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  • Commented on Default Option
    Err, theology is part of cultural identity and ideological conformity (or inclusion, most RCC decisions regarding christology, salvation and like boil down to a "well, you're right/wrong, and you too", vide Nestorianism vs. Miaphysitism, Pelagianism vs. total depravity, Apokatastasis vs....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Actually, female carnival dancers are a late innovation, they were finally established in the 1930s. Till then, this was man's work. In drag, of course. Gotta love early modern identity politics... BTW, sore legs is the last concern you've got...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Further reading on the relations of the Constantinople and Moscow patriarchates: http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/rss/25-2_125.pdf http://www.eastwestreport.org/articles/ew05201.htm...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Err, I guess it's somewhat more complicated than that; for starters, converting to any religion in the past was quite often a political decision, and even if it was just "the particular creed of tge first Christian missionary to show...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Err, Gresham's law would indicate people hoarding the "stronger" currency and using the "weaker" one, which in this case would likely mean the neo-drachme driving out the Euro. Problem is Gresham's law depends on some premises, namely people are forced...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Err, there are alternatives for sail, e.g. the rotor ship: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotor_ship Also, why not use some of the stored energy to drive electromotors?...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    To be fair, I was somewhat stuck with the old metal ion chemistry when writing the article, maybe there is some potential with hydrogen-rich carbon or nitrogen compounds, somewhere between polyethylen and liquid hydrogen. Any cells using ethandiol-oxalic acid? ;)...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Or use zinc. Zinc-Air batteries are a known technology, and you could ship back the zinc oxide, dissolve it in sulfuric acid and do some electrolysis to get elemental zinc and sulfuric acid. Reuse the acid and ship the zinc....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    So why not bridge the ocean, not with cables, but with bulk freighters carrying hundreds of kilotons of aluminium powder? Nice idea, though I ask myself if aluminium is the best metal to use. It has a high energy density...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Err, "Heterosexual Sex in the Missionary Position between a consenting married couple with the purpose of bonding and procreation" is a meme on 4chan: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Heterosexual_Sex_in_the_Missionary_Position (Note, though pegged unter "NSFW", the page is quite safe; which might not be the...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    As for a replacement for the Howie, well, to keep the cast and put in some (arguably consensual) heterosexual sex in the missionary position, what about the "Howard and Sonia Haft Greene Lovecraft" award?...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Well, I haven't read anything by Wright, but as being both an agnostic cultural Catholic and a fan of TOS, I found his "If Vulcans had a church, they'd be Catholics." quite apt, for a variety of reasons. For starters,...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Err, I was saying it was tricky, not necessarily bad. Problem is, the human body is doing this thing called homeostasis, e.g. trying to keep conditions identical to a certain value. Problem is, this value might be maladaptive in the...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Mixing drugs is always tricks. Says he on three drugs just for his hypertension, still less than my mother, though[1]... [1] When first visiting a physician about my hypertension, I described her "Hausapotheke" with "There was evidence in this room,...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I agree chronic use of benzodiazepines is usually problematic[1], and it's one of the few drugs where you can die from withdrawl, except, err, what's the name of the other one, err, yes, alcohol. Actually, benzodiazepines and alcohol are somewhat...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Well, though heroin has its advantages, maybe modern life sciences could come up with something better. ;) First of, there are the partial antagonists, like buprenorphine, which might have a larger therapeutic window: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buprenorphine Second of, well, most opiates hit...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Hopefully his advisors will take him aside over the next few days and teach him better, or he'll lose the election this May. Err, first off I was somewhat surprised you thinking Cameron losing the election being a bad thing,...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    At the risk of somewhat derailing this thread towards one of the strange attractors, e.g. our feline overlords: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/04/cat_intelligence_and_cognition_are_cats_smarter_than_dogs.html Sorry, just back from an day long odyssee to the intersection of Fulda Gap and North German Plain, I'm getting better......
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Well, being somewhat late to the party again, congrats, many happy returns and may the Schwartz be with you! And a toast to the feeling you won't become as old as the guys and gals half your age doing the...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I guess deuterium-tritium fusion won't be that much help; for starters getting the tritium is somewhat complicated, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritium#Lithium 6Li and one neutron give tritium, but there is no new neutron, so given some lost neutrons, we'll run out of tritium...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    randomly assorted weirdnesses of Roman Catholic theology (which in RealLife™ are not very central to the core of doctrine) Err, I guess I'm the only one with that Strange Attractor... Thing is as OGH mentioned, there is a book by...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Thanks for the understanding. Concerning the correction, I'm sufficiently accustomated to a personal strange attractor of mine (and she still has some of my Lem and Lovecraft, I guess it's best we meet next when single, err, let's leave it...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Hm, which Anastasio Somoza were you thinking about, I guess Anastasio Somoza Debayle, not Garcia? ;) Thing is, getting away with the local war chest and even have the time to get the coffins of your predecessors is not that...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    What makes you think deflecting grievances on disposable soft targets is undirected ? >:) Cut-throat environments foster for intelligence and ruthlessness. So assuming the managerial boards is not as intelligent (and ruthless) as the avantgarde of the proletariat is somewhat...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Going from history, the only ones hung from the lampposts are going to be the lowly clerks either giving you unrealistic credit or denying it and the IT guys caring for the bank's computer centres, no matter if they administered...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    So is Yersinia pestis evil? Or E. coli, might depend on some plasmids? A human with the flu, not knowing it? Or a virus? Or an earthquake? Or a chimp tearing you limb from limb? And then, even if we...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    BTW, sorry for dabbling into RCC theology somewhat, might be the aspiring, somewhat German conservative Lutheran priest working at my factory, where I try to establish a friendly rivalry, with me playing the 1. There is (most likely) no god....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Though AFAIR "Declare" was quite far from Catholic Orthodoxy in some places; let's just say the whole Nephilim issue http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephilim sits squarely with the canonical Jehoschua Ben Joseph insisting angels don't have a sex life, at least none to speak...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Actually, I get the impression Charlie is not going for "evil elves"; "evil" necessitates the "concept of good and evil", e.g. a certain subset of human ethical systems, something notoriously absent in sociopaths. Or cats, for that matter. Always liked...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    There is even a Wikipedia article on that one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_of_Heilbronn Strange thing is, one of the murders is now liked to the Neo-Nazi NSU; even if you look just at the number of crimes and the fact nobody suspected a...
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