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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:00:45 PM »
Oh look, hard proof Republicans manipulate districts alot.
Redistricting Guru's Hard Drives Could Mean Legal, Political Woes For GOP https://n.pr/31fjQfl

Things like this are why it's a little hard to take foreign interference in our elections seriously sometimes.  Tactics like the ones mentioned in this article, the electoral college, voter suppression.  Those are much bigger threats to our democracy than a bunch of twitter bots and facebook ads.


Oh yes....  Gerrymandering is a big threat and it is damaging to free elections. But it is a challenge we've faced since the earliest elections and it's a challenge we can fight. It is up to each of us in our states and precincts to fight this shit. We can go to court and fight. Yes, we are outgunned by the mainstream political parties but we still have to fight.

We can't do anything about the Russian participation in out elections. They are investing huge resources into this by establishing these troll farms and like Google Ads, they're getting better at their targeting. Their involvement will get more polished and effective with time.

Most of the people on this board have some level of computer literacy so it's easy to discount the twitterbots and bullshit. But remember, there are dumbasses (that vote) out there right now in raging arguments with Twitterbots.

To counter the unregulated Russian support, the Democrats will have to bring in some foreign support. I'm guessing they might bring in the U.K. or Germany.

All these forces are watering down the impact of the American voter in elections..

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:07:55 PM »

Still working?

Yep...

The economy is doing well for anyone desiring to work.

Phrasing bad results in terms of victimhood is a decidedly low bar and typical of people lacking fundamental skills, such as clarity of thought.

Yes, I'm still working. I was lucky enough to have seniority. Other people in my factory have been laid off. Our customers are struggling and their families will be hit in the Christmas bonus.

Understand that Trump doesn't give a shit about the people who lost jobs. He doesn't give a shit about the farmers or factory workers any more than the suckers he ripped off with his Trump University scam. He doesn't give a shit about federal workers missing a paycheck. It's all just a dick size ego contest to him.

You also need to understand that as a Trump supporter, he doesn't give a shit about you either. He will heap empty praise on you while he's getting what he wants but when it's over, he will turn on you just like everyone else in his administration. He doesn't care if you've given your life to protect his obese, spoiled lifestyle. If you cross his childish ego, you will become twitter fodder. Now he's asking his staffers not to cooperate with the investigation so they can face jail just like Nixon's people.





The Russians taking Crimea? The Chinese building new islands? The Iranians restarting nuclear enrichment?

What is Trump doing any different than Obama?
No definition of why any of that is bad, except some supposed experts (you know, the ones who get us into the messes you end up complaining about anyway?) say so...

Sure, let Russia have control of Europe, not your problem. Let China control sea going traffic all across the South China Sea. Go ahead, sell nuclear weapons to Iran.


These are things the Russians want. They want us spending billions on a useless wall while they deploy new underwater drone technology capable of sneaking a 2 megaton (maybe even one of the big 100 megaton) warhead right up to our beach to wipe out a city with a radioactive tsunami.
Last I checked every single weapon possessed by every "big ticket" military power resembles every other weapon across the board...nobody owns anything unique...

Now you're just trolling...

You don't think there is any difference in jet fighters between countries? You think Libyan radar jamming technology is the same as the U.S. You don't think there is a difference in performance between battleships?

You don't believe that in the next 6 months, the Russians will deploy a UUV system capable of sneaking a high yield nuke up into one of our bays? The U.S. Navy does have a similar project but it is far behind Russia and does not yet have the capacity to carry a payload the size of a nuke.

Everyone in America is glad you aren't in charge.
No.

I know there is no difference in the types of jets employed by the military.

One merely needs to look at design.

Same goes with all the weapons...they are all built by the same manufacturers, all peddled by these manufacturers.

So you don't believe what the 'experts' say, what can you tell us about the differences in payload capacities between the Russian UUVs and the American ones being designed by Boeing?


Why do you insist on purveying a non existent RED SCARE!?

