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    The good news is that microplastics don't hang around indefinitely. By that standard the good news is that the human species only evolved recently and looks likely to disappear soon. And most of the species wiped out by people will...
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    Barking really is a place in London Of course, it is the holy birthplace of Saint Bragg of Barking, long may he live....
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    I was meaning there's a lower density of white people in much of the country than there were black people before the whites arrived. So saying "there were only 100 people" when today there's 10 is slightly weird as an...
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    Tar is one of the most recycled things around. It's too gooey to generate microplastics so these days they mostly grind off the top surface of the road and take it away to be melted down and the non-gravel bits...
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    Dark Emu was how tiny the settlements he claimed were villages actually are. There's lots of Australia where the population density dropped significantly when the white fellas took over. We are *very* concentrated into a few small cities these days....
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    Someone has published a book critiquing "Dark Emu" and there have been a couple of articles on the topic that are worth reading if you're interested in this stuff. Latest one is an "it depends what you mean by that"...
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    220V when the standard is actually 230V. British mains is nominally 230V these days but actually is usually 240V Australia is also 240V, but the actual cutoff is IIRC 252V and you'd be wise to design for 255V. When the...
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    conspicuous consumption is small amounts of extremely good stuff That's always been around, but hopefully more of it over time. Just because some billionaires built hideous erections in the middle of London doesn't mean that others are not renovating one...
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    Thanks for the explanation. But I have to say... in any case this doesn't buy you much dilation Damn you mathematically capable people with your actual numbers skewering a nice thought experiment. It's slightly annoying the the dilation resolves down...
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    So the trivial way to distinguish gravity from acceleration is that only the latter causes time dilation. Pigeon says: if the field doesn't make you accelerate (or get flattened against something trying not to), it really won't make you undergo...
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    if the field doesn't make you accelerate (or get flattened against something trying not to), it really won't make you undergo time dilation. So if you were at the gravitational midpoint between two orbiting black holes there'd be almost no...
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    Do you know any other countries where the inhabitants use a foreign language name to refer to themselves? Most (former) colonies. I live in Australia, which is mostly a word from a dead language and the originators of that word...
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    I thought that things inside a gravity well experienced time dilation regardless of local gravity gradients. The inside of the neutronium sphere still has the same hill to climb back to free space....
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    That much mass is likely to splat the planet into a thin layer on the surface of the ship. More likely those ships would have to stay out on the fringes of a system just to avoid wrecking the orbits...
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    To rephrase what you said without sacrificing accuracy, we could also say: I can't help but think the whole area would be calmer if Israel wasn't an authoritarian, oppressive theocracy committed to the obliteration of the state of Palestine and...
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    Since we've degenerated into pedantry can I suggest that you might mean "equivalent" rather than "same". At least until residents of the ACT get to vote in US presidential elections......
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    American Samoa is a territory of the United States, so they are properly American That's a bit of judicial activism that AFAIK is still under discussion. They get full US passports but they can't run for president and they...
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    >a little bit of the Americas. Boy did you get that bit backwards. Can you explain? To me "the Americas" is two continents, and the USA occupies part(s) of one of them....
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    But then many USAians will get very angry with you because they fought several wars to keep their country tied. Part of the point is that no-one is allowed to untie. Albeit of late no-one is allowed to become a...
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    IME the 'people" part is accurate, but they tend to go sharply downhill from the possessive apostrophe onwards. The United States of America is a bit up and down on that front... not very United, strong on the States part,...
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    No other country in the western hemisphere uses the name America Except arguably American Samoa. The Americas, which are also collectively called America,[5][6][7] I'm not saying you're wrong, but I think you could be closer to correct. Looking at that...
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    Iran has a reset opportunity re Israel Yeah, just like the Nobel Committee had a great opportunity when Obama was elected... to wait a few years and see what effect he had on the global peace environment. Instead they gave...
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    "Germania" has only a partial overlap with the areas defined by later borders Ya. Like everyone on the big island in the UK is English, yes? Saying that won't offend anyone, surely, it's near enough to true?...
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    its silly-hatted officials It did occur to me that what they're apparently missing is an official walk. Pompously ambling around like lost geriatrics does not count....
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    climate apocalypse ... it comes across as worse, to me anyway It's a great future for our children, this climate refugee business. Rather than dying suddenly with no warning we get to spend 30+ years watching the catastrophe unfold,...
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    For a subtly different take on the importance of eugenics and the glory of empire... Peter Watts is grumpy Canadian.. An act committed for a political, religious, or ideological purpose, check. Intended to intimidate, check. To compel people to do...
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    Sorry, realised what you meant after I hit submit :) Am also reminded of the Gordon Gecko movie that was trying to satirise yuppies but an awful lot of them thought "it's a great movie, we should all be like...
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    Robocop, and the warning message is so much less subtle than a brick that the critical faculties shut down in self-defence I dunno, I thought it was a bit over the top at the time. Funny over the top, but...
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    The values he expounds are the values I learned as a child ... honesty, fair play, service to community; there are no rights without responsibilities. The glory of empire, the necessity of war, the utility of crushing your enemies, the...
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    These insurance companies are just parasites increasing costs Remember the argument a few years ago that smokers saved the country money by dying earlier and more suddenly (on average). Could be the same analysis here, at least from the insurance...
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