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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    If you're going to be a stickler, yes, I'm talking about Trump getting removed. I suspect the Democrats are moving to get it to the senate sooner, rather than later, but unless they want it to be a gesture, they...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Hope you've got your evacuation plan made and your bags packed, just in case. We tested out our evacuation preparations two weeks ago, but fortunately there was no fire to run from. Stay safe....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    There are a couple of intricacies here. Assuming Trump DOES get impeached, the only way this happens is if the Republicans in the legislative branch turn on him en masse. It has to be en masse, because there's currently a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The problems with solar roofing tiles, as opposed to an array on your roof, are two-fold: 1) Solar panels get hot in the sun. When the array is a foot above your roof, this is all groovy. Instead of your...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    Just a thought for Remembrance/Armistice/Veteran's Day (11/11): Has anyone written an alt-history that has the Christmas Truce of 1914 leading to a widespread pacifist revolt by the enlisted against the officers (basically, everyone refusing to fight), leading in turn to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Where to start? Clothing has a global supply chain, but the assembly has been outsourced to places where labor is cheapest. Indeed, years ago there was a half-joking suggestion that they should put the factories on ships to go from...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yeah. I was trying to game out what would happen if India and Pakistan nuked each other, and I realized I don't like such games. It's little things like famines across Eurasia due to the nuclear winter, huge numbers of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'd try switching crops (more high latitude cultivars/species) before I tried grow lights, because those buggers are energy-intensive. Heck, even mirrors (concentrate sun on plants) is more effective than going solar to grow light. I'd also suggest, if you're handy...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Oddly enough, there's a recently published Science Paper that asks that precise question. And it's open access: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/10/eaay5478 Incidentally, their scenario is for a war in 2025. Also incidentally, neither nation ceases to exist, at least immediately. Here's an outdated...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'd suggest that disrespecting Mme. Pele with such an inappropriate offering would cause massive retribution. Also, since the offering would have to be in a National Park, the EIS would kinda suck to write. I mean, toxic waste in an...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Thanks for the review. From what you're saying, it sounds like they mashed up modern theories about the ancient Greek Titans (e.g. ferocious gods of nature who we dethroned by the more modern gods, and whose worship was suppressed) with...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yeah, in a perfect flat world, where spherical humans do labor, he's absolutely right. In a real world, where cities are getting flooded with immigrants and doing everything from letting them build huge slums to jacking housing prices to struggling...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Um, my understanding is that a nation is a group of people (e.g. Americans, British, Navajo, etc.) while a state is land with a border around it. In the US, recognized tribes are regarded as nations, but they aren't states...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Wonder if they would use DNA swabs in a rape case where there's a good suspect. That's the third case where DNA might matter: where there's a crime and there's a soldier is a good suspect....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yes, this is the way they've done DNA fingerprinting since the 1990s. The one tricky bit is that a simple sequence repeat ("CACACACACACACACACACA" for example, with the number of CA repeats providing the data) stutters because the structures reading it...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yeah, the chain of evidence for a DNA sample better be pretty good. It would kinda suck if it turned out that the guy you were after had *handled* the evidence, and used his contamination to (literally) finger somebody else...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Um, if "the stock market" is divorced from reality, why should we regard the 0.1% as passively depending on it as if it is something that their actions do not affect? That seems to be a contradiction. If they're big...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm a little suspicious of the financial markets as an unbiased indicator, just as I'm getting suspicious of most of the indicators. The simple example is when one person out of 100 makes a huge amount of money, while the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Just popping my head up out of the mud of fantasy to take a breath of reality and see what's going on... So I'm confused. Is October 31 going to see the UK knocking on the EU door and saying...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Heh. I've hiked it twice with my wife (thanks for the ego boost). I agree that the tour is faster, but it's more fulfilling to walk to the waterfalls and down to the beach. Really. Then again, we're the kind...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I've walked up Bradford. In the US, another fun road is Waipio Valley Road in Hawai'i, which averages 25% and goes to 45% in a couple of spots. The sign at the top warns that this is 4WD only. It's...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Odd coincidence today: I read two articles comparing items of modern life to abusive relationships. One compared the current US president to an abuser in an abusive relationship and warned (From the perspective of a victim's rights advocate) that the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Did a bit of googling, and found out that climbing lanes (US) are called crawler lanes in the UK. Guess the US is better at going slow than the UK is, at least in politics and semi-tractors going uphill....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The question is, how fast does stop-n-go drain the battery? In my Bolt in a traffic jam, I'm mellowing along at 1 kwh (this thing can go up to 20-30 kwh for rapid acceleration, on a 65 kwh battery pack,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Okay.... I think there might be a few misconceptions here. One is that lots of trucks in the US have what are here known as "sleeper cabs" (google for pics). You *really* think there are lots of motels that can...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I think there are plenty of people who will walk across hot coals as a team-building exercise, or for temporary relief of depression. That gets at Watts' problem of assuming human behavior is genetically hard-wired to be selfish. It isn't....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    You've made the point, but you'd have to read the story to see why that's a problem for the story. As an aside, I knew someone who broke his leg getting out of bed. And he was a trained martial...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Thanks for the story. My problem with the story is coincidental, as I'd recently read This story about why people walk on fire (among other pain rituals). Sucks to be me and know stuff. Sometimes it gets in the way...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Caught me! Borrow from the best, I always say. That's why having the Synthetic Biology Kidz with their mad skillz and underdeveloped strategic sense is perhaps a better plotline, although that gets into the territory of King's White Plague. Problem...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    But you can only know that long after the event, unless by protest you mean "revolution" and even then it's unlikely. Oh, we'll notice pretty rapidly if the protests work, because at this point it has to be a revolution...
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