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  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    For future Greenland scenarios -- boat-building (including space arks) would likely incorporate the latest in 'biological materials' research as in this example: fish scales! http://barthelat-lab.mcgill.ca/files/papers/ABM2011.pdf Structure and Mechanical Performance of a ‘‘Modern’’ Fish Scale** By Deju Zhu, Cesar Fuentes Ortega,...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Ever since visiting Las Vegas, I've thought that theme parks are the perfect venues for experimental architecture - including potentially for space colonization. The destination-revisit rate alone would tell you what's a good/liveable idea and what isn't. Could probably provide...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Household formation is another factor in the economy because each 'household' unit needs durables, semi-durables, disposables, etc. -- quite a wide range of industries. Not sure there's any other event/life circumstance that has as much impact. So, if you wanted...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    The online travel search engines for Quarry House keep pulling up charming B&Bs ... all very highly rated, but no prices showing. Followed by this Wikipedia entry for the same search request. Interesting juxtapositioning... old country charm meets super-bugs. "Superbugs"...
  • Commented on Leading question
    "... USA will impose global laws against money laundering and fraudulent gambling with other people's money, which we know it wants to do but the UK doesn't." The USA has a track record of compelling other nations to sign treaties...
  • Commented on Leading question
    The gnat-drones would mostly be used for surveillance and mapping ... the fighting would be done by humans. First, you'd have to become aware that you've been 'infected', hence why such gnat-drones should be passive/benign or pass for something akin...
  • Commented on Leading question
    How about 2034 is the year of the 'battered class syndrome'? Same symptoms and responses (including legal) as battered spouse/person .. "However, since the victim is not at fault and the violence is internally driven by the abuser's need to...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Okay - maybe the world is not completely insane ... see below. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investor-state_dispute_settlement Excerpt: "In 2011, the Australian government announced that it would discontinue the practice of seeking inclusion of investor state dispute settlement provisions in trade agreements with developing...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Or, you could use several types of gnat-drones, each designed to perform a different function....
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    anonemouse & Barry ... thanks Didn't know this ... this (Philip Morris winning a lost-profits lawsuit) is completely insane...I was of the impression that British common law had left that behind sometime around the 16th century: a merchant suing a...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Trade treaties are more enforceable for physical goods and services. If the U.K. economy shifts mostly toward e-commerce, then treaties might get ignored. Or as historically/repeatedly happens with the U.S. - each treaty dispute resolution would take about 10-12 years...
  • Commented on Leading question
    True-life example of what Ike meant ... The Sovereign State: The Secret History of ITT by Anthony Sampson. While this book covers corporate antics up to the time of Harold Geneen, the Wikipedia excerpt below shows that this corporation's modus...
  • Commented on Leading question
    See also this hour plus long youtube video ... CUNY TV Special: "Capital in the 21st Century" with Thomas Piketty Panel discussion led by Thomas Piketty, author, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," who discusses economic growth, returns on capital, and...
  • Commented on Leading question
    An economic argument in favor of data-mining public health records .. and for a pro-active healthcare system. Bottom line: (early stage) diagnosed disease is much cheaper to manage than undiagnosed disease. Study Reveals $40 Billion in Potential Savings in Healthcare...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I'd like to see the U.K. - and the rest of the world - get an updated, 21st century set of accounting practices since more and more decisions are being made on cost-effectiveness of policy implementation. Starting with financial institutions...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Late-night comedians have become the 25-45 year olds' trusted news interpreters. Democratization of threat - thanks to the Internet anyone can potentially harm/destabilize society, not just big, wealthy corporations/religious groups/governments. House of Commons à la Facebook - why not? All...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Obesity epidemic - $38k/person higher medicare costs (RAND 2005 report) http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_briefs/2005/RAND_RB9146-1.pdf Factors impacting obesity: nutrition, exercise/physical activity, stress - physical/emotional, sleep/rest, education, genetics, medical conditions/Rx ......
  • Commented on Leading question
    Questions about some scenarios posters mentioned: If no one’s working: who’s buying? (Where does new wealth/injection of money come from?) If no one’s paying for services: do they need to work? (What do they do with their time?) If no...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I really like this - "What emerges from that, or grows in the shadows without 'emerging' into visibility, is that people form support networks of effective interdependence without even realising it - think of the social structures of informal utility...
  • Commented on Leading question
    The point I was hoping to communicate was that the threat of investment risk (i.e., buying shares in specific companies) has been used as a lever to get consumers to both finance the banks as well as directly hand over...
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    Just started Piketty's book so don't know if he covers this -- the increase of mutual fund investing. The reason for buying mutual funds is to reduce risk; however no one ever talks (much) about who actually gets to vote...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    A question: How does one conduct a clinical trial on personalized (genome/exome/other-ome based) medicine? What are the rules re: study design, methodology, stats testing/analyses, etc.?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Consider: 'Family planning' is more than not getting pregnant - it's about being prepared to raise a child. Average age of first-time moms/dads has increased a lot since the 50s. Adoption has become more widespread: child of the heart vs....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    What mechanism will deliver your genetic enhancements for life extension and/or improved health? The one specific disease that I'm familiar with where a relatively new type of 'drug' (monoclonal antibody) is the 'gold standard' requires an infusion every 2 weeks,...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    Link to actual article: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/10/23/1418895111.abstract...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    Oh crap ... and here I thought it was age catching up with me! Here's a link/article that identifies this virus. http://www.iflscience.com/brain/algae-virus-humans-found-drain-brain-power Excerpt: Acanthocystis turfacea Chlorella virus 1 (ATCV-1), that typically infects freshwater green algae can be found in the...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    Okay ... Tying in this discussion to Charlie's original topic .. visit to the Stasi museum... located this item which sorta shows how the state can also become a sociopath... (excerpt below): http://chnm.gmu.edu/1989/exhibits/memory/essay "Using these sources within the context of...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    From an undergrad psychopathology course of a very long time ago ... psycho/sociopaths are (1) very quick to spot each other and (2) would move away from/ignore each other because the other would not be 'rewarding prey'. This apparently happens...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    The most commonly given advice to someone dealing with sociopaths is: Disengage, NOW! You cannot 'win' an argument with this type because there is/always will be an exception in any argument (collection of facts) for them to exploit. Score-keeping is...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    Re: Group authorship - 'one apparent writing style' - comments/observations My report writing style varies with the nature/subject of the report, target audience, what I've most recently read, requested doc/presentation mode (Word vs. PPT)and how I happen to be feeling...
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