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Arts & Entertainment / Re: FES Book Club
« on: Today at 03:23:46 AM »
Havent read any spyshit since Ludlum after watching Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.

Been reading almost exclusively nordic noirs. Rankin and Nesbo being the best, but James Thompson is good, and I like Arnaldur Indridason, but that's probably just because I liked the fact that I'd been to so many of the spots in Iceland he mentions.

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Flat Earth Theory / Re: Apollo and Moon Orbits on FE
« on: September 16, 2021, 05:14:41 PM »
Yeah, there was a notable case of a guy from Norway getting arrested for trying on his own.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/102307/norwegian-arrested-after-antarctic-voyage

That's an interesting story actually. Lots to unpack there.

I might try looking into this a bit. Right now, the striking detail  (to me) is that the Norwegian was reportedly in search of the vessel that sank on his previous trip to McMurdo Bay, killing three.

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Flat Earth Theory / Re: Apollo and Moon Orbits on FE
« on: September 16, 2021, 03:32:43 PM »
Why do you think no one had been to Antarctica since Byrd? Has anyone been turned away from the ice wall while trying to reach the south pole?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Terrible Political Memes
« on: September 15, 2021, 02:04:25 AM »

Some grade A northoftheborder shit

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: September 14, 2021, 06:50:02 PM »
long unnecessary quote block
Please, for the sake of anyone who might actually agree with you someday, learn to use the quote function

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: September 13, 2021, 12:45:25 AM »
Almost lost to da bruns, but then paddy paddied.

Go hawks. Keep cooking, Russ

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 11, 2021, 09:12:09 PM »
Weird how the guy who bragged about getting the tallest building in the city after the towers fell isnt there today

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Flat Earth Investigations / Re: The ISS - Who Should I believe?
« on: September 02, 2021, 05:35:20 PM »
The ISS can stay above the earth by orbiting fast enough, just like a rock tied to the end of a string. If you spin it round and round fast enough, it won't fall to the ground.

Can you elaborate on that? Is Earth moving or stationary? How does that model work if the earth is moving through space? If I hold a rock and string above my head and spin it fast enough, itll absolutely stay put...but if I jump while doing that, I'm going to have a problem. What force is represented by the string?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Terrible Political Memes
« on: September 02, 2021, 12:52:23 AM »


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: September 01, 2021, 02:03:49 AM »
So now that a Democrat is in the oval office, Republicans are back to caring about how we/the president treat(s) the families of fallen soldiers?

I'm just trying to get a sense of where the goal posts sit before I decide if this is worth jumping into or not

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: August 31, 2021, 07:03:11 PM »
Not my Pres....

Here are the ways Joe B. is not your Pres:
1. You are not American.
[End of list]

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: August 30, 2021, 06:49:28 PM »
Should it be about children who love to rub hairy legs, Corn Pop, and ice cream trucks or children who love to rub hairy legs, Corn Pop, and ice cream trucks though? You should clarify before we get too far into things.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: August 30, 2021, 03:18:47 PM »
an apologist for everything Trump did.

What exactly did Trump do? I'd be interested to know the terrible things he did. Based on his actions and policies, I'd say he was a reasonably good president. I mean, he didn't surrender to the Taliban and leave £billions of military hardware in Afghanistan.
He freed 5000 Taliban, including their leader. He then upheld the deal he struck with them, even after multie breaches of the terms of said deal, allowing more and more Taliban to be released despite non compliance.

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He didn't read everything from a teleprompter and only take questions from pre-selected journalists. He knew what day of the week it was.
He didnt do a lot of reading, no... that's why his addresses were incoherent, rambling, improvised messes that left him slinging insults and mocking disabled people, or holding bibles upside down, or getting the names of countries wrong, or calling countries shitholes, or suggesting consumption of bleach, or using nuclear weapons to stop a hurricane, or calling racists 'very nice people's etc etc etc

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Tell me ... what was the terrible thing Trump did?

You mean aside from all the sexual assault allegations? Or was that just a rhetorical question?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: August 28, 2021, 11:10:59 AM »
Yeah, but...

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/taliban-afghanistan-biometric-databases-us-b1908312.html

This has the potential to go sideways quickly if they are able/willing to use it the wrong way

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: August 26, 2021, 01:12:25 PM »
I feel like that was supposed to sound ominous, but it's actually encouraging. I dont want to have to worry about preventable diseases like smallpox and mumps...

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The Taliban Won
« on: August 25, 2021, 10:57:22 PM »
Oh man, Trump would have been absolutely slaughtered in the MSM. Lots of that would have just been the Trump effect, but part of it would have an element of 'making your bed and being forced to lie in it'.

It is hard to think of ways Biden could have done worse with this file... but also easy to think of ways Trump('s transition team) could have made it less challenging for ol Joey No-Pulse to not botch completely (which he may have done any ways)...

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The Taliban Won
« on: August 25, 2021, 08:46:51 PM »
Agree on most counts, except where you say that Trump would have done a better job listening to his military commanders, but that's not quite here nor there.

Biden botched this, by being too ridgid and not delaying things, or supporting the operation in Kabul with more troops. Absolutely agree. But this was undoubtedly a failure 2 decades in the making and the more I read into things though, the more I see Trump setting this event up to fail.

The deal he struck with the Taliban was a head scratcher in the first place, but was understandable - Americans wanted out. What is striking me more and more is how many breaches of the terms of that deal there have been since it was signed, and the Taliban has suffered zero repercussions. If a deal is contingent upon a set of agreed upon rules, surely the breaking of those rules by one party should lead to reevaluation of the terms of the deal? Look at the timeline of American Military presence since the deal was signed, and compare it to Taliban-held territory and offensive strikes on regional governments/institutions. Why did this deal not get voided by the guy who prides himself on being the best at deals. Ever. Biggly.

By not addressing the inevitable shitshow this was shaping up to be, and completely underestimating the preparedness of the Taliban to seize control the instant the withdrawal created a vacuum, Biden has mud on his face and some blood on his hands. It's mostly for how badly this was handled at the start, as he's done much better in the last several days by presiding over the rapid development of a plan for the efficient evacuation of thousands if people from Kabul. Not enough to save face, but something I guess...

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: August 18, 2021, 05:42:53 PM »
Agreed. He inherited a mess, then shit the bed with the execution of this. Worth noting that even though something like (but not as bad as) this outcome was completely foreseeable, most other countries made a mess of this situation as well, leaving embassy guards, support staff, interpreters etc. to fend for themselves.

Ol' Sleepy Joe is in good (or bad) company with a lot of other world leaders currently wiping mud from their faces.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The Taliban Won
« on: August 17, 2021, 06:37:51 PM »
The Taliban only really emerged out of the Afghan civil war in the 90s following the power vacuum left in the wake the Soviet exit... what are you even talking about?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Terrible Political Memes
« on: August 16, 2021, 05:01:47 PM »


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