Hear the Odd Voicemail Gaetz and Friend Left Female Florida Lawmaker

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The skeevy news about Matt Gaetz just keeps on comin’, and here’s one of the skeeviest bits nicely summed up in this CNN video.

Federal investigators looking into Rep. Matt Gaetz’s relationships with young women have examined whether any federal campaign money was involved in paying for travel and expenses for the women, a person briefed on the matter said.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:07:26pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:09:47pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:13:10pm
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Charles Johnson  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:13:33pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:14:38pm

Half-Staff City Council Room

President Joseph R. Biden has ordered the US Flag lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol today. It shall remain at half-staff until sunset, April 6.

whitehouse.gov

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Charles Johnson  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:19:07pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:19:13pm
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jaunte  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:19:53pm

Unwanted trolling calls seems to be a calling card for these guys.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:20:09pm
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Barefoot Grin  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:21:36pm

re: #6 Charles Johnson

I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. I suspect sometime in middle school on an overnight field trip some of his classmates taped his nose to his forehead, but he didn’t awaken and there it froze. This explains his face and his fixation on girls at roughly the 9th grade level.

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teleskiguy  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:28:52pm

This is the ski area I work at. Still the same building, with a couple of additions. And the lift in the video was shortened when two other lifts were installed. The ski equipment is also very different today.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:36:50pm
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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:37:56pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

“DON’T TREAD ON ME”

“Don’t worry, mate, I wouldn’t dream of it. Have a good one, yeah?”

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teleskiguy  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:38:42pm
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🌹UOJB!  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:41:31pm
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wrenchwench  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:43:51pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

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In 1972, I traveled with my 6 siblings, mother, and dog, from LA to Chicago, camping (usually) along the way. One night, we didn’t stop until after dark, and ended up at a nice, otherwise unoccupied, roadside rest stop with a picnic table. Some slept in the VW van, a few of us camped out in a flimsy tent. In the morning, we saw that sign.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:45:42pm

re: #15 🌹UOJB!

That’s incredibly clever.

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teleskiguy  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:47:39pm

He’s a psychopath.

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wrenchwench  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:48:19pm

re: #16 wrenchwench

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Nojay UK  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:49:51pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

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I liked the sign I saw in Japan, just off a small beach between Kure and Hiroshima, warning people of the terrifying snakes and wild boars in the area.

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Jay C  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:53:47pm

re: #18 teleskiguy

He’s a psychopath.

“Other than that, Happy Easter”

😱😱😱

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:54:51pm

re: #21 Jay C

“Other than that, Happy Easter”

😱😱😱

“And for the rest, I hold that the religious rites must be observed.”

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🌹UOJB!  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:56:11pm

re: #18 teleskiguy

He’s a psychopath.

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Is it too much to hope that the 3rd Republican involved in the Gaetz scandal is Trump?

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Apr 2, 2021 • 6:56:24pm

re: #21 Jay C

“Other than that, Happy Easter”

😱😱😱

More like 😳😬😂😂😂😂😂

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jaunte  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:00:22pm

So who did Gaetz show the photos to on the floor of the House, and why aren’t they coming forward?

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jaunte  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:00:39pm

It’s going to come out.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:02:11pm

re: #25 jaunte

So who did Gaetz show the photos to on the floor of the House, and why aren’t they coming forward?

I’ve seen tweets along the lines of, “If he showed them to any Democrats, they should offer to resign NOW.” Uhh, you think he’s stupid enough to do that? I don’t know about you, but even Matt “Gas Pedal” Gaetz has enough brains not to show compromising photos to people who would literally torpedo his career in an instant if given a chance. Like, no, you can rest assured that all responsibility for this Hindenburg-sized political disaster rests with the GQP.

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jaunte  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:03:29pm

I bet Junior saw them.

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jaunte  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:14:20pm

A brief criminal retrospective:

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:14:57pm

re: #29 jaunte

A brief criminal retrospective:

“Watergate? I hardly knew ‘er!”

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jaunte  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:15:23pm
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DodgerFan1988  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:20:18pm
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bratwurst  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:22:09pm

Happy Friday, folks! I am just here to offer a shoutout to the several lawmakers who were apparently aware that Matt Gaetz keeps and readily shares potential revenge porn material on his sexual conquests who also didn’t make a single peep while this cretin was in Wyoming to shit on Liz Cheney for the crime of loving Trump less than he does.

