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  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Anyway, the other problem with nuclear fuels is that the fuel is around for 20-50 years, while the resulting pollution is around for, what? 20,000-50,000 years? It doesn't matter, really. The 1000s:1 reward to crap ratio is massively unsustainable....
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    To use the Soviets as a metaphor and Leninist praxis as the trajectory, what we're looking at now is probably 1917-18. (9/11 was the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, or maybe the revolt of 1905.) Actual seizure of power...
  • Commented on The morning after
    The number of bits is just not a good indicator of quality of political debate. The French keep trying the keep the number of candidates at their presidential elections close to an optimum, but they have more trouble with too...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    The Venus project features a serious risk that the Filthy Rich would end up owning the planet. I know it is tempting to send your problems away to some faraway land, hoping that they die en route, but look how...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Right, so just because you can conceive shittier jobs (bargaining you go to Bangladesh...), he should be thankful and work for glimpses of illusion of getting shitty jobs here? By your account, the coal miners of the 1850s were not...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Ooooh, learn to programme. Of course. Programming cannot be mastered properly without some serious background education. Furthermore, all he would be doing is join the cohorts of the modern proletariat, and adopt one of the most stressful careers in existence....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    France actually has a slightly stronger natality than is necessary to renew the population, and also stronger than is typical in Europe. But yes, you get my drift....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    The thing is, "Liberty" is a multivalent concept -- as used in American political rhetoric it is usually applied to economic liberty Some of the fiercest defenders of liberty are those who want the liberty to reduce others to slavery....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I just don't understand how you jump from "sustainable" to "sclerotic". You seem to assume no possible progress and extrapolate that growth needs to be unsustainable, but that is just not true. In the 60s, the use of CFCs was...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Nah. Look at the number of children per woman in Iran. I am confident that population will stabilise. What I am worried about is whether ecological footprint will....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I mean "corruption" as any process whereby influence in government is traded for money or services, not necessarily something defined as corruption by law. By my standard, corruption is basically legal in the USA. So, depending how you mean is,...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I don't think that you need to curtail liberties to have a zero or near-zero population growth: look at Germany or Japan. All you need is a sufficiently advanced society. We'll get there everywhere long before population becomes a problem....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Your problem is not inertia, it's gravity. Different problems, same mass (or two different masses with precisely the same value for a large number of decimals)....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I do not mean to accuse you of rooting for the Chinese government, sorry if what I've written comes across like that. I was thinking of the useful idiots of the rent-seeking entertainment majors who sometimes praise the Great Firewall...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Yes, but emphasis on stealth and short notice. You basically cut the initial push off a ballistic missile. Even tastier, you could use kinetic warheads of arbitrary power -- basically you get something potentially as powerful as a nuclear weapon,...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I hate to be mean to you, but... Let us put aside the inherent difficulties of building a space elevator and large-scale space habitats. Assume we are building a space elevator; what does it look like? Not only is that...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Yes, but you have to hold tight to opposing Chinese-style authoritarianism. There are already significant tendencies to flirt with it in the West -- be it censoring the Internet to protect the innocent teenagers from pr0n, to ruin their lives...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Incidentally: after "14-year-old girl arrested over 'joke' terror threat to airline on Twitter", we now have "Dozens of teenagers are now tweeting bomb jokes to American Airlines". Rather than by civil liberty advocates, could it be that the moronic and...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Reading the thread, I see discussions on economics both local and world-wide, and discussions on politics at the national level. We have gap on world-wide politics (the field of international relations). We are living the tipping point of the US...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Doesn't vertical farming requires horizontally arranged suns? Your 30-story farms will require soil, and tremendous amounts of energy (because you want a little sun at every floor, basically). You can power these things with electricity, but that entails either suicide...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    If any dummy on the internet can work it out and it later happens that way Thing is, a dummy like that will appear to be right be reaching a correct answer from wrong premices and reasoning. It's a...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I'm convinced that nobody in the high levels of the Bush administration truly believed the WMD nonsense. It was a propaganda pretext manufactured to generate public support for an invasion Well that's my point. Iraq was not invaded by...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Always expect the worst and you'll only have pleasant surprises. That is where you are so wrong. There is a related principle in engineering that is called a "margin of error". But what you are describing is paranoia. Paranoia...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    I have long suspected the Vatican of being an interdimensional fortress -- [SPOILER ALERT] much like CERN is. As for the occult security of the Vatican, I suspect that it would actually befall the Dominican Order. As a general rule,...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Yes, I was rather surprised at "Geheime Sicherheitsabteilung", from the current goverment I would expect something more like "Geheime Sicherheitsdienst". My reading of the RPG manual is that the GSA is an independent organisation, probably parallel to the BfV. It...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    No idea. "Shin Gimel", perhaps?...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    There are elements of that in the Roleplaying Game manual, p.118 - 123 (if that is cannon (Spoiler alert)). In Italy, OCCINTEL has been federated under the aegis of the (officially acknowledged) DIS (Dipartimento delle Informazioni per la Siccurezza). In...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    and please note that "making them french" is quite likely to fulfill the modern definition of genocide, e.g. Hmm, it is more complicated than that. The official position was that the "Muslim" population (indigenous Algerians) could have their own...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I'd prefer not to go into too much details, just let us say that mjwalshe77 at 505 is not far off. What I described was my take on the thing. There are way for one of the vocational-oriented children to...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I have been around school teachers fairly recently, helping out. My experience was in one single school, over several classes and over several months (so you can judge how representative my sample has to be). The place was a European...
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