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  • Commented on What happens now?
    "the main problem with implementing your idea is a straightforward issue of infrastructure: the current Congress seating space is not physically capable of seating any more people" Buildings can be expanded. Congress was expanded in 1850. Just get a good...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    We have 2 years to effect significant change. If we can get Sen Joe Mancin (democrat from deep red West Virginia) to go along, we can eliminate the filibuster. In a perfect world, we would neuter the electoral college via...
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    For those who are wondering how 45% of republicans could think the assault on Congress was a good idea, there is an historical precedent. In 1945 the American occupation authorities in Germany conducted a secret poll of the German population....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Trumpism will slowly disappear. Demographically Trump's base is already a dead man walking. Population decline and slow economic death will inevitably shrink the pool of Trump voters. It will still be a force to worry about due to the magnifying...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Yesterday was the high water mark of Trumpism. As Pickett's Charge was for the Confederacy, Trump supporters assaulting Congress was the high point of the movement. From here on out their numbers dwindle and their decline in numbers accelerates. Obesity,...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    You ever try to site and permit a hazwaste disposal facility?...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    But what to do about spent li-ion batteries? Suppose we replace every American car with a Tesla (or equivalent). 280,000,000 each no. of American cars (2018) 2.32 tons average weight of a Tesla (4,323 to 4,960 lbs) 0.60 tons weight...
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    EC, what struck me was the increase in infections for those under age 65 - especially children - compared to the first wave last spring....
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    Is this the result of the new more infectious strain of Covid-19? Results of infection rates per age in Basildon, Essex. (Darker is higher rates, age in left, date on bottom) https://i.imgur.com/ipmeB0q.jpg...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    I am now afraid that we will be looking back on 2020 as the last good year. The Mutated Virus Is a Ticking Time Bomb There is much we don’t know about the new COVID-19 variant—but everything we know so...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Been watching the BBC Channel 4 series "Utopia" on Amazon Prime (looks like an inferior American version will be coming out in September). Some scenes are extremely hard to watch, but I find it hard to stop watching. Any thoughts...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    A real life car with an ejector seat was made by the Mythbusters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJt-VicUVOs...
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    The UK vehicle I would most lust after is James Bond's Aston-Martin from "Goldfinger". Who would not want twin barrel machine guns, oil slick, bullet proof shield and ejector seat? Sweet, sweet ejector seat....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    We are having a shortage of small (5 and 7 cubic feet) freezers in the US. And a shortage of mason jars for canning. Seems that people expect a food shortage over the winter. Anything similar happening in the UK?...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    See Bill Joy's "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us"....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Don't you ever watch DIY or HGTV? Give the job to Chip and Joanna Gaines and they can expend the congress building with an open floor concept. And shiplap. Lots of shiplap....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    We need to repeal the Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929, which fixed the number of Representatives at 435, and then institute the Wyoming Rule (the smallest state population - Wyoming - gets one representative and all other states get a...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    According to BP's market projections, oil demand even under their most optimistic scenario peaks about 2025....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Amidst all of the current sound and fury concerning the election, you all might take comfort in the fact that deeper technological and historical forces are at work. The Good Democrats are actually winning and the Bad Oligarchs led by...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Forget about "Foucault's Pendulum" and "Illuminati". What you really need is a sequel to "The Morning of the Magicians" by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier. Nothing beats a good old fashioned conspiracy theory that includes ancient astronauts, the Vril, the...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    What Hitler said in public concerning Christianity was of course completely different from his actual beliefs. For his real views on the subject see his "Table Talk", surreptitiously recorded by Martin Borman and never intended for the public. These statements...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    No that simply isn't true. It's a rather odd sort of Christian that plans to destroy Christianity. Hitler planned to destroy Christianity, according to evidence presented at the Nuremberg Trials and a report compiled by the OSS which is now...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    To the faith based mind, science is not a separate different thing based on empirical facts. It's just another faith. An heretical faith, a rival faith, an enemy faith. It's facts are no more or less true than the words...
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    Basically the Nazis used the same methods of control, exploitation and oppression on their fellow Europeans that they had used in their overseas colonial empires....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Any Euro-centric, American-centric or even Chinese-centric SF story will no longer work when 1/3 of humanity (and 1/2 of all working age adults) will be living in sub-Saharan Africa by 2100. Either these nations (Nigeria, Ethiopia, Congo, etc.) will become...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Begs the question, how do you grow an economy while the population is shrinking and aging? Capitalism itself becomes an obsolete concept and corporations become zombies (like Japanese companies kept alive by continuous IV of loans from the Japanese government...
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    "But what are the contemporary plot lines from the first two decades of the 21st century that no longer work?" Anything involving over-population such as "Stand on Zanzibar" Oddly enough, if you take Brunner's premise of "If you allow for...
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