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  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    With respect to ridiculous ways to propel spacecraft, the one I like best is the "alphabet(a) drive": Place a sheet thin sheet of heavy metal laminated with a sheet of a strong alpha or beta particle emitter isotope at the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I think OGH's question in #2 is the crux of the matter: What is the meaning of a border ? Benedict Anderssons classic "Imagined Communities" offers one answer: A border circumscribes a shared mental model. Given the means and costs...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Nothing in the public record indicates that the purpose of SDI/Starwars was economic warfare. One of the better sources to intent is probably Colin Powell, who writes a fair bit about SDI in relation to the arms reduction negotiations in...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think the determining factor is how many trips around the coastline hurricanes are going to take. In the new climate, where the jet-stream (more) often gets stuck in wavenumber-6 configuration, the chances of a hurricane bouncing off and maybe...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The thing that really worries me about this particular trouser-leg, is that it sets USA up for something even more horrible than Trump in the next round. With a republican party where the young vote is pseudoquasicryptofacistoids, from gamergate to...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Imagine you wanted to drop a nuclear bomb on top of Malaysia, but your design was a big and bulky 1st generation design. What better way to *not* be attacked on the way in, than to dress up your repurposed...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I've been evacuated from a plane full of drunk german businessmen. Lessons learned: 1. Never wrestle the cabin crew. 2. Don't be drunk on planes....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    You are spot on with the origin of the "crying fire in a crowded theater" expression: It is the quintessential SCOTUS example that there are limitations to the 1st amendment. The metaphor is the brainchild of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.,...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Another couple trivial measure: Do not install "flameretardent" insulation, it only works in still air where the combustion products prevent oxygensupply to the flame. If there is a draft or chimney-effect, it burns just fine. If you move the windows...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I think the bigger picture here is that the traditional workers parties, Labour in UK, Social Democrats in most of Europe and so on, have drifted seriously right during the last 20 years. If you had shown Blair to a...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    "Total surveillance of everyone?" I'm going to say that is a given, but I would phrase it differently: "Spaceship-like living conditions" For there to be a relevant 2117 in the first place, a number of human behaviours and technologies will...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Usually a border inside a union becomes sort of culturally depolarized and smeared out, for instance the Denmark/Germany border. Is that also the case for the Scotland/England border ? If so, and if Westminster tries to scuttle indyref2, an interesting...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    For nuclear weapons & systems the first one is the expensive one (See also: F-35), so I don't think UK adding four more to the pool shifts the cost equation as such. However, it wouldn't be unlikely that USA forced...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I understand why OGH tries to summarize and not get too far into the weeds of the intricate UK/USA nuclear/defense relationship. Personally I think the most damaging thing Trump can do to UK's nuclear deterent is one of the things...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I lived in USA for a couple of years many years ago, and by and large, fell a little bit in love with the place. But since the 2000 election I have only been in USA once. Between the rapidly...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Global Albedo adjustment satellites. This gets us in to the payload size where it becomes practical to launch sunshades to mitigate our greenhouse gas polution. The military implications of the very same technology should not be overlooked....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I'm also old enough to remember Irelands past, although I'm one more body of water away from it. And yes, there are certainly people and issues which would be against unification. But the question at the end of the day...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    You think it will primarily be race riots rather than class- or age- riots ?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I'm surprised you single out Ireland for potential violence. To me they seem to have the simplest solution of everybody: Unification. Yes, there are still old grudges, but compared to the new grudges, they may not be that important any...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Charlie in your considered opinion, is there any risk this UK mess turn seriously violent?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I was referring to you blaiming UK's mess on BXL, and thinking that UK gets to call all the shots in EU. That's basically why EU is more than ready for UK to leave....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    If nothing else Greg, you certainly proves that John Olivers characteristic of the UK attitude to the EU/Brexit issue is not fiction....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    With respect to a royal intervention: It will not be taking sides, it will be conservative, which in this case means don't leave in a huff....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I wouldn't bet on The Square Mile retaining Euro business. Quite the contrary, a lot of EU people want London and the channel islands firmly outside EU and regulated with a very fine tooth comb to stop all the tax-evasion...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I actually think Boris has a good case there. EU has no interest in cutting EU and UK markets or trade apart. What Boris doesn't mention is that UK will have to pay EU for that access, just like Norway...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Until A50 is activated or alternatively, UK convinces EU that it will not be, UK is in limbo EU-wise. Either way, there is no going back to the VIP-membership status UK has (ab)used for 40 years. Considering that the open...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    ... who immediately announces that he was always a closet-revolutionaire, but didn't want to hurt mums feelings, but now she's gone, UK is going to become a proper republic. Election to the constitutional assembly will take place in a forthnight,...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    We're in full agreement there. The comments from EU about "minimizing uncertainty" can be taken at face value: They just want this over and done with, as fast as possible, but they also have a big desire to not dig...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Well, you'd better pray (or toast) her good health then because it would be really inconvenient for that plan to have a change of monarch this week......
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    First, I don't think EU would want the precedent set that some careless remark causes a country to leave EU. Second, why would they ? The fact that UK has gone total Monty Python and lost 10% of the £...
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