Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    In the story I'm currently working on, one of the (possibly offstage) stars is a Black programmer who got rich creating a crowd-sourced database of racists, along with things like fora and a social-media presence to keep people hanging around....
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    Actually, this is the most violent event in the story, describing what happened to one of the character's fathers, and it sets up (what I hope to be) a nice piece of character humor/banana-peel joke. The actual story is character-based...
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    I'm exploring that scenario in a piece I'm writing. God only knows if it will ever be published, but the set up is that the Iranians completely give up on nukes, and put all their efforts into making their missiles...
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    That's why we like you, Charlie....
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    The level of stupid in the anti-nuclear movement, when figures like that are shown, beggars belief. The way to fix this problem is to consider the fact that better, cheaper reactor designs are available, but we aren't using them. This...
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    I've gotta kinda-sorta agree with you about the Libertarians, but what you're seeing as "racism" is symptomatic of a particular issue: The Libertarians I read all seem to be working off some kind of weird 1950s data set which comes...
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    I'm not sure racism is going to last, at least not among any portion of the middle class. What I'm seeing here is a parallel between the acceptance of homosexuality and the acceptance of other races. As Gays started coming...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I know, but the young man explained it as Cthulhu. I wonder if there will be some kind of backlash or panic over the whole thing....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Apparently someone has wgah'nagl fhtagn-ed their school shooting: The shooting suspect—identified by CBS as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis—has been arrested, and a second person of interest has also been detained. Both, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters this morning, are...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    It was a rhetorical question, to go along with the link, but thanks for the answer regardless....
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    Did Lovecraft ever discuss the economy?...
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    The other question, which goes along with Frank's top post is this: What's currently as scary as the stuff Lovecraft talked about? The only thing I can think of is nano-stuff. Any other candidates?...
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    I'm wondering whether AI might be useful in predicting whether events far enough in advance that someone can know what crops to plant. Even if we can only predict stability 60 days into the future, that's good enough for two...
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    This is both weird and totally in tune with Frank's top post!...
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    I'm getting https....
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    Balinese rice-farming is pretty good. It produces two harvests a year, plus the rice fields are filled with eels, so it also produces protein. It's highly compatible with modern society - being a Balinese farmer does not precluded electricity or...
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    I want to start a "Best Practices" party. We've had sixty-years of "mostly peace" in which the world has tried all kinds of solutions to our problems, each of which has left a careful record in bureaucratic records and scientific...
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    I date the problem to the day Reagan killed the "Fairness Doctrine," which required television outlets to "afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance." In practice this meant that if a television station...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I've come to the conclusion that the issues with Brexit are all psychological; that is, the British upper class has a collective guilt complex about their earlier colonialism, and they have decided that the only way to atone is for...
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    I think we might kick it off with Saudi Arabia and Iran shooting at each other. At the moment the Saudis are being very aggressive, and the only thing stopping the Iranians from responding with real force, which was U.S....
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    I can definitely see that, but it's short-sighted. For example, what if the end-state, or even the middle-state of global warming is an environment where Balinese-style rice-farming is the ideal way to grow food. The smart thing to do, (which...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    While Lovecraft certainly was racist to the point of near-insanity, I'm not sure that "Mountains of Madness" is about sympathy for the slavemaker - note the word "maker" here. We just don't know how intelligent the shoggoths are supposed to...
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    Greg, I've no idea about anything, except that it will most-likely involve the Muddled East. I've got a friend who "knows stuff" and he's said a couple really weird things about the Middle East which I should probably not repeat....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    For better or worse, this is the stuff I think about. I could probably have written the reply in my sleep!...
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    Were all the Masters white, or just the one Junior Master of the Crimean Tartars? "...white fur you ached to touch."...
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    I have both an optimistic and pessimistic model for the future. In the optimistic model we accept the global warming model more-or-less immediately and understand that we will lose the majority of humanity and multiple species in trade for keeping...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    The problem here is that the people who learned those lessons first-hand are dying, and their successors don't talk like they understand what can happen to the very arrogant countries, and people are noticing that this is happening. Hubris... is...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Did I unthinkingly quote Lovecraft or someone like him?...
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    Civilization Falling. In purely Lovecraftian terms, does our failure to learn even the smallest of lessons from our past disturb you as badly as it disturbs me? We're already into the territory of the "First and Last Men" here... We'd...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I ask myself similar questions. If someone has a working knowledge of physics, computing, astronomy, modern cosmology, etc., how scary is Lovecraft? I finally had to look at it another way; the "incredible hellish vistas of alien dimensions" and "giant...
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