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  • Commented on If this had happened 30 years ago today, we would all have died
    m.l.leuschen: M. Stross is referring to 30 years ago because that was the time Russia almost sent the missiles up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incident Imagine if something big had exploded over a Russian city around that time....
  • Commented on If this had happened 30 years ago today, we would all have died
    It is nice. But America should still work to close the mineshaft gap....
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Some years back I read of a Danish program where they conscript citizens in lieu of jury duty and commission legislative white papers from them. I don't know if it's still happening, but it's another way to bypass the beige....
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    " In the early 19th Century, Americans were constantly forming and then dissolving associations for various purposes" Elaborating on this a little furhter, in the 19th Century, all Americans had a deep familiarity with parliamentary procedure, and seemingly a love...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    "The USA over the last 50 years, as it's devolved from a republic into a mere democracy." That is such a profoundly silly argument. The USA was never a republic or a democracy. The USA was, and is, an amalgam...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    In the early 19th Century, Americans were constantly forming and then dissolving associations for various purposes. Now, almost none of these paid their officers, so dissolution was fairly easy. Most famously, organizations devoted to the abolition of slavery simply disbanded...
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    In The Praise of Folly, the goddess Folly claims credit for the conception of every human being, pointing out that all humans are beholden to her at the moment they make a baby. The more intelligent the parents, the more...
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