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    My thinking on life extension, is that if you get the treatment, you should have to leave Earth. This would both stop rule by gerontocrats and push development of space. Also having life extension technology would hopefully encourage long term...
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    colonialism and imperialism in 'Dungeons & Dragons Don't forget the antisemitism. Liches store their souls in phylacteries. But they might as well store their souls in a crucifix, right? Or the symbol from om / aum? Something considered by its...
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    So a continuation of the system that the colonies started with? Pretty much, although my knowledge of 19th-century US economic history is spotty at best. The story implied that the mills in the northeast used indentured labour. IIRC, mills and...
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    The US did not start as the sort of democracy it is now, and given where it was in the 1790s it could easily have gone another way. There's a pretty good alt-hist novella by Jack Campbell called The Last...
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    Now if only Home Depot carries neutron star mass panels. To paraphrase Doc Brown: "I'm sure that in 2051, neutronium will available in every corner drugstore, but here in 2021, it's a little hard to come by!"...
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    Remember, no plan survives contact with the enema. No plan survives contact with the cinema?...
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    The Vietnam War - and the response to it by Americans of draft age - plays no role whatsoever in the thinking behind Starship Troopers. You're right - I'm engaging in Topic Drift before post 300....
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    When you've only got a million guys, you can't have half of them be Arabic-speaking MPs, which is what the US needed if it really intended to replicate the post-WWII outcomes in Germany and Japan. What in Ghu's name makes...
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    It took a vast number of citizens answering Democracy's Call to defeat the Fascists & the Nazis. True, except that the breakdown of the US Army in 1941-45 was 39% volunteers, 61% draftees. Apparently this ratio was more or less...
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    Heinlein was a vehement opponent of Nazism True. Since RAH was born in 1907, he saw the Nazi end-game: extermination of pretty much everybody the state disliked. We are all getting a lesson in what happens when something falls out...
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    I also got that note. I would have sadfeels if EfP were delayed. I'm really looking forward to it!...
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    Regarding the earlier bits of this thread that were about kingons and queenons traveling faster than light: this SMBC makes the case for disinformation being supra-luminal....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Oddly enough, the most effective tactic I've found for getting evangelizers out of my face is saying "no thanks, I'm an environmentalist." A successful use of The Chewbacca Defense! A Chewbacca Defense is a way of "winning" a debate through...
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    Montee Pyton ik den Holee Grail If you have one, I hope your moose is in good health and no-one is trying to carve their initials in its side. Including the majestik møøse A Møøse once bit my sister... No...
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    Ice-cold numbs the taste-buds So very true. In the summer of 2018 I bought two pairs of different beers at a local brewery while on a day trip with my parents. My dad liked drinking his beer room temperature, so...
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    Mine too....
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    Here's another strange attractor for denizens of this blog: SMBC's take on revolutionary things that end in "-coin"....
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    Dude. Did you read Charlie's comment? To repeat: Von Braun was quite happy to build his rockets using slave labour on starvation rations and to order execution of slaves who were suspected of sabotage or insufficiently enthusiastic in their work....
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    Sturmbannführer Wernher von Braun received a similar deal from the Americans....
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    We all remember the year without a summer I doubt even Elderly Cynic is elderly enough to remember 1816. I certainly cannot! However, I've read about it. Where I live (in Ontario, Canada 43°N) apparently got snow every month of...
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    So how about Indian troops patrolling the streets of London? True poetic justice. I can only imagine how the gammon demographic would react. That being said, I hope that the dissolution of the UK is as non-violent as possible....
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    "The Two Georges" by Harry Turtledove Richard Dreyfuss (the actor) was the first author, with HT as the second. One thing about that novel that was in the background: the authors made it very clear that Irish were still considered...
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    Honestly, a CANZUK union makes as little sense as an independent Scotland joining Canada instead of rejoining the EU. "Let's leave one union that hasn't done anything for us in 40+ years, and confederate with a country across the Atlantic...
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    John Birmingham just published a near-future thriller in which a PRC - USA war happens: Zero Day Code. The Chinese act in what they think is their own interest, and take measures that they think will make retaliation by the...
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    Ninja'd! "Sorry about that, Chief."...
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    Troutwaxer @284: keeping Russia from gobbling its neighbors. A few months ago I looked up GDP figures per country. I was amazed that in each of the three estimates (IMF, World Bank and UN), Canada's GDP was higher than Russia's....
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    What about changing every unit of velocity to furlongs / fortnight? (For the record: 1 furlong / fortnight = 1.70 x 10-4 m/s, or 6.11 x 10-4 km/h.)...
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    Basically these are all horrifyingly expensive 21st century weapons systems that have never actually been used in combat. I'm pretty sure nobody has any idea how effective they'd actually be against each other. The thing about going to war in...
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    You want to be careful using that word. You wouldn't want to wake the sheeple....
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    Having the King and Queen chosen separately each year in two talent search reality show contests Maybe the contests could be kind of like Eurovision? With the exception that whenever a Canadian team wins the Stanley Cup, they get to...
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