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  1. Comment on 'The Fifth Element' to return to theaters to celebrate its 25th anniversary in ~movies

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    link for tickets: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/The-Fifth-Element-25th-Anniversary just booked mine, sitting in the front row. this is one of my favorite movies of all time but I don't think...

    link for tickets: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/The-Fifth-Element-25th-Anniversary

    just booked mine, sitting in the front row. this is one of my favorite movies of all time but I don't think I've ever seen it on the big screen (I was 10 when it was released, so I might have seen in theaters then but I don't remember)

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  2. Comment on Gilbert Gottfried, comedian and ‘Aladdin’ star, dies at 67 in ~movies

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    from Last Week Tonight: also and from 2013, a New York Times profile of him

    from Last Week Tonight:

    Gilbert Gottfried was the best. We once decided to punish UK audiences for their law prohibiting the use of parliamentary footage in comedy programs, by having him read Brexit legalese and Bigfoot erotica. Stick around till he gets to the erotica.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdHmp5EX5bE

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    rest in peace to Gilbert Gottfried who has probably the best sequence in game show history on Hollywood Squares. if you're not an old hag like me who remembers the rules, both contestants needed his square to secure the 5-square win, but he decided to troll both of them

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM-3QDQGmHo

    and from 2013, a New York Times profile of him

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  3. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2022 on the internet in ~misc

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    just came across this one today: The Operations Room is a really interesting military history channel with animated diagrams of historical battles they published F-14s vs MiG-28s - May 1986, a...

    just came across this one today:

    The Operations Room is a really interesting military history channel with animated diagrams of historical battles

    they published F-14s vs MiG-28s - May 1986, a Danger Zone in the Indian Ocean which is animated and narrated exactly in their normal style, except describing the final scene in Top Gun

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  4. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2022 on the internet in ~misc

  5. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of March 14 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Ed Yong: The coronavirus funding collapse is a disaster as I've said before - Trump's legacy will be a ton of terrible things, mishandling covid will only be one of them. Biden may have...

    Ed Yong: The coronavirus funding collapse is a disaster

    All epidemics trigger the same dispiriting cycle. First, panic: As new pathogens emerge, governments throw money, resources, and attention at the threat. Then, neglect: Once the danger dwindles, budgets shrink and memories fade. The world ends up where it started, forced to confront each new disease unprepared and therefore primed for panic. This Sisphyean sequence occurred in the United States after HIV, anthrax, SARS, Ebola, and Zika. It occurred in Republican administrations and Democratic ones. It occurs despite decades of warnings from public-health experts. It has been as inevitable as the passing of day into night.

    Even so, it’s not meant to happen this quickly. When I first wrote about the panic-neglect cycle five years ago, I assumed that it would operate on a timescale of years, and that neglect would set in only after the crisis was over. The coronavirus pandemic has destroyed both assumptions. Before every surge has ended, pundits have incorrectly predicted that the current wave would be the last, or claimed that lifesaving measures were never actually necessary. Time and again, neglect has set in within mere months, often before the panic part has been over.

    This week, Congress nixed $15 billion in coronavirus funding from a $1.5 trillion spending bill, which President Joe Biden then signed on Tuesday. The decision is catastrophic, and as the White House has noted, its consequences will unfurl quickly. Next week, the government will have to cut shipments of monoclonal-antibody treatments by a third. In April, it will no longer be able to reimburse health-care providers for testing, vaccinating, or treating millions of uninsured Americans, who are disproportionately likely to be unvaccinated and infected. Come June, it won’t be able to support domestic testing manufacturers. It can’t buy extra doses of antiviral pills or infection-preventing treatments that immunocompromised people are banking on but were already struggling to get. It will need to scale back its efforts to improve vaccination rates in poor countries, which increases the odds that dangerous new variants will arise. If such variants arise, they’ll likely catch the U.S. off guard, because surveillance networks will have to be scaled back too. Should people need further booster shots, the government won’t have enough for everyone.

    as I've said before - Trump's legacy will be a ton of terrible things, mishandling covid will only be one of them. Biden may have mishandling covid as the single defining legacy of his presidency.

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  6. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 14 in ~news

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    Former Washington state Rep. Matt Shea, the far-right Republican who was found by a House-commissioned investigation to have planned and participated in domestic terrorism, is in a small town in...

