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    Re: 'For most of its post-Roman history the place has been an absolute pizza of little polities, until the Prussians managed to finish absorbing the whole lot in the later 19th century.' Thanks - interesting and entertaining!...
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    Re: 'germans: ok, so our country is called Deutschland' Just looked up the Wikipedia entry and have a couple of questions - no snark intended. Okay - so do 'Germans' actually call themselves 'Germans' or something else that sounds closer...
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    Re: '... the exoskeletal should to the carapace around the body.' Or something completely opposite like the highly permeable membranes of critters living at the bottom of the ocean. Basically if you can't stop something without eating into your energy/reproductive...
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    Re: '...terms 'American' and 'America' just evolved from common usage' A lot more convenient than calling yourself an 'United-States-of-Americ-an'. Plus none of the continental neighbors were using any similar sounding names. There's also Yank/Yankee which probably irks the good old...
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    Haven't read all the comments yet but amazed that folks are still on topic post-300 Comment! Anyways - I first read Heinlein and Asimov when I was a young teen and vaguely recall reading ST. My impression then and still...
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    Re: 'The priests and most everyone else not of a darker or slanted eye genealogy ...' Any of the perps that are in RC religious orders and still alive won't be able to hide behind the church. Haven't seen any...
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    Re: 'I'm told that some of the programs - the panels, etc, will be, but no things like kaffeeklatches, and I wouldn't expect the book launch to be.' Although I got registered for your talk the Zoom* link for it...
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    Re: '... some chemicals are thought to cause hearing damage, although the evidence seems to be not much stronger than the mysterious ray beam we're talking about here.' Suggest you check erythromycin - probably the most popular/prescribed antibiotic of the...
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    Re: Cars & tech Since folks are talking about car tech issues ... Just saw a Consumer Reports alert about MB recalling some cars and SUVs due to a backup camera problem. Apparently when some of these vehicles are put...
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    Re: 'But the media is still largely in denial about how much of an effect it had.' (quote from last line of first linked article) Agree! Journalism and politics have been linked in a downward spiral for a while now...
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    Re: 'One of Trump's early lawyers/associates/mentors, Roy Cohn ...' Interesting read - thanks! Also interesting that these seasoned reporters understood that DT was a fiction (brand) as well as how he achieved his popularity and winning image among a large...
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    Re: 'virtual Balticon ... (zoomed) con suite on Friday night, at 8:30 PM EDT, ... book launch for science fiction book .. called 11,000 Years, by some guy who's writing under the name of mark roth-whitworth.' Congrats! Will definitely try...
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    Re: 'I thought that was one of the major benefits of bitcoin over cash - every transaction is tracked and published, so everyone knows what happened, and those with a detailed view of the internet knows who was involved?' A...
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    Re: 'If it is a drone being tested, so what?' Depends on whose drone it is ... I'm adding Mexican/Colombian drug cartel into the mix of possible owners/operators - maybe some alternative or supplementary delivery scheme to that tunnel mentioned...
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    Re: '... if you want a blockchain secured' I'm wondering how/whether distance somehow figures into this: 1- The farther away the funds are (off-planet) the longer the delay to (re-)accessing your funds. This seems at odds with the line that...
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    Re: '... males outnumbered females from 111.3 to 100. Ten years ago the ratio was 118.1 percent' Glad this was mentioned: that the strong cultural preference for a male child when the one-baby rule was imposed ultimately resulted in approx....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Re: 'Anyway, getting to your question: obviously, blowing the bridge is easy. Getting the debris out of there is harder, and the debris will block the barge traffic until cleared ...' Since folks have already introduced cat videos ... wondering...
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    Re: 'Money can be treated as a commodity certainly, and people may behave as if it were one, but to say that money "is" a commodity is not true.' Suggest you look at the GDP contributions from the Financial Sector...
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    Re: 'Readership, citation stats: 1.68 Accesses, 569 Citations -' That's 1.68 million Accesses - lots of readers....
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    Re: 'AIUI this is the first example of a type of vaccine which has never been deployed before. One would therefore expect that it would have been tested with unusual thoroughness to catch the unknown effects pertaining to any novel...
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    Re: ' ... gravity, because it holds the rubble pile together. In space, it's going to be held together somewhat differently, and so it's likely that the rubble is going to react somewhat differently, especially if it's being spun rather...
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    Re: '... sorry but we already know that C20th "Psychology" is bollox - ' Have you any idea of how many different psych theories there were in the 20th century? --- Tons and tons! And just like in the 'hard...
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    Re: '... whether it can be useful ... making a doctrine out of it' Agree - 'spirituality' and/or 'religion' whatever they end up being parsed as persist and we need to figure out what they are and in what ways...
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    Re: 'Reduced activity in your parietal cortex?' The experience that Heteromeles describes is similar to what has been written about some patient experiences following temporal lobe seizures/strokes and epilepsy. There's a positive correlation. But because the brain is wired so...
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    Re: ' ... this guy has a lot of illuminating data' Interesting - really liked the historical chart - thanks!...
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    Re: Religion Since it doesn't look like it's not gonna go away maybe we should take an objective* close look at it ... scientifically. The below is an interesting piece discussing Dennett's take via his book 'Breaking the Spell' v-a-v...
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    Re: 'A few meters of regolith seems like a good idea, but I'd really like to see a good simulation of a micrometeor hitting such a structure before I'd trust it.' I'm in the middle of '2312' (Kim Stanley Robinson)...
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    Re: 'tracking the booster:' Why is the booster speeding up? Not a lot ... but still ... Apparently a lot of folks are watching the booster via this site: Google maps isn't showing because traffic is so high....
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    Re: Cicadasafari site Thanks! Had a good laugh when I read the below - ties in with some of our discussions re: insects as food. 'Periodical cicadas are best eaten when they are still white, and they taste like cold...
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    Re: 'start an office pool' - Cicadas? Just noticed that the cicadas are due anytime now. Numbers are supposed to be higher than usual - maybe in the trillions. Also they're pretty noisy - so it would be interesting to...
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