Damian

Damian

  • Commented on What happens now?
    It sure isn't a Vespa! I would have thought the obvious remark, that if you own a bunch of planes you probably are not "the little guy", is not necessarily to make, but I was a bit confused by the...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Here's a summary doc for healthcare in Iceland (handy for case study purposes): https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/130136/E72496.pdf...
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    And then we get to the teaching hospital and the university. At first they're going to be teaching/training, just preserving/propagating specialized skill sets: actual research on anything that isn't Mars-survival-oriented is going to have to wait until there's enough surplus...
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    I don't think the privilege concept is really the problem with what you're saying here, and on the contrary when informed people* use it they are trying to address a specific problem. That is that most people focus on what...
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    I suspect that most medical things can be handled by slow tele medicine. Not well but handled. Very slow. When Earth and Mars are at their closest, the speed of light round trip is a bit over 6 minutes, and...
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    The numbers and the way they changed over time is very comparable with Aus, with the timing here leading a bit. I'm a bang-in-the-middle genXer, I was among the first cohort to start tertiary study with the looks-like-a-loan-everyone-calls-it-a-loan-is-actually-a-graduate-tax system. I...
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    Tuition and loans for 99.99% of all colleges in the US are all adjusted for every single student based on family income, assets, and the lunar sign when the application was signed. That sure sounds like a subsidy to me,...
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    My teachers were Susan Groundwater-Smith and Barry Higgins. Not that they taught me anything. I hung out in the library instead. Mine were Stratton and Tynan. I also mostly hung out in the library... I think we discovered this connection...
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    700 miles across Alaska in winter would... be an achievement for the survivors, at least Looking at the map, you'd either need to swim* or cross a glacier**. Wikipedia entry for Juneau says that even the proposed road route JBS...
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    The thing I really remember from Woollahra was sitting on the floor all the time and that we didn't get desks at all. Sure the carpet was clean, but I'd get leg cramps and it was hugely different to my...
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    Sadly it's very true. Both the buying power of wages and the price of college have changed. Working one's way through college is as dead as learning Latin grammar, slide rule operation, and inkwells. I think even in Tim and...
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    In case I gave the wrong impression: I don't think they *shouldn't* be separated from the main population, I think you're absolutely right. Just that it doesn't avoid helping them build on their shitty world view....
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    The other purpose of this little exercise is that separating the insurgents from the main population is one of the fundamentals of counterinsurgency work, and it needs to be done here. Unfortunately this doesn't entirely avoid the "mixing it up...
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    I read Moz's remarks as simply meaning: the next time a country (say Belgium) decides to exercise universal jurisdiction over a US official (say Obama), there may be a precedent that says the person could be handed over, should the...
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    I'm 50, when I was in school in th 70s and 80s 109 was "an American billion", while "a billion" was 1012. This was so aligned with cultural stereotypes (Americans will always make things sound bigger than they really are)...
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    In German, a King may duz his subjects. I meant to come back to this, as I had half-remembered something pertinent and needed some tuits (the round ones) to look it up. Kings might have expected ihrzen, which is sort...
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    I thought "dooodz", where the z might also be a separate syllable, was a thing. Maybe that's just over here......
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    Most people are just doing the best they can and trying to treat each other decently, which is all that's required really. You'd think this would be reasonably straightforward, but some people find it confusing nevertheless....
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    Unsurprisingly the OED omits the additional invective layer that you have helpfully supplied. For those playing at home, EC is talking about the distinction between usages 2b and 2c here: https://www.oed.com/view/Entry/200700 I think that 95%+ of arguments about the singular...
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    Well languages that inflect verbs can often do without pronouns for the subject of the sentence. At least, most of the European ones that only have masculine and feminine work that way, although it is most likely unavoidable to specific...
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    According to the theory Mike is referring to, these things (motivators and hygiene factors) are actually separate continua so increasing one doesn't automatically decrease the other, although in this case as you say addressing the perceived unfairness about relative salary...
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    What you're talking about here and above is called marginal utility. And yes, the marginal utility of $1 million is more for someone on $50k a year than someone getting $500 million a year. It's more than logarithmic: it is...
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    Sometimes it's surprising how progressive it was for 1974, perhaps only because some things appear to have slid backwards since. The Magnificent Seven (1960) is surprising, in hindsight, too and right from the early sequence with Brynner and Coburn driving...
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    Yes: it's a matter of what does the language force you to specify. There are languages with four or more genders (Dyirbal has the set that are usually represented in English as masculine, feminine, vegetable and other, though George Lakoff...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I'd tend to think of capitalism as any system where people are allowed to freely exchange value This is where your tendencies lead you astray. I recognise that within a certain milieu, "capitalism" is a shorthand for all the economic...
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    Sorry, that should be Min Min lights... named for the town rather than the aboriginal words the town was named for, which therefore wouldn't necessarily make sense, except in a rather oblique way....
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    Erwin might be talking about Pareto Efficiency, which is often used to describe a distribution of wealth or resources where any further change would make someone worse off. There's no particular reason to regard this as an intrinsically desirable end-state;...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Canadians, individually, are the sasquatches of carbon emission, surpassed only (IIRC) by the UAE Only in the sense that Sasquatches are a North American thing; though I guess the UAE isn't in North America either. Australia emits more per capita,...
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    there is *no* *way* they will welcome converts. They will say their mistrust is warranted They probably have a point. I'm sceptical that "converts" are a serious proposition at any significant scale, given the depth of the unreality. There's no...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    He could try for a police coup, but on January 20th Biden gets sworn in and then he is Commander-in-Chief, and if I was a cop I would be really leery of going up against the US National Guard and...
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