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  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    >I'm picturing the same with timelines - they decay rapidly (you put that here, no, there, decay to *there*) in very small time periods, unless there are large energies involved. That makes perfect sense. Though there is a near infinity...
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    Now that we are past 300 comments: WTF is going on in Britain? No petrol, no milk, grocery stores empty, fruit rotting in the field, and natgas prices climbing 40% in one day. Is this just a localized effect of...
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    OK, here's a thought. If you have an infinite number of TLs, then anything is possible - including other works of SF? If you can have Cthulhu-Lovecraftian crossovers why not Capt. Kirk? How about a TL after the failed Martian...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I don't understand why you all were wasting your time talking about nuclear war when there are many far more likely fates awaiting us: Future pandemics originating in factory farms or habitats we destroyed Habitat destruction and the collapse of...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    "There has always been a tendency towards mysticism, conspiracy theory, and new age twaddle among Nazis." Ever read "Morning of the Magicians" by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier?...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Your scenario sounds like Asimov's Foundation. BTW, the trailer for the Apple+ mini-series looks awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCtQ70knyeo So should we establish a real life "Foundation" preserving knowledge like the seed bank on the island of Svalbard? I'd suggest actual physical location(s)...
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    I wonder if Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" (which reviewers are calling a masterpiece) will be a blatant or subtle metaphor for global warming, environmentalism, green revolution and resource extraction that makes only an elite few rich....
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    May not necessarily be high tech. The State of Indiana (mostly flat as a pancake with a high water table) was mostly swampy until the settlers arrives and laid down drainage tiles for their farms....
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    When you oppress women you get higher birth rates so that your sect/tribe does no go the way of the Shakers. The oppressor's of women understand this. In fact they are very Darwinian in their world view. Which is really...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    https://www.livescience.com/hottest-temperature-people-can-tolerate.html What's the hottest temperature the human body can endure? With climate change causing temperatures to rise across the globe, extreme heat is becoming more and more of a health threat. The human body is resilient, but it can only...
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    "how many will perish during the great migrations" Combining your comment with mine on 372, we have a future scenario. The 21st century is a race between declining populations and a horror show with vast areas of the Earth becoming...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Time for you all to take a bite of a reality sandwich. The only realistic option is to frack and pump natural gas until it is coming out of our ears. Thanks to fracking technology natgas is basically free energy...
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    Assuming I did not make a bone headed math mistake, for the cost of about 6 months of the war in Afghanistan we could have planted enough trees to sequester all of our excess carbon emissions: Amount of CO2 sent...
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    Maybe Elon can use his boring company combined with advanced drilling techniques from the fracking industry to give us deep geothermal (located anywhere not just Iceland)? Small footprint (unlike wind farms and solar arrays), continuous baseline like a traditional coal...
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    What are the effects on global warning from pumping all of that microwave energy into the atmosphere, with 70% being absorbed by said atmosphere?...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Speaking of collapsing civs, has anyone else read "1177 BC the Year Civilization Collapsed" by Cline concerning the still mysterious Bronze Age collapse?...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    If we are going to discuss the end of late stage capitalism and its civilization, we may as well talk about Toynbee. According to Toynbee there are only remaining "civilizations": Western, Islamic, far Eastern and Hindu. Each existing and extinct...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    These are well thought out examples, yes societies can and do change. But only after disasters occur. The transition from the late empire required the sack of Rome itself by barbarians, destruction of the Roman army at Adrianople, multiple plagues...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    >they do not factor in in any realist way serious externalities due to global heating The owners, operators and investors in fossil fuels and their derived power sources don't pay for externalities. That's passed on to society as a whole....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Serious decarbonization means everyone (not just Texas, Russian or Saudi oil oligarchs) gets poorer since renewables, especially when you add in energy storage requirements, are more expensive than fossil fuels as measured by levelized cost of energy (LCOE) factoring in...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    You might like this video on Nazi nuclear research (they did have a reactor model with a strange cube based design) and America's effort to capture German nuclear scientists after the war. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrCc9XfNoBE Hunting Heisenberg: Capturing Germany's Atomic Secrets I...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    The two views are not mutually exclusive. Soviet doctrine was essentially "the best defence was a good offense."...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Biggest question about a Nixon presidency from 1960 to 1968: Does he get us involved in Viet Nam? Which rules, his anti communist heart or his cold and calculating geopolitical brain?...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Placing the missiles in Cuba was more political than military. The Soviets already had Hotel-class K-19 SLBM submarines each armed with a half dozen medium and short range nuclear ballistic missiles parked off both coasts. Few would survive an encounter...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    You are correct sir. I confused Haldeman with Ehrlichman....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    How about this as a counterfactual: Nixon beats JFK in 1960 (very possible, it was a razor close race and the press just had to report on one of JFK's sex scandals). How do the 60s turn out? First off,...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Coffee blight/rust is already an issue with Guatemalan refugees who used to be coffee growers until global warming end the cool evenings that would stop the rust from spreading: https://www.ncronline.org/news/earthbeat/climate-effects-hit-coffee-crops-guatemalan-farmers-become-migrants...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "we are completely baffled why Type I should be increasing in prevalence" Probably environmental factors (comment #49). https://www.jdrf.org/blog/2020/02/18/more-people-being-diagnosed-type-1-diabetes/ A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a nearly 30% increase in type 1 diabetes (T1D)...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    My pet theory: Covid-19 is the product of gain of function research performed at the biolab in Wuhan. It is NOT a bioweapon and the lab does NOT engage in biowarfare research (it would be pretty stupid to put such...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I believe that insurance companies will save us by denying coverage to businesses, organizations and even people who refuse to get vaccinated. The worst thing the anti-vaxxers have done is give the Covid-19 virus opportunities to mutate further. The Delta...
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