Unholyguy

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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    As an American the people I visit “not driving” is not really a thing that happens Also renting cars is nowhere near the pita it used to be. They’ve computerized finally and optimized their workflow to the point where you...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Travel slowly? We have these little things called “airplanes” when we want to get places fast. I routinely jet from SF to Seattle (807 miles) for $99 in 1.5 hours. So yeah, high speed rail don’t impress me so much...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The best north from SF Route is the 101 to Reedsport and then the 38 east to I5 That’s a gorgeous road. Then you can take the I5 north to Portland and drive the Columbia river highway through the Columbia...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    Really sorry to hear this Charlie...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Using the heat of your house as a battery works reasonably well in both summer and winter, but where I have a house in southern Oregon it’s actually more of a summer thing Gets hot up there in the summer....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I don’t know why I bother, but alas it was not orbital weather control lasers fired from secret government space shuttle data that caused Dorian to stall... https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/02/us/why-did-dorian-stall/index.html...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The problem with brown water operations, at least if the brown water is potentially hostile, is that it’s basically impossible not to get your cutters killed by enemy air or land based missile assets. The only thing a convoy in...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    “Longer term, it's non-viable, unless you can figure out how to hurricane-proof and wildfire-proof tents and in addition insulate and air condition them well enough to make 45 celsius heat emergencies survivable.“ None of these things are very likely in...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    The population of Europe actually increased from 1600 to 1700 as did the population of the world I’ve never seen any credible evidence of a 30% drop worldwide even from the most ardent “general crisis” supporter. Specific areas maybe, like...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Augmented and virtual reality will have landed hard by then. I expect home layouts will be built around optimizing augmented reality “this flat is great for airships, spacecraft and deep sea submarines this other one makes a good castle “...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Food cost tells half the story food production tells the other half and the story those two numbers tell us, worldwide on the average, food is the most plentiful and cheapest it’s ever been I’m not making any statements about...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Sure local famines and collapses but the overall world market is not signaling any kind of systemic problem Also farmers have a lot of political power in the US at least, because of how the senate seats are unequally distributed...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Despite all the doom and gloom about the alleged ongoing collapse of agriculture the price on the world market of all the major staples are on a downward not upward trend That collapse may happen but it has not started...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Yes I am enjoying it very much thanks for the recommendation and it’s certainly one Charlie should read if he hasn’t, lots of inspiration for a fertile imagination in there It’s also a pretty relevant case study on the government...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    It’s certainly dense, reading it a bit at a time along with other things. Fun though. There were also some pretty hilarious bits where they were doing COG drills and the spouses of the various government officials discovered neither they...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Raven Rock has been pretty good so far and doesn’t seem to have a strong political bias, though I’m only 2/3rds of the way through and haven’t got to 9/11 I think H. Is missing a few details though. A...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Of course the real world has this unfortunate day/night duology and fear of the dark is only one of the most basic human instincts but yeah let’s get rid of that whole “dark is evil” thing and start wearing them...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Now that you pointed it out I can see Lois McMaster Bujold using a number of these techniques in her Vorkosigan saga...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “I have what I have because I deserve it" is much easier to accept than "I have what I have because of sheer chance". The problem is for the self made men types is there are elements of both. It’s...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Regarding China peaking, here is the data I was looking at , suggest setting the start date at around 2000 to see the story Note it’s progressively harder to maintain high % growth but China needs to do that for...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Note that the original definition does not include “because of ancestory”. That’s because she sncient empires often had other criteria for second class citizenship Also native Americans in the US are not governed under different laws because of ancestory. It’s...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Federal law does apply in tribal lands though and supersedes tribal law if the federal government so chooses. The citizens also get all federal rights. In many ways the way they function is similar to States. They are not in...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “Russia, northern Europe and Canada will all enjoy a major economic advantage over the US thanks to climate change” Sure but those 3 areas are currently sitting at between 5-10% of the US’s gdp and all three of them added...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The thing about using a classifier like “empire” is it isn’t much good if it’s defined in a way that maps every instance to one bin For instance the way H. defines “empire “the empire-state declares the non-equivalence of multiple...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You did misquote it. I quoted it for you It’s also not a good definition at all, being pretty equivalent to nation-state as I pointed out and was also pointed out by the review I linked Many nation states today...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “One criticism that should be noted is the hasty definition of empire in the first chapter (a definition Cooper uses elsewhere (3)) which does not suit the complexity of the empirical examples and nuanced themes that emerge throughout the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    By your definition every single state prior to the abolition of slavery that contained at least one slave was an empire Similarity every single state before women’s sufferage was an empire So it’s not a very useful definition and maybe...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “Like Europe 1000 - 1914 you mean? Constant bickering, large & small territorial wars & persecutions ....” Like pretty much the whole history of the world except for 1500-2000, which to me was really an anomaly caused by the lopsided...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    That’s completely not the established definition of empire you know. And it applies to about half the nations in the world today . By your definition the Congo is an empire and so is Spain You have a really bad...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    “The general thought by historians of empires is that empires grow and shrink at roughly the same rates” There is no general consensus among historians on this subject other then possibly everything that has been asserted in this thread so...
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