a good crop of fava beans, and now I'm working on...
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    Yes, being able to walk and garden has been a line of sanity for me. That said, you want to write the great American Novel about living in a generation ship? Everybody seems to assume that you can live for...
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    Um, I rather think a large number of horse nomads would disagree with you. There are some simple solutions, like caring for the horse, allowing it time to graze...and taking multiple horses in a string. Mongol warriors, IIRC, took five...
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    I've been making bandana/hankerchief masks for months. Here are my notes: If you've got a large head like mine, a hair tie won't go around your ears. I had some elastic cord lying around, so I used lengths of that...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    One paranoid thought from a friend last week that might have gotten missed. Here's the setup: Covid19 vaccine developers are doing Phase II and III testing all over the world. This already caused a kerfuffle in the US, about testing...
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    I would point to the big sea change from a decade ago: the increasing association of fraud with the super rich. Back around a decade ago, there was this cult of wealth. To be fair, there still is, but the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Derek Lowe on In The Pipeline is doing a pretty good job on periodic vaccine updates. His latest was on June 29: https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2020/06/29/coronavirus-vaccine-update-june-29 It's *possible* an effective vaccine will exist by Christmas. Whether or not anyone who's not super-rich can...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Saw that Washington Post article. Here's one from Inside Higher Ed: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/lurching-toward-fall-disaster-horizon# Now personally, I hope reopening works. Problem is, the bright ideas about rapid reopening seem to be coming from the people in the boardrooms at the top, not...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Ooo, did you say that the Trump campaign can donate all the money to a charity? Perhaps the newly formed Trump Foundation for Underprivileged Lawyers and Estate Strategists? My goodness, he's the most charitable person you ever knew. Snark aside,...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I'm pretty sure I don't want to dive back into the 2016 morass, but I seem to remember that Trump was a bit surprised that he got elected, and that the previous assumption was that he was raising campaign money...
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    Thanks. I'd point out that there doesn't seem to be much desire to make Pelosi president, either. I do happen to agree that Trump will not willingly surrender the office. About the only chance of him leaving before January is...
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    Good luck to all. Given the 50%-ish asymptomatic case thing, I hope you all fall in that 50%, if you got infected at all....
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    The problem for Pence is that the Presidential succession is defined in part by the constitution and by law. If he resigns now, Pence becomes President. If he AND Pence resign, the job falls to Speaker Pelosi. Since he's not...
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    Right, that *is* what I meant, the mythical nasty creature - I'd never seen it used to describe MAGAhats. Yes, I checked, and I seem to be the only one online who's alleged that there are behavioral similarities between El...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Waiting for the first reports of billionaires sheltering aboard their luxury yachts who died of COVID19 because they forgot that their crew/servants are also infection-prone hominids. If we can shelter in place without dying, so can they. Getting groceries aboard...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "I don't believe God would give us the power to do this." Being the stinker I am, I prefer the Genesis 1 approach: God gave dominion over the Earth to mankind. Why would he give such a responsibility to a...
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    Thanks for the historical background, incidentally. Bought your book too....
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    Re: redcaps. Maybe the term will catch on? I mean, we've had them for four years... There is another venue for the term though. Wizards of the Coast published their support of Black Lives Matter earlier this month. So if...
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    FWIW, I hope for a cure for our ruling elite's obvious "Rectal-Cerebral Inversion", it would be much more useful than secession. Also, FWIW, my home State is also infested. For the rapid treatment of both rectal-cerebral inversion and craniorectal insertion...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I'm back to what I was thinking two-three years ago: if he loses, they'll go up when he doesn't tweet to find him "unresponsive", probably from blow. It's possible, but ignominious. I'd suggest it's possible that one reason he's not...
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    That's the point of doing alt-history with "Lincoln Lived" as the starting point. IIRC, Andrew Johnson has quite a lot to answer for. It still would be interesting to ponder a world where rather more American blacks got their 40...
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