Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    A) is there any way the Springtime could have been more successful in left-wing/progressive terms? I've got nothing on B and C, but I'll have a go here. Chartism. It was a heck of a lot more modest than some...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I suppose one of those was mine. I interact daily with a friend and classmate from primary school in Sydney who now lives in the occupied territories or the new settlements or whatever you want to call it and who...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Certainly a gamble with existential forces though. I'm not sure any state could survive after murdering 100 million people in an afternoon. If it were Israel that did it, it would instantly mainstream antisemitism to the detriment of innocent jews...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Still a crime against humanity, of course....
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    The corollary is that any government who elected to nuke the Aswan Dam would be immediately become the worst criminals against humanity in history and relegate their nation to pariah state status for a dozen generations, or the end of...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    do they still want to stop the germans from attacking st petersburg like in 1939? does finland have a minority population of russians it's been secretly mistreating lo these many years? There are similarities and differences to the situation with...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I should add that there are plenty of feral and/or wild dogs too - they are so developed as a wild population that the distinction has become more or less irrelevant, and there are only a few isolated areas where...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Well I suppose it's very legitimately harder to be sincerely conservative or right-wing if you've experienced genuine hardship. The corollary is that if few things have ever gone wrong for you, and you've never been meaningfully denied anything in life,...
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    I don't bother to talk about humans going extinct. I'd rather talk about who and what survives a hundred years of pandemics and a future with many fewer humans. It's a fair cop. For my part, I don't really care...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    if some small portion of our species survives this century, with some coral reefs intact, it will be a huge win and will guarantee our long-term survival I don't think I really believe that last bit, but I do think...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Nonetheless you could easily attribute a portion of Tony Abbot's ride into power to a sort of nascent incel wave. Christ, the munter gave speeches in front of "ditch the witch" banners and all sorts of unsavoury platforms. The Howard...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Well I like to think we saw the worst of this stuff during the Gillard government, and as a society had learned some sort of lesson. But the sad thing is that even if that's true, it's that the perpetrators...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I guess there are all sorts of different experiences, and it's about what you're used to. My MiL in her late 80s has been doing online ordering for groceries for years, since well before they were popular. It's just one...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Oh definitely, a fascinating article!...
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    I do get the bit about taking people with a small footprint and turning them into a larger footprint, though the issue with habits like littering strikes me as inherently solvable: e.g. the current culture that so strongly disfavours littering...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    To be fair, I think there's a miscategorisation involved in making a connection between sustainable population and immigration that ultimately leads to it being totally the natural home for those racist entryists. The earth as a whole has a carrying...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I think there's an order-of-inheritance issue in the ontology of "natural capitalism". In terms of managing a renewable resource that grows, taking just the growth as a kind of harvest, I think (just to draw an IT-based analogy, because that...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Now someone will bring up airships... It's happened every other time......
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Well the "let's not tell the captain" bit, although the punchline, was the bit I found hardest to believe. I don't remember enough of the context to say whether he himself had a point to the story, other than just...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    The skill/AI task is in working out which course best balances speed,cost,damage etc. I think there's also an element of interpreting unexpected situations and events. Take this with a grain of salt because it's second-hand pub-talk from over 20 years...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Cats won't invent money, or will refuse to use it. I've read that sentence several times now, and each time I look at it, I think it says "or will refuse to eat it", and I have to check again...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    On the OP: 'Driver' hit a nerve. These days bioinformatics workloads hosted in cloud services are implemented as pipelines using container images for the processing algorithms, which are managed via orchestrators. There's a disconnect between bioinformatician and technologist responsibilities (curate...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: qntm
    Welcome! Lena was utterly horrifying, I'm looking forward to more....
  • Commented on WTF
    perhaps we call them ideologies? I prefer "belief systems", just because it avoids taking positions on certain things that might be difficult to resolve in ways that most people are comfortable. The common feature seems to be people believing things...
  • Commented on WTF
    I'd known it was ugly and deliberately left unchecked, but I'd never considered that there wasn't really a point to it before. If you're not spending the money on something useful, why be capitalistic? Old mate Max Weber has your...
  • Commented on WTF
    religions and ideologies are not the same thing. They're certainly similar, but not identical I think this distinction is a category error. They are not the same thing because they are talking about different topics: your sense of what ideology...
  • Commented on WTF
    If they wanted to really go batshit they could abandon NATO as well and do a deal with Russia or China to supply their nukes in exchange for bases. Wasn't that what happens in Whoops, Apocalypse?...
  • Commented on WTF
    Hypatia, a librarian of Alexandria More often described as The Librarian of the Great Library, I would imagine. But as noted the story is quite muddled (I think everyone read the Carl Sagan version of it, which is probably more...
  • Commented on WTF
    As a card-carrying "militant" atheist, I'm not buying it Sorry Greg, it probably isn't your fault but I'm completely unable to work out what it is that you are disagreeing with here. You don't grapple with any of the points...
  • Commented on WTF
    maybe ideology and religion are on a spectrum I think a more general and less loaded concept, like "belief system", is more appropriate. Mostly people are trying to class things as "a religion" in order to dismiss them and there...
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