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Toby

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The Chinese have naval bases in Djibouti: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_People%27s_Liberation_Army_Support_Base_in_Djibouti And Cambodia: https://www.businessinsider.com/rapid-construction-at-cambodia-base-amid-concern-about-china-presence-2021-6 They also, strangely have a base in Argentina, though not naval. It is apparently a space and intelligence base....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Perhaps you've hit the nail on the head. "Are we the baddies?" and the answer being "yes", may be the answer. https://youtu.be/rWvpvlT9pJU For anyone who hasn't seen it, this is the origin of the meme. Western and Middle class too!...
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    This thread has been absolutely fascinating because of peoples responses. My interpretation of Heinlein's intent, is that JBSs response is exactly the response he wanted, but I don't know. But (apologies to our host if this breaks his ruling) it...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    This thread seems split between people saying Verhoeven is misunderstood, and people misunderstanding Verhoeven, which is funny. I also think ST, springs from Heinleins misunderstanding of how things work or perhaps it is supposed, as JBS says, to be utopian....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    This is a quote from the Wikipedia article on Korean war POWs that JBS linked to: "The discrimination extended to the children of POWs who were restricted in their careers, barred from membership in the Workers' Party of Korea, college...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I don't know about that. The reason I linked to that was to just to show something about microwave effects on humans, in particular so called "synthetic telepathy". There is a load online about it, I just picked that one...
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    I think this could have connections to the "Havana syndrome" https://samim.io/p/2019-12-29-microwave-auditory-effects-and-applications-book-by-j/ But I'm still unsure whether it is some kind of mass hysteria as PHK says or a side effect of some kind of microwave device. A sensor system or...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    That was very interesting, thanks. I had heard of this, but not in such detail. I don't know what you think, but I think Guo may actually be a Chinese asset. If so they seem to be taking a leaf...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I didn't explain very well about the mirrored plasma spheres. I read about the in context of explaining UFOs, as supposedly they'd look like metallic spheres. I couldn't find any reference to it with a quick search, but there are...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    My take on the UFOs is a natural phenomena, akin to the Hessdalen lights https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hessdalen_lights I remember reading somewhere theories about naturally occurring mirrored plasma spheres, unfortunately I can't remember where. But something like this, caused by geomagnetic effects or...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Send her address to Vatican? If she disappears it's real (joke, just in case)...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I would say nationalism and religion come from the same root. In tribal cultures the group and religion are inseparable, this can be seen in religious survivals such as the old testament etc, as well as surviving tribal cultures. Borders...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    https://youtu.be/izizsAodOCk A very short video of the grasshopper mouse howling...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I was referring to it as the discovery of the importance of mouse vocalisations, but thinking of the grasshopper mouse. It's more of a howl maybe, but close enough. I also got the reference to "The mouse that roared", I...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Mice in fact do roar. This has only recently been discovered, as it is ultrasonic. I think it was discovered first in lab mice when someone happened to have the appropriate detection equipment in the lab....
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    On the subject of looming fascism, I really recommend watching "The long goodbye". It is a short film by Riz Ahmed and is incredibly powerful. It is on YouTube. Everyone should watch it....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I've heard of Dunning-Kruger, I don't think it applies as I said I didn't know anything about it! I've since looked into it a tiny bit, and don't think it's totally unreasonable. Yes, there's problems with washing. If on the...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    On the subject of clothes on Mars. How about felting the fibre (hemp or otherwise), and then glue the clothes together? Far less machinery needed. You could also make really simple clothing this way, as opposed to recreating what we...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Eric I have all those symptoms (and a few more), and nothing showed up in the many tests I had. It sounds like you have M.E, and I think you either need to change doctors or at least see if...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I believe current thinking on spacesuits is hard suits or skintight suits. Hard suits are I believe being developed now. On Mars you would get some leeway, at least within the habitats, but you would need at least a helmet....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    As I have M.E, I thought I would comment on long covid. If long covid is equivalent to bad M.E, I would not trust anyone with it with any important task and in a Mars colony any task is an...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I don't believe my opinion is America centric, and I am not American. I was trying to look at it from Russia's,and particularly Putin's perspective. I may be wrong, but I don't think it was America centric. Whilst it may...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    On the subject of Trump and Russia, I can't see Trump fleeing to Russia as anything but a victory for Russia. Putin surely would find this very satisfying, he would be thought to have controlled the US president. For an...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I would say it is the reverse. You do not understand what I am saying, or indeed what you are saying. Unfortunately, I do not have the energy to pursue this any further....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    My bad on that, but my point was that the Russian empire collapsed due to systemic problems. I think this is true whatever the state of my knowledge of Russian history, do you think otherwise? This also applies to the...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    1. They were not part of Russia they were part of the Russian empire. 2. I didn't say that you advocated it, but that saying the West wanted to break up Russia wasn't true. Note again that Russia is not...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Seriously? All of that has absolutely no relevance to my point, though I am obviously aware of it. As for the break up of Russia, that did not happen. That was the break up of the USSR. Also one reason...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I didn't other forces did not influence events, but that Russians were primarily responsible for what happens in Russia. Events on the Eastern front were symptomatic of the problems with Imperial Russia, which led to their defeat and brought it's...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    This makes no sense. The west is going to split up Russia into different areas ruled by different powers? How and why and whom? It's nonsensical. The West was in conflict with the USSR? Yes, they were enemies! There was...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Russia is not under threat from the west. Russia pushes this line for its own reasons. Europe gets a third of it's fossil fuels from Russia, up to three quarters in some places in the east. There is no way...
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