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    do I have anybody in Washington state following me? get yer primary ballots turned in today [www.thestranger.com]
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      btw, the basic claim of anthropogenic warming as a factor in the crumbling of civilization around Syria was in the wind at least as early as 2014...saw it claimed in a documentary but can't find that thing on youtube.
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        @johngordon did Malthus ever assume climate failure? Granted he did not know how much food we would learn to squeeze out of the arable acres but...things are going to happen faster now after a long pause for his predictions.
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          @johngordon just based on the aging statistics, not any cholesterol problem, my doc is urging "prophylactic" statins. I am researching before I say yes.
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            @johngordon that was what broke Travis Roy's neck playing hockey at B.U. @clarkgoble
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              @johngordon wow, a cold remedy ingredient does that!
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                @jnm what my rabbi said some times: We don't care what you believe, you hardly know yourself just what you "believe". We care what you do.
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                  @johngordon I read McLuhan at an impressionable age so I have not trusted the effects of new media on minds that are little evolved since the advent of agriculture.
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                    And Cohen is right in damning the likes of Roger Ailes for midwifing a collective shirking of empathy and fact...but how is it so many of us are so easily relieved of the burden of civic awareness that has always been the cost of stable healthy society?
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                      @johngordon To me, this indicts the erosion of public education, a former rich "commons" the US provided itself. I don't know what is wrong with us that we actually want to slip from knowledge back into the darkness of tribal and unchallenged believing.
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                        @johngordon wow. they miss some big problems and potentially helpful things.
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                          @clarkgoble I can't believe the claimed frequency of updates. I do most of my land buying and site planning with heavy use of Google satellite imagery and find it woefully late, years late, in reporting changes that I verify on foot.
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                            @indigo @jeremycherfas The politics are decaying in UK and USA, the weather is going to hell nearly everywhere. But Canada dumped a corporation captive PM for Trudeau and may be the last habitable spot where some English is still spoken [www.google.com].
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                              @mattgemmell had to click thru and see ad. I still have PTSD [post-technology stress disorder] from my years of converting Ada coded systems to Java. Like seeing the name rehabilitated.
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                                @johngordon do you know if the behavior matches the brief spate of saying NO to everything in a more typical development, e.g. "terrible twos". I like to think we as a society [not speaking for affected parents] see development delayed as devlpmnt denied.
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                                  @johngordon we in the US may think we kicked the British out in 1779, but we ARE the British, right down to the corrupted democracy, confused voters and lapsing empire.
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                                    @johngordon way more questions than answers there. "productivity" is calculated from the measurable economy but several forces wring families out of the economy. Does "productivity" include selling your flatscreen on e-bay or your car on craigslist?
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                                      @johngordon now I worry whether I am or ever have been a "stupid". Have a link to Summers' essay?
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                                        @johngordon I think an old worry is now bearing fruit: Creativity and pulling in ideas from barely related contexts [still difficult for AIs] will offer the job opportunities of the future but for far fewer of us. The social aspects of work will warp.
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                                          @johngordon And if employment is being altered so radically, so must retirement change? That is where I am at these days.