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  1. Comment on US will take ‘catastrophic’ action if Vladimir Putin uses nuclear weapons in ~news

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    This sounds like just another back and forth "check" move by the US, followed by a retreat as a retaliatory counter move like the possible sabotage of Nord Stream. It's like every move he makes is...

    This sounds like just another back and forth "check" move by the US, followed by a retreat as a retaliatory counter move like the possible sabotage of Nord Stream. It's like every move he makes is a thrashing gasp for air but he somehow fools himself into thinking is a mighty roar.

    Putin grossly miscalculated this invasion and now there's no way out for him except forward. If he concedes, he will seem weak and be devoured from within. But if he continues, the US will push from behind and bleed him dry, slowly, drop by drop at the hands of the Ukrainians. And so either he dies on the Ukrainian battle field or dies in his own home, one way or another, this game is pretty much over for him.

    But I can't help feeling that this whole situation seems like rhyming echos of The Cold War at its onset. Each move is like a dagar in the world's political relationship with Russia and the unraveling of commercial threads that bind everyone so precariously together. And isolation seems to be a safe final refuge of despots.

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  2. Comment on Marcel the Shell with Shoes On | Official trailer in ~movies

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    I completely forgot about this movie but I'm so glad it's finally out in theaters. This movie has been long in coming, really long! In fact, it's been over a decade and whats more interesting is...

    I completely forgot about this movie but I'm so glad it's finally out in theaters. This movie has been long in coming, really long! In fact, it's been over a decade and whats more interesting is how it came about and the back story on Marcel's voice actress, Jenny Slate.

    Brian Williams interview

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  3. Comment on FAA approves unleaded aviation gas covering piston fleet in ~enviro

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    So I'm not sure what the share of leaded vs unleaded fuel is for piston driven (propeller) airplanes around the world (although I'd love to see some stats), but the crux of all of this is really...

    So I'm not sure what the share of leaded vs unleaded fuel is for piston driven (propeller) airplanes around the world (although I'd love to see some stats), but the crux of all of this is really the fact that leaded fuel still exists in the face of how toxic it is for neurological development. And that is the real near and dear issue for me. There simply is no reason to allow leaded fuel, at least not in leading nations that can afford the slight cost increase.

    Simply put, we should not put an economic savings "price tag" above serious heath issues like brain development... Even if it is only a small part of aviation and a small portion of the population that live near an airport that have to deal with the problem.

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  4. Comment on FAA approves unleaded aviation gas covering piston fleet in ~enviro

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    This is really a regulatory issue rooted in lack of legislative will combined with red tape between the FAA and EPA. Lower octane unleaded Avgas of 94 octane has been developed and approved for...

    This is really a regulatory issue rooted in lack of legislative will combined with red tape between the FAA and EPA. Lower octane unleaded Avgas of 94 octane has been developed and approved for many years now and could have been mandated long before that.

    Also, this new unleaded formula will be a one-for-one change with no need to alter any legacy aviation piston engines. The change in formula simply creates an alternate path to gain the same results of high compression stability or a target anti-detonation factor (octane level).

    High performance ICEs need higher octane because lower octane fuel can combust too soon under their high compression which can cause timing issues and even damage cylinders, valves, etc... This is why diesel engines don't need spark plugs, they ignite the fuel through compression. Diesel fuel has an average octane rating of about 30 AKI.

    I know jet fuel doesn't contain lead for added octane, but piston driven engine fuel still does due to the fuel not being regulated and not due to lack of innovation or the aircraft manufacturing industry and their ability to change. Even if it were a manufacturing issue, the auto industry moved at a snail's pace over the last 5 decades to become more efficient due to CAFE mandates, but they switched over almost immediately from leaded to unleaded.

    The silent problem that isn't being discussed.

    The 131-page report detail's the findings of 17,000 blood samples collected from 2011-2020 from children under 18 years of age living near the airport. It found that children living downwind from the airport had higher blood lead levels than those living upwind, with increases of .4 micrograms per deciliter.

    In comparison, lead levels during the Flint water crisis were between .35 to .45 micrograms per deciliter over the baseline.

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  5. Comment on FAA approves unleaded aviation gas covering piston fleet in ~enviro

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    I've found it so difficult accepting that we haven't yet forced the transition off of leaded aviation fuel. I expect others do too and this approval makes it feel like a huge step in the right...

    I've found it so difficult accepting that we haven't yet forced the transition off of leaded aviation fuel. I expect others do too and this approval makes it feel like a huge step in the right direction when it is in fact just inching along.

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  6. Comment on Aleksandr Dugin, prominent Russian far right figure, targeted by car bomb that kills daughter Daria Dugina in ~news

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    I'm wondering if this was directly coordinated by Ukraine. I've been noticing them pushing back hard behind the line like the munitions depot fires in both Russia and Crimea, airfield bombings in...

