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  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    There are actually 59 Scottish MPs. There used to be 78 before devolution (which is probably why you're remembering there being 80), but the quota was lowered so Scottish MPs represent the same number of constituents as English ones (apart...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    The UK, which has the worst express railways in Western Europe, only has 67 miles of track that can attain speeds above 125mph (running from London to the Channel Tunnel). But we have lots of 125mph track, and lots of...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Alternative things to spend trillions on: Surface transport infrastructure, so we can replace liquid hydrocarbons (in aircraft and ships) with electricity once we're generating that electricity in a non-CO2 emitting manner. After all, you do want something to use all...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Yeah, we stop paying people to work for companies like ASOS and Centrelink to decide whether people deserve benefits or not, because we stop caring whether people deserve it. Remember that these people, while not well-paid, get a lot more...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    You missed a section. There are quite a lot of people who'd gladly retire. Just take the money and do very little. A bit of the "lady who lunches", a bit of the "independent gentry" - or also, curled up...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Interestingly, Western society used to have a morality that not working was superior to working. It's called aristocracy. When you're reading an Austen novel and someone "has £20 a year", that's not earnings, but an independent income, that is an...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    There's a chart of the "dark enlightenment" going around that has all of these bits on it. The source appears to be here: http://habitableworlds.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/visualizing-the-dark-enlightenment-v-1-5/ This has racists (Steve Sailer, HBD), neoreactionaries (Moldbug), PUAs (Heartiste), religious nuts (Vox Day), etc. The...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    Moldbug has claimed that the problem with the Kim III regime is that it's not acknowledged by the USA: In a world in which Americans actually cared about North Koreans, rather than just using them as rhetorical pawns, or salivating...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    The further inland Chinese manufacturing gets, the shorter the rail routes to European destinations, and the longer the routes to the ports - and even from Chinese ports, you're looking at a less efficient Suezmax and canal fees or else...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    That's pretty much how I feel about public transport. Let's see, this seat and the floor below appear to be wet with urine, this seat has suspicious damp stains, the other seat is sticky with what appears to be hard...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    I'm sure that BetterPlace could have worked better, no doubt on that one. But battery-exchange is capital-intensive compared to charging, and imposes much more interface-compliance burden on the car manufacturer than conventional (slow) or high-wattage DC (fast) charging. What that...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    $0.03 for rail, $0.10 for sea And people wonder why the Chinese are building the rail-net they are. There seems to be some serious talk about a 1420mm gauge electrified rail-link through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan from the Chinese to the...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    BetterPlace tried to build a nation-wide battery-exchange network (in Israel) and went bankrupt trying. A taxi company, though, would need one battery-exchange station, and could have a fleet of identical cars, solving two of BetterPlace's problems - the cost of...
  • Commented on What have we learned?
    We've learned that making short-haul flights inconvenient with security measures is what you need to do to make high-speed rail profitable....
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    Apparently, royal babies are traditionally not named until they are christened, which is normally a month after the birth. I wonder how recently this tradition was invented? I suspect that there's (a) a negotiation going on over middle names because...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    The official stance of the royals is that, since the Union of the titles (done at the same time as the union of the parliaments, when Anne of England and Anne of Scots became Anne of Great Britain) each monarch...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    King/Queen-names with different numbers: William (next will be V of England and IV of Scotland) Henry (IX of England, I of Scotland) Stephen (II of England, I of Scotland) Richard (IV of England, I of Scotland) Edward (IX of England,...
  • Commented on Things that keep me awake at night #1: The end of telephony
    We could get the phone book back. If you want a general-purpose whitelist, then the residential section of the phone book would be a pretty good start....
  • Commented on Status update
    Well, I'm in. So that's good. I think it is the Google people without a public profile who get the strange string - it's so you can't tie together one authentication via Google with one on another site unless you...
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