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Comment Re:The law is ridiculous anyway (Score 1) 178

We can't really discuss the subject with you when you keep asking irrelevant, leading questions. Suppose the previous poster was a hard-core "manifest destiny" type who actually does agree that colonialism is an unalloyed great thing. Or not. It's completely irrelevant to their point about the natives being unable to maintain possession of land they used to occupy.

Comment Re:The treaty says no such thing. (Score 1) 178

I'm not saying it won't happen eventually, but it won't be profitable until we're measuring cost per pound to orbit in pennies rather than thousands of dollars.

In other words, it won't be profitable until the mass for that machinery and propellant comes from somewhere much cheaper than Earth, say the asteroid you're mining.

Comment Re:Restaining growth (Score 1) 178

"Economic growth" can't be sustained forever. A new social model will have to replace that idea. So sorry.

So what when there are at the least, centuries of growth left? After all, not everyone currently enjoys a developed world lifestyle. That's one avenue for growth. Not every society is fully industrialized. That's another avenue. We don't live indefinitely; we don't have massive space civilizations; we don't have post-scarcity conditions; we don't fully understand the universe; we don't have a host of things which we can put into our grasp eventually.

There's plenty of room for growth and it makes no sense to talk about imaginary "new social models" which are irrelevant to a world in growth for the practical future.

Comment Re:Sigh... (Score 2) 178

A private entitey gaining ownership over what is currently public could be looked on as theft from the public.

There are surprisingly few things owned in space by the public or anyone else. If some crazy dude with a bunch of robots can keep the rest of humanity from doing anything with the Moon other than look at it, then he effectively owns it even if no one else agrees.

Comment Re:Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence (Score 1) 187

It's also a matter of intent. Intentionally, being a dick is macroaggression. Accidentally being a dick is a microaggression. But this leads to an important secondary matter, that of interpretation. After all, if I'm trying to be a dick, then by my own viewpoint I am macroaggressing. If I'm not trying, then how does anyone know I'm microaggressing? The answer is that someone observes my behavior and decides it is a microaggression.

That leads to the second observation, that microagression is a matter of perception and subjectivity, often by people with chips on their thin-skinned shoulders. It can be an obvious insult, like assuming someone is a drooling idiot because they're a certain ethnicity. But it can also be something pretentious like someone deciding that the word, "niggardly" is an insult against African Americans even though the word doesn't have racist origins (unlike say, "indian summer"). The attitude is particularly pernicious when the person who perceives the insult is acting as an unauthorized proxy acting on the behalf of an apathetic or completely absent group.

All I can say is that I didn't care before microaggression became a thing and the situation hasn't changed now that I've been made aware of this dire threat to humanity. I think it has to do with the fundamental observation that people can choose not to be insulted by non-insults. Thus, anyone who has a serious problem with microaggressions needs to look in a mirror to see who is responsible for fixing that.

Comment Re:Yeah, but that just means... (Score 1) 187

No, it just means that as education prevails, people are less prone to fall for insane cults.

The anti-vaccination craze? Fad ketosis dieting? Near-worship of media figures like the Kardashians? Climate change skepticism? I'd go on but that's already more than enough to refute your statement.

You would only be correct, if cults had a smaller membership in the past. I'll note that we've had over the past thirty years a sharp drop in both the membership and severity of communism.That directly improves the lives of about a billion and a half people living today.

Comment Re:I thought the secondary payload (Score 1) 51

But, I don't recall the enormous wailing and hand wringing about the USA losing its abilities in space back during the gap in the 70's like there is today.

That's because it was forty years ago. Forty years have passed and we going through the same route of failure again. There are two obvious problems that get ignored here. First, where's the money for payloads on the SLS coming from? NASA has had a nearly constant budget for the last 40 years and SLS consumes a sixth of that budget for little gain.

Second, SLS has terrible economics, particularly low launch frequency and a dependency on the Shuttle supply chain. There's no excuse any more for NASA rolling its own launch vehicle when it can and should be using commercial vehicles. That budget could be buying serious deep space missions now rather than a launch vehicle that will never be well used.

Comment Re:I thought the secondary payload (Score 1) 51

Only if you ignore the much more substantial work that had to be done after Apollo 1 (which required not only a change in the life support system from the oxygen rich atmosphere but also a switching over of much of the wiring to less hazardous materials in case of fire). For example, the solution to Challenger was to not expose o-rings to freezing temperatures. They could have launched again in a few months when freezing temperatures were no longer an issue and the pad was ready for launch again. Similarly, the solution for Columbia was to cross fingers and hope that rare ice impact event doesn't happen on your next few launches (after all, they had over 100 launches with only one lethal ice impact event) while you fix the known problem. Delays of over two years are inexcusable.

Comment Re:Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence (Score 4, Insightful) 187

What you seem to be missing is that War is a macro-aggressive, acute failure of society. Microaggression is a stealthy, sinister, chronic failure of society that is far more widespread and far more damaging to the long-term health of humanity than is an acute War that has a beginning and an end.

What you seem to be missing is that macroaggression is a real thing which kills people. Microaggression is in your head.

Comment Re:Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence (Score 1) 187

If you consider that our interpersonal relationships have been on a serious decline since the industrial revolution, the divorce rate is the highest it has ever been, children resort to violence first and diplomacy only when trying to talk themselves out of punishment, I would say we are not, in fact, in a very peaceful time at all.

There's always some bullshit reason out there why things are getting worse. But since we're talking about the children, I've heard that they've been getting worse since ancient times. Pretty soon, they'll be backtalking and uppity. That's certainly just as bad as killing 70 million people in a world war.

Comment Re:It's a Criminal Organisation (Score 1) 148

Philanthropy, as in the case of Carnegie, is all about ego, power and influence and nothing to do with helping anyone. It is corrupt

No, that is not the meaning of corrupt. First, ego, power, and influence are perfectly valid reasons for charity. You should be happy that there is a society where greed and ambition can lead to charitable acts.

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas l'Informatique. -- Bosquet [on seeing the IBM 4341]