Russia is no longer a threat to the Republicans in America. They are now the Republicans #1 SuperPAC.

There are strict limits to how much I can spend promoting a candidate but the Russians can bring all their resources to bear on our elections and the Republicans insist it makes no impact.
Obviously, you're not concerned about Russia. They're your ally.

But the rest of us are wondering if Russia would support the best candidate for the U.S or the best candidate for Russia.

Dennis Rodman made more progress with North Korea than Trump did.
LOL!

At least Dennis Rodman didn't negotiate away our rights to military maneuvers in parts of the South China Sea.
I see part of the problem...

You get your geopolitical sense of how things oughta be from "Entertainment Tonight."

Oh, I forgot...

Mary Hart caused you seizures...

File a disability claim...

Dude? did you really say that? Is Entertainment Tonight still on the air?

Why not tell me some of Trump's accomplishments? Every negotiation he started has failed.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 03, 2019, 10:05:10 PM »



The economy, last I checked, is still on a roll.
Hiring is up but wages are stagnant. The growth in hiring is a recovery from the economic collapse the last time the Republicans were in the White House. The factory (and the industry) I work for has been clobbered by the tariffs, aluminum is suffering other global issues that are making it even worse.

Of course, the economy is good for the rich. Trump gave them huge tax breaks and he's rolling back the financial protections put in place after the recession of 2008. While he drives the national debt and deficit to record levels, the rest of us will go hungry waiting for the 'trickle down.'

He disrupted our strategic alliances weakening us strategically.
Oh please...Come on Kramer...


Not even one defined instance from you to back that up.


The Russians taking Crimea? The Chinese building new islands? The Iranians restarting nuclear enrichment?

What is Trump doing any different than Obama?


These are things the Russians want. They want us spending billions on a useless wall while they deploy new underwater drone technology capable of sneaking a 2 megaton (maybe even one of the big 100 megaton) warhead right up to our beach to wipe out a city with a radioactive tsunami.
Last I checked every single weapon possessed by every "big ticket" military power resembles every other weapon across the board...nobody owns anything unique...

Now you're just trolling...

You don't think there is any difference in jet fighters between countries? You think Libyan radar jamming technology is the same as the U.S. You don't think there is a difference in performance between battleships?

You don't believe that in the next 6 months, the Russians will deploy a UUV system capable of sneaking a high yield nuke up into one of our bays? The U.S. Navy does have a similar project but it is far behind Russia and does not yet have the capacity to carry a payload the size of a nuke.

Everyone in America is glad you aren't in charge.

By the way, one of the things that has kept our planet safe for decades is the fact that the Russians and Chinese hate each other. Now, under Trump's watch their holding joint military maneuvers. With Russian conventional/nuclear forces, China's cyber forces and Trumps bumbling, the U.S. is a sitting duck.
Not even close.

Not close, a tie. Mutually assured destruction is protecting us all.

Hear me now and believe me later, Russia will make another power move in Europe before Trump leaves.
So? Let the Europeans take of the Europeans...

You know, I think I'll give you this one. Yes, the U.S. has it's finger up too many butts on this planet.

However, if Russia makes a move on a NATO country (or someone we actually like) then it's on. Currently, the Russians have no fear of Trump. The idiot wanted to join Russia in a Cyber Security Task Force. The real threat from America to Russia is that one of these days, Putin will hurt himself when he falls our of his chair laughing at Trump. Trump asked Putin if they tried to interfere in our elections and Putin said, 'no' so Trump believed him over all of his intelligence community. If Putin asked Trump about one of our secret programs, what's Trump going to say?


Dennis Rodman made more progress with North Korea than Trump did.
LOL!

At least Dennis Rodman didn't negotiate away our rights to military maneuvers in parts of the South China Sea.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 31, 2019, 01:37:56 PM »
Trump scores well in terms of foreign policy, unless you are a huge fan of meaningless, unjustified wars.

Not starting wars is a foreign policy score?
Give it time, Bush Jr was in office a couple of years before he started the big meaningless Iraq war.