    Former Washington state Rep. Matt Shea, the far-right Republican who was found by a House-commissioned investigation to have planned and participated in domestic terrorism, is in a small town in Poland with more than 60 Ukrainian children, trying to facilitate their adoption in America.

    Speaking on a Polish television show, “Idź Pod Prąd,” Shea said he was working with a Texas group called Loving Families and Homes for Orphans (he also called the group Loving Homes and Families for Orphans).

    “It is a hosting organization that hosts Ukrainian orphans in America with Ukrainian families with the intent that ultimately that ends in adoption,” Shea said on the show. “It’s been doing this hosting program for several years.”

    "with the intent that ultimately that ends in adoption"...uh....sounds like a weird way to do international adoption to me

    like, do they fly the kid to the US, place them with a foster family, and then there's a trial period where the family decides to keep them or not? and if they don't keep the kid, do they ship them back to Ukraine or Poland?

    The United Nations High Commission on Refugees and UNICEF put out a joint statement calling for temporary and foster care for children but saying “Adoption should not occur during or immediately after emergencies.”

    yep, this seems like a pretty common sense thing that they're completely ignoring.

    if you're unfamiliar with Shea's previous work before he got into child trafficking, he's one of eastern WA's premiere shitbags:

    Shea, who represented Spokane Valley in the state House for 12 years, opted not to seek reelection in 2020, after the House-commissioned report found he had planned and participated in domestic terrorism against the United States with his involvement in a trio of standoffs against the government.

    That report alleged that Shea assisted “in the planning and preparation” of the 2016 armed takeover at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon. It also examined Shea’s travel to the 2014 armed standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada, and a 2015 conflict in Bonner County, Idaho.

    Following the report, Shea was suspended by the House Republican caucus, and urged to resign, although they declined to expel him from the Legislature.

    Shea, who wants to create a 51st state in Eastern Washington, once distributed a four-page outline called “Biblical Basis for War” and has long been linked to Christian extremist movements.

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  7. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 14 in ~news

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    This is akin to a hostile takeover

    This is akin to a hostile takeover

    State officials ask residents of a small, predominantly Black town near the site of new Ford investment to forfeit their city charter or face takeover.

    “We have not issued a letter to citizens like this before,” Comptroller spokesman John Dunn said, noting it is “unprecedented for us to publicly call for a town charter to be relinquished.”

    Mumpower’s letter has infuriated Mason’s part-time elected officials, who insist they have no intention of ceding their town’s 153-year-old charter – which would subsume the largely African-American, majority Democratic community under the governance of Tipton County, which is predominantly white and Republican.

    Mason lies just five miles from the future site of Blue Oval City, Ford Motor Company’s 4,100-acre electric truck and battery plant, landed by state officials last year with nearly $1 billion in taxpayer incentives. The operation is expected to generate 27,000 new jobs and $22 million annually in state taxes after its planned 2025 opening.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - March 14-15 in ~news

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    Russian Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles are releasing a previously unknown decoy designed to evade air-defense systems

    Russian Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles are releasing a previously unknown decoy designed to evade air-defense systems

    American intelligence officials have discovered that the barrage of ballistic missiles Russia has fired into Ukraine contain a surprise: decoys that trick air-defense radars and fool heat-seeking missiles.

    The use of the decoys may help explain why Ukrainian air-defense weapons have had difficulty intercepting Russia’s Iskander missiles.

    Photographs of the dart-shaped munitions began circulating on social media two weeks ago. They had stumped experts and open-source intelligence analysts — many of whom mistook them for bomblets from cluster weapons based on their size and shape.

    The use of the decoys may point to some level of carelessness or urgency by Russian military leadership, Mr. Lewis said, given that Russia knows they will inevitably be collected and studied by Western intelligence services so that NATO air defenses can be programmed to defeat the Iskander’s countermeasures.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on US Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent in ~news

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    there's a significant amount of evidence (including a CDC page literally titled Schools Start Too Early) that having schools start later in the day would benefit children. perhaps this DST change,...

    people, especially children, would be making morning commutes while its still very dark out.

    there's a significant amount of evidence (including a CDC page literally titled Schools Start Too Early) that having schools start later in the day would benefit children.

    perhaps this DST change, and the resulting worries about kids having unsafe commutes to school in the dark, will help push more widespread adoption of later school starts.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Automotive journalist Victoria Scott plays Need For Speed: Underground for 14 hours and raises over $40,000 for trans kids in Texas in ~lgbt

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    article with background: Come watch The Drive’s Victoria Scott stream NFS: Underground for charity on Saturday I rarely if ever watch Twitch streams, but I joined this one yesterday after seeing a...

    article with background: Come watch The Drive’s Victoria Scott stream NFS: Underground for charity on Saturday

    I rarely if ever watch Twitch streams, but I joined this one yesterday after seeing a tweet about it and it was incredible.

