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Postby LaserGuy » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:09 pm UTC

“A dog will not be allowed to file and put its name on the ballot,” grumped Bryan Caskey, director of elections in the Secretary of State’s office. And, in fact, the Kansas City Star reported yesterday that the secretary had decided Woolley was out. Why? “There’s several laws that reference that the governor has to be an individual or a person,” Caskey said, “and so we are relying on that.” Well, maybe they are. And maybe it’s just a coincidence that the Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, is himself running for governor. Or is it?


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Postby Mutex » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:18 pm UTC

Plasma_Wolf wrote:John Oliver's book Marlon Bundo is topping the Amazon bestseller list within 24 hours of its release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43457884

Isn't "Marlon Bundo" copyrighted by his wife, or is ok because it's a parody?

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Underhill wrote:If you’re a lawyer, you’d hope never to see this headline: “Federal judge to [your last name]: ‘That’s not how trials are conducted.'” But if you are Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, you have seen many such headlines recently, if you are still reading news. Because you decided to personally represent the state when it got sued by the ACLU over your BS “voter fraud” law, and you are handling the trial, even though you plainly have no clue at all how to do that. Bonus points: the judge has also used the phrase “Evidence 101” when speaking to you.
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Postby Plasma_Wolf » Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:34 pm UTC

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Plasma_Wolf wrote:John Oliver's book Marlon Bundo is topping the Amazon bestseller list within 24 hours of its release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43457884

Isn't "Marlon Bundo" copyrighted by his wife, or is ok because it's a parody?

I'm pretty sure it's ok as a parody. I also think that they're smart enough not to sue John Oliver over this because he already has all the positive attention. Suing him over something as trivial as a small book (of which the profit goes to charity) will only put the Pence family in a bad (worse) light. It'll also ensure that whoever thinks "that looks like a nice fun book, but I'm not going to get a copy" will definitely order one on amazon right away.

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Postby ObsessoMom » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:05 pm UTC

Show of hands: How many of us only found out that the original book existed because John Oliver parodied it?

The original will probably sell many more copies than it otherwise would have, as a result. In part because people disgruntled by the parody will want to show support for the original by buying it. So I think everyone wins.

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Postby sardia » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:43 pm UTC

ObsessoMom wrote:Show of hands: How many of us only found out that the original book existed because John Oliver parodied it?

The original will probably sell many more copies than it otherwise would have, as a result. In part because people disgruntled by the parody will want to show support for the original by buying it. So I think everyone wins.

The consumer loses because he's out money to spite imaginary enemies.

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Postby elasto » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:59 pm UTC

sardia wrote:The consumer loses because he's out money to spite imaginary enemies.

He only loses out if the book is bad. If it's good (or simply just ok) then it's money well spent in the same sense that money spent on any leisure interest is: It's money spent to give a fleeting amount of satisfaction.

(I mean, I think consumerism as a whole is bad in the sense that it doesn't make people happy in the way they assume it will, but that philosophical objection aside it could be win-win as Obsessomom says.)

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Postby LaserGuy » Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:11 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:
Plasma_Wolf wrote:John Oliver's book Marlon Bundo is topping the Amazon bestseller list within 24 hours of its release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43457884

Isn't "Marlon Bundo" copyrighted by his wife, or is ok because it's a parody?


I don't know that you could actually copyright this, because it's the name of, and based on the likeness of, a real rabbit. Copyrighting character names is one of those things that is kind of tricky legally anyway... the name itself can't actually be copyrighted, but the conceptualization of the character can. So I'm pretty sure you could write a story with a character named "Harry Potter" in it; but if your "Harry Potter" character is also a wizard, then you're likely to be infringing copyright.

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Postby CorruptUser » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:44 pm UTC

IANAL ahead.

You can copyright your own name. That would imply you could copyright the names of people and objects you are guardians of, e.g., you can copyright "American Pharoah", the latest triple crown winner. So it stands to reason Pence could copyright the name of his pet rabbit.

As an aside, anyone else find it odd that Trump is the first president without a pet? Does every animal hiss and screech when he enters a room?

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Postby ObsessoMom » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:10 am UTC

Am I the only one old enough to recognize that the name Marlon Bundo is itself derivative?

