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  1. How important are the (working) poor to our society?What do a cleaning lady, a supermarket cashier, a temporary worker and a hospital janitor have in common?They do jobs nobody wants to do.They buy and consume things nobody wants to buy and consume (second-hand clothes, low-quality food, used cars and electronics).They use services nobody else wants to use (watching soap operas on TV, spending holidays in motels and youth hostels).They allow society to spend money in an alturistic way without being outright beggars (by claiming state support and consuming surplus money).They occupy housing nobody wants to occupy.But wait, I know some middle-class or even rich people who do one or more of the afromentioned things. How can you say this?There are only few middle-class or rich people doing the above. And they all do this because of their personal beliefs. They wear cheap clothes because they deem them to be the most comfortable ones and use second-hand cars or buy used laptops because they want to do the environment a favor by decreasing production need. Poor and working poor people do the aforementioned things because they need to, having no other choices due to their low financial, cultural and social capital.While this may sound nonsensical, consider the fact that low-quality goods, jobs and services are not always created "on purpose" to target the poor but often as by-products of high-quality goods, jobs and services. Every pig carcass contains fatty or tough yet edible meat that can satisfy one's hunger. Every baker needs somebody to oil the oven. Every busy doctor, engineer or lawyer needs somebody to clean his home while he and his wife are working and the kids are in school. Everybody who wants to take a walk in the park needs somebody to collect the leaves. Every exclusive penthouse building has at least one crappy, small, oddly-shaped, damp and dark apartment nobody wants to have. Every good car becomes worthless after ten or twenty years, still working and driving swiftly and reliably but showing honorable scratches and indentations. Every famous screenwriter will start his career producing proletarian plays.While universities are becoming more and more cramped, vocational schools training for lowly-paid, repetitive, "ordinary" jobs are being closed due to lack of interest.As long as robots will not replace menial jobs and replicators will not allow everybody to magically materialize every desired item or food, the problem will persist. The poor have no other choice than to mitigate its implications by consuming what others might consider waste - in contrast, many academics rather stay unemployed for years than taking up simple jobs and gourmets go hungry for a day instead of eating fast food. It's all a question of personal mindset and values, of hereditary factors and upbringing.The middle class is expanding in some countries. In short metaphorical form: servants are now demanding servants by themselves. Fewer and fewer people are there to serve more and more people.It might sound inhumane, capitalist and ignorant, but the poor, and especially the working poor are and have always been the backbone of our society. They are not the waste of the society but the cleaners and janitors of the society, taking care of its waste.In my opinion, not only the theory that the middle class must expand indefinitely, ultimately absorbing the lower classes is wrong but also the downfall of the middle class in countries like America is a natural symptom of its oversize.What do you think? Please discuss in a civil and polite way.
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    Lunar Eclipse right now

    Seeing that there is no such thread yet, I have given myself the liberty to create one destined for the discussion of the Lunar Eclipse scheduled for today. If you want to check whether you will see it go to this link:
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    TR-3B patent

    A guy named John St. Clair filed this patent for a triangular, electrostatically powered aircraft that is eerily similar to the TR-3B used by the US Armed Forces, 14 years ago. Abstract: A spacecraft having a triangular hull with vertical electrostatic line charges on each corner that produce a horizontal electric field parallel to the sides of the hull. This field, interacting with a plane wave emitted by antennas on the side of the hull, generates a force per volume combining both lift and propulsion. What do you think?
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    The possible future American "space force"

    The United States of America already have a "space force". The existence of vessels like the TR-3B or the Solar Warden Program is an open secret by now. The only thing that prevents full, official disclosure are the propulsion systems. It would make the oil corporations angry. TR-3B patent:
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    What is your worst successful launch?

    A fellow veteran! My most embarassing launches from the old era? Well...I forgot parachutes on numerous occasions. Imagine returning from a successful Mun mission, realizing that your crew is doomed, about to crash. More-or-less embarassing are also my attempts at building laterally-symmetrical spaceplanes in the VAB (there was no SPH back then). BTW: SAS used to be a simple torque-applying stabilizer module back then; ASAS (usually added by means of the MechJeb mod) could follow simple orders like "prograde" or "retrograde".
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    Libretto for a KSP-themed opera

    You think so? Okay. But this was unintended.
  7. Hello. The request I am making is simple: to transfer cockpit props (both stock and RPM/ALCOR ones) into part format, e.g. make them placeable in editor and to create functioning placeable RPM GUI's. This would be nice for making custom cockpits and bridges. Can anybody help?
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    Libretto for a KSP-themed opera

