Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I'm more "You gotta' keep a close watch on the bastards, 'cause you know they're gonna' try to screw us again if we let them." Ah good, you understand the dilemma of living in a democracy. Democracy means rule by...
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    To be fair, I don't credit Kamehameha I with the loss of something like two-thirds of his people: that was due to disease. Being on the throne is not the same thing as doing......
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    Which grates a bit as FDR and all his relations were all about inherited wealth and worked hard to keep it. So he was a class traitor, is that the problem? Or is it that he governed through the Great...
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    Just a random thought: I keep wondering if Elizabeth II will go down in history the way Kamehameha I did. King Kamehameha I unified the Hawaiian Islands. Unfortunately, diseases introduced during his reign decimated the population of the islands, leaving...
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    Another problem with term limits, one that embraces institutional memory, is that big governments are difficult to run, due to their sheer complexity. If you have rapid turnover of oversight at the top, you get into what the DoD reportedly...
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    Um, I do believe that requiring your employees to donate on your behalf is illegal in the US? It's easier to come up with an infinite regress of corporations and PACs to do the donations instead. In fact, I seem...
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    Um, no. California HAS term limits. This is good and bad, as you've noted, depending on the quality of whoever is leaving. The real problem with term limits is that the electeds lose their long term memory, because they only...
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    Actually, you're wrong about rates of change, but it's an extremely useful discussion. The basic notion about oaks and the rate that birds and squirrels move acorns--normally!--is correct, and it's a big concern now. The problem is historical: evidence from...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Hmmm. You wouldn't like us then. On the other hand, we try to keep our callouses in good shape. After all, we've all got millions of years of ancestors who went barefoot, so I figure they were doing something right....
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    The problem is the Citizens United vs. FEC ruling in the US, which ruled that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures for political communications by corporations (non-profit or for-profit), labor unions, or other corporations. This decision...
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    You mean programmers don't wear shoes with non-conducting soles because someone else's lack of electrician skills can be seriously shocking?...
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    Actually, there's an interesting and messy legal question: "what's a person?" Biologically, we've got more non-human cells than human cells in our bodies (since bacterial cells are much smaller than eukaryotic cells, they mass less but number far more), so...
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    I agree that the Civil War situation was more complex. However, the current situation, where there's a coastal/urban vs. interior/rural split really doesn't look like the antebellum situation by a long shot. Cities and rural areas getting into a civil...
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    Yes. It's been awhile since I read that though....
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    AIs are corporations? The notion that corporations are people is bad law anyway, as it originated in an unsigned opinion by a legal clerk attached to an unrelated lawsuit. That bit of commentary was picked up and run with. While...
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    Humans, in other words, are eusocial hive apes. Well, since no women carries octuplets for all of her multi-century life, I don't think we're eusocial. Social yes, but there's a difference. Anyway, good news from last year that I somehow...
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    I suspect Ford, Toyota, VW, et al have zero problem moving to electric vehicles because, battery tech permitting, they require less maintenance overall and the car manufacturers would love an opportunity to obsolesce the existing auto fleets, getting most of...
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    Weird thought: right now the US and UK have quantum leadership, schrodinger's pols, if you will. By that I mean that the PM and the President seem to be living in states of quantum superposition. In theory, they're two of...
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    Um, no, when we had the Civil War, there was a geographically unified slaveholding bloc and the rest of the country was finding other ways to industrialize. At this point, we're better off than the 60s, which had cities burning...
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    I'm a little twitchy about atmospheric shields or geoengineering. The problem is that those aerosols need to be lofted in perpetuity, or at least for a few centuries until we get the surplus GHGs out of the air. If we...
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    I have a bunch of thoughts on this. One is environmentally we don't have until 2045. We've got until 2030 or less. That's what's mobilizing hundreds of millions of people around the planet. The second problem is that it's not...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    In terms of the Ogallala aquifer, Heteromeles proposed depletion within 50 years (presumably based on that recent study in Kansas, if I've sussed out the correct source). But estimates vary; one I saw a year or two back suggested as...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    One thing that's missing is that, during the settlement of the West, there was this theory that "rain follows the plow," that where they cultivated more rain would fall. Largely this is self-serving BS (I'm not going to get into...
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    Pshaw. FDR, JFK, and Obama loved them some covert action. And some counterintelligence. That doesn't mean that the black bag crowd doesn't ride at the right stirrup of Attila the Hun, but that politics looks different at the Presidential level....
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    I tend to believe the Business as Usual Models, with [CO2] over 1000 ppm. That's where we're aimed right now. There are three big problems: --The people I talk with in the US generally don't get it. For example, in...
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    Thing about Keynes is that he's one of the few economists who passed a stringent test: he got wealthy on his own efforts (as I recall, he made a lot of money on foreign exchange). This is kind of a...
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    It’s not at all nebulous. It is “an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state “ This is the established definition of the word,...
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    On a new thread: this smells like good news: Cambridge Analytica pleads guilty, and the UK Information Commission now has their unencrypted hard drives. Wonder what they'll find in there?...
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    Personally, if we're dealing with either US or UK political shenanigans, my preferred response for any of them would be to Release the Smakken!. Then again, I suspect a world with smakkens in it would be rather worse than the...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "Cocaine Mitch?" Had to google that. I got to: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/05/04/the-kooky-tale-of-cocaine-mitch/ Which is a fact-check of the claim, which was raised by a failed candidate for the senate who was previous known for being the head of the coal company that...
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