David L

David L

  • Commented on A plaintive request
    What's the difference between Sharia Islam and Westboro Baptist Church? WBC is a group of about 40 people who seem to be running an extortion ring. Most of them are members of the extended family of Fred Phelps (now dead)....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Oh, yeah. As to swarms of micro earth movers. They would have all been washing down the street in the gutters then into the storm water drainage system....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Or with an excavation that flooded because nobody knew there was a whole lot of topsoil drainage that the gardener installed fifty years ago and never recorded anywhere so now the entire rainfall of the entire site is in the...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    An alternative might be a swarm of thousands of swarmbots that each move a tiny amount of earth, but, ant-like collectively excavate or move as much earth as a bulldozer. All they'd need is a gigantic (giga-ant-ic?) recharging station and...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Plus, there's zero information on the city's site as to rules, regs or permits for solar. Call up the permitting office and ask where to find the rules. They may be online but well hidden. It seems to be a...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    This is my understanding, which may be wrong: I have no local sources and can only go by what I can find in the non-mainstream media -- but Iran is a lot more complex than a simple theocracy. Iran and...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    I'm interested in Basic Income as a concept, but it seems too open to abuse: there are always going to be people who, through myopia or desperation, are going to be willing to sell their current assets and leave themselves...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    76% of US petroleum consumption goes to liquid fuels. Again, you could leave the production of chemicals and structural materials from petroleum untouched yet eliminate the lion's share of demand by attacking combustion-uses first. Unless I misunderstand how refining works...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Cincinnati. (Which is a place of abundant water, plenty of arable land, and a relatively mild climate.)....my water company (which has always faced conditions of abundance) has used for long time: sell access to the grid with a certain minimum...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    The problem with most of these processes are that they run at high temperatures meaning they can be modulated on a daily cycle but not an hourly one. Gas diffusion plants for nuclear fuel production were rebuilt in the US...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    If we're so terrified of gas leaks why do we pipe it into homes, under streets, through cities and connect it to devices built at the lowest possible cost and not subject to mandatory inspections and space-grade safety engineering? Cost,...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    We're terrified of gas leaks. The police will evacuate the street for a leak inside someone's house. The idea of actual pipelines going up is unthinkable, never mind it being common enough to get blasé about it. Somewhat the same...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    The whole of the UK uses methane for gas, of course & we don't seem to have the leakage problems that some parts of the US do. Even with privatisation, the regulators & "Public opinion" & the press try to...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    no big deal Sure....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    My area of California has just installed "smart" water meters. Water was not metered and so waste was obvious, Doesn't NYC still not meter water? I hear various figures for how much is wasted as "no one cares". Empty building...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Maybe methane or H2 could be generated onsite to at least run ranges? Methane maybe. It is what most of the US uses already for gas. With propane being the "portable" alternative. H2 molecules are so small that most systems...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    California, for example, has .... a very functional government. I've NEVER heard anyone say that in the last 40+ years....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Hpw many different income, business & VAT rates are there in the USA _ different for every single state, more-or-less, isn't it? You have NO IDEA. Our sales tax (similar to VAT but different) can vary by local government. There...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    From the US side of the pond it seems the dog has caught the car and is not so sure what to do with it. http://www.gocomics.com/marmaduke/2011/07/15...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I shall be watching it later. It seems appropriate for today. And like any great movie about cons the last scene is the best of the movie....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    he means policy positions and behaviour towards others, not that they are all open minded etc. Again I see all of this on both sides. We all don't agree on this here. I was stating a position based on my...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Of course, my wife could be living in her own echo chamber; so we probably shouldn't trust her. :) We all live in our own echo chamber these days. It's all about how much we are willing to open the...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Is there a phenomenon where left leaning friends/relatives forward around scare stories from that perspective? Yes. I tend to be quiet in general in terms of politics of offices where I'm working. But many are clients I've had for years....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Back to BrExit. Germany. Nut started shooting up a cinema. Nut is dead. 25 or more hurt or worse. This can't but help the exit side....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Yes. Many don't talk politics. But those that do talk seem to prefer to live in echo chambers....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    The Left (or Democrats or Labour, I have a hard time calling either "the left" these days) has not gotten better. But the Right has gotten so, so much worse. Sorry but I hear it from both sides daily. Both...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    So the camps exist why????? Just because it's a choke point?...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    This is bringing in US politics, but I've seen over two decades of the right declaring everything that liberals (let alone the left) do as illegitimate. Granting them anything on this argument is giving them victory. As someone who tends...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Bookies continue to favour "IN" And, they have a long history of being correct. The bookies don't favor either side. They just continuously adjust odds to keep the total money bet on either side close to equal. What is...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Taking water out of the sea and pouring pack brine isn't going to do any harm if even the most cursory attention is paid to dilution. It's the pacific. The brine has the exact same salt mix as the pacific...
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