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  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Destroying architectural heritage... meanwhile, in the US, a 100 yr old house is only in certain areas, and not most of the country. They tear down nice places, and put up cheap (and overpriced) crap....
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    Fresh air......
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    Come on, really? The US's energy independence is based on fracking. Have you noticed any pushback against fracking? And demographics? ROTFL! I think that the only reason the US population is still going up is... immigration from Central America. The...
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    Of course, the USSR going into Afghanistan wasn't helped by the US's heavy support of the warlords. Gee, wonder what happened to all those weapons we gave them?...
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    *sigh* In the US, the GOP has not had a clue about R&D since the end of the Moon Race, with a *very* slight burp in Raygun's SDI. Around '12? '13? one of my Senators was on campus for an...
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    I can't see a war between the US and China. The one "good" thing about globalization is that the supply chain is globalized... and I think too many things come from China that the US military needs....
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    1.8x10^12: not just a Good Idea, it's the law!...
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    Sure, we can. When a) you give folks right out of school a chance to *learn*, and not have them right mission-critical code, and b) when management gives us the chance to do a good job. "There's never time to...
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    Let's just say metric.......
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    Ah, yes, US-written navigation software. When I stage my coup (all one of me), and become short-term czar of the US, one of the first things I'm going to do it order ALL UNITS IN CGS, and GET RID of...
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    Actually, I'm hoping China *doesn't* invade Taiwan, given that an "independent" (under the control of the 0.1%) is significant in the end of the novel I'm currently working on, and it's set about 105 or so years from now.......
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    Nope. That was a huge amount of media coverage, and the right and the media wanted to see Altamont as the anti-Woodstock. However... come on, the Angels are only one small motorcycle club, they had no national affiliates or any...
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    Not sure. Perhaps national propositions, to allow citizens to push an act when the legislature won't. Perhaps a way to have "standing" in the courts, if you cannot *directly* show harm. Protests, on the other hand... there are a *lot*...
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    Ok, on this, I can speak authoritately... being a hippy. Yes, when I moved away from home, I put together a small commune in an apartment. I wrote an occasional column for the Distant Drummer, Philly's underground. Then my first...
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    Wait, you think that your lord&master, his grace, the cat, *isn't* running things?...
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    I have to admit to being somewhat amused by yct about "the unraveling of globalization", when a) auto manufacturers use a *lot* of robots, and b) the "War on Coal", which is actually the "War on Coal Miners", who are...
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    You're talking "off the grid". That works, if you care to live like that... or at least until the land you're living on becomes of importance to the Powers That Be....
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    Charlie, Krugman is in-joke stealing from you.... "Financial industry types often talk about the FAANGs: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google"...
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    Death of a spouse, yep. In the US, at least, for older spouses, the average survival is 5 years (my mom lasted about that after my father died). I am 100% sure that I developed cancer 3 years after my...
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    Oh, btw, I was at the Ring of Fire Press open house yesterday, and was told the publication date of 11,000 Years has slipped to 10 June....
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    [shakes head] The issue is power to keep going, to chase something that doesn't need to stop. And can go up and down all day. Saw a video a while ago, a jaguar? cheetah? chasing some other critter, the critter...
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    Um, nope. Cheap drone subs? Really? How long do you think they could go underwater? You don't think big subs could outrun them... or run into them and smash them? Hell, heavy sonar might do it for them. And cheap...
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    Aircraft carriers, specifically, and carrier groups, in general, are mobile military bases, relocatable. Fighting a real opponent? Who was the forcably-retired admiral, 15 or so years ago, who defeated the USN, by attacking with a ton of small, small craft...
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    I haven't seen anything suggesting that the world population has peaked. I've seen suggestions that it could peak by 2050 (VERY good). On the other hand... "The way the PRC is throwing its weight around, with almost no regard for...
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    Off-topic amusement. it's late enough in the day that I went to faceplant. It's offline....
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    Back in the day when Superman was really Superrman. I have a collection of early daily newspaper strips, up through around '41. One of the villains he takes on is a slumlord....
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    Saw that - so, a villain espousing a villainous agenda. Like John Galt, or IQ 45. One reason I've never quite gotten why folks like/emulate villains. I prefer the good guys....
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    I was active in the SCA from late '75 through '81 or '82. Fought heavy. Fastest I ever saw someone qualify as ready to fight was 3-4 weeks, and *she* was not only at fighter practice both days/week, but several...
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    Given the most feared assignment, from what I've read, in the Nazi army was the *eastern* front, why not revive the Red Army? Because the authors, esp. Kratman, are literal fascists, I see....
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    Oh. Since I knew nothing about him, I hadn't looked. Ghu. And since Ringo is willing to put his name on this crap.......
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