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  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I don't see the Rural/Urban split being that great; "Deprived" inner city youth can be just as lost in the Undergraduate Jungle as your "Rural" youth, they both have some exposure to the National Media culture (Cable/internet), part of it...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Re British invasion to "Repossess" India. Nah, more like Bismarck's apocryphal response to the prospect of a British invasion; "Send the Police to Arrest Them"....
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    It doesn't matter, the last mass E.coli(?) Broccoli(?) outbreak in the US was traced to fecal contamination from the field workers in the California Central Valley. Walmart was recently touting a new, computerized system development (not implemented, just a plan)...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Read a claim (where?) that the Russians already broke the equilibrium with a new generation of hypersonic cruise missiles. But being Russian Tech, what is the likely failure rate?...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think a horrible new weapons technology is even less likely than aliens. Weapons tech has been pretty linear like, forever; The problem is how the Mil SF crowd perceives it. Examples, the Machine Gun in WW I; It was...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    And have been largely neutered in the USA; Or at least "Management" has so many tools for their suppression, that it is very hard to organize a resistant sector (like Walmart). Walmart frequently does (anti) union things that are ILLEGAL...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Yes, but Americun RW/Red State voters are CONVINCED that is what the Democrats do, take their hard earned money and give it to "Those People" lounging in their welfare hammocks. The exact inverse of reality, and when you try and...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Actually, such collective living already exists (sort of) for well off US "Seniors". My mother lived in one ($4300/Month) for the last two years of her life, and I sat through a catered lunch sales pitch for another (New one)...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Re extreme premature births: Depends on who is doing the "Deciding"; The American Pro-life people seem disinterested in WHO is going to pay for the neo-natal intensive care ($250K per DAY is the number I have heard) and even less...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Yes, major problem. Be aware, much of the "Rural" population was dependent on the economic activity generated by the local manufacturing plant of some sort, so many of which have closed. There are not enough Walmart and Amazon distribution centers...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    actually, in 1917 any respectable factory had it's own railroad siding. Loading dock straight into box car, car load lots to distributor/wholesaler. Who had their own Rail access....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    USA Transcontinental High Speed Rail? IIUC, US Transcontinental (passenger) Rail used to frequently involve a change in Chicago; All the Major Eastern railroads went to Chicago. Chicago is STILL the major mid continental freight car (Container) interchange point, with major...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I think there will remain a Network Standard English, "For Engineers" if nothing else. American usage seems to be winning, at least in Europe, watched a bunch of YouTube videos about English in Germany recently. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW5Cg3Zb0M4 Dialect speakers (Nigerian, Ebonics,...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    More on British Cavalry "Mechanization" 1938-39; One of the minor might have been, the Cavalry wanted to continue pursuing cavalry roles and missions; It is unclear how much the procurement decisions to emphasize "Light" tanks over the "Cruiser" series (A9/A10/A13)...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Actually a reply to multiple comments about the utility of Cavalry in WW II; For the US, it was the logistics as much as anything else; EVERY horse/mule requires that 25 lbs. of Feed and Fodder every day, which would...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    But how many of the British )futile) charges into German Anti-Tank guns in the Western Desert in 1941-42 were due to the "Cavalry Mentality"? It is a question you can't find the answer to in the archives....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Yes, good call that one. The British Army was the ONLY military with a fully mechanized (Truck bourne) logistics structure in 1939; There is an extensive literature on Mechanization (Armor) in the 30's, which sometimes touches on the Motorization. Among...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    RE Splitting California, not gonna happen; There was a discussion on Daily Kos a couple of days ago, American Republican operatives want to create another safe "Red" state (Two more senators, Electoral College, etc.). Taking clues from the principals behind...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    The whole Eric Flint 1632 alt history universe. Too many down timers with modern sensibilities, but still great fun while waiting for the next part of Empire Games....
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    Re Pascal's Mugging. Why? Only $5? The Bishop of Rome (Pope Francis) said just give them the $5. https://nyti.ms/2lomY7L Why agonize over it?...
  • 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)?...
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    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...
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