Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on The Pivot
    Yeah, that. Odd thing is that MCAS Miramar is supposed to be a base for an F-35 squadron. I've got Miramar F-18s and V-22s going over my house at all hours of the day and night (I'm under the flight...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Not for free, but it looks like Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country will become a series on HBO. It also looks like they're gender-swapping the villain and rearranging the plot from the book substantially, which should be interesting....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    You missed the point of the argument. $80M, $80B, and $80T look pretty similar, because you're emphasizing the wrong digits. Look at them as: $80,000,000 $80,000,000,000 $80,000,000,000,000 The zeroes are far more important than the number at the head, yet...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    This is why, years ago when I wrote Hot Earth Dreams, I pointed out the necessity of putting in the zeroes whenever possible. What's the use of a warplane program that costs $406,500,000-ish, plus or minus around 11,000,000,000? In lawsuits,...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Yeah, well program costs on the F-35 seem to be stabilizing around $400 billionish (plus or minus another 10 billion). For 2400 planes, that's not $80 million, that's $166 million per plane, although yes, Wikipedia quotes the price per plane...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The demonstration that the US aircraft procurement system is suffering from a bad case of CRIS* is the notion that the F-35 will replace the A-10. Seriously? You'd put that expensive a pinata that close to the anti-aircraft defenses? This...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I think you're getting confused. Yes, NASA has launched secret military satellites. Reportedly some of the more annoying specs on the Space Shuttle (like the size of its bay) were forced by the USAF so that they could launch secret...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Things might get more interesting if the NRO is folded into this Space Force, not that I expect them to ever do so....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    [2] No, really. Just lead with it in a splashy PR move. About thirty mins ago: Trump directs creation of 'space force' as sixth branch of military ABC News, 18th June, 2018 But first, this is going around Facebook, not...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    If you're trying to understand why people of Chinese (and also Korean, Japanese, Hawaiian, Filipino, etc.) descent get twitchy about the way the US treats minority immigrants from Asia and the Pacific, it's worth watching the recent Frontline on The...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The point about the use of rails in warfare in the US isn't about the civil war, it's that the rail system is an adjunct to the interstate highway system for efficiently moving large equipment from one coast to another....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I tend to think of the argument for high speed rail transport as the putative reason to standardize gauges, and there's a lot to be said for that. It's worth remembering, though, that the US still has rail links to...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    At this point, I think it's worth noting simply that neither the capitalists nor the communists (nor, indeed, other imperialists like the Chinese or the Russians) have clean hands when it comes to the conquest and assimilation of other people...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    And two questions for the ctenophores in the audience (e.g. those who survive without a too-organized nervous system): https://splinternews.com/absolute-twat-blocks-british-law-to-ban-taking-upskirt-1826872151 Is the correct question, "Doth the gentleman protest too much?" Or is something else going on?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    And just to annoy certain people, this analysis from five thirty eight: US nuclear power won't survive without a government handout. In fairness, I suspect that this is also true for most power industries. For example, I'm not sure the...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    To oversimplify, the reason purely engineering approaches don't work in agriculture or politics is that the other actors have agency. I won't pretend I'm a great gardener, but I've learned enough to tinker a bit before committing. It's worth seeing...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    While I think it's normal for any country to try to influence any election, I also think that it's not only normal but desirable for any country to punish those who take foreign funding to promote political ends that hurt...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The problem with Florida, as David L alluded to, isn't just flooding, which can be solved at least temporarily by the Dutch trick of diking and pumping, which could involve wind power. Rather, the problem is that the aquifer is...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    A bunch of thoughts in no particular order: A lot of the maneuvering is the old Great Game problem of who controls the center of Asia (the land routes), who controls the periphery (the sea routes), and which control is...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I tend to agree. The most likely scenario is 2018-2020 is gridlock, because the democrats control the house, the republicans control the senate (or are split), no one wants to impeach Trump because Pence is scarier, and meanwhile the economy...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Decades ago I had some contact with some Monsanto people. My take on them (which holds true for Bayer as well) is that any organization that huge is no more a monolith that the UK government or the Catholic Church...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Don't forget the problem that Democrats have on capitalizing on where millennials are, politically. The people in charge of the democratic party are still big-money democrats, and are somewhere around Eisenhower on the traditional political spectrum. What going on right...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I'm seeing weird stuff over here too, mostly economic (like reports that the million-dollar homes that they're building aren't selling, while developers are lining up to blitz the regulatory system and get permits to build huge numbers more). We may...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I suspect Bannon and Soros agree that the sky is blue above the clouds and below about 20 miles, and that continued breathing, eating, and eliminating are good things. Oh, and that having a lot of money is better than...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Hunh? Aging left-wing magnate George Soros an acolyte of parvenu Bannon? Where did that come from? Is my sarcasm detector miscalibrated this morning?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'll bet you've never seen this error: the email said advisor sent with his edited attachment (this would have been ca. 1999) filled up my entire hard drive. It was stuck in an infinite download loop. Then, because it couldn't...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'd add only the Vice President seems to function at a higher level than does the President, and while I can't stand to listen to our current CINCUS (pronounced sink us), I'm not sure I want someone in charge who...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    OGH wrote I'm with H: the dog-whistles are there, and shrill. (For a while I thought you were trolling and came >. Since I'd prefer not to be banned, I'll stay out of anything political from now on. That might...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    On that I must beg to differ. I used Word to pull together the 400 pages of Hot Earth Dreams, plus references, plus the index that I created in Word. Then I published it to the specs given by Amazon....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    You know, there's a pretty decent word processor buried under all that cruft. Thing is, Word's purpose isn't to be a word processor or a desktop publisher. Rather, it's primary purpose (I presume) is to support the continued employment of...
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