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  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Hydrazine was used as part of the fuel for the Me 163. When I read on the Komet, I thought it was an interesting idea, until I read some of the details. Combustible pilots. That was crazy s***. I like...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Fair comment. I have not yet had the pleasure of trying to get funds; I am hoping I never have too. No one (I hope!) goes into any type of science expecting to rich. That said, at least in theory,...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    All this "we lost the knowledge/information/skills/whatever" so we can't do it." makes me dangerously frustrated. The idea of documenting the how, what, and why of any research has been around for some time. In the "soft" science of anthropology, they...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Well, as an American whose family presence in the Colonies predates the Revolutionary War very by over a century, I would think quite much. I have noticed that there is a large number of people, usually but not always, are...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    It's the stupidity that's likely to cause it, or at least feed the avalanche. I do not think many people are thinking "how do we start a war to overthrow the government?" It is too many people spending a lot...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    The United States could easily fall into a real civil war, if the Pentagon did not both have a really, really good reason for the coup and explained exactly what, why, and how...and immediately returned all control back to whoever...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Well after all that writing I didn't start or end with...I don't expect Texas to do anything like creating wetlands when the State next door won't the fairly obvious steps of maintaining its existing wetlands......
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    There has been screaming about Louisiana's disappearing delta and how that is destroying, or threatening to, umpteen towns, communities, the fishing industry, and New Orleans itself for around forty years. They know how to slow, halt, or reverse the delta's...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    The only reason hardcore libertarians is because of such laws. Plenty of books and documentaries on the situation just before the Pure Food and Drug Act. You have to try hard not to see any of it. Cocaine for children's...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Anyway, Texas doesn't do much in the way of regulation, California does a lot, and both are set up to have their agricultural sectors rapidly down-size this century, with all sorts of messy follow-on effects. WTF? I know nothing Texas...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    There is not a real worker shortage. Much of the country still hasn't recovered from 2008, there is still widespread unemployment, and some companies still claim that even matching the (inflation adjusted) 1968 federal minimum wage of just under $11...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think that having to deal with recurring droughts, floods, fires, serious air pollution and earthquakes, all while having to find, store, and move the water needed for tens of millions of people and most of the crops, sometimes all...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I wish I could mock them, but I can't really. My thirty five million plus fellow Californians ignore the inevitability of The Big One. It's not on anyone's mind, but certainly anyone who has grown up in California has felt...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    You're right. As bad as the Democratic Party is they still want to have some effective government. Also cutting off aid can backfire. If I recall correctly, after the last couple of semi serious California earthquakes in '87 the Republicans...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    This sunk cost and no reasons to go back meme...New Orleans Jazz is/was a living tradition, but it was not necessarily a profitable tradition. That is, a lot of musicians learned their music by listening, participating in the community. I...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Like they did with Chicago when they put in it's sewer system? That might work....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Sadly, the argument against giving financial aid to the needy instead of the wealthy morphs from its supposed lack of effectiveness to morality. As in poor people aren't poor because of bad circumstances they are poor because they are moochers....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    People keep saying that there would have been some real differences if Clinton had won and Brexit lost, but I don't see it. It's like an Impressionist painting. You can change all those color spots around an awful lot before...
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