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  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    @221 So despite special pleading that "Hitler was a Christian" or "Communism was really just another religion" the harsh fact remains that about 200 million people were murdered in the last century by self avowed atheists. Then this harsh fact...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Thank you very much, I'll keep that in mind! Maybe I just got too used to our internal politics, and for obvious reasons, the therm "neoliberal" hasn't been up in the international news for some pretty obvious reasons. For one,...
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    Excuse me, @201 is referring to @159, I forgot to mention it....
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    About Buddhism and Communism. I can not say that I am an orthodox adherent of such ideas, but they seem to be fairly attractive to me in the meaning of excellence of society above the individual. But apparently there are...
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    @163 Then you are in luck, because Christianity and Catholicism (both the official version and the Tolkien derivative) are in practice - if not in theory - polytheistic with saints, angels, archangels, devils, demons, Ainur, valar, maiar, ents, dragons, etc....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Arsenyev describes a region that was mostly not settled, and a lot (most?) of the people he ran into were Han Chinese or Korean. I'd suggest not confusing Mongolians and Manchus in this area, as the Qing dynasty (ended 1910)...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    It was the "wild east" of ginseng and sable hunters and fishers for freshwater pearl mussels (!). Russian Empire power was pretty significant on these territories despite being remote and having harsh climate, one of the reasons they were kept...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    He's in bed with RT and the rest of the Russian-backed right wing propaganda noise machine Don't remember RT doing any of the "right-wing" stuff, except them being, you know, independent journalists. Well, unless we don't count the people who...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    to Ioan @472 I would add that it's easier for people to believe that their lack of space progress is due to the Big Bad Americans, than to face the reality that their electorate preferred to develop a welfare state...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Population too small for land area & sharply declining birth rate ... Ru will go into decline the moment that Putin goes ... indeed, it's a sham now as the military "strength" is probably unsustainable. Remember those guys who said...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    to Ioan @425 It's hilariously sad that a nation with a larger GDP than the US had in 1968 ($942.5 billion USD) and much more freely available/cheaper technologies couldn't replicate this feat on its own or with like-minded allies. Not...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    to Charlie Stross @411 So paranoia about a big malevolent superpower suppressing rivals is … not totally misplaced, but probably exaggerated, especially going forward. While I do believe that US is loosing its ground on steady basis due to many...
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    to Ioan @400 He DID NOT promise that his vehicle could carry the same payload up and down on the same vehicle as humans. The article and the company certainly stated "crew and cargo". And "replacing Shuttle capability" certainly implies...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    to Ioan @345 a restriction that was put in place since the late 60s, but it's a restriction that the USSR also had The thing is, since 60s and especially 90s, the free market gained access to much better equipment,...
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    to Charlie Stross @286 I think you credit him with far too much influence over US space policy! (He seems to be incapable of even heading off rivals at ULA from springing an irregular Defense Department investigation into how FH...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    to Charlie Stross @266 If this is true, then over the next couple of years we're going to see bigger, more powerful, heavier GEO comsats being designed/built, which in turn require Falcon Heavy at a minimum Falcon Heavy is not...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    SpaceX have at least got the benefit of learning how to land a rocket on its tail (go watch that video—it's priceless!) on expendables, subsidized by commercial payloads. That was at least somewhat impressive feat for private company - before...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Intelligent microbes have been used in everything from the X-Files to Blood Music to a couple of James White's Sector General stories. I did't see too much of these examples, but, anyway, this isn't what I was trying to illustrate....
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    Oh, I think the idea's positively infectious. That makes it to the point about infectious ... intelligencies. Or something similar. Think about Dreamcatcher. We can not guarantee that some form of microbal life wouldn't find a way. There were other...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I wonder if Putin kicks himself every so often, thinking 'we built tens of thousands of tanks, when 10% of that money would have bought the leaders of the West lock, stock and barrel'. That would be rather "why couldn't...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    FYI - mystery illness affecting foreign diplomats (and families incl. kids) in Havana has shown up in at least one US embassy employee in China. Oh, I've heard of that again just about a month ago. They even made a...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    it is the height of arrogance on your part to continually repeat "everyone is wrong except me" I didn't say "everyone", though, I was referring to just a couple of them. What I am talking about is I'm getting tired...
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    Or rather, they are, if you combine the discipline in several fields. If you don't know all those fields, the result may appear inconsistent or contradictory. Well, at least you have to be consistent enough to be understood for an...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    to Daniel Duffy @326 I've heard an excellent lecture about this from this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVo5I0xNRhg Don't ask him to do any political stuff though, he isn't professional, so he is stumbling over simplest questions regularly. Though even he does not...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I'm always somewhere here. 1. Facts are characterized by their consistency, non-contradiction, not by "truth". 2. There's no need for it to be a clear-cut case, I'm not saying there wasn't other reason. 3. Comparing today's situation in Greece with...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Corrections needed... Trade is never a taboo in socialist cultures, and not even Iron Curtain can prevent trade. Russia has been trading with Japan for 70 years without any peace treaty. The only exception was Nazi Germany as they proclaimed...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    There was no famine in the U.S. in the 1930s, hidden or otherwise. Disruptions in U.S. agriculture during the Great Depression were all due to OVER-production. Farmers were dumping food because there weren't enough buyers or they couldn't get their...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    In colloquial English usage, hypotheses which support a central position are classified as arguments. They are still just hypothesis - they can be used to support theory. My central thesis, though, is pretty easy to get. In history, there's no...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    And two stories that got on my news feed today. https://www.livescience.com/64437-crickets-sonic-attack.html If anybody remembers the scandal with "sonic attacks" that has been going on for quite a while. The article I got was also wondering if somebody would send apologizing...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    3. "Out of anti-communist bias, historians use a ridiculous method to calculate deaths" Tis but a misconception here. Those historians who strongly engaged in anti-communist bias, are not historians, and vice versa. TBH, the method is actually ridiculously inaccurate in...
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