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Patent Examiner/ former Patent Attorney here: One day back at the firm, my managing partner called me into his office to let him know that someone had called him about filing a patent. This person had (sigh) been on a “vision quest” with a shaman, and taken hallucinogens which (sigh) caused him to travel forward in…

You do realize, sir, that this planet has happily killed 99% of all life on it several times over that history. And usually in situations eerily similar to this particular one. Allow me to spin a story if you will. The details are an amalgam of things I’ve learned and picked up over the years... and while the dates…

I had this problem with my wife. I finally told her that if I'm not making eye contact, I most likely will not remember whatever she told me. After a couple more miss understandings where my reply was "Was I making eye contact?, No? I rest my case." She got the hang of it. Now the problem is she wants eye contact on…

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Gold has been functionally useless for eons. Only through the quirks of its position on the periodic table was it able to gain its mythical status. And it has just been recently that we've been able to utilize its unique anti-corrosion and conductive properties for purposes other than lying around and looking shiny.

Well, they had to do SOMETHING! I mean, the USSR had been gone for more than a decade, China simply wasn't behaving in a militarily aggressive way, and no one took the threat of Iran or North Korea seriously (more or less rightly). Military spending was in decline and it was increasingly hard to justify keeping it…