I want to ask the assembled experts a tough question.What kind of education is needed to boostrap the American economy?Should we graduate hordes of engineers like India and China? If so, I think…Continue
"What about yams (not sweet potatoes)? The yam of my imagination is a perennial with a big tuber that I can just let sit until/unless I ever need it, or propagate for more plants when I have time. I tried that with potatoes and it worked…"
"Daniel, thanks. You are describing a traditional garden but with an emphasis in seed longevity. I didn't think about that, it's a good point. You also reminded me about walking onions. I grew them one year.…"
"Forgot - the other essentials are cucurbits like squashes and melons. Pumpkins are the same species as squash, and are just big orange squashes, so those are included. Very productive, very nutritius, and seeds last around 5 years,…"
"Seeds that last several years for me -
tomatoes - I have had seeds last as long as 10 years. Easy to grow. Nutritious, good source of potassium.
Dry beans and green beans - seeds last at least 5 years. I'ved re-generated…"
"This came up on an entrepeneurship site that is not too superficial:
Future of Work: Utopia or Dystopia?
The author refers to this article in the Economist:
Basically flawedProponents of a basic income underestimate how disruptive it would…"
"I can't see the full NYT article, but I think it is true that rationality was invented by the ancient Greeks. Sometime between Homer and Plato, they got the idea of informing public actions with factual truth, rather than appealing to…"
"> the age of unskilled labor was coming to an end
Absolutely, unless we take a page out of Dune and outlaw machines that think.
> humans would do well to anticipate the coming of that day.
Do you have anything in mind? Do you…"
"At one time, our culture expected people to start businesses. We were a nation of shopkeepers. My grandfather Ladislaw took his apprenticeship in Prague, came here as a journeyman, and retired the proud owner of a shop in our town.…"
> The game is so rigged, over regulated and over taxed now that it is very nearly impossible for new small business or self employed tradesmen to make a successful start in the US.
I don't know about that. I've…"
I love gardening, but annuals are a lot of work. Most years I just plant a few tomato and pepper varieties that I can't get at the food store, and one nice sweet basil. I don't see the benefit of growing things I can buy cheap while times are good. But I'd like to ask the group to help me develop a list of emergency seeds. Say The Big One happens today. What could I plant to help feed my group fast? The criteria are:* easy to grow* fast to yield* nutritious* not worth the trouble when…See More
"As far as the topic goes, we have:
* public works projects
* more time off
* dirt pay for farmers unless they sell direct to localvore consumers at luxury prices
* no substitute for capital
Maybe I'm taking things too seriously, but that's…"
I first joined the Nexus as Andrew Wiggin in 2011. Then I got too busy to play for a few years. I took an assumed name for privacy and because my new software business had a couple of devout customers. That's less of a problem now. I still think this is a great venue for important conversations, and hope to be welcomed anew in my true identity.
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Hmm, depends which area of the political cloud ('spectrum' just doesn't do justice to the range of political positions, even when confined to one axis of the socio-economic graph) you're more likely to be advocating.