This is unprecedented! clearly the technology has been improving if they would even attempt this. Depending on delays, this could also be the first time anyone has ever attempted to take them up on the traditional mid-winter invitation.
But since they'll be there, will the Polies get any freshies to celebrate mid-winter?
Pride goeth before a fall ... so perhaps this open letter from Russians living in the U.S. can act as a corrective. I'm not about to claim that Russia is always the good guy, but judging Russia by domestic standards will miss a great deal - and something my father observed after living in Japan for several years and comparing the advantages and disadvantages there, was that a country is most competent at what it values.
This is why voting was originally restricted to property owners (which in an agricultural society was a proxy for responsible, productive citizens), and this is why we were warned that democracies always tear themselves apart in a violent end.
Don't know if you're familiar with this, but it's a good read:
And then there are the Catholics, who took a passage requiring priests to be married and made it into a passage forbidding plural marriage. Two birds with one stone, there.
Bernie Sanders would do the same thing here.
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That's a good thing, because the U.S government tends to lose wars.
I am beginning to think Andrew Jackson had the right idea. At the time, people hated the "spoils system", but if you completely wash out the entire bureaucracy every 4 to 8 years you will at least reduce the tendencies for ossification and lining nests.
Interested in history and humanity, including colonization (Antarctica, Seasteading), the future of humanity and the post-human world, technology, and just about everything. Except sports. Sports bore me.
The following is to allow people who know me to determine if I am the person they are looking for.
Alan R. Light, Alan Robert Light.
Born in Washington, D.C., in 1970, but grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and Waxhaw, North Carolina.
Graduated from Wheaton College in 1992.
Online since 1988. Participated in rec.arts.books on USENET in the 1990's.
Project Gutenberg volunteer, 1993-1999.
Interest in Antarctica since childhood. South Pole Station, 31 October 2007 to 4 February 2008. McMurdo Station, October 2007 and 16 February 2009 to 9 October 2009.
Since 6 July 1981, have lived within 50 miles of Charlotte, North Carolina more often than not.
U.S. Army National Guard 1988-1994 (IRR until 1996). South Carolina and Illinois National Guard. Radio Teletype Operator.
Was a DJ at a college radio station Senior year. Did a weekly show with World Music. Not to be confused with a famous New York DJ with same name.
Father's family is from Rolla, Missouri. His family had moved to Rolla from the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area in 1875. His mother was from Kansas.
Mother was born in Tucson, but grew up in Marana and Phoenix, Arizona; Arlington, Massachusetts; and the Washington, D.C. area. Her parents had moved to Arizona from Tennessee and West Virginia.