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  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I referred to this in comment #20. It appears to be a thing, incredible as it seems!...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    It is well known that scarcity was not the driver of the shift to agriculture. People now know that the standard of of living got worse with shift to agriculture, as with the shift to urbanisation. The advantage of these...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I would say that Brexit is not an end in itself, but a means. The Tory right has always wanted to do what they are implementing now, I.e moving to a more American model. The E.U got in the way...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Appropriate cat video: https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/scaredy-cats-absolutely-terrified-cucumbers/story?id=35953032...
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    Thought people would be interested in this: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jun/26/project-cassandra-plan-to-use-novels-to-predict-next-war Fascinating article about attempting to predict conflicts using literature. Well worth a read....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    It's all to do with these people https://birdsarentreal.com/...
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    You could try a satellite communicator instead of a phone, they're cheaper. Also if you're thinking of getting a new GPS, you can combine the two. Like this: https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/p/561269...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    They think some cave "paintings" use red ochre and the shape of parts of the cave to represent vulva. Also related to this discussion is that one of the drivers of development in the U.K was that mining was not...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The mention of Grimes graves brought back a vague memory, I think I visited when I was a small child and lived in Norfolk for a time. I have done a tiny bit of research now, and don't think my...
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    Of course I forgot the mention the most obvious association of the underground/underworld, that with death. Though this is mostly not an association with evil per se in ancient cultures. I don't know if that effects my "theory", does an...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    #968 Thanks, though I wouldn't want to be without doctors either. #972 On the subject of underground spirits, if you go back further, the underground in general does not seem to have an association with evil. It seems to be...
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    #959 Thanks. We were outsourced too, we kept being transferred between companies because they kept getting it wrong. They always bid low for the contract, even if they didn't know anything about the business, then they would find they couldn't...
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    It does sound like that, I presume that's where they got it from. Their technique started as 3d printing, so I assume they are aiming for that. A material I've been interested in for years, that hasn't made much impact...
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    I have read "Shockwave rider", but so long ago I can barely remember it(30+yrs). That system rings a faint bell, it seems like a good one....
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    On the subject of rubbish collection I can speak with some knowledge (for a change!). I was a bin man for 11yrs, up until I was made redundant through ill health 3yrs ago. I can say that we certainly did...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I think with growth we need to define it in a different way. People also can't be seen to be advocating some kind dour steady state society. On the question of growth, can we transform it from some kind of...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    My thinking on life extension, is that if you get the treatment, you should have to leave Earth. This would both stop rule by gerontocrats and push development of space. Also having life extension technology would hopefully encourage long term...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I wasn't suggesting they were spying on Argentina, but space....
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    The Chinese have naval bases in Djibouti: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_People%27s_Liberation_Army_Support_Base_in_Djibouti And Cambodia: https://www.businessinsider.com/rapid-construction-at-cambodia-base-amid-concern-about-china-presence-2021-6 They also, strangely have a base in Argentina, though not naval. It is apparently a space and intelligence base....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Perhaps you've hit the nail on the head. "Are we the baddies?" and the answer being "yes", may be the answer. https://youtu.be/rWvpvlT9pJU For anyone who hasn't seen it, this is the origin of the meme. Western and Middle class too!...
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    This thread has been absolutely fascinating because of peoples responses. My interpretation of Heinlein's intent, is that JBSs response is exactly the response he wanted, but I don't know. But (apologies to our host if this breaks his ruling) it...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    This thread seems split between people saying Verhoeven is misunderstood, and people misunderstanding Verhoeven, which is funny. I also think ST, springs from Heinleins misunderstanding of how things work or perhaps it is supposed, as JBS says, to be utopian....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    This is a quote from the Wikipedia article on Korean war POWs that JBS linked to: "The discrimination extended to the children of POWs who were restricted in their careers, barred from membership in the Workers' Party of Korea, college...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I don't know about that. The reason I linked to that was to just to show something about microwave effects on humans, in particular so called "synthetic telepathy". There is a load online about it, I just picked that one...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I think this could have connections to the "Havana syndrome" https://samim.io/p/2019-12-29-microwave-auditory-effects-and-applications-book-by-j/ But I'm still unsure whether it is some kind of mass hysteria as PHK says or a side effect of some kind of microwave device. A sensor system or...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    That was very interesting, thanks. I had heard of this, but not in such detail. I don't know what you think, but I think Guo may actually be a Chinese asset. If so they seem to be taking a leaf...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I didn't explain very well about the mirrored plasma spheres. I read about the in context of explaining UFOs, as supposedly they'd look like metallic spheres. I couldn't find any reference to it with a quick search, but there are...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    My take on the UFOs is a natural phenomena, akin to the Hessdalen lights https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hessdalen_lights I remember reading somewhere theories about naturally occurring mirrored plasma spheres, unfortunately I can't remember where. But something like this, caused by geomagnetic effects or...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Send her address to Vatican? If she disappears it's real (joke, just in case)...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I would say nationalism and religion come from the same root. In tribal cultures the group and religion are inseparable, this can be seen in religious survivals such as the old testament etc, as well as surviving tribal cultures. Borders...
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