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During acquisition, the US-based protagonist would pay no USA income taxes ($0.00) on the new valuable mass: Nickel-iron is not cash or otherwise negotiable. If the mass of nickel-iron is located on Earth, local property taxes may apply, but that's outside the scope of the question. If the protagonist instead received cash (or a negotiable instrument) for ...


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That is unknown ... Nuclear weapons have not been used in combat for almost 75 years. Their existence has loomed over geostrategic thinking, but nuclear strategy are all untested assumptions. Once upon a time, theorists wrote papers where widespread evacuation programs were seen as more significant than localized nuclear use. Others seem to have thought ...


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Shapeshifting One video will look like a hoax. Multiple videos might get some attention but being able to shapeshift means they keep looking for the wrong guy. If he looks like a hobo, he can dumpster dive as much as he likes and nobody will notice. He can be weird and unsociable and people will avoid him. His only real threat is people who like to ...


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Lets start with your vault, which will be kept closed at all times accept for entry and exit into the vault interior. The only way in or out is by two vault doors, neither of which can be opened at the same time (like an air lock) and both will be vacuume sealed when shut, creating an air gap between the bank, the antechamber, and the vault. Entry to the ...


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It's quite simple... If we assume that this superman is not human, or even of Terran origin regardless of however human he looks, this opens up a lot of possibilities... such as the composition of his bones. If this superman's bones were made from some strong, ductile substance, perhaps some sort of metal, his bones would not break except under stresses ...


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Given the number of lawyers, accountants, and politicians the protagonist could buy, I would expect taxes to be whatever the protagonist chooses.


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First to achieve Lunar/Space Colony. Say a multibillionaire sets his sights on space exploration. Before the slow engines of states achieve similar success, his country could be lauded SuperPower if they get first De FACTO ownership of celestial bodies. The logistical capabilities that accomplishment grants, the information available to them. And the ...


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Well, assuming Mind Control allows the villain to essentially say "now enter your PIN" without knowing the PIN, that would make any sort of electronic banking, such as an ATM or Internet banking absolutely a no-go. So we're now reduced to nothing but physical locations only. If not, then I guess the easiest solution is to just give everyone their own super ...


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One frequent scifi trope is enhancement of the adrenal system to amp up nerve conduction speed and lower reflex time. As someone who actually experiences a slow motion like effect when startled, I can attest to odd perception of time giving me more objective "cycles" to think about my reactions. Personally, this has happened during bicycle crashes and once ...


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There is no particular reason for the military to be involved. If he's doing anything illegal, then the police or federal agencies might be interested. Just videos online don't mean much these days unless laws are being broken. Too easy to fake anything, too many viral marketing campaigns for games, movies etc. If there are actual witnesses and injuries, ...


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People would be shocked by some of his behaviour and or appearance on occasion. He would probably be able to avoid detection to begin with if he was careful and knew what he was doing and was aware of his surroundings and how to behave. But some of his potentially outlandish behaviour might draw unwarranted attention. The military would not be involved at ...


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One “simple” change you can make to humans, is to rotate the brain in the skull so the visual cortex is located at the front, greatly shortening the optical nerve from ~300 mm (depth of adult human head+length of optic nerve from eye to optic chasm) to ~50 mm (the length of the optic nerve from the eye to the optic chasm) This will let you increase the ...


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