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Seems legit, not like the Russian reported numbers would give anyone pause...

Results reported Tuesday by Russian state media allegedly showed over 98% voting in favor of the measure in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics; while 93% voted for it in the Zaporizhzhia region and 87% in the Kherson region.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: $$$ inflation $$$ Say it ain't so Joe
« on: September 27, 2022, 09:41:20 PM »
I'm not so sure that taking financial advice from J-Man is the wisest thing to do...

I was crazy enough to purchase @ $34900 two days later 41500.

Fiat is dead, gold/silver is manipulated...Crypto seems the answer to beat the bank printing.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: $$$ inflation $$$ Say it ain't so Joe
« on: September 26, 2022, 03:40:13 AM »
Rama, the dollar is NOT anything but a private banks fiat currency. They are called the Federal Reserve Bank.

What's the difference between $ and BTC?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: $$$ inflation $$$ Say it ain't so Joe
« on: September 25, 2022, 06:56:42 AM »
Could have something to do with how you define a nation-state.

How do you define a nation-state?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: $$$ inflation $$$ Say it ain't so Joe
« on: September 25, 2022, 01:18:14 AM »
That should give you a clue as to why nation-states cannot exist with unfunded liabilities.

I think Social Security and Medicare have unfunded liabilities yet the US is still a nation-state. How does that work if nation-states can't exist with unfunded liabilities?

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Girls?

So your argument is that the the one little black girl posted is a racist conservative snowflake then?

This shows that your view is terribly inaccurate. People disliking the changes to the Little Mermaid has nothing to do with conservatism or expressing inherent racism against black people.

Nope. Just questioning why you pluralized 'girl' when there is only 1 'girl' in the video regardless of the content of the vid.

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My favorite part from the article:

"This was reported on one of the Telegram channels."

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Girls?

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Flat Earth Investigations / Re: ISS Photo From The Ground
« on: September 21, 2022, 07:08:20 PM »
He didn't just post a random uncredited picture he found
But he did exactly that. He posted an image with no source (other than imgur, I guess) and made a bunch of empty assertions about it. That you mistake these assertions for a citation is very telling.

Yes, very sloppy of me, I should have cited the image. Here's the proof, evidence I think you're looking for, from Discovery Magazine:

ISS and Atlantis seen in broad daylight!

This is pretty amazing: on Sunday, July 17, amateur astronomer Scott Ferguson was able to get video of the Orbiter Atlantis docked to the International Space Station when they passed overhead in broad daylight!

The still I posted was a screengrab from Mr. Ferguson's video:



You really shouldn't post up stuff like that. Soooo photo shop BS

Anybody who is anyone would know that you wouldn't use photoshop to fake that video. More like AE.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The Queen
« on: September 20, 2022, 07:37:39 PM »
First Lady Jill Biden was also seated directly next to Ignazio Cassis, the president of Switzerland.

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Flat Earth Theory / Re: Evidence of the firmament
« on: September 19, 2022, 04:48:54 PM »
The height of the tropopause depends on the location, notably the latitude, as shown in the figure on the right (which shows annual mean conditions). It also depends on the season (1, 2). Thus, it is about 16 km high over Australia at year-end, and between 12 - 16 km at midyear, being lower at the higher latitudes. At latitudes above 60� , the tropopause is less than 9 -10 km above sea level; the lowest is less than 8 km high, above Antarctica and above Siberia and northern Canada in winter. The highest average tropopause is over the oceanic warm pool of the western equatorial Pacific, about 17.5 km high, and over Southeast Asia, during the summer monsoon, the tropopause occasionally peaks above 18 km. In other words, cold conditions lead to a lower tropopause, obviously because of less convection.

Deep convection (thunderstorms) in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, or over mid-latitude continents in summer, continuously push the tropopause upwards and as such deepen the troposphere. This is because thunderstorms mix the tropospheric air at a moist adiabatic lapse rate. In the upper troposphere, this lapse rate is essentially the same as the dry adiabatic rate of 10K/km. So a deepening by 1 km reduces the tropopause temperature by 10K. Therefore, in areas where (or at times when) the tropopause is exceptionally high, the tropopause temperature is also very low, sometimes below -80� C. Such low temperatures are not found anywhere else in the Earth's atmosphere, at any level, except in the winter stratosphere over Antarctica.

On the other hand, colder regions have a lower tropopause, obviously because convective overturning is limited there, due to the negative radiation balance at the surface. In fact, convection is very rare in polar regions; most of the tropospheric mixing at middle and high latitudes is forced by frontal systems in which uplift is forced rather than spontaneous (convective). This explains the paradox that tropopause temperatures are lowest where the surface temperatures are highest
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http://www-das.uwyo.edu/~geerts/cwx/notes/chap01/tropo.html



Between the troposphere and stratosphere is the tropopause border that demarcates the beginning of the temperature inversion. Near the equator, the lower edge of the stratosphere is as high as 20 km (66,000 ft; 12 mi), at midlatitudes around 10 km (33,000 ft; 6.2 mi), and at the poles about 7 km (23,000 ft; 4.3 mi).[4] Temperatures range from an average of −51 °C (−60 °F; 220 K) near the tropopause to an average of −15 °C (5.0 °F; 260 K) near the mesosphere.[5] Stratospheric temperatures also vary within the stratosphere as the seasons change, reaching particularly low temperatures in the polar night (winter)


This image shows the temperature trend in the lower stratosphere as measured by a series of satellite-based instruments
between January 1979 and December 2005. The lower stratosphere is centered around 18 kilometers above Earth's surface.
The stratosphere image is dominated by blues and greens, which indicates a cooling over time.[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratosphere

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Terrible Political Memes
« on: September 15, 2022, 03:19:49 AM »

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 14, 2022, 05:01:31 PM »
The FBI recently seized the Pillow Guy's phone.

