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  1. Comment on Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills - Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives. in ~enviro

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    and furbies, and millions of weird plastic tubes full of goop, and dildos. All the dildos.

    finding these mass graves of metal "bones"

    and furbies, and millions of weird plastic tubes full of goop, and dildos. All the dildos.

  2. Comment on Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills - Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives. in ~enviro

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    The real issue here is that things are mostly designed not to be remanufactured, refurbished, or reclaimed. We manufacture untold amounts of stuff with absolutely no plan for their decomissioning...

    The real issue here is that things are mostly designed not to be remanufactured, refurbished, or reclaimed. We manufacture untold amounts of stuff with absolutely no plan for their decomissioning besides "uhh duhhhh I uhh guess we'll uhh just put it in a uhhh hole in the uhhh the ground I guess..."

    Recycling is great but it, in the world of sustainable product manufacture, should be the second to last resort. Taking a high-value-added finished product and reducing it down to raw materials is great. But it (under capitalism) has the lowest potential for creating a valuable commodity.

    If there is ever going to be an end to landfilling, manufacturers need to put 10,000% more emphasis on ensuring the maximum amount of value can be retained in products at end-of-life.

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  3. Comment on Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed until Tuesday due to reporting inconsistencies and technical issues with app in ~news

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    Those are some fine, well-thought out points which I hadn't considered (especially 1 & 2). I can't speak for the others, but I would only go so far as to say that this was incredibly shady - but...

    Those are some fine, well-thought out points which I hadn't considered (especially 1 & 2).

    "conspiracy!" And "DNC trying to keep us down!" this early due to a hiccup in the count just seem... Reactionary. It comes off heavily as how the MAGA crowd think and react

    I can't speak for the others, but I would only go so far as to say that this was incredibly shady - but probably not a conspiracy like 2016. I can't say I blame people for yelling conspiracy after the attempted anointing in 16.

    I hope you are right that Bernie is the obvious front runner... Can't say I agree still but I am 100% in a bubble.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills - Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives. in ~enviro

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    Agreed. Moreover, this goes to show that limiting our discussion on sustainability to just carbon dioxide with a heavy emphasis on the energy sector is not going to save us from the collapse of...

    Agreed. Moreover, this goes to show that limiting our discussion on sustainability to just carbon dioxide with a heavy emphasis on the energy sector is not going to save us from the collapse of the biosphere.

    The living earth is like an organism. Right now it is presenting symptoms of impending massive organ failure, it's body is choked by pollutants, and there are countless problems in the lower orders of it's systems. Yet, we are choosing to focus on the fever it's been running.

    The problem is, doctors can't just pick one ailment to heal when you're that unhealthy. There needs to complex (as opposed to complicated), holistic remedy. The cascading of knock-on effects and the complex interaction of parts makes anything else impossible.

    We can't afford to keep attempting simple solutions to complex problems. Wind turbines alone won't save us. We also need to social and technical infrastructure to refurbish and/or recycle the assemblies, components, and materials to save energy and prevent waste. We need to reduce demand for energy. Doctors can't save a person by treating symptoms when the disease is their lifestyle. We need to change our lifestyle in complex ways at all levels of society.

    Humanity won't save itself by meeting skyrocketing energy demands with an approaching-infinite number of soon-to-be-garbage wind farms.

    9 votes
  5. Comment on Robyn will be crowned as Songwriter Of The Decade at next week's NME Awards 2020 in ~music

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    That's awesome! Robyn is amazing. I'm far from a pop diva enthusiast but love her music I have huge admiration for Robyn as an artist. As a mainly punk and hardcore listener I place a lot of value...

    That's awesome! Robyn is amazing. I'm far from a pop diva enthusiast but love her music I have huge admiration for Robyn as an artist. As a mainly punk and hardcore listener I place a lot of value on artistic independence and self-publishing. Usually pop stars are the worst about this, releasing studio albums basically engineered by A&Rs for marketability. But not Robyn! Robyn releases her music on her own label and so gets to make the music she wants to make and I think that's swell. You go Robyn! You go!

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Who here has some sort of 'developmental disorder'? in ~talk

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    Does American public school count? lbvs

    Does American public school count? lbvs

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  7. Comment on Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed until Tuesday due to reporting inconsistencies and technical issues with app in ~news

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    I understand that the delegates are going to be about even. But Iowa isn't about delegates. It's about the media. Buttigieg was declared himself the winner on monday and the way the polls trickled...

    I understand that the delegates are going to be about even. But Iowa isn't about delegates. It's about the media.

    Buttigieg was declared himself the winner on monday and the way the polls trickled out over the last two days support this claim. Now with reporting up in the 90s we see they actually tied. But the fact that he was basically gifted two days of being the winner means, of course, this is how he will be perceived by people watching the polls intently the day after iowa and then returning to their lives.

    This is a huge boon to Pete's campaign. It was shady as fuck. He didn't deserve it. And yet again Bernie Sanders, progressive independents, and the progressive wing of the Democratic party are handed the shit end of the stick.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed until Tuesday due to reporting inconsistencies and technical issues with app in ~news

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    SpEaKinG As A LoNg TiME SaNdeRs SupPorteR... lol I hear you. But from where I'm standing, we got dicked over in 16 by the media and the DNC superdelegate elites and we're again getting dicked over...

