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    Ioan @ 902: "I contend that it is. Without a growing population you won't have colonization. You might have exploratory outposts, but they won't prosper without a (self sustaining) growing population." Would a resort town on the Moon count as...
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    whitroth @ 878: I don't agree about expanding the population. The quiverfull idiots are about "more of us than them". Doesn't matter whether you agree with the reasons for it, you won't have colonial expansion without an expanding population. If...
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    whitroth @ 876: 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. I've seen plastic bags used with bulk milk dispensers in...
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    paws4thot @ 849: Go on then; what's your solution to the problem of photovoltaic solar panels not generating any electricity when it's dark? I dunno. Maybe put them in a big circle all the way around the world, connect them...
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    gasdive @ 847: "For example: we're looking at two of the biggest crises in human history (see first paragraph). As science fiction aficionados, you'd think we'd be all over these with probably-wrong but novel ideas about how to solve them,...
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    Duffy @ 845: If you don't have a growing population, you got bigger problems - all of which including space colonization - can be solved by the same solution. [ ... ] The original question was whether "a growing population...
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    David L @ 832: What bothers me are the little bags of dog poo hanging from tree branches and sitting on fenceposts beside paths. Why carefully bag up dog poo and then leave it like that? I started the biggest...
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    Troutwaxer @ 830: Dude, everyone here is on the same page. Different histories and different information sources maybe, but nobody here is close to being pro-slavery or pro-racism - there's no need to get so excited over the details. (Same...
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    Robert Prior @ 827: Soiled diapers in the landfill don't give me as much aggravation as the ones just left on the ground in parking lots. What bothers me are the little bags of dog poo hanging from tree branches...
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    Scott Sanford @ 824: 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...
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    Niala @ 823: Rocketpjs @ 811: "One has to look pretty hard to find any mention whatsoever of chattel slavery here in Canada, yet it was a reality in the 18th century - though never to the extent it happened...
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    Greg Tingey @ 815: JBSWhat part of WRONG don't you understand? What part of hypocrite do you not understand?...
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    David L @ 801: I understand the recycling in Japan has a large rule book and a couple of dozen or more categories that should be separated. And neatly. Very neatly. AirB&B situations have caused issues where those ignorant of...
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    David L @ 793: garbage mountains have become an important source of raw materials. I don't know about other of the first world nations but in the US a huge volume of landfills is taken up by disposable diapers. With...
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    This made me start an essay on colonialism and imperialism in the 'Traveller' role-playing game. It's a scifi game, and the usual setting for it is called "The Third Imperium", so the imperialism is kind of a given. Some versions...
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    Charlie Stross @ 754: If you don't have a growing population, why would you need to seek new worlds to colonize? It all circles back to the unexamined assumptions implicit in white supremacism. The drive to interplanetary colonization is expansionist,...
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    Greg Tingey @ 750: JBSAnd, in fact, was still lawful in England & the United Kingdom itself. WRONGLook up the "Mansfield Decision" of 1772, why don't you? We've been through this before. You trot it out every time anyone suggests...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 710: Nicola Sturgeon? Are you saying she's a "flash in the pan"?...
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    whitroth @ 699: 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....
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    whitroth @ 691: Koch money is paying, right now, for pro-Manchin ads. Koch industries are a large multi-national heavily invested in fossil fuels ... including coal mining in West Virginia (the state Manchin represents). They are a large employer in...
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    Robert Prior @ 679: Slavery exists across the country (although it's called 'indentured labour' in the North). So a continuation of the system that the colonies started with? Partly ... haven't read that book, so I can't speak to the...
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    Ioan @ 678: @643 Kanton Island might be a base, or it might be someone's idea to turn an island with a few dozen inhabitants into an exclusive tourist resort? Time will tell. Take a look at the island in...
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    Bill Arnold @ 667: US military term, maybe 2000+?. If it was, I never heard it....
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    whitroth @ 663: Grand Master of SF, for their body of work https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:SFWA_Grand_Masters I hate it when you pull somebody's leg & it falls right off. Do you even know who Grandmaster Flash is? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmaster_Flash...
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    Greg Tingey @ 652: icehawkThe USA is NOT a democracy, right now & it's receding, unless Biden can kick some backsides in his own party (!) No more so than the UK at least. Who on your side is going...
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    zephvark @ 625: "My advanced starships in my new novel are covex cylininders..." An apparent science-fiction author and computer geek might do well to discover what a spelling checker is. This is not a recent or novel technology. Spell-check only...
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    Mr. Tim @ 623: >We ourselves don't use the name "Germany" or "Germans", and why would we? It's a latin word. Why would we use a foreign language to refer to ourselves instead of our own? Do you know any...
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    Nojay @ 613: 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...
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    Grant @ 603: Nope, disagree. One thing though. If Hamas or Iran had a nuke, do you think Tel Aviv would still be standing? Yes, I do. For one thing, there are still Palestinians & other coreligionists living in the...
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    Ima Pseudonym @ 596: And there's a slight problem with using "United States", are you referring to:The United States of Mexicoor:The United States of America???? It would have to be the USA, because Mexico's official name (in English) is the...
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