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  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Which is one of the sticky bits; a large portion of current organic practice has an "import compost" step. If you have to do it without importing organic matter (which is a requirement of doing it on farming scales), it...
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    Well, yes; "Christian libertarian" is a very good clue, there. One of the interesting things to come out of some recent studies of buffalo diet (now that DNA tracing is good enough to assign individual cow pats to individual buffalo...
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    If water levels keep climbing The last time the atmospheric carbon load was at today's levels, sea level was nine metres higher. I think you can safely suppose a continued increase....
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    Alas, no. "Dirt" is alive. You've got little particles of rock, sure, but you've also got a bunch of organic matter and you've got a whole bunch of living things, and you don't get much in the way of useful...
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    In a radically changing environment, the good agricultural lands are going to change Alas, no. The good agricultural lands are going to go away. To be good agricultural land you need soil and consistent rainfall. If there's no consistent rainfall...
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    This is what makes the plot racially problematic. What makes you think that countries like India (politically powerful with lots of nukes) or Brazil (technically very competent) or Pakistan (even more nukes) are going to accept genocide or even just...
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    Privileged classes should be judged by what they do for those less privileged, whether they are nominally elected or no. That would be, make darn sure they stay less privileged. (There's a long, long history of "always say you are...
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    I'd prefer to generalize it as, in social terms, power (or privilege) is a zero-sum game. That is: if I have more power or agency than the average, it implies that other people have less. The social customs describe it...
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    Privilege is automatic power, yes, but does NOT necessarily imply the abuse of it. I argue that it does automatically produce the abuse. It's a bit like "is there such a thing as a just patriarchy?"; no, obviously not, just...
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    Framing "health care" as privilege is such a massive mistake I don't know where to start. You can't get anywhere better from there. (Never mind that the entire 'privilege' narrative is what happens when people who don't understand the limits...
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    No-deal hard Brexit is clearly the goal. (What would a group of people who wanted no-deal do differently? Close to nothing.) You know how one of the problems with getting rid of white supremacy is how it's constructed as virtue...
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    Well, no, let's call things by their right names. Most Canadian conservatives want a legal framework enabling enforcing white supremacy through ethnic cleansing. (I so want a re-melination virus to get loose. It'd be fine if it CRISPR'd other useful...
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    This can't happen in the U.S. It happens in the US. Plausibly a million in the 1930s ("Mexican repatriation" is the search term), who knows how many now. The US constitution is highly uneven in application; the lawsuits over whether...
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    If this happens, be sure to set up some cameras so you can record the screaming shades of everyone convinced Prince Albert was going to take over exploding from their graves....
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    It's only one conspiracy if you include a 'tacit agreement to work in tandem' as such. That's your usual conspiracy among nobility; saves establishing any formal hierarchy inside the conspiracy. The level of documented co-ordination is... implausible of accident. And...
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    You appear to have wandered off from "why can't I have a unicorn?" to "my flying sparkly unicorn does not love me enough"....
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    We've known it was all one conspiracy for some time. These are not state actors, although some of them have state resources. (Which is why the "no Russian, but American" take on Brexit vote meddling is wildly unhelpful.) It's a...
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    The joys of an unregulated monopoly. Yes, there are three nominally distinct entities -- Telus, Bell, and Rogers -- and SaskTel because socialists. And the "people go with Telus because they're just a phone company, not those pirates at Rogers...
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    If you want people to buy cardigans, you make a real point of offering them a choice between a red one and a blue one. It makes it difficult to remember other options exist. People do not deal well with...
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    thank you! Though I think the core point is that if the political machinery wanted to solve this, it could. It's not even difficult. "Purpose of a system is what you see it doing", etc. The "don't make simple things...
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    Wouldn't that make the Maltese cross? If we're postulating a Parliament with a sudden rush of sense to the head, not at all. The problem for Malta is that they're teeny. "The island nation of Malta" suddenly includes other, more...
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    Can we please stick to the topic? Kudos to Jamesface at comment 19 for taking the challenge seriously, but I'm really waiting for someone to explain how Elon Musk can save the day, or maybe the USA could revoke the...
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    I think y'all are making complicated something simple. Aristocracy is a system in which a small aristocratic class owns everything of consequence and charges everyone else rent to live, with the rents set to the maximal level which doesn't obviously...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    Once -- and I do not assert this has happened! -- the machine learning learns how to actually identify people based on the same sort of gestalt a dog uses, that's it. No practical disguise. Like a whole lot of...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    Just as agriculture is an environment, and cities are an environment, ubiquitous surveillance is an environment and the organism will evolve in ways reflecting the pressures. My take on this is that corporates are excruciatingly stupid, considered as organisms, and...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Petya was criminal, pure and simple How can you tell? We're seeing organized crime taking over governments....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    just like meat-eaters being very good at not thinking about their preference for hamburgers "Food" and "life" are synonyms. The idea that one should feel guilty about that I consider a serious mistake, even more than the serious mistake of...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Mhari's rationalizations have rationalizations. I think Mhari's pretty good on facts but terrible on motivations, to the point of miss-attributing other people's. It's unlikely anyone deserves to have their brain eaten. "right action" for a vampire isn't continued survival if...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    The interesting potential regional nuclear power is not Korea or Japan, but Taiwan. Taiwan has indigenous cruise missile production and there have been ... improper nuke tech transfers from the US, some resulting in trials for US active duty general...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Nyarlathotep is a good boss. By Hitler's War standards (commandos were treated as ammunition...) or Laundry series standards, an excellent boss. Mhari interacting with Fabian Everyman reminds me of Bob interacting with Angleton in the early stories, only Nyarlathotep is...
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