Daniel Duffy

Daniel Duffy

  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I got this idea from seeing German Chancellor Angela Merkal described as the new "leader of the free world" and watching an episode of "Man in the High Castle" on Amazon Prime. Scenario: A future refight of WW2 with Germany...
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    Maybe Prince Charles doesn't want to be King of a UK riven by civil war and violence - afraid he would end up like the first King Charles....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    One thing to remember about the Sherman tank. We had to ship them across the Atlantic. At 30 tons the Sherman was at best a medium tank compared to the Panther (45 tons), Tiger (50 tons), or King Tiger (almost...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    India has been suffering 125 deg F temperatures (50 deg C) and it's sixth largest city Chennai has run out of water (equivalent to Philadelphia running out of water in the US). Why is this not headline news? Climate change...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Two renewable energy questions: 1. Which is better for renewable energy storage: li-ion batters or stored hydrogen created from electrolysis using electricity from windmills , PVC, etc.? (And for which scale: residential or community?) 2. Which is more cost effective...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Ever consider becoming a prepper? If not where do you plan to go and what do you plan to do when the SHTF: blue ocean event, collapse of the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, sustained temperatures north of 130 deg F...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I have to admit being more interested in community evolution driven by demographics, economics and environmental changes rather than in individual housing, though the community plan will drive the housing design as form follows function. Future trends: Empty towns, whether...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    How could Britain have fallen from this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skrdyoabmgA to Brexit?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    More important question: Does PM May have "huge ... tracts of land"? Must.. resist... further... Holy Grail... nerd... references......
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    When you think that Brexiters will suffer the most from the economic collapse caused by Brexit: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2018/07/these-are-areas-will-suffer-most-economically-after-brexit and Trump supporters have suffered the most from his economic policies https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2018/05/15/daily-202-trump-supporters-suffer-unintended-consequences-of-his-policies/5afa0c8830fb0425887994fd/ and Red States will suffer the most damage from climate change:...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    How about Arthur King of the Britons! (aka the Romano-Celts) who fought the invading Anglo-Saxons (and probably was a real person), and whose capital Camelot was located at Tintagel in Cornwall? You make think the "Strange women lying in ponds...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Brexit + Devolution = Revenge of the Celts! If the UK breaks up (as many of you assume) as a result of Brexit then the Celtic parts (Ireland, Ulster, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall) can form a Celtic Union to replace...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    >Atheism is just not believing in god(s). Not believing is itself a belief for the same reason that not making choice is itself a choice....
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    >If we'd had the technology to build an interstellar vessel in the 1960s We did. Project Orion....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Surely you aren't suggesting that Donovan and the OSS skewed or otherwise tampered with evidence presented at the Nuremberg trials out of a desire to make atheists look bad? Actually the "under God" was added to the pledge in 1954,...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    There are certain bitter pills we all have to swallow. For example I am - believe it or not - something of a hippie tree-hugger (though I lean towards the ecomodernist view when finding a solution for things like global...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    >What, Hitler himself, ranting on about Xtianity You mean the pronouncements made for public consumption by a consummate liar/politician? Trump says he is a devout Christian. Do you believe him? To know a man's true beliefs you have to examine...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    >The thing that gets my goat, though, is the near-universal assumption that 'we' are significant I wouldn't be so hasty. There is increasing evidence that we are all alone as an intelligent species at least in our galaxy. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/06/but-seriously-where-is-everybody/563498/ https://qz.com/1314111/we-may-have-answered-the-fermi-paradox-we-are-alone-in-the-universe/...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    >Would a beneficent God deny us this vital warning system, even though it hurts? I think a lot of the problem stems from the difference between "good" and "nice". The two are not remotely the same. A God that uses...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Getting back to "Dialogues with the Devil", one of Lucifer's letters was a travelogue of Hell. In Hell every whim, desire and want of the damned is instantly satisfied. There was no striving, struggle, no challenge. Hell was a place...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    >And if he is unwilling to intervene, then (takes look at status of mammalian biology, the aging process, carnivory, anthropogenic climate change, species extinctions, etc) then you could reasonably call him Torturer. Apples and origins. Or rather, moral evil and...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    >Ah the "Hitler wan't an xtian" meme Your links aren't exactly what I would call non-biased sources. As for me, I prefer the the hard evidence presented at the Nuremberg trials by the OSS....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Lot's of Trump supporters consider themselves to be good Christians. Are they?...
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    And before you bring out the tiresome claim the "Hitler was a Christian" I again ask you to consider the facts. It's a rather odd sort of Christian that plans to destroy Christianity. Hitler planned to destroy Christianity, according to...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    >There seems to be a whole genre of writing that tries to connect mass murder with an absence of Christianity. Only because that is historically factual. One need only make a comparison with the atheistic regimes of the 20th century...
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    >Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? If He was willing to exert and exercise his omnipotence to the point of making us all good, obedient puppets, without the ability to be evil and lacking in...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Then you are in luck, because Christianity and Catholicism (both the official version and the Tolkien derivative) are in practice - if not in theory - polytheistic with saints, angels, archangels, devils, demons, Ainur, valar, maiar, ents, dragons, etc....
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    >None of them had the monotheistic compulsion. So a polytheistic universe is a massive multiplayer game, while a monotheistic universe is a single shooter?...
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    >Single Source of Truth is admittedly good when programming. (For my sins, that's what I do for a day job.) This is fine for a codebase. But it's not a very useful or engaging paradigm for envisioning the nature of...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Now if God's sacrifice on the cross occurred simultaneously at every point throughout the universe, then it affected the entire universe. Which means his sacrifice would have touched anyone in need of salvation -including alien species. Which opens up all...
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