Oh wait…did I say shoutout?

I meant a stiff middle finger.

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:23:18pm

re: #32 DodgerFan1988

Also GOP: You can’t force me to show proof of vaccination to do things with people during a pandemic!

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:23:33pm

Can Vaccinated People Spread the Virus? We Don’t Know, Scientists Say. (Yahoo!)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday walked back controversial comments made by its director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, suggesting that people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus never become infected or transmit the virus to others.

The assertion called into question the precautions that the agency had urged vaccinated people to take just last month, like wearing masks and gathering only under limited circumstances with unvaccinated people.

“Dr. Walensky spoke broadly during this interview,” an agency spokesperson told The Times. “It’s possible that some people who are fully vaccinated could get COVID-19. The evidence isn’t clear whether they can spread the virus to others. We are continuing to evaluate the evidence.”

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Deep State SuperElite Satinist  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:25:52pm

Sex trafficker

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cat-tikvah  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:32:38pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

My family calls that a “Yo, Idiot” sign.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:33:11pm

re: #18 teleskiguy

He’s a psychopath.

Sociopath.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:36:22pm
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cat-tikvah  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:38:13pm

re: #29 jaunte

First protest sign I made after 2016 election - displayed at a protest when the GOP came to Philadelphia in January 2017.
Nailed it.

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teleskiguy  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:44:32pm

Huh. Steven Crowder (@scrowder) deleted all of his tweets.

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Amory Blaine  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:45:14pm

My niece wrote a dystopian future trilogy while in college with all the art and lore to go with it. I’m trying to get her to create some NFT special editions of her works. She’s amenable to the idea.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:47:35pm

re: #14 teleskiguy

The Claremont Institute: founded by four libertarian conservative students of now-dead wingnut Leo Strauss (Wikipedia)

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Belafon  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:57:37pm

Joke from Google home mini:

Why do ducks have tail feathers?
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To cover their butt quack.

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sagehen  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:57:41pm

I must remind everyone that the Claremont Institute has ZERO connection to the Claremont Colleges. It’s sorta kinda nearby, and trying to appropriate the Claremont Colleges’ reputation, but IT”S ENTIRELY UNRELATED.

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retired cynic  Apr 2, 2021 • 7:59:04pm

re: #45 sagehen

Par for the course.

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DodgerFan1988  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:02:26pm
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jaunte  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:11:19pm
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A Mom Anon  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:18:37pm

Happy Friday Lizards! Looks like the congressslither from FL is in big trouble. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving spoiled little frat boy. He was raised to believe he should never have to suffer consequences for being awful and a fucking criminal who enjoys hurting others. And he never has, til now. Daddy is probably still promising him it’ll all go away. I want to see him in an orange jumpsuit with that stupid haircut of his buzzed off. I will happy dance.
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Cleo says she has been a very good girl today.
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Belafon  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:22:57pm

On my way to work this morning, I saw this on the back of a pickup: “Quiero novia toxica que me mantenga.” The translation from an amiga Latina is “I want a toxic girlfriend who will support me.”

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Dave In Austin  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:26:11pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:29:59pm

ha ha ha

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Dread Pirate Ron  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:32:18pm
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BeachDem  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:38:35pm

re: #328 A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!

Still no sign of Decatur Deb. Does anyone know anything about this?

re: #330 Backwoods_Sleuth

BeachDem sent him an email. Don’t think she got a response yet.

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austin_blue  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:39:20pm

Damn. Arizona just knocked out UCONN. All Pac-12 women’s final.

That looked too easy for Arizona. Great defense, good ball control.

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retired cynic  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:40:01pm

re: #54 BeachDem

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A Mom Anon  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:42:17pm

re: #56 retired cynic

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Dave In Austin  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:43:40pm
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teleskiguy  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:49:09pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 2, 2021 • 8:50:20pm

Taylor Gage, Gov. Pete Ricketts’s spokesman, says the group is an advocacy organisation funded by liberal donors and nor a real media outfit.

North Omaha is the center of Omaha’s African-American population, as well as a significant population of European immigrants.

