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    Ignoring the issues around terraforming, one underappreciated challenge is that you need an FTL system with a velocity at least 100C, if you want to get to the nearest known earthlike planets and back in a year. While we may...
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    Yes, injection molding glass is cool. The technique they describe reminds me of metal clay, where metal powder is mixed with polymer clay, and firing the clay blows off the organics and sinters the metal particles into a solid. Good...
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    I'd reroute the military subsidies going to support petroleum production and reroute them to climate resilience and rare earth protection/recycling. Oh, and phosphorus. We're in for guano wars, straight out of the 19th century, but this time for phosphorus instead...
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    I'll bow to your superior wisdom. I'll also bow to the people who are actually doing it, to wit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_road https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/business/plastic-roads-in-south-africa-intl/index.html https://macrebur.com/us and others....
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    What to do, what to do? One thing is to tackle the idea of growth. I'll do this indirectly, by pointing to a really nice article by by Abigail Disney commenting on the finding that billionaires don't pay taxes. She...
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    RE: Humanz In Spaaaaace. I know that they've been working on artificial uteri for some time, and with some success (e.g. https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15112). There's quite a long way to go between keep a lamb on life support for a month and...
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    #839 - Wikipedia calls there "road recyclers" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_recycler although in the UK they're more commonly known as "road planers". Anyway, Moz is about right (and I've seen some actual science on the subject, not just looked at windowsills). Road tar,...
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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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    Also, batteries are cheaper than peaker oil plants, not least because their startup time is on order of seconds, while peaker plants need a couple of non-productive hours to come up to heat before they can produce electricity. All batteries...
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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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    RE: Trash disposal. On FacePlant, just saw an item about an earthship maker building a school in Haiti. They're using 272 rice bags full of single-use plastics as insulation for the roof. These bags are basically being used in place...
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    Not quite, I was thinking about the Budj Bim historical and archaeological descriptions, as well as the information in Dark Emu. You and I totally agree that post-genocidal communities tend to be more fugitive foragers than stable farmers. Note that...
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    Saw the article before you flagged it. For one thing, I'm really, really glad they're figuring out how to test the claims in Dark Emu. One thing that struck me, mucking about in Aussie anthropology after reading Dark Emu was...
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    Actually it was glass bottles, not plastic milk bottles. Back most of a century ago, there were a few standard glass bottle designs: milk, soda/beer, wine, liquor, a few et ceteras. The general practice was that the bottling companies paid...
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    RE: American garbage... Yes, anti-americanism is alive and well here. The most efficient way to sort trash, as in Mexico, Egypt, and may other places, is to allow very poor people to pick through it for anything of value, and...
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    Paul, I think you're not close enough to see the radical differences. --CITES is about the trade in threatened and endangered species, and the various endangered species acts tier off it on the national level. I agree that CITES is...
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    Well, Brin's environmental crisis was ozone depletion. Oh, and some idiot dropping a black hole (excuse me, a tuned superstring) into the Earth. Brin published that the same year that Simmons published Hyperion, where he also dropped a black hole...
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    Well, in honor of Juneteenth, you could color-switch your D&D elves: make the surface dwellers African in appearance, while making the Drow very very white. That would put them in harmony with their environments, given that troglodytes are usually low...
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    I'm not entirely sure about that. There's certainly not any scientific evidence for the woo, but ritual can have very profound psychological effects, and I've used those repeatedly. Instead of woo, I think it might better be labeled HUI (Haptic...
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    As I said, spiritual but not religious......
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    Animism - you forgot the growth of Paganism in the US and elsewhere.... In '93 or so, it was estimated there were at *least* 100k outright, declared Pagans in the US, and growing rapidly. IMHO paganism kind of ghosted itself...
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    Conspicuous consumption is a bit more complex than that, I think. Remember the response to 9/11 wasn't for the country to mobilize for war, but to be good little consumers and go out to make the economy boom again? The...
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    Same suggestions apply: --Get involved in budgeting. --If you want to do environmental activism, hook in with Sierra Club, EHL, CNPS, or Audubon. Same advice applies throughout southern California. And except for EHL (which is a SoCal group) it applies...
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    If you're in San Diego, comment on the County Budget hearings at 5:30 pm tonight (Wednesday). Tell them to fully fund their programs on sustainability, climate action plan, environmental justice, the MSCP, and native plant regulations updates. Start here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/cob/bosa/bos-calendar-meetings.html?date=06/16/2021&meetingtype=BOARD%20OF%20SUPERVISORS...
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    The problem is that you can't fix climate change and the extinction crisis and go back to 1950 or 1990 America. It's going to be different. Here are some thoughts: --Imagine an America without Republicans, due to loss of funding...
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    Let's see, a former US Navy SEAL forms a group called Pipe Hitters. What do I think of? Well, how about this this from 2011 (more video here, possibly NSFW). You can find lots of coverage if you google "Navy...
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    I don't particularly think the US is the greatest-ever force for good, especially since I'm dealing with climate change and the extinction crisis (which are merging as we speak). What I do find tedious here is that we lurch into...
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    Speaking of alt-histories, posit a history in which Mahan doesn't exist. The French dig the Panama Canal, and a war erupts in the Pacific over who controls the Canal and access to California and the west coast of the US....
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    The details in your post make my point for me, thanks. The traders and planters go abroad, rape and pillage the natives and then demand their government defend them from said native peoples or the traders of other nations, the...
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    Global hegemony just happens, it's not something countries plan on because it's pointless and expensive and counterproductive in the long run, as the self-proclaimed military dictator of the Free World has discovered to its cost over the past fifty years...
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