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  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    First off, I have no weapons expertise whatsoever ... Even so ... the notion of using bows and arrows, air guns does have some appeal if we're talking about alternate history lines, etc. Anyways, I'm visualizing using air guns, or...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    On old-fashioned tire pump won't do?...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    103: "... severed carotid artery." (Groan... cute pun!) 107: Two points ... 1) I'm still trying to figure out what 3D printing is good for: it's supposed to be the up-and-coming tech, but so far, very few practical applications. 2)...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Just curious about how one would go about bringing archery into the future ... For example, would 3D printing be of any use in improving the bow/arrow design and materials strength/flexibility/durability? Could one load a mini-GPS into the arrow to...
  • Commented on On the road again!
    One more reason to tilt back some liquid hops ... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150128113947.htm Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases Date: January 28, 2015 Source: American Chemical Society Summary: The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently,...
  • Commented on On the road again!
    Enjoy your business trip! (Expect you'll occasionally pop in to see that we're behaving?) And, really would like to hear about that 'Aliens' panel you're sitting on ... especially any new twists....
  • Commented on Default Option
    "Back to the regular programming, and it continue to strike amidst all this Grexit noise there has been remarkably little coverage of the Swiss experience after letting go their peg of the CHF to the Euro (80% FX rate increase...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Back in October/November, you wrote ... " ... I'm theorising about the novel I haven't been working on since last March, when it downloaded itself fully formed into my brain and started screaming WRITE ME! WRITE ME!" So - is...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Charlie: Check your flight status -- the U.S. northeast (NYC and Boston) are expecting to get slammed by a record-breaking nor'easter....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Didn't know what JSA meant. Google yielded an interesting result (Junior State of America) whose recent month's debate topic was: a 'living wage' vs. a minimum wage. (There's also a link to an MIT living wage calculator.) http://jsa.org/national-debate-month/january/ The U.K....
  • Commented on Default Option
    'Lay-abouts'? Lay-abouts at work ... unreliable, and gum up the works for everyone else. Much better (and cheaper, long term) to have them lay about elsewhere. Personally, I've never considered a job as punitive. Yes, there's effort, long hours, etc....
  • Commented on Default Option
    I recall this as Heinlein's most preferred, frequent quote ... famously anti-'commie'....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Close to unconditional/universal ... not sure who would not be covered given that "... people who are totally out of the labor market or unable to care for themselves have a basic income guarantee of about $100 per day."...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Below is a link to a 2013 article about Denmark's basic income policy ... written by an independent senator from Vermont. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/what-can-we-learn-from-de_b_3339736.html My understanding is that Denmark is not at present in any dire financial straits, that is, not any...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Were there any differences across ethnic groups in terms of social outcomes? (My understanding is that Manitoba has a largish First Peoples/North American Indian population who may or may not have been part of this experiment.)...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Liquidity - where is the cash going to come from to pay that wealth/asset tax? (There's a difference in being Balance Sheet rich vs. having money at hand.) Timing - unless you're going to value these assets on a weighted...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Silly thought: If Laundry goes quantum, title suggestion: The Gyffs' Lexome. [Relevant background and technical references: An Introduction to Fundamental Magyk Particles and Forces: Lexemes and Lexomes Explained.]...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Moirai or Moira (Fates) -- loosely defined as 'universal principles of natural order' would work for fantasy through to hard SF....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "Aliens"? That's a pretty broad topic ... could be very interesting or very boring. In case it gets boring, suggest you have a bull*hit bingo card of old 'alien' tropes. I'll start ... BEM - bug eyed monsters LGM -...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Yes, personalized medicine would be nice ... so far the local GP does not have any handy in-office test to predetermine risk/benefit of any of the drugs he/she is likely to prescribe....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    If you're still in this area, suggest you listen to that NIH conference. There's over 6 hours' worth for each of the 2 days. To start: Opiate therapy has never been properly studied because it was in widespread use before...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    What's your opinion of THC patches for chronic pain management - has this ever been tried/studied in Scotland?...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Just found this - NIH white paper on opioid use has just been posted. Article immediately below: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2089371 Excerpt: "The report was posted on the ODP Web site for 2 weeks for public comment. This article is an abridged version...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Thanks! This explains quite a bit: an elderly family member just about clawed herself raw after being put on codeine for arthritis pain. Would like to see as much effort put into working out predictive models re: drug sensitivity/side effects...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Decided to read up on Cameron because some of the stuff people here are saying about him is just kinda weird. So, from Wikipedia we have ... Defence cuts In 2014, Cameron dismissed warnings that his cuts to the UK...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I'm continuing the drift off the original topic .... but it's kinda related as in: punitive policies need to be better thought-through because such policies are probably close to the exact opposite of what would actually work in 'solving' a...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Agree - accountants and auditors - would be seriously impacted. Probably almost all industries/occupations would be affected. If you knew that your internet content/email had a very short life span, how would this change how you use the internet/email? (Would...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    If content is no longer encrypted (secure), then what would be the point of having a web site - personal (FB) or commercial? I'm imagining my reaction if we were talking about a house ... would this PM also pass...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Being able to see all politicians' and F500 CEOs' tax returns! My, my - that would make such interesting reading. Would no encryption also mean seeing into off-shore accounts (EFTs)?...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Thanks for the info! Very time-consuming process......
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