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    For those of us with esoteric toy needs, they now have "The Prisoner" action figures available - unfortunately, it's a kickstarter, but still possibly fun....
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    Simple question for you on nukes. What kind of reactor solves all three of these problems: 1.) Fails in a safe fashion, like a molten-salt reactor. 2.) Can't be tweaked to produce plutonium? 3.) Can be mass-produced and shipped using...
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    I love the phrase "spruiked it's virtues," with reference to coal, but I think if someone "spruiked my virtues" the appropriate response would probably be to slap them!...
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    The problem is that the downsides of the British Empire's model were "extract resources from colonized countries" and "enforce white supremacy." The upside was that everyone knew that whatever rules existed would be enforced fairly. In theory it would have...
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    How far back do you want to go? Neither country has been good to the other since God was a pup. It's tit-for-tat game-theory run amok and neither side seems able to keep from poking the other in the eye....
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    "No nation “chooses” to fight a war like that. They blunder into it by underestimating the resolve of the other side." Exactly. Underestimate something, anyway....
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    I have no doubt that the UK is headed for a major stupidity incursion, possibly by getting into a war, possibly for other reasons. Russia/no alternative? Kleptocracy plus "makes things tense when they should be calming things down." I'm not...
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    I have my doubts that war is likely with either China. I just had an objection to the logic of post 277. Russia may be another matter. The problem here is that the country is a kleptocracy, and I suspect...
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    First of all, note that my position is conditional. There are two "ifs" there, and both would have to be fulfilled. As to whether a war to defend Taiwan would be popular, I think that's probably a given - I've...
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    I think the question of "will the war be popular" depends on a whole bunch of factors we currently know nothing about. In the case of China vs. Taiwan, we'd have to see whether the Chinese simultaneously attacked other nations,...
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    With regard to Taiwan, aren't they officially under the U.S. "nuclear umbrella?" Or is that not the current policy?...
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    The impression is that the US can only accept between 5k (Iraq) and 58k (Vietnam) KIAs before they abandon the mission. I don't think that's true. Both Iraq and Vietnam were unpopular wars from the beginning, and represented policy positions...
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    Consider the British Expeditionary Force in France in the early days of World War I. They were "veterans" against colonial uprisings, but they had some major difficulties fighting other first-world powers and IIRC were thoroughly demoralized by the time the...
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    That's an intelligent take on the whole thing. I'm not sure I agree with you entirely - lots of media is deliberately designed to play to people's fears - but it's definitely a part of the problem....
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    I got my first vaccine yesterday. It was the Pfizer, and I felt very tired afterwards, but other than that no side-effects....
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    I read the books long ago, but as I remember it, it's clear that the stereotype was a falsehood when applied to Jews, but perhaps not when applied to the Darhel. Clear as a matter of the author's intent in...
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    With the inevitable "almost lost due to a stupid liberal" scene. I haven't read the book, but I know it's there....
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    The problem is that multiple advancements are required - AI/automation is just one of them. I won't repeat the arguments which have been made about the difficulties of biology/botany in space, nor about power-generation, nor about any other aspect, but...
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    To unpack that a little more Charlie, I'm definitely with you on the whole "space is hard" thing. If we take the most optimistic assumption, which is that modern spacecraft are the equivalent of mankind's first dugout canoes, then the...
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    Oh, definitely. The post you were responding to wasn't meant to be taken seriously. (The statement about how moving into space is akin to the move from water into air... you can take that one seriously if you want!)...
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    Yup. All we need is a couple-dozen symbiotic species an we can live in space. (After thinking about it a little, I think humanity's move into space will be about quick as the move our ancestors made from water to...
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    My experience of Conservatives is that they can predict the positions Liberals will take, but have no understanding of the context. Essentially, "predicting liberals" is not a matter of understanding, but of Orwellian ducktalk....
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    I'd think the thing to do would be to use two or more rabbit diseases at once....
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    ""Race" is a social construct." Definitely. "But if race is a social construct then so is "racism"." I'm not so sure about that one. Racism is not just a social construct, it is also a behavior, (frequently speech) with a...
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    I think the "viruses morph into a moderate nuisance condition is something that happens over millenia, not months....
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    I think being a herd-immunity advocate says a lot more about the advocate than anything else. Personally, I don't think of myself as the member of any herd.* * Yes, bio-types. I know. Just shut yer yaps!...
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    "Surely insisting on some versions of 3) is inherently racist itself." Absolutely. But the dynamic I was pointing at is just the opposite; the idea that believing in 3) at all is inherently racist....
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    Many of the (known) reasons for structural racism in entry to the police have nothing to do with the police at all I take your point, and don't doubt that this is true in the U.K., but I'm not sure...
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    I think the problem here (right or wrong, I'm not advocating either position) is that there are three reasonable explanations for problems such as a lesser percentage of Black people becoming police than the Black percentage of population numbers: 1.)...
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    Agreed. It's definitely scary, and if you think it's scary in the UK, it's double scary here. But I didn't see a single comment leading up to the business about the SS that justified a Godwin's Excursion....
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