Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It is a foregone conclusion Sweden will not extradite, in fact. They have refused to do so with great consistency - as an example, Marta Rita Velazquez a quite ridiculously successful Cuban spy master retired from running circles around the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Chelseas lawyers are currently arguing that since Assange has in fact, been indicted, the grand jury she refused to testify for is now redundant and her continued incarceration illegal. Which strikes me as correct....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Buying politicians only works as long as noone makes "Destroy the Tax-Haven System" a campaign platform, because once someone stands up and says that is a plank they are running on, the status quo becomes politically toxic as all...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Problem with the off-shore model is that the actual wealth - the mansion, the factory, the mineral deposit, the chain of nail salons, whatever, is not in the offshore financial center, not an iota of it, so the entire model...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    On the one hand, the United Kingdom is an island, and given the existence of desal tech, there is no excuse for it to ever run short of potable water, on the other hand, this does presume you actually solve...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    ... Actually, you are wrong about that. The people behind these amendments are attempting to tie the electoral college into an origami knot - The form of the (State) amendments is that they obligate the electoral college emissaries of that...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    That is the Cynical Fallacy. I have over time come to the conclusion that the Tabula Raza is an accurate enough descriptor of humanity, and just wish people would stop writing passages from the Necromonicon on that blank slate. That...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You can walk from Bejing to Moscow, so maybe the peoples army could do something about Russia (I do not actually think their logistics are up for this) but a conventional war between the US and China would almost certainly...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    ... Again, this is not theoretical - Sweden has a record of telling the US (and everyone else) to pound sand on this issue. There are ex-spies currently enjoying their retirement from that life there. And eh, the rape charges...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Its not actually a matter of legal technicality. It is extremely obvious the US wants him for political crimes (Espionage) and that means Sweden wont turn him over even if they find a non-political charge to try to extradite him...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Returning to "Sweden does not extradite" Marta Rita Velazquez - ring master of a Cuban spy ring, living free and clear in Stockholm - that is the newest case I could find, though not the most high profile - That...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Sweden does not extradite people for espionage, never have, exceedingly unlikely ever to do so. It is explicitly ruled out by the relevant treaties. The CIA have done snatches on Swedish soil, but in a high profile case like this,...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    If you are really anti-abortion, I have a modest proposal for you: Menses is astonishingly unpleasant for a whole lot of women, I hope this is not in any way, shape or form a surprise to anyone? Hormonal IUDs make...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    That is the thing - The french would be perfectly happy to sell AUS the nuclear version. And the entire thing is built around a fifty-mw nuclear reactor, which permits it to redeploy to the other end of the bloody...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The Suffren-Class are very, very good warships. Better investment than any surface ship, because surface ships, if used in anger are just going to die to air-power... But the Suffren are designed around the nuclear reactor. Buying a combustion-engine version...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The problem is, the rich notice two things: 1: That Keynes, not any politician shaped economic policy for decades, and 2: that economic chairs cost very little money to endow, compared to chemistry, physics or engineering ones. They do not...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The only good reason to put nukes in space is if you are going to put them in the earth-sun l2 point or someplace else very far away from everything anyone could ever want to go. The ideal second strike...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Not quite - To get a sky-hook to not catch fire from atmospheric drag, you need to meet it going fast and going high. The rocket part may be unneeded, if you can get the ramjet on a fast enough...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I put the same question to the reddit hive mind. Winner so far "Just build a Lofstrom loop". 30-40 billion, which is mostly the 8 eprs French Guiana would need to keep it going full throttle, and you can send...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    so.. Assume you are appointed Arianespace CEO with a brief to crush space-x. That is, you need a launch system which is just flat out better. How would you get that done? Best concept I have so far is a...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    This is what bank safety deposit boxes are for. They are a place you can leave an external hard-drive which is secure against, well, the house / office burning down, and well, in the event someone robs the bank, you...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Vestager taking Apple to the cleaners uncovered that Ireland had been running their tax office extremely oddly. Openly, Ireland has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the EU, and that coupled with being native English speakers, or close...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I keep getting this itch to build a game in the sim genre that models this correctly, just so that some more people will understand that the household mental model so many people use is laughably wrong. Heck, a pithy...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    That is not a terrible idea - using the same installation for mussel farming, that is. Efficient use of labor that way, and it will keep the water clear. But lets do math. Reactor fuel utilization is given in GWD/tonne....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    ... The extraction process from sea water is that you drop an anchor with long ribbons of treated polyurethane into the ocean, wait a number of months (The actual experiments waited 50 days, but the absorption capacity of the ribbons...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    The underlying assumption behind the projections of fiercely rising energy use are assuming one thing: That the parts of the world who are currently desperately poor will become at least middle income. Any future energy plan that requires you to...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Because it is wrong. There are 4 billion tonnes of uranium in the sea, and considerably more in the ocean floor (the uranium in the sea is in chemical equilibrium with the ocean floor. The more you extract, the more...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    ... Possibly. However, that requires at least one of three things: 1 : Find a real competitive bidder so that the bids submitted have some relation to what the expected costs are rather than "Say, how much do we think...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    EDF is charging the UK several limbs and a first-born for Hinkley, but that does not mean they think that is what it is going to cost them to build. Taishan 1 and 2 is the exact same complex, and...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    The Finns are using KBS-3. The hole filling up with water is the plan. The entire point of kbs three is that glass, copper, and clay are all inert with regards to water over geological time. The waste is virtrified,...
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