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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Eliminating privacy, reducing women to the status of service animals, erasing the line between church and state - all in a day's work for the SC. But you ain't seen nothing yet. With West Virginia v USEPA the SC can...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    The Jesusland Map is starting to look plausible, even desirable. Blue States secede and join Canada (forming the United States of Canada - USC) leaving the remaining backwards poverty stricken Red State to form the United States of Jesus (USJ)...
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    Now this is interesting. Now that the SC has overturned Roe, suppose state abortion bans get overturned on religious grounds? That would mean that the states decide on abortion, but they can't decide to ban because of religious restrictions. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/jewish-abortion-rights-advocates-use-religious-freedom-suit-access-rcna34178...
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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/america-is-growing-apart-possibly-for-good/ar-AAYOl0V The core question that Podhorzer’s analysis raises is how the United States will function with two sections that are moving so far apart. History, in my view, offers two models. During the seven decades of legal Jim Crow segregation...
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    The symbol for the Dems should be good old Charlie Brown, not the Donkey. One of his most famous quotes after losing a little league baseball game by 184-0: "How can we lose when we are so sincere?" http://thecomicssection.blogspot.com/2010/04/peanuts-how-can-we-lose-when-were-so.html That's...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Best. Star Trek. Ever....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    By warm Jupiters do you mean Brown Dwarfs? What if BDs turn out to be scattered by the dozens or hundreds in the space between the stars? And what if most of them have mini-solar systems (like Jupiter and Saturn)...
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    Which is the most advanced civ, Star Trek's Federation or the Galactic Empire/republic of Star Wars Answer, the one with teleportation. Where would each be on the Kardashev scale?...
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    As for a KII civ, TNG had an episode where they find Scotty inside a Dyson Sphere (the literal almost impossible to build kind). They had an episode in TOS where a suped up enterprise was sent hurtling towards the...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Maybe it is a basic psychological/emotional human need to have the ruler of their community, nation, kingdom, whatever be led (though not necessarily ruled) by Daddy and/or Mommy surrogates. It's essentially no different than the alphas of a troop of...
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    Some of us, like my wife, want to gawp at Downtown Abbey. Me, I want to do the Beatles tour in Liverpool. Maybe go fishing in Scotland. However, I herd that Stonehenge (like the Blarney Stone in Ireland) is kind...
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    I don't know. Granted the current system is a genetic lottery, but at least they have been given a lifetime of training preparing them for the role....
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    Simon Cowell would be king maker?...
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    Speaking or merchandizing (and revenue derived thereof) is the Royal family considered a business entity (Windsor Inc. or Her Majesty, Ltd.)? Is there a particular business that manages the production, distribution and sale of commemorative plates and jubilee trinkets? Or...
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    I've seen some discussion of severing Canada from the Crown. What if Quebec finally goes its own way, Albert becomes a US state or other scenario for Canadian dissolution?...
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    Modern states are too big to be ruled by one person. So maybe we should stop pretending. Then you would want a committee presidency on the Swiss model, with a spokesperson for a 7 member council with no more...
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    I submit that when she dies, it will be past time to end the monarchy and held a constitutional convention for the UK to decide what sort of place it wants to be in future. Given the current state...
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    We had that in America, a TV show called "Queen for a Day" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_for_a_Day...
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    Don't abolish the monarchy, send her on tour like any nostalgic reunited Boomer rock and roll band (I'd pay a lot to see Pink Floyd again) or the treasures of King Tut. Dismantling, shipping and reassembling Buckingham palace at various...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    From one of my favorite pod casts on America's basic sickness - the collapse of trust. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iArRXahQE7k This is a sickness far deeper than any toxic pollution, overheating planet, collapsing biodiversity or economic failure. Lack of social trust is the...
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    https://www.reddit.com/r/collapse/comments/v0cfb8/people_on_rireland_are_starting_to_see_the_signs/...
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    Speaking of civilization collapsing, what the hell is goin on in Ireland? It looks like the wheels have come off....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    3d printed ghost guns are possible but hardly seem worth the effort. See this segment from HBOs Vice News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4dBuPJ9p7A...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    So I conclude that they probably feel about as helpless in the face of revolutions, climate change, and economic upheaval as you and I. I found something that helps me get over those kinds of feelings and makes me...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Vladimir Putin is micro-managing Ukraine war ‘at level of low-ranking colonel’ — report Putin said to be directly involved in moves in Donbas, where Russia is suffering major military setbacks, that would normally be decided by an officer in...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    As bad as things are, they could be a lot worse. Trump reelected. A military coup in Kiev invites the Russian army in and Ukraine falls without a shot. A montage from HBOs brilliant "Years and Years" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xI_oqv3Eyo With worse...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Could we see an Atlas Shrugged, but with Liberals? Will a conservative SC overturning abortion, gay marriage even contraception; allowing a tide a regressive legislation in Red States; drive out talented educated people to Blue States?...
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    My apologies for being totally off topic, but .... I'm taking this opportunity to expose my inner nerd and state unequivocally that the Paramount+ new Star Trek series "Strange New Worlds" is the best damn Star Trek ever. In occurs...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    The big picture you all are missing is that the American Civil War never ended http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/phases-of-american-civil-war.html Phase one of the American Civil War took place in the South, during the Revolution, when the British found their strongest support among Loyalist/Tory...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Visited San Antonio once. Loved the River Walk. The Menger Bar was cool. Seeing the Alamo in downtown San Antonio was kind of weird....
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