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  • Commented on A reminder
    People are a mixed bag of different drives, many mutually contradictory at the same scale as Eco's fascism is full of eclectic contradictions. Different characteristics worked at different times in the process of evolution, so what we get born with...
  • Commented on A reminder
    The progressives who got things done always did it with the understanding that they could make a good deal by creating something eternal by sacrificing something temporary. This is to be contrasted with those who jump to the end, as...
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    It's not primarily any of those loaded (but essentially right) questions. It's the idea that things are supposed to be a certain way and that is being undermined, which it is. Propagandists are happy to supply targets to blame for...
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    --History doesn't circle, it spirals. Same old thing with a new twist. --Traditional media are getting consolidated, but the internet undercuts that. So, internet, watch your back....
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    I thought "medieval" aka "middle ages" covered the whole period roughly from the fall of the western roman empire to the final fall of the eastern roman empire (or the plague of 550 to the plague of 1350) with the...
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    America is in the ME because (1) a bunch of people hate us, so let's give them soldiers to shoot at instead of American civilians. And do it at their place, not ours. (2) you have to keep in practice...
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    Well, the idea is that it's a sort of moral code. Everyone treats everyone else on the basis of their evaluation of their morality and competence, while at the same time rendering benefit of the doubt to current status. So...
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    There is a huge evidence base regarding the effects of universal basic income. It's called retirement. The segment of people on some form of pensions is a huge test group. Or did I misunderstand? The only issue with extending what...
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    Agree. It isn't the lobbyists that are the problem, it's the creeping rigging of the system (to borrow a phrase) to make the lobbyists with the money so influential....
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    To qualify: As I understand it from the Huffington Post, race based discrimination is only one necessary component of racism. There also has to be a power dynamic. That is, the race based discrimination is only racist if it's being...
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    In the US the contest between the two parties has been for our left and right to compete to court the middle. But there are huge populations for whom ideas independent of the unidimensional left-right spectrum are vital. It is...
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    This is how my mother (who recalled the FDR era upside down raised arm flag salute) explained it to me, and how I understand it and thus why it's not necessarily a bad thing. The pledge of allegiance emerged as...
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    People that wangle slavery like conditions in the modern world don't think they have a right to own slaves. They don't conceive of "rights" at all, except as a line of BS they can use to gain advantage....
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    Perhaps, barring some other ideology resisting entropy, fascism is simply a natural force that exists in humanity, a default tendency of civilizations. Rather than a conspiracy....
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    Various notes. --Totalitarianism is a distance, not a direction. --Fascism became a synechdoche because they had a relatively abstract general philosophy rather than a mere parochial plan of action. As such they were tapping into and defining something that already...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    On the other hand, Mozi could be presented with 1. Documentation that play, at least in childhood, is universal and scientifically proven to be essential to cognitive development. http://www.playengland.org.uk/media/371031/a-world-without-play-literature-review-2012.pdf 2. Broad anecdotal evidence (among the ten thousand people) that all...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Re original post and global Operation Condor. How's South America now? You do real things by changing the people, not by targeting a few leaders. The character of the people is shaped long term, and like a seat cushion it...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    Mozi would disapprove of toys. Everybody has a job, and the job of children is learning. Effort spent making toys is effort that could be spent making life better for starving children the world over. Do you want a toy...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I can talk about it now because it's dead, so to your list of things the left did in America that helped the rich instead of their erstwhile base you can add Obamacare. It was a regressive tax via "public...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    "The Electoral College needs to be gotten rid of" It's in the Constitution pretty detailed. However, it can be made more democratic http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/11/9/1594792/-The-surprisingly-realistic-path-to-eliminating-the-Electoral-College-by-2020?detail=action#comment_64349170...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Nah, it's nothing special going on right now. All history is like this. It's just one damn thing after another....
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I participated in some fencing down at the community rec center when I was a teenager. I was one of the peasants, but the young attorney types in their twenties who came would often be overheard. I will never forget...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Very simple (thus probably wrong, I know): lose the secret ballot concept. Publish, online and available in print, exactly who voted and exactly how they voted. As an individual you can then check that your vote was on the list...
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    Some of the models they use to create these "probabilities" actually run many thousands of simulations, which are your alternate worlds. I guess on each run of the simulator they have random number generation of some kind and make the...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Climate change is happening regardless of what we do. Being "for" or "against" it is like being "for" or "against" the tide. The greenhouse gasses which have been added, were added before we knew or could do anything, will continue...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Many people are sure to have been overjoyed, or perhaps triumphantly vindicated, on hearing the results of the nationwide election Wednesday morning. On the other hand, I was just as surely not the only one to feel the proverbial sinking...
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    Empire Games sounds awesome, and I'm also looking forward to that far future space opera and high fantasy!...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    If it's gameplay you're after in tabletop gaming, you can use nails instead of figures. You need various kinds with wide heads so they stand up. Much cheaper. And once you get the gist of it you can write your...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    So gun crews would be the most likely to use the patch. They stay below decks and the only flash they see is the one they make. But they need to be able to see to prepare the guns for...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    "I can't imagine an immortal's long-term experience would be anything other than a constant state of future shock" I think they'll get used to it like frequent travelers get used to often waking up in strange places. I remember when...
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