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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: January 25, 2022, 05:27:02 AM »
lol @ actually arguing that a bridge can have no weight restrictions. Incorrect.

Is this incorrect:
B Street Bridge weight limit removed

Yeah, poor communication from Joe there, telling us that we just need to remove weight restriction on bridges to solve our supply chain woes.

Is that the only thing he has said in regard to solving supply chain issues? He mentioned other stuff in your tweet alone and overarchingly, mentioned the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill which has a lot more in it about supply chain relief than just bridge weight limits.

I would say that it's also pretty funny that the leader of the nation thinks we need to fix bridge capacity when reading reports of empty store shelves and food shortages, but really it's pretty horrific.

I find that it's more likely that Biden is fulfilling his promise he made here of "I've done dumb things and I'll do dumb things again"

Nice pivot.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: January 25, 2022, 05:03:03 AM »
So he thinks that a bridge can be upgraded to have no weight restrictions in the tweet I posted? Sounds pretty idiotic to me.

This what happens when you elect a senile old president who plagiarized coursework in law school, managing to graduate at the bottom of his class.

Apparently, idiocy is reserved for your tweet. Removing/having no weight restrictions for bridges is actually a legitimate thing. From Oregon:

B Street Bridge weight limit removed

B Street Bridge over Gales Creek is no longer weight limited. The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved removing the limit during its regular meeting today (June 1).

In late 2020, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recommended the weight limit restricting some commercial vehicles from using the bridge. ODOT recently completed a refined load rating analysis which indicated the weight limit is not needed.


WEIGHT LIMIT POSTING REMOVED FROM ROUTE 17 BRIDGE OVER CSX RAILROAD IN SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY

Structure repaired to carry all vehicle traffic, including heavier emergency response vehicles

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has removed the weight limit posting on the Route 17 (Mills Drive) bridge over the CSX railroad tracks in Spotsylvania County after repairs.



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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: January 25, 2022, 02:35:32 AM »
The idiot Joe Biden thinks that bridges shouldn't have weight restrictions. His idea to solve supply chain issues is to bypass the bridge weight restrictions put in place by the engineers who designed the bridge.



Cherry-picked and out of context, per usual. He’s referring to this:

Across our country right now, there are 45,000 bridges — 45,000 — that are in poor condition.  We’re seeing photos of some of them behind me in all 50 states.

And I’ve had a chance to see some of them myself as I’ve traveled the country.

I was up in New Hampshire. I visited a bridge where, if it’s not upgraded, weight restrictions could mean that school buses and fire trucks would have to travel an additional 10 miles out of their way to get to the other side of the river to deal with getting to school and/or putting out a fire.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2022/01/14/remarks-by-president-biden-on-the-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-4/

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: January 24, 2022, 10:31:03 PM »
Also, using proper records we can tell how many within 'x' age group are vaccinated. Or how many people with disabilities are vaccinated. Or aboriginal people etc

No one uses the total doses administered and then 'divides by 2' lol.

Well. One person does.
??? You need to learn how to read. I posted showing that was the way the 93% was arrived at. I was complaining that it's a dumb way to do it. Don't make out that's the way I endorse.

So you're complaining about how Reuters came up with their percent?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: FL GOP are homophobic crybabies
« on: January 24, 2022, 08:46:27 PM »
I wonder if Thork’s gay acquaintances, if they exist, which I’m pretty sure they don’t,
My brother is gay.

Who turned your brother gay?
I'm going to guess that my father dying and my going to uni left him with just his sister and mother as role models and it turned him a bit fruity. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Well, I suppose if, according to you, being gay is so horrible and one is simply turned gay, why doesn't he just turn to hetero? Seems like a simple solution.

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Flat Earth Theory / Re: Where is Google Maps wrong?
« on: January 24, 2022, 07:58:50 PM »
I'm not sure what you mean by "narrowest angle".
I'm very sorry to hear that. Have you considered learning basic optics before debating its nuances?

You wrote:

I'm not seeing any visual distortion.
Sigh, of course you'd choose the narrowest angle possible. I weep for you.

How would you know the composite panorama was shot with the "narrowest angle possible"?

This is what Chicago looks like when I've been there, with the naked eye. I'm not seeing any distortion in this panorama:

Then you have proven yourself to be an entirely unreliable witness, since you are confidently testifying to something that's impossible. As you are well aware, you can't map a curved image onto a flat plane without introducing some degree of distortion, and yet you claim no such distortion was introduced. Similarly, by your testimony, the last time you observed Chicago with the naked eye, the buildings were not standing upright, and all of them were measurably towards the centre of the image. I must say, I'm glad nobody lives in the Chicago you've imagined in your mind - they'd be in even worse a place than real Chicagoans!

