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    Haast's is a weird special case driven by needing to be large enough to strangle a moa and not having much to worry about in terms of terrestrial predators. They're otherwise embedded in the relatively small Hieraaetus eagles. (Though eagle...
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    Sails only work if you've got two media of different density; otherwise you just go directly downwind. There was an early French dirigible experiment that involved an attempt to stick sails on a balloon and allow control by trailing a...
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    Birds have what's referred to as locomotor module decoupling; the legs and the wings are independent. (Unlike say quadrupedal mammals, where the gait of all four legs controls respiration.) Pretty much all volant birds are leg-launched. This is a major...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Theory's a bit demented. The USN is enormous; it has a lot of everything. It has more of any particular thing than anyone else does. The USN is overstretched and stressed -- it's too small for its tasking and it's...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Crude oil tops $70 as US-Iran tensions escalate - from CNN this afternoon. And, as I just filled up at a Sunoco, IIRC, they're up about six cents at the pump since last week. An easy thing to forget is...
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    Waters do need to not be actively toxic Current expected sea level rise from current atmospheric carbon load is 15 metres. Minimum supportable is five metres-something. (This is from a cave on Mallorca where there's been an opening to the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    That's productivity measured as "output per farm worker". So far as I know, yeah, it really has about tripled. Productivity per hectare and soil health and several other things are quite distinct from "farming is a way to lose money"...
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    Sea-farming is a non-starter due to anoxia, acidification, ecological collapse, pollution, and circulatory current shutdown/stutter. (And so far having problems with more food output than input; current "fish farming" is mostly a way to turn fish people are reluctant to...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    If you look at things like farm profitability trends -- there was a recent publication pointing out that farm profitability has been falling at about 20% per year in Australia for almost a generation -- agriculture has been breaking for...
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    People talk about things like attacking the power grid, and while this is effective (there are about a hundred deaths attributable to the 2003 Northeast Blackout, for example) it's also totally random. The folks running Iran are pretty committed to...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Greg, check out this map of regional heat projections under current climate warming scenarios. Persian Empire? No. Agriculture? Probably not. If you take a look at Hansen, et al., The New Climate Dice, there's that first graph; decadal temperature average...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    None. No historical situation has modern communications in it, which means a substantial fraction of the entire human species is hooked up to an id-amplifier and instantaneous information flow. Bad emperors, late Hapsburgs, the post-Great War imperial collapse, the Year...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Trump is a moral void. There is absolutely no part of his character that says "this is wrong" about him; other people not submitting, yes, but anything he chooses to do is right. Trump is acting out of fear, and...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Doesn't matter, though; the US has rocketed way too many weddings to claim to follow the laws of war. POTUS just pardoned somebody who shot Iraqi children for fun. Trump just threatened destruction of cultural sites. War crimes are US...
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    Add to this that "some people" have explicitly stated buy signals for a dead tree edition, and an active dislike of e-readers. You're certainly sending us a "don't buy my stuff because you also have to buy hardware you don't...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The House of Hohenzollern is still there, still rich, still owns castles; if you can start the Great War and keep your money and property, there's nothing at all you can do under one construction of capitalism that means you...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Patriarchal white supremacy in the US is referred to as "capitalism". Warren is brilliant and ruthless and likely to be effective; Warren is also inherently not in favour of "capitalism". Which means the entire status quo, including most of the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Yeah, it would have to be something developed by printers or small publishers and made available as a service to authors who just wanted or needed a small press run. The business model is definitely out there! The hard part...
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    but it does mean that the Commonwealth books are unlikely to take the market by storm any time soon if you carry on this way Absolutely so. It makes a heroic, but ultimately unsuccessful attempt at pretending to be written...
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    It's not so much immediate force readiness as it's having fought this very long war without the necessary continuous planning and stable funding, so the maintenance status of a whole lot of kit's doubtful and the human component's been badly...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Trump's present intellectual attainments approximated those of cabbage. Possibly an over-caffeinated parrot. Trump is terrified of something. Going to jail, getting whacked, being revealed as a pauper and stooge, direct and intractable consequence of the brain rot, who knows? Trump's...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    And it is a problem with the technology I hope someone will figure out a way to fix someday (SOON). It's very probably in the same category as a bra-fitting algorithm; the effort to develop the automation can't be supported...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Perhaps not the appropriate basis of concern. The US has a strong consensus that the Islamic Republic is an illegitimate state and should be destroyed. This is much, much wider than Trump or the Republican Party; it includes a whole...
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    You need software that can handle imposition. And remember that the imposition you want is in some respects specific to the paper and printing mechanism you're going to use. This is generally why it's really best to contract book-making. It's...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    There is no RealPolitik without a sense of consequences. Trump's sense of consequences are purely around the risk of prison; he's had at least one medical event recently, and is cognitively impaired. He's never in his life been any good...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Calibre is the tool for converting between ebook formats, no question. For laying out a book for printing, it's not what I'd use, or what I'd expect could be used with success....
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    Somewhere in there, Weber lost several close friends and was injured. The injury changed his writing process and habitual recreation. That's all public record. I suspect what happened from a textual perspective is a combination of forced process change, a...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Or alternatively, is there any software that an end user like myself can afford that will allow me to take non-DRM Epub text and print it out in quires (I think that's the word) so I can stitch up a...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The March North uses the "high competence/bad odds" formula of the genre, but I am pretty sure it's not war porn. Where the dead get buried is an overt part of the text....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    To the extent that I feel like I've got my own head around it enough to say anything about it, Dead Lies Dreaming isn't in the same specific genre as a Laundry book as we have known them. The Laundry...
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