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Graydon

  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    The US military is deploying single-digit-kilowatt lasers as weapon systems. I don't think it's obviously crazy from an engineering perspective to imagine someone leveraging that to get power to the ground. The weapons and the power delivery have the same...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/moderna-may-be-superior-pfizer-against-delta-breakthrough-odds-rise-with-time-2021-08-09/ This is a summary article by a news organization. It reports findings by the Mayo Clinic that vaccine effectiveness in the US is down in July (= vs Delta); to 76% for Moderna and 42% for Pfizer vaccines. It...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I think the right-wing vulture capitalists will dismember Scotland first, as easy pickings .... Good reason to write anti-capitalist laws. Which Scotland can't have in the UK, but can if independent. Good reason to be in the EU, too....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Finally, the old Common Law system was mostly written out of the code between the 1980s and early 2000s (in England and Wales... My understanding is that while this is true of the law, it is not true of the...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    It turns out to matter if the government are mammonite death-cultists. The current Canadian federal government are truly terrible; they're approving pipelines and neonictinoid pesticides (both in my view crimes-against-humanity level stuff; there's an established legal view that the ongoing...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I'd have said that there's no need to install a new figurehead by changing the sock-puppet dynasty at the top: to do so would make you a visible target. If you're trying to install MyCronies3.0 over the existing stuff that...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Graydon @24: You can carry that on to ->offspring->Edward (now DofE IIRC)->offspring->Anne. If they started skipping steps Anne would have a lot of support, and if the rules change had been retroactive she'd now be ahead of Andrew. Anne ought...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Farage isn't part of the Ruling Party, he's an insurgent outsider I hypothesize that so are the New Masters, the money and planning behind Brexit. (The New Masters being the mix of expat how-dare-tax?! billionaires, Russian money, Saudi money, we-don't-know-where-that-comes-from...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Can we have the Republic of Canada when his widow dies1? 1 Almost certainly not. Thanks to Canada's Constitution, that kind of major change is basically impossible. I don't give it more than six months -- and so long only...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    And how do you justify blaming schools for any mid-September or later surge, when there are other potential causes - including cooler weather, the starting up of indoor hockey, etc. Where am I blaming schools, rather than blaming the decision...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I'd tend to think of capitalism as any system where people are allowed to freely exchange value, with some sort of legal framework designed (perhaps incidentally) to ensure people optimize for some optimization criterion. "Free exchange" probably doesn't exist. (It's...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    It's laggy; it's very, very laggy. The last week reverts to the mean because StatsCan hasn't got the third-week-of-October data from the provinces yet. But https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/71-607-x/71-607-x2020023-eng.htm does indeed track the only thing that matters -- excess deaths, and thus implicitly...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I'm in favour of sending the entire cabinet of the last four(?) Canadian governments to the Hague to be tried for genocide for approving pipelines after 2000. And, yes, Canada has a high per-capita fossil carbon usage. We're not the...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I will make a prediction: this linguistic revisionism will become more dominant before it fades away, but will do nothing to reduce the problems it is claimed to solve. That is because the connotations (which are the important aspect) are...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Concentration of wealth is probably an intrinsic component of capitalistic systems - part of an efficiency optimization method. Any time you say "efficiency", it's important to specify what's being optimised. Open-loop extractive capitalism to make yourself individually very rich has...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    For that matter, acknowledge that DC is for the soft lapping of waves RSN and start moving it uphill, starting with the new capitol building. (Looking at a map, I'd be swapping Virginia and Maryland existing-DC for at-least-equivalent area between...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I'm not who you asked, but generally millenarian cults are based on the idea that "the millenium will come", and everything will be changed as a result. The mechanism of change is highly variable; it's not just "end the world",...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Individual control of capital has, so far, worked better than other systems. We're in the middle of a mass extinction event which may well include us. I am not willing to accept this "works better" axiom as valid....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Of course it started as money laundering. Do you think that through Trump's entire presidency, when we know for sure there were multiple times Trump talked with Putin with no US monitoring, Trump never got told to do something related...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I'm quite sure litigation doesn't scare him, because he's been through thousands of cases, and even though he lost most of them, he's still a billionaire, so why worry? Because his brain contains evidence of what would qualify as casus...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    how should we best act to stop most of the money from going to a tiny minority, without wrecking the economy We ration agency with money. The minimum change to meet your requirement is to limit the amount of money...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Even if you go completely Marxist, Marx is still prescribing nonsense. An important and capable observer, but -- like every other 19th century political philosopher still afflicting the globe -- fundamentally in error due to lack of cognitive tools with...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Fascism is an attractor of wealth-concentrating industrial societies, I think, much the same way as god-king autocracy is an attractor in aristocratic monarchies. That is, if you want to avoid fascism, you need to use some other organising principle for...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I'm actually a little surprised at this argument. The classic communist argument is that racism is used as a way to fragment economic classes who would otherwise band together. The notion here is that turning poor whites against poor blacks...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    About the 25th Amendment... It hasn't been invoked and it won't be. Pence is a weak man -- a soul without a king, to borrow Leonard Cohen's phrase -- who lacks the ability to wrangle the remaining cabinet ministers. He...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    White supremacy is a loot-sharing agreement. The loot's run out. The only path to stability is ethnogenesis so people have way to stop being white. (The 'we can just loot the citizenry' approach undertaken by Reagan/Thatcher is not at all...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Salt, plan NaCl salt, melts around 800 C. Calcium chloride, much more likely as road salt hereabouts, melts at about 770 C. Both are rated as "does not burn", same flammability as water. So neither's going to ignite or melt...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    The oxidiser accepts the electrons. So presumably that's the anode, and the LiC6. But I would want to find a battery chemist before I had any confidence in that answer!...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    The blanket works for an oxygen-dependent fire. So it would work for an air-something fuel cell EV where the something is burning, but not for a battery fire, since both halves of the reaction are in the battery. (Fire triangle...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Is what they have in common leaders/decision-makers who are numerate (or who seriously take the advice of those who are)? I'm pretty sure that what the states with successful public health responses to COVID-19 have in common are leaders who...
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