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  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Happy 50th! - Motto/lessons: Stay curious, keep learning/trying, don't be a jerk....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    What do you expect to happen in/by 2017? New U.S. President ... Ebola virus found in all corners of the planet ... All homes in the West now include kitchen grow-op cupboards for producing/growing their own optimized-for-your genome ZMAb (tobacco...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I look forward to your ev psych take on monsters and mayhem. Maybe even a deeps version of methylation....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Re: PV advancements ... and the growth/benefits of disposable products. Although the first summary below says consumer electronics and aircraft, there's probably no reason why this material can't be used on buildings, etc. Energy storage is also improving as per...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    In totting up global warming socioeconomic impact, will you also be discussing: .. productivity losses (hours/days lost) attributable to weather over the decades .. direct mortality, and indirect health effects (diseases, medical conditions) This would be in addition to the...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Fantasy often relies on religion. That's troubling - blind acceptance, injunction to not question or look further, stay blissfully ignorant......
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I like the Culture universe too ... as for techno-babble... who knows what can or cannot be done, or how it may be done. According to Wikipedia, our universe (the 4% to 5% that is observable) is made up of...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Both magic and science are rule-based systems, so the stories really depend on which types of rules you want to play with. Key differences that I tend to pick up on, based on the authors I've read: Mastery: Magic usually...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    EI 61: I agree with you re: social solutions. As an actress/celeb, Lawrence earns her living by controlling the distribution of her image. This is a good basis of a civil suit which is typically a lot easier to win...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    So something to think about is the re-framing of some of these issues. Basically, I think that we (as a society, and as individual users, & providers) are too used to thinking about most topics along a single continuum anchored...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    The forensic services may have been privatized, but according to this site, there is government oversight re:quality. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/forensic-science-regulator About the original topic for this thread: I'm mostly with EI (Comment #43) regarding this: not pleasant to learn this, a surprise...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    What I get from this interview is that Binney's more ticked off about the suppliers/contractors not earning their billions than the fact that there's wholesale domestic, illegal spying going on. He's got a point there ... the DEA could just...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Thought I'd toss in some George F Kennan, the author of the 'X Article'. Substitute ISIS for Soviet and it's pretty well spot-on. Excerpted from Wikipedia: The Long Telegram - Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Long...
  • Commented on The morning after
    I'd like to see a variation of the Dutch polder system applied to more economic and social infrastructures. This would mean recognizing and rewarding interpersonal social responsibility. Most of us come pre-wired with the ability to recognize and respond to...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Was just checking for this year's Ig Nobels when this caught my eye ... small nation vs. mega corp. 1993 Ig Nobel Prize ... ECONOMICS: Karl Schwärzler and the nation of Liechtenstein, for making it possible to rent the entire...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    For business applications, 19 out of 20 in a marketing research study (a type of applied social science) is 'good enough' because of the nature of the decision to be made: how much sugar should be added to bread to...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Re: "212: But if you are talking to me, could you explain where I'm conflating goodness with income?" I was responding to one of your comments - and no, I don't think you're the one who's conflating goodness and $....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Paul Krugman has argued that they explain the persistent income differential between the U.S. and Canada. And here I thought it all had to do with Monday night NFL and C-Suites ... The story goes that over-paid NFL quarterbacks led...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    "My disquiet comes from the fact that a small country is cheaper to buy, and cheaper to corrupt." However, if you now have to buy 400 countries instead of only 10 or 20 ... that's way more expensive. Personally, I'd...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    An independent Scotland would be about the same as Norway in terms of population, natural resources, sharing a border with a much larger and more powerful neighbor, etc. So being a smaller economy isn't necessarily a recipe for disaster. Disaster...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    This should satisfy most readers' criteria with respect to reliable source: CERN experiment takes us one step closer to discovering where all the antimatter went Scientists have for the first time measured the electric charge of an anti-atom to high...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    A question for the real/serious physics types reading this blog ... How about this scenario: If a brane existed within a millimetre (or any set distance) of our universe, then all you'd need do is tap into it to send...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    Michio Kaku has an answer to this. See: What Travels Faster Than the Speed of Light? ... basically instead of moving/pushing the signal, you move/pull space. Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist at C.U.N.Y.- he blogs and has written...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    I also enjoyed Neptune's Brood, so tying this in with 'give me more of the same, but different'... my requests are for you to explore more fully: Death knell of competition: teams are here to stay, there's too much info...
  • Commented on Apology
    Merchant Legacy does sound like a good series name so I decided to goggle it ... and turned up Merchant Legacy (University of North Iowa). A brief reading of the Merchant family history turned up a few family members that...
  • Commented on Apology
    All of the numbering changes to this series, the alternate/parallel universes backdrop, elements of economics and government structure in your plots, your computing and pharmacology background suggest 'The Rule of Three' might be an apt name for a branch series....
  • Commented on Apology
    For Feynman fans, here's a large collection of videos including the BBC doc's: http://www.richard-feynman.net/videos.htm...
  • Commented on Apology
    "Trader-Prince: Sovereign Wars" - could work on a couple of levels....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    What I'm trying to get at is that the police department should be given objectives based on socio-economic indicators such as: x% major/violent crime rate = (translates into) y% loss of house values. Okay - I realize that this could...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Now onto a bit of a tangent ... Just how much damage does crappy policing (like killing an unarmed teenager) do to the local economy? I don't know that stats, but I would guess based on general media coverage that...
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