Toby

Toby

  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    On the subject of looming fascism, I really recommend watching "The long goodbye". It is a short film by Riz Ahmed and is incredibly powerful. It is on YouTube. Everyone should watch it....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I've heard of Dunning-Kruger, I don't think it applies as I said I didn't know anything about it! I've since looked into it a tiny bit, and don't think it's totally unreasonable. Yes, there's problems with washing. If on the...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    On the subject of clothes on Mars. How about felting the fibre (hemp or otherwise), and then glue the clothes together? Far less machinery needed. You could also make really simple clothing this way, as opposed to recreating what we...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Eric I have all those symptoms (and a few more), and nothing showed up in the many tests I had. It sounds like you have M.E, and I think you either need to change doctors or at least see if...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I believe current thinking on spacesuits is hard suits or skintight suits. Hard suits are I believe being developed now. On Mars you would get some leeway, at least within the habitats, but you would need at least a helmet....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    As I have M.E, I thought I would comment on long covid. If long covid is equivalent to bad M.E, I would not trust anyone with it with any important task and in a Mars colony any task is an...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I don't believe my opinion is America centric, and I am not American. I was trying to look at it from Russia's,and particularly Putin's perspective. I may be wrong, but I don't think it was America centric. Whilst it may...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    On the subject of Trump and Russia, I can't see Trump fleeing to Russia as anything but a victory for Russia. Putin surely would find this very satisfying, he would be thought to have controlled the US president. For an...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I would say it is the reverse. You do not understand what I am saying, or indeed what you are saying. Unfortunately, I do not have the energy to pursue this any further....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    My bad on that, but my point was that the Russian empire collapsed due to systemic problems. I think this is true whatever the state of my knowledge of Russian history, do you think otherwise? This also applies to the...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    1. They were not part of Russia they were part of the Russian empire. 2. I didn't say that you advocated it, but that saying the West wanted to break up Russia wasn't true. Note again that Russia is not...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Seriously? All of that has absolutely no relevance to my point, though I am obviously aware of it. As for the break up of Russia, that did not happen. That was the break up of the USSR. Also one reason...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I didn't other forces did not influence events, but that Russians were primarily responsible for what happens in Russia. Events on the Eastern front were symptomatic of the problems with Imperial Russia, which led to their defeat and brought it's...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    This makes no sense. The west is going to split up Russia into different areas ruled by different powers? How and why and whom? It's nonsensical. The West was in conflict with the USSR? Yes, they were enemies! There was...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Russia is not under threat from the west. Russia pushes this line for its own reasons. Europe gets a third of it's fossil fuels from Russia, up to three quarters in some places in the east. There is no way...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I have to object to characterising CFS/ME as trivial. While it us not as serious as polio, at its worst people are bed bound and tube fed, people have died. In my case I lost my job and have barely...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Why?...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    That's not really the point. The point is the guy is a right wing idiot who made him self look like a fool. People do not look to him him for advice on vaginal health!...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Re 2011 and the original WTC bombing, I don't believe this is a conspiracy theory. The FBI actually supplied the bomb maker, an Egyptian army officer. They were going to arrest everyone, but didn't and the bombing happened. Some of...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    A V-1 killed my great grandparents in London. They were Russian Jews who had fled the pogroms before the revolution, only to still be killed by anti-semites. I don't know what else to say after that!...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    My sympathies, I've been in the same boat for over 2 years. I have M.E, I have lost my job and have barely left the house in that time. It is shit. If Covid does a similar thing to a...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The point I believe SOTMN is making, is that anti-semitism is again being weaponised. We have seen that with the Labour Party, now with black people. Though of course in this case Wiley actually seems to be an anti-semite. The...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    For SF film or tv, I would recommend "Children of men". It's that very rare thing, a film that is better than the book. It also has a virus, chaos, right wing idiocy, xenophobia etc. If anyone hasn't seen it,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Try "Heirs to forgotten kingdoms" by Gerard Russel, all bronze age religions may not have died out! A fascinating book I would recommend to everyone....
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I haven't assumed an absolute time, I have assumed two different times. Relative one might say :-)...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    A couple of thoughts on the FTL question. One is what if paradoxes can happen. People have been arguing that FTL can't happen because it produces paradoxes, but what if paradoxes can happen? The universe is a strange place, the...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    I feel some of these plans have problems. The ones that involve media or political manipulation will result in such things suddenly becoming a problem and will provide a stick to beat anyone aligned with your opinion (see George Soros)....
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