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  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I'll chime in on the economics of space travel. I'll also be restricting myself to the inner solar system for this discussion. The biggest problem I have with economic arguments for space colonization is that most were made in the...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I think that this is a good scenario. It runs into what may or may not be a huge problem: demographics. Our civilization was stuck at the high birth rate stage for over a hundred years because industrialization was slow...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Thought you might find this article on sand interesting https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-10/once-worthless-commodity-now-fetches-billions-in-plains-of-texas...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    In case anyone here is interested, it seems that post-911 undocumented immigration to the US peaked in 2006 and has been declining. Also, border apprehensions are down to what they were in the 1970s. http://www.businessinsider.com/migrants-us-mexico-declined-border-crisis-2018-7...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I haven't read all the way through, but here are my thoughts on the Aztecs. When comparing Eurasia with the Americas, you're missing the impact that a lack of many domesticated animals had 1. No dangerous nomadic barbarians. Eurasian civilizations...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    It seems that in the past few days, there's new evidence supporting my position on the future of the Republican Party. 1. This Guardian article has backed up my position about white millenials ditching Democrats. "Today, as many white millennials...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    A few stories came to my attention that may be of interest to you guys 1. It seems that a quarter of meat in the US is devoted to pet food. I was surprised when I read this article, but...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Actually, the situation with Abkhazia and South Ossetia is far more complex than you portray. While those regions were technically part of Georgia, they have had their own governments since the 90s. In other words, it would be like Cypriot...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I know you're from another culture. I'm saying this as a friend: please stop! This is a Western Blog, and under the moderation rules you're likely to get banned. I didn't mean to provoke you, but "nasty national stereotypes" are...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Nasty "national stereotype jokes" are part of the definition of racism in the West....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    1. In my opinion, the Moonshot was the equivalent of building a house from the rooftops first. The technology did exist, but was too cutting-edge to be sustainable. All it did was give NASA the idea that they could just...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Actually, I half agree with you. I agree that using smart bombs doesn't make stupid wars less stupid. However, I think you miss the purpose of these bombs. They're not meant to reduce collateral damage, except as a side effect....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Actually his support has been growing. According to Gallup poll, his support is now 45%. It's tied to Obama at 45% and above Clinton at 44%. Keep in mind that both of these Presidents lost the House at this point...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Found this interesting. A conservative millionaire whose been trying to get affirmative action removed brought a suit against Harvard over what he says is discrimination against Asians. He's the guy who bankrolled the case which went to the Supreme Court...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Thanks for remembering. My apologies to Charlie....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I did not know that about the Oxus, thanks. As for Poland, remember that there was talk about "refugee quotas". So mix in paranoia about Germany and Russia with the way Germany has been domineering over Greece/Italy/Spain/Portugal over the Eurozone...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I don't remember which conversation it was. It was definitely an old one I participated in, maybe 2013? This is one case when I should have held off and then deleted that part. I think (but I'm not sure right...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    (cont) "‘Russia already has 11.6 million immigrants’ – see above re: double-counting." The number might have a margin of error due to double-counting, but don't forget that Russia isn't the only country which keeps these records. Other countries keep records...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Thanks for the report. Actually, there's plenty of evidence to the contrary. I don't exactly know how Russia compared to other Eastern European countries back then, most Eastern European countries had similar survival mechanisms after the fall of the Soviet...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Got a citation for this? "about one quarter of all Russians still rely primarily on their own veg plot/land for their daily sustenance."...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I think that the picture of immigrants in Canada and Australia is complicated by the fact that most of the immigration is Eastern (East and Southeast) Asian. To what extent are neocon stereotypes of Eastern Asians based on the US...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    "Across the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan." As both Nojay and I noted, this route is not useful for commodities. As I pointed out to Heteromeles, this route is useful for oil or natural gas. However, I question whether or not...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Her commenting style is in a lot of ways similar to Donald Trump's speaking style....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Thank you for your response. I know I may appear hostile, but I don't have that good a knowledge of the region. Thank you for being patient with me....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I'm not necessarily in favor of admitting Russia into the G7, but I think this line is overdone "This demographic stagnation is also a good reason for not re-admitting Russia into the G-7 (G-8) because their potential net contribution would...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I realize that you've decided to limit your posts. Likewsie, I don't mean to dogpile you. However, a few lines caught my eye that I figured I need to respond. About the Baltics demographic crisis 1. Estonia's population has grown...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    "the rest of the republics that came under very extensive foreign influence." Can you give me a list of which republics you're talking about, besides Ukraine?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Another thing to consider: the picture you get about murders in the US is highly distorted. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2012/12/listening_to_the_latest_media.html Ignore the data prior to WWI (the US was far more rural and less industrialized back then). In terms of homicide rate, we're...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    You're right that the Silk Road as initially envisioned by China (Beijing to Berlin) is on life support. If the trains have to travel through countries that are under sanctions (Iran and Russia), that makes any investments very risky. However,...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    "Controlling the overland movement of stuff isn't necessarily as cool as it sounds, because it's cheaper to send a cargo ship through a canal or around the capes." If it's so inconsequential as you make it seem, then why is...
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