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#1
Quote from: Desert Fox on January 31, 2024, 06:39:28 PM
Quote from: Rai on January 31, 2024, 02:47:06 AMDunno, never heard of a Lockheed Electra with swept-back wings. It is also deeper than the Titanic, so I doubt anyone will ever have a closer look.

Though, I could recommend a very respectable company that could dive there with a group of billionaires...

There have been a bunch of destroyers in the Pacific explored by ROVs. They are deeper than Titanic.  USS Johnson as an example. USS Samuel B Roberts as well.

Absolutely, but I feel the evidence was stronger for those. It is not impossible to do, but I am not sure who would fund it based on what has been presented.
#2
General Discussion / Re: Economic systems
January 31, 2024, 10:22:29 AM
Something something $2.15 a day

QuoteRough sleeping in London is at its highest level in a decade, prompting warnings of a "humanitarian crisis" that is expected to get worse.

In a 23% year-on-year increase for the fourth quarter of 2023, 4,389 people were counted sleeping on London's streets – the most since city hall started recording figures in 2014.

More than half were sleeping rough for the first time. Homelessness charities called the numbers "devastating".

[url=https://www.theguardian.com/society/2024/jan/31/rough-sleeping-in-london-up-to-highest-level-in-a-decade]https://www.theguardian.com/society/2024/jan/31/rough-sleeping-in-london-up-to-highest-level-in-a-decade
#3
Dunno, never heard of a Lockheed Electra with swept-back wings. It is also deeper than the Titanic, so I doubt anyone will ever have a closer look.

Though, I could recommend a very respectable company that could dive there with a group of billionaires...
#4
Reacher is OK, I guess. Nothing special, but does the job and does not go that heavily into copaganda. I wish they stuck to the small town stuff for the second season, though
#5
General Discussion / Re: Economic systems
January 16, 2024, 05:03:10 AM
Butbutbut what about the theoretical incomes of theoretical poor people increasing by a fraction of a cent??

QuoteThe world's five richest men have more than doubled their fortunes to £688bn in three years - while the wealth of the poorest 60% has fallen, according to Oxfam.

It says the first trillionaire could emerge within a decade but that poverty won't be eradicated for 229 years.

The charity's report, Inequality Inc, comes as business and political leaders meet for the World Economic Forum in the upmarket Swiss ski resort of Davos.

It's traditionally used the occasion to highlight the divide between rich and poor, but this year says the gap has been "supercharged" since the pandemic.

The fortunes of Tesla boss Elon Musk, Bernard Arnault - owner of luxury goods firm LVMH, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Oracle's Larry Ellison and investment guru Warren Buffet, have increased 114% in real terms since 2020, says Oxfam.

Their collective wealth is said to have grown from £321bn to £688bn.

Musk alone is estimated to be worth about £180bn, according to the real-time Forbes list Oxfam used for its calculations.

However, the 4.7 billion people who make up the world's poorest 60% have become 0.2% poorer in real terms, Oxfam says, with many countries unable to give the COVID financial support of richer nations.
https://news.sky.com/story/worlds-richest-men-double-their-wealth-in-three-years-as-oxfam-warns-of-first-trillionaire-13048652?dcmp=snt-sf-twitter
#6
AI bros have to be the lowest form of tech bro, an already despicable kind of human.

"Let's use our copyright infringement machine to shit on the memory of a dead man"

Can we start the Butlerian Jihad now, please?
#7
TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
January 08, 2024, 12:08:16 PM
Quote from: daniel1948 on January 08, 2024, 11:03:35 AM
Quote from: Rai on January 08, 2024, 10:41:40 AMMy main issue with John Wick is that everyone either is nearly invulnerable or an instant-dispatch faceless mook. Where's the tension in that?

I'd give all past and future John Wicks for one John McClane with shredded feet.

Plus, for a gun-focused movie, there are no distinctive weapons, they all just blend into one black polymer tacticool mass not seen outside school shooters' wet dreams. At least give the man a Mare's Leg or something fun.

The "tension" is that he has to kill about a hundred of them every time he turns a corner.  :huh:

I think the word you are looking for is boredom.