    Victoria's original goal was $1000...by the end of it (she did the entire story mode of the game, which required winning 112 different races) it was up to $42k.

    (and because this is the internet, the entire chat was trying to get the total to $42,069.69...which we did, but then we overshot it by TWENTY DOLLARS and ruined the screenshot)

    she also customized her car to look like the trans flag

    donation link is here if anyone wants to add in a donation. she said she's going to close out the fundraiser in the next day or two so that the funds can be distributed ASAP, but once that happens you can still donate directly to the Campaign for Southern Equality here.

    4 votes
  11. Automotive journalist Victoria Scott plays Need For Speed: Underground for 14 hours and raises over $40,000 for trans kids in Texas

    @victoria scott: Coming back to update this since it's still getting RTs - we BEAT the game, all 112 races, we raised FORTY TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS for trans kids in the South, and my friends and everyone there cheering and donating and watching was incredible and amazing and I love them so much!!!

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of February 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    The Pandemic is following a very predictable and depressing pattern: As with diseases such as malaria and HIV, rich countries are “moving on” from COVID while poor ones continue to get ravaged.

    The Pandemic is following a very predictable and depressing pattern: As with diseases such as malaria and HIV, rich countries are “moving on” from COVID while poor ones continue to get ravaged.

    But in the global South, COVID-19 is much harder to ignore. More than a year after the start of the mass-vaccination campaign, nearly 3 billion people are still waiting for their first shot. While an average of 80 percent of people in high-income countries have gotten at least one dose, that figure stands at just 13 percent in low-income countries.

    You may know malaria as an infectious disease that affects poor “tropical” countries. But for several thousands of years, malaria was a global menace. During the 20th century alone, the disease is estimated to have accounted for up to 5 percent of all human deaths. It was eradicated from the global North by the 1970s, but the rest of the world was left behind.

    The same phenomenon has unfolded with tuberculosis, a disease so old that DNA of TB bacteria have been identified in Egyptian mummies. “Consumption,” as TB was once called, was highly prevalent in Europe and North America. From the 1600s to the 1800s, TB caused 25 percent of all deaths in Europe. By the 1980s, TB case numbers had decreased significantly in the West, largely thanks to drug treatments and reductions in poverty. But again, TB remains a problem in developing countries (and among marginalized populations within the global North). In 2020, TB killed 1.5 million people, more than 80 percent of whom lived in low- and middle-income countries.

    “By epidemic we actually mean a pandemic that no longer kills people in rich countries,” wrote Peter Sands, the CEO of the Global Fund, an international group that combats these diseases. “By endemic we actually mean a disease the world could get rid of but hasn’t. HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria are pandemics that have been beaten in rich countries. Allowing them to persist elsewhere is a policy choice and a budgetary decision.”

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of February 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    An anti-vax judge is preventing the US Navy from deploying a warship commanding officer of a $1.8 billion guided-missile destroyer refuses to get vaccinated, and refuses to even get tested when he...

    An anti-vax judge is preventing the US Navy from deploying a warship

    commanding officer of a $1.8 billion guided-missile destroyer refuses to get vaccinated, and refuses to even get tested when he has obvious covid symptoms:

    Brandon testified that last November, he spoke with Doe on Doe’s ship one day before its scheduled departure. Doe was experiencing multiple symptoms of COVID, and appeared to have a relatively severe case; he could, Brandon recalled, “barely speak.” Yet Doe refused to get tested—a clear violation of protocol—and attended a briefing in a cramped room with about 60 other people. Brandon ordered Doe to get a test, which revealed that he did, indeed, have COVID, and exposed dozens of others to the virus.

    and a federal judge (George HW Bush appointee) is prioritizing that commander's "religious liberty" over the Navy's desire to relieve him of command for insubordination and send the ship out commanded by someone who can follow orders.

    there are 300 people on the ship (based on the description in the article, it's an Arleigh Burke class). the vast majority of them (97% of the Navy overall) are vaccinated. their commander is not. seems like that's probably bad for morale.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Daily megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - March 4 in ~news