Trump has disrupted our trade relationships weakening us economically. He disrupted our strategic alliances weakening us strategically. These are things the Russians want. They want us spending billions on a useless wall while they deploy new underwater drone technology capable of sneaking a 2 megaton (maybe even one of the big 100 megaton) warhead right up to our beach to wipe out a city with a radioactive tsunami.

By the way, one of the things that has kept our planet safe for decades is the fact that the Russians and Chinese hate each other. Now, under Trump's watch their holding joint military maneuvers. With Russian conventional/nuclear forces, China's cyber forces and Trumps bumbling, the U.S. is a sitting duck.

Hear me now and believe me later, Russia will make another power move in Europe before Trump leaves.

Dennis Rodman made more progress with North Korea than Trump did.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 30, 2019, 09:39:05 PM »
I wish Democrats weren't such pussies. Let's ignore that Trump committed impeachable offenses because we won't be able to remove him anyway. Pelosi seems to think it would hurt them politically in the next election. My opinion is that not starting impeachment proceedings when faced with such obvious criminality will backfire. To the layman who doesn't follow politics closely it only looks like that's an excuse and they really don't have enough evidence to impeach.

And then there's this notion floating around that Trump is "counting on" impeachment. Like he thinks having his crimes aired in a public forum (rather than merely buried in a 400 page report) will help him in the next election. I just don't see it.  :-\


It would be the moral and right thing to do for the Dems to codify all the abuses outlined in the M report and present them to congress for impeachment proceedings. That would be the right thing to do.

However....

We can't afford to make this ding-dong a political martyr. With a corrupt AG on his side and a majority in the Senate, this is the kind of mudslinging  shitfight Trump loves. He knows that few people will actually read the report and see the actual facts. He built his career on hype, bullshit and army of lawyers which he will use to obstruct any investigation for years.

Remember, Bill Clinton actually got a bump in the polls during his impeachment and we actually had a sample of presidential spooge on the infamous blue dress. ( and if I recall, the dems also picked up some legislative seats.)

The Republican party hated Richard Nixon. They didn't like him personally and they didn't like his policies. But when the investigations started, they rallied all their resources to protect him from the treasonous attacks of "the liberal jackals." Keep in mind, Nixon was a lame duck president and yet they still sold their integrity to protect him.

Donald Trump is a first term president with the potential to put another conservative justice on the Supreme Court. The Republicans have already demonstrated they are ok with his corruption, lying and pussy grabbing. We can assume they will do whatever it takes to get him re-elected, even accepting help from the Russians. (or as Guiliani might say, not preventing the Russians from helping him but not actually coordinating with them.)

Impeachment would be justice but we need him gone. Just let him keep screwing shit up, tweeting stupid shit and we'll crush him in a landslide on election day. The problem is that we can't be sure that the Democrats aren't going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by nominating someone more fucked up than Trump like they did last time. Darth Vader isn't real and El Chapo isn't a U.S. citizen but with so many nominees who knows what kind of Occupy Wall Street, communist freak-out they might come up with.

Anthony Weiner just got out of prison.Remember him? The New York congressman who got bust sending pictures of his weiner to women AND HIS NAME IS WEINER! This guy is calling out for the Democratic nomination.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 29, 2019, 09:30:53 PM »
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,”

Robert Mueller


Not an exoneration...


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This video below demonstrates how one can observe a sunset, even without refraction, on a relatively flat surface:





The guy in the second video is way wrong. His camera is below the level of his flat surface. It's the equivalent of looking at the horizon while you're standing in a hole.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 24, 2019, 07:50:17 PM »
Trump's trade war is not a trade war. It's a financial suicide attack against one of the largest economies on the planet and the people of America will be the ones to suffer while Trump lounges at the country club.

America has trillions of dollars of debt. China has trillions of dollars of cash. Who do you think will win an extended trade dispute in that scenario?

