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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    The Mary Poppins books were among my favorites when I was a kid. Hated, hated, HATED the Disney movie. It could not have more completely misrepresented the personality of the book version of Mary Poppins....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Although the sentence "Magic is a branch of applied mathematics" does appear in DLD, and at least one character is I gather a gifted mathematician, it doesn't really have the feeling of a plot that hinges on computer and math...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    TLDR is, "no taxation without representation" was a smoke-screen for "nobody's gonna take my slaves away", which wouldn't have been anything like as popular a rallying call with the too-poor-to-own-slaves classes. Whatever their motives, it is still true that "men...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The US founding fathers were all white male landowners Not all. Hamilton was not (except under a very broad definition of "landowner"). He also (to your other point) fought against slavery all his life....
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    From a US perspective, the odd thing about all this is that many of our own so-called conservatives expect performative grief (similar in nature, but less in intensity) of the type expected in the UK. This is particularly odd given...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    gordycoale @23: Next you’ll be telling us that Kangaroo’s can’t use SAMS. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/shoot-me-kangaroo-down-sport/ Great story. (Even the true version.)...
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    Ob Freefall: http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3300/fc03225.htm Yeah, Bacillus endospores have remarkable survival properties....
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    A propos of nothing: Real Science Fiction plot come to life: Viable Nematodes from Late Pleistocene Permafrost of the Kolyma River Lowland (2017, so this is old news, but I just learned of it.) I'm told by colleagues that the...
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    Similarly, in the 90s, per legend, a DARPA initiative to develop automated image recognition for tanks that could distinguish between NATO and Warsaw Pact machines foundered when it became apparent that the NN was returning hits not on the basis...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Do you think that the heroes and heroines of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" are good or evil? No....
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    From the summaries I've read of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" I can safely say (without fear of contradiction) that there are a great many orcs in those two novels. I'm sorry, but if your opinion of the books is...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    The definitive comment on Atlas Shrugged: There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    You know, as I remember, I didn't find Galt's speech as tedious as I expected to. Rand had many failings, but she didn't lack for passion. And the reader did a good job with it....
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    "a 60 page speech" I think I drove about a thousand miles on Galt's speech alone. There's a long speech by Francisco D'Anconia, too, if I remember right....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    On doctor's pay: this is not a new problem. When he created the NHS, Aneurin Bevan is reputed to have said of the consultants (i.e. high ranking specialist doctors) "I stuffed their mouths with gold." Makes sense. Even if only...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Another part of his thinking was that anything we got awarded as compensation would be subtracted from the NHS, with a suitable cut going to the lawyers on both sides. Many in the USA view it as immoral to fail...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I read Atlas Shrugged many years ago, for "know your enemy". reasons. Actually, I listened to it as an audiobook. It's LONG. Got me through many miles of driving. I was kind of pleasantly surprised at first. As fiction, it...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    The most helpful thing I have read for understanding how the UK health system works is This is Going to Hurt, by Adam Kay. (Subtitle: "Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor".) It is marketed as a very funny book. And...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Serious question. What happens to the victims of incompetence or neglect in the UK system? The most helpful thing I have read for understanding how the UK health system works is This is Going to Hurt, by Adam Kay. (Subtitle:...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    There are still some decent humans as doctors who are in it to heal, not "my mommy told me I'd be rich if I were a doctor". Indeed. I don’t (and didn’t) say anything to the contrary....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Like owls what you mostly see is eyes. Actually, what you mostly see when you look at an owl is its ears. To be precise, you see the feathers of the facial disk, which serve the same function as the...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    It is male specialists in the US, not all doctors of all sexes. The report does not support your claim. Google "medical compensation in different nations", then click the top link, which I think is the same report, but getting...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Not quite what the survey says: https://www.medscape.com/slideshow/2019-international-compensation-report-6011814#1 It is male specialists in the US, not all doctors of all sexes. And that contradicts what I wrote, ... How? If you saw "all doctors of all sexes" in what I wrote,...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    The people making money out of the illness of that part of the US population which can pay their "rent" are the shareholders in the huge medical corporations. And the doctors. One of the little secrets of US health care...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    It's worth seeing "The Boys from Brazil" because it's a science fiction movie which is completely overwhelmed by Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck as the absolute incarnation of good and the absolute incarnation of evil. That was pretty good. Even...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    And heaven help the heir if someone finds an injectable cure for psychopathy and uses it on him when he's too young to resist... Even if it has to be carefully set up as a treatment for a specific individual,...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    It's worth seeing "The Boys from Brazil" because it's a science fiction movie which is completely overwhelmed by Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck as the absolute incarnation of good and the absolute incarnation of evil. Good enough for me. Keith...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Whatever happened to cyborgs in SF? Did the idea become passe, technically absurd, what? They certainly live on in TV shows. I've been watching "Picard" recently, in which cyborgs play a big role. And there's "Ghost in the Shell", where...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    The greatest genius that ever there was, was Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevski, obviously. Ah! But was he "the greatest Mathematician/Engineer that no one has heard of". You failed to address "Mathematician/Engineer" and "that no one has heard of". I definitely heard...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    The inverse image of every open set is open. In fact, the inverse image of every set is open. In detail. Let S ⊆ ℝ. Then, If 0,1 ∈ S, θ^-1(S) = ℝ - {0} If 0 ∈ S, 1...
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