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  1. Comment on The primary difference between 2016 and 2020 in ~misc

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    got it, that makes sense.

    got it, that makes sense.

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  2. Comment on Federal support ends for coronavirus testing sites as pandemic peak nears in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is really unconscionable. We need more testing now than ever and more tracking to determine who has this virus and act swiftly to stop its spread. If we stop federal support for testing we...

    This is really unconscionable. We need more testing now than ever and more tracking to determine who has this virus and act swiftly to stop its spread. If we stop federal support for testing we are going to end up in lockdown for so much longer than necessary.

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  3. Comment on The primary difference between 2016 and 2020 in ~misc

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    The exit polls that I have seen show that moderate and conservative Democrats and Independents went overwhelmingly for Biden in the primaries. In Michigan Biden won 55% of primary voters who were...

    I remember reading an article that showed Bernie won conservative Democrats despite literally calling himself a socialist so that seems to be a pretty fair interpretation electorally.

    The exit polls that I have seen show that moderate and conservative Democrats and Independents went overwhelmingly for Biden in the primaries.

    In Michigan Biden won 55% of primary voters who were somewhat liberal (40% of primary electorate) and 62% of moderate and conservative votesr (39% of the electorate). This surge of voters led to Bernie losing every single country in a state that he won in 2016.

    It looks like this was the same in all Super Tuesday states as well. Biden won somewhat liberal voters 39% to 29% over Bernie and moderate / conservative voters 47% to 17%.

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  4. Comment on The primary difference between 2016 and 2020 in ~misc

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    I think we have extremely different definitions of the word credible.

    The very credible rape allegations against him.

    I think we have extremely different definitions of the word credible.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Top science panel: Coronavirus unlikely to significantly subside with warmer weather in ~health.coronavirus

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    So that messaging that Trump pressed repeatedly that maybe this coronavirus thing just disappears once warmer weather shows up is now pretty much disproven. So I guess the only miracle claim that...

    Their report found that while studies of how temperature and humidity affect the virus’s transmissibility are not yet clear, previous research suggesting a connection were flawed.

    “There is some evidence to suggest that [the coronavirus] may transmit less efficiently in environments with higher ambient temperature and humidity; however, given the lack of host immunity globally, this reduction in transmission efficiency may not lead to a significant reduction in disease spread” without efforts such as social distancing, the report states.

    No such seasonal aspect has been observed in other coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS, the report noted.

    So that messaging that Trump pressed repeatedly that maybe this coronavirus thing just disappears once warmer weather shows up is now pretty much disproven.

    So I guess the only miracle claim that Trump is still holding onto is hydroxychloroquine.

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  6. Comment on Announcing the 2020 Hugo Award Finalists in ~misc

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    I think it is fantastic that Watchmen has two episodes up for nomination for best shortform dramatic presentation. This Extraordinary Being is one of the best hours of television I can remember...

    I think it is fantastic that Watchmen has two episodes up for nomination for best shortform dramatic presentation. This Extraordinary Being is one of the best hours of television I can remember and it absolutely deserves to win this year.

    For best longform dramatic presentation, I think Russian Doll is far and away the best on the list, but I am sure Avengers: Endgame will end up with the award just due to its sheer popularity. Russian Doll was such a unique, surreal, and heartfelt story that I absolutely loved watching and learning more about the characters.

    I am interested in anyone has read some of the novels or comics that are up for nomination. I am itching to get some new sci fi / fantasy books to read while trapped in my house this spring / summer.

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  7. Comment on Trump order encourages US to mine the moon in ~enviro

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    I was not the one making that argument. I just was half-jokingly saying potentially catastrophic consequences. It was @twisterghost who talked about tides and their comment was a reference to a...

    what you were describing earlier was catastrophic, on the scale of changing tidal forces.

    I was not the one making that argument. I just was half-jokingly saying potentially catastrophic consequences. It was @twisterghost who talked about tides and their comment was a reference to a joke about shareholder value.

    To play devils advocate, lets say that sure, we see a couple extra dimples that weren't there before. The aesthetic cost is inconsequential compared to the wealth and prosperity it will bring to our civilization

    Is it? It is not like mining our natural resources on Earth has provided some massive economic boost to the global population. It has just benefited first world countries by giving us some shinier electronics and a slightly better quality of life and made an extremely small few number of individuals extraordinarily wealthy.

    I think that reshaping / destroying the face of the moon as it has been known for billions of years to be a pretty devastating development, especially if it just provides some more extremely limited resources and helps the bottom line of a few companies.

    AND for the protection of the environment (and human rights) here on Earth, since Earth mining will be pointless compared to extraterrestrial mining.

    Do you really think that extraterrestrial mining would just put an end to resource extraction on earth? Why would any mining companies exploiting the global poor in third world countries just give that up because some companies have started doing the same on the moon?

    I'm curious how you balance the ethics of aesthetic appreciation (if we take your only "slightly exaggerated" scenario instead of catastrophic ) vs human prosperity, rights and environmental protection.

    I think we fundamentally disagree in that I believe there is tremendous intrinsic value in preserving the moon as it has existed for millenia. Human beings have looked up at the same moon for as long as we have been a species. I think preserving that is invaluable.

