Nancy Lebovitz

Nancy Lebovitz

  • Commented on What happens now?
    ESR is fine. I don't know what he's doing lately, but I assume more work on net infrastructure. The Catholic sf author is R.A. Lafferty. People here were worried about food shortages from Brexit starting on January 1. Brexit could...
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    I'll probably tell you folks which Catholic author it is sooner or later, but right now I'm more entertained by watching people guess. I'll let you know if someone gets it right....
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    Qanon isn't ISIS. It's not nearly as violent and doesn't seem to have even a fantasy of ruling. As for Catholicism, I'm inclined to think that religions, especially the older and larger religions, are ambiguous enough that people can make...
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    I'm still reading back in January 12, but I'm going to weigh in on the singular they-- it's always felt completely comfortable for me, and I'm not sure why. When I say always, I mean back into the 60s or...
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    If the people I know are a fair sample (progressive and I'm not sure how extreme they are as such things go), there is *no* *way* they will welcome converts. They will say their mistrust is warranted, I keep wondering...
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    How much good do folks here think ethics courses do?...
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    Sounds like a prime example of too much efficiency leading to a loss of flexibility....
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    I thought Deming's invention was using statistical methods of quality control, which apply to easily measured aspects of large numbers of the same thing. I don't have anything against applying quality control to management, at least if you can beat...
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    Thank you for letting me know. In general, I have a not-great habit of evaluating what I share by the amount of conversation it generates, but in this case, I've shared the Black Death material a lot, and I've only...
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    Research reconciling genetic knowledge about the black plague with historic knowledge. Covers the plague's spread into Asia, the Arabian peninsula, and Africa. https://www.metafilter.com/189868/The-Big-Bang Article which is only free till 12/31. https://academic.oup.com/ahr/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ahr/rhaa511/6040962...
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    You want governments to control rather a lot. Do you have ideas about how to keep it reasonably honest? https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/27/marijuana-legalization-corruption-450529 Yes, it would be good for people to have a basic understanding of science. Thoughts about how this can be...
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    Bright-sided came out in 2010, so probably little if anything about Trump. I don't remember whether it discusses Theranos (the astonishingly large blood test scam)....
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    Oops, I meant prosperity gospel, not property gospel. Freudian slip or finger macro (sometimes I'm my own autocomplete)? Cars are mostly about transporting people and stuff with protection from the weather, but to some extent they're also about storing stuff,...
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    Most of the property gospel is a lot more recent than slavery. I don't know how much of it is a mainstream belief, though there was some disquieting stuff in Barbara Ehrenreich's Brightsided about non-religious positive thinking (the belief that...
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    Probably of interest: Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World...
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    The kind of co-op I had in mind is a business. People get paid for working there, and the administrative work they contribute gets folded into their pay....
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    Sorry, that was meant to be a reply to Paul @630. CEO of Gravity who cut his own salary to $70K to be able to afford to have a salary floor of $70K for all his employees found that it...
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    Co-ops could at least be standard for smallish businesses, but even that doesn't seem to happen much. One of my fantasy changes for humanity would be a great increase in Dunbar's number, though even a medium-sized increase would probably make...
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    A combination of prediction and wish.... This is a reply to something way upthread. Anyway, the question was what big social changes might happen in the medium future-- changes as big as from a mostly agricultural economy to an industrial...
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    Downgrading teleportation to mean transfer of information rather than mass is like changing virtual reality to mean sound and visual instead of complete sensory experience. I think there's another term which also went from wish-fulfillment to feasibility, but I don't...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    In the US, I don't think there's any legal requirement for elected officials to be religious. The problem is that so much of the public doesn't trust non-religious people....
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    What would it take to get decent treatment for Uighurs?...
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    In re Chinese cotton: It's a lot easier to say "Never again" than to enforce it....
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    "How are they "legitimizing" this awful practice?" Like a government. It's our people (that is, we own them) and it's for their own good....
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    Fortunately, Westboro Baptist doesn't seem to be much like other bad US Christianity. They are (were?) a weird combination of legal trolls and family cult. We're fortunate that Fred Phelps didn't think in terms of expanding it beyond his family...
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    Billionaires disproportionately affecting policy increase variation for both good and ill. I have a frivolous fondness for tax exemptions for religion because churches would rent out affordable space to the SCA. More generally, tax exemptions probably make it more possible...
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    In general, a login only lasts a fairly short time for me-- I think it's a few hours. Sometimes I need to try logging in several times before it works, though that's been better lately. On the other hand, I've...
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    GRRM says he's opposed to "action" which means violence with no one getting hurt....
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    What are you supposed to do if you don't have a squashed pigeon handy?...
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    http://staunchbookprize.com/ I think this is a decent idea for a prize except that I get cranky because it shows a mental habit of treating violence against men as not even a perceptible problem. Could there be thrillers with no violence...
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