LINCOLN — The recent denial of press credentials for a North Omaha-based news website to cover press briefings by Gov. Pete Ricketts is raising questions about who, and who shouldn’t, be allowed to attend news events in the age of growing digital media.

NOISE Omaha, which stands for “North Omaha Information Support Everyone,” is a nonprofit news website founded two years ago to fill a void in coverage of Omaha’s minority communities.

Its stated goal, on its free site, is to “do community-based journalism that provides useful information and holds representatives and systems accountable …”

It has six full-time staff members, gets financial support from a handful of local foundations, and in recent weeks, posted stories about state COVID-19 policies, shootings involving Omaha police and the controversy over the state’s financially troubled contractor to handle child welfare in the Omaha area.

But when a reporter for NOISE showed up Wednesday for the governor’s press briefing in Lincoln, she was barred from attending.

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Denial of media credentials for North Omaha website raises questions (Omaha World-Herald)

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Apr 2, 2021 • 9:04:08pm

re: #59 teleskiguy

Here’s where the population of the internet shows they don’t know what 95% means.

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teleskiguy  Apr 2, 2021 • 9:10:28pm
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Dave In Austin  Apr 2, 2021 • 9:13:36pm
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A Mom Anon  Apr 2, 2021 • 9:13:50pm

Feeling better today…

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Dread Pirate Ron  Apr 2, 2021 • 9:22:48pm
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A Cranky One  Apr 2, 2021 • 9:24:36pm

Godzilla vs. King Kong: Whose Poops Would Be Bigger?

mentalfloss.com

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Apr 2, 2021 • 9:34:05pm

re: #64 A Mom Anon

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DodgerFan1988  Apr 2, 2021 • 9:36:03pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 2, 2021 • 10:03:06pm

Via Seeing Red Nebraska:

This week has been hell for any pharmacists who are distributing vaccines in Nebraska. Why? Because Pete Ricketts is a fucking asshole. Pete decided that our vaccine rollout in Nebraska would focus on rural areas to the detriment of urban areas. He also decided to fuck over people with pre-existing conditions. So Pete had a plan, and that plan was the covid vaccine hunger games. Why? Because he is no different than President Snow, he enjoys watching people suffer and die, especially his more liberal constituents in larger cities.

Everyone is currently vaccine hunting this week in Nebraska. Why? Because we don’t want to die. We don’t want our family or friends to die. And so, the demand for vaccines in Nebraska is high. But Pete decided on a ludicrous rollout that has resulted in rural areas having way too much vaccine with lower demand, which means anyone can be vaccinated (yay for Kearney!). But it means my sister in Lincoln with MS and who survived a brain tumor and has other pre-existing conditions, has to wait.

Pete has been trying to control this to no avail. Last week he threatened to cite pharmacists who administer vaccines contrary to the Nebraska roll-out plans with misdemeanors (Goes to WOWT-TV, Omaha).

This week, Pete got big mad because pharmacy chains participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, like Wal-Mart and Hyvee, follow federal guidelines, not state ones, so they are vaccinating everyone 18+. Pete thought the federal government shouldn’t do their job and should have consulted him.

The result of this high demand and uneven supply means people are flooding these pharmacies in urban areas. Many are driving hours away to get their vaccine, especially residents of the most populous counties where many are left waiting.

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Thank a Pharmacist, Nebraska

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  Apr 2, 2021 • 10:17:26pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 2, 2021 • 10:28:02pm

“It’s Okay When I Do It” (12:06)

Greatest Hypocrisies In The Trump Era

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Dread Pirate Ron  Apr 2, 2021 • 10:33:08pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 2, 2021 • 10:53:48pm

Extremely local food news: My wife just made poutine.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 2, 2021 • 10:56:06pm

re: #72 Dread Pirate Ron

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Dread Pirate Ron  Apr 2, 2021 • 11:16:45pm
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Targetpractice  Apr 2, 2021 • 11:22:58pm

re: #75 Dread Pirate Ron

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Matt was really hoping that whole bullshit about his being “extorted” would give him an “out” of those whole mess. But it’s just getting worse and worse by the hour.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Apr 2, 2021 • 11:31:52pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 2, 2021 • 11:34:02pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Apr 3, 2021 • 12:01:14am
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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 3, 2021 • 12:13:15am

re: #14 teleskiguy

Unlike many Trump supporters, Glenn Ellmers did acknowledge that Biden received more votes than Trump and that his position is in the minority. It is clear that most Republicans in power realize this and are working overtime on their version of a “peaceful” resolution — namely disenfranchising enough people of color to guarantee a permanent Republican majority. Glenn’s view of this nation is terrifying and it is shared by most who are in the cult:

