Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    This is what is tearing the US apart, that freedom is somehow compatible with slavery cannot be sustained. I think there's a simple explanation for this thinking: it's the idea that people are not equal. It's 'Freedom for us, slavery...
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    Beat me to it. While the 1500 km ceiling is nice, 4.5 km/sec is still slow compared with a bolide coming in between 10 and 70 km/sec. And its warhead is 1.5 tons, which is nice. This is where the...
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    And there's the fracking West Virginia vs. EPA ruling: EPA can't regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants: https://www.yahoo.com/news/supreme-court-limits-epa-curbing-140541946.html MARK SHERMAN Thu, June 30, 2022 at 7:05 AM WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate change,...
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    Enslaved labor was how they could best serve Mammon centuries ago. That they still rely on white supremacy after all these years doesn't speak well of their capacity to learn new tricks. Why bother to learn new tricks? Prisoners can...
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    Actually, the anti-bolide defense is interesting because it looks like super-science might be required for some essential parts. Here's a couple that keep nagging at me: Time to orbit. Assume you've got a ground based ABM (anti-bolide missile) coming in...
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    the once and future guy, unless various unguaranteed circumstances intervene, i'm afraid Well, that's why everyone who doesn't want that, who can get involved in US politics (mostly by funding candidates and sending messages to their reps) NEEDS to get...
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    Just in general, major wildfires and hurricanes emit nuclear-war level energies, but spread out over days rather than microseconds. I completely agree that igniting South Asia for political reasons is stupid, and I don't particularly care what those political reasons...
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    Just did a bit of checking, and meteorite speeds are 1x to 7x escape velocity. For comparison, arrows move about 20% the speed of handgun bullets, so Robin Hood trying to hit a bullet fired by the Lone Ranger isn't...
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    There are a few MT-class options still available in the arsenals, but they are kept only as "contingency" and not part of operational plands, recently "anti-meteorite" have become the go-to excuse to keep them around. Dumb-sounding question, but can any...
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    Sounds like a very similar skill set to analyzing large government contracts about anything. Most are so big it is hard for most people to absorb. Or to care to try. Exactly. I'll admit that I don't catch all errors,...
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    What does that skillset look like? Hard to describe, easy to see in action. It's about noticing what is not described, noticing what's obviously wrong, and noticing when interactions between parts of a document don't work. Examples: --An EIR states...
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    Took us a decade with Bin Laden too. I'm not going to go into the mortuary of all the failed US drone strikes either, but targeting individuals, while possible, is apparently pretty hard, even when you have total air supremacy....
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    Agreed, but I can witness than many people seem to be completely unable to develop some 'schemas' that are basic to advanced mathematics. The same may well be true in some other areas. We can speculate as to why, but...
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    I'm just quietly skeptical that "don't strive, it's pointless and annoys the powerful" is a sensible philosophical position. Unless you're powerful, in which case it seems ideal (for other people). But by nature I'm not comfortable being passive. I have...
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    I have to disagree with both here. Yes, fighters have to live in the moment. But so do Buddhist monks sworn to ahimsa. Mindfulness is a tool, and by itself it's value-neutral. This is one reason why basic monastic training...
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    As presented to voters they have a plain text summary, arguments for and against,...Did I read recently that now there are lawsuits about the plain text summary wordings. Not every one thinks their side is getting a fair shake or...
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    California, like most of the western states and a few of the eastern ones, has ballot initiatives. The voters can put an amendment to their state constitution on the ballot and approve it and the legislature can pound sand. Oh...
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    The thing about amendments to the US Constitution is that they require the amendment to pass both houses of Congress by two-thirds vote, and for three-quarters of state legislatures or purpose-called state constitutional conventions to approve them, before they become...
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    I would expect her to pick Elizabeth Warren. I'm pretty sure this won't happen, for important procedural reasons. When a senator resigns, the governor of their state picks their successor. Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker is a Republican, so he'd likely...
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    Just a reminder, ten miles from my purple-blue district is redneckistan. California's a blue state only because it has some stupidly massive cities. The rural areas are stuck being governed by a blue legislature, and a bunch of them want...
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    IANAL. That said, I think basically everybody with a brain supports the freedom of religion clause of the First Amendment (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof). For the Aussies "Congress"...
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    Hopefully someone else will start talking soon. Indeed. However, I wasn't thinking about ethics exactly, because this is a metaphor. Karma's the junk left behind by yourself and others that you need to deal with and break down. If enlightenment...
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    Getting there. If it helps, what I called presence is mindfulness. I haven't worked with koans, but my limited understanding is that one of their purposes is to stun your verbalizing mind and get it to shut up long enough...
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    Yeah, I know from sources that the federal agencies are bracing for a rollback of agency rule-making authority. In the meantime, I'm just waiting to see what happens. Oddly, I kind of expect this one, along with Roe, to be...
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    This is central to the Japanese practice of Zen-in-Action, which is a hallmark of Japanese Buddhism. "Turn off your consciousness and take control." People speculate what a Philosophical Zombie would be like, I think we already know. Speaking from experience,...
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    More worldbuilding, two ways. There seems to be better evidence for what caused the PETM. The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum 56 mya is currently one of the better models for anthropogenic climate change. This article shows there's some decent evidence that...
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    Just the usual reminder that Charlie's blog isn't in the US, and UK libel law applies to him. While I doubt that any local pol will sue Charlie over what gets published, here, I err on the side of not...
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    The trouble with a primary-style system is that it rewards extremism. An awful lot of the dysfunction in US politics is down to a combination of primaries and gerrymandering. If you want to be elected into a safe seat you...
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    Exactly this. The Democratic politicians don't fight. Assume a Liberal-ish Supreme Court Justice appointed by a Democratic politician. Assume this person doesn't recuse themselves from a case involving their wife. If the Republicans controlled either house of Congress they'd hold...
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    Hah. Got you beat. Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located had 143 municipalities when I was there. And no unincorporated areas. And is only 15% of the land mass of LA County. Yep, you absolutely do have LA and San...
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