    I'm wondering if this was directly coordinated by Ukraine. I've been noticing them pushing back hard behind the line like the munitions depot fires in both Russia and Crimea, airfield bombings in Crimea, and a fuel depot bombing in Belgorod. It would be disreputable to assassinate a civilian, but what Putin has done is not any different. And on top of everything that's happened in Ukraine, he's destabilized the world and effectively rewritten the rules of war. If it was Ukraine, I don't blame them for throwing off the gloves.

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  7. Comment on Is it time for a baseline reset of environmental science? in ~enviro

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    I've been following the story of this beluga swimming up the French river but just learned that it was euthanized in transit. It was honestly heart breaking to hear. But a similar suggested story...

    I've been following the story of this beluga swimming up the French river but just learned that it was euthanized in transit. It was honestly heart breaking to hear.

    But a similar suggested story really caught my attention. It was a story of a whale euthanized while being "rescued" from swimming up the Thames just last year.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/09/europe/uk-whale-stranded-river-thames-london/index.html

    What's interesting is that there's another story of something similar in January of 2006 where a Northern Bottle Nose whale [Willy] also swam up the Thames.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Thames_whale

    I guess what I want to ask to all of us Tildes is, in the face of climate change, should we allow all living beings to run their "chosen" path in life as an expression of natural selection even in the face of death and without interference? (And thus accept death-paths as penance for our destructive ways of existence)

    *Please consider the fresh water dolphins of the Amazon. After all, what do we know of the of the reason that caused them to become freshwater dwellers?

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  8. Comment on Alabama Shakes - Hold On (2012) in ~music

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    Thank you, that was pure joy right now.

    Thank you, that was pure joy right now.

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  9. Comment on Why Ireland got mad at mud in ~enviro

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    I had no idea about Peat. Great production by Hoog on YouTube too! This world is on a death spiral and hard to steer back. Sad, but hopefully we can preserve the habitats or at least get full...

    I had no idea about Peat. Great production by Hoog on YouTube too! This world is on a death spiral and hard to steer back. Sad, but hopefully we can preserve the habitats or at least get full genome sequencing of most of the contributing life and their conditions. Thanks for the great share!

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  10. Comment on Triangle of Sadness | Official trailer in ~movies

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    I completely agree about not wanting the whole story in the preview, but we all know how the three hour cruise ends. The joy is in the humor along the way, and there's no end to fodder for humor...

    I completely agree about not wanting the whole story in the preview, but we all know how the three hour cruise ends. The joy is in the humor along the way, and there's no end to fodder for humor at the cost of the rich. Anyway, they left us hanging for the ending, didn't they?

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  11. Comment on Amazon is acquiring iRobot in ~tech

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    I think @vord is pointing to a much more powerful aspect of success than what money can do for success. Success certainly has a "je ne se quoi" aspect about itself that makes it hard to define,...

    I think @vord is pointing to a much more powerful aspect of success than what money can do for success.

    Success certainly has a "je ne se quoi" aspect about itself that makes it hard to define, but I believe it is multifaceted with some ephemeral components like timing or just pure luck of circumstances. And in fairness to your argument, money is paramount and immediately followed by, or maybe equal to, determination. But an established first-mover (or innovator with vision) in a market is one of those things that is more often than not the defining feature of the leader.

    Money alone has historically been a poor primary reason for success. The saying of "stop throwing money at the problem" comes from that understanding. Again, determination is almost always part of the formula, but being well funded and determined can not get over the unbelievable inefficiency of brute force and the market entrenchment of first movers. This is why acquisitions have become the new answer to the "money is the solution" fallacy.

    *I should note that there are of course exceptions to the "entrenched first mover" hurdle like Facebook over MySpace and Gmail over Hotmail, but my point is that money and determined brute force alone are rarely the leading components of success. The two examples for instance achieved dominance through initial exclusivity similar to Tildes

    Here's an example of a failed "money solution" approach.

    Apple dominated after 1984 through development of a novel first to market innovation we all know about already.

    IBM then responded in 1986 with a counter innovation and first to market product of their own.

    IBM finally realized their problem in 1991 and tried diversifying and repositioning (pivoting) their brand as "The Other IBM" Full Version

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  12. Comment on Amazon is acquiring iRobot in ~tech

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    Yes, more time, money, and also something Eufy doesn't have. I think the core of the issue in acquisitions today is due to a target company's deep market reach and share combined with the power of...

    Yes, more time, money, and also something Eufy doesn't have.

    I think the core of the issue in acquisitions today is due to a target company's deep market reach and share combined with the power of the target company's first-mover market position. This combination in their market position is what the leviathans want to buy.

    In a way, this unique market position is not something that someone can create with money and can rarely, if ever, be taken once possessed by a company. Exceptions exist (mostly when the companies are younger and establishing themselves) so for the sake of the argument, think Snapchat, Netflix and Twitter. (and time will tell about Meta with their metaverse)

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  13. Comment on Leaked: US power companies secretly spending millions to protect profits and fight clean energy in ~enviro

  14. Comment on What's changed here on tildes? in ~talk

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    I'm in a very similar situation as @Grendel and I agree that overall not much has changed and this is an awesome community and design, but I feel as though there's been a nuanced shift in...

