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  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Re: 'Jonathan Swift's "Modest Proposal".' To feed their machines à la Matrix, maybe....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Okay - once the 99.9-percenters are jobless (unable to earn therefore to invest) how are the 0.1-percenters going to compete on the stock market (or anywhere else)? Every major brokerage firm probably has or is working on getting its own...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Typo ... PCR should have been PRC (People's Republic of China) ... but you knew that, right?...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Re: Anti-vax behavior Wonder how many anti-vaxers would get vaccinated for vanity reasons, e.g., baldness, grey hair, sagging skin/wrinkles, etc. and how they'd talk their way around this....
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    F) Promise them anything ... and know that you can get away with any lie once you're rich enough. Have been watching this story off and on for a while now. Disclaimer: Have no personal or financial ties to this...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Re: '"how come they can find the cash for les 'ricains when the couldn't find it for us?".' Greg already mentioned the admin (and costs associated with) as a device for clawing back money so I'd like to add that...
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    Re: 'I thought I recognized those genes!' Geoffrey would make one hell of a principle character in an alt-history: unknown origins, very young when power thrust upon him, traveled extensively, offered kingships by foreign lands. As for comparison to Greg...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Re: France ... Macron win ... Lots of new, non-traditional pols elected in France including Cedric Villani (Field's Medalist, etc.). Article below mentions how this new, younger gov't is already taking steps which could help woo junior/unfunded US climate scientists...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The Australian site I posted (477) has the best tech info including some discussion of ripening time, water extraction levels, etc. http://aciar.gov.au/files/mn-158/s3_6-spring-wheat-high-latitudes.html...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Re: Ripening time of fully grown plants Varies by variety ... and still being studied. https://academic.oup.com/jxb/article/61/2/597/619574/An-analysis-of-dormancy-ABA-responsiveness-after...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Re: Cereal crops in higher latitudes FYI - Canada is a major exporter of cereal crops and its most productive cereal crop provinces are Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba. From the map below, looks like all three are situated north of the...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Re: 'What the hell has China got to do with this?' Was of the impression that China has been very active in selling, installing and financing such builds in Africa because Africa is perceived to be the next major emerging...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Hmmm ... but it's okay for the Chinese to do this? Could make for an interesting bidding war....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Re: 'Pence knew about Flynn and Russia, and did nothing.' So, Pence should also get tossed out because as an elected high gov't official and deemed to represent the highest moral standards, doing nothing to stop the law being broken...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Re: Hermeneutics Thanks! I'm okay with the explanation (Trauma, regardless of the source/agency is trauma ... period!) apart from the hermeneutics bit. Not sure whether this is intended as interpretation of scripture or what. Agree that fear conditioning is very...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Re: 'GOP data firm ...' This caught my eye: http://gizmodo.com/gop-data-firm-accidentally-leaks-personal-details-of-ne-1796211612 'However, FiveThirtyEight’s investigation doesn’t account for Deep Root’s collection of data from mountain-biking and Spanish-speaking subreddits that weren’t as popular with r/The_Donald members— ...' This makes absolute sense if you're...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Speculating that the 'non-human' was meant to imply that more and more functions are being performed by AI/algos. And, since many/most are situated in the US and a lot of traffic goes through the USian AI hubs, this provides the...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Re: '... destructive plasticity & trauma to the self ' My French is rusty, so not sure I understood much/correctly. However, got the impression that the lesson here is that physiological health/status of the brain impacts that individual's overall emotional,...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Re: electricity & location Thanks all for clarifying! So, why not just install all those oversized and ugly solar arrays in the Sahara or any other desert. (Heteromeles - perhaps you can come up with local ecological impact ... personally,...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Electricity question/request for clarification: Was of the impression that electric power has a very sharp loss over distance transported/traveled which is why more localized (closer to user) power sources don't need to generate as much power, i.e., less/no energy loss....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Wondering at what point the Supreme Court might be asked to step in to decide whether the spirit of democratic governance has been broken by DT. There's bound to be some legalism by which to unseat a POTUS, otherwise it's...
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    Re: "Impeachment in Place" Think this is the worst possible outcome because it would establish precedent to ignore POTUS and/or amend this into a purely and very expensive ceremonial role. All the cost of a monarch with none of its...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Sorry about the late reply - out of town and afk for a bit. Thanks for your comments, but still have no clue as to what May's Brexit strategy is. All I recall reading/seeing/hearing is that she wanted to get...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    May's Brexit strategy? Despite on-going news coverage,I'm still not clear on what May's strategy was going to be in getting a better deal for the UK from the EU. (Nor do the USian political satirists/comedians/late night talk show hosts, whose...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Re: The-too-powerful-protagonist Considering that there are billions or trillions of beings involved, one individual even if possessing god-like powers is insufficient to win the war. The hero has to be able to fend off everything all of the time once...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Re: ' ... UK ... deal with a PM going mad whilst in office.' Some time back while looking for whether the US had any instruments for getting rid of/retiring a head of state that had lost his marbles (no),...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Great reference - thanks! I was thinking of how easy it is to notice the 'accumulation' of genetic predisposition in HD - almost like compound interest. (As similar and fast as dog breeding in Europe in the 1800s.) The study/article...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Have wondered how introducing excess plasmids during early cell division might affect genes sorta along the lines of: some stretches of DNA might be more susceptible to breakage and/or addition at certain points, or the transfer RNA* somehow gets highjacked...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Thanks for the info! So, I'm guessing that having an available human to say 'yea' or 'nay' to further pursuit and/or political will are larger obstacles to catching the bad guys than is current tech capability. CSI - knew from...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    This crib sheet is definitely motivating me to get the latest Laundry book asap: lots of interesting plot twists and turns, old lore revamped (ahem), more examination of 'humanity' and various components of (people and traits), and the twist on...
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