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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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Flat Earth Investigations / Re: The Blatant Lies of National Geographic
« on: September 08, 2022, 07:50:53 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..."



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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: September 06, 2022, 08:41:53 PM »
Actually NO, Trump won by the landslide. The proof now is floating in and forming. Many will go to jail now and the majority will not seat Biden as President now. Big Fraud with Dominion and other countries with internet hooked machines.

How many have been jailed?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: September 06, 2022, 07:01:56 PM »
I don't get it. What does Biden have to do with the EU not getting oil/nat gas from Russia this winter?

Stick with your science BS as Puttie freezes your kester. Leave foreign policy to NATO forces and the Pedo man.

I still don't get it. What does Biden and/or science BS have to do with the EU not getting oil/nat gas from Russia this winter?

Try to follow the bouncing ball. According to this NATO has been in Ukraine since 2014 and to start a civil war with Russia in Donbass. Bingo.

In April 2014, demonstrations by pro-Russian groups in the Donbas escalated into a war between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk republics, backed by Russian political and special-forces personnel and deniable military advisors.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: September 06, 2022, 06:14:16 PM »
I don't get it. What does Biden have to do with the EU not getting oil/nat gas from Russia this winter?

Stick with your science BS as Puttie freezes your kester. Leave foreign policy to NATO forces and the Pedo man.

I still don't get it. What does Biden and/or science BS have to do with the EU not getting oil/nat gas from Russia this winter?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: September 06, 2022, 03:08:44 AM »
I don't get it. What does Biden have to do with the EU not getting oil/nat gas from Russia this winter?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: September 05, 2022, 08:10:43 PM »
The problem isn't now.
The problem is in 20 years when its 200 million EVs.

Same issue at the turn of the last century, the advent of electricity in general, proliferation of electric light. We'll stumble to make it work like we always have.

Here's california, live grid usage.
https://www.caiso.com/TodaysOutlook/Pages/default.aspx

It actually hits capacity around 6pm.
Which is whwn people start plugging in EVs to charge.

I've never seen that link, thx.

8/22:
California already has the largest zero-emission car market in the country, with more than 1.13 million plug-in vehicles registered across the state. Nationally there are about 2.64 million. That means California accounts for 43% of the nation's plug-in cars.

CA:
12.5%
New Plug-in Electric Car Share - 2021


Apparently, here's what might be what we need to do infrastructure-wise:

Scott Painter is the CEO and founder of Autonomy, an electric vehicle subscription app. He says expanding DC charging stations will help because they are battery-powered and charge a vehicle in minutes.

"So when you go and charge at a DC fast-charging station you are not putting load on the grid so that's going to be by far the most responsible way for EV owners to lighten the load on the grid," said Painter.

The California legislature has made it a goal to have 10,000 DC fast charging stations across the state by 2025.


CA will most likely screw up the plan.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: September 05, 2022, 02:34:33 AM »
Having alot of EVs at once is a big power need and will cause issues if the grid isn't ready.

Key phrase is "all at once".

From a car and driver report (August 2022):

Currently, it's estimated that around 1 percent of the 250 million cars, SUVs, and light-duty trucks on American roads are electric. However, while it's difficult to estimate future sales, an analysis by IHS Markit projects that 25–30 percent of new car sales could be electric by 2030 and then 40–45 percent by 2035. Using the rates for those projections, Reuters estimates that by 2050 more than half of the vehicles on U.S. roads could be EVs.

And utilities are fairly profitable, from Investopedia:

The utilities industry ranks highly in terms of margin metrics. The average net profit margin in the sector was nearly 10% in the first quarter of 2022 and for the trailing 12 months (TTM) was almost 11%.

Looks like the grid will have to expand in line with usage over time, like it's always done successfully (and unsuccessfully). And we need to incrementally get our grid shit together over the next 30 years.

Granted, EV sales are kind of currently rocketing upward, but as it stands today in 2022, at a 1% share of vehicles, I'd say EV's are a net zero burden on the current grid.

As an aside, if anyone really wants to get freaked out by resource burdens/constraints, EV's impact on the grid issues are minuscule in comparison to the biggy: Water. I have a close friend who is the director of a major metro municipal water dept in the US. S/he goes around the country and the world in fact giving talks regarding the system, resources, treatment, conservation, etc. as it's considered one of the best around. To hear him/her talk about the water issues we're facing in the next 25 years, not just globally, but in the US too, sends shivers down your spine.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 04, 2022, 10:59:20 PM »
All of those US codes are meaningless and demonstrate the entire story is just news fluff, just like the Russia, Russia, Russia crapola.

What makes them meaningless? Because you somehow have the authority to deem US statutes, codes, & regulations meaningless? That's quite the awesome power you solely wield. Tell us more about your supreme level of authority.
They're meaningless as applies to any of these documents. If you bothered to read them, you would know.

