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  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    May I note that an environmental impact statement was done around 1978-80 for solar power satellites - I know, because we had a speaker at PSFS around '82 who told us about it. And the power planned to be beamed...
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    Thanks for the opinion. It's wrong. But since you're offering only anecdotal "evidence", fine: my idiot/half-sister was more than a dozen years older, and out of the house asap. I've been married too many times... and for one reason and...
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    On the other hand, cutting light falling on the Earth may be a Good Thing, at least for a while, given the massive heat wave in the US southwest, and https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/17/earth-trapping-heat-study-nasa-noaa...
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    Oh, and if you beliee that, then, based on Amazon's sales reporting since my book was published 27 May, sales are going through the roof (I think it's over 17 books, before the year's out, I'll have a million-seller.......
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    "How do we keep from going extinct?". Right. Seen articles lately, HORRIFIED by dropping populations. This is dreadful... for capitalist, and esp. end-stage capitalist societies. For humans, not that big a deal, esp. with extremely low infant and mother mortality....
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    Collection bins? In residential neighborhoods? Hell, it's hard enough to find trash cans downtown. But then, they're all about *ooh*, it's dog poo, never mind that it's in a bag, it's icky, and I can't carry it around the block...
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    I don't agree about expanding the population. The quiverfull idiots are about "more of us than them". If you're better off, except for a small percentage, they're not interested in more kids. For one thing, you have to divvy your...
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    Haven't seen plastic bags. I do remember when I was a kid, and my mom had four, I think, bottles of milk delivered several times a week. In the US (Austin, TX, Chicago, Space Coast of FL, and DC metro...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Chicago started - I don't remember what I was doing in '09 - with "blue bags", just put all recycling in there....
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    Huh. In Chicago, and here in the DC metro area, everyone has city/county-provided containers, one for plastic, glass, and metal, and one for paper, and you have your own for everything else. I know NYC has the same....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    GURPS is not, in fact, "another RPG", but rather a set of rules for any type of role-playing game (Generic Universal Role-Playing System), intended by Steve so that you didn't have to learn a new rule system for every bloody...
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    I've got one light in the kitchen that I need to replace *again* - this is #2? 3? I suspect some asshole (i.e. the former owner's "wonderful" handyman) of leaving a short. I've replaced the fixture, and the breaker box...
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    Ok, semi-plug here: in my universe, there are two reasons for colonization: one, overpopulation ("Come relocated to New Earth, you'll always be able to find a parking space!")... and the other, just what you were saying. I've got it that...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Nah, the estimate was on *real* Pagans. At the time, the fastest growing "religion" (actually, an umbrella word for all paths) in the US....
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    I consider myself a Pagan. I have never called myself a Wiccan, being a) possibly anal, and b) neither Gardnarian nor Alexandrian. I put up a page, years back: I go with Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis, and (when asked) call myself...
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    Ghosted itself? More like "At first, we were iridescent; then, we became transparent"? (with thanks to Paul Kanter). We're no longer "what? they don't exist" to "oh, one of *them*". Btw, how ordinary? Well, the UUs have a suhgroup, the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Yeah, don't get me started. Amaricans are "consumers", and viewed by the wealthy as these overweight people, sitting on a couch, with cartoonish mouths the size of our heads, tossing junk food in, and there's a line from our wallets...
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    The money they spend on politics is *real* money. They *said*, in an interview, that they were going to spend $1B to defeat Hillary. NPR? They sold out to the Grinch in Nov of '95. Summer of '96, for example,...
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    Re conspicuous consumption - as I read that, it struck me that the *parents* of us Boomers lived through the Depression, and it was "yes, I can have Stuph, rather than "there is no stuff, and we couldn't afford it...
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    Yes. I've heard of him. I really don't care for rap. And it that was leg-pulling, I couldn't differentiate it from lack of knowledge. Too subtle for me....
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    Ah, yes, the supporters of the dictator Batista, the kids they've brainwashed to think that way... and the Mob, that *owned* Havana....
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    Um, no. Everywhere, including South America and Africa, there is demonstrable evidence that the higher the educational level of the mother, the fewer children she has. I find it hard to believe that ignorant female chattel will be going to...
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    Right... but is a growing population a valid assumption? A lot of the world has slowed, or is falling. The last estimate I've seen is that the world population of humans will peak in 2050, not 2090. And on colonies......
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Also provides story ideas. I have a short, literally based on Brian Krebs, but set about 40+ years from now, and my character had a lot worse happen to him than has happened to Krebs in RL....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The coal industry is thin, full stop. The filibuster does nothing about that. In the US, the white wing fulminates about the "War on Coal". The real issue is the war on coal minors. In the seventies, there were about...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Rare elements? Unless you have a largely growing population, stuff wears out. Throw it into the crusher for the feedstock. Best human designer? Or buy their designs? (Or steal them). The basis of human life fundamentally changes. The trick is...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Except a lot of suicide bombers in other countries, including those on the flights on 9/11, were *not* desperate, they had moderately good jobs, and decent lives....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Koch money is paying, right now, for pro-Manchin ads....
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    No. The classic example is Einstain's himself, in explaining the Principle of Equivalence, that you could not tell the difference between being in a heavy gravity field, or in a spaceship accelerating....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Grand Master of SF, for their body of work https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:SFWA_Grand_Masters...
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