Heteromeles

Heteromeles

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    I'm not going to derail the Brexit thread, but for those in the UK who want to take a break from their disaster preparedness (beans, bread, flats of whiskey, and tins of Irish butter?), I'd suggest spending a happy morning...
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    As you know, I've played with similar ideas a little bit. There are a couple of problems. One is that climate change looks similar to what happened at the Paleocene/Eocene Boundary (PETM): a medium-level extinction event. (It may be worse...
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    I suppose arranging an EU nonviolent invasion via the Chunnel is out of the question... I actually got what's Bercow did was, more or less. But I didn't phrase my sarcasm properly, and I apologize for that. A better background...
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    Um, would it be impolitic for me to offer thoughts and prayers from an American, over whatever-the-heck-it-was that John Bercow just did to make the Brexit delay decision even messier? You're always welcome to return those kindly thoughts and prayers...
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    I stand corrected. After double-checking this, I was rather amused by how he came up with his four bankruptcies (he counts the first three as one bankruptcy, for some reason)....
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    I think I object to Gorgon Slayers. I mean, they were there, innocently, on their own island, or temple, minding their own business, and he comes charging in to kill.... Actually, I was thinking of the Laundryverse version of gorgonism,...
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    Nope, sorry, screw the Shrub. The Project for the New American Century, a truly *evil* collection of villians, among their founding documents was a letter to Clinton in '98, urging him to invade Iraq, oil, y'know. Among the signatories on...
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    Ah yes, you want to spend valuable tax money on trying to cure poverty and corruption in Mexico, instead of spending it to try to cure poverty and corruption in the US? I'm only being half facetious, because that is...
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    What the wall is good for is a thing to be yelled about. And for that to continue it has to never actually be built. Yes and no. I agree that it's a political football, and for multiple good reasons...
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    Except for the problem of getting the Venezuelans to the northern border of Mexico where they could be refused admittance, I might agree with you. Thing is, we've already screwed up Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala well enough to provide...
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    Series implies temporal links, as in, say, murder mysteries, or the Hobbit and LOTR, or the Laundryverse as currently written. Nah, the Laundryverse is a setting. Just to be pedantically annoying, I might direct your attention to the last sentence...
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    I'd disagree on Iraq, due to setting. Background was that a lot of us knew in 2000 that Bush II was going to go back to Iraq when his poll numbers went down, because at least some of us thought...
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    Actually, come to think of it, wouldn't Australian politics be improved if you guys all banded together to invade Afghanistan and stop the flow of illegal migrants from Afghanistan to Australia?...
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    Hunh? That's like Australia invading Laos to encourage Australia to build a sea wall across the Torres strait to stop all those Laotian boat people/refugees from invading Australia through PNG and Indonesia. And yes, I'm perfectly aware that Laos is...
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    I think Discworld counts as a "universe," just not really a shared one. The difference is that shared universes get multiple authors. While Pratchett coauthored at least a few Discworld books with other authors, I don't think anyone wrote a...
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    To be blunt, I think Trump's a coward, and I don't think he has it in him to go to war. Bullying he can absolutely do, and the US military has a finely graded set of international bullying options that...
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    You're absolutely right. And of course, that's not the part I'm going to talk about here. Here, I mostly float ideas to see what happens. If no one cares or everyone piles on, I reconsider things....
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    Glad to help! Yes, that's kind of what I'm thinking, except I don't necessarily think it's a darker mirror. For one thing, there's always going to be optimists who think that problems are solvable, that this time it will be...
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    We'll see. Given that Trump hasn't evolved beyond his BS, Bully, and Settle framework for dealing with problems, it's not clear how going to war is going to work for him. He threatens war as a negotiating tactic. Besides, with...
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    "Bone spurs" Trump going to war? Yeah, right. And yes, I've seen Wag the Dog and protested in the streets against going into Iraq both times. It's not just that the President cowarded out of his chance to be a...
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    IIRC, the Indiana bill (or some other apocryphal one) wanted to specify pi as 22/7. Which would mean they'd celebrate pi on July 22, not March 14. Speaking of which, who celebrated?* *I should note that I was the geek...
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    Err, my cynical side is coming back, I already warned an left-alternativ guy at work I might mention the Great Oxygenation Event as the first environmental dissater soon. The Great Oxygenation Event is one of the great brainfarts in paleontology...
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    I should congratulate the Brits. With Brexit, Conservative backbencher Steve Double, the UK has now surpassed Japan in the art form of Dorodango, at least in the Mythbusters style...
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    If you want to imagine a future where there are no billionaires, and the resources they've reputedly tied up are used to the greater good, I'm not sure taxation is going to get you there, because the wealthy hire the...
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    Yes there is a very long path to making the electoral college irrelevant. This gets down to things like the addiction to power and fear of its loss. Power is horribly addictive, and white men especially have been in a...
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    Yes, the electoral college elected Trump, and I think signed its ultimate death warrant thereby, although the death warrant will probably be that the electors are forced to follow the will of the national election, and this will grant yet...
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    We're all to blame for 2016, and there's still some misperceptions. For one thing, a "record" 61% of eligible voters voted. Trump got 46%, Clinton got 48%. To adjust those for the turnout: --Trump won with 28% of eligible voters...
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    The early history of US radio is a bit more complex than that. As I understand it, the W/K system showed up in the early 1920s. Prior to that, there were other designations. For instance, the first station in Wisconsin...
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    Agreed. Unless there's a way to propose testable, falsifiable hypotheses, it's hard to do science. That's the problem with ghosts. They're pretty ubiquitous, anecdote-wise, but they rarely repeat enough to generate data to test hypotheses. Now, there are things that...
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    Ayup. Anyway, Aricebo at maximum blast seems to also send at 2.5 MW, or the same power as BMEWS. So I guess the Arecibo Message was the "loudest" signal we've sent out so far, but I suspect, with attenuation, it...
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