Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    There are still unresolved problems with nuclear power (primarily what to do with spent fuel & non-proliferation) and the political roadblocks are formidable. But it's not impossible Along with non-proliferation, I'd flag the competition for sand for concrete, and the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Wrong disease. Cheap sugar has been causing TYPE 2 diabetes for decades. Why the rise in TYPE I diabetes noted in the 2020 report that Duffy mentioned? https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33949935/ "Why is the Incidence of Type 1 Diabetes Increasing?" "Type 1 diabetes...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Checking Wikipedia... At a rough guess, it's some combination of: --The general rise in autoimmune diseases (asthma being another), possibly due to: --too much hygiene (our bodies are dealing with the weird microbiome that's caused by recent civilization. The hygiene...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    My big hope in re covid is decent treatments, not necessarily in 2022. Vaccines help, but they aren't a solution. I hope so too. But I should point out that this is literally in the territory of "a cure for...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I've come to the conclusion that many of these parents screaming about their kids needing to be in school are implanting their feelings on their kids. Which is a normal course of events. But this tends to turn the kids...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    And if I sound angry, one of the five times I relocated halfway across the US was for love, and the rest jobs. And I gave up a career to be closer to family, because I got sick of being...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "The Meek shall inherit the Earth" Yeah? Earth's biosphere was built of, by, and for microbes and viruses. Can't get meeker than them. Jesus blessed them properly. So did Lovecraft, for that matter: "Man rules now where They ruled once;...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Like so many times discussed on the site, the issue comes down to whether the public at large are willing to make the significant sacrifices necessary - and as so often is the case it appears the answer is no....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I agree that it sucks, but this is a specific example of a more general problem: decarbonizing. We don't have a choice about going to 100% renewable energy. We can either do it semi-voluntarily, or the survivors will come to...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    To be impertinent, I'd point out that this is the voice of addiction again. This argument can be characterized as "I might want to be in Paris in two hours, so therefore the world needs another generation of gas-burning passenger...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Looks like the Grand Old Duke of York is not having his best day, nor is his Mum. This is fascinating research for me, looking into how the ultra-rich deal with the problem of combining a family with conglomerate of...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Um, that depends. According to the following sources: https://www.carbonindependent.org/22.html and https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/greenhouse-gas-emissions-typical-passenger-vehicle, the difference between being a single person in a 22 mpg car (404 g carbon/mile) and sitting on a 737 (~184 g carbon/mile) is substantial. That part you are...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Recreational air travel is the easy issue to clamp down on, just in terms of not killing anyone who has to vacation closer to home. That's all. For everybody who just saw red, that's actually the point, about distinguishing between...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Ah, but what's the norm for air travel? For the US west coast, a lot of the travel goes to and from Asia, and that adds up quite fast....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Per the figures I looked at, if I wanted to fly round-trip to the UK or Korea, it's more-or-less one ton of fuel per person for the trip. That's what the carbon offset sites are using for their calculations. I...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Africa's actually twice as big as Russia by area. This whole discussion about the necessity for air travel has a whole Edwardian end-of-an-era feel to it. Most of us flying aristocrats can't get our heads around the idea that the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    See #465 for a sort-of explanation....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "The other vegetarian piranha" Send us a picture! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tambaqui#/media/File:Pacu_shedd.jpg It captures my general demeanor when reading this blog rather well, I think....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Heteromyletes" Sorry, Heteromeles. I was thinking of someone else. Not a problem. Matter of fact, since heteromeles translates to "other apple" (it's a shrub native to California that I'm rather fond of), I looked up myletes. Turns out it's a...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Sorry, that's one phrase I've not heard before. You mean I actually invented something? I'm shocked. Graeber and crew had fun throwing around the Wikipedia version of schismogenesis in their Dawn of Everything. In anthropological circles, it's the notion that...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Ok, there's an obvious answer - I'll skip "did you check the laundry bin', what actually happened was, of course, that it slipped into the lost sock dimension, then worked its way out, being heavier than lint. As I said,...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    It's not limited to that. The a few weeks ago my comb disappeared while I was combing my hair, and about a week later it appeared on the floor where I'd been standing at the time. In between the floor...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Greg: ISRIB is not a licensed drug: it's currently under development. Lots more testing required and it'll probably first get licensed for conditions like Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's, and Down's Syndrome (which apparently it can improve cognitive functioning in). Use for...
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    Yes, Quantum of Nightmares is out. Apropos of nothing, the great thing about the Laundryverse is that when a mythos-adjacent (addled?) character is said to be "in the wind," you get to stop and wonder whether that's a reference to:...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I agree about the road waste, but I'm contemplating cracking it like they do tar sands, cracking it down to short-chain hydrocarbons (or methane, for that matter) and sorting out the various feedstocks to start over again. I agree that...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Getting back to the original theme, I've got a brainfartstorm for 2029. It's an unholy mashup of a solar thermal power plant and a petrochemical plant. We've got a couple of big problems, one being solar thermal plants (big and...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    My sad-faced prediction is that lithium battery recycling will be made a developing-world problem...Exactly. It will be politically impossible to build al of the necessary hazwaste facilities here in the US (or EU). We Will simply ship dead li-ion...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    In general, although I'd point out that glyphosate's reputation for being toxic is overblown, unless you're in the tinfoil hat club. The thing to remember is that a) most comparable herbicides are less versatile, less researched, and often more toxic,...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Thanks for the update. The obvious problem I see with containers of batteries is that they'll need to work in weather that looks like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCwUFjzEOS8 , because no one will be going outside to fix high amperage main lines...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I'm guessing the "dead car batteries are hazwaste" line is being pushed by the oil industry, possibly via the Koch network lobbying "think-tanks" ...Actually, its the USEPA: Lithium batteries are hazardous materials and are subject to the Department of...
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