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    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2021
     
    Odd, I have a vague recollection of Two Ton Baker singing that one.
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    Black holes famously warp space-time intensely enough to trap light, and spinning black holes drag the warped space-time fabric around with them. The equations are super complicated. If you look at the equations for a spinning black hole, “your eyes will probably bleed,” O’Connell said.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2021
     
    In conclusion, there is no conclusion. Things will go on as they always have, getting weirder all the time.

    Robert Anton Wilson
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2021 edited
     
    The great puzzle is that so many of the people who talked about “the Corbyn cult” are so reluctant to face up to the fact of the Johnson cult. In many ways, Johnson is the much more classic cult leader. His decisions have led to the deaths of large numbers of people, and he’s got a lot of women pregnant.


    Even more unfortunately, Johnson is aided and abetted by a generation of Westminster-watchers so addled by polling that they have completely divorced morality from politics. I’m frightfully bored of being told things don’t matter because they didn’t “cut through”, or that this or that horror show is “priced in” to the public’s relationship with Johnson, or that something is irrelevant because “voters don’t care about it”. So what?! Voters don’t care about a lot of things that are, nonetheless, properly important. Yet we’re awash with pundits and politicians who can tell you the electoral price of everything but the value of nothing.

    Ultimately, crowing that the public don’t expect better than the substandard governance served up over the past 14 months isn’t the win they think it is. Is that the mindset that’s going to make a success of Global Britain? Do me a favour. It’s the mindset of managed decline, and if they can’t see that, they really are lost to the Kool-Aid.


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    “In a paradox worthy of Kafka, ConocoPhillips plans to install ‘chillers’ into the permafrost — which is thawing fast because of climate change — to keep it solid enough to drill for oil, the burning of which will continue to worsen ice melt.”
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2021
     
    These chillers will be powered by green energy, I presume.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2021
     
    The pandemic continues to confront us with what this country is lacking. In its first stages, it exposed how vulnerable we have become to all shocks, be they virus-related or economic, in a hollowed-out state and rundown public services infrastructure. More recently, it has revealed another insufficiency: we can get angry but can’t stay angry. When we ask about the impunity this government continues to enjoy, we are not talking about a passive and uninformed public, but a public poorly served by those whose job is to oppose and challenge the government. After all, impunity doesn’t exist in a vacuum: it is created by the vacuum.


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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2021
     
    The collective wealth of the small group of people inside that Sun Valley resort is estimated to be a trillion dollars – meaning that confiscating it all could end homelessness in America for the next decade, with a few hundred billion left over. Instead of pursuing this obviously good idea, we opt instead to leave all of that wealth in the hands of the rich, so that Sun Valley attendees Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson can use it to race one another to become the biggest asshole ever to go to space


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    "The introduction of coordinates into geometry is an act of violence"
    - Hermann Weyl
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2021
     
    the role of government in the post-COVID world is going to expand

    Jim Balsillie, Founder of Blackberry and Wealthy Canadian Capitalist.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2021
     
    In Texas, it already has.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2021
     
    Interesting point. Jim was thinking about technology policy, buTexas has set up a Citizen Surveillance system reminiscent of the old DDR.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2021 edited
     
    I view the Texas thing as more of an attempt to gain support from a segment of the electorate. It's very doubtful that the bounty system will be upheld by the courts, as the person collecting the bounty lacks any real legal standing.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2021
     
    OK. Attempted to set up.....reminiscent of the DDR.

    One is as bad as the other.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2021
     
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    Yay Mexico!
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2021
     
    Smart is "Can you make 'em believe what you're doing is real?" and real is "Can you get financing for it?"


    Algis Budrys
    Michaelmas, 1972

    plus ça change
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    Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2021
     
    Wells.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2021 edited
     
    “Anybody that doesn’t think there wasn’t massive election fraud in the 2020 presidential election is either very stupid, or very corrupt!” - Donald J. Trump


    LOL!

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/05/trump-double-negative-twitter-electoral-fraud