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Postby Thesh » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:13 am UTC

I'm not sure that matters with respect to copyright.
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ObsessoMom wrote:Am I the only one old enough to recognize that the name Marlon Bundo is itself derivative?


I hear the guy has a fanclub dedicated to people who resemble him. The North American Marlon Brando Look-Alikes (NAMBLA).

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Postby addams » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:01 am UTC

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I take offense.
There are some provisions from which one could infer that a non-human animal could not serve as governor, however. For example, in a couple of places the constitution uses the word “person” to refer to executive officers, and there is, for better or worse, authority that non-human animals are not “persons.
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Postby eran_rathan » Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:14 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:IANAL ahead.

You can copyright your own name. That would imply you could copyright the names of people and objects you are guardians of, e.g., you can copyright "American Pharoah", the latest triple crown winner. So it stands to reason Pence could copyright the name of his pet rabbit.

As an aside, anyone else find it odd that Trump is the first president without a pet? Does every animal hiss and screech when he enters a room?


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Postby LaserGuy » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:48 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:IANAL ahead.

You can copyright your own name. That would imply you could copyright the names of people and objects you are guardians of, e.g., you can copyright "American Pharoah", the latest triple crown winner. So it stands to reason Pence could copyright the name of his pet rabbit.

As an aside, anyone else find it odd that Trump is the first president without a pet? Does every animal hiss and screech when he enters a room?


You can't copyright your name. You can trademark it though.

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Postby CorruptUser » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:42 pm UTC

As YouTube has removed all DIY gun videos, said videos are now available as porn. So baby, do you like my glock? Of course, the money shot is a bit... macabre.

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Postby Sableagle » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:46 pm UTC

Pre-EU, British passports were dark blue.

While Britain was in the EU, British passports were standard EU red.

Now that Britain is leaving the EU, we may be losing our rights, our trade, our ability to feed ourselves, a large chunk of our economy, quite a lot of our workforce, easy travel and a few other things, but we're damn well getting our dark blue passports back. No longer shall we be forced to use dark red EU passports that aren't quite the same shade as our post boxes and phone boxes. We're going to have dark blue passports again, and they're going to be made in France. The British company making the red ones isn't getting the contract for the dark blue ones. That's going to an EU company.

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Postby HES » Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:13 pm UTC

(Bonus points, as we had every right to use blue passports whilst within the EU)
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Postby Soupspoon » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:49 pm UTC

I have been meaning to work out if I'm already too late to apply for a passport renewal that would be burgandy and 'European' still. I can't even recall if I ever had a blue passport, and I certainly have no attachment to that old symbol.

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Postby addams » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:01 pm UTC

Now, that it is obvious the Russians played a part in breaking up the E.U. into more manageable bite sizes.
Can your people strengthen their E.U. connections? For the Good of The Queen and everyone else, too.
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Postby Coyne » Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:52 am UTC

addams wrote:Now, that it is obvious the Russians played a part in breaking up the E.U. into more manageable bite sizes.
Can your people strengthen their E.U. connections? For the Good of The Queen and everyone else, too.


Hey now, the anti-EU crowd has got the vote just the way they like it. You don't think they're going to let anyone change the outcome, do you?
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Postby New User » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:27 pm UTC

Remember the man who was going to launch his homemade rocket, with him inside, to try to prove that the earth is flat? Well, he launched the rocket, and survived the fall. It says he was hurt, but isn't much more specific than that. Apparently no serious injuries. He was able to provide an interview after the landing. No word on if he determined the shape of the earth, but apparently, this launch was only one step towards his goal to eventually reach outer space.

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Postby ObsessoMom » Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:12 pm UTC

I liked this characterization in the Los Angeles Times. (WARNING: it's the Los Angeles Times. Their website is highly annoying.)

Still, mission accomplished for a guy more daredevil than engineer, who drew more comparisons to the cartoon character Wile E. Coyote from his critics than he did to iconic stunt man Evel Knievel.


On the flat-earth thing:

He's always maintained that his mission [for this particular rocket] isn't to prove the Earth is flat.

"Do I believe the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe it is," he said. "Do I know for sure? No. That's why I want to go up in space."

That's his project for down the road. He wants to build a "Rockoon," a rocket that is carried into the atmosphere by a gas-filled balloon, then separated from the balloon and lit. This rocket would take Hughes about 68 miles up.

