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  • Commented on Radio silence
    Re: ' ...the wages of the poor, the working class & middle class) is taxed at a higher rate than is paid by the "elites" on their unearned income (capital gains & dividends).' Agree - that's one of the reasons...
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    Re: Economic elites Given that in the US the most popular way of making money is income tax avoidance, I do not understand how having a chief strategist whose game plan for his corp was to not pay taxes doesn't...
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    Re: Japanese statism Unfamiliar with that history so looked it up ... interesting, Japan's military decided to absorb Prussian martial values including their already-present unswerving loyalty to head honcho in lieu of a personal conscience. Their tutor was this guy:...
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    Re: Started with LBJ Just checked this and it looks as though the Southern states' shift away from Democrat was in 1948 because they disliked Truman's pledge to desegregate. This faction became known as the Dixiecrats. (Sounds like a punk...
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    Re: Hurricane Katrina, FEMA/Bush, & military Even so, branches of the military did respond although they were not the branch that might have been expected therefore possibly more familiar with the locale and locals. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina_disaster_relief#Military 'According to an article in...
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    Re: '... very little in the more realistic center.' Bujold? Hits it on the nail about how slow and uneven 'progress' can be even among the elites. Sorta along the lines of: old customs never die, they fade into a...
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    Originally intended this as a response further up, but it also fits into what you've brought up re: increasingly visible military and police and what this means. Re: Military coups Bolivia holds the world record for military coups in the...
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    Re: '...recruiting undereducated former soldiers..' Think that this movement toward adding a humanitarian element is a trend in both military and police as per article below. Read some time back that military forces are increasingly being called to help in...
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    re: President's Analyst Looks interesting, unfortunately not available on Netflix....
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    Re: 'point of inflexion in the downward curve of influence exerted by the anglophone planetary empire' Where does balance of power come in from in the near future because BOP is also part of this historical dogma and/or rationale for...
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    Re: 'Edwin Black's book IBM and the Holocaust' Thanks for the recommendation! Looks interesting. Will add it to the to-read list. One hopes lessons have been learned as history has a way of catching up with people....
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    Re: War is good for biz! Ever read The Sovereign State (of IT&T)? Discussion of how IT&T worked both sides of the war. Other authors noted how some of the major US banks sat on its Board therefore must have...
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    Re: '...the US President can't order police to do anything -...' However the POTUS certainly can impact police via their budgets via Executive Orders as per this uber rt-wing site/rant. Excerpt: 'Executive Order 13688 was issued in January 2015, effectively...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: Britain & black Romans ... Black middle- and upper-class Africans have been visiting The Isles since at least the time of Julius Caesar's visit and intermittently since then as per popular BBC archeology shows and recent articles. Imperial Rome...
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    Re: ' ... chaos & infighting & deliberate shit-stirring ...deliberate & trending towards a "stste of emergency" or a civil war, ... can "legitimately" sieze the levers of power.' An alternate explanation is that the cloud of chaos distracts everyone...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: Scams... How about ... Converting indoor, multi-story parking buildings into indoor food production facilities aka greenhouses. I really think this could work including Frank's oft-mentioned concern about any structure being able to support weight of water. Loose estimate is...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: Or try public shaming and fines/taxes Social shaming works for some folk and fines for others. Of the impression that best overall reduction in drunk driving was when short and long-term financial penalties (i.e., tickets, higher insurance premiums, loss...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: 'Massive ...' This paper's received a lot of positive press mostly because (and I'm guessing here) that aside from where it was published and the number, range/prestige of its authors, it's showing that there's hope: secondary forest growth can...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Thanks for the explanation - much appreciated!...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I found the article in Nature and looked up the authors and affiliations. Doesn't sound like it's all/mostly computer modelling. Also doubt that it's a PR exercise: too many authors representing too many countries/universities (Brazil, US mainland and Puerto Rico,...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: Ocean currents v-a-v landmasses So I figure. This recent article suggests answers/good suggestions for key variables but unfortunately it's paywalled. This the entire intro/description: 'Temperature variability in the North Atlantic Ocean is the result of many competing physical processes,...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: 'Presumably you're joking, ...' Yes, but as AI is already in your 'hood, such a proposal might show up. Personally, if it did, I'd try to get every decent university on the planet signed up to do the data...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I followed a couple of the links on this piece and one item stuck out: regularity of the abundance/excess fresh water which then alters ocean currents (therefore global climate). One criticism of this model appears to be the lack of...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    You make it sound as though there's enough data to do some hypothesis testing. If so, then why not run some simulations weighting a bunch of key variables and compare results for various strategies re: water, trees, grasses, agricultural vs....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: Grasslands Grass seems to thrive where nothing else can. Am of the impression that grasses were among the first plants. So instead of only planting trees, we should be planting grasses as well? And this suggests: a planting plan...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Frank & other scientists: Is there such a thing as long-range gas chromatography and/or spectroscopy that can pick up/identify a broad variety of specific chemical compounds? If yes, are there any scientific satellites/the ISS that gather and run real-time analyses/reports...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: 'Deliberate misuse of unrelated scientific studies and results' Yes - very likely because it's already an established practice. Okay, on the near horizon and highly related to this topic thread. The NAFTA talks are scheduled to start this week....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: 'Any solution to a major problem that is based solely on technology is probably a scam.' Hear! Hear! (Yep!) And any tech solution quickly becomes an infinite iterative (regress) problem as more and more tech quick-fixes get applied to...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Returning to the original topic ‘Scams’ … Looks like this isn’t the best audience to ask about potential scams which (all things considered) is reassuring. So, rather than trying to come up with specific types of scam, here are some...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Re: Road surface/building contaminants In case anyone is looking for a long technical read ... Was looking for info on which specific proteins/genes* were impacted by industrial compounds when this came up: written in 1988 and a whopping 465 pages...
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