Daniel Duffy

Daniel Duffy

  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Could this economic collapse you describe be contained in the UK, or will the UK collapse be the first domino that knocks down the world economy - Great Depression Part Deux?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    There are romantic nitwit treehuggers who think living like a medieval peasant will solve our problems. Then there are the Ecomodernists http://www.ecomodernism.org/ who know that better technology, higher density of activity and population freeing up more land for habitat, and...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Annual accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere 13,760,000,000 tons / year Life cycle CO2 emissions from coal power plants 820 g of CO2 / kWh Life cycle CO2 emissions from nuclear power plants 12 g of CO2 / kWh Life...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    You talk as if America was culturally one monolithic country. Check out Colin Woodward's "Eleven nations of America": http://www.tufts.edu/alumni/magazine/fall2013/features/up-in-arms.html For the Blue/North: YANKEEDOM. Founded on the shores of Massachusetts Bay by radical Calvinists as a new Zion, Yankeedom has, since...
  • Commented on Test Case
    From what I know about truck automation, urban driving is too complex for computers. Computers do well, reacting quickly and efficiently, in environments that are relatively simple and predictable with few variables. So despite the faster speeds, trucks will be...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    PSA - I tend towards the Ecomodernist viewpoint that it is better to solve our problems with new technology and applied knowledge rather than trying to turn the clock back to the Middle Ages. for example, I can;t think of...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    And if you are going to plant trees (a worthy and necessary goal) you are going to need water. Water, especially in the American West, is in short supply and the old methods of damming rivers to create open air...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    If we go the carbon sequestration route (as well as reducing emissions as much as possible - the two are not mutually exclusive but complementary), who is going to pay for it? It will be us the consumers, not the...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Here is some info for you: https://planetsave.com/2014/07/02/ocean-fertilization-dangerous-experiment-gone-right/ https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/01/iron-fertilization-of-the-ocean-is-as-natural-as-whale-poop-and-it-can-save-the-planet.html https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2014/06/120-tons-of-iron-sulphate-dumped-into.html https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528744-100-geoengineering-with-iron-might-work-after-all/...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Now here is something else to chew on - we are going to need every "carbon scam" and "indulgences for polluters" out there if we are going to save the planet. Why? Because we won't meet our emissions reductions goals,...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Actually three things changed: Chinese over production, German installation techniques, and innovative American financing. https://foresternetwork.com/distributed-energy-magazine/be-energy/be-solar-energy/why-solar-why-now/ Capitalism actually benefitted from poor economic planning on the part of the Chinese Communist Party’s central bureaucracy. Instead of China once again figuring out how...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    First you have to know what you are up against. The thing to remember is how cheap and useful fossil fuels are. Highly concentrated and easily transportable, they basically created modern civilization (see "Energy and Civilization - A History" by...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    "But in terms of time it probably costs me the equivalent of 20% of my writing revenue, so probably pushing over £10,000 a year in opportunity costs." But don't you get some return in the form of story ideas or...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    What you've described is a society especially vulnerable to systems collapse. Something like the Later Bronze age collapse with the mass movement of refugees (modern day version of the "Sea Peoples") being triggered by climate change....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    "That's the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11." is not unusual, or in retrospect unexpected. It follows two historical patterns. The first pattern is the inevitable time delay between exploration and colonization. At the turn of the (last)...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Brexit and Trump - before a fire dies it flares up one last time....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "From controlling 50% of planetary GDP and 25% of its land area around 1860, the British Empire and then its Western Successor Empire has been in steady decline." Sorry, but I call bullshit. Fall in relative GDP does NOT show...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Re: Polish cavalry charging German panzers. In his memoirs "Panzer Leader" Gen Heinz Guderian (the man most responsible for developing blitzkrieg tactics and the German panzer arm itself) mentioned that some captured Polish prisoners tried to poke their fingers through...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Bond villain have been with us since the beginning of civilization. They are all some form of “hydraulic despot”. “Before I kill you Mr. Bond I must tell you my evil master plan to become ruler of the world by...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    So Musk is actually like "Q", Bond's go to gadget scientist: "For this mission 007 you will be driving a Tesla Model 3 with modifications. Now, pay attention please. Windscreen - bulletproof. As are the side and the rear windows....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    In 20 years a geopolitical realignment into the Carbon Axis (Putin's Russia, Saudi Arabia, post-Brexit Britain and Trump's Red America) and the Green Alliance (China, India, EU, Canada, and Jerry Brown's Blue America) http://www.salon.com/2017/06/18/is-trump-launching-a-new-world-order_partner/ But these prophecies of impending global...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Not so much debt as the inability to meet financial demands and promises of an increasingly aged population....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Many shocks are coming thanks to technology and the "creative destruction" of capitalism. Economically and technologically, Red Rural America will soon have no reason to exist. Got coal? Nobody cares because fracking gas is cheaper and solar energy is now...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, except for natural gas which will have a golden age. Coal is already dead: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2016/12/12/13914942/interactive-map-cheapest-power-plant http://www.sciencealert.com/the-end-of-coal-is-near-china-just-scrapped-103-power-plants https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/business/energy-environment/coal-power-renewable-energy.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0 http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/india-cancels-mega-plans-to-build-coal-power-stations-due-to-falling-solar-energy-prices-322553.html http://www.eiu.com/industry/article/1703426954/peak-coal-us-coal-fired-power-is-steadily-declining/2015-08-11 Oil is also doomed: https://perspicacity.xyz/2017/05/24/this-is-how-big-oil-will-die/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/get-ready-for-peak-oil-demand-1495419061 https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldunne/2017/02/28/china-deploys-aggressive-mandates-to-stay-no-1-in-electric-vehicles/#5a1330356a82 http://www.financialexpress.com/industry/india-eyes-all-electric-car-fleet-by-2030/647569/ But Carbon Oligarchs won't go down...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The two biggest geopolitical stories of the 21st century: Africa Rising (http://www.economist.com/node/21541015) with diffuse technology (cell phones, solar energy, etc.) allowing it to leap frog the need for expensive infrastructure in order to modernize. India as a True Superpower. The...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Demographics drive everything, primarily immigration, the birth dearth and aging populations. America - a nation of mutts. According to the last census the fastest growing ethnic group in America is "Mixed". 17% of all marriages in the US are now...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Look for many countries to no longer exist. Most of Africa, Middle East and Asia have borders drawn by former European colonists without regard to ethnicity or geography. In many cases (such as Iraq and Syria) this was deliberate and...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I've actually become guardedly optimistic about global warming. Coal has been killed by cheap fracking methane, which produces half the greenhouse gases per kWh as coal. Purists may want 100% renewables but that just isn't practical. And if you could...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    >Cheap desalination. This. With unlimited cheap desalinated water we can remake the planet and make every desert bloom and feed every mouth. The key is the development of graphene. For now graphene can do everything but get out of the...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    >Designer babies and other biologicals, well beyond the point of species differentiation. Don't see that happening. When the human genome was published the most striking feature of human DNA was how *few* genes we really had. And of those genes,...
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