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  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    For real nightmare fuel, consider the possibility that Truss & Co. actually imagine that this is a good name!...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Yes. Exactly. And the changes will get worse/more catastrophic the longer we wait. In 1990 a "Moonshot level" effort was needed - change some laws and work it hard for thirty years and we'd make enough progress. In 2010 a...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    True, but there's more than land-use. Cows are major methane producers and really big pig-farms create terrible sewage pools. I'm OK with ranching, but not with factory farms....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "The Face-Eating Leopard Party won't send their leopard to eat our faces!"...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    The stove was built into the house. I don't know the details, or whether it was 110 or 220, or how expensive it was to run, but the technology clearly exists. (I think we've discussed this before - my point...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Yes. What does OAP stand for? Old Age Pension or something else?...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    OAP benefits?...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    We could tear out a lot of them. My grandmother was cooking on an electric range as early as the late 1960s....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    With general regard to the recent conversation, it occurred to me a few weeks ago just how large the change we're asking for is. Not that we shouldn't ask for it... First, get rid of at least ninety-percent of meats....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "Double-entry accounting" not "two sets of books."...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Interesing. Thanks....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    If we lose clouds, what happens to rain?...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    That's a really big one. Whenever I hit a used book store or thrift store I look for howto manuals for various skills which are of interest to me. I'm developing quite a collection....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I suspect that what's going to happen is that in the next 10-20 years everyone will figure out that the climate needs maximum effort. I doubt we'll get to "everyone is part of a starving cannibal horde," but billions will...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    You may well be right, but my need to think about it stopped at "Russian logistics aren't capable of getting any more of those shipped to the front, what a clusterfuck."...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    I think the USS Iowa had 16-inch guns. She's parked in a nearby harbor and I toured her with one of the kids who was into military history....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    In the 1990s we're talking about the Gingrich Congress, in which the Republicans decided that attacking the Clintons/Liberals were more important than running the country......
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    I would agree with you there. Obviously "mistakes were made" - by everone, Russian and international alike - when Gorbachev fell, including the non-passage of important laws, and the non-changing of important customs, including those of massive corruption and one-person...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    I should probably have noted above that I'd be happy to dedicate some serious time to this; as much as 4-5 hours a week if necessary - I already read everything that's posted here, so if you want to keep...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Maybe we should have a post on what makes all this hard for you, with regard to both work-issues and people-issues and what we could do to make the situation easier for you, including for others to regularly contribute top-posts...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Get a bunch of old soldiers together with the technology they were trained on and eventually they'll remember/figure out how to change out a tank motor or organize themselves to set up an ambush. The problems are twofold. First, the...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Interestingly, Ho was one of the waiters at a huge dinner at Versailles. He gave Woodrow Wilson a note asking him to help the Vietnamese. Not engaging him when the French pulled out was a huge mistake!...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    In the fantasy book I'm working on there's a barony on the edge of bankruptcy, so every time we see the Baroness, she's spinning....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    One of the things Putin probably imagines is that Zelensky is moving all the Ukrainian forces around, just like Putin moves the Russian forces around, so in his mind the Ukrainians are screwed if Zelensky dies. In reality, Ukraine's generals...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    The Lee Sandlin essay above addresses war's affect on bureaucracies - and that's exactly what's happening to Russia/Putin....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    IMHO this is one of the very best things that's ever been written about war....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    This is why I advocate starting a modern day (and not religious) version of a monastery to preserve the books our descendants will need. Another useful thought might be something like a Motie Museum....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Ah. The Russian version of XK-PLUTO....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "Necographers" undertake to read the pattern of cookie crumbs and thereby deduce your future. They also interpret the pattern of cookies as left in the box after some have been withdrawn. It's like tealeaves for sugar addicts!...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Parabolic trough technology will get you the basics. Essentially, you aim enough parabolic mirrors at a metal pipe and eventually you'll boil enough water/heat enough oil to run a turbine. This is not necessarily easy, but it's fairly low tech....
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