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  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Meh. It may be that I think about zoning restrictions from a particularly Californian perspective. There's plenty of space in California - and, yes, there are earthquake issues.... But...mostly...once you own property somewhere, there's a gigantic incentive to lower the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I have an opinion that taxes should be transparent. Think of the government as the more predictable version of the Mafia. You work here? You should pay some taxes on income cause working is harder while being shot at. You...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Eh. Maybe. But, implementing one powerline is different from staking energy security on a neighboring country. So, solar is fairly useless for, eg, the UK. If I thought it was urgent, I'd be inclined to implement some sort of either...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    @whitroth The consequences of Trump advocating immigration from brown places would be an immediate cratering in his base's support. He appears to be cognizant of this fact. I'd be all for it. :) @Moz For context, there's been something at...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Compare the electoral consequences of those to...immigrants are great...let's open the US up to more refugees. @solar By observation of the risk assessment process among a fairly educated group of people, it appears that global warming is less of a...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    The main thing, though, if you're feeling depressed and it is affecting your life, is - don't soldier on. That often doesn't end well. Seriously. [Voice o' experience.] Depression tends to be a feedback loop. At some point, you can...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I'm probably blathering...but...I'm a well-meaning twit...so...whatever... If you feel terrible, but it doesn't really affect your life, then yoga is good - also practicing mindfulness is nice. A lot of problems seem to be just overclocking your brain instead of...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Easy. Embracing policies designed to increase immigration from non-white areas. Trump's assessed that as his third rail - and I tend to agree. Frankly, Trump's base is pretty aware that he's less Xtrian than your average devil worshipper. (Albeit, based...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I'd be so happy to live in your reality. :) Mostly. I'd be careful about assuming racists are scum. Racism seems to be mostly on a continuum, albeit there are some memorable exceptions. So, most people are racist to some...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    My parents did. Luckily, the clause had already been invalidated. :) It was their first house - so good timing. :) Grandbabies are the cutest. My planned gift package includes lots of sugar and drum sets....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Well. Two way to look at it. One way is that, with a dark enough view of your fellow human, life comes as a pleasant surprise. So, think of it as a coping mechanism. Also, in this, my view is...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Except, the US democratic system has been pretty unresponsive to most people for quite a few decades. This may be better than genuinely violent change. I also suspect that political correctness has been successful enough at stifling racism, etc to...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Um. I was thinking the idea was to _not_ drive OGH to suicide. Our fluffy puppers is quite bouncy and fluffy, albeit strangely adverse to chew sticks. We just tried 5. Sniff and drop it was. Besides, regarding populism, I'm...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Heh. On one hand, most of those assertions were intended, if not sarcastically, with a certain lack of sincerity. On the other hand, the counter-examples that came back were US/Canada and England/France, neither of which have shown any willingness to...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Along the same lines as arguments about political realities of nuclear: Well, some of those power lines would have to cross national borders. The political reality is that nation-states won't allow that sort of vulnerability. Therefore, solar is a non-starter....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    CRISPR - maybe an end to malaria. Probably an eventual end to inherited disease. Maybe an eventual decrease in stupidity. Solar and coal are becoming cost-competitive. Amazon and the internet have produced an explosion of books and webnovels that I...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Grumble. I'm also sometimes disheartened by pro-nuclear activists. I may be unfair, but it sometimes seems like people pick a decision and then find justification. For nuclear, running the world off of nuclear is perfectly feasible if we allow proliferation....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    ...regarding the article, gasdive is correct - sorry. But, regarding long-term uranium availability, the main reason seawater extraction isn't done is that we have more or than we need. At ~ 300 USD per kg, the cost of fuel per...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Aargh. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-long-will-global-uranium-deposits-last/ More accurate estimates are closer to 230 years than 5. Or, really, 60,000 years with somewhat higher prices. That's assuming we don't change existing designs in the next 60 centuries....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Meh. There is a real nonproliferation argument, in that as members of nations with nuclear weapons we don't want other nations to be able to mount meaningful resistance. I'm not a fan of that argument, as I cannot help noticing...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    See. Problem with that stance is there is an assumption that nuclear should be treated differently than other industries. Now, any sort of company in a stable industry has an unsolved management problem that means that competent execution, as opposed...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    For intermittency, there is the daily cycle, the few daily cycle, and the seasonal cycle. The daily cycle and the few daily cycle can probably be handled with currently conceivable storage technologies. The seasonal cycle is probably better handled with...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I suspect the causation dates back along the lines of... Socialism bad, poor people, even white, need to die Oops, this isn't popular. Well, helping poor people wastes funds on the Irish...evolving with time. So, let's not help any poor...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I'm not sure the cause is any sort of demographic transition. It isn't like ignorance and racism was less common earlier. Common, sure, but probably not increasing in prevalance. The whole demographic transition is predicated on 49% being noticably different...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Absolutely no evidence, but, when I heard about Brexit, my first thought was... 'What sort of idjits running a service economy would leave their principal market for services?' However, my second thought was... 'Man, NYC is going to do well...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Meh. Oops. It was meant to be a fairly tongue in cheek way to make Brexit work...based on the assumption that the UK became a US territory. On the bright side, the most probable options seem to be soft or...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Except. My opinion is that plans for deliberate genocide are relatively reassuring. There is a human need to believe someone is in charge. But, outcomes seem to be better modeled by an aggregate of little interests and human nature. Eg,...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Now, wait for the economic downturn in the US. (2019ish). Republican approval plummets with the falling economy. A gigantic blue wave crashes in. The now-ex-president, and great friend of Farage, moves to London - touting England as the last bastion...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Well, or a simple search for an outcome worse than no-deal. Just think, suppose that the UK successfully petitions for admission as a territory. See, that gleefully sidesteps the unfortunate reality that the UK is to the left of the...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Dunno. If you check out a random Kickstarter, eg, some graphic novel by the person who does kill six billion demons, it may raise 90k, of which 9k was for pledges of 200 USD or more for a 15 USD...
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