Unholyguy

Unholyguy

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Food cost tells half the story food production tells the other half and the story those two numbers tell us, worldwide on the average, food is the most plentiful and cheapest it’s ever been I’m not making any statements about...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Sure local famines and collapses but the overall world market is not signaling any kind of systemic problem Also farmers have a lot of political power in the US at least, because of how the senate seats are unequally distributed...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Despite all the doom and gloom about the alleged ongoing collapse of agriculture the price on the world market of all the major staples are on a downward not upward trend That collapse may happen but it has not started...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Yes I am enjoying it very much thanks for the recommendation and it’s certainly one Charlie should read if he hasn’t, lots of inspiration for a fertile imagination in there It’s also a pretty relevant case study on the government...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    It’s certainly dense, reading it a bit at a time along with other things. Fun though. There were also some pretty hilarious bits where they were doing COG drills and the spouses of the various government officials discovered neither they...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Raven Rock has been pretty good so far and doesn’t seem to have a strong political bias, though I’m only 2/3rds of the way through and haven’t got to 9/11 I think H. Is missing a few details though. A...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Of course the real world has this unfortunate day/night duology and fear of the dark is only one of the most basic human instincts but yeah let’s get rid of that whole “dark is evil” thing and start wearing them...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Now that you pointed it out I can see Lois McMaster Bujold using a number of these techniques in her Vorkosigan saga...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “I have what I have because I deserve it" is much easier to accept than "I have what I have because of sheer chance". The problem is for the self made men types is there are elements of both. It’s...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Regarding China peaking, here is the data I was looking at , suggest setting the start date at around 2000 to see the story Note it’s progressively harder to maintain high % growth but China needs to do that for...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Note that the original definition does not include “because of ancestory”. That’s because she sncient empires often had other criteria for second class citizenship Also native Americans in the US are not governed under different laws because of ancestory. It’s...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Federal law does apply in tribal lands though and supersedes tribal law if the federal government so chooses. The citizens also get all federal rights. In many ways the way they function is similar to States. They are not in...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “Russia, northern Europe and Canada will all enjoy a major economic advantage over the US thanks to climate change” Sure but those 3 areas are currently sitting at between 5-10% of the US’s gdp and all three of them added...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The thing about using a classifier like “empire” is it isn’t much good if it’s defined in a way that maps every instance to one bin For instance the way H. defines “empire “the empire-state declares the non-equivalence of multiple...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You did misquote it. I quoted it for you It’s also not a good definition at all, being pretty equivalent to nation-state as I pointed out and was also pointed out by the review I linked Many nation states today...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “One criticism that should be noted is the hasty definition of empire in the first chapter (a definition Cooper uses elsewhere (3)) which does not suit the complexity of the empirical examples and nuanced themes that emerge throughout the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    By your definition every single state prior to the abolition of slavery that contained at least one slave was an empire Similarity every single state before women’s sufferage was an empire So it’s not a very useful definition and maybe...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “Like Europe 1000 - 1914 you mean? Constant bickering, large & small territorial wars & persecutions ....” Like pretty much the whole history of the world except for 1500-2000, which to me was really an anomaly caused by the lopsided...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    That’s completely not the established definition of empire you know. And it applies to about half the nations in the world today . By your definition the Congo is an empire and so is Spain You have a really bad...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “The general thought by historians of empires is that empires grow and shrink at roughly the same rates” There is no general consensus among historians on this subject other then possibly everything that has been asserted in this thread so...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “There's not much need to worry about the USA, though, the sun is setting on their century. ” You know people have said that every decade I’ve been alive and I’m almost 50. And yet they are still here 😀...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You were probably in the visitors center / museum it’s right outside the outer security perimeter near the parking lot And the abbreviation is LLNL...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The US has no demographic trend toward being a majority spainish speaking country . Majority Latino ethnicity maybe but Latino immigrants generally loose their native language by the 3rd generation (as all the other immigrants did before them) http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/09/05/what-is-the-future-of-spanish-in-the-united-states/ https://theconversation.com/spanish-use-is-steady-or-dropping-in-us-despite-high-latino-immigration-85357...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The reason why German grand strategy was so insane and unlikely to work is captured in this table The Nominal National Products of the major powers in 1938, in current dollars: (1) United States: 84.7 billion (2) Germany: 46.0 billion*...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The germans really only had two realistic avenues of victory in WW2 1: peace with the UK after the fall of France 2: then being the first to develop the Abomb And even that path is pretty far fetched As...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    This is the British national debt interest payments as a% of gdp https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_British_national_debt The Fact that the British Empire finally collapsed is in no way surprising , the fact that it survived as long as it did is surprising...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    “The British Empire was already collapsing, largely due to the cost of war loans leveraged by one Theodore Roosevelt in 1940, whose price for US support (prior to Pearl Harbour) was basically the end of the empire in India and...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Wealth taxes are basically a way of forcing people to move their assets outside of your jurisdiction. Which is exactly the opposite of what most nations want to see happen They are also likely to do some really strange things...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    “Pretty much it means there were famines in many parts of the world in that period” The problem is this is an extraordinary claim, in that it runs counter to the historical record and living testimony of eye witnesses in...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    EU making noises they are fine with an extension though ?...
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