Oh no, will Babushka or wtf he is called gun down this next hundred just like the previous 5800?

They aren't even Nazis or other gratifying targets, just guys in suits! Not even particularly evil guys in suits, unlike 1930s Southern governors, but just guys!

If you want a roaring rampage of revenge, just watch the two fairly recent gaelsploitation flicks, The Nightingale (this does come with a MASSIVE sexual violence trigger warning) and Black '47.
#8
TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
January 08, 2024, 10:41:40 AM
My main issue with John Wick is that everyone either is nearly invulnerable or an instant-dispatch faceless mook. Where's the tension in that?

I'd give all past and future John Wicks for one John McClane with shredded feet.

Plus, for a gun-focused movie, there are no distinctive weapons, they all just blend into one black polymer tacticool mass not seen outside school shooters' wet dreams. At least give the man a Mare's Leg or something fun.
#9
Tech Talk / Re: Artemis
December 22, 2023, 05:18:42 AM
They really should have just given the contract to JPL and let them have it, as opposed to an unhinged fascist billionaire's fail-corporation.
#10
General Discussion / Re: Economic systems
December 13, 2023, 01:36:53 PM
You are proving my point, darling.
#11
General Discussion / Re: Economic systems
December 13, 2023, 01:07:41 PM
Ok, so you'll just continue deflecting and lying instead of considering what the other person is saying. There is no point even trying to get through that ideological armour of yours.
#12
General Discussion / Re: Economic systems
December 13, 2023, 10:10:36 AM
Quote from: Quetzalcoatl on December 13, 2023, 09:22:02 AMAnd can you provide a sufficient quotation to illustrate your point?

What do you find appealing with a forum nominally dedicated to scientific skepticism when you personally reject any academic field that is ideologically uncomfortable to you?

Why don't we start by you just not being dishonest.

I have outlined, again and again, the serious methodological and epistemological issues I and many others have with the pseudoscience of economics. You never tried to address or acknowledge any of those arguments, instead you have been falsely stating that the reason for rejecting economics is because it makes me "ideologically uncomfortable", which is just untrue.

Meanwhile you claim to be wholly beyond ideology, while spouting some of the most ideologically biased bullshit this here website has ever seen and outright refuse to even acknowledge the existence of any counterargument to anything you ever say (well, quote from wikipedia, mostly, you almost never voice actual original thoughts) and instead misrepresent everything that does not perfectly align with your shockingly narrow worldview.

once you stop lying and using tactics that even creationists would find cringeworthy, then we can talk.
#13
General Discussion / Re: Economic systems
December 13, 2023, 08:16:24 AM
LOL, the 2007-2008 crisis was "unpredictable". This is exactly how serious economists are. Just because their pseudoscience cannot predict something, it means that it is not their methods that's wrong, but it is just impossible.

This kind of thinking is a hallmark of a real science.

FYI, Marx explained in detail how the boom and bust cycle works, which is a core feature of capitalism. Not that you have ever read him because of your ideological hangups, but the explanation has been there for well over a century.
#14
TV & Movies / Re: List of the Not the Very Best TV Shows
December 08, 2023, 11:41:52 PM
Quote from: Tassie Dave on December 08, 2023, 06:22:14 PM
Quote from: Rai on December 08, 2023, 01:24:26 AMthe new season did finally drop the worst storyline ever.

Worst than the cringe worthy storyline of the grown up son of Astronauts having a one night stand with the mother of his dead friend. (The woman he'd had a crush on since he was a boy) Then telling her husband (his boss).

That was the one I was referring to. No sign of it and that kid is hopefully dead.
#15
TV & Movies / Re: List of the Not the Very Best TV Shows
December 08, 2023, 01:24:26 AM
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters on Apple TV is OK, I guess. Not as plodding and with no children, unlike the godawful invasion and it has some decent moments. I guess I can watch it while cooking if there is nothing else on, but would not recommend it to anyone.

Also on Apple TV, For All Mankind continues to be a perfectly OK space series and the new season did finally drop the worst storyline ever. This season, I am hoping for a communist Mars revolution, that would be fun.