“Most people living in the United States today — certainly more than half — are not Americans in any meaningful sense of the term,” Glenn Ellmers, the essay’s author, writes. “They do not believe in, live by, or even like the principles, traditions, and ideals that until recently defined America as a nation and as a people. It is not obvious what we should call these citizen-aliens, these non-American Americans; but they are something else.”

These seditious citizens are opposed, according to Ellmers, by “the 75 million people who voted in the last election against the senile figurehead of a party that stands for mob violence, ruthless censorship, and racial grievances, not to mention bureaucratic despotism.”

If Trump voters and conservatives do not band together and fight “a sort of counter-revolution,” then “the victory of progressive tyranny will be assured. See you in the gulag.”

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Apr 3, 2021 • 12:27:43am

re: #80 Hecuba’s daughter

Just as they don’t get to tell other people what they should or shouldn’t find offensive, they also don’t get to decide what an American is.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 12:49:25am

re: #55 austin_blue

Damn. Arizona just knocked out UCONN. All Pac-12 women’s final.

That looked too easy for Arizona. Great defense, good ball control.

I’ll just let that on hang there…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 12:54:45am

re: #81 Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David

Just as they don’t get to tell other people what they should or shouldn’t find offensive, they also don’t get to decide what an American is.

They do not believe in, live by, or even like the principles, traditions, and ideals that until recently defined America as a nation and as a people.

You mean like Separate but Equal?

You mean like women’s bodies belong to the state as soon as they get pregnant?

You mean like gays and trans people are mentally ill and in need of forced therapy?

getyarn.io

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John Hughes  Apr 3, 2021 • 1:17:18am

re: #80 Hecuba’s daughter

“Most people living in the United States today — certainly more than half — are not Americans in any meaningful sense of the term,”

— Glenn Ellmers.

How long before Glenn proposes a final solution to this problem?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 1:18:07am

re: #84 John Hughes

— Glen Ellmers.

How long before Glen proposes a final solution to this problem?

It all started going downhill when we expanded the voting franchise beyond land-owning white males…

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 1:23:57am

(video, 0:35)

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Targetpractice  Apr 3, 2021 • 1:24:57am

It feels like it needs to be repeated daily: “The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel, not a blueprint!”

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 1:24:57am

re: #85 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

It all started going downhill when we expanded the voting franchise beyond land-owning white males…

Well, I’m safe then. (Wait, I’m an atheist. They would delightfully kill me.)

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 1:25:45am

re: #87 Targetpractice

It feels like it needs to be repeated daily: “The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel, not a blueprint!”

When Margaret Atwood wrote it during the Reagan Administration, she thought of it more as a prediction.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 1:47:06am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 1:51:07am

re: #90 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Or rather like in Candide, just cut off one buttock each…

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 1:55:05am

re: #91 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Or rather like in Candide, just cut off one buttock each…

Probably too gamey.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:13:52am

Lithium battery costs have fallen by 98% in three decades (The Economist)

In a few years electric vehicles may cost the same as their combustion-engine counterparts

BATTERIES HAVE come a long way in 30 years. In the early 1990s the storage capacity needed to power a house for a day would have cost about $75,000. The cells themselves would have weighed 113kg (250lbs) and taken up as much space as a beer keg. Today the same amount of power can be delivered at a cost of less than $2,000, from a 40kg package roughly the size of a small backpack.

Such technological progress is crucial for decarbonising the global economy. One of the shortcomings of renewable energy sources is their inconsistency: the sun does not always shine and the wind does not always blow. Batteries can help solve this problem by storing up surplus power when supply is high, for use when it is low. A steadier supply of electricity could eliminate the need for “peakers”—generation plants powered by fossil fuels that utilities bring online only when demand rises sharply, for example on hot days when air-conditioners are cranked up. Such carbon-belching facilities, which run only for a few hours each year, are expensive to build and run, raising costs for consumers.

