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Comment Re:Here's hoping (Score 1) 27

I've been hibernating. Winter's not so bad when you don't have to go to work every day. I've been more or less steadily writing. I decided last fall to farm the SF out to the magazines before posting them; if one of them publishes me I'll become better known. Right now it's only a couple hundred people.

I never realized how many people write. Even the smaller circulation magazines get hundreds of stories every month, and out of those hundreds only a half dozen are printed. I've come very close so far. Most rejections are form letters, word for word the same no matter what magazine, but one rejection was personalized, from C.C. Finlay, Editor in Chief of F&SF (he didn't like the ending). That's big time!

Right now the magazines have five stories, I have two more I'm editing and three more unfinished (two may never get finished, I'm kind of stuck). I've posted two stories here at slashdot this year.

I'll be moving to the St Louis area in a few months.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 555

The elephant in the room is the incredibly stupid capitalism idea of relying on never ending growth in a limited environment.

Our planet is giving us lots of warning signs.

If we continue to abuse the environment, and use up precious resources by burning them, dumping rubbish in them and polluting them,
there is little hope that nature will not dispassionately reduce our population in some way or other.

If people like Slashdot posters, whom one would assume were of reasonable intelligence, can for example put up arguments, such as "the scientists are corrupted in climate science" , then without awareness of the apparent irony, promote Nuclear because "the scientists say the new reactors are safe" it's cognitive dissonance of the most extreme kind. I've been here long enough (16years) to remember the same denial crew saying solar/battery would never work. :)

  The problem is worse in the US, UK and Australia as the denialist propaganda technique is enthusiastically promoted by the Murdoch press, and extensively funded by the Oil companies who have so much to lose. It's also caught on with those who tend to believe conspiracy theories, bringing with it the usual nutbagery.

Consequently, the funding of the development of renewables in those countries is less, let's face it, on the most basic level, renewable energy totally makes sense as an investment in the future of our species.

Several states and countries have already achieved days of total renewable energy use, the Aust state of South Australia has actually generated enough to export power to the grid. With the economies of scale now feeding the rapidly growing home battery market, and home solar we are on the brink of a genuine energy revolution. It's important that we help the poorer countries use renewables rather than fossil fuels at our western rate of use, defeating the reductions we are making.

You know it makes sense.

Falconhell, posting anon due to mods.

Comment Re:I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 77

Yeah, let's just ignore that little crash in '99 and 2000

What crash would that be? Unemployment was under 5% in 1999 and kept falling until 2001 (graph). Yes, it was bad if you were in the tech sector. More of a market correction than a crash. <Cue Crocodile Dundee> Now, 2008, THAT was a crash!

So, who benefited from that "boom"? The very same people that are benefiting from this one, and it ain't us.

Indeed, which is why I'm voting Sanders.

Comment Re:I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 77

Here's an amusing thought: Trump has threatened to run as a third party candidate if the Republicans are mean to him, Bloomberg said if Trump, Sanders, or Cruz were nominated he could jump in. So it could be a four way race; Trump, Sanders, Bloomberg, and Cruz. I don't think that's ever happened before.

Comment I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 77

Bush and Christie hitting one-time Senator Rubio out on lack of experience when Bush's Texas governor brother took the white house in peacetime with a balanced budget and in a boom and left with two wars, the worst economy since the Great Depression, and history's largest deficit. Then a one term Illinois Senator took that and is leaving office with low unemployment, a lower deficit, and a good economy. They're nuts.

Not that Rubio is any more sane.

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