    SpEaKinG As A LoNg TiME SaNdeRs SupPorteR... lol

    I hear you. But from where I'm standing, we got dicked over in 16 by the media and the DNC superdelegate elites and we're again getting dicked over by the media. Our guard is up after a half decade of shenanigans and if you were in my shoes I'd wager you'd feel the same.

    Also the delegates aren't what's important in Iowa. It's the media narrative. Buttigieg being handed two and a half days of being defacto winner in the press is a huge win for him. Especially as the centrist field gets tighter between him and Biden.

    Yeah Bernie will probably get the same number of delegates and tie for the "win." But that's not how it has been presented in the media. Going forward some people will inevitably check out from the story after hearing these days of "Pete wins Iowa" and not hear that he tied with Sanders once all votes are actually in.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed until Tuesday due to reporting inconsistencies and technical issues with app in ~news

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    Buttigieg Votes:33,094 Delegates: 442 Sanders Votes 34,136 Delegates: 414 I'm """complaining""" about how some votes matter more in America than others.

    What exactly are you complaining about?

    Buttigieg

    Votes:33,094

    Delegates: 442

    Sanders

    Votes 34,136

    Delegates: 414

    I'm """complaining""" about how some votes matter more in America than others.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed until Tuesday due to reporting inconsistencies and technical issues with app in ~news

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    Wow so the guy with the most votes doesn't have the lead??? I fucking hate this entire shitty country.

    Wow so the guy with the most votes doesn't have the lead??? I fucking hate this entire shitty country.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    Very true. To be clear, my point about Goebbels/Hitler comparison is that Goebbels was a Shrew background organizer whereas Hitler was more of a charismatic leader guy.

    Very true. To be clear, my point about Goebbels/Hitler comparison is that Goebbels was a Shrew background organizer whereas Hitler was more of a charismatic leader guy.

  12. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    I disagree. Sure Himmler and Goring were instrumental Nazis. But the early impact of Goebbels in growing and spreading Nazi-ism through intentional acts is hard to overstate. Hitler is certainly...

    I disagree. Sure Himmler and Goring were instrumental Nazis. But the early impact of Goebbels in growing and spreading Nazi-ism through intentional acts is hard to overstate. Hitler is certainly the main cheese and Himmler and Goring we important administrators.

    But the assumption of "kill hitler stop nazis" implies that some singular figure could have at point been killed and thereby belayed the proliferation of Nazi-ism. You want to come in at some point before a critical mass would mean the Nazi party could self-sustain without movement leaders. Goebbels was the proliferate-er in chief. No Goebbels early in Nazi history no Nuremberg rallies, no/diminished public relations and propaganda genius, no/diminished media savvy etc.

    I'm not a nazism scholar so you're right to challenge me. I just liked the angle that maybe the linchpin isn't Hitler.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    I think once it got to the uniforms stage killing Hitler wouldn't have made much of a difference. I would also kill Geobbels the propaganda guy. As a speaker Hitler was pretty captivating. But...

    Nazi uniforms

    I think once it got to the uniforms stage killing Hitler wouldn't have made much of a difference.

    I would also kill Geobbels the propaganda guy. As a speaker Hitler was pretty captivating. But damned if the rest of the rally, the posters, and news pieces on him weren't the bigger lift.

  14. Comment on The Plant Ecology of the Los Angeles River in ~science

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    I friggin luv dis jag off. Folks like this a few and goddam far between. Onna one hand he expresses himself like a regular frickin human being and not like some sort of corporate montage or a...

    I friggin luv dis jag off. Folks like this a few and goddam far between. Onna one hand he expresses himself like a regular frickin human being and not like some sort of corporate montage or a damned illiterate. On the other, he commands a depth of understanding and intention like very cats can. Love this channel!

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Is the USA evil? in ~misc

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    Ah man I love that song!

    Ah man I love that song!

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Is the USA evil? in ~misc

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    Nor has much changed with Martin and Malcolm wrote about the dangers of the white moderate.

    Nor has much changed with Martin and Malcolm wrote about the dangers of the white moderate.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? And what can we do about it? in ~life

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    Ay there's the rub. Hierarchy is designed to fail.

    Ay there's the rub. Hierarchy is designed to fail.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on The Clash - Rock The Casbah in ~music

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    The internet is a vast and many-splendored place.

    The internet is a vast and many-splendored place.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on The Clash - Rock The Casbah in ~music

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    YES YES YES YES!!!!! AHHHH I love that video.

    YES YES YES YES!!!!! AHHHH I love that video.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on The Clash - Rock The Casbah in ~music

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    Oh my god I love this. It reminds me of that legendary video where there's like a word playing over and over but you hear it different when pictures on the screen change. can't remember what it's...

    Oh my god I love this. It reminds me of that legendary video where there's like a word playing over and over but you hear it different when pictures on the screen change. can't remember what it's called tho... :\

    1 vote