Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I think we agree that using Iran to "Wag the Dog" is a *really* bad idea, and I suspect that (as with Operation Downfall in WWII), the Iranian and US plans for the invasion are mirror images of each other....
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    One thing that's keeping Agent Orange afloat is that "The Economy is Doing Great!" (tm). This is partially true, in that good economic numbers favor the incumbent, and his are certainly good. Considering that he's tacked on a trillion or...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I'd do that stuff except I am exhausted and mildly depressed this year (and for the last two) I'd point out that it's kind of a non-local depression. I suspect part of it is simply that a lot of peoples'...
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    It's in some ways a fine line. To some people "you're not allowed to people heathens" is exactly the same category of rule as "you're not allowed to call people bigots", and so on for any {insert word here}. It's...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Personally, I think El Cheeto Grande's one of the best living arguments for why anarchists, especially wealthy anarchists, aren't necessarily the best rulers. From GK Chesterton (The Man Who Was Thursday): “You've got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy...
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    Ayup. That's what separates the adults from the power-addicted. Thanks for doing it....
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    My preferred nickname for the current inmate of the White House is "El Cheeto Grande," referring to the megacorp-produced cheese flavored puffs dusted with orange scary powder that are heavily advertised here. I like gibbons too much to link him...
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    Since I didn't know anything about BoJo's underlings and got on Google, I will say I was startled to see that (as one old book had it), some people do look like they could peer through a keyhole with both...
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    I read that singularity as a singularity--ain't nothing coming out of that. Read that either way you like, since it's all fantasy anyway....
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    Going back to my original silliness, it's possible (even more possible in early April), that OGH will tell us that all his stories are set in the same multiverse!. That's right, the Dho-Hna formula generates curves that look like celtic...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Yeah, I'm quite used to military BS. Even get some of it on this blog. On the other hand, I might imagine that, since the SEALs like to politely knock on doors around 0400 local time, it's conceivable that rapidly...
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    I think you might miss the point on AI, which Whitroth got. --Only humans can play chess. Only humans can play Go. Only humans can speak. Only humans can walk on two legs. Etc. It probably won't be long before...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Also, 2200 miles divided by 4 hours is...550 mph. Even in three hours, it's 733 mph....
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    Remember, dude was a SEAL, not an average soldier. I have no idea why they needed to get him to the east coast fast (presumably to Norfolk for some reason). Incidentally, the fundamental point was that moving SpecOps people around...
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    Um, try an F-104 (what he told me) two seater, around 1969, and a trip of around 4 hours, not three. I think you'll find the numbers about fit, since the F-104 was designed to do about 2,000 miles in...
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    Moore's Law hitting the offramp? I'm clueless, so I Googled, and found this article with graph. The claim is that Intel's fallen off the Moore's Law bandwagon, but that other firms like Samsung are trucking right along, with 3 nm...
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    Um, SEALs going anywhere in the world rapidly? We've had that since the Vietnam war. Getting them out of harm's way rapidly? That's the hard part. When I was a grad student in the 90s, one of my fellow students...
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    Palimpsest is nothing to do with the Laundryverse (although it may be related to "Ghost Engine", when I get that finished and it's published. Probably in 2021.) Phooey! I'd had this whole plot wherein the remaining crew of the Laundry...
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    Following your story naming convention for the Laundryverse, that each title is related in some way to books, it appears that Palimpsest is part of the Laundryverse. How are they linked? Is the Laundryverse where the singularity that powers Stasis...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I'm not sure that what you're talking about with the professional civil service in the US. For one thing, there are civil service exams (I took one while running a 102oF fever, and oddly enough I did badly), and there...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I think the real problem with fixing American healthcare is twofold: One is the real-world problem of dealing with any system dominated by billionaires: they've offshored their wealth, and they technically don't own any of it, even if they control...
  • Commented on Story time!
    (On my to-do list for when I become Planetary Dictator: overhauling criminal justice systems so that citizens accused of serious crimes automatically get defense funding that is no lower than the funds spent on their prosecution paid for, so that...
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    Or can we point to all these Hollywood superhero origin movies that rake in the odd hundred million? They all start with a bang. Well some of them. A few of them. Okay, fine. More seriously, tastes do change. My...
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    Yes. There's apparently even a call center (or centers) in their office buildings where the Reps and Senators go to make their calls. Thing is, I'm not sure how much of this is deliberate to control the politicians and how...
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    Nah, you've got the timing wrong. Part of the problem really got rolling around the time Reagan was President. That was when off-shore banking and the whole wealth management industry really sorted itself out, professionalized, and took off. They've spent...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Thanks, but I don't need the encouragement. I've been doing this for going on ten years now. I'm in a position where I can participate, and I'm also in a position where I can represent the views of a number...
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    More depressing reading, about how conservation theorists, backed by billionaires, are in the process of a hostile takeover of democracy: https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/meet-the-economist-behind-the-one-percents-stealth-takeover-of-america...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Thanks. As the Mormons say, "excrement occurs." As for politics, the price of democracy isn't eternal vigilance, it's participation. Standing around watching vigilantly doesn't do squat compared with speaking up, even if your voice shakes....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Speaking of the Legion of Doom and Brexit, there's this article from Le Monde Diplomatique: How US climate deniers are working with far-right racists to hijack Brexit for Big Oil, based on this network map of climate science deniers by...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I'll pop back in to wonder how many seconds it takes for the US government to deny access to its GPS satellites (which it selectively did in India) or to degrade the signals, if the US gets a warning that...
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