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  1. Comment on CATS - Official Trailer in ~movies

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    The reddit thread on /r/movies is filled with quite the hilarious comments. The trailer was worth it just for the laughs I got in the thread.

    The reddit thread on /r/movies is filled with quite the hilarious comments. The trailer was worth it just for the laughs I got in the thread.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Trump steps up attacks on progressive congresswomen, says they 'hate our country' and Israel in ~news

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    wtf is alcadia? Canada? Cadia? For the Emperor?

    wtf is alcadia?

    Canada?

    Cadia?

    For the Emperor?

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Political Juice's Thoughts on the Current State of America in ~misc

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    I made it about 8 minutes in hoping for some real substance, but it really came off as a misguided rant to me. "The school system teaching anti-Americanism" I mean, come on. Millenials and Gen Z...

    I made it about 8 minutes in hoping for some real substance, but it really came off as a misguided rant to me. "The school system teaching anti-Americanism" I mean, come on. Millenials and Gen Z have grown up with a constant state of war in Southeast Asia, a fiscal crisis, realizations of the impact of capitalism on climate change, and a completely inadequate healthcare system. They've grown up with any movement left or trying to address these issues with cries of "socialism" from the Fox News crowd. Is it really so surprising they view socialism more favorably? That maybe the US isn't the greatest country? I look forward and see a high chance of failure to properly address climate change, vasty monied interests trying to prevent a healthcare shift, and the current administration trying its damnedest to start yet another war.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on What is a scam that people should know about? in ~life

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    Romance scams among the older generation. I've watched it happen twice to my mother in law, and once to my grandmother. I caught it early with my grandmother (or at least I thought I did) and...

    Romance scams among the older generation. I've watched it happen twice to my mother in law, and once to my grandmother. I caught it early with my grandmother (or at least I thought I did) and tried everything I could think of and she wouldn't stop talking to the fucker and doing favors like moving money for him. I eventually just gave up.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What are your thoughts on the Blloc phone? in ~tech

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    It doesn't look nearly as privacy focused as it claims, compared to the Librem 5.

    It doesn't look nearly as privacy focused as it claims, compared to the Librem 5.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Going Nuclear Might Be the Best Way to Combat Climate Change in ~enviro

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    @Dogyote are you going to respond to this? I was hoping you would, despite the topic's age.

    @Dogyote are you going to respond to this? I was hoping you would, despite the topic's age.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What mobile games do you play? in ~games

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    Pokemon Go will continue to be the only mobile game I play. It encourages getting out and exploring your surrounding area, rewards healthy habits (I walked 70km this past week, with much of that...

    Pokemon Go will continue to be the only mobile game I play. It encourages getting out and exploring your surrounding area, rewards healthy habits (I walked 70km this past week, with much of that encouraged by the game), and it's a fun way to meet others in your community you might not have met otherwise. I was extremely surprised to find out many of the players I had exchanged gym battles with turned out to be middle aged women who liked playing the game after their kids introduced it to them in the summer of 2016.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Interesting. What kind of meat thermometer would you recommend?

    Interesting. What kind of meat thermometer would you recommend?

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Comment vote counts are now visible again in ~tildes.official

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    I agree with your first paragraphs, but none of your ideas really interested me. Vote ceilings seem very arbitrary, especially as tildes grows and it would become easy to hit small ceilings,...

    I agree with your first paragraphs, but none of your ideas really interested me. Vote ceilings seem very arbitrary, especially as tildes grows and it would become easy to hit small ceilings, essentially removing the purpose of voting.

    I personally don't think voting is a problem here on tildes, but I'm open to having my mind changed if someone can put together a good argument against it. Voting, and being able to sort threads by votes, is the big improvement sites like reddit made over old sequential forum styles. Have you ever been to a large forum that gathers huge posts per topic? Imagine coming back to the site in the evening and an interesting topic has over 100 pages of comments with 25 comments per page. Ain't nobody got time to read all that.

    10 votes
  10. Comment on Going Nuclear Might Be the Best Way to Combat Climate Change in ~enviro

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    Please try? Climate change is the #1 reason to fight down fossil fuels, right? If my goal is to reduce and eliminate use of fossil fuels ASAP (which it is, and IMHO it should be everyone else's...

    Okay, there are so many assumptions built into your argument I don't even know where to start. I'm trying to seek the truth in these engagements, while it appears that you are simply trying to win the argument by any means. I encourage you to be more critical of your own points before posting.

    Please try? Climate change is the #1 reason to fight down fossil fuels, right? If my goal is to reduce and eliminate use of fossil fuels ASAP (which it is, and IMHO it should be everyone else's too!), I see nuclear as part of that picture to help shore up where renewables are weak. Do you think that is an incorrect approach to the problem?

    I'd like to add that I don't know if I'm right about nuclear power, but no one on this site has sufficiently addressed, IMO, the initial points made in my first post. Everyone has responded with renewable whataboutisms or described future technologies that are not ready for mass deployment.

    I didn't really think those were whataboutisms. The article posted here directly discusses renewables. Why do you think they are whataboutisms?

    If we go back to your first questions, I am definitely skeptical of the claim that "Renewable energy sources will be very close, if not ready, to meet all electricity needs in a decade or two." Do you have a source for this? Your following sentences make it seem you are unsure about this point. Why argue for this point if you are unsure if it is even true?

    For #2:

    We're using up cheap uranium. We have approximately 90 years of uranium that costs less than 3x the current uranium price. Let's not let a few massive corporations/billionaires extract more wealth from our society. We're doing this already with oil and gas, we don't need to set up a similar supply chain around uranium.

