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by Diadem
Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hurricane Matthew: Climate Change Strikes Back
Replies: 28
Views: 7437

Re: Hurricane Matthew: Climate Change Strikes Back

It's a bit unclear to me how dangerous this thing is. I guess they wouldn't be doing a massive evacuation if the danger wasn't real. But 140 mph wind speeds doesn't sound so bad. That's not that much above a run-of-the-mill autumn storm. You wouldn't want to be outside, and just to be sure stay away...
by Diadem
Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631160

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Pretty realistic timeline, I only spot one major error:
The terrorists kidnap SpaceX founder Elon Musk, and with his help, begin the project to build a moon base.

We all know what would happen if Elon Musk was captured by terrorists. They already made a documentary about it.
by Diadem
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149367

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As others have said: the world won't end and I really don't think Trump is another Hitler. I think he'd be another Nixon: narcissistic and abusive of the powers that were given to him. But mostly for selfish and petty reasons. Sadly though those two options - Nixon or Hitler - arent mutually exclus...
by Diadem
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149367

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Liri wrote:So. Uncomfortable.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udVlh534QZk

Link doesn't work (video is private).
by Diadem
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149367

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Clinton is up quite a bit in the betting markets. So people certainly seem to think that Clinton won.
by Diadem
Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631160

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

The scientist is actually also wrong. The moon's gravitational pull on the earth is only 90x stronger than that of Jupiter. The sun's gravitational pull is much, much stronger than either of them. But the tides aren't caused by gravitational pull directly, but by the difference in gravitational pull...
by Diadem
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6941
Views: 1115007

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It's straight up murder. The guy had his arms in the air, was complying with instructions, wasn't doing anything threatening.
by Diadem
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Acutaries on Pensions, & Housing
Replies: 115
Views: 19223

Re: Acutaries Cooked The Books on Pensions, (Maybe?)

Mortgage interest tax deduction is a terrible idea. We have it in The Netherlands, and pretty much everybody across the political spectrum agrees that it's a bad idea. As CorruptUser points out, the number of houses is fairly fixed. So if everybody can afford a more expensive house, everybody will e...
by Diadem
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631160

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I'm pretty sure my opinion of Trump would also go up if I were only able to understand every 4th word of what he says.
Every 4th word of Trump wrote:When people their sending sending people of bringing us. They're rapists assume.

Much less offensive.
by Diadem
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Moms (split from Kubo and the Two Strings)
Replies: 5
Views: 2428

Re: Kubo and the Two Strings

I don't think calling it a 'genderflipped manchild trope' works, since modern society's expectations of mothers play an essential role in the film. Also, despite the title, the mothers in the movie aren't actually bad mothers. Quite the contrary. I thought the movie was pretty good. The ending was a...
by Diadem
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Moana
Replies: 34
Views: 10025

Re: Moana

The animation is really glorious, but based on the trailer the story and characters sound kinda boring.

It's only a trailer, which doesn't say too much about the actual movie, but yeah.
by Diadem
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6941
Views: 1115007

Re: Police misbehavior thread

These days, yes, K (upper case, referring to "kilo") is often used as well: "$57K" and it is also treated as a standalone unit in this usage. I've always used lower-case "k" for thousands. Upper-case "K" is, Kelvin, Ketamine or the end of a Morse code transmi...
by Diadem
Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243510

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I almost feel sorry for the guy. He's 49 and his political career is over. Normally a guy like him would be sent off to some nice cushy job in Brussels, but in his case I suspect he may not be the most welcome there.
by Diadem
Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149367

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yeah, walking pneumonia definitely sounds much scarier. If someone told me they had pneumonia, I wouldn't be too worried if they were otherwise healthy. If someone told me they had walking pneumonia my first instinct would be call in the military and issue a 10 mile quarantine.
by Diadem
Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149367

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Even if she was seriously ill, that's no reason not to vote for her. Just a reason to take another long hard look at her VP pick. I don't know much about him, I admit. But he seems better than Trump. Most Americans don't seem to think that way though. health seems to be an important issue for many v...
by Diadem
Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 21273

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

and diadem, i appreciate that it might not seem relevant to you . you are entitled to that opinion! but for me, i appreciated very much suicide squad's inclusion of not just one but many different characters who were not Stock White Dude. i do not want them to replace that with one character who is...
by Diadem
Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 21273

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

i legit did not care at all about that youtuber's version of suicide squad to be honest, like, we have seventeen zillion hollywood movies already that are Generic Boring Mediocre White Dude Who For Some Unfathomable Reason We Are All Supposed To Care About i was totally thrilled that suicide squad ...
by Diadem
Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 21273

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

i legit did not care at all about that youtuber's version of suicide squad to be honest, like, we have seventeen zillion hollywood movies already that are Generic Boring Mediocre White Dude Who For Some Unfathomable Reason We Are All Supposed To Care About i was totally thrilled that suicide squad ...
by Diadem
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 21273

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

That guy's version is obviously much better than the horrible mess we got, though I suspect that original outline of the Suicide Squad plot might also have been at least half-decent. Horrible editing is going to butcher your movie no matter how good your plot is. The problem with both versions thoug...
by Diadem
Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 388206

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

You don't know if today is a bad day, or the beginning of a bad time. If you follow the 'rational' strategy, you end up in the red at the end of bad months, and flush by the end of good months. That is, you're now a regular customer of the local payday lender, with their notorious APRs. On average ...
by Diadem
Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631160

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Linking to a 15 minute video as your only response is just rude, especially if at first glance the video is entirely unrelated to the subject at hand.
by Diadem
Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631160

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Seems the courts have ruled against the people suing the Aurora theater where James Holmes killed 12 people back in 2012. And it seems the remaining plaintiffs now owe $700 000 in court fees to the cinema company. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3768375/Survivors-Aurora-shooting-massacre-or...
by Diadem
Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631160

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Sableagle wrote:12 seconds, Three quarters of a mile. I guess the metallic squeak and the thud were someone dropping his thermos flask when he saw the fireball.

