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Comment Terraforming (Score 1) 559

So if a planet in the Goldilocks zone is usually destined to freezing or burning up it seems to suggest a path to terraform Venus. We just need to export an organism that can live there and absorb the CO2 and survive the acidic environment. Some set of microbe that already lives on earth perhaps would fit the bill. Something that could float around in the atmosphere where it isn't quite so hot.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 460

Actually it could, because there are only a small minority of people that are politically active. What you need to do is start early in the process of candidate selection where fewer people participate. You could effect both major parties and make sure that the candidates that end up on the final ballet from both parties are from your organization. Something like this happened locally here. The police in the area hated the elected sheriff who had been in office for years and years. At the county party convention I'd say about 1/5 of the 400 people there were police officers who all very vocal about their support for the new guy who they picked themselves. The incumbent didn't get enough votes to even make it to the primary election, ensuring that he wasn't an option at the general election save by write-in. The same also happened to Bob Bennett in Utah too. A small group organized and flooded the local precincts with their members. However, when Orrien Hatch came up for re-election he was wary and careful to flood the precincts with hundreds of people. Usually a precinct elections will only have 20-30 people show up, but that time there were over 150. The lesson is that it can have an effect, but not only as a surprise tactic.

Comment Another possibility (Score 0) 249

Here's a scenario that hasn't been argued. What if an insurgent from some middle eastern country has worked their way into the Russian Army as a missile operator and purposely fired at the plane to bring it down with the hope of plunging Russia and the US into war with each other. The middle east has no love for either Russia or the US and if they were busy with each other perhaps the middle east would be left alone.

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