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  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    Re: 'Anyone who is not Pigeon risks their life taking a shower unless they remember to rewire the power from the television and ensure the phone line is open and has a strong dial tone, obviously. /I joke with affection'...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Re: '"Why We Can’t Build Better Cities (ft. Not Just Bikes)" by Philosophy Tube' Thanks! Their current videos also look interesting. I'll probably start with 'The Rich Have Their Own Ethics: Effective Altruism & the Crypto Crash'. I've been waiting...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    Re: 'So she's drafted into running the Arts and Entertainments Committee, ...' I am so looking forward to this!...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Re: 'The problem with punishing certain behaviours is always "who decides what is normal behaviour". Doubt you can define "normal" fairly.' Punishment isn't the only method for modifying behavior - there's also positive reinforcement, more/greater societal pressure via success stories...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Re: 'Reliable diagnostics for the major anti-social personality disorders.' Yes, sorta like a neuro-psych version of various physiological tests. Our society's gotten used to passing a vision test in order to qualify for a driver's/pilot's license because our society is...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Re: '... big problems with establishing a thick, oxygenated atmosphere and liquid water on Mars.' [Sigh] Guess that means Mars colonies will have to be 'fully contained/enclosed habitats'. Probably more feasible if there are only a a small number of...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Re: '... are there plants able to handle 100 millibars? less? the lower we can drop interior pressure the less materials consumed in constructing a structure' I've been wondering whether mushrooms, seaweeds and moss would survive on a currently buildable...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Re: '... Taylah (or whatever) Swift' Just saw some morning headlines: she won a 4th Best Album Grammy - that's a new Grammy record. Decided to look up some info - she's pretty sharp business-wise: a)When she just started out...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Re: 'Or, in some cases, leaders of countries…' Not the first time Justin Trudeau tweeted a celeb: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/ryan-reynolds-coronavirus-justin-trudeau-video-message-watch-blake-lively-a9421706.html Trudeau is probably among the younger heads of gov't plus has at least one teenage kid who'd probably keep him in the...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Re: ' ...my plan won't be profitable within the timeframe our investors are concerned with?' Approach only those that have already started their immortality treatments....
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    I wonder how big a deal the WSFS/Hugo is now vs. 30-40 years ago in terms of global book sales. Just like film/movies were once dominated by the UK/US, once a market for that commodity becomes established, the cost drops...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Re: '... big axes ... to grind ... hostility WSFS and the Hugos arouse ... resistance to change ... exactly the wrong reaction.' Okay - I get that folks are upset. What I don't get is: Is this all only...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Re: 'I've been checking Hugo and Nebula awards and nominees every time I was out of stuff to read for at least 20 years.' Same here! A Hugo or Nebula also helps with your local library - much easier to...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Re: 'Registering ... buying your membership, check box: May we pass along your information to next year's Worldcon. Clear ...?' Yes - clear to me because I'm expecting the same-old-same-old NoAm/Western style of PII compliance regardless of where the WorldCon...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Re: '... the model we are used to with American and British and European conventions' Although I've been to a couple of WorldCons I hadn't read its Constitution. The below caught my eye ... haven't finished reading the whole document...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Re: 'Many US campuses are "dry" because of insane local drinking age laws, and they also seem to have resident police forces --' Yeah - lack of certain I'm-on-a-holiday type amenities would be a problem. Recently read a few articles...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Re: '... amazing that WorldCon's run as a combination civilized Rainbow Family Gathering and trademark protection group as long as it has. Kudos to all the people who ran it this way!' I'd been to a few biz and professional...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Re: '... a turret, with a flat rooftop. So every time we get winds over about 50km/h my bedroom turns into the inside of a drum, with low frequency rumbling. Very non-restful.' Yep - 'non-restful' even with a duvet over...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Re: [NEOM} 'The PEOPLE problems far outweigh the engineering problems. They can hire construction workers to build it, but the kind of well educated, cosmopolitan people they need to populate it just ain't gonna' voluntarily move there to live in...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Re: '... in your new "neoN" city build at least two semi-parallel pairs of tracks, to a properly generous ( i.e. Double-Deck ) loading guage, it shouldn't be difficult to get to 2.5-3.5 million a day ..' No idea how...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Re: '... moving, say, nine million people per day in a single transit corridor' Key design feature is to have everyday destinations within walking distance plus two distinct/different transit corridors - people on the top, products on the bottom. The...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Re: 'Roof over the gap between the walls with mylar and crank the ambient (90% CO2) air pressure ... Humans live in the basements under the towers, to use the rock as radiation shielding. The towers ... vertical farming (to...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Re: 'Saudi Arabia' 'The Line' - SA's massive one trillion dollar city is supposed to be powered by clean/green energy. I'm not a fan of their politics but if they can achieve this, then good on them. https://www.renewableinstitute.org/the-line-saudi-arabias-sustainable-future/#:~:text=Energy%20produced%20by%20and%20used,a%20low%2Dcarbon%20energy%20system. No one's...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Re: 'Saudi Arabia ... stakeholders in fossil fuels simply allow their wealth-power-influence to fade quietly?' First off - SA used to import its racing camels from other African countries but due to climate change, etc., it now imports most/all of...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Re: Typo '... sale of PPI' Should be PII - personally identifiable information. My brain/finger connections didn't spot this in time....
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Re: '... the Canadian electorate will likely run screaming away from the leader who is doing his best to import that style of dogwhistle combative bullshit politics to our country' Ahem ... Alberta's newish Premier (Danielle Smith) - she's a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Charlie - Not sure if you're okay with this ... Live Stream on YT - Speakers are experts on international law including one of the people who helped define these crimes/set up definitions of 'war crimes'. Justice Beyond Borders: Prosecuting...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Re: 'I'm certain you've heard of the "CSI effect"?' No, I hadn't - thanks for the info/links! The power of narrative vs. power of data in shaping human attitudes ... hmmm.... this idea sounds familiar. Re: Cheese The wrapped in...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Re: 'After the assassination I believe there were other conspiracies aimed at covering up what happened and who was involved:' I remember watching some show about the Kennedy assassination that included coverage of the medical interventions as well as the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Re: 'The military wouldn't approve R&R in a country that had real drug problems (so you couldn't go to Thailand) ... and anyway most of the countries that did have significant drug problems wouldn't welcome Americans anyway.' Appreciate the info...
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