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  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    In this post, I will focus on Latin America 1. POLITICS: Latin America as a whole is becoming more right wing compared to the time when it exited the US-sponsored caudillo era. I realize that this isn't a completely linear...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Oops. Meant to write the Tories, not the UK government here....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    If after Brexit the UK government is likely to increase its share of the minority vote, then wow. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/21/labour-risks-losing-more-minority-ethnic-voters-to-tories-study-finds...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-extracts-gas-from-flammable-ice-mined-from-south-china-sea On the bright side: If it is inevitable for hydrates to escape into the atmosphere, it is better that they do so as CO2 rather than methane....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Going back to our previous conversation about North Korea, here's this article detailing Russia's relationship with that country https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-18/the-key-to-north-korea-is-russia...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Sorry to change the topic, but I found this article on Scottish offshore wind power https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-17/scotland-fights-to-keep-its-renewable-energy-dream-alive...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I meant to add: What if he makes that demand during the next election?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Agreed on their capability. My guess is that they may try to use the nukes to blackmail individual countries to remove the sanctions. What would May do if Kim gave the following speech: "If the UK doesn't remove the sanctions,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I hope you're joking!!! Such an ultimatum is likely to trigger China's defense policy with N. Korea. The policy basically says that China will defend NK as long as NK is not the aggressor. That ultimatum would make the US...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    How would TaaS deal with the popularity of large pickup trucks in the US (especially in greater Trumpland?) https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-most-popular-cars-on-the-road-in-the-US Remember, these people view any attempt to restrict their large cars as an attack on their "freedom"....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    This is an interesting development https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-10/tesla-s-solar-roof-is-finally-ready-for-you-to-buy...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I know they're a small minority, but I don't know how small they are? It doesn't help that they probably cluster in very influential industries: legal, tech, banking. I wonder if this describes the CEOs of Google, Zuckerberg, etc? Perhaps...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I'm going to partially disagree with you on this. There's a psychological aspect to this that you're ignoring. Some people don't want more leisure. I work with people in a Silicon Valley setting, and have worked on several teams. A...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Found this article which gives an example of the relationship between prisons and some small towns in the US. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-04-27/prisonville-in-southern-texas-could-soon-be-back-in-business...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    As an aside, schools in the US are structured in the same way....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    The short answer is "I don't know". There's another aspect of US police that makes reform difficult: it's decentralized and answerable to the lowest level of government. In short, you're not dealing with one police, but thousands of independent police...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Let me ask this question since I can't seem to find the answer on Google: Are any ONSHORE wind farms being currently built in the UK? I read yesterday that all subsidies for onshore farms were eliminated last year, and...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    A revolt is unlikely for the following reason: it already happened several times: Rodney King, Black Lives Matter, etc. Each time, the revolt was put down Remember 1. Police in the North evolved out of union busting. 2. Police in...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Based on the conversation about May's alignment in UK politics, I thought I might ask this of people here who are familiar with US history. Churchill has been described as an "anomalous 18-th century Whig". Could Donald Trump be described...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Since we're over 300, I thought I would post this news: http://abcnews.go.com/US/startup-kitty-hawk-backed-googles-larry-page-reveals/story?id=46990844...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I will answer multiple comments here so I don't spam 1. Storage https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-08/tesla-completes-hawaii-storage-project-that-sells-solar-at-night Tesla recently made a storage project in Hawaii which sells for 13.9 cents per kWh. Note that this is on a lightly-populated tropical island. Estimates I've seen...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/07/solar-power-growth-worldwide-us-china-uk-europe The relevant parts are quoted below "But despite the slowdown, the UK still led Europe for solar growth with 29% of new capacity, followed by Germany with 21% and France with 8.3%. Germany, which moved several years ago to...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Except that I don't think Trump thinks that much about France and Germany. His foreign focus (to the extent he has it) seems to be Mexico, China, and Russia. It would be ironic if the UK signs a free trade...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    This article is timely. Basically it states that migrants are still moving to Russia despite its average wages being below China's. Personally, I think that this article isn't really doing like-to-like comparisons, but the trend they describe is real. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-18/russia-still-a-migrant-magnet-even-as-wages-stay-below-china-s...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Ok. Now let's talk about the parts of the equatorial countries that aren't Bangladesh. 1. "Shifting rainfall patterns and persistent black temperature emergencies are probably going to render about half of China and India — not to mention the US...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I'm going to get piled on for the following: There's going to be a global warming related refugee crisis, but I'm not sure it's going to be as big as Charlie pointed out, ASSUMING the equatorial countries become developed. Note...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I would agree with your second thoughts than your first 1. I don't know how it is in Europe. Outside of the large cities in the US, obesity isn't as big a deal breaker as people think. It's still a...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The big wrench here w.r.t. Russian demographics is immigration. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states_and_dependent_territories_by_immigrant_population Russia is poor compared to the West, but not to parts of the world. It also has about 11.6 million immigrants. Plus, Putin can implement policies such as Christians only...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I'm not sure China is more polluted than the US was at this point in its industrialization. Look at how many superfund sites we have now https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Superfund_sites Probably if we used EU standards, the number would be much higher?...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    1. Smaller growth doesn't equal emptying out. I never made the claim that rural area growth has kept pace with the rest of the nation. You made the claim that rural areas are emptying out. That would require an absolute...
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