I'm not surprised.

Can you imagine working for MyPillow and watching the owner drag the whole company's reputation and sales prospects down like that?

December, 2021:

Lindell’s crusade to make changes to the election system has weighed on his company’s revenue, he said. MyPillow lost $80 million in sales after retailers pulled his products off the shelves over his election claims, Lindell said.

And in June of this year, Walmart pulled the pillows...

According to Lindell, the move will mean a total loss of around $100 million in wholesale sales for MyPillow.

If anyone is still interested, though not on store shelves anymore, you can still get his pillows at .com.


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Flat Earth Investigations / Re: The Blatant Lies of National Geographic
« on: September 14, 2022, 04:51:37 PM »
And as far as the ship video is concerned, how large a wake do you propose a cruise ship would make?

Apparently, not that big...


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 10, 2022, 10:03:30 PM »
Law firms tend not to cater to the very poor anyway and it is reasonable to believe that they are catering to the people who are more likely to pay their legal bills.

It is reasonable to believe that getting paid may not be likely...From your article:
Some of Trump’s former attorneys have accused him of not fully paying them for their services.

Perhaps that's why his best, Christopher Krise, quit his law firm:
He previously worked for the law firm Foley & Lardner.

His profile page on the firm's website has since been removed. An unnamed source at the firm confirmed to Reuters that Kise, formerly a partner at the Tallahassee office, withdrew from the firm.


Trump's former all-stars haven't faired very well. Not only did all of their stop-the-steal filings get tossed (wasn't it like 60 something 'release the Kraken' attempts...The Kraken apparently drowned in hair dye), but Rudy Giuliani's law license was suspended in New York and Washington, D.C. & the Texas State Bar alleges Sidney Powell committed professional misconduct with election lawsuits — Disbarment afoot? All ethics violations are pending.

Not to mention the suits brought forth against them by Dominion Voting Systems.

At least Jenna Ellis got a gig at failing Newsmax - However, the outlet isn't fairing very well either:

Newsmax Media Inc.’s effort in court to portray its coverage of the 2020 presidential election as fair and balanced was picked apart by a Delaware judge who ruled the conservative news outlet must face a $1.6 billion defamation suit filed by Dominion Voting Systems Inc.

Let's just hope that Trump's new cadre of legal eagles will fair better. He sure knows how to pick'em. Maybe the Pillow Guy can pitch in and help.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 10, 2022, 06:34:37 PM »
Well at least he has this guy:

One of his attorneys works at a firm that lists one of its specialties as RV law.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 10, 2022, 03:25:13 PM »
Here's another high profile lawyer who I'm sure would take up Trump's case:


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Flat Earth Investigations / Re: The Blatant Lies of National Geographic
« on: September 09, 2022, 09:20:36 PM »
If I were to play apologist for NatGeo here, I'd guess they are counting the white stripes as stripes. Stripes can be white, too, after all. So they are counting all of the white on the bottom, plus half of the red stripe. Doesn't excuse the fact that you can you can clearly see the horizon behind the boat which runs counter to what they are claiming to show here, but I have a feeling that's where they are getting the "one and a half stripes" from.

Funny, this didn't even occur to me. I was too fixated on the colors, not the white stripes. So yeah, if this is the case, the guy's statement kinda makes sense now.
I mean, it's an extremely generous interpretation of their words, I am by no means trying to stand in their corner and champion that video as a paragon of excellence in science communication, but I think it might still be a fair interpretation. They need to be better though.

I agree all around. A craptastic "experiment" at best - A bobbing dinghy, stripes smeared on a bedsheet, and basically 2 miles distance (3 miles was hard to see apparently...)

They did another experiment at the same time that Nat Geo didn't show. Something with balloons. But I couldn't be bothered to even look at it thoroughly considering how lame the boat thing was.

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Flat Earth Investigations / Re: The Blatant Lies of National Geographic
« on: September 09, 2022, 06:24:14 PM »
If I were to play apologist for NatGeo here, I'd guess they are counting the white stripes as stripes. Stripes can be white, too, after all. So they are counting all of the white on the bottom, plus half of the red stripe. Doesn't excuse the fact that you can you can clearly see the horizon behind the boat which runs counter to what they are claiming to show here, but I have a feeling that's where they are getting the "one and a half stripes" from.

Funny, this didn't even occur to me. I was too fixated on the colors, not the white stripes. So yeah, if this is the case, the guy's statement kinda makes sense now.

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Flat Earth Investigations / Re: The Blatant Lies of National Geographic
« on: September 08, 2022, 08:31:53 PM »
Yeah, that was a pretty lousy test. I'm not sure why that guy said in the Nat Geo video, "One and half stripes missing..." but from the CFI video (The folks who performed the test for Nat Geo, says at around 5:15:

"We did lose the majority of one stripe..."
But even in that screenshot it looks like the horizon is behind the boat.
It is a complete mess, nothing wrong with the principle of what they did but they've documented it really poorly and if one and a half stripes did disappear when the boat was further away they've shown the wrong screenshot.

Yeah, I agree, terrible "experiment". I was just speaking to what was up with that guy saying 1.5 stripes missing in the Nat Geo vid. Obviously not.

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