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  • Commented on A plaintive request
    All things are not merely relative to each other. There are fixed truths that they are also relative to, which can stand in for objective standards. So, you can objectively evaluate moral systems based on the breadth of what their...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    You're talking about different things. It's churlish to chide someone for inadequate positive efforts, seeing as how you have different ideas about what's most important, as long as you share values regarding the kinds of things that are good to...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    But it's a fictional setting. Maybe it works differently. Kind of like in Abraham's "Dagger and the Coin" series where a Baron seems to outrank a Viscount. Who knows, history took a different turn and the terms got switched....
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Favoring the faithful is an aspect of the fact that in what somebody is calling Phase 2 or religions, or whatever, the service of the faith becomes a moral act in and of itself. There is no purpose to the...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    For those who can't do "the google/bing/yahoo" it's also available for preorder in the US here https://www.amazon.com/Empire-Games-Charles-Stross/dp/0765337568/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469288859&sr=8-1&keywords=empire+games+charles+stross and here http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Empire-Games/Charles-Stross/9780765337566 Think I'll order, glad I relented with Nightmare Stacks instead of waiting for mass market paperback, preferably used. Hit the...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    To Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot you can add Calles, who wasn't really a communist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristero_War...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    We can decline to take action about something we disapprove of because we know we have to prioritize as a practical matter. Or rather, the action can be simply to note that there's something here you disapprove of and to...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    I like Dark Matter, too. It's not Great Science Fiction, but it's good fun storytelling with developing characters and a constant air of suspense and mystery....
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Here, let me channel CD or whoever for a while. All is going as planned. The middle east wants to give us a hard time? Let's show them how sneaky and wicked smart we can be. They won't even know...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    The Koran is arranged in order of chapter length rather than in the order it was written. This version of it was created by "the anti Islamic press" to make it readable. http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2008/12/abridged-koran.html...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    The gulf stream!!! Who needs it?...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Guidance is being provided, though not from the very highest levels, for Catholics (who are surprisingly numerous)on how to reconcile between different values in political responsiblity. In other words, they are being given permission to not be one issue voters....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Organizations NEVER mislead employees about what's really going on. The Spycatcher rule is for real, man....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Maybe the Laundry is pulling the strings. An organization like the Laundry would have paranormal influence over all important politicians, of one kind or another, or they wouldn't be important for long. They would cultivate this influence, and promote the...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Edit: close parenthesis--)-- after "Adirondack Park" and replace "roof" with "room"....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    I don't understand why cramming people into cities would help. Instead of 1 city of a million people why not 100 towns of ten thousand? It's the same thing, except the city is a bunch of towns all in the...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    What's the time frame on all this? Do we have fusion yet? Does that count as nuclear?...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    In an effort to provide a simple way to produce food directly from inedible biomass, scientists develop a bacterium (using genes from ruminant stomachs) that converts cellulose into starch. It gets out and thrives in the wild. Worldwide, all wood...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Are you kidding? It says in TNS that they evolved in a challenging environment where they had to survive air attack. So they would be able to move their heads. And the beam they use is some kind of magical...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    So, in the right hands (not trying to sabotage government at every turn) the term limits thing isn't crippling, merely not a panacea?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    At the end of the day power comes from carrots and sticks (bribes and force), but the people with the carrots and sticks find it cheaper and easier to motivate with more abstract carrots and sticks than with real ones....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Or maybe it could go like the Soviet Union. The conceit was that it was a Soviet of Republics, so the main part of it had to stop calling itself the USSR, it had to just be Russia. The conceit...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    TATAE JAPA SEJEA indicate lacks glorify-edness that's not important PARAU TUSA APAPUA JUMEA understander displays populatingness sortedness you are a person EMATPAPO ETAMPAPO ARAPUA JUJUA JAPA SEJEA (gestating)populate, (seeding) populate sayingness decidingness lacks glorify-edness saying "man or woman" isn't important...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    That bread and circuses dystopia exists already with all forms of regular 2d screen entertainment. In a way you could say it has existed since the advent of entertainment. As in, the original bread and circuses. There was a story...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    It will depend on what it's combined with. Comparing VR to The Internet is not apt. It's better comparing it to winged glider technology. It's not that powerful in itself, but it can be combined with other technologies very productively,...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The exact definition of fascism is hard to pin down, and any simple definition risks casting too wide a net. However, this one by Franklin D Roosevelt is very good. "The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Oh, is this the wrong place to post this? http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/06/edward-snowden-life-as-a-robot.html...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Immigration isn't a pure good or bad. It depends on the nature of the immigrants, how many of them, and how all that coincides with what your country is trying to do. If you want your country to remain static...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    No fish is ever spawned out of water. It only suffers when it leaves the water, or when the water leaves it. Change always causes pain. Change is also inevitable, so sometimes intentional change is necessary to prepare for the...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    There will also be a class of colonies whose export is immigration. Basically retirement communities. For a bundle of money you can migrate here and live in a dome with us. Set up with that business model as the goal...
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