Paul

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    gasdive @ 736: [Hang gliding] Some young guys with no responsibilities and some old guys with no responsibilities and not all that much in the middle. I can relate to that. I learned to fly a hang glider at University...
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    David L @ 540 on older houses: Plus the interesting uses of asbestos over the years. Not to mention mercury. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-10/documents/before_you_tear_it_down.pdf This guy got a $50,000 clean-up bill because a previous owner had the Honeywell valve removed, and presumably a...
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    On UK housing stock: The UK urban population took off during the Industrial Revolution. Houses have been built more or less continuously since then, and many of the older ones are still around. A typical town has Georgian houses built...
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    Duffy @ 350: There is no such thing a no-growth capitalism I'm not so sure. Growth is defined as the increase in value of the goods and services provided in an economy. It is generally measured as a percentage increase...
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    SFReader @ 254: a) They're aspiring their way into success which means voting for role-models and not exhibiting any behavior that could reduce their chances at promotion. Possibly for some, but probably not enough to explain the "Red Wall" collapse...
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    SFReader @ 213 I'm talking about the people mentioned in the Economist article, who live in new-build Barratt homes. They take as an example an estate at Pegswood, which used to be a coal mine. Its a half hour train...
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    Article in The Economist here. The gist is that the typical new Tory voter in the "Red Wall" constituencies is probably living in a new Barratt housing estate (Barratt prefers to call them "places") that they could afford because house...
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    Do you mean this one? https://bygosh.com/poems/judged-by-the-company-one-keeps/ One night in late October, When I was far from sober, Returning with my load with manly pride, My poor feet began to stutter, So I lay down in the gutter, And a pig...
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    And why are they so "idle"? Because they think they have better things to do. Why do they think that? Because they are too stupid and ignorant to know better. Words like "sheeple" and "lumpenproletariat" carry a very definite message:...
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    "Sheeple" is a modern form of "lumpenproletariat". Both terms mean "people who are too ignorant and stupid to agree with me"....
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    I actually like having a monarchy, as I've said before around here: 1. Its better than an elected head of state because the HoS should be a unifying figure, and elections are divisive by nature; there is always going to...
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    Vicky refused, point-blank to believe that Lesbianism existed That is a myth. https://www.open.edu/openlearn/society-politics-law/law/lesbianism-and-the-criminal-law-england-and-wales As for your assertion that this is the only time it has happened: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/feb/07/revealed-queen-lobbied-for-change-in-law-to-hide-her-private-wealth...
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    There is a web page on a programming Wiki called Why Is Payroll Hard?. The author has the scars from trying to implement a new payroll system for Chrysler. One entry in the bullet list is: There are approximately 50...
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    Nancy Lebovitz @ 289: [Xi Jinping] *could* screw up China by overextending it, but I don't see anyone arguing that. What's your line of thought? China is approaching, if not at, the point where it can beat anything that America...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 241: If I had to guess, [unclean animal rules] would be a tribal matter, quite possibly between farmers and herders It's not just animals; Judaism has a load of rules about ritual cleanliness. Animals are only one...
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    I've been following the discussion about racism, here and elsewhere, for some time. I've avoided getting involved because Here Be Landmines. But I've decided to dip my toe in and make a meta-point. "Race" is a social construct. Perhaps the...
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    Troutwaxer @ 110: I think the "viruses morph into a moderate nuisance condition is something that happens over millenia, not months. Actually the evidence is its more like a few decades. The "Russian Flu" pandemic of 1889 killed around 1...
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    Pigeon @ 67: Nonono... stick/grip parity error. Sorry, what is "stick/grip parity error"? I know what a parity error is (assuming you mean the binary check bit), but this is a strange new kind I haven't heard of before....
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    Windscale @ 21: minorities having such a low opinion of the institution and also being aware of bullying etc. that they just don't want to have anything to do with it? Well why would they have such a low opinion?...
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    Greg Tingey @ 18: the air-raid shelter in his basement If you think that's freaky, what about this one that extends under two neighbouring properties and part of the street (and probably connects to next-door-but-one)?...
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    Thatcher muzzled ITV, but Blair locked the muzzle on the BBC. It's now as badly biassed as Russia Today, but MUCH more subtly. I think this is one of those irregular verbs: I know the facts. You have opinions. He's...
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    Troutwaxer @ 1390: I have no idea how Sears lost to Amazon. How could there not be just one division of the company which wasn't taking stoopid pills? I haven't followed Sears in particular, but in cases like this the...
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    Since Bulwer-Lytton has come up, here is my entry for the 2018 Science Fiction category: The time traveller shut down his machine, opened the door, stepped out and sniffed the air, but before he could identify the curious smell as...
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    See also Non Serviam by Stanisław Lem, where he considers this question from the point of view of artificial life forms inhabiting a virtual universe constructed inside a computer by human experimenters....
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    Heteromeles @ 1174: I tend to think [Tyson Yunkaporta is] right, but his version of magic is basically what Trump was spewing for the last four years. It's not telepathy or levitation, it's forcing others to live in your made-up...
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    Ob Freefall: http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3300/fc03225.htm "There are times when I'm not sure if the planet you came from is real or something from a horror story"....
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    Digitised issues of Omni can be found at the Internet Archive. https://archive.org/details/pub_omni...
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    On Clarke's and Niven's laws: Terry Pratchett had a riff on this in Good Omens; the demon Crowley waves vaguely at his car to turn the lights off, and Mr Young assumes it was done by infrared....
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    On the frequency of 1/100 year events: In addition to Moz's comments about the need to count events that didn't happen, there is a very real problem with the statistical assumptions behind these estimates. To measure the actual frequency of...
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    On a different topic, here is something interesting about brains: scientists studying brain "organoids" grown in a petri-dish (basically, culture brain cells, get something that looks like a tiny brain in a dish) have discovered a single genetic switch that...
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