You won't admit it because "OMB" and TDS, but they're as worthless as this entire news story.

How exactly are they meaningless as applied to the documents? All you're saying is that they are irrelevant without providing any basis as to why they are irrelevant. Somehow the DOJ seems to disagree with you. Shocking.

Amazing how the "rule of law" you folks incessantly tout seems to only apply where you want it to.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 04, 2022, 07:59:33 PM »
All of those US codes are meaningless and demonstrate the entire story is just news fluff, just like the Russia, Russia, Russia crapola.

What makes them meaningless? Because you somehow have the authority to deem US statutes, codes, & regulations meaningless? That's quite the awesome power you solely wield. Tell us more about your supreme level of authority.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 04, 2022, 05:54:02 AM »
"On political corruption, we are going to restore honor to our government, '' Trump said in August 2016. "In my administration, I'm going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information. No one will be above the law."

"One of the first things we must do is to enforce all classification rules and to enforce all laws relating to the handling of classified information," he said in September 2016.
Speaking in July of that year, Trump said Clinton's mishandling "disqualifies" her from public service.

"Any government employee who engaged in this kind of behavior would be barred from handling classified information," Trump said. "Again, that alone disqualifies her."

"That is the most confidential stuff," Trump said. "Classified. That's classified. You go to prison when you release stuff like that."

"He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted," one Trump tweet in April 2018 said, with another saying Comey should be in jail.


And on, and on, and on.

But yeah, you can't really go to jail for being a hypocrite. Like everything else, I agree, he'll slither out of this, a few patsies will take the fall and we'll be back to business as usual with a run-up to his 2024 nomination.

All of those quotes are dependent of of these materials being classified and the something improper being done here. Those materials may not be classified.

That's rich. When it comes to the likes of Trump you're all "Innocent until proven guilty...", but when it comes to anyone left leaning it's "Guilty until proven innocent..."

How is that stop the steal working out for you? All of those dastardly democrats guilty of rigging an election, right?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 04, 2022, 01:38:18 AM »
"On political corruption, we are going to restore honor to our government, '' Trump said in August 2016. "In my administration, I'm going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information. No one will be above the law."

"One of the first things we must do is to enforce all classification rules and to enforce all laws relating to the handling of classified information," he said in September 2016.
Speaking in July of that year, Trump said Clinton's mishandling "disqualifies" her from public service.

"Any government employee who engaged in this kind of behavior would be barred from handling classified information," Trump said. "Again, that alone disqualifies her."

"That is the most confidential stuff," Trump said. "Classified. That's classified. You go to prison when you release stuff like that."

"He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted," one Trump tweet in April 2018 said, with another saying Comey should be in jail.


And on, and on, and on.

But yeah, you can't really go to jail for being a hypocrite. Like everything else, I agree, he'll slither out of this, a few patsies will take the fall and we'll be back to business as usual with a run-up to his 2024 nomination.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: September 03, 2022, 01:32:44 AM »
There's a very obvious reason why California now sees routine rolling blackouts and imports more electricity than any other state in the nation.

California hasn't had rolling blackouts due to surge use in forever. Like back in the early naughts. There were multiple factors; deregulation in the late 90's, critical infrastructure updates weren't done due to cost, Pac Northwest hydro imports were pulled back and so on. Complicated as always. So there's been no "routine" in a long time. But I do remember them well. They sucked.

California does have blackouts every now and again. But they are localized to the areas where something went wrong. Not like the old rolling blackouts that hit the whole State. Most today are due to actual physical interruptions in service from things like wildfires, lines cut, etc. Not routine rolling, semi-planned or planned, blackouts, aka, 'brownouts'.

As far as CA importing the most, true, and by a lot:



But it's complicated when you look at the net import v export. CA doesn't make the top 5. I mean, what's going on with Mass & Maryland...


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 01, 2022, 06:03:08 PM »
I guess I'm about a week behind. So when Trump said that the FBI planted confidential documents he's now arguing they didn't?

New Trump filing undercuts two pillars of his public defense

Ever since the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago early last month, former president Donald Trump and his most faithful allies have downplayed the severity of his suspected offenses by 1) baselessly suggesting that the FBI might have planted documents and, alternatively, 2) arguing that he had somehow declassified the documents.
In its most substantial filing responding to the government’s claims, though, Trump’s legal team Wednesday night offered a very different argument — one that undercut both of those evidence-free claims.



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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: August 27, 2022, 01:50:07 AM »
"...unproperly..." States the guy responsible for filing an affidavit with the court, relative to searching for sensitive classified national defense material....

BWHAHAHAHA!!!!

It was the RUSSIANS!!!

"...pole watcher..." States the guy responsible for filing a lawsuit with the court, relative to stop-the-steal election fraud....

BWHAHAHAHA!!!!

It was the DEMOCRATS!!!

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