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  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Well, you don't have to be LBGTQetc. to stand up for human rights. I'm as boringly cisgendered vanilla white as people come, and I'm still going to stand up for gender diversity. For me, the turning point was finding out...
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    Actually, I do have a question about slide rules. John Michael Greer at one point flagged slide rules as an important post-apocalyptic tool, because they could be made (in theory) by any competent carpenter, and could be used to do...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    I still disagree. Cleanup of industrial contaminants are big business. If there were a spill, you'd expect all the keep out/biohazard stuff to ring the spill site, while the nice young men in their long white suits were coming to...
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    There are a couple of weird things that need to be sorted out. Since I'm 2-3 removes from the Santa Susana Field Site cleanup, which *was* a nuclear meltdown plus rocket fuel mess, I think it's silly to think that...
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    It's more fundamental than that, which is why you might want to read Bagemihl's book. If you want just one tidbit, if sex toys (mastubatory aids) were considered tools, the number of known tool using species would more than double....
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    I think the Carrington event would be here by now, but that's irrelevant. It doesn't look like the Dunn Telescope is part of the Space Weather monitoring system. In any case there are no sunspots at the moment. Which is...
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    That's possible. I still think it has more to do with computers on the site than with the physical structure. I'm not sure this is a zero-cost closure, either. The reason we watch the sun closely is that a lot...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Not really. I do agree that Russia is much weaker than the US, but both are nuclear powers, and it's unclear whether Trump's football has all the options we think it has (there's historical precedence for this, with Nixon). In...
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    Trump's faced thousands of lawsuits, and settled most of them. To me, that was one of the mind-boggling aspects of him running for the presidency. He was painting the world's biggest target on not just his back, but the backs...
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    Actually, that's not true. See the recently adopted International Nomenclature Code for Algae, Fungi, and Plants. Article 39 changes the requirement for a Latin validating diagnosis or description to allow either English or Latin. Since it was getting silly to...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    IF you want to really piss off people with language, postulate that post-apocalyptic English will evolve into a group of mutually unintelligible "Lish" languages, based on the current formation of spanglish, konglish, chinglish, and the rest for creoles in the...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    It gets *much messier* than that! My personal favorite on the subject is John McWhorter's The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language. If you haven't read that, you really should: it's a fun book. English is a mashup...
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    Based on what's happened to the English language which continually expanded its user base over the centuries, wonder how much other long-used languages have changed esp. languages of major/old religions (Hebrew, Arabic, Latin, Chinese, etc.). Um, yeah, that. I'm not...
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    Um, no. I'll apologize for my confusing post, because I was trying to merge multiple thoughts and they didn't. Assuming you didn't read the linked post, the author's contention was: 1. The "Russian Mafia" are linked into the Russian government...
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    I'll go with the Gizmodo write-in response that suggests that the observtory accidentally broke into SEKRIT GUVMINT sigint channels ( with their ultra-sensitive equipment ), realised what it was & called the Feds ... Who are now proceeding to screw-up...
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    That's correct. Here's some relevant information: "Sperm whale clicks—which are used for echolocation and communication, and max out at 236 decibels—can be heard several hundred miles away, and possibly around the globe. Sperm whales are the loudest animals on Earth....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    The weird part is that bomb sweeps normally take a few hours, and are public information. This complex was evacuated last Thursday, everyone packed up and left, and they've kept it closed. So possibilities include: --It's aliens/paranormals/transdimensional gates/other breakers of...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Um, Juan Rico was Filipino, not Puerto Rican. "I said, “There ought to be one named Magsaysay.” Bennie said, “What?” “Ramón Magsaysay,” I explained. “Great man, great soldier—probably be chief of psychological warfare if he were alive today. Didn’t you...
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    Thanks! It's not just fascism, it's full on non-violent warfare, Russian style. There's an interesting take on it here. The tl;dr version is that Trump's a Russian puppet, but what they really means is that Russia has taken the military-industrial...
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    Would like to read an SF author that rips into this nonsense: that all/any SF weapons can be deployed safely and correctly under all environmental situations like a laser gun under water or in a watery atmospheres ...? How about...
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    Rallies are rallies, and I agree that they're both part of normal political discourse and part of fascism. However, I think there's a little confusion here. Or maybe I'm confused. What Robert and Raven seem to be talking about is...
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    Off-topic question on BREXIT. On FacePlant, there's a meme circulating, and I wanted to troll get a read from Brits on this on. The meme is a cat picture. "Question: Cat, what's your opinion on Britain leaving the EU?" "Cat:...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Evidence that civilization can be more destructive than stone age? Sure: Geoffrey Parker's Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century. The global population at the end of the seventeenth century was 30% lower than it was...
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    Or, from ST: “Huh? I mean, excuse me, Doctor? Then what’s the point of this goose-flesh parade?” “Why, the purpose is,” he answered, hauling off and hitting me in the knee with a hammer (I kicked him, but not hard),...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    This is actually a more general point. Finland won't "stay nice," because the poles are warming faster than any other place on Earth. That's one part of hothouse Earth--there's relatively less temperature gradient between the tropics and the poles. The...
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    That's the other half of the problem: the County General Plan (rightly, in my opinion) calls for more multi-story developments in places that are already developed, but the neighbors fight those fiercely. So instead we get unaffordable firetraps out in...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    One of the other interesting things about Heinlein is that Starship Troopers was written in 1959, Stranger in a Strange Land was written published in 1961, and he'd been fiddling with the idea since 1948... I had a weird thought,...
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    Getting back to the whole morality/fascism thing in Starship Troopers, I think the objectionable part of it is that Heinlein took standard white, cis-normal American morality and claimed it was scientifically proved, and a justification for interstellar war and world...
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    There are a couple of more interesting issues. One is that the climate for Finland, at least at peak heat (depending on model) will be more like, say, central France, even accounting for the darkness. Staying year-round will be the...
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    I'd also point out it's a meritocracy, not an aristocracy. The franchise is not inheritable. In some ways, it's closer to the old Chinese state examination system than anything else, although that is a very imperfect analogy....
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