ledfrisby t1_je4kct1 wrote

I don't know if we can look at China as the future model of anything for developed countries. The country has a unique modern history, going from Maoist revolution, to starvation, to reform, to historically unprecedented economic growth, to a global superpower, where they are today. I don't see how the world view of the Chinese people and the CCP, shaped by these events, is in any way predictive of the rest of the world. The only common thread is what seems at times like a general slide towards authoritarianism, but that trend would have to continue for a long time, without the pendulum swinging back the other way, for Western democracies to take such steps.


ledfrisby t1_jcw21ew wrote

Little known fact: the Moon is actually much smaller than Mars. It just looks bigger because it's so much closer. This is known as an optical illusion.

~The more you know~


ledfrisby t1_j59eu8j wrote

> Arrested on 16 February 1972, Nagata was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for her participation in the killings. While awaiting execution, Nagata died from brain cancer on 5 February 2011 at the Tokyo Detention House.

You know when there's something at the bottom of your to-do list, and you just keep putting it off? Like, are really really long time? It's kind of like that, but with executing a murderous terrorist.


ledfrisby t1_ivy08x3 wrote

5 years: Global thermonuclear war, complete armageddon, near extinction of the human race

10 years: Survivors will have collected together, at first into small tribal communities, but later into large kingdoms. Technology from the before times is highly valued, studied, and eventually replicated.

15 years: Flying cars