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  8. Comment on Trump order encourages US to mine the moon in ~enviro

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    I mean, I am exaggerating slightly, but strip mining is absolutely a thing and destroys the natural environment, leveling mountains and other landmasses. I would not be surprised if they went with...

    "Blowing up" the moon is on the same level as an act of war against the entire planet. That's not how mining works.

    I mean, I am exaggerating slightly, but strip mining is absolutely a thing and destroys the natural environment, leveling mountains and other landmasses. I would not be surprised if they went with aggressive mining operations like that that fundamentally altered the face of the moon.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Trump order encourages US to mine the moon in ~enviro

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    I think that is exactly my point. I think most companies will think, "hey it's just the moon, it is not like anyone lives here, who cares if we just blow up this huge chunk of it to get some of...

    I think that is exactly my point. I think most companies will think, "hey it's just the moon, it is not like anyone lives here, who cares if we just blow up this huge chunk of it to get some of that sweet rare metals way down there?" Corporations already don't give a fuck about the environment in our own backyards. I assume they will have even less regard in this case.

    My issue is destroying the natural beauty of the moon that has remained intact for millenia.

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  10. Comment on Trump order encourages US to mine the moon in ~enviro

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    My concern is the fact that mining in the United States, particularly coal mining, has been hugely destructive to the environment. If companies are willing to destroy the Appalachia for the sake...

    My concern is the fact that mining in the United States, particularly coal mining, has been hugely destructive to the environment. If companies are willing to destroy the Appalachia for the sake of a bit of coal, I have no faith on them engaging in good business practices when they are on an entirely different planet with even less accountability.

    How would mining on the moon even be regulated? Would it just be a free for all for companies to do what they want?

    What about issues of miner safety? Companies already view them as an expendable resource as it is. What protections would be put in place if they are mining on the moon?

    I promise you the minimal amount of helium-3 in the regolith and possible titanium in the Anorthsite isn't going to require wholesale dismemberment of the moon.

    Seems like there is plenty of silicon, which makes up 20% of moon dirt. Apparently about 8% of the moon's dirt is also titanium.

    I mean, how much gold was in California and other areas during the gold rush? Despite only a few people profiting exorbitantly from it, there was a rush of hundreds of thousands of prospectors. If we open up the moon to mining, I could certainly envision a rush of prospecting companies flooding the rock to stake a claim.

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  11. Comment on Impossible dilemma? World watches Italy as businesses plead to return to work in ~finance

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    That case by case analysis you suggested does seem to be what they are thinking. From the article: This really seems to be fight between capitalist CEOs wanting to reopen their definetely...

    That case by case analysis you suggested does seem to be what they are thinking. From the article:

    So far, officials have said that work restrictions would probably be lifted on a sector-by-sector rather than geographical basis. Social distancing, wider use of personal protection devices such as face masks and strengthened local health systems have also been spoken about. Testing and “contact tracing” would be extended, including with the use of smartphone apps and other forms of digital technology, following the South Korean playbook.

    This really seems to be fight between capitalist CEOs wanting to reopen their definetely non-essential businesses and labor groups that want to protect the health and safety of their workers.

    “We say this very loudly to the authorities: ‘Hurry up’,” said Cesare Mastroianni, vice president of Absolute, a luxury yachts producer of Piacenza, Emilia Romagna. “The shutdown has already done incalculable damage.”

    Trade unions have threatened to strike unless the government keeps non-core activities down. Protect health over wealth, they say - and while many companies are pushing the government for a plan to reopen factories, they won’t risk their staff.

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  12. Comment on Trump order encourages US to mine the moon in ~enviro

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    Well, I guess future generations didn't really need a moon anyway, it's not like it serves any essential function for our way of life. I am sure opening up the moon or apparently mars even to...

    “Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space,” the order states, noting that the US had never signed a 1979 agreement known as the moon treaty. This agreement stipulates that any activities in space should conform to international law. In 2015, the US Congress passed a law explicitly allowing American companies to use resources from the moon and asteroids.

    According to Trump’s executive order, the US will object to any attempt to use international law to hinder its efforts to remove chunks of the moon or, should the opportunity arise, additional mining of Mars and “other celestial bodies”.

    Well, I guess future generations didn't really need a moon anyway, it's not like it serves any essential function for our way of life. I am sure opening up the moon or apparently mars even to mining will not lead to any catastrophic consequences in our future.

    It is unclear whether the president actually thinks the moon is a part of Mars but the two are in fact quite far apart – the moon, which orbits Earth, is around 238,000 miles away from our planet while Mars, which is itself a planet, is an average of 140m miles away from Earth.

    I hate everything about this.

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  13. Comment on Acting US Navy Secretary: 'I stand by every word I said' after leak of carrier speech in ~news

  14. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I am really enjoying Westworld and really invested in the characters and story this season. Dolores seems to really have evolved a lot since season 2 and I appreciate the new angle and twists with...

    I am really enjoying Westworld and really invested in the characters and story this season. Dolores seems to really have evolved a lot since season 2 and I appreciate the new angle and twists with what she is doing. The breakdown of Hale in episode 3 was really interesting, as well as William's in episode 4. I love Aaron Paul in this show and think he is perfect.

    3 votes