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  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Why would Krugman have needed to specify any models? Maybe we should stipulate the basic data points (again), the USA has Higher (per capita/aggregate GNP Percentage) health care costs than ANY OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRY and Worse outcomes by any statistical...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Re Dystopian Futures, Death Race 2050, Now playing on Netflix (Or was that only last month?) The United Corporate States (With an obvious President based on the Hairpiece that Walks like a man). The "States" were kind of lame, something...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Tracing it all to 9/11? How about the US Supreme court 5-4 (Partisan) vote on Bush vs. Gore? An honest ballot in Ohio (Voter Suppression) or Florida (Where besides hanging chads, there were butterfly ballots and uncounted absentee ballots where...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    What is Kim Jong Un's (official) term of address? We had Great leader (Grandfatehr), Dear Leader (Father)?...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Re the appeal of registering as an "Independent" in the US; Multiple reasons for that, including the desire to be seen as "Thinking for Themselves" and claiming they will vote for the individual, not the party. Hard to explain to...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The astronomical (Water) bills are already a problem in some municipalities in the US; Detroit has a couple of suburbs that contracted out their water departments to the Hedge Funds, etc. NOT a good idea, unless you are an executive...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    What is "PDP" ??? Scalzi and SJW I get. I was only exposed to the concept of SJW through following a link on this blog. Really tiresome when people include too much slang and obscurantist terms....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    This concern for the nature of "work" is a bourgeois conceit. Or maybe it is a construct. First Point, I refuse to take a "Job" where I have lost money the instant I turn the key in the ignition of...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Re, Russian Rail Gauge incompatibility. No deep conspiracy/plan involved, the "Russian" 5' (1.52m) "Broad Gauge" adoption was an almost casual decision based on the importation of a complete US southern manufacturing concern to build motive power for the Leningrad-Moscow Railway....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    RE our Hosts comments about US racism, disasters, etc. Post Katrina clarification, other than the members of the New Orleans Police department running around shooting "Looters" who just happened to be Minority group members. A couple actually are going to...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Re Planning/Authorization for the "Final Solution" Actually, IIUC, the Heer (Army) (Not the SS) was marching around Poland in the fall of 1939 committing "The Usual Atrocities", mainly against Jews. So it was deeply embedded in the Reich cultural DNA....
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Received an email (Today, Tuesday Afternoon) that my pre-order has been shipped from the other major US Bookseller (the one that isn't named after a South American River); Kind o disappointing, it was in the store Friday, and here it...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Mixing the groups. This is one of the functions that used to be served by Public Schools. The incoming Trump administrations putative Department of Education is nominee is a known Voucher/Privatizer enthusiast. Public schools were NEVER about teaching critical thinking,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Gruppenfuhrer Pence? How about we describe his as (Would be) Lord Protector Pence. Or se are stuck with the Hairpiece that walks like a man. (I like that one)...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Thanks Greg, already seeing some of it (The Woods of NW Arkansas, DEEP red territory), just trying not to sink into a black fog of depression. Or get yellow carded/banned....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    And what is wrong with Colonialism 2.0? I don't like it, but the current variety of Islam comes with toxic social and political ideology embedded, admitting more than token numbers will only poison our own, WEIRD society. It's a forced,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Actually, Republican State legislatures have been dutifully passing a petition for a Constitutional Convention. They only need three or four more at this point (Two Thirds). Read some RW fiction, they really think things like a (Mandatory) balanced federal budget...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    The nightmare at this point is the "Republicans" control ALL THREE branches; The only thing blocking the rolling back of the New Deal (FDR) and Great Society (LBJ) programs they (or their Donor Class) don't care for was- President Obama....
  • Commented on The Day After
    Re (Up thread) the potential for electoral fraud, my understanding is the Machines in use in Ohio in 200 and 2004 did NOT create a back up paper tape. And Republican underfunding means states have NOT spent the money for...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Going back to an earlier thread, the Caste War of Yucatan did NOT end until 1900? (or was it 1920?); (Read the book twenty five years ago); The insurgency just went on and on.... Mexico still isn't in firm control...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Re, Mid List Death Spiral; Nightmare Stacks was NOT available at the local B&N; I asked, nope, nope, nopity. From Observation, Xtian Romance and Lou Wesley, Rawls are more to local tastes. The entire "Political" new release Non-Fiction section is...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Actually, world wide 75% of "dogs" are what we would consider "Feral", not well trained (Disciplined?) "Pets"; Here in Amurika, you get the Thugs and their Free Range Pitt Bulls. There was a Feral dog attack in Dallas (Texas) a...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Speaking if Cthulu, a travel article about Lovecraft and Providence Rhode Island from the NYew York Tines. Today or Yesterday? http://p.nytimes.com/email/re?location=InCMR7g4BCJTYuyKqXu41nIP79Eb5EgZ&user_id=2e789514d27b058b82ae762f124b542d&email_type=eta&task_id=14710736269796®i_id=0 Great, hope I pasted the link correctly. Will go back and copy again.......
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Re, Charcoal Iron, it actually hung on in the US for special applications (cast Iron?) through the 1880's; Eastern Iron Companies were left with extensive tracts of forests that had been managed on a twenty year cycle, they became corporate...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Standard ammunition for the British was projected to change to a .276 cartridge, they were preparing for troop trials in 1914; Thus the origin of the (Mauser derived) P14, designed around that cartridge. Which, after contracting to three US manufacturers...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Great analysis of the costs and implications of Small Arms Procurement, add the tendency of bureaucracies to shave pennies. C. J. Chivers wrote about how America equipped the Afghans(?) with a (slightly cheaper) folding stock Rumanian AK, making middle range...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Discard the Tragedy of the Commons? I don't think so, we may need a new concept to attribute the fishing out of the Oceans, or Peruvian Artisanal Gold Mining in he National Park; Or Ivory Hunting and probable Elephant Extinction....
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Somewhere up thread there was a query about what is a Submarine (Diesel Electric) good for. Well, not much if you are thinking in terms of a Mahanian clash of Battle Fleets, which a lot of (cough, Japanese) did, leading...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Actually, a lot of the early industrial revolution was incredibly small scale, basically artisanal. One of the supporting factors of the take off may have been a high level of artisanal craft skills in the general population (part of my...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Weinberg's Woodpecker? Stigler's Law? Never Heard of 'em. SHAPE to me was "Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe" (or SHAPE HQ, which was redundant, but... still a 970's usage?) Are these "in" group jargon, or serious concepts the layman really should...
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