Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Weird thought: right now the US and UK have quantum leadership, schrodinger's pols, if you will. By that I mean that the PM and the President seem to be living in states of quantum superposition. In theory, they're two of...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Um, no, when we had the Civil War, there was a geographically unified slaveholding bloc and the rest of the country was finding other ways to industrialize. At this point, we're better off than the 60s, which had cities burning...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I'm a little twitchy about atmospheric shields or geoengineering. The problem is that those aerosols need to be lofted in perpetuity, or at least for a few centuries until we get the surplus GHGs out of the air. If we...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I have a bunch of thoughts on this. One is environmentally we don't have until 2045. We've got until 2030 or less. That's what's mobilizing hundreds of millions of people around the planet. The second problem is that it's not...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    In terms of the Ogallala aquifer, Heteromeles proposed depletion within 50 years (presumably based on that recent study in Kansas, if I've sussed out the correct source). But estimates vary; one I saw a year or two back suggested as...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    One thing that's missing is that, during the settlement of the West, there was this theory that "rain follows the plow," that where they cultivated more rain would fall. Largely this is self-serving BS (I'm not going to get into...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Pshaw. FDR, JFK, and Obama loved them some covert action. And some counterintelligence. That doesn't mean that the black bag crowd doesn't ride at the right stirrup of Attila the Hun, but that politics looks different at the Presidential level....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I tend to believe the Business as Usual Models, with [CO2] over 1000 ppm. That's where we're aimed right now. There are three big problems: --The people I talk with in the US generally don't get it. For example, in...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Thing about Keynes is that he's one of the few economists who passed a stringent test: he got wealthy on his own efforts (as I recall, he made a lot of money on foreign exchange). This is kind of a...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    It’s not at all nebulous. It is “an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state “ This is the established definition of the word,...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    On a new thread: this smells like good news: Cambridge Analytica pleads guilty, and the UK Information Commission now has their unencrypted hard drives. Wonder what they'll find in there?...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Personally, if we're dealing with either US or UK political shenanigans, my preferred response for any of them would be to Release the Smakken!. Then again, I suspect a world with smakkens in it would be rather worse than the...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "Cocaine Mitch?" Had to google that. I got to: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/05/04/the-kooky-tale-of-cocaine-mitch/ Which is a fact-check of the claim, which was raised by a failed candidate for the senate who was previous known for being the head of the coal company that...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Capitalism will be for the owners of the machines, of course. If you think capitalism is going strong with something like 20% of the world's population "surplused and useless" (e.g. retirees, the poor, etc.) then why should having a vast...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "Traditional tribal chieftainship?" I'm not sure there is such a thing, outside the ethnographers who tended to be working for colonial governments that were trying to systematize their subjects. Just as often (and probably going back to Rome), the "chief"...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Hetromeles @ 487 A slow-motion Reichstag Fire in other words? Alarming. Nah, that's what we've got now (look, the TSA is abandoning their posts, nudge nudge wink wink mad bombers, can't say we wouldn't mind a real emergency right now...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Um, you have read Graeber's Debt? He's not the only one to point out that a) the myth that barter preceded money has been shot down regularly for the last 100 years, only to be revived by lazy textbook writers....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I think the sun qualifies, and it certainly doesn't need our maintenance for another few hundred million years or so....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Nah, climate change is both an emergency and an excellent business opportunity, as Elon Musk, Chevy, and numerous solar and wind companies are demonstrating. The bigger issue is the Buggywhip Industries of America (there's another group called BIA that's not...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Poking around a little bit, I think the safe thing to say is that some granites have uranium, but that stuff is a heterogeneous mess. While it's conventionally thought to be an igneous rock (erupted from the mantle), apparently geologists...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I agree. It's impossible to summarize most of agronomy and horticulture into a few words. Getting the rest of this crowd to realize that plants are generally pretty smart about optimizing around multiple limits (light, nutrients, space, pests, etc.) is...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Hmmm. I think that's a little over-simplified. IIRC, the reason for the dwarf rice varieties taught in school wasn't to maximize grain per plant, but to minimize the problem of lodging, wherein grasses that got too tall got blown over...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    You know, I've wondered for years whether CASE NIGHTMARE BURNOUT was a thing. I suppose one solution is the "Stormbringer Gambit": publish the novel that ends the universe soon, then go back and color in the steps leading up to...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    My response to this question consists of:a) Hysterical laughter b) Another Laundry novel (hopefully, once I kick this depression that's stopping me writing) c) Advice: "buy tranquilliser futures" "Always look on the bright side of life (whistling)" Since I ran...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    About the photosynthesis tweaks: neat idea, but not a new one. I remember the physiologists rhapsodizing about this idea back when I was in grad school, and it's great they finally demonstrated it in one species. Anyway, nature figured out...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I'm not Daniel, but to clarify: we're stuck with 2100 as the bureaucratic planning deadline. That strongly conditions the 2035/2045/2050/blown timelines we're seeing. There are predictions about what happens after 2100, and they are great at focusing the attention. Usually...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Yeah, probably. Look at Trump's version of juche, for example. Reminds me that I want to get back to that Lovecraftian story I wanted to write, set in 1930s in the Rangrim mountains of what is now North Korea....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Geoff, I think we have the same definition of commons. The nasty part is the "ownership." In a traditional commons, say an irrigation system, there are owners. If someone else comes in and takes water, all the owners, or their...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I'm actually quite aware of the iterated Prisoner's Dilemma games, since I read the original work back before it got on radio. Going from what you're saying that there's an n-person iterated(?) Prisoner's Dilemma, then that's also fine. We've also...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Anyway, things to be thankful for: A clear picture of Ultima Thule. Looks like it's a contact binary with a surface made of some higher order ice fried red by interstellar radiation. Guess those Mi-Go are the right color for...
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