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  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Here's a comment that's well worth reading on the pandemic, by someone who is very smart and had a lot to do with pandemics working through his foundation. Bills Gates open letter: https://www.gatesnotes.com/media/assets/media/files/Pandemic-I-The-First-Modern-Pandemic.pdf?WT.mc_id=20200423060000_Pandemic-Innovation_MED-media_&WT.tsrc=MEDmedia...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    May I suggest this humorous PSA to brighten up your day. It also has a good suggestion for a substitute for toilet paper if you run out of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hks6Nq7g6P4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1zvj4fgN2MDqcq2Om5ScBn_QiBI0_9-VOkfcPBi2nR8LkvQP9WbXkIjro...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I'm getting a little sick and tired of all this crapping on air travel for its global warming emissions. I looked up several sites for global warming emissions and the figures are somewhat at variance, so my quoted figures are...
  • Commented on A serious question
    Given that hiding from the light of the moon cannot prevent the triggering of Werewolfism, this would suggest there is another factor. I am going propose that it's some sort tidal mechanism triggered by the alignment of the Sun Moon,...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    "This is what Southern California will be like 10-20 years down the line." Below is a link to a series of charts showing the climate migration of various US cities. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/11/30/18117953/climate-change-maps-cities-2050 Southern California's climate is going to basically migrate down...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    #235 I don't think so. If anything, the name is associated with being simple. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s29RKnB7l7o...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    There's been talk in this comment thread about Trump being impeached. He's not going to be impeached, not if the Democratic leadership can help it. (If he does something absolutely egregious that they have no choice they will do it.)...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    'Therefore I would like to propose the deployment of "Brexit Reality".' Brilliant, The City and the City approach. (China MiƩville)...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Most people become more conservative as they get older; however, they forget the full range of the chart. It goes as follows: If you start as a radical Leftist you go to Leftist If you start as a Leftist you...
  • Commented on On hold
    I'd like to go off topic (If the thread still has a topic?) and ask Charlie about Mac Reynolds. Tor.com has an article by Alan Brown about a short story collect of his that is being released. https://www.tor.com/2018/04/26/spies-soldiers-and-cold-war-cynicism-the-best-of-mack-reynolds/ Mac Reynolds...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Charlie, This is a rather thoughtful article on Bitcoin. http://www.digitopoly.org/2013/12/24/time-for-a-little-bitcoin-discussion/ I'd be interested in your comments on it....
  • Commented on Making history personal
    I can't think of anything particularly old I slept in, but for old buildings I have been in, the answer is 4573 years. As I child, I visited the great pyramids of Egypt, and at that stage you were allowed...
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    I vaguely remember from a blog discussion--might have even been this one--a article about the arc of loyalty in empires. (The Roman empire being a good example.) A tribe starts off with intense loyalty of both the leadership to the...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    I think most of the wage stagnation and unemployment of the uncredentialed (I do not think of these people as unskilled) is due to the free trade set up we have. The uncredentialed must compete worldwide, which leads to a...
  • Commented on Press Release: Stross Uncloaks Secret Media Project
    Charlie, don't be surprised if the SciFi channel contacts you. You have come up with a perfectly good outline for their Saturday Night movie. Having produced such august works as Mansquito and Sharktopus, yours looks to be a perfect fit....
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    The basic answer to your revised question is simple. Evolution never maximizes anything except reproductive fitness, so organisms are a balance of traits. Grey matter is energetically intensive, so increased mental capacity comes at a cost. There would have, in...
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    I'm dubious of your thesis. It fails to address the reproductive advantages of intelligence in a social setting. Once you have language, you become much more effective at manipulating other members of your tribe to provide you with resources and...
  • Commented on Things that keep me awake at night #1: The end of telephony
    Our solution to this problem is to have our answering machine permanently on. Close friends get your cell number. To everyone else, we politely apologize that we are out and if you need to contact us call our cell number...
  • Commented on 2512
    While higher ocean levels are a good bet because once the Greenland ice cap starts melting (and it has), it is impossible to reverse short inducing a full scale ice age in the Northern Hemisphere. I don't think there will...
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