And, once again, you failed to perform the relevant test. I don't care whether you think it looks distorted, or what your recollection of events is - the task is for you to compare two images. You're failing to observe the difference between the two images because you repeatedly choose not to observe one of the two images.

I'm still not seeing any "significant distortion" as you claim.



Are you saying that all panorama images are distorted?
Please, exercise the common courtesy of reading what I said before responding. If you don't even know what I said, you're horrendously unprepared to try and formulate a reasoned response.

You wrote:

That is, of course, with the important caveat that the shape of objects in panoramas is significantly distorted when compared to their "naked eye" appearance.

I didn't want to assume you meant all panoramas, giving you the benefit of the doubt. Because there are obviously panoramas that aren't "significantly distorted".

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: January 24, 2022, 07:11:20 PM »
~93% of Australians 16+ have had 2 doses
That data is so bent.

Here is how they get that number.
Quote from: https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/australia/
Australia has administered at least 47,889,638 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 94.4% of the country’s population.
94.4%. Its gone up since your source. Nice.

Lets check somewhere else ... say my home country.

Quote from: https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/united-kingdom/
United Kingdom has administered at least 137,140,907 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 102.6% of the country’s population.
102.6%? It is at this point you know your ~93% means absolutely nothing.

You realize those are just the total number of doses administered. You then have to break that total number down by 1st, 2nd, & 3rd doses administered:

UK Vaccinations



Vaccines are currently given in 3 doses.

- 52,236,574 people had been given a first dose by the end of 23 January 2022.

- 48,195,145 people had been given a second dose by the end of 23 January 2022.

- 36,941,059 people had been given a booster or third dose by the end of 23 January 2022.


Total does administered: 137,372,278

Hey, look at that! it's basically the same number you posted. Go figure.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: January 24, 2022, 05:29:04 AM »
Yep. So what?

If you don't have anything to contribute please refrain from posting.


Actually you should apply that to your post unless you meant it as simply a PSA, informing us all that another jab may be be necessary. That’s all you wrote, “Dr. Fauci says you may need to get a fourth jab soon.”

Great, thanks for the heads up though we’ve been hearing that for weeks.

But I’m glad to see you’ve turned the corner and are now kindly being informative and promoting the vaccines.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Britain's Pedo Prince
« on: January 24, 2022, 12:31:25 AM »
Yep, it seems that Prince Andrew is an arctophile.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: FL GOP are homophobic crybabies
« on: January 23, 2022, 09:53:03 PM »
I wonder if Thork’s gay acquaintances, if they exist, which I’m pretty sure they don’t,
My brother is gay.

Who turned your brother gay?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: January 23, 2022, 09:49:02 PM »

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Britain's Pedo Prince
« on: January 23, 2022, 08:36:36 PM »
What a weirdo.

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3163760/prince-andrew-threw-tantrum-if-his-teddy-bear-collection-was



I agree, weirdo. But what does this have to do with his alleged pedo-ism?

Even more insane, there's actually a word for this:

arctophile noun

arc·​to·​phile | \ ˈärk-tə-ˌfī(-ə)l  \
plural arctophiles
Definition of arctophile
: a person who likes or collects teddy bears

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Britain's Pedo Prince
« on: January 22, 2022, 11:22:02 PM »
I'm pretty sure he is insane. Remember the maniacs collecting beanie babies?

But are teddy bear collections a pedo thing?

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Fortuna's Epic DoorDash Adventure
« on: January 21, 2022, 10:05:49 PM »
Just stumbled upon this. Watch out for "Tip Baiting". In short, because customers can change the tip after a delivery, some people exploit that by initially putting in a big tip then taking it away after delivery.

Customers Have Been Using Tips As Bait For Faster Service, And This DoorDash Guy Revealed How Bad It Really Is

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If Trump's son then transitioned his career to artist and was selling artwork for hundreds of thousands of dollars while Trump was president you also would have no problem with it. People just really want to give him large amounts of money for beautiful artwork.  ::)

You only make money selling your artwork if someone is willing to buy it.

Nancy Pelosi made millions while in Congress and makes better returns on stock trades than Warren Buffet. I don't see lefties calling her corrupt. The criticism for that comes from the right, not the left. The left generally ignores it.

literal lol. it's genuinely adorable that you think this is true.

Here's an economist saying it - https://www.independent.org/aboutus/person_detail.asp?id=383

https://www.foxbusiness.com/kudlow/kudlow-nancy-pelosi-trading

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I'm extremely worried this evening over a 1% drop in the tech-heavy NASDAQ Index. Why this sudden concern? Because it may do great damage to Nancy Pelosi's almost perfect investment track record.

You may have read that one website has already nominated her as the 2021 Wall Street trader of the year. In fact, reading jacobinmag.com – which I'm told is a left-wing outfit – nonetheless, they have a fabulous story about Ms. Pelosi and her trading acumen.

