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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: March 21, 2020, 02:28:01 PM »
Avenue 5, sci-fi comedy on HBO
(very minor spoilers from the first few episodes, nothing big. You'll get over it.)

When I first noticed the promo trailers for HBO's sci-fi comedy, Avenue 5, I got the impression of a sleek starship and a dashing space hero captain like a Star Trek type scenario but nothing is as it seems.

The show is set in the not too distant future aboard a luxury space liner that takes wealthy people, thousands at a time, on spectacular three week tours of Saturn's rings. But like the Hindenburg or Titanic, whenever you have a bunch of selfish, rich assholes partying in absolute poshness, bitching about things that don't even rank as first world problems, there is a smack down coming.

Everything changes in the first episode when a gravity disaster slams everyone on board against the side of the ship, killing people and sending it off course. Instead of three weeks, they are now facing three years and the luxury quickly starts to decay. In an attempt to give their dead a dignified 'burial at sea,' they launch the dead bodies into space only to have them get caught in the ship's artificial gravity field and perpetually circle the ship in a low orbit. A massive sewage tank leak spews millions of tons of shit into space which now hangs around the ship like Saturn's rings. The large panoramic windows that use to show spectacular scenery now show a constant rain of turds punctuated by an occasional dead body floating by.

There is a sense of dystopia in the utter stupidity of humans in general. The passengers find to their horror that the captain is actually just an actor playing a captain who finds (to his horror) that his entire command crew is just actors operating the bridge of the ship which is just a sound stage equipped with consoles and computers that aren't connected to anything. The entire ship is automated and the only people aboard who know anything about space travel is a half dozen maintenance workers in the bowels of the lower decks. As an extra twist of social commentary, the owner of the space liner corporation (an Elon Musk type douchebag) is trapped on board also. His childish arrogance and stupidity has him rejecting Nasa's offer of engineering and resources to help rescue the ship.

A lot of the humor is dark but well written and comments on human dumbassness. A group of loudmouth, know-it-all passengers decides that the whole ship is fake and rises up. "They're lying to us! They want to keep us here! We're still on Earth! We can leave anytime!" So they pile into the airlock and are instantly freeze dried to death in front of a crowd of onlookers. Another asshole yells out, "It's a trick! I work in VFX! That's Visual Effects! I know what I'm talking about! It's all fake!" So another batch of dumbasses gets in the airlock and dies. The scene is a little creepy and could be horrific but let's face it, it's hilarious when dumbass know-it-alls get what they deserve.

HBO spent a lot of money on talent and production so the show is very polished with nice special effects. If you have HBO and liked the old Red Dwarf, you should definitely check it out. The science isn't as tight as Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but it's accurate enough so it doesn't take away from the story.

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Flat Earth Community / Re: Death of Mike Hughes
« on: February 23, 2020, 01:57:53 PM »
meh... I would give him and the media a break. If he didn't talk about FE theory, he would have been just another daredevil with a rocket like Evel Knievel. Johnny Knoxville was almost killed in a rocket stunt during one of the Jackass movies. If he had died, it would have been for the cause of low brow entertainment. This guy really believed in a cause.

Anyone could have told him that his rocket designs were stupid and dangerous (I'm sure many did) but I don't think he would have stopped. If I was there I would have told him it was dangerous but if he insisted on doing it anyway, I would have definitely been in the front row, recording with my cell phone.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: A question to our resident Brexiteer
« on: February 01, 2020, 02:50:56 PM »
https://apnews.com/e48bf51838ced94e2d92adba189b4944

It's weird how this thread is so quiet right now. I was sure a gang of drunken soccer hooligans would have spray painted "IN YUR FACE REMOANERS!!!" all over it by now.


The plan actually works for now and the availability and export price of Curly Wurlys won't get too screwed up so I'm all good. They have a year to update the infrastructures and negotiate trade deals while the citizens get to breathe free and all. They did the easy part of the divorce, saying 'Talaq' three times.

But if it's like American politicians, they may struggle uselessly for a year then have to come up with some short term patch to fight off trade constipation.

All this talk of freedom and sovereignty is getting the Scotts all riled up about independence again. Do they call that Scexit or UKexit?




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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 05, 2020, 12:06:24 AM »
Rushy if you want to have an honest conversation about “who started it”? We probably go back to the 80s when the US provided massive aide to Iraq, including chemical weapons, in their war against Iran.

We could go further back then that and talk about giving weapons to Bin Laden to fight the Russians in Afghanistan.


It's not that this guy isn't a butthole who needs to be killed. He's been on U.S radar for a while and there is a specific reason we didn't kill before. Iran is NOT Afghanistan. Iran is not Iraq. If this escalates, it will be real war.


