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  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentina_Tereshkova#Personal_life Valentina married cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev on 3 November 1963 at the Moscow Wedding Palace with Khrushchev presiding at the wedding party together with top government and space programme leaders.[68] The marriage was encouraged by the Soviet space authorities as...
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    Whereas if you redesign the thing around robot capabilities, the problem becomes a lot easier I expect that as household robots become a thing, new houses (apartments, etc.) will begin to be built with this technology in mind. It is...
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    50 years from now on Mars- a small base or three. 100 years from now- like Antarctica today, maybe somewhat more if there's evidence of life. 200 years from now (“The Expanse” time)- definitely NOT 2 G people there. What...
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    My favourite nightmare from his collection was a computerised control unit that would reset if its power supply glitched, e.g. due to its user shaking the battery by hitting the water. When this happened it rebooted into standby mode. What....
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    Note that Mars comes with special problems that don't apply on Earth, like keeping toddlers out of the airlocks and keeping teenagers from running wild. Even worse: Keeping smart (but not yet experienced) teenagers from getting creative...
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    So socially it's a lot more like the Soviet bloc than the early 21st century EU or USA, albeit with much better planning/control/management and a governing ideology which boils down to lifeboat utilitarianism—"we're not building utopia, we're just trying to...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    where not only were the economic issues gone but so were all the non-whites, non-Christians, and other minority populations that offend their right-wing social conscience and women knew their place was in the home putting supper on the table. Couple...
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    That works too!...
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    Third, who are the "elites" the decry? As mdlve put it, "the elites" are more an idea than an identifiable group, but I would put it this way: Anyone who appears on TED talks, anyone who sits in TED talks...
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    On another online forum I frequent, someone asked apparently in all seriousness: "Will Biden protect Clintons"? Yes, there are people who still believe that Clintons (particularly Hillary) "will be arrested any day now". Or maybe not, now that Biden is...
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    What do Cuban-Americans have against food trucks in Toronto?...
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    Heteromeles -- Serious question: What is your definition of a Millenarian cult, and why does Mohammed not fit it?...
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    Lying fuckin weasel! The absurdity of that excuse is precisely why I quotes that part of the article. And yes, I absolutely would not be surprised if he were a Dominionist. Although he went to Air Force Academy about a...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Trump condemned the rioters: https://au.news.yahoo.com/trump-turns-on-supporters-in-new-video-014537116.html Trumpists are already claiming it is a deepfake. And for once, they have a point -- he does sound unnatural and robotic in the video. Me, I think it is because he is reading this...
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    Fascism is only an attractor if you have an external or better still internal "enemy" to blame for everyone's sufferings. No would be fascist ever had a difficulty manufacturing such "enemies"....
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    The "zip tie guy" has been identified: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2021/01/09/insurrectionist-zip-tie-guy-identified-as-retired-air-force-lieutenant-colonel/ The Air Force Academy graduate claimed to have found the flex cuffs he was carrying on the floor. “I wish I had not picked those up,” he said. “My thought process there...
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    But if he resigns he could run in 2024, and knowing his narcissistic hunger for his base's adoration, he will run again in 2024. I think much more likely, Ivanka will run. Or Donald Jr....
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    Worked examples: the first Russian revolution of 1917 (not the Bolshevik one, the one that ended up with Kerensky in charge), and Weimar Germany (which admittedly had other problems). As examples of "centrist coup", or even "centrist coalescence", these are...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    But, imagine an explicitly anti-immigration and anti-corporatist presidential candidate who ran on a platform of supporting lower classes and rural areas, along with mild transphobia. I suspect, and fear, that they would win. I think you just described a typical...
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    Russian and Ukrainian sound rather different. Ukrainian is much harsher....
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    Isaac Asimov would approve!...
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    So if I wanted to annoy a few people, I'd describe prosperity theology as cargo cults for white folks? Personally, I would call it "sympathetic magic for white folks", but your description is accurate enough...
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    You want governments to control rather a lot. Do you have ideas about how to keep it reasonably honest? To whom were you responding? I'm inclined to blame conventional schooling for a lot-- in particular a structure which keeps students...
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    And an engineer thinks: 'how hard can it be to solve a political problem? It's not like it's a hard engineering problem!' Both Koch brothers were MIT engineers. And when they saw what they perceived a problem -- rich people...
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    Because one of the few things that unites voters across the political spectrum - Republican/Democrat/Conservative/Labour/Liberal/NDP/and every other party out there is their refusal to give up their car and either the possession of the house in the suburbs or the...
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    Actually I think Putin cares about Russia rather more than Trump cares about the US That is almost certainly true, but "more than Trump cares about the US" is a very low bar to clear...
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    Well, there's opportunity for much finer hair splitting than that. What you're really talking about there is Rule of Law (as opposed to Rule of Man), something that monarchies can (and do!) have just as well as republics. The common...
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    I can't understand why you'd rather be an oligarch in Putin's Russia than Obama's (Biden's) America. A lot of oligarchs, particularly the ones who inherited their wealth as opposed to making it from scratch, literally never think of anything bad...
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    Over 300,000 Americans might disagree with that. I see your point. I interpreted the word "terminally" along the lines of global thermonuclear war....
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    Why would they change what they've been doing for four years? Of course they'll keep doing stupid things. Well, Greg Tingey asked about terminally stupid things. They are not there yet....
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