    As some of you might know, myself and another user of this forum are desiring to compose a Kerbal Space Program-themed opera. I have written up a libretto proposal and request feedback on the story and ideas on its musical realization. Table of Characters: Jebediah Kerman, Bill Kerman, Bob Kerman - Tenors Wehrner von Kerman, Gene Kerman - Basses Mission Control choirs Alien choirs Conspect: Act I: The few peaceful days on Kerbin between two missions. Slightly drunken Jeb, Bill and Bob, already in their fourties/fifties, are having a night walk through KSC, remembering the heroic days of the first advancements of the Kerbal Space Program. They are due to conduct a routine flight to the Mun the next day. Suddenly, Gene Kerman appears with happy news: a Jool probe has found an anomaly on Vall. The trio agrees to partake in the mission, seeing it as reminiscent of the old times. Wehrner and Gene warn them throughoutly of the fact that the ship they will be flying in is untested and there is only a limited possibility of return to Kerbin. The warnings are ignored, and the brave Kerbonauts board their rocket as a triumphal farewell march plays. The music is calm, concentrating on woodwinds and strings in the beginning, becoming more and more dramatic towards the end of the act as percussion and brass sets in. I wonder how a rocket launch can be pictured by an orchestra... Act II: The long flight to Jool. The trio spends the time recalling their youths once again and maintaining the spaceship. They speculate about the nature of the anomaly. Everything is normal and boring in the beginning. One night, Jeb has a dream. He dreams of alien choirs welcoming Kerbalkind into the greater community of the Galaxy, starting a new age of peace and prosperity for the race. The hymns are suddenly interrupted by a great explosion - Jeb awakens and realizes that a meteorite has hit the module Bill and Bob were working in during his own sleeping shift, killing them both. The communication antenna is also destroyed - funeral choirs in the background symbolize Mission Control, which declares that the ship is lost. Jeb breaks down morally, knowing that he will not be able to return to Kerbin. He cries out in a dramatic aria, longing for his home planet and his mother. Jool and his moons appear in the window, and Jebediah understands that the mission can still be completed, that there is still the possibility of landing at the designated site on Vall and finding out its secret. Jeb inspects the lander and retreats to the bridge of the ship to do the last calculations and write the autopilot program. Here, I picture that the music will have some "imperfections" in order to symbolize the claustrophobia and stress of a long interplanetary voyage. The meteorite collision could be pictured by a strong percussion impact, with chaotic, maybe even completely disharmonic music underlining the moments thereafter. Jeb's aria should be extremely sad, driving the listener to tears so that he can comprehend the Kerbal's pain. The finale could be happier, maybe a march again, but fatalist. Act III: The landing on Vall. Jeb bids farewell to his ship. Due to the impact-induced change in trajectory, the lander only has enough fuel for landing, not for takeoff and return; every chance of seeing home again is forfeited. Jebediah's soul is broken, the first signs of mental trauma set in as he begins singing of looking forward to seeing the aliens. His mourning for home wears off slowly and is replaced by the anticipation of the landing as the icy desert of Vall gets closer and closer. The lander touches down hardly, on the last drops of fuel, and Jeb sets a flag on the surface of the moon. Jool is watching over the scene like a fatherly figure, standing high in the sky. The stage lights should have taken on a green tone by now. Jeb begins to walk towards the presumed location of the anomaly. He finally enters Vallhenge, a magnificent formation. As Jeb's oxygen is already running out, he begins to hallucinate. For a moment, the brave explorer realizes that the creators of the anomaly are long-extinct - but suddenly, the alien choirs appear once again. The final climax comes. The "aliens" appear on stage; Jeb is lifted off and presumes that they are going to take him to their planet. In reality, they are angels who are going to bring his soul to Heaven, for the Kerbonaut is dead. The alien choirs merge with the Mission Control choirs, forming a last heroic elegy, louder and more magnificent that all prior music of the opera. The finale would end gradually, with the choirs slowly receding, a string chord symbolizing the real end. The music of the third act should synthetize the elements of the last two acts at first, then superseding them with a new tune that signifies Jeb's sacrifice. I would be happy if at least the finale of the third act included church organ as an instrument of adding boldness to the music. What do you think?
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    Anybody wants to compose a KSP-themed opera?

    I have recently been playing around with the idea of an opera set in the KSP universe. Is anybody else interested? If yes, we can draw out a rough libretto, maybe some of the most important verses. As I'm not a professional composer, anybody who is good in the field of music is welcome.
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    Help me design a alien/prometheus scenario

    There is a mod that turns Kerbals into Ponies, if I recall correctly. Perhaps you can speak to the owner about xenomorphs.
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    Implempting the Kerbal Space Center in Trainz: A New Era

    Hm...publishing by way of spacedock is a good idea.
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    Implempting the Kerbal Space Center in Trainz: A New Era

    I mean deciding on the countries and regions.
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    Implempting the Kerbal Space Center in Trainz: A New Era

    On ipad right now. Might do later this week. @Lo Var Lachland But how about making a map of Kerbin first?
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    Implempting the Kerbal Space Center in Trainz: A New Era

    @Lo Var Lachland YARNISH intersection comes with them. Also note that the country surrounding KSC uses rather american signs, while signs more similar to the Vienna Convention are used on the premises of the KSC - this is to cater for kerbonauts and scientists from other countries. KSC is a special administrative region under international jurisdiction with its own laws. BTW: How could the flag of KSC look?
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    Implempting the Kerbal Space Center in Trainz: A New Era

    @YNM Do you have any idea on how to get VAB/SPH/Building models?