His career as a dealmaker is PR mythology. We need someone with practical public sector experience in foreign negotiations to negotiate our way out of this. Trump does everything like he's on some extreme reality show.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 18, 2019, 07:20:07 PM »

Somebody pony up a single verified claim that Trump won the goddamn election due to some fucking Russian trolls on the internet.



Page 1 of the report ...

"The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and
systematic fashion."

If you don't believe the sweeping and systemic interference from the Russians had any effect on the outcome of the election, it's ok. The Russians learned a lot in 2016 and with the help of the Republicans will do much better this time. Perhaps the North Koreans will want to get involved also. Since it makes no difference, let Chinese get in on it too.

With enough help from dictators around the globe Trump can win!


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 16, 2019, 09:27:03 PM »

No fucking charges of obstruction.


Very lawyerly how you specified 'charges of obstruction' rather than 'obstruction', you could probably be Trump's attorney and do a better job than Giuliani is doing.

If fact, if you repeat that line over and over, very loud with a red face and bugged out eyes, you could be Guiliani.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 15, 2019, 10:05:38 PM »


I suggest the snowflakes section themselves off from the rest of society, form their own thing, build their own shit on their own terms, and see how long it lasts...

There's some anger there sir. It would work well with a tiki torch and a MAGA hat.

I didn't actually mention the AG but since you bring it up, yes, he's a corrupt lying sack like everyone else in the administration. He knew exactly what he was doing when he buried Mueller's summaries and substituted his own. Even Trump fell for his lies. Did you notice in the days after the report was released that Trump was crowing "Total Exoneration!" and he was going on about what a great job Mueller had done on the 'exhaustive and thorough report." But a few days later when people actually read the report and found out that's not what it said then Trump went back to "witch hunt," "total hoax" and Mueller is out to get him.



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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:05:49 PM »

Even though the Russian interference did absolutely NOTHING to help the Trump campaign, it is a big deal.

It was an election between the two most hated presidential candidates in the history of the U.S. The vote was split between the popular vote and the electoral college. In a race that close, everything made a difference which includes all of Russia's national applied trolling resources.

Hundreds of dumbasses showed up for political events created by the Russians on Facebook. Russia has found a way to America's own stupidity against it and it turns out that American stupidity is a weapon of unimaginable destructive power.



Like who?


John McCain, Khzir Kahn, the military intelligence community, all the transgender troops currently serving....

BTW about trans troops, if a man is willing to leave his home for months or years, go to a fucked up country and face death to defend America, I as a taxpayer have no problem buying him a nice set of tits and saying, "Thanks for your service."


You don't mind lies at all.

Quit lying.


Tom Bishop may not even be a real person but at least he comes here and tries to answer questions before the discussion gets circular and illogical. The Trump White house doesn't even bother with press conferences anymore.
... and when Tom Bishop cherry picks facts to take out of context and twist to his argument at least he started with a fact. Trump just makes all his shit up on the fly.

Wait!  That's it!   Tom Bishop for the Republican Presidential nominee!



Stop listening.


The people of Venezuela should have been listening years ago, now they're fucked.


The whole idea of income taxes is BS anyway.

I've always supported a consumption tax like a national sales tax. But tax breaks and tax subsidies are now political currency and no one wants to give up their break. Changing the tax structure is a major political challenge that gets fought on all sides by everybody.

However, while the tax structure debate is a good one, it is irrelevant to my main point that Trump is a turd. He's not your normal mainstream political human size turd, he's a giant turd left by some large, quadruped animal, perhaps a wildebeest or rhinoceros.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 09, 2019, 10:05:26 PM »
Here’s a piece from ‘The Hill.’ It’s an opinion piece but it’s not too slanted and recounts the facts of both Starr and Mueller.

