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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I certainly don't want to deny the existence of fundamentalist Christians (and even their prevalence in the US, if not in numbers then certainly in terms of public profile and influence) or belittle your negative experiences with them. I just...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    YEC is a thing in the Christian communities of South America and Africa. And those are non trivial numbers of people. That is unfortunately true insofar as Christian communities on other continents have been created by USian Christian fringe...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Im pretty sure there are Islamic Koranic Literalism. According to Islamic tradition the Qur'an is (literally) the Word of God. It was dictated to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. So the Qur'an is indeed a Holy Scripture and Muhammad...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    What do you do in the face of infinity, when claiming it all is not an option? Refuse to deal and claim the universe is less than 10,000 years old? Once upon a time I thought this was a...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    About the James Webb telescope (and its costs): I watched the White House Grand Opening and have since looked at a few more pictures, of which I have saved the Stephan's Quintett as a desktop background. I find it awesome...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    There's a long history of terrorists national liberation movement leaders becoming heads of state or prime ministers: to name but three, consider Robert Mugabe, Menachem Begin, and Nelson Mandela. Please also add George Washington and Fidel Castro to the...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Supreme executive authority derives from a mandate from the people! I am sure The People's Mandate (AKA Fabian Everyman, AKA The Black Pharaoh AKA The New Management) would agree completely. :-)...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Hi Charlie, a small correction to your original post: Thursday marks the 69th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and so forth. While she ascended to the throne after her father's death on February...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Re Uvalde police and their behaviour: I think you're all not cynical enough. I'd posit that the Uvalde police were doing their job, or to be more precise: they had no job to do in this situation, and therefore they...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I still prefer an income tax to a wealth tax that wouldn't affect the super rich, because technically they don't own their assets, and control can't be taxed. But they do have income, even if it's not monetary. So I'd...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    It's fun to wallow in how monstrous the bad guys are, but what are the protagonists going to do in response? Not much, I'm afraid, if the recent events are anything to go by. For instance, I vividly remember...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    MSB is a fossil fuel billionaire. I repudiate this allegation! (I'm assuming you refer to Muhammad bin Salman, the Saudi de-facto ruler, who is usually abbreviated as MBS.)...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Wait... is your counterargument that Earth is not a Desert Planet? and elsewhere: To cover a lot of posts here, about the need for a/c: the first problem with every one of you is that first, in at least...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Re: dealing with heat in Germany (to both Robert Prior and gasdive): Yes, we do have the occasional heat wave and yes, people do die during heat waves. However, universal installation of air conditioning units in tens of millions of...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    concerning unmaking billionaires: Ever since you explained the difference between ownership and control to us, I have this hypothetical going around in my head: If I were supreme leader of the world, I wouldn't recruit an army of forensic combat...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "Another factor is that there's been effort (regulatory pressure) to get housing insulated, which shortens the heating period of the respective dwelling yet again." And almost always overlooked: Reduces the need for A/C during summer. No. Not overlooked, but...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    As far as the original anti-(measles-)vaxx movement (the one that falsely connects vaccination and autism) is concerned, there is hbomberguy's informative and entertaining video essay from last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BIcAZxFfrc Summary in one sentence: It all comes down to a single...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    And y'all have forgotten the biggest, meanest, evillest war of them all: the war on Christmas! (YouTube-Link) The US certainly does love its war-metaphors. Jokes aside, there is also a clear pattern here: war on crime — crime won war...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Re urban planning, transportation etc.: Personally it has been my opinion for decades that all individual motorized vehicles should be banned. It's an evolutionary dead end, and the sooner we realize this the better. We should have realized it (and...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Here's a call to action from women in St. Petersburg that I received today. The civil society in Russia is still not dead. And protests are not dead. Women's day (8th of March) is huge in Russia. And this is...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    My mother bought an electrically assisted tricycle in the expectation that it would allow her to get around more easily than on foot (she was 83 at the time, had two artificial hips and has no driving license). She used...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    That's nothing! What about the F104 ("Starfighter")? In Germany alone out of 916 Starfighters that were bought 300(!) were lost through accidents; including 269 crashes that killed 116 pilots. It also was a crappy plane right from the start....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Made more difficult by the fact that even many humans apparently don't have enough common sense. So what about those who develop and implement the self-driving mechanism?...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    However, both are not overly fond of Russia, unlike your former guy....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    SFReader wrote: I […] sometimes jot down my notes elsewhere and copy&paste This could be the cause of your formatting problems. If the "elsewhere" happens to be MS Word or something similar and you then copy&paste, you also copy the...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    And an angle I'd like to see explored more, but haven't noticed anywhere in the main media: Charlie and some other people in this thread have already mentioned that Putin may be terminally ill. And there is a sense of...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Even to those of you who loathe video I can heartily recommend the two short(ish) videos about the Ukraine crisis by Adam Something. The first "Assessing The Russian Invasion Threat" (10'55) is from Febr 12th, and gives a broader assessment....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Heteromeles wrote: Sure, everybody unzips and waves around the turgid hypersonic, ultra-consumerist war toys, but how many actually get used, and how many are moneymaking scams for their manufacturers? However, that is a problem all of its own, because spending...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Huh? I thought it was long accepted wisdom that memories are not like a film stored on a medium and then replayed perfectly, but are newly created each time you remember something?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Basically I agree with your assessment of the US, except for the last five words. They're still far to US-centered. In reality it's mainly the rest of the world who's paying for the infection. How many people did the US...
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