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Graydon

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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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",...
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    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....
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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!...
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    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...
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    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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    But here, the mammonites have suffered a (temporary?) loss, with handouts/furlough/emergency payments all over the place - we will see how that plays out, between now & (approx) May or June, by which time a large proportion of the population...
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    How do you distinguish those places? Or are you simply blaming any failures on "mammonites" and then finding that, surprise surprise, the places you find mammonites are the places that fail on C19 "How much does this cost?" (the basic...
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    the good folk of Aotearoa are part of the anglosphere Kinda not by first principles; the Anglosphere entity is New Zealand. Anybody who is using Aotearoa un-ironically is making a political statement about that. And as you yourself have noted...
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    Let's say 10 per million is about the upper limit of an effective COVID-19 response; the line Malawi and Sri Lanka are right on. (Mercenary states ruled by dictators are practically DEFINED by not being mammonites, because a religion of...
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    Any place where mammonites have a voice in government is doing badly. The English-language reports are the ones I can read, and the ones I'm more interested in. Any place where they don't did fine. (Which includes the arch-capitalists in...
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    I wouldn't put a lot of weight on polls just now; there is time for the vaccine rollout to be a startling success or for the NHS to fail and the ~10% mortality rate to chew on the Isle of...
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    It's on several lists of what to use, along with ABC or BC dry chemical. (E.g. https://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/safety_concerns_with_li_ion or the rather alarming https://thehazmatguys.com/thmg095-extinguishing-agents-3/ ) My understanding is that water carries off heat to prevent further thermal decay of not-currently-ignited cells, rather...
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    I suspect the latest mutation scare is actually the UK government evolving into a form that will hopefully be better able to resist the virus. While this is an outcome devoutly to be wished, I very much doubt it shall...
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    The point of what I said, and I said it explicitly, is that enclosing a lithium-ion battery in (for example) a steel shell is NOT a good idea. Depends on the engineering tradeoff, doesn't it? Does the enclosure reduce punctures...
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