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  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Troutwaxer @580: Keep in mind that Biden has been in office less than a month, that not all of his appointments have been approved, and that he has enormous amounts of work to do simply to clean up after his...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    I have spent some time today to observe situation around Taiwan today and it doesn't look any better than it ever was. And thanks to mdive for reflecting US stance on the matters. mdlve @497: Anything but total capitulation generally...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    to whitroth @987: Sounds intriguing, I would like to try out....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    To continue. Years ago I have had a great time reading Eclipse Phase rulebook, because there was a time when they still dared to experiment with ideas. (Oh, the times have changed). It has a lot of ideas about future...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I'm not questioning that Musk wants to go to Mars, but I do wonder why he wants to go to Mars. If he is not going off the deep end completely and just feigning a certain degree of madness for...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    to Niala @605: It's not so much wrong as slippery. Personaly I would call your dacha gardens "Very small expandable Russian hobby farms." But that's too bulky. It is slippery because it is evolving, if only slowly. Back in the...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    to Heteromeles @531: And probably the last four years saved Russia from the real nightmare of being surrounded by neo-liberal American-style democracies and finding fewer customers for its oil exports. Well, not exactly. Not exactly nightmare of not-surrounded by not-liberal,...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    whitroth @365: AFAIK, the UK had NOTHING WHATSOEVER like that. Vulture capitalism as the root of a problem has taken a lot from all of us, if I gather it right. And if it takes apart the UK in coming...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    to Heteromeles @331: They're your view of a future Russia. The good parallel is between the UK in the 1950s and Russia in the 1990s. Who lost their empire better? Do you know yet? I have to make sure I...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Oh I wonder who's submarine it is going to be in the news. https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-astrazeneca-russia-idUSKBN28L0YQ *shrugs indefinitely* to whitroth @296: and the US had a super-titanium-uranium-platinum credit card, while the USSR had only a regular credit card Which they obviously didn't...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    hmmm @41: JBS @68: We're also playing out one of the Foundation novelettes: cut trade, make food expensive, but there are no bombs, no threats, fast-forward and the strongman folds. I don't know that the real world works like this,...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    to Heteromeles @1146: Once again I was holding myself off from fuming over Musk-related news in this comment section, but now at least I've found a suitable target to sharpen my claws on, since I am at least putting to...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    neoliberal lunatics running the UK will be far more likely to end up sitting down and doing a limited trade deal with the EU next month I would be worried since neoliberal lunatism is not represented in US as a...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    to Heteromeles @674: Did you model the effect of different air pressures over the length of the cable? Even if the line hooks into the top of the stratosphere, that's something like 1% of atmospheric pressure at sea level. I...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    to Poul-Henning Kamp @733: The constant propaganda of "The Worlds Greatest Nation" has been drilled in so long and so utterly inescapable, that it takes a serious effort of education to even make USAnians contemplate that there could be specialized...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    to Heteromeles @464: Mindful of space launches, I've decided to do something terribly unusual. I took some Exel sheet, and made a kinematic model of a famous solution to the space-elevator problem, that is, smaller version of it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyhook_(structure) It...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    to Heteromeles @418: Moreover, when you're talking about individuals whose net worth is greater than the GDP of about half the countries on the planet, the notion of citizenship gets very odd indeed. This seems to be one reason why...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Cont. In that manner, modern public associate "wealth" with money, or securities, and maybe property (especially intellectual). They assume that ideas, knowledge and tradition is not something that fits to be valuable because they can't be moved, sold or liquidated...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    to Heteromeles @376: The simplest model for the future that I know of is Piketty's redistribution or revolution. Obviously both can fail, badly, but his point is that the concentration of wealth appears inevitable in all kinds of societies, and...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Oh, I am sorry for presumably jumping onto debate a bit early in the thread, so here's a little issue I am not content with what I've read in Laundry verse. Not a major plot point, but still curious. So,...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    to Paul @219: I found nothing. Absolutely nothing. It seems that all the theoretical work on how a socialist society would work was done in the mid-19th century, and nobody has bothered to update it. (I did come across Fully...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    to whitroth @879: I can think of the Bolshoi Ballet, the Orchestra.... Well, I am not a fan of theater or ballet to any capacity, so I was referring to literature. But not only it. Further on my previous @868:...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    to Bill Arnold @869: Practically speaking, I was not replying to Nick Boulton, but rather reflecting on OGH twitter. There is a series of tweets that was referenced in the article in the link @865. The link itself is leading...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    @867 There’s a reason the USSR is remembered in literature mostly for the art that dissidents created, and the Brexit-ultra Tory junta is absolutely intent on recreating the mistakes of Sovietism. And that reason is very superficial. Because since the...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    to Nick Boulton @865: The fact that we are ruled by kleptocracy and clueless management does not inherently mean that there are no such people among the ruled ones. More than that, the conditions of that social contract inherently predisposes...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    The giant hogweed isn’t just an invasive plant. It’s a metaphor for what is happening to much of this country. “At the national level, the government does nothing,” she said, rising up on tiptoes and hacking off giant umbrella-like flowering...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    to Elderly Cynic @267: Of many quotes I've heard from Heinlein, this is probably the one I disagree the least. I actually prefer the diversity and it is especially funny and natural when the diversity comes not from a design...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Preface And Public Announcement: 1. I have not forget or forgave anything. That means, I'm not going to discuss, mention or take note of these topics, leaving people to their ignorance. 2. And I have no desire to know anything...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    to Greg Tingey @1348: TWO countries which DO HAVE something appraoching Nazis in them, to everyone else's embarassment - are both in the EU. Poland & Hungary Good recollection, and I would like to note that Hungarians are less known...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    to Martin @1340: Then insist that the "coup" means that any treaties or agreements are now invalid, and that they can invade "because it was always part of Russia"? Not until a self-declared government starts it first (which is certainly...
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