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Comment Re:Yeah (Score 2) 278

in norcal it's illegal to capture the rain that falls on your property due to water rights regulations that go back 150 years

WHAT? Surely you jest. Please cite your source.

Personally, the idea of drinking toilet water doesn't bother me so much because of the e.coli or whatever but rather because of the residues of birth control pills, antidepressants, painkillers, etc. that are already found in our waterways. One can only imagine that recycling wastewater will result in higher concentrations of these substances that cannot be filtered out. I'm imagining some kind of mad-cow-type disease except that instead of working on individual cells in your brain, it works on the individuals in your society, causing weird, unpredictable changes in social behavior.

Comment Re:Reviewer totally missed the point (Score 1) 194

What is especially ironic and troubling about this whole situation is that Britain benefitted so greatly from his staggering intellectual contribution (hell we all do to this day) but when it was discovered that he was gay, he became a liability. MI6 and the CIA were no doubt concerned that his being a homosexual might be used by spies to blackmail him. Some think (and I share this suspicion) that he did not commit suicide but rather he was killed before he became a security risk.

Comment Re:Reviewer totally missed the point (Score 4, Insightful) 194

Sort of. The Allies probably would have won anyway due to a preponderance of economic strength. However, the impact of the code-breaking was truly profound and it's hard to overstate its importance. The US naval war in the Pacific -- in particular the Battle of Midway -- was an especially stark illustration of the advantage that intel brings. The Allies located the Japanese fleet and got their planes in the air first and essentially crippled the Japanese navy for the duration of the war. Information brings tremendous power in warfare.

Comment Re:What type of Non-Fiction? And fiction? (Score 1) 164

I hear you about being a completionist. I think that to read any of the so-called classics you have to be one. Crime and Punishment was sooooo boring. I did quite enjoy All Quiet on the Western Front and this is partly what launched my interest in WW1. I also recently enjoyed A Clockwork Orange immensely.

Comment Re:What type of Non-Fiction? And fiction? (Score 1) 164

I am obsessed with the First World War. This event is so ripe with horror, irony, and gravitas that it boggles the mind. I find that some of the better works on the subject offer personal recollections and profiles of individual personalities that exceed the entertainment value of almost any fiction I've ever read. I truly believe that fact is stranger than fiction.

Should anyone be interested in daily events and news articles from exactly one hundred years ago, please check out Old Grey Horror.

As for fiction, I've been forcing myself to read H.P. Lovecraft due to his lofty reputation in the fantasy genre and it's most often hard going but there are moments of genius. I've really been disappointed by so-called 'classic' literature. Hemingway is all right but Dostoyevsky and Faulkner are so boring that I am reluctant to suffer through other works from the canon of Western literature.

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