The Gordon Gekko of the New York Stock Exchange. The oracle of Omaha is dead. Long live the Queen of Stocks.  According to reports, she and her husband Paul Pelosi have traded over $50 million in assets over the past year with annualized returns at 69% as of October, according to an estimate from the Nancy Pelosi portfolio tracker.

That's higher than Buffett, George Soros, Cathy Wood, and other star investors. Apparently, the Pelosi portfolio beat the S&P 500 by 4.9 percent in 2019 and a big 14.3 percent gain in 2020, according to an outfit called FinePrint. Ms. Pelosi is becoming a cult figure among stock investors.

I'll wait for you to find an economist who says otherwise.

Seems like best returns are a moving target, with the GOP currently in the lead...

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) did pretty well for himself in 2021, financially speaking. According to a new report from Unusual Whales, Crenshaw’s trading netted the fifth-highest rate of return among members of Congress, narrowly edging out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A total of 35 members of Congress got returns greater than the SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY), essentially meaning they beat the market.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 20, 2022, 10:03:08 PM »
Rudy seems to be in more trouble...I guess the intent was to stack pro-Trump electors into the States in contention so that if Pence somehow were to kick the certification votes back to the States on 1/6, they would have a majority pro-Trump vote.

As Giuliani coordinated plan for Trump electoral votes in states Biden won, some electors balked

On Dec. 14, 2020, the day of the electoral college vote, Republican electors convened in the capitals of five states that Joe Biden had won. They declared themselves “duly elected and qualified” and sent signed certificates to Washington purporting to affirm Donald Trump as the actual victor.

The Trump electors gathered in plain sight, assisted by campaign officials and Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said publicly that the rival slates were necessary and appropriate. Internally, Giuliani oversaw the effort, according to former campaign officials and party leaders who, like some others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. One of the people familiar with the plan said Giuliani was assisted at times by an anchor from the right-wing network One America News.

When the electoral college votes were cast, Trump’s allies claimed that sending rival slates to Washington echoed a move by Democrats in a close race in Hawaii six decades earlier. They said they were merely locking in electors to ensure they would be available if courts determined that Trump had won any of those states. Republican electors in two additional states, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, sent certificates, but those documents explicitly stated that they were to be considered only if the election results were upended.

In ways that were not publicly known until months later, however, the rival slates were leveraged as evidence in last-ditch efforts to give Vice President Mike Pence the ability to reject Biden’s victory when he presided over the electoral vote count in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Flat Earth Theory / Re: Where is Google Maps wrong?
« on: January 20, 2022, 07:54:08 PM »
I'm not seeing any visual distortion.
Sigh, of course you'd choose the narrowest angle possible. I weep for you.

I'm not sure what you mean by "narrowest angle".

But hey, let's roll with this. How have you determined whether this image appears distorted when referenced against a "naked eye" view of the scene? Pardon my cynicism, but I strongly suspect you haven't made the comparison at all.

This is what Chicago looks like when I've been there, with the naked eye. I'm not seeing any distortion in this panorama:



Are you saying that all panorama images are distorted?

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Fortuna's Epic DoorDash Adventure
« on: January 20, 2022, 04:15:17 AM »
All I can say is thanks for doing what you're doing. I know the primary objective is side-gig cash, but me for being in a big city and having such awesome delivery options with the likes of door dash, it's been a godsend. And all the dashers I meet are super nice and cool. I've had a few orders screwed up in the past year+ but I know to take it up with the restaurant and not with the dasher.

And I'm super glad to read that you guys are told upfront what you get for a gig. And not get penalized for passing.

I'm sure you'll have more stories from your quests. Keep 'em coming.

So far the funniest order was a lady who ordered a piece of pie and two eggs. She came out and was obviously high as a kite. And yeah, if you have disposable income it's a pretty great service. I used to order from them a lot too, which is what made me want to try out delivering.

When super baked, a piece of pie and a couple of eggs can be like a gastronomic adventure into parts unknown.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Fortuna's Epic DoorDash Adventure
« on: January 20, 2022, 03:39:06 AM »
All I can say is thanks for doing what you're doing. I know the primary objective is side-gig cash, but me for being in a big city and having such awesome delivery options with the likes of door dash, it's been a godsend. And all the dashers I meet are super nice and cool. I've had a few orders screwed up in the past year+ but I know to take it up with the restaurant and not with the dasher.

And I'm super glad to read that you guys are told upfront what you get for a gig. And not get penalized for passing.

I'm sure you'll have more stories from your quests. Keep 'em coming.

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Flat Earth Theory / Re: Where is Google Maps wrong?
« on: January 19, 2022, 06:25:36 PM »
That is, of course, with the important caveat that the shape of objects in panoramas is significantly distorted when compared to their "naked eye" appearance.

I suppose it depends on the panorama. Here's one:



I'm not seeing any visual distortion.

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