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/433486-we-are-not-reliving-whitewater-differences-in-starr-and-mueller



For me, the most disturbing aspect of reading the Mueller report (and I did read it) was the way the Republicans aren’t bothered by the massive Russian influence campaign that it documents. The Russian campaign was not ‘fake news.’ It was vast and systemic but Trump and the Republicans still say it’s no big deal. “It could be some four-hundred pound guy sitting on his bed,” Trump tells us. The Republican pundits say that Russia couldn’t have made a difference when they know Russia brought its full Soviet-era propaganda resources to bear. Now, the Republicans are dragging their feet on election security because they want Russia’s help again.

I am sick of Trump insulting our military heros who risked everything to protect his rich spoiled lifestyle.
I am sick of him insulting my intelligence with his bullshit lies (If you’re going to lie to me at least make it believable.)
I’m sick of his childish name calling.
I’m sick of hearing about how smart and rich he is.
I’m sick of hearing about Hillary.

As a Libertarian, I use to support Republicans in races that didn’t have a Libertarian candidate. But until the Republican party disavows this reality TV buffoon, man-child, I will never vote for a Republican again.

BTW. Don’t think for a minute he’s kept his promise to close any of those rich people tax loopholes he used all those years while we (who didn’t have an army of tax lawyers) paid our taxes. His tax plan was a windfall for the rich and is producing the largest budget deficit in our history.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 19, 2019, 02:13:13 PM »
Remember Bill Clinton and the Starr report?

Independent counsel Kenneth Starr investigated Bill Clinton over shady real estate deals and the investigation expanded over two years to reach into the Monica Lewinsky scandal. It was released on the internet a few days after it was completed ( pages 445 pages.)

Now imagine instead, that after years of investigations producing a 400 page report, Ken Starr didn't publish the report but instead gave it to Janet Reno, the Attorney General that Clinton appointed. Then Janet Reno only publishes a four page summary exonerating the Bill Clinton. The Republicans would have had a melt-down.

Understand that the Republicans are lying about Trump's complete exoneration. The report from Mueller said specifically that the President could not be exonerated from obstruction of justice charges. It also documents a number of untruths told by Sarah Sanders to the press. It also documents the Russian efforts to get Donal Trump elected and sew division in our country.

BTW: I'm a Libertarian. I don't hold any slant right or left and I've downloaded the full report today to examine it with my own eyes.



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Flat Earth Investigations / Re: The Dark Side of the Moon
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:03:34 PM »
But still, what would constitute real 'proof'?

Unless you are standing on the far side of the moon in a space suit looking at the landed equipment, how can it be proven?

If one takes all the telemetry and data to be fake how do we prove this?


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Flat Earth Theory / Re: Underside of a flat earth
« on: January 03, 2019, 07:12:04 PM »
It's not a theory, it's a hypothesis. When the spaceship returns from the underside of the earth, we'll have evidence and it will become a theory.

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Flat Earth Community / Re: FET popularity
« on: December 30, 2018, 03:19:45 PM »
mainstream media will steer clear of FET
If what you say is true, why does it contradict reality? This year alone, we've had coverage from the BBC, The Economist, Metro, Daily Mail, Newsweek, International Business Times, and many others. If those are "smaller media outlets", where are the big names hiding?
*yawn*  Wake me up when FOX News gives you favorable coverage.  In the mean time, Ars Technica gave the FE movement (but not TFES) some coverage.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/why-does-flat-earth-belief-still-exist/


There is an argument to be made for "all coverage is good coverage" idea. The constant attention gives the flat earth community a platform for any evidence or arguments they actually do develop. If they were to turn up any serious evidence of government conspiracy or terrestrial flatness (something that 100s of hours of YouTube hasn't done yet) they could rush to the presses with it. I think if Pete wanted to do some major press release and really worked the media connections, he could get a statement onto some pretty sizable outlets. Attention is a resource one would want to use sparingly and strategically otherwise it loses its impact.

