Allen Thomson

Allen Thomson

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Her now, her then. Just because she hadn't come out didn't make her any less a woman. On a slightly SF-nal note, advancing medical technologies will presumably make that principle applicable to other forms of dysphoria. (To the good, IMO.)...
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    one of multiple unemployment measures taken See https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t15.htm for details. Also https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CIVPART/ and https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LNU01300060...
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    In 2008 we had the global financial crisis. That was fun, wasn't it? And we may get a chance to re-experience it: How regulators, Republicans and big banks fought for a big increase in lucrative but risky corporate loans The...
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    I am beginning to think that the reason why nobody seems to be able to get out of the current mess is that the current mess is the desired outcome. On a vastly smaller and less consequential scale than Brexit,...
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    If I was the other side of 50 years of age I'd be seriously thinking about emigrating at this point. You might want to check out Panama, particularly Panama City, David, and their exurbs. The quality of life there is...
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    will allow them to survive the coming disaster, perhaps becoming the lords of a new world. http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20190327...
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    Apparently some attention is being paid to the consequences of climate change. The style of this article is annoyingly boosterish, but the overall picture is interesting. https://gcaptain.com/wall-street-weather-risk From IBM and AccuWeather Inc. to outfits like Riskpulse, Jupiter and DTN, companies...
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    As an aside, if by some chance a sea level canal were to be attempted across Panama, the radically different tides on the Pacific and Atlantic sides would probably require some sort of control, likely locks. https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/ihr/article/download/28478/1882521233...
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    (As used along the Panama canal to stop the Pacific draining into the Atlantic, or is it vice versa …) Not really. A major part of the Panama "canal" consists of the artificial Gatun Lake, which is 26 meters above...
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    Greg, the particular usage of "trust" you impute to the U.S. fell out of common use decades ago. Yes, AFAIK it lasted no longer than the 1920s, if that. These days it's most often used in the sense of...
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    My question: what percent of 65 and older UK folks have reliable access to the Internet, that is, can 'sign' an online petition? I'm guessing that the UK isn't a lot different from the US in that respect, in which...
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    It's worth noting, of course, that water vapour is also a "greenhouse" gas of some potency, it's just that it has limits on the amount of it air can carry depending on temperature, AIUI (I may not, corrections solicited), that's...
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    If he writes an Op-Ed I think it should probably be for a U.K. paper. That might be best -- maybe the Guardian? But the NYT has clout, and would also be more widely read....
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    Hey Charlie, have you considered writing some op-eds? Something along the lines of "Brexit is a good start on one of those futuristic dystopias we science-fictions writers are so fond of..." That's an excellent idea. I think it would have...
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    On which side of the big pond are you? We're USians, in Texas for the past 20 years, VA suburbs of DC for the 25 before that. Upping sticks and moving to Panamá next month....
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    What I've noticed is many of them only want to sell their house to people who will treat it as a finished monument to the seller's home ownership. Hmm. We've been doing such, both selling and buying hice for a...
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    all the way down to what people on the ground must/must not do. Yeah. What are the soon-to-exist customs inspectors and border guards and such being told to do and not do?...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Thing is, we've already screwed up Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala well enough True indeed. But it would be interesting to understand why those Northern Triangle countries contrast so much with Costa Rica and, especially, Panama. Panama is somewhat a...
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    That's CREAMED chipped beef on toast ... which can't be that bad I rather like it. YMMV....
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    IIRC the π=3 thing is from the Bible. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molten_Sea See the "Approximation of π" section....
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    'So this is what God's really like. Deceive yourself no longer.” See Job 42:5...
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    On heaven and hell: The estimable Bart Ehrman has written a book on the invention/ development of concepts of the afterlife as they afflicted Judaism and, mostly, Christianity. To be published in due course. Based on his earlier non-specialist...
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    "Quantum leap" is the classic there, it used to mean "the smallest possible change", for a while it was used largely in media to mean "a great leap forward", then advertisers claimed it and now it once again means "the...
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    independent books in a shared universe Now that you say that, I'm reminded of Poul Anderson's van Rijn and Flandry independent books in a shared universe, maybe his Time Patrol ones. Kind of a mixed case, as they did have...
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    Any comments on how Zelazny handled the Amber series? Ten novels in 21 years, split evenly between viewpoint characters having complicated problems in a shared multiverse....
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    In the US federal government impeachment and removal from office require only a very vague justification. Yes. Actual crimes certainly are among those (though may not be sufficient), but "high crimes and misdemeanors" are basically what 1/2 of the House...
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    Totally unrelated to any of the 1166 comments above, I just came across this https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/problems-with-the-standard-model-higgs/ It starts out with two Real Physicists discussing the currently unsatisfactory state of the Standard Model (roughly, QED) and winding up with the notion that...
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    Is there a limit on the number of charges or times that a POTUS can pardon someone? A statutory limit on Federal convictions? Not that I know of. The 25th Amendment, the power of Congress to impeach and the...
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    It's definitely a matter of throwing meat to the evangelical base. Yes, Politico did a historical explainer on this a few years ago: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/religious-right-real-origins-107133...
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    Yes. There are strong contingents of anti-abortion types among the fundamentalists of both religions. The Protestant version, however, seems to have gotten a big push in the 1970s by right-wing political forces seeking another red-meat issue to motivate evangelicals to...
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