Your miles seem to be bigger than most people's.

12 seconds is about 4 kilometers.
by Diadem
Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 19645

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

Could a big enough country / group of countries like the US or EU not simply say: "If you want to sell products on our market, you have to pay at least 20% taxes over your total worldwide profit. We don't care where you pay them, or how you pay them. You can pay a little bit here and a little b...
by Diadem
Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 19645

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

The problem is that there is basically a huge race to the bottom where countries try to out-compete each other in offering tax reductions for companies in order to attract them. This is a very bad thing, and if the EU can stop this, that would be awesome. The thing is, they can still do this. As fa...
by Diadem
Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 19645

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

The problem is that there is basically a huge race to the bottom where countries try to out-compete each other in offering tax reductions for companies in order to attract them. This is a very bad thing, and if the EU can stop this, that would be awesome. I don't know the details of this ruling, but...
by Diadem
Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149367

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump has been using the 'Blacks will vote for me' angle a lot lately. He's not saying that to get black voters. He's saying that to get white voters. He's basically saying he's not a racist (because you can't be a racist if black people vote for you). It doesn't matter if it's true, just that his s...
by Diadem
Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 388206

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Volvo is much smaller than Uber, agreed. But Volvo is much more specialized. It's a car manufacturer that has always put safety as its primary focus. That's their reputation, that's why you buy a Volvo. So that's where a lot of their R&D money goes. I mean Volvo has been researching autonomous t...
by Diadem
Sat Aug 27, 2016 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149367

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Sure. But what Clinton says during her speeches is under her control. And the question is: Is calling Trump a racist effective? I think we all agree that it's true. But is it, at this moment in time, an effective attack. I think it can be, the way she is playing it. Because she's not just attacking ...
by Diadem
Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149367

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I think I posted about this before, but it's kind of weird if you think about it. The Netherlands and the US are about equally rich, and we are about 1/20th the size of the United States. I couldn't really find exact numbers, but it seems that in 2006 all political parties together spent about 15 mi...
by Diadem
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149367

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The first one is Clinton not helping a donor to her foundation. As is the third. The second one the secretary of state meeting with a very high ranked foreign official. That's her fucking job. If these are your best examples of Clinton corruption, then Clinton is not corrupt. In fact this makes Cli...
by Diadem
Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1149367

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Clinton news for once. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/hillarys-heel/2016/08/23/75565570-6972-11e6-ba32-5a4bf5aad4fa_story.html? But honestly, everyone was expecting this already, right? These emails basically already confirm my worldview that Clinton is a shady character. How on earth do t...
by Diadem
Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 388206

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I'm not saying running a successful taxi business is easy. But when it comes to 'self-driving taxis' the self-driving part isn't 50% of the battle; it's 99%.

I don't know the details of the Volvo / Uber partnership. But I would expect that Volvo is the one doing the heavy lifting there.
by Diadem
Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 388206

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I dunno about anyone else, but driverless cars seem to have become a reality from almost nowhere. I don't recall giving them any kind of serious thought more than a couple of years ago, and they have suddenly come of age. I could be wrong, but my hype-o-meter is twitching. As in, there is genuine f...
by Diadem
Sat Aug 20, 2016 3:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3490910

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

I'm not sure what you do, but I bought a nice house in Beloit WI for $23,000. It needed work, but you could get one in better shape for well under $100,000. If you can find a job in Madison if not local to Beloit you could be a homeowner much more easily. Define 'nice' and 'needed work'. I don't th...
by Diadem
Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 21273

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

Counterpoints: Ant Man, Man of Steel, Iron Man, Any Spiderman film, Constantine, Daredevil, and Catwoman. I'm confused. Iron Man was awesome, Ant Man was pretty good, and he rest aren't even in the MCU. Maybe your post was meant as a direct reply to the post before mine, but why would you be replyi...
by Diadem
Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3490910

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

I was more rhetorically expressing shock at mortgage payments being less than rent payments, which is completely outside my experience in the housing market out here in Southern California. I'm basically having to save up to put 50% down -- which still means hundreds of thousands of dollars on the ...
by Diadem
Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3490910

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

The mortgage would be about half my current rent What. How the hell? Why would anyone ever rent if they could pay less and actually get equity to their name for that money? What the others said. It's extremely hard to get a mortgage. Employers are very reluctant in giving people permanent contracts...
by Diadem
Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3490910

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

The goal of the mortgage is that you regularly pay. Their risk is you run short of cash. Assume your income halves. They want to ensure you can continue to pay your mortgage while eating ramen and dropping all other financial commitments. That is the risk they are working against. The problem is th...
by Diadem
Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 21273

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

Maybe not by 1990s comic book adaptation standards. But we have a lot of good movies in the MCU now. Standards are higher.

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