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  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Speaking of recommended books, I finished "Cadillac Desert" today. Next time I head up to northern California I'm going to bring a couple gallon jugs with me, and steal some water for the people of Los Angeles. (Just doing my...
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    I keep hearing stuff about climate change that include phrases like "faster than we expected" or "melting more quickly than we thought." What does this mean in terms of any sane timeline. Are we still really talking about 6 feet...
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    And was Catalonia represented by people the Catalan people wished to be represented by, or were they represented by some kind of quisling?...
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    The EU policy of Austerity strikes again! (Probably with a little help from Russia... sigh.)...
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    It does look like a very fine device. It occurs to me that you're a major celebrity to the exact demographic these phones are aimed at. You should hook up with the company, get a beta, and help promote the...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    The theory might be right, but it's also straight out of Dr. Strangelove: ...we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. At the same time our people grumbled...
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    I know. I'm suggesting that modern "surveillance" technology such as databases can make boycotts much easier....
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    You can bet your ass they didn't just buy on Facebook....
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    Also, worth looking here for some major anti-Climate-Change trolling. Note that this is a weather blog and it is currently under massive attack!...
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    On the other hand, it seems likely that the good guys could use some of the same technologies. Any of us could mount a 10 TB database without doing much more than spending some vacation money, and programming it isn't...
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    I wonder whether they politicize it, but also talk around it when discussing the practical effects. I wonder if there's a particular phrase we're missing, like "biblically ordained flooding" or "oceanic increase" that gets used when they're not being political?...
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    Most of the company I work for is based in the $Current_Hurricane target area. I'm pretty much worried sick tonight. $Current_Hurricane just completed an eyewall replacement cycle, and is heading north (probably) as a Cat-4. Sucks....
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    Pets, important paperwork and hard drives (or laptops.)...
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    I think the problem here is that Kim's primary "opponent" is the U.S., and he's making a thoughtless judgement, which is that the U.S. is sane. Currently winning the Republican primary means demonstrating that you're the biggest crazy asshole in...
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    I would say it's the other way around. The President is "Commander in Chief" and s/he is also a civilian (though frequently ex-military.) This embodies the concept of "civilian control of the military" which is very important in U.S. ideas...
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    Washington is a somewhat flawed founder and first President of my nation. If he committed treason against your nation that's not my problem. But I will admit that I'm moderately proud of him, (except for the slaves.)...
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    Washington and his generation founded our country so they get a pass on being vilified. We talk about how they owned slaves and how they treated their slaves, and we even frequently tell the truth about these issues, but the...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    The Six Party Talks weren't peace talks. They were just talks on the status of N. Korea's nuclear efforts. I want full-force peace talks. If worse comes to worse, the Chinese, the U.S., Japan and S. Korean leaders can "declare...
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    Speaking of Irma, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns north a little early, skips Florida, and hit North Carolina like a hammer, because Karma is a bee-yatch!...
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    If someone goes for a preemptive strike against N. Korea they won't hold back. The ICBMs will fall like rain and turn everything that might be dangerous to the U.S. or our allies into randomized floating molecules, even at the...
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    I'm reading about the Carter administration now....
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    My thoughts on statues of Treasonous Slaveowning Generals are as follows: I do not think the statues should be removed. Not yet. I think that each statue should be issued a couple of secondary statues. The secondary statues should depict...
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    Rational? I suppose, but also very self-involved, because I don't think they were high enough on anyone's "todo" list, both because the U.S. (and everyone else) has gotten enough of what we want from SK, and because the NKs put...
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    More likely we'll redefine what a "good port" looks like, probably to something with cliffs and deep water, then we'll build piers that float (and go up and down pillars on rollers.) Finally, we'll rebuild the connector between the pier...
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    "The Mouse That Roared" was satire. And the political system of Grand Fenwick was moderately sane....
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    This is where I have to disagree. As long as N.K. holds Seoul hostage and has Chinese backing nobody will invade them, plus they've had sixty years to dig in... imagine N. Vietnam on steroids, with a much higher level...
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    "I think they believe they have a winning strategy... I think they believe that too. I suspect they're about to learn the difference between the hurt they can dish out and the hurt multiple First World nations (U.S., China, Japan,...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Or maybe something awesome involving guidance systems. Imagine half-a-dozen missiles landing at the points of a geometric figure exactly 1 kilometer across... That would get the point across very neatly and the parameters of the threat would be obvious. Best...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    How about this: The Chinese call the U.S. and say, "How about we take care of this N.K. problem for you, then we give up all claim to Taiwan?" An upstart is taken down and everyone wins. We hope. And...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Certainly that's what they want. (I want the Kruggerand Fairy to leave several pounds of gold bullion under my pillow.) The question is whether NK thinks they can get what they want, or whether they're willing to settle for ending...
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