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  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    This will require much coordination and the need for networks of trust of various types. Societies that have been burning up their seed corn when it comes to social trust will visibly come up short. Given how much slower and...
  • Commented on "Fuck every cause that ends in murder and children crying" — Iain Banks, 1954-2013
    "I hope he was spirited away by a GCU at the last second." That is so sweet. He was one of the few writers who makes me feel more confident that someday we will have a starship whose shipmind we...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    Yes, you are right. Before US entry, there was a great deal of opposition to US entry into the war, particularly from Irish-, German-, and Scandinavian-Americans. And after the dust had settled and the Versailles Treaty completed, most of the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    My point from the start has been the difference in the nature of opposition to WW1 compared to the opposition to the Vietnam War. I know about the Zimmerman telegram. In the US (at least when I was a girl),...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    That is a lot of conclusion to draw about me as a person from one post. I will spell out more explicitly what I mean. WW1 for the US was over - in terms of what ordinary people knew about...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    Communism was a pretty broad spectrum if you look at the whole thing, with let's say Prague 1968 (pre-invasion) at one end and the height of the Stalinist purges or Ukrainian or Chinese Great Leap Forward famines at the other...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    The hegemony part is handled by multinationals and banks and their servants (IMF etc.)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    The Vietnam war was not a total war like WW2 and the opposition to it was so widespread. WW1 for the US was over before people could really turn against it. And the opposition to WW1 was led by groups...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    "Seriously, I'd be startled if any book I've written to date is still being read in 2063. But I'd be very happy if I was alive to see it (not least because I'd be 99)" The odds of any of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    The existence of North Korea also reflects the massive invasion of Manchuria by the Soviets days before the end of WW2. (FDR had strongly requested that the Soviets attack Japanese forces occupying China within 90 days of the end of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    Strictly speaking, the US military did destroy the Viet Cong, which was an insurgency by southern Vietnamese. It was the conventional military of North Vietnam that won the war. Also, replacing a genuinely vibrant revolutionary movement (Viet Cong) with a...
  • Commented on The Fumes of Mordor & Other World Building Models
    Hangul is also popular because it simply works really well. It is quite easy to learn. (30-60 minutes and you can read Korean. You won't understand what you are saying, but you will be able to pronounce it.) It is...
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    My sense at the time was that the broad milieu of folks who had some sympathy for the point of view of the Oklahoma City Christianist terrorists were genuinely appalled at the slaughter. It seemed to put a damper on...
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  • Commented on No. Words.
    This is sad. This is why we need immortality. When we have star ships, one must be named "Fuck You Cancer, You're Gone and Iain M Banks Is Still Here"....
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    Also reply to 164: "It took less time to train up a maths graduate with no programming background to do the job than it took to train a programming graduate." Did those maths graduates study something different from "four years...
  • Commented on Me, talking
    I must admit that I hadn't realized that the tapping into quantum foam energy thing was such a "been there, done that" (or more precisely ("been there, done "its impossible""). Useful for me to find out what has been discussed...
  • Commented on Me, talking
    If the grid of roads that sold power to vehicles was dense enough, the distance you would need to be able to go on batteries could be quite short, except way out in the countryside. Also, if vehicles were electric...
  • Commented on Me, talking
    My apologies for disparaging. I respect all these efforts and am grateful for the quality of discussion here. It gets beyond both tin-foil agendas and pro-status quo biases. What I am really trying to get at is that if we...
  • Commented on Me, talking
    When we have figured out how to tap into the quantum foam for energy, all this genuinely excellent discussion will like the discussions in the 1800s about the limits on city size due to the inability to cart all the...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    "most advanced and civilized country in Europe falls to loony madness" At the risk of opening up a side discussion on a topic that can be hard to sustain rational discussion about, I think it is more accurate to say...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    In my perhaps limited imagination, I was not not so much focused on the AI after it has been created but on the groups of people trying to create an AI, some of whom may have figured out that the...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    "@ 128 Sorry, as an atheist, I don’t understand your question. Could you repeat that in plain English, please?" I was following up on a comment by sethg-prime; (#37) about Jewish and Christian atheists being different. I was also asking...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    If someone wanted to post or point to a list of some better credible near-future SF/"vision of a future high-technology society that could conceivably descend from the present", I would be grateful....
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Some forms of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism or Zen get pretty close to belief-free. (I am not talking about the surface-level multi-limbed deities etc.)...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    There is a novel in here somewhere about a kind of arms race with different factions racing to create _their_ kind of AI, assuming that the first one created will block the emergence of any others....
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    I would be curious to hear what the difference is. But atheists, do you mean the devoutly ungodded or do you also include the happen-to-be ungodded?...
  • Commented on The jet lag game
    I experience two different forms of jet lag. In one, my body knows what time it is, but that is different from what everyone else thinks. This is only a problem if my social obligations make it one. In the...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Two huge reasons for the different in youth now from the 60s is the greatly intensified competition for jobs and, in the US, student loan debt. When youth were dropping out, they knew they could easily drop back in whenever...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    I think The Hunger Games actually is a higher probability worst case scenario. The threat posed by Christianists is hyped to keep American liberals fearful and bought into the system, just the way that the threat posed by Islamicists is...
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