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  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Yes, I'd say that politically it's good to say that 1.5oC is still possible. And perhaps it is. IIRC, there were a couple of problems with the IPCC5. One was oceans, and the other was the big unknown of Arctic...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    That's actually a good point. I'd simply add that the old Celtic system of fosterage among the chiefly classes is also a reasonable antecedent. However... I'm quite aware of good ol' Celtic reconstructionism (which has been going on now for...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    You might be a little short on that one. Good ol' infallible Wikipedia chases it back to Shakespeare's time via Sparta and the Stoics ("stiff upper lip"). For amusement's sake, several sources credit the phrase "keep a stiff upper lip"...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I guess the question is what kind of Turing test we're proposing here. Note that artificial intelligences already normally send me map directions, keep track of my bank accounts, record all sorts of online stuff, give me search engine results,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    You might be amused by a conversation I had yesterday, about Facebook ads and the little native plant group I belong to. We do advertise on Facebook, and one of the things I found out yesterday was that ads get...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Um, no. Here's how to be not worth the hassle. Have lots of online friends. Contribute to a lot of campaigns on both sides of any issue. Contribute to a wide variety of charities. Make yourself valuable to the community....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    (Heteromeles: Can lead be measured in flora - trees specifically? If yes, this could provide a benchmark for measuring exposure among a population within a specific geographic area.) Sorry, missed this on the first go-round. Yes, you can measure...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Question for the informed crowd here: What's the news to noise ratio in this confluence of three articles that turned up this morning on Talking Points Memo (a left-wing America politics blog, for those who don't know). Facebook’s Heading Toward...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    It's interesting that the Russians think of non-violent action as "combat," which should be a heads-up for everyone. Then again, about a century ago they had a lot of experience with running with a well-funded, but functionally obsolete, military. It...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    You're right, now that I think of it. On the other hand, loblolly pine savannas are a thing, they are fire dependent, and as with so many other eastern savannas, they're now confined to military bases, natural reserves, and other...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Now someone can shout hugelkultur again as you guys bury all that mulch somewhere. Out in the Pacific Northwest, sitka spruce behaves the same way, and no one goes out in the coastal spruce forests during high winds unless they're...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Ayup. Guess we'll go back to the bad old days where there was no national disaster relief, and every region depended on its own resources for salvation. Very Republican kind of states-rights thing, I'm thinking. More seriously, you're right, except...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Heh, and to think that an ecologist one time showed off a remnant loblolly pine savanna as a precious ecological jewel, full of rare plants. I suppose next someone's going to say that they don't want to live in a...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Fun stuff! It's always fun what we find when we get technologies to play with. For instance: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/04/the-tree-of-life-just-got-a-lot-weirder/477729/ It now looks like that we're an offshoot of Archaea, at least in our nuclear genome. The Archaea are the smallest of...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Well, good luck boarding up and such. I was simply projecting from the timeline that started when Harvey was done adding entropy to the Texas Gulf Coast. Anyway, what passes for good news at the moment is that Tropical Storm...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Getting back to the original topic, two points: One is that I assume that in a week or two, we'll be considering Irma: What are the long-term consequences? (there, I saved you some work, Charlie) Two, it appears that Houston's...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    So far as I know, talks have been going on, quietly, off and on, since the end of open hostilities in the 1950s. They haven't gotten much of anywhere, but when the two Koreas are clients of the US and...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    One question on my mind is whether modern nations are so entangled with treaty obligations that a stupid act, like, say, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, is enough to start a shooting war among major powers. My sense right now...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    That might be backwards. While you can get away with a small number of workers with big containers, you need a huge, relatively fixed set of infrastructure (docks, cranes, rail connections or truck yards). If these get messed up by...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I'm not sure whether they retreated into isolationism, or whether the snub made it easier for the far right to take over. Anyway, we'll both agree that it was an avoidable mess, and the only people who had it worse...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    North Korea's experiencing the worst drought since 2001. This is the other factor: possible failure of their corn and rice harvests. US looks like its corn harvest will be down 10-20%, and part of the US rice harvest just got...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    ** I'd love to see this happen, but with shotgun shells filled with rock-salt. Give the alt-right a taste of war without killing anyone or even injuring them very badly. I think the cowards would lose their taste for confrontation...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Presumably the alleged nuclear weapons are there to improve Kim's bargaining stance with surrounding nations. After all, if he doesn't like the bargain he's getting (normally with regards to things like food imports) he can now sell missile and nuke...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Yes and no. I'm pretty sure that the DoD, FEMA, and other agencies have copies of various plans, since they implement them. Facilities like Raven Rock, Cheyenne Mountain, and whatever that new base they're building is called are under agency...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I'm not specialist on CoG, I just read Raven Rock recently so it's fresh in my head. My impression is that the lines of succession are about what you'd think, from cabinet secretary to his second in command, etc. As...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Or, as I realized this morning, there's Starship Troopers and possibly The Forever War. One thing that people may have missed is that there's now a whole history, Garrett Graff's Raven Rock (Amazon Link). Fun stuff, although he doesn't go...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Hmmm. The reviews of that one are...interesting. What I'm thinking here is not that I'm pro-military or anti-military, precisely. And it's something that might make a good novel for a certain discerning type of novelist. If the military takes over...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Good point: I can just see the headlines, where DT pays for the development of North Korean nukes by buying huge amounts of their coal. I'm sure the South Koreans, Japanese, Chinese, and Russians (aka North Korea's neighbors) would be...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think people very much do know about Israeli style drip irrigation in California (I've got it in my yard, although we're starting to go back to rainbirds for watering native landscapes because there's higher mortality with drip, for various...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    We're saying pretty much the same thing, but there's one other feature of money that makes it more useful: evaluation. That was the great advantage of gold up until 2006: it held its value. By that I mean that I...
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