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  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    It's easy to make fun of Galen and how long he was read and taken seriously. But I wonder, if punching a whole in someones head had a 90% survival rate, clearly there must have been some sort of evidence...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Interesting comments re. identity politics. What you say you mean with IP doenst quite map to how I think it's 'propely' defined (SEP: Identity Politics) - which is why I was a bit confused....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Here's how to cash in on the carbon bubble, when you are heavily vested in fossils: scout stuff that will be good investment after the bubble pops, hire experts and maybe get some stock in relevant companies: Nuclear power generation,...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Hey. Daniel Duffy posted the same stuff practically word for word here, on this blog, half a year back. And was wrong back then by an order of magnitude. Paid shill or enthusiast, I don't care - just believe nothing...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Another way to look at Charlies OP. Let's, for a moment, not ask ourselves if this is a likely scenario. Let's just ask ourselves if a scenario like this is on the minds of Bannon et al. This would mean...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Can those of youbashing identity politics please explain what exacly you mean? I've seen tons of acts that I could call "identity politics" (IP) - Women only spaces, refugee active in political struggles who insisted on meeting without non-refugee activists...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The sad thing about renaissance art is how much of it is scenes from the bible. Not that there are no awesome paintings among those - Judith & Holofernes by Artimisia Gentilecci! But to think of what the Breughels, Bosch...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Three: How to bust out of a bubble? Serious question. I understand the credit card trick Charlie linked in the OP. But how to do similar with the carbon bubble? Slowly withdrawing capital and investing in renewables would be a...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Two: Coalitions of violence I'm not sure I buy the scenario, I just don't find the big errors. But I don't think an actual conspiracy is neccessary. I'm thinking of Christian Gerlachs book "Extremely violent societies" where he investigates several...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    One: Deltas. We've mentioned anoxic zones, extreme weather and sea level rise as major dangers for people living in deltas. Add another one: Most large deltas experience subsidence, basically the ground sinks due to several factors - lack of sediments...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    SFReader & Antiquercus One of Goldhagen's critics is Christopher Browning, whose Ordinary Men is very much worth a read. It describes the mass murders commited by a reserve police battallion - ordinary men, whose age, upbringing and the fact that...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    And triptych: A scary possibility is that, even without a genocidal master plan, our current beige overlords or their brown competitors could stumble into the walls, drone, Gigadeath scenario WS & Charlie described - ever more open support to any...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Second hint: some of the nastier right-wing shitbags now clogging up the White House would like to solve the global sustainability problem by "allowing" maybe 1-3 billion people to die off. The scale is so large that gas chambers and...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'm not convinced there was an original plan for the final solution, it seems a lot was radicalization happening during the war. This is basically functionalism vs intentionalism: Was there a master plan on the part of Adolf Hitler to...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Jaju. I find it odd that someone decries - justified! - the fact that 8 billionaires have as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity ... and then suggests support for Le Pen & the FN. Class society is...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Bellingham & Pigeon - thx for the rec. I've never aksed myself wether I'm a plot or character driven reader and since thinking about it I am genuinely puzzled. Maybe both. I think i notice prose only if it gets...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Two things! 1) The Merchant princess is the on big thing by Charlie that I haven't read yet and I decided to give it a go. Start at the beginning with The Bloodline Feud, or with Empire Games? What do...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    offtopic: Things I would have betted money on not happening: Brexit, Trump, EM Drive working. Now look at this - Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum, which seems to indicates successful tests that eleminate at...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    There's also 'constructual physics' (CP) which claim that any designed structure (and they include the dealte of the river Lena, or a lung, in designed) is optimized for fast & effective energy/matter transfer and this usually involves fractals. When I...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Ouch. What a bullshit. You got that from this stupid Daily Hate article?...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I think that's important. Part of what the right is selling is "you don't have to change", which is a lie but one people like to hear. The ahllenge for progressive, left populism is (and it is a challenge!) to...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Oh, and here's a some very beautiful anarchist propaganda, about a year old. It starts with melting ice and feels optimistic in a way that somehow does not quite belong into this part of 2016. But may be neccessary at...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Someone upthread wrote that farems are smart enough not to pollute surface waters with fertilizer runoff. I call bullshit: Northwestern Germany has right now a huge problem with nitrate in groundwater (similar problem) because of manure over-application to fields. The...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I have an idea how this fascist international came about. But we have to start with a small dose of marxism. Bear with me. In Capiatrlism, a capitalist can't thread in place, they hav to increase their rate of profit...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    Question re. games/apps: Is anyone else here caregive for a child with specia needs, especially trisomy 21? I'm curios if there are any apps that help with language aquisition, especially augmented communication. I've looked at apps that teach sign language,...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I think those in this thread who proposed a rite of passage (lion tabbing/bar mitzvah/...) missed the point of the OP: You will likely never feel>/em> adult the way your parents looked adult, because the times they are a changing...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    MY condolonces. The best wishes for you and yours, whatever the best right now may be....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    just replying to the OP, havent read all the comments yet ... I don't think I have this "I fail at adulting" feeling so much, and because I'm such a perfect emulation of my parents - inded, since I have...
  • Commented on Evolver
    IIRC correctly, in the Red Sorhum novel, after fending off Japanese invaders and one or the fraction of the chinese civil war, the remaining defenders of the village fight of a large horde of huge dogs, that grew fat during...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    There's the claim that a lot of antisemitism masquerading as antizionism comes about like this: The Jews where the victims of the holocaust, some of them went on to form a state. Low and behold, after a few decades we...
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