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    Just take a look at Japan. Its population has been in decline since 2008, yet its economy is now growing and it is still in the G7 and in third place behind the US and China....
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    Pigeon @ 1011 "These days of course people just take a picture of the cunt-shaped fissure and post it on twitter. Anastomosed tree trunks or scars of lost boughs can be good, too." This reminds me of the "Book of...
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    Paul @ 998: "My original point stands; nobody has explained why capitalism can't work with a declining population." To me it seems obvious that capitalism can work as long as there is scientific progress and technological change. It just does...
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    In the Ottawa area and a bit beyond there are at least 3 diaries that sell their milk in 1 liter glass bottles: https://ottawaorganics.com/product-category/dairy/milk/ Also, the Farm Boy grocery chain sells its own "house brand" of organic milk in the...
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    paws4thot @ 929: "...no-one actually touches any of it except hand-sorting mixed recyclables at a collection centre." There are now about 4 companies making AI-based robots doing that sorting at collection centers. As the prices go down all of this...
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    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 south of the...
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    I leave that trouble to my sole heir (a school) when my game will be really over....
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    Greg Tingey @ 769 "What's it costing YOU?" Sorry, I never count....
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    Moz @504: "To me "the Americas" is two continents, and the USA occupies part(s) of one of them." I learned very early in school that there were 3 Americas within America: North America, Central America and South America. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_America...
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    paws4thot @ 450: "Disagree. Bill Shatner is American, and so is Salma Hayek, so was Simon Bolivar..." Take a look at Shatner's and Bolivar's Wikipedia articles and you'll find out otherwise....
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    Paul @ 396 : "That and the assumption that encasing 90kg of meat in metal makes said meat immune to accelerations in excess of 100 gravities. " In 203 racing driver Kenny Brack survived 214 gravities when his racing car...
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    JBS @ 372: "First edition cover:" That's the edition I first read. It was at the Fraser-Hickson library. Years later an idiot crook stole it, probably hoping to make a lot of money from a first edition. Imbecile! First editions...
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    David L @ 352: "Interestingly I don't have all that much memory about the mobile body armor. Except that to me it seemed he would be wearing something the side of a Humvee at a minimum." It's supposed to be...
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    JBS @ 254: "Why does no one in Star Wars or Alien have a smart phone or a tablet computer? I do remember a scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey where one of the astronauts is eating a meal watching...
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    Nojay @ 209: "Basically the energy budget of powered armour comes up short unless they use lots and lots of extension leads and maybe spring-loaded boots, IMO." When I reread it just for the powered armor I noticed that he...
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    When I was a regular in GEnie in the 1980s James D. MacDonald, was the moderator for the Science Fiction Round Table. MacDonald had been in the US Navy for 15 years and he pointed out the impossible violence used...
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    Troutwaxer @ 72: "Starship Troopers was not one of Heinlein's juveniles. In fact Scribner's, (who published Heinlein's juveniles) turned it down." Yes, the entire publishing board at Scribner's turned it down. But originally Heinlein had meant it to be his...
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    I think that, in addition to being caused by Heinlein's reaction to the anti-nuclear newspaper ad, Starship Troopers was written under the influence of the dialectic that opposed Heinlein to Alice Dalgliesh, the editor of Scribner's and Sons Children's Book...
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    With our present technologies it would be difficult ro count the firearms in the USA but future archeologists would have no problems given shape recognition machines which would be just a little smarter than the ones we currently have for...
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    Heteromeles @ 886 There is also a steady stream of firearms illegally coming into Canada from the U.S.. But it's a small drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of millions of firearms just floating around, South of...
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    Bill Arnold @ 835: "The Brick Testament version is good. (Brutally literal Bible stories, told with Lego visuals.)" My parents were probably very bad catholics (but good persons) because they never told me about Onan. I learned about Onan in...
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    Do like me. I study maps intensely weeks ahead of driving in a foreign place like San Francisco or Helsinki. Once I'm driving over there I don't use maps. I've already learned them....
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    More good news. The National Arts Centre in Ottawa will be creating an opera based on Karel Capek's play, R.U.R. https://nac-cna.ca/en/creationfund/project/rur...
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    "You just go back to paper-&-pencil forms for the voting ..." And you don't have to go far for examples on how to do it. We still have paper and pencil voting in Canada....
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    Robert Prior @ 396: " the federal Tories have hired the same political consultants that BoJo used to win a majority and who worked the Leave campaign for Brexit" That's the only way the federal Tories could find ignorant fools...
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    Scott Sanford @ 375: "Proof of concept should be Snoopy's doghouse, which is about as un-aerodynamic as anyone can ask. (And yes, someone found a Red Baron.)" I note that in the Red Baron video the Red Baron takes off...
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    "Let me note that I've read in Celtic regions, and maybe in some Native American regions, if someone wrote and sang a satire of you, you might as well kill yourself then." The inuit would make up on the spot...
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    This spurt of UFO sightings remnds me of the only UFO abduction movie I've ever liked, Flight of the Navigator. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_of_the_Navigator...
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    JBS @ 394: "evangelical Roman Catholics" Isn't that a contradiction? If someone is an evangelical I don't see how he or she can follow the Roman pope at the same time, much less follow a RC cult of the saints....
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    Charlie Stross @ 101 Thank you. This make things a bit clearer....
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