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Old 07-24-2019, 04:29 PM   #6241 (permalink)
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Quote by Steve Perry: "People are dumb, panicky, dangerous ...
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"People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals, and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and 15 minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.". ― Steve Perry, Men In Black
There's a glaring inaccuracy in this line, though: five hundred years ago, no one (in Western Europe) thought the Earth was flat. We've known the Earth is spherical since Eratosthenes accurately measured its circumference in the third century BCE. Columbus couldn't get funding for his voyage because he insisted that the Earth was smaller than it is--the only way a Western route to Asia would be feasible--and got laughed off by every potential investor except the Spanish royals.

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Old 07-24-2019, 04:30 PM   #6242 (permalink)
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The satellite image shows an enormous stationary,clockwise rotation in the Atlantic,with the air coming off the Sahara,and just rotating around,and slamming into Northern Europe.
I stayed a few nights in Haarlem back in April of 1997.There was no air conditioning.The snows had ended two weeks before I got there.It was great! It's hard to imagine 39.3-C. Especially pedaling a bicycle down to the central train station every day,to go to work.I'd have to jump into one of the canals!
I'm just home from a 2½ hour evening walk!
The wind turned west and temperatures dropped to the low 30s (Celsius). And humidity is untypically low, plus that wind. It was nice-ish. Google Fit says 11.21 km. That's about my daily average since the stent, the heat wave did not get in the way yet.

25 degrees now (22:30), but the wind turned east again. It won't drop much further.
Minimum day temperature for Friday is estimated at 25 Celsius. The record is 23.2 or so (this June), used to be 22.
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Agreed, which is why I don't see vertical farming taking off anytime soon.

Instead I see improvements in automation increasing productivity. Heck, if robotics could be sufficiently improved, it could all but eliminate the need for pesticides, for instance. I've enjoyed the musings on battery powered tractors too. Totally feasible if they go autonomous.
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“We have to produce 30 percent more food on the same land area... without giant farm tractors... And without artificial fertilizer that i... stop deforestation... cut carbon emissions for food production by two-thirds... while reducing poverty levels and the loss of natural habitat, preventing freshwater depletion, and cutting pollution...
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Last time I was in Oregon I was a little kid.We went to the World's Fair in Seattle.
My whole high school senior class (all eleven!) took a trip to the Seattle World's Fair. I could have seen the Tokyo World's Fair on R&R if I'd extended my tour. I declined.

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Vman455 — Is the Earth not the center of the observable Universe? Are we alone?

Bucky Fuller talked about how people would go home to sleep in slums while the typewriters stayed in air-conditioned office buildings. Those huge skyscrapers dedicated to insurance companies and such could be gutted and repurposed.

Personally, I'm more in favor of flotillas of greenhouses in bays and estuaries. And geodesic fish farms floating in the open ocean.

Roboticized hydroponics.
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Is the World Fair the reason the Space Needle exists?

Do they even have World Fairs anymore? Seems like that used to be a big deal, but I've never been to one.
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Yes.

I wish I had seen and understood the Ford Pavilion, I didn't get into geodesic domes for another seven or eight years.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/35/b5...43c594bb31.jpg
The Space Needle shared the spotlight with the arches at the U.S.Science pavilion

They had a house with rotating circular sun-tracking/shading skylights:

A dozen or more blog-posts on the Fair: Mikkel's Hus: 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair Day 7
They had an elevator that carried 100 people, cable-car gondolas and the monorail.

Fairs were pretty much over by the 1970s or 80s. The Eiffel Tower from 1887 and the Space Needle from 1962 make nice bookends.
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You can easily reduce poverty levels if the definition of poverty is changed.
Kind of like like communist secret to happiness, kill everyone who is unhappy.
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Is the World Fair the reason the Space Needle exists?

Do they even have World Fairs anymore? Seems like that used to be a big deal, but I've never been to one.
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All worthy goals. I wish us good (F-ing) luck.

My whole high school senior class (all eleven!) took a trip to the Seattle World's Fair. I could have seen the Tokyo World's Fair on R&R if I'd extended my tour. I declined.

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Vman455 — Is the Earth not the center of the observable Universe? Are we alone?

Bucky Fuller talked about how people would go home to sleep in slums while the typewriters stayed in air-conditioned office buildings. Those huge skyscrapers dedicated to insurance companies and such could be gutted and repurposed.

Personally, I'm more in favor of flotillas of greenhouses in bays and estuaries. And geodesic fish farms floating in the open ocean.

Roboticized hydroponics.
That would be construed by the modern left as murder (yes, murder), since the underclass does the work of farming and they would be cut off to an income. The middle class would be similarly gutted, though I don’t see a simiarly charged murder outcry.

UBI would be the response.
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Vman455 — Is the Earth not the center of the observable Universe? Are we alone?
Your guess is as good as mine; I wasn't speaking to that part of the quote. But that bit of historical nonsense irks me, as much as it does whenever I hear the song "They All Laughed":

They all laughed at Christopher Columbus
When he said the world was round
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That would be construed by the modern left as murder (yes, murder), since the underclass does the work of farming and they would be cut off to an income.
Roboticized hydroponics?

That's like saying separating children from their traffickers is the first rung on the slippery slope to genocide.

The belief in a flat Earth was limited to mostly Europe for a limited time. A misinterpretation of the four corners mentioned in the Bible.

Where the modern interpretation of a disk under a dome came from I'm not sure, but I suspect James Blish's Cities in Flight.

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