• Commented on The gathering crisis
    This has been coming for forty years.....some countries had a long term plan in 1980....and some countries haven't got a clue about the phrase "long term plan". Evidence -- GDP numbers 1995 to today: - UK GDP has doubled. Hoorah!...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Economic Relevance of Russia This may not be completely accurate, but in 1990 Russia and China had approximately equal GDP numbers. Today, China's GDP is about x10 Russia's. So the war (and Putin's grandstanding) might just be about useless chest...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Charlie: Irrespective of the actual outcome on and after March 2019, reading your analysis has made me realise one simple thing: EVERYONE (yes EVERYONE) needs to create a personal CONTINGENCY PLAN ahead of next March Some of the comments indicate...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Re: The use of current norms in a far future Gandhi was once asked "What do you think about western civilization?" He replied "I think it would be a very good idea."...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    If you really want chapter and verse about the long and ugly western interference in the Middle East, try reading "Quicksand" by Geoffrey Wawro. It made my blood boil when I read it.......and the ugly and disastrous interference hasn't stopped...
  • Commented on Why AIs Won't Ascend in the Blink of an Eye - Some Math
    When we talk about "artificial intelligence", do we have any reliable measurements for human intelligence - so that we can reliably compare say IBM Watson with Albert Einstein? Can we measure the objective progress in artificial intelligence implementations from say...
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