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Note that both points in your quote are quite true.
The North Vietnamese never beat the US on the battlefield and lost the war with the US.
Alas, once the US went home, there was a SECOND Vietnam War, with the sides being USSR+North Vietnam vs South Vietnam. The North won that one.
It's one of the things that can happen when you decide to quit fighting unilaterally.
I've never noticed that non-religious types were less prone to hypocrisy than the religious variety, actually.
As to the nine-year-old thing, "accepted customs of our tribe" actually covers that - it WAS perfectly normal to marry females approaching puberty there and then. Now, not so much (though I have read the marriage of 13-15 year old girls wasn't uncommon as recently as 200 years ago).
though there were idiots like Columbus who were convinced the world was much smaller then the generally accepted size.
There is a certain amount of evidence that Columbus lied about how big he thought the world was, in order to convince the Spanish crown to finance his expedition.
It's not like the New World was completely unknown in Europe before Columbus - FLemish fishermen were drying fish in Newfoundland before Columbus was born. And it's quite possible that Columbus knew that.
If so, and in light of Spain's interest in breaking the Portugese monopoly on trade with the Far East, a little "creative interpretation" of the world's size might have been sufficient to convince the Spanish Crown that a trip west was a worthwhile investment....
Isn't population growing mainly due to latency?
In the developed world, population growth is negative absent immigration. Currently, this applies to China, the EU, and the USA. Last I bothered to check, the projections were for continued global population growth up to the 10-15 billion range, followed be a decline to a stable population in the 5-9 billion range.
Note that that "stable population" presupposes that the entire world is "developed" by that time.
If owning robot overlords can assure you all you ever need without working, it's obvious everybody will want these, but only the most fortunate will afford it, leaving the rest of us in misery.
If we don't have robots making our shit, then we'll still be making it the old-fashioned way, which sort of implies we'll be working for a living.
At least until we can set up robot factories of our own, of course.
Look at it this way - if the robots can make enough stuff for everyone to have everything they want, then everyone will be "rich". Of course, the real problem in that case is that we'll stop measuring "wealth" in "things we own"....
Also note that even if the (currently) wealthy types make just enough stuff for themselves and leave the rest of us to rot, there's nothing actually stopping the rest of us from building our own robots to make shit for us....
Yes, and now that the rentiers will make even more money for no labor, the displaced workers are doubly fucked.
And how, pray tell, will the rentiers make even more money if noone can afford to buy what they make because they're unemployed?
Oddly, we seem to have managed to get past the introduction of the assembly line without the sort of problems you're predicting - humanity is still here, its population is still growing, and technology is still advancing.
Quit wasting my fucking tax money on your hair-brained ideas.
Brains don't have hairs, but hares have brains....
Wasn't that Senator Obama?!?!?!
Not in JAN 2014 it wasn't. Or did you think he was elected President late last year?
If they paid more taxes I would pay less
No, if they paid more taxes, the government would increase its spending to match the increased revenues.
So there's coastal cities and there's "flat as a pancake cities that are 1 meter above sea level"
And then there's New Orleans. Average height above Sea Level is MINUS 0.5 meters. Range is 6m above to 2m below.
I want Gigabit symmetrical with 1 TB of transfer for $50/mo.. This is absolutely 100% possible with current technology.
Then why don't you start a company that offers that service?
If you can do it profitably, you'll have investors falling all over themselves to give you money, since pretty much everyone will want your service....
No you don't. Your watch rotates on an 18 hour cycle, but the boats 'day' (and overall schedule) remains on the standard 24 hour cycle. On top of that, you make the swap from Lima (local time) to Zulu (GMT) once when you leave port and again when you enter port (days, weeks, or months apart)
Irrelevant. You roll out of your rack, go to your watchstation for six hours. Then you do PMS/training/whatever for six hours. Then you sleep for six hours. Repeat till you get back in port.
In other words, you live on an 18-hour day for the period of your patrol.
As I recall, it took two to five days to adjust at each end of the patrol.