There was a time when someone could have told me the U.S. Federal Government is developing a system that can track and search all emails and cell phone calls made in North America. "They can see everything I write! They know who I'm calling!" It sounded crazy but it turns out that the guy in the tin foil hat was right all along.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Build Wall
« on: December 24, 2018, 04:06:58 PM »
As reality has descended on Trump he has started backed away from the thirty foot wall he promised in the campaign (which defiantly became a forty foot wall when Mexico said they wouldn't pay.) It was also supposed to go six feet underground to prevent tunnels. He was pretty specific, "On the fence -- it's not a fence. It's a wall."

Of course, he later wanted the wall to be see-through so people wouldn't be killed by giant bags of drugs being flung over the wall by catapult. That idea was so outlandish, I didn't believe he actually said it and chalked it up to the usual media bias. But, it's on tape in front of the whole press corp. Parts of the wall need to see through so people don't get hit by bags of drugs. "Because if you get hit with a sixty pound bag of drugs, you're done." Yep, he said that. +facepalm+

After that, I was haunted by the image of an old cowboy riding his horse across the desert when a big bag of drugs comes whistling out of the clear, blue sky and obliterates him.

Trump sold the idea of a cartoon wall to a public that believes the crap they see in late night TV infomercials while the rest of the Republican party cringed. Now they're trying to find something practical angle to spin it. His followers were never chanting, "Build the fence!"





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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Build Wall
« on: December 24, 2018, 03:08:55 PM »
I grew up in Texas and traveled West Texas a lot. I've been from the Gulf of Mexico 'round the Big Bend all the way up to ol' El Paso, etc. many times.

Anybody who thinks they're going to build a forty foot concrete wall through the middle of the Chisos Mountains is an idiot. It's not going to happen for 200 billion, it's not going to happen for half a trillion. Seriously, just not going to happen.

Mexico is not going to pay for it. You can't force a country pay for anything they don't want to. Even collecting on a judgement from an international court would take force upon a country that chooses not to pay. Tariffs against exports to Mexico would take centuries to recover even a small portion of a wall cost and would result in tariffs against our imports to Mexico. We can't make Mexico pay for a wall any more than Canada could make America pay for a wall to protect them from our mass shootings.

In Texas, the Rio Grande River is the border. He won't be able to build his wall on the soil of the Mexico side of the river. He can't build it in the river. Is he going to build a forty foot concrete wall between the people of the U.S. and the waters of the Rio Grande? Is he going to give Mexico the Rio Grande?

Walls don't work. They used to work thousands of years ago but now walls don't work. Motion detectors work, drone patrols work, electronic frontiers work. A border wall is not border security. A border wall would be another bankrupt ruin erected as a monument to Trump's ego like the carcass of the Taj Mahal casino.

There will be no wall. The crowds of radicalized, chanting rednecks are being film-flammed just like the suckers who lost tens of thousands of dollars in the Trump U scam.

We need to spend a few hundred billion on our nation's cyber security but the U.S. Secretary of Cybersecurity is an idiot who can't even keep his twitter account secure.


I'll debate people over the flat earth but the great wall of Trump is a non starter.


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Flat Earth Theory / Re: Illumination of clouds' undersides at sunrise
« on: December 11, 2018, 11:02:58 PM »
If those clouds were a mirror, would you see the sun at the horizon?

That's what the clouds are in this case; a mirror. Those clouds a little higher up in altitude are seeing a sun that is higher above the horizon, and which is not sending out as much red light.

I can't picture this.

With h2>h1, show me how that can be possible.



h1 and h2 are not constant due to perspective. In that illustration the lands are not ascending as they recede, for example.

The lands ascend in altitude, the sun (or the image of the sun) descends in altitude, and everything meets at a finite distance away, rather than the infinite distance away as imagined in the Continuous Universe model of the Ancient Greeks.



Hey Tom,

I wanted to know if I'm looking at your diagram correctly.

The heavy black line is the surface of the earth right? So you're proposing an optical effect (perspective?) that drops the apparent position of the sun below the altitude of the clouds? If we made the 'earth line' horizontal, your sun would be at a very low altitude. Your diagram also places the sun at the same altitude as the clouds?


BTW: Yes, Bobby has posted some very cool pics on TFES.

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