Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

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    It's not important anyway. It's pretty obvious that electric is the way to go. I'm certainly not objecting to electric on the basis of weight!...
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    In contrast, my 2016 Prius weighs 1383 kg unloaded. So a approx 400-1200 kg lighter than anything you've mentioned. A 2016 Camry 4 door is 1469 kg. So maybe 25-30 percent weight difference. But I still want an electric....
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    This might not make a whole lot of sense, because I'm still working on the details, but it should be obvious that powering an atmospheric carbon-remover with electricity made from fossil fuels is, at the very least, inefficient. So obviously...
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    "Given that he finds meaning there it’s pretty pointless to repeatedly ask him not to interact. If anything doing so just further feeds the troll." Agreed....
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    ...OTOH, it's obvious why I saved a copy of the XKCD cartoon for "Someone is wrong on the internet." You poor damaged soul... I memorized the URL....
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    Or the hierarchy (deliberatly) did a terrible job of advertising the fund, which would also not surprise. I don't think individual Catholics are any better or worse than anyone else....
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    I suspect that if you take out the initial "h" and the "ath" and correct the misspelling that you get fairly close to what Lovecraft was thinking about. Unfortunately the kindest thing anyone can say about the man is that...
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    Oh yuck! Of course the advertisements for the fundraising were probably bullshit....
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    I went to see Snakefinger at one of those dives and someone snuck a Christian "Punk" band into the show as the first act. When they got off the stage the MC went up to the microphone and told a...
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    Black Flag, Fear, and X were part of the Los Angeles punk scene, which was concentrated around south Hollywood and the Olympic Auditorium south of Downtown Los Angeles. It was a very hot scene in the late seventies and early...
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    New deal and maybe some Euro-Socialism; state-run medical care, pensions, and good vacation policies....
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    Hardcore U.S. Punks included X, Black Flag, Fear, Germs, and the Plasmatics. Or if you want a band that's not punk, but formed in 1973, and doubtless a foundation for later punk music, there's always Devo, an American band from...
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    I do....
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    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!...
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    Agreed. I'm increasingly reminded of Heinlein's "Crazy Years."...
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    I was going to post a joke I tell about my own family leaving Russia, then decided it was in bad taste. Then went to BoingBoing and encountered their write-up of a new video game about healing Hitler through psychotherapy.*...
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    Why go with Android when Apple's gibbering horrors are user fiendly?...
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    Not much disagreement there. Clean water was important, and pasteurized milk was also a huge factor. But "anti-pasteurized milk campaigns" are not currently threatening millions....
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    Have you read John Crowley's Little Big? It's got an enchantress who uses a memory palace and a weird country house that does strange things with architecture. (The prose is delicious!)...
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    Agreed completely. No thanks to the more primitive methods of living. A big part of the problem here is that people have forgotten history. The idea that vaccines are the biggest part of why we don't have 50 percent child...
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    I've always been absurdly healthy, so I might have survived, but I must give due credit to vaccines and antibiotics, which at the very least have saved me a certain amount of trouble....
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    Yeah, one of my favorite books ever. There are much worse things than weaving someone's consciousness into a thread. You should look me up in my Subgenius persona. (Or better yet, don't.)...
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    I mean, if people aren't parsing the Cult of the Black Pharaoh as at least Egyptian... sheesh. That's just begging for a massive plot twist. I think you underestimate the human tendency to romanticize something, try to use it in...
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    One of the things I think about sometimes is Zelazny's Lord of Light. How amazing and inclusive it seemed when I first read in the 1970s. How badly it would go over now....
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    Oooh! I think you're correct. The Laundryverse would weaponize things like ayahuasca very quickly! Just to nitpick, however, I think Alex did do the math first....
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    "Back then the Democrats were the party of segregation and Jim Crow, while the Republicans were still the party of Lincoln. Yes, absolutely agreed. But they also backed Roosevelt when he about fixing the U.S. after the Great Depression. It's...
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    If you don't read it already you might like a webcomic called Gunnerkrigg Court, which features a very concrete divide between European-Style magic/science and the untamed spirits of the forest, led by a very fractal Coyote. The first page: https://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1...
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    Yes. It's definitely more nuanced, and you're not remotely wrong. Keep in mind that I was discussing 3-4 decades of history in a paragraph!...
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    Your history still needs a point in the past where both sides got booted off the Earth. It could either be a battle which both sides lost or the presence of a third force, but at this point I think...
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    I wouldn't argue at all that racism has continued unabated right up to the present. However, having the Democrats be dominant in Congress was very, very good for the economy and very good for the average working person. Not so...
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