    I'm in a very similar situation as @Grendel and I agree that overall not much has changed and this is an awesome community and design, but I feel as though there's been a nuanced shift in demographics. Most opinions here have more often than not been based in reason and facts, even in topics of social justice. But I think there's been a slight shift in individual's approach. I specifically believe that there's social justice born of a desire to seek balance and argued by fact, but that it can also be marred by anger and revenge. The latter is sometimes a latent part of the person's argument and is hard to call out but can be inferred by choice of words and context. I've seen more of the latter.

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  15. Comment on What childhood beliefs or misconceptions took you an embarrassing time to figure out? in ~talk

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    Two things came to mind while reading all these. The first was that I used to think that cats were all female and dogs were all male, both of the same species. I don't remember how I found out I...

    Two things came to mind while reading all these. The first was that I used to think that cats were all female and dogs were all male, both of the same species. I don't remember how I found out I was wrong, but I think that idea was born from the inordinate amount of time I spent watching mid century modern cartoons on broadcast tv.

    And while thinking back on those days, I remembered that I also used to think that "batteries not included" meant "batteries not needed". For this, I blame advertising and their unrealistic advertising, but I also remember the movie Batteries Not Included being one of my favorite for a long time. Honesty, I really don't know for sure what caused me to think those things, but childhood is certainly full of creativity.

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  16. Comment on Should I quit smoking right now, or wait? in ~health

  17. Comment on The conservative Supreme Court's favorite judicial philosophy requires a very, very firm grasp of history — one that none of the justices seem to possess in ~misc

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    I think it's fair to say that the writing is on the walls with respect to The Supreme Court and case law. Overturning Roe v Wade and West Virginia V EPA are just an opening salvo. This is all in...

    I think it's fair to say that the writing is on the walls with respect to The Supreme Court and case law. Overturning Roe v Wade and West Virginia V EPA are just an opening salvo. This is all in accordance to the new SCOTUS majority interpretations based on Constitutional Originalism.

    What scares me is that it's not a stretch of imagination to see that this can get much more unpleasant as time will go on.

    Ardoin v. Robinson is a thinly veiled call back to the Three-fifths Compromise and there is no need to interpret the original intent of the drafters since the Three-fifths Compromise is right there, written into the Constitution. Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3.

    I know the 14th Amendment corrected the wrong and that we won't go that far backwards, but it's hard to deny that we are heading that direction.

    The judicial branch of our republic has been gamed and I have no faith in it anymore.

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  18. Comment on Is anyone surprised Grubhub’s ‘free’ lunch program was a disaster for restaurant workers? in ~food

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    "Who at Grubhub thought it was a good idea to promise 8 million New Yorkers free lunch during a 3 hr period?" - @laurel_byrnes on Twitter. Who indeed? Who could have seen this coming? Who was the...

    "Who at Grubhub thought it was a good idea to promise 8 million New Yorkers free lunch during a 3 hr period?" - @laurel_byrnes on Twitter.

    Who indeed? Who could have seen this coming? Who was the principal individual with this brilliant but horribly executed promotion?

    This fiasco has the all the making of a societal watershed moment. It exposes the utter disconnect from those with money, power, and control and the one's without. We all know this was done by a small number of people at the corporate helm of the strongest digital food delivery service. But was nobody able to think this through? Was nobody in that planning group ever a server, a line cook, or even a deliverer for their own service? Or were they so far detached with comforts of money that they forgot?

    This was definitely avoidable. There's no excuse. Someone should have been thinking this through in multiple scenarios and predicting possible outcomes. Even the network admins should have ran sims on this kind of possibility.

    Grubhub had data on all the past superbowls, playoffs, and the entire damn pandemic! I know people running simulations at our money markets with unfathomable scenarios all in the sake of making sure shit doesn't hit the fan. Grubhub could have been prepared.

    Grubhub made a careless decision to serve its own best interest without even thinking of what could happen outside of their created digital sphere of existence. I could only imagine the tremendous amount of stress all the people working that day endured. What a horror story they must all have. I know I don't ever want to go back to the service industry, even in the best of times. And that was years ago when things were not rudely expected at the speed of a tap on a screen.

    Yes, it is very easy to look back and see things clearly. But I feel like a scenario like this should have been seen in some small way or another and been taken into account. Again, with the right people in charge. But that would require people with experience and thoughtfulness. Thoughtfulness that thinks of their neighbors and fellow humans, a kind of thoughtfulness that goes beyond the boardroom walls and shareholder's pocketbooks.

    No, I'm not surprised this happened. You can't scream "Free Lunch" and not think you'll get rushed by hordes of people. I just can't imagine this being due to anything other than blinders of corporate privilege. There is a terrible disconnect in life today, and I think this will be the moment we all point back to and say "this is where the masses didn't matter to the leaders".

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