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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    My understanding was that Frank Herbert wrote Dune after his experiences in the coastal dunes of Oregon. One of the things that grows in the coastal dunes of Oregon are Psilocybe mushrooms. It is said by the Prophet Stamets that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Yup. A couple of things to remember: Writing developed from accounting, at least in the west (it's unclear in China, due to the probable loss of the oldest records on bamboo and silk) Roman legal cases, which today are done...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'm not an expert, but yes, it certainly appears from the pictures that the Roman dodecahedra could be used the same way as the Scottish orbs. Since everybody wants to be boring, the key term is "mnemonic device," as in...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    What, you don't like me retrolling? https://www.bookdepository.com/Memory-Craft-Lynne-Kelly/9781760633059 It's actually a fun book if you want a new hobby....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    My favorite hypothesis was published this summer, and I think it's right, especially since the author had replicated knobstones and actually uses them. Oh, and this explanation also works for Stonehenge and Quipus (ditto on the replication, although the author...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    My condolences as well. I've lost most of my relatives, so I do grieve that you've got to deal with it now as well. As for burnout, I'm not going to be chipper and suggest meditation, but I'll be downbeat...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Um. Yeah. Since I hang with a bunch of fire ecologists, including one who's the chief scientist for a new insurance company... There are two issues: fire and heat. If you're not in a high fire area, then the bigger...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Also, I strongly suspect that people in the 1% tend to have relatively little agency. Nice stuff, yes. But they have enough resources for a passion project but not much else. Icehawk made the point, but I'd say that the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Actually, your math is off: US population is 327.2 million Global population is 7.7 billion (7,727 million) So the US has about 4 percent of the world's population. Half of that population lives below the US median, and arguably half...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    More generally, I think a certain group of people believe that they are wealthy enough, and experienced in "the law of the jungle" enough, that they'll survive the coming apocalypse, and that since the rest of us are causing it,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Ah, thanks for the information. I've eaten so much chlorinated chicken that it's affected my brain, or I would have gotten that. One might assume that anyone proposing a no-deal brexit would be thinking "chlorinated chicken" every time they look...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    A chlorinated chicken? Someone should relay to his Bozosity that cutting remarks about the opposition should be cutting. Unless this is one of those peculiar Britishisms that an uncultured Yank like me would not be expected to get. In other...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    If the long range models of Dorian's course turn out to be accurate, it looks like the remnants of that storm ("Dorian Gray???") hit the UK, especially Scotland and Ireland, around September 11 or September 12. Something else to look...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'll stick with freedom, but to me that includes lack of accountability (which you are correct on), true privacy, ability to neglect debts, ability to travel where one wants (within secure parameters) without having to worry about trivial things like...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    So with the existing system - aka your traditional Conservative or Labour MP in the UK, Democrat or Republican in the US - failing them they are willing to try anything as they feel they have nothing to lose, and...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I've really got to disagree, and I'll suggest reading Harrington's Capital Without Borders to understand where I'm coming from. There's only one faction of the hyperwealthy (having more than about US$50-80 million to play with seems to be the lower...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The point is not an offshore tax haven -- I mean, look at the Isle of Man! -- but to get post-state capitalism; no government and no law but wealth. So you're not looking at "sod the proles" or "the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Good point. I actually didn't mention growing your own food, as I was thinking of preserving some of the produce that should be rolling into grocery stores in the next few months. Canning or drying a bunch of that might...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I think you missed the "offshore" part. City of London IIRC is technically offshore from the EU, meaning a number of rather pesky financial regulations don't apply to it. Switzerland is the biggest Offshore Financial Center in the world currently....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I stand corrected. My presumption is that the goal of Brexit is to turn the UK into the world's biggest offshore financial center (beating out Switzerland), with a politically stable government; stable economy; a wide choice of reputable banks and...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    If only it were as simple as the Great Old Ones showing up. An infestation of off-shored billionaires who refuse to contribute money to civil society are a much worse calamity. Anyway, it's nice to know that I'm not the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Charlie, the thing is that we use carrier battlegroups and marines to deal with disasters: the carrier provides a floating airport for the helicopters lightering in goods from cargo ships that can't dock, while the Marines tend to have the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'd point out that I'm not clear that we could deploy peacekeepers to the UK. From an article Bill Arnold linked to a couple of posts before, about the problem of invading Iran: "The US Marine Corps is also facing...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'd also point out, on general principles (and talking to myself), that it's a good time to learn how to can produce and store your own. After all, it's harvest season, so hit the markets and store your own for...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Remember when failing upwards was a Dilbert joke? Now we've got blonde failures leading countries on both sides of the Atlantic. Even though they're both demonstrating the Peter Principle in spades, they want to ascend to dictator level, because failing...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Anarcho-primitivist eschatology. God (Gaea/Mother Nature) will pronounce Final Judgment (the climate apocalypse), man's Original Sin (technology and modernity) will be punished, the Sinful and the Blasphemous (the parasitic consumerist masses) will at last be scoured from the earth, and the...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    It's an almost-exact copy of the rhetoric of two previous failed attempots ar fascist takeovers - if not three...Who & how to stop them? Well, so far the NVDA movement and groups like the SPLC are doing a reasonable job...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Uhm. Have you never heard of sustainable forestry? Well, since I had a forestry student as a roommate while I was in grad school getting my masters in botany and learning the measurement techniques myself, I might have heard of...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    One thing I do point out to the more brutal population reduction enthusiasts is that even such notable fans as Hitler and Pol Pot realised that shooting people is a woefully inefficient way to reduce a population. One muppet with...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Okay, more education time: You're right, that durable carbon in the rainforest only exists in the trunks of living trees, so you've got a layer of trees 30-50 meters tall covering a large area, and it regenerates rapidly. That's your...
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