    To me, this is a non-issue, and why I never directly addressed it. 90 years is a long time to figure out problems and to develop new technologies, both in resource generation and in extraction techniques. If you are truly concerned about this point, how are other methods of large scale energy generation and storage different? Battery technology uses a lot of rare earth elements. Don't these have the exact same concerns? See here and here.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Going Nuclear Might Be the Best Way to Combat Climate Change in ~enviro

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    Germany plans to shut down all coal plants by 2038, hardly an expedient time frame. Prior to 2011, Germany's nuclear power generation was around 20 GW, while coal production is around 28 GW. They...

    Germany plans to shut down all coal plants by 2038, hardly an expedient time frame. Prior to 2011, Germany's nuclear power generation was around 20 GW, while coal production is around 28 GW. They could have reduced carbon emissions from coal by 71% had they shuttered coal plants immediately instead of shutting down their nuclear plants, and then gradually replaced nuclear with better renewable technology.

    Tidal energy is practically non-existent right now, with the largest plant only producing 254 MW. It's nowhere near ready to replace main power sources. Biomass still emits carbon. It may be renewable but it's the least desirable option in the face of climate change.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Going Nuclear Might Be the Best Way to Combat Climate Change in ~enviro

  13. Comment on Going Nuclear Might Be the Best Way to Combat Climate Change in ~enviro

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    But the problem with solar is the change in output between the summer and winter months, and having to account for enough battery storage to overcome poor output from successive poor weather days....

    But the problem with solar is the change in output between the summer and winter months, and having to account for enough battery storage to overcome poor output from successive poor weather days.

    And keep in mind this is all in sunny California, one of the best states geographically for solar. It only gets more and more expensive as you move elsewhere in North America. Renewables are highly variable, and this is their main problem. Nuclear is a perfect compliment to to the problems renewables have, all while still keeping our energy grid with negligible carbon costs to fight climate change.

    Potential for wind and solar are both poor East of the Mississippi River, almost 60% of the US population. What do these areas do when solar output is third less than California, and where space is at a larger premium?

    Don't take this as me not advocating for solar and wind. We should be doing everything we can to replace coal and gas plants with it ASAP. But closing nuclear while renewables still have these problems, all while expanding gas and leaving coal plants open, is one of the dumbest moves we could make.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Going Nuclear Might Be the Best Way to Combat Climate Change in ~enviro

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    Current costs of cheap solar and batteries are just as expensive to reach the same capacity as nuclear does; it's directly addressed in the video I linked. As is the massive cost of batteries. In...

    Current costs of cheap solar and batteries are just as expensive to reach the same capacity as nuclear does; it's directly addressed in the video I linked. As is the massive cost of batteries. In addition, it requires an absolutely massive area of land to build on.

    Newer reactor designs can just recycle old fuel.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Political Confessional: I Think Private Schools Should Be Banned in ~life

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    There are special public schools out there, like this one, with high requirements for entrance and extremely demanding coursework. I don't see why this model couldn't be more prolific for both...

    On the other hand, there are still plenty of reasons why it makes sense to keep private schools around. There are other types of schooling outside the model that public schools use which may be superior, and we will have no way to explore them within the existing US public education structure. Most public schools are 'one size fits all', but it doesn't actually help every child as well as it should.

    There are special public schools out there, like this one, with high requirements for entrance and extremely demanding coursework. I don't see why this model couldn't be more prolific for both gifted students and students with special needs.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Going Nuclear Might Be the Best Way to Combat Climate Change in ~enviro

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    Correct me if I'm wrong here, but I see nuclear as the only baseload power available to supplement renewables. The wind varies and the sun goes down, and solar doesn't meet the evening peak...

    Correct me if I'm wrong here, but I see nuclear as the only baseload power available to supplement renewables. The wind varies and the sun goes down, and solar doesn't meet the evening peak demand. Geothermal, while a consistent baseload, is limited by geography. Hydro is even more limited by geography, is extremely destructive to some environments, and typically has low yields compared to other facility types. Solar + wind just aren't ready to meet existing energy demands.

    If the main goal is total removal of fossil fuels, where does that leave us? Natural gas, while better than coal and oil, is still a fossil fuel. If I have to choose between gas or nuclear as a baseload power supplier, I'm going to choose nuclear every single time. Small footprint, negligible carbon costs, neatly shores up the weaknesses of existing renewables. Solar + wind + nuclear could replace our existing energy infrastructure right now and help massively reduce our carbon emissions. We wouldn't have to wait for new technology to replace gas or coal.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Discussion in ~tv

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    I liked several parts of this episode. The score was awesome, as always, and the cinematography was top notch. Seeing how destructive dragons are against cities was truly awesome, though a bit at...

    I liked several parts of this episode. The score was awesome, as always, and the cinematography was top notch. Seeing how destructive dragons are against cities was truly awesome, though a bit at odds with how much power they given to scorpions. But I really disliked the way they portrayed Dany's slide into "madness." They did a poor job showing this to the viewer, especially after years of buildup of a just ruler who cares about innocents. I was annoyed at Arya's constant death defying as she ran through the streets, though I appreciated the attention and the point-of-view of a character on the ground, in the city, being attacked by a dragon.

    Jaime's arc was really unfulfilling, as was Cersei's IMO. I guess the valonqar prophecy meant nothing, and Jaime's tussle with Euron and then somehow making it up all those stairs with gaping wounds were bad storytelling, but I guess that's par for the course with the ridiculous survival of characters in deadly situations from the rest of the season.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What are some quality mobile games? in ~games

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    Pokemon Go. It's unique and offers a different experience than a ported PC game, encourages walking and meeting people in your community you might not otherwise. It's the only mobile game I bother...

    Pokemon Go. It's unique and offers a different experience than a ported PC game, encourages walking and meeting people in your community you might not otherwise. It's the only mobile game I bother to play anymore.