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    No, my point was that it was the Right who deliberately conflated the two....
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    What do I need to include in my planning? Never been on that kind of expedition, but we've done a lot of camping. We have a packing checklist. Its 4 columns long on a sheet of A4. If you don't...
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    Greg @ 1082: Already been done: "Capitalism with a human face" was the phrase Googling, that seems to have been a book by Samual Brittan. Unfortunately it seems to be out of print and not avaialble as an e-book. There...
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    Heteromeles @ 1034: I'd merely suggest that it's the same for Capitalism. It's more a label than a coherent ideology at this point. The original meaning of "capitalism" of course is not an ideology but an observational description of how...
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    Duffy @ 1016: There are also proportionally fewer consumers, the potential purchasers of your goods and services. So capitalists find themselves in a situation where their markets are decreasing and labor costs increasing in real terms which each passing year....
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    Yes, of COURSE its a much more complicated story than that. Unfortunately the entire history of Western Europe is a bit too long to fit into one of these comments. See Wikipedia or The Britannica. My original point stands; nobody...
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    skulgun @ 974: Bollocks. https://going-medieval.com/2020/08/25/on-collapsing-time-or-not-everyone-will-be-taken-into-the-future/ And also whitroth @ 958: Um, we did not have capitalism during/after the Plague. OK, perhaps I'd better expand on my one-liner @ 913 about the Black Death here. skulgun's link refutes a claim that...
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    On milk containers: I grew up in Guernsey, where the island dairy used to provide milk in "tetra paks", which looked exactly like that except with Guernsey Dairy instead of an Italian one. You opened it by cutting off the...
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    Duffy @ 896: As for demographic collapse, yep it ruins capitalism. Death of Capitalism Predicted. Film at 11. Really? Why is that? The last time we had a sudden and dramatic collapse in population (the Black Death) it freed up...
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    But given a choice between microplastics wreaking havoc and filling potholes with melted plastic trash, it appears to me that the latter is a less damaging solution. It depends where the plastic is. Plastic in landfill is actually pretty innocuous....
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    Robert Prior @ 827: Why carefully bag up dog poo and then leave it [hanging from a branch]? Failing to pick up dog poo is both a social solecism and a crime (if anyone wants to follow you back to...
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    Well, Brin's environmental crisis was ozone depletion. No, he had several others. Global warming was one, which led to a rise in sea level, the opening up of Antarctica for homesteaders, and other major climate impacts such as monsoon failure...
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    It all comes back to that irregular verb: I know the facts.You have opinions.He's biased.They've been brainwashed....
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    Heteromeles @ 714: 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: [...] You guys have read Earth by...
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    This is the story of a Latvian woman aged 55, living in Suriname. She got recruited as a coder by one of the big cybercrime gangs and has now been arrested by the Americans. Life gets more like Rule 34...
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    MSB @ 388: This is in a nutshell what kills Iron Man (and by extension the whole Marvel bunch of superhero movies of the last decade) for me. That and the assumption that encasing 90kg of meat in metal makes...
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    Nancy Lebovitz @308: No, if The Ministry of Silly Walks hasn't made the goose step something people are unwilling to do in public, then it wasn't funny enough. Then I'm afraid it's not possible. Look at the Greek ceremonial...
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    Perhaps what's needed to deal with the goose step is someone with enough skill at physical comedy that no one can see goose-stepping without thinking of the parody. That would be this then. John Cleese is of course the civil...
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    whitroth @ 130: Modern "[Ll]ibertarians"* are all about MAH RIGHTS, and there are zero duties or responsibilities involved, and apparently all of them were born like Venus, fully-formed, with no debts to their parents or society. Funny you should say...
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    Pixodaros @ 90, referring to an unsent letter written about 1964-5 by Heinlein on race issues. Thanks for that link. Its difficult to read today; you just keep having to remind yourself that by the standards of that time and...
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    On whether Trump could serve in ST: He could have taken the oath. All oaths are presumptively valid unless you have been ruled mentally incompetent. Trump is legally competent to do stuff in the US, and there is no doubt...
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    On the other hand, the Soviets didn't have to let their military services become hell-pits. Well no, they didn't *have* to. But on the other hand this is what always seems to happen when the people on the receiving end...
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    Troutwaxer @ 21: The difference between Starship Troopers as book and movie is that, if you're somewhere between 15 and 30 the book is likely to make you think, whereas the movie... isn't. It certainly made me think when I...
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    The truly sad and ironic thing about the US Republican "death panels" rhetoric is that the US has had death panels for a very long time. Its called "prior authorisation". Basically for expensive treatments (like for cancer) a doctor has...
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    Latest dispatch from Debt: The Last 5000 Years. Incidentally, while Googling for the chapter headings I just discovered the full text here. Presumably this is legal. I just wish I'd found it before forking over for the Kindle version. I've...
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    I'm now wondering if there is, in fact, a space-rated version of duct tape. There are certainly aerospace rated tapes. "Helicopter tape" is used to protect the leading edges of helicopter rotor blades from abrasion, and for other aviation applications....
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    I don't think you could make a space suit out of duct tape, but you could probably use it to patch a leak in one. Like this? http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3600/fc03556.htm...
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    From the King James Bible, Genesis 38: 7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him. 8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her,...
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    More on reading "Debt: The First 5000 Years". I've got to the bit about primordial debt. This is the belief that our lives are not ours, they are merely loaned to us by the gods. Eventually they will have to...
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    Are you talking about your post currently at #664? Yes, that's it. Paws: I'll be the first to admit that what I sketched out is not anything like a realistic plan. Give me a week to sort out the details....
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