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Postby jewish_scientist » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:15 pm UTC

As we reported in November, Hughes converted to his flat-Earth beliefs only in recent years, not long after his first fundraising campaign netted just 0.2 percent of its goal. But then he announced his conversion — which he says he undertook after he "researched it for several months in between doing everything else" — and his fundraising numbers saw a significant uptick.

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Postby CorruptUser » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:39 pm UTC

Well, if you need to fund something silly, taking money from idiots that don't deserve money is the best scenario.

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Postby elasto » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:47 pm UTC

I always assumed modern flat-earthers were just a novel form of trolling - an absurd belief expressed sincerely simply to irritate. I got much less sure of that when I saw just how much they put their money where their mouth is.

(I still cling onto the hope that most are trolls knowingly exploiting Poe's law. Wonder how you could ever find out though?)

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Postby ucim » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:58 pm UTC

Go ahead and try to show the earth is round. It's harder than it looks, especially if you limit yourself to only the things and knowledge you personally can do or demonstrate (no space photos, for example). It's an interesting challenge.

My view is that the original ones do it for attention, on a subject for which there is no practical downside. Very few people make any choices in life for which personally knowing the shape of the earth matters. But since most people have simply accepted what they were taught in school, when faced with a challenge they are unable to back up their beliefs scientifically. So, it's possible to get them to go "hmmmm...." and then we're back to the first paragraph, and flat earth gains more followers.

Then there are the biblical nut cases, but if you can't pick and choose what to accept from the Holy Books, you also can't pick and choose what to reject from it.

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Postby Soupspoon » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:20 pm UTC

ucim wrote:Go ahead and try to show the earth is round. It's harder than it looks, especially if you limit yourself to only the things and knowledge you personally can do or demonstrate (no space photos, for example). It's an interesting challenge.

Airline schedules, is the way I quite liked. Unless you suspect the airlines of a) Having the capability of much faster flight than they publicise and yet b) deliberately dawdle on some routes then if you plot flight times between various parts of the world (especially, say Sydney to Lima, Lima to Bloemfontein and Bloemfontein to Sydney that cross from near-rim to near-rim on most FE models of Earth, to contrast with northern routes that are are clockwise/anti-clockwise nearer the hub and various lengthy cross-'equator' routes) you're forced to conclude that it's at the very least a wrap-around world, rather than a planar disc, and probably also folded in at both poles.

Naturally, those darned Theoretical Conspiritors probably do manipulate both the schedules and the published capabilities of all planes. And you ought to also know that They are only letting me tell you of the possibility of their deception as part of a complex multi-layer bluff, you know. They told me to tell you that, too. But not this. So if you don't hear from me for a while, I'm probably still in hiding. Probably on the other side of the world… the underside, that is.

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Postby elasto » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:35 pm UTC

ucim wrote:Go ahead and try to show the earth is round. It's harder than it looks, especially if you limit yourself to only the things and knowledge you personally can do or demonstrate (no space photos, for example). It's an interesting challenge.

It's enough for me that a conspiracy would be completely impossible. It's not just scientists (geologists, meteorologists, biologists, physicists etc.) who'd have to be in on it, but the media, pilots (both military and civilian), ship captains and countless other groups.

Indeed, it's information it'd be impossible to suppress. For example, this forum contains way more than enough people to prove the earth is round: Just get everyone to say whether it's day or night for them and plot it onto the claimed earth model. You'll see that it's day on half the sphere and night on the other no matter how many times you try it. I don't need to try this experiment personally to know that some forum somewhere must have and obviously nothing ever came of it.

And then there's the fact that, as you imply, it is indeed possible for groups as small as one or two people to do the science proving the earth is not flat. For example, place cameras looking into vertical narrow shafts such as wells and observe the angles of the shadows when the sun is high in the sky.

[Edit: Soupspoon's way is even easier, and can indeed be done by one person]

Conspiracies are only plausible if a very tiny group of people are involved. Once it's open to anyone in the world to discover the truth it's not plausible for the truth to be suppressed.

It's odd to me that that isn't the end of it though, and that clearly people are convinced to the extent of parting with hard-earned cash over it.

