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  • 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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?...
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    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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    Disagree strongly with your prediction that the rural areas will empty http://www.agbioforum.org/v18n3/v18n3a02-artz.htm Look at Figure 2. Current US rural population is about 125% of what it was in 1900. This is despite the massive automation the region experienced in the...
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    I did not know that. Thanks for the info....
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    That's only true for civilian versions. The military has continued its research into supersonic engines, so the engine probably needs less catching up than you think?...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Actually, I was arguing that Portuguese would be an apex language, not that it would survive 1. It has currently 250 million speakers found on 3 continents South America: Brazil, any neighbors who wish to trade with Brazil Africa: Angola,...
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    First, Musk says that the optimal distance for a Hyperloop is 900 miles (1,400 km). The distance between NYC and LA is 3,944 km. http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-hyperloop-plan-2013-8 I think you guys are misunderstanding what I'm saying. I'm not saying that a transcontinental...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    To answer the second part. I don't really think that the slow speed was really appreciated back then. It was something that people put up with. A brief aside: I wonder how many people today would take advantage of supersonic...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Fair enough on the California geography. I also am not clear on how the Appalachian mountains would function as a barrier? FYI, Switzerland doesn't have high speed rail save for the Gotthard Base Tunnel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotthard_Base_Tunnel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speed_rail_in_Europe...
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    I agree this is technically possible to build a transcontinental high speed train. However, I'm skeptical of the economics. Currently, freight trains don't need to increase their speeds while passenger ones are financial losers for Amtrak. I do think that...
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    Thanks....
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    A brief correction to your idea. I think that NY to LA would still require aircraft. I doubt the US will have one high speed network. Most likely, the high speed rail networks will align with our electric grid, except...
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    When it comes to electrification and flight, I'd like to remind everyone a few things 1. A Boeing 747 is not a regional jet (talk of electrifying flight is often derailed by the impossibility of making an all-electric 747). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_jet...
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    1. Machine learning algorithms are likely capable to decode dolphin, whale, crow, fox, etc languages. If this is successful, then citizens would no longer be human-only in all countries. Of course, this would vary. 2. Total Fertility Rate can't be...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Since you guys are talking about religion, I figured this expose is on topic https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-28/how-utah-keeps-the-american-dream-alive...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I don't know if this going on to the same extent in other countries, but the mass closing of retail stores is going to have serious political consequences in the 2018 election. http://www.businessinsider.com/the-retail-apocalypse-has-officially-descended-on-america-2017-3...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    http://www.businessinsider.com/electric-flights-london-to-paris-could-launch-in-10-years-2017-3 All I'll say is that if I made the suggestion that this is possible, I'd be labelled a lunatic....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    This poll confirms my suspicion that Scotland's independence won't hurt May in 2020 http://www.businessinsider.com/poll-brexit-is-more-important-to-voters-than-keeping-the-uk-togerther-2017-3 This story is (on its face) good news for May and the Brexiter Tories. Or at least, they'll use his comments to justify to themselves that...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Reading the comments, what are your opinions that May would push to join NAFTA? After all, that is a trade agreement without any free movement of labor (especially with Trump in office). Plus, England would no longer be the odd...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I don't think England is desperate for electricity. 1. Even though it has less renewable potential than Scotland, it still has plenty 2. Without the Scottish MPs in Parliament, say bye-bye to many pollution controls. I don't know if the...
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