After all these years, our troops are still dying in Afghanistan after our purported 'victory' and the only air force Afghanistan had was a few helicopters. Iran has jet fighters, drones, submarines and thousands of suicidal fighters. Thanks to Trump ditching the nuclear treaty they will have nuclear weapons in two years instead of ten. If you enjoyed Afghanistan and Iraq, you're going to love Iran.


Trump pulled this ill-conceived,reality TV spectacle to divert attention from the impeachment and gain more support from his base.







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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: A question to our resident Brexiteer
« on: November 17, 2019, 02:19:19 PM »
This "Thork" seems to know things and have many insights. If Boris Johnson loses power in the Brexit movement, it could create a vacuum that would allow him to rise to power. It could be a dangerous situation.

To an outsider, the architecture of the EU seemed flawed in a lot of fundamental ways. Not just for the (valid) sovereignty concerns or the cross contamination of cultural cooties, but sharing currency between such radically different economies was looking for trouble. It's like a bunch of people sharing one credit card.

Still, I do some business with the UK and it's already a hassle dealing with tariffs and customs and all the usual BS. If the hardcore crash out Brexit occurs, I have no idea how I'm supposed to handle it.

If Thork rises to power, perhaps he will grant the TFES community special import export rights.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: October 24, 2019, 09:43:03 PM »
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/467092-republicans-storm-into-house-hearing-to-break-up-trump-impeachment-testimony

hey remember when hillary was a traitor because some email had a C on it or whatever

Look, they are only storming into a restricted area to stop a legal interview because they love Trump.

These storming idiots pulled this short-sighted stunt because the inquiry is being held behind closed doors. The impeachment itself will be in public just like Bill Clinton. Then they'll be forced to defend all of Trumps bullshit. They'll wish it stayed behind closed doors.

Bill Clinton barely made it through the impeachment process because a blow job is not the same thing as sex and because he was a skilled trial lawyer. The Donald can't even effectively handle questions from the Press Corps without screwing up. Let's see him stand up to 10 hours of testimony under oath like Hillary did.



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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: October 04, 2019, 07:09:36 PM »
It is the height of Trumps idiocy that he thinks the Chinese and Russians will actually help him. They're going to tell Trump whatever is in their best interest for him to believe and he will believe it,

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: October 04, 2019, 03:13:25 PM »
Trump has literally said China and Ukraine should investigate the Bidens.  On Camera.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/trump-publicly-urges-china-ukraine-investigate-bidens-amid-impeachment-inquiry-n1061956
It certainly is refreshing to see a President demanding investigations into corruption!

How about a president demanding investigations into debunk conspiracy theories to damage his political enemies.

He's already sought help from the Russians the Chinese, the Ukrainians, who's next the Iranians?


Perhaps the Democrats should ask Germany to investigate Trump's dealings with Deutsche Bank.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:57:08 AM »
Also, kinda interesting this is getting attention now and not say.... In 2012 when it happened.  Almost as though Republicans used to be ok with it...


It's just like Hillary's uranium or Obama's birth certificate. He picks up some long debunked conspiracy that the Republicans already investigated years ago and thinks he found something new. He thinks he's so much smarter than everybody else with his big amazing brain and we are all idiots that can be fooled with a Sharpie marker.

As if Illinois Republicans were so stupid they allowed Obama to rise to the level of Senator without a birth certificate.

This is what he's focused on instead of creating healthcare reform or a cohesive foreign policy. Even when he had a majority in the House and the Senate the only legislation he managed to pass was a tax break for billionaires which is now creating the largest budget deficit in our history.

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Science & Alternative Science / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: September 08, 2019, 02:53:29 PM »
Solar Roadways has been around since 2006 and has consumed vast piles of crowdfunding and public dollars without producing real results. Now they understand how impractical roads made of solar panels really are so they've moved roads to the end of their list of things to solarize. (even though it's in their name)

In my part of the country, there will NEVER be solar roads. There can be 100 F heat in the summer and -40 F in the winter. Every year the roads buckle, heave, crack and come apart taking months of maintenance work. It can dump 2-3 feet of snow overnight and the kilocalories to melt that snow in time for morning traffic would be way more than any system could generate. Now, imagine a snow plow spraying road salt tearing across the surface of solar cells lining this buckling heaving road pocked with small sinkholes.

There are parts of North America with long stretches of open road in the desert where the concept could be made to work (at great expense.) However, those road usually pass right by large swaths of open land that could be used for solar farms that are cheaper and more efficient.

This doesn't mean we shouldn't pursue the technology. Photovoltaic tar or paint would be a game changer that could be right around the corner. But, Solar Roads was just another crowdfunding fail.


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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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