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    My solution is just to use a modern front loader and not worry. Back in the day when top loaders were a thing I wasn't in control of the situation and opening up expensive, critical gadgets and playing with them...
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    change flags fleetwide on a random pattern every single day It only takes one boat to screw up once and that whole idea goes titsup. Plausible deniability arrives. Plus in this day and age distributing physical flags to dozens of...
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    Ah, capitalism. Is there anything that the free market can't accomplish? From inventing new antibiotics to creating markets in subsistence fishing... An investigation published on Monday by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) claims that “saiko” fishing, whereby trawlers target the...
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    I may have missed the happy interval during which efficient front loaders without electronics were made, but my memories of older washing machines are of overflowing the septic with our shiny new automatic top loader that burned through 200 litres...
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    Note that an awful lot of modern electrical household stuff is "warranty void if not used with a surge suppressor", and many have power supplies that will not work with square wave inverters or dodgy power from generators. By not...
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    No offence to all you washing machine repairmen, but the faults I've seen in recent machines are 90% electronic. Fixing those means scraping off the conformal coating and soldering in new parts. Fortunately they're usually discrete components and it's often...
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    Oh, snap. Domestic machines went electronic a long time ago, these days even the $50 specials have critical parts electronic (stitch length and width for example, so they can do fancy stitches). Sure, you could lock that down and have...
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    Oh and farming... industrial farming can be great if you carefully select what you grow and where you grow it. I know a lot of horticulturalists who have a couple of weeks off over Christmas every year, for example, because...
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    if I had or could acquire the tools at reasonable cost. Terrifying projects: the nice insurance person says "can we have a list of those tools please" after I just guessed $50,000 for the contents of the shed. The gap...
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    preserve stuff for 100,000 years in a way that will be understandable then? How does that work? Well, right now we just do the whole process in one place leaving behind samples from every step from raw material to...
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    Why do dragons want hordes? It took a moment to realise that you meant "hoard", but yes. Unless dragons also need to breed continuously there would obviously be possibilities for share-hoarding. Hordes on the other hand provide food. Either directly...
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    Worth noting that most countries can't ban you from riding a bicycle on the road. Powered mobility aids you need explicit (and conditional!) permission to operate, but bicycles use the roads as of right. As do horses and pedestrians, except...
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    automatic washing machine You don't need to go that far. If you have electricity the "twin tub" (one washes the other spins) or "mangle" washer (rollers to squeeze water out) is 90% of the battle. But you can go from...
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    What gets me are the folk who "global warming is definitely a huge problem" and "of course I love my kids, I'd do anything for them"... but not *that*. Not when that is "major change to my lifestyle". As so...
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    And even if they did, Congress would be sure to find out But can they veto a presidential pardon?...
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    From the point of view of a semi-independent fraction of the RG, maybe they want chaos to increase/consolidate power. In the list of state actors* who want the US to declare war on Iran, I think any element of the...
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    That's what religion should be, but never is. Absolute claims can be refuted by a single counter-example, and amusingly you actually reference a counter-example in your claim. Not to mention the song that comes to mind when I hear that...
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    By NNE I mean Rockhampton or Makay rather than Cape York, because Cairns is more of a one-road outpost. I'll give you the Great Australian Bight though, I kind of ignored it because it's not really amenable to any kind...
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    a conventional invasion ... is also one of Australia’s closest allies, the USA Trump is busy devaluing and denying that particular status, with considerable backing from the wingnut right in their elected governments. It's also easy to understate the horrors...
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    scale of Australia Ok, the premise of the book mentioned is that you don't just land half a million troops, you land barely enough troops and millions of civilians. The "occupy in depth" strategy is exactly the same as the...
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    I was thinking more along the lines of "Tomorrow, when the war began" (apparently there are moving picture versions for the illiterate) because despite watching a lot of youtube I still can't sit through most drama style videos (people emoting...
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    The main and principal point in war is to secure plenty of provisions for oneself and to destroy the enemy by famine For those of us not devoting whole percentage points of global GDP to our military it's more a...
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    The path to an industrial future requires everybody getting fed the whole time. Yeah, but not fed a lot, or even enough. Since we currently produce enough food to keep ~12B people on the edge of starvation and we feed...
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    They'll just be mining a different source. Yes, but it's the same source a whole lot of other people are already mining: arable land. I mean, sure, that works for the US and other large, militarised societies but it's not...
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    What is a problem is getting enough stuff to make it out of if you don't use coal Exactly. The transition we're going to make is twofold: to direct solar rather than indirect; and less energy use overall. Some people...
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    My point isn't that no-one anywhere has worked out how to make renewable gas, it's that the vast majority of people cannot buy it. How do you propose scaling up to even city-wide supply of methane in leui of fossil...
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    One advantage of electric over gas is that... ... you can buy renewably generated electricity, but almost no-one can buy renewable gas. Gas users have at most 30 years to solve that problem....
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    unpopular enough in Scotland that you might be able to get a majority in Holyrood to green light the hangman Jury nullification, you mean? "the jury agrees that the act was entirely appropriate and justified and finds the defendant...
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    I was wondering the other what they'd do when I gave them a locked facebook account and a deleted linkedin one. Plus the URL for a G+ account. Coz that's it for my social media. Although if they managed to...
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    satire rarely ages well Shakespeare? Gilbert and Sullivan? Mark Twain? Charles Dickens? Friedrich Hayek? I recall dealing with various forms of satire at high school, then university, in contexts ranging from political parties to street art. "I dream of a...
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