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  1. I disagree. The fact that the earth is roughly a sphere is not an untested thought or hypothesis, it’s been known and proven scientifically for thousands of years. The circumference of the earth was calculated by the ancient Greeks fairly accurately over 2,000 years ago. He was not an inspiration, he was reckless.
  2. He dieded. Turns out his engineering was on par with his science.
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    The airline experience has become miserable

    I can’t stand people who recline their seats, especially when they do it while people are still boarding and getting situated. If airlines are going to cram in as many seats as they can with minimal clearance, they should lock the seats in the upright position. I’m an average height and build and a fully reclined seat touches my knees in economy class on some airlines, so I can’t imagine what it’s like for taller guys.
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    Rush Limbaugh Diagnosed With Advanced Lung Cancer

    Guy who used cigars as a major trademark of his “brand” gets lung cancer? I’m shocked.
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    The Gun Control Debate Thread - Say hello to my little thread

    Maryland’s ‘Red Flag’ Law Turns Deadly: Officer Kills Man Who Refused To Turn In Gun “FERNADALE, Md. (WJZ) — A 61-year-old man is dead after he was shot by an officer trying to enforce Maryland’s new ‘red flag’ law in Ferndale Monday morning... ...Police continue to investigate the shooting. At this time it’s not clear who called police to alert them about Willis.” read more here It’s troubling that they don’t know who called the police to the guy’s house. I’m all for guns being restricted for the mentally unstable, but shouldn’t this be something that requires a warrant or something more concrete than just anyone calling the police on anyone else? At the very least require a diagnosis and description of the mental health disorder by a mental health professional so the police have a better idea about what they’re walking into?
  6. This. Working in a field where this happens every day made me realize that most (all?) journalists are just people with opinions and agendas who are trying to get clicks and views. They’re experienced at reporting the news, but that’s about as far as their expertise goes, and when it comes to the details and nuance of any of the issues that the groups in my field work with they are almost always wrong. Because of this, I figure that pretty much every complex issue that gets reported is *at best* 50% true.
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    Nazis showing up at places uninvited.

    Haha! Nice. I think the vague wording of SB16 on the kinds of guns that would violate the law and the severity of the punishment for owning them drew out enough “normal” people that the fringe who would otherwise cause trouble were kept in check or weren’t able to get organized.
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    Nazis showing up at places uninvited.

    If I’m reading the sequence of events correctly on the whole gun rally thing, it seems the gun rally was organized in response to Virginia bill SB16 proposed by the state senate in November. I’m guessing because this rally was started due to a real potential law that would affect people other than the tiki torch toting Nazi types, there was a broader representation of saner people attending this rally vs. purely alt right organized rallies.
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    General Mass Shooting Thread (originally Las Vegas Strip)

    Aurora is where the theater shooting during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises happened. What’s up with that town?
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    The Outer Space Thread

    I agree, all of your points are difficult, but not impossible. Assuming we could colonize the galaxy over a span of 100 million years, we would likely branch off into many different variant sub-species to the point where we would no longer be recognizable to ourselves. We would create our own aliens, which is an interesting thing to think about.
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    The Outer Space Thread

    Limited colonization of the galaxy in 100 million years maybe. The Voyager probe is currently the fastest spacecraft we’ve sent, and it travels at 38,600 MPH. At that speed, it would take about 100 million years to travel to the next arm of the galaxy and 1.7 Billion years to travel in a straight line across the galaxy. If a spacefaring alien civilization is on the other side of the galaxy, or even in another arm of the galaxy, we still most likely wouldn’t know they are there 100 million years from now even if we are a multiple system civilization. Assuming FTL travel isn’t possible.
  12. Agreed, and the whole process of picking our leader seems antiquated. Basing our votes on Television “debates,” Television ads, and campaign speech sound bites are exactly why a TV personality is now running our country like a reality show.
  13. To be fair to both Pompeo and the Iranians, the fog of war is a real thing. Soleimani could have been plotting an attack, we just didn’t have enough information to know the details, and the consequences of waiting to find out could mean American deaths. The Iranians, who were expecting a counter attack by American aircraft, saw an aircraft they thought was hostile, and from the anti-air crew’s perspective the consequences for not acting within seconds could mean a tactical nuke (or worse) is dropped on their capital city. That’s war. It sucks, but decisions have to be made and mistakes happen.
  14. Skintime posted this early Tuesday night during the rocket attack... I wonder if Iran was reporting a downed US jet, when they had actually downed the 737? @Skintime do you know where that report came from? I tried to search Google and Twitter, but couldn’t find anything. Just curious.
  15. If that’s true, we are incredibly lucky the whole thing turned out the way it did.