Keith Halperin

Keith Halperin

  • Commented on Roll the dice
    @Everyone: As of now (10:57 PDT) the USA has now exceeded the number of Military deaths in WWI (116,516) by the number of documented COVID-19 deaths (116,526)....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    @ Bill Arnold 1230: Shark with apparent damage from cephalopod suckers: Mysterious scars on Hawaiian shark could be sign of giant squid attack (Brandon Specktor, 9 Jun 2020) When pressed for details on the encounter, the shark responded merely: "You...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    @rhagen 945: "I suspect there may be cicadas with defective timing systems living quietly for decades, undisturbed and oblivious to anything happening in the world above." Sounds like a pleasant place to live. Can I move there? @ DavidL 959:...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Andy Anda in MN says "hi" and apologizes for not answering your question....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    OGH: re: British Nuclear Deterrent & Trident- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyJh3qKjSMk Note when Sir Humphrey indicates the Soviets would be able to stop Polaris (around 0:16-0:28). Also: Sir Humphrey Appleby : [talking about nuclear fallout shelters] Well, you have the weapons, you must...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Very long HVDC cables: I'm a US&Aian and not a Powers Systems EE. I fully concede there are times when the sun doesn't shine very well (it's night, it's winter, it's cloudy https://solargis.com/maps-and-gis-data/download/europe) and when the wind doesn't blow very...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    _Moz: Sounds like a good start. David L: Yeah, he does and while self-sufficiency and resiliency are good ideas, IMHO, autarkies (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autarky) are usually bad ideas. In Trumps version: a VERY bad idea. Whitroth: preaching to the choir. Thanks, all....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    David L, mdive: Re: consumer products. I agree that we probably can't make many types of affordable quality consumer goods. Like (I'd guess?) the British and unlike the Germans, we didn't take the high quality, high value-add approach to keep...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    David L 2045, mdive 2069: Re Smartphones. I agree that it may not be possible to have affordable to have domestically-manufactured cutting-edge premium consumer products at current prices. However, I believe that having cutting-edge premium consumer products (with planned obsolescence)...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Heteromeles 1977, 1986- Well said. IMSM, OGH came up with what I call "Stross's Laws": "If something can be connected to the internet, it can be: 1) Hacked to do something you don't want it to 2) Used to spy...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    @ Grant #647: "... insult, gibberish, paranoia and condescension..." *That is what most people call the "internet", Grant. Cheers and Stay Well, * and cat videos....
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    @ OGH: What changes would you make to the publishing industry to best improve the situation for authors?...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Elderly Cynic, et al *#80: A few years ago here in the USA, the DSM-5 (the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the U.S.) eliminated Asperger's Syndrome as a separate diagnosis (along with at least...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    @ Robert Prior: Re: I wouldn't mind California seceding and joining the EU (or Canada)... No offence intended, but I'd rather not have Canadian politics pulled any more to the right, thank you. No offence taken. I'm puzzled, though- California...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    OGH 446: Thanks. I hope Scotland secedes and joins the EU in a few years. Whitroth 451: I wonder if the EU requires prospective members be geographically part of- or proximate to Europe? If things continue to "go south" here...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    @ OGH 412: Thank you for the welcome and the clarification. Had there been a Section 30 order in the 1770's, much unpleasantness could have been avoided... Do you believe there will be a wait for Indef2 until it is...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    #257. Hello: I'm a long-time lurker, and think I'm a first-time poster. There's been a great deal of previous (and some current) discussion of a possible Indy Ref 2. Please excuse this American for asking (and perhaps it's already been...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    @JBS 1039:"It's a representative democracy. Any group larger than 250 people is too large to operate as a DIRECT democracy." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_democracy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-democracy https://futureofworking.com/6-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-direct-democracy/ https://qz.com/1032154/america-is-not-a-true-democracy-but-it-could-be-with-the-help-of-technology/ https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/directdemocracy/swiss-political-model-_the-run-on-direct-democracy/33536622 https://www.democracy-international.org/cool-and-calm-direct-democracy-switzerland https://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-democracy/no-free-beer-when-frugal-swiss-get-their-say-idUSBRE86G0DI20120717 (This mentions 6000 Glarus inhabitants attending the community assembly or ‘Landsgemeinde’) Keith Halperin...
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