Heteromeles

Heteromeles

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    I have no idea how one would sell 2700 pounds of ammonium nitrate in a small country with a very militaristic neighbor on one side and a civil war on the other. What could possibly go wrong with such a...
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    I've come to wonder whether something like the Residents mask could be worn in as a face shield in conjunction with a cloth face mask to provide adequate protection. Actually, there's quite a bit of room for creativity with the...
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    Might think about checking your timing a bit. For example, FDR was assisting the British against the Nazis long before 12/7/41, so there's no reason for that to stop. Second, the Nazis and the Japanese were close allies as part...
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    The politics of supporting the communists versus fighting them in WW2 gets really interesting. On the espionage front, on one side J. Edgar Hoover was rabidly anti-left. He got his start hunting anarchists. The FBI was limited by FDR to...
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    RE: Alt-WWII Let's see: the US does get into the Pacific theater, doesn't get into the European theater. Why? Who knows. Perhaps the German-American/Lindbergh arm is just enough more powerful that FDR covertly supports the anti-Nazi fight, rather than overtly....
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    What, Alt-WW2, with the USSR victorious on both fronts (Germany and Japan), the US in neither theater to as great a degree as it was, the UK and France exhausted, and the US with nukes that it hasn't tested in...
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    Give FDR some credit too, I think. He was preparing for war with the Axis long before the US public came around....
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    Probably nothing will be filed until the day after the election, but (Comey) you never know, because sometimes (Comey) poetic justice is poetic....
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    I don't own a cricket bat. It's not a sport much played around here. Maybe it's big in Portland, but I don't know. Moz started the ball rolling by complaining about a (hopefully completed or ditched) 4 hour F2F meeting...
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    I absolutely agree that the F2F meeting is stoopid in multiple ways. That's why I suggested bringing a leafblower in to keep the air turbulent enough that the viruses ended up on surfaces that weren't mucus membranes. Otherwise, you've got...
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    Considering who started this, I think a cricket bat may be more to hand. Or, since it's winter, a nice, big golf umbrella to establish appropriate space....
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    Actually, a nation-wide strike would shut him down pretty nicely. If, say, Amazon struck until Trump left, especially including all the online stuff the government and business depend on, that would make it hard to do anything. Ditto Google. On...
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    Seeing that you were so generous in providing John Carter fans a mental image to go with it, may we think of Judge Doom and the weasels from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" when this (Mal)administration and it's enablers are in...
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    Self-proclaimed Berniebros and quiet Republican operatives are remarkably hard to tell apart from a distance. Gotta be careful about who gets credited for the dirt digging and mud slinging....
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    No, I mean a leaf blower. Unfortunately, anyone who's going to call a long F2F meeting in an enclosed room either has a real crisis on their hands (at which point the stunts need to be abandoned), or isn't paying...
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    I suggest bringing to the meeting: a) a camera, to document it for the trial. b) a written warning that they and the company are liable if you get sick as a result of the meeting, and advise them to...
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    Well, I don't think Biden is quite that bad, but I'm sure not enthused by him...quite the opposite, in fact. But I *might* become enthused by his VP choice. Perhaps. Remember, the purpose of a vote for Biden is to...
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    So if James Murdoch just resigned from the News Corp Board over "disagreements over certain editorial content"...who's Darth Siddious' new heir in the Dark Empire?...
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    I don't think the DNC is ignoring that at all. The loss of a Massachusetts senate seat is the big argument against him picking Elizabeth Warren. The governor of Massachusetts is a Republican, and he'd pick her successor until an...
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    Off-topic, but really cool: a new explanation for why leaves are green and other photosynthetic organisms are the colors they are. It's not to maximize energy input through photosynthesis, it's to stabilize input rate against fluctuating and noisy light levels....
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    So even if we ignore the 'senile bigots really do not like immigrants' problem, immigrants from where? When exponential population growth ends, it ends: there are no more convenient unbounded sources of young people for the old to consume outside...
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    It's not a bad thing (it's probably a good thing) if there are less people. But if the birth rate falls then, other things being equal, you go through a period where there are proportionally a lot more old people,...
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    Yes, keep taking your meds until you've got good evidence that you're sick with Covid19. Then call your doctor/pharmacist ASAP. Note, I'm not a medical professional, but this is fairly standard advice: you don't want to die or disable yourself...
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    Why? It's not a bad thing if the birth rate falls, especially in countries where per capita resource use is not sustainable. After all, if people have to move poleward, having dilapidated towns to rebuild sustainably might be a good...
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    If it turns out that coronavirus vaccines confer limited immunity, then what may well happen, absent the development of global herd immunity, is that this disease gets up there with, say, malaria as a cause of global mortality. Thing is,...
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    Completely different subject: remember that airship to orbit thing I posted about in the previous thread at #1495. On a whim, I went and got the book John Powell put out on his adventures getting things to go high. It...
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    I think you have to distinguish between a blood/ fluid transmitted disease, like malaria or AIDS, and one that can be transmitted through the air. SARS-CoV2 is certainly the latter, but one it gets in, the epithelial cells it infects...
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    Yeah, getting Covid19 seems to be a roll of the dice. Of the five people I know of who got it, four seem to have done okay, one died. No one's checking for heart damage though....
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    So, erm, you take Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a documentary about British history as well?...
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    Yes. This has been known for over a decade....
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