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Postby Zohar » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:56 pm UTC

It is enough to just get on a tall building and verify to can see farther off to prove the world is not flat. Maybe it's oblong, maybe it changes from places to place, but it would definitively prove it's not flat.
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Postby Sableagle » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:59 pm UTC

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Postby ucim » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:04 pm UTC

Sure, but saying "conspiracies are very unlikely" isn't the same as doing science. Airline schedules are good, but they rely on something somebody else is doing. (Oh, didn't you hear? There's no such thing as jet fuel - airliners run by compressed air.) Day/night works on a flat earth with a nearby sun (if you neglect that pesky sunset thing), and the vertical shaft thing relies on the sun being far away too. Can you show (by yourself) how far away the sun is? Have you ever done it?

And that's the thing. Most people haven't done it; they take the word of their science teachers (and the rest of the sane world).

There are a few prominent flat earthers who have recanted at least part of their position based on experiments they have done at the behest of others (or experiments that others have you-tubed), so this tells me that they are at least sincere and receptive, if not convinced. And for those people, who you-tube and influence others, the thing to do is to show them how to do science right, without snow, and without ridicule.

And Zohar, yes, that should be a clue. Refraction makes it more complicated though - from low down you can actually see farther than geometrically possible.

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Postby eran_rathan » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:06 pm UTC

ucim wrote:Go ahead and try to show the earth is round. It's harder than it looks, especially if you limit yourself to only the things and knowledge you personally can do or demonstrate (no space photos, for example). It's an interesting challenge.

My view is that the original ones do it for attention, on a subject for which there is no practical downside. Very few people make any choices in life for which personally knowing the shape of the earth matters. But since most people have simply accepted what they were taught in school, when faced with a challenge they are unable to back up their beliefs scientifically. So, it's possible to get them to go "hmmmm...." and then we're back to the first paragraph, and flat earth gains more followers.

Then there are the biblical nut cases, but if you can't pick and choose what to accept from the Holy Books, you also can't pick and choose what to reject from it.

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I always liked the Greek method for calculating the radius of the earth based on geometry & the shadows cast by the sun on the same day in different parts of the world - which is a lot easier to coordinate nowadays with telephones or the internet.

ETA: dope, didn't read far enough before responding.

elasto wrote:Conspiracies are only plausible if a very tiny group of people are involved. Once it's open to anyone in the world to discover the truth it's not plausible for the truth to be suppressed.



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eran_rathan wrote:I always liked the Greek method for calculating the radius of the earth based on geometry & the shadows cast by the sun
It relies on the sun being very far away (rays treated as parallel). Can you demonstrate that personally?

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Postby eran_rathan » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:15 pm UTC

ucim wrote:
eran_rathan wrote:I always liked the Greek method for calculating the radius of the earth based on geometry & the shadows cast by the sun
It relies on the sun being very far away (rays treated as parallel). Can you demonstrate that personally?

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No, it doesn't. You just need to know some additional distances & angles to determine the distance to the sun (length of your base line, size of your measuring rods, angle of the sun above the horizon, etc.) Its a first-year surveying problem.
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Postby Zohar » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:17 pm UTC

And regarding the parallel rays, using phones it is very easy to confirm with others the rays are pretty much parallel - call a friend in the same longitude but a substantially different latitude then you, you both measure the angle a shadow of a pole makes with the north at the same time.
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Postby ucim » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:24 pm UTC

A flat earth and a nearby sun will also cause varying shadow lengths. Over longer distances the discrepancy (between it and spherical/far) becomes evident, but then you run into the sunset thing anyway. (I don't know why flat-earthers don't see sunset as a problem for their model.)

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

Postby Sableagle » Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:12 pm UTC

Sunset? What sunset? https://youtu.be/BgZa9oZDN5g?t=19 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndlQNicOeso show no sunset.

Now how the heck do they reconcile *that* wi... oh, hey, someone already posted that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANcFz6c00Es
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby CorruptUser » Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:30 pm UTC

Flat earthers, not including the religious nuts, only believe what they do in order to be defiant towards everyone else. Oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD.

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

Postby ucim » Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:59 pm UTC

... and they get away with it because to the actual decisions most people make in life, it doesn't matter what shape the earth is. Unless you are a tanker ship captain in the southern hemisphere or a GPS systems designer for example, you can get by believing the earth is banana shaped.

Alas, what people believe the shape of the earth is shows what the shape of the earth is in.

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