(more)

Now if they can make a battery for a car that can get me to town and back (which is actually affordable), that might make me buying an electric car worthwhile.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:14:56am

re: #93 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Lithium battery costs have fallen by 98% in three decades (The Economist)

Whatever happened to the scheme to produce standardized batteries so you can just pull into a fuel station, swap batteries out and pay for the charge?

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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:22:21am

re: #94 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Whatever happened to the scheme to produce standardized batteries so you can just pull into a fuel station, swap batteries out and pay for the charge?

That has issues, like the connectors and their maintenance state, which is very important in high-current applications. The battery enclosure (what you plop into your car) takes space that could’ve been used for the cells. A third is safety, what if the vehicles crash?

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:22:29am

re: #94 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Whatever happened to the scheme to produce standardized batteries so you can just pull into a fuel station, swap batteries out and pay for the charge?

I have not heard of such a scheme.

That article goes on to say that the price of lithium ion batteries is approaching the point where they can directly compete in price with internal combustion engines.

That said, it will take more than price to make such vehicles viable: Until such time as battery-operated cars have sufficient range for those of us living in rural areas, they will not sell here.

My state offers a reduced charge for EV car license plates, which is meaningless since most of the state is rural and has no charging stations (although Tesla has installed a string of charging stations along Interstate 80 throughout the state).

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:24:34am

The Capitol Police have issued a statement on the murder of their police officer in yesterday’s attack.

“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant. Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years. He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

-Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman

Loss of USCP Officer William F. Evans (Goes to the US Capitol Police Website)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:26:45am

re: #96 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I have not heard of such a scheme.

That article goes on to say that the price of lithium ion batteries is approaching the point where they can directly compete in price with internal combustion engines.

That said, it will take more than price to make such vehicles viable: Until such time as battery-operated cars have sufficient range for those of us living in rural areas, they will not sell here.

Germany is densely populated enough that it is approaching the necessary concentration of charging stations to make electric vehicles attractive for most folks.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:27:59am

re: #98 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Germany is dense enough that it is approaching the necessary concentration of charging stations to make electric vehicles attractive for most folks.

I would need to buy a different car than a Smart, as the range of a Smart EV is only sixty miles (so I can make a one-way trip to Scottsbluff).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:29:46am

re: #99 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I would need to buy a different car than a Smart, as the range of a Smart EV is only sixty miles (so I can make a one-way trip to Scottsbluff).

Gas burners are gonna be around for a while but there is no reason that most municipal vehicle fleets, for example, should not switch over to electric.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:31:58am

re: #100 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Gas burners are gonna be around for a while but there is no reason that most municipal vehicle fleets, for example, should not switch over to electric.

I made that suggestion to my village board when it was considering replacing our ancient pickup truck. (I’ve driven that thing a couple times; it’s a death trap.)

They were “nah.”

The longest distance anyone drives the village pickup is sixteen miles to the county seat. Usually it is only driven around the village (less than a mile).

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Nojay UK  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:32:34am

re: #94 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Whatever happened to the scheme to produce standardized batteries so you can just pull into a fuel station, swap batteries out and pay for the charge?

When the first Tesla cars hit the road the company set up a battery-swap station in California. It was used something like seven times in 18 months, only one car owner came back twice apparently. The others tried it once and didn’t like it. The battery tech and other car engineering has improved since then with fast charging and the like, the range between charges has increased for higher-end models while the number of street-side and home chargers has also increased obviating the demand for battery swap.

There’s a whole series of engineering reasons why battery swap isn’t really practical, at least for cars. Trucks are another matter but there aren’t any real electric long-distance transport options on the road yet, just a number of shiny futuristic prototypes and lots of PowerPoint presentations.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:37:19am

re: #101 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I made that suggestion to my village board when it was considering replacing our ancient pickup truck. (I’ve driven that thing a couple times; it’s a death trap.)

They were “nah.”

The longest distance anyone drives the village pickup is sixteen miles to the county seat. Usually it is only driven around the village (less than a mile).

That is much more a matter of ideology than practicality.

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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:45:52am
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:46:19am

re: #103 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

That is much more a matter of ideology than practicality.

It was more a matter of cheap. The village decided not to replace our truck with any other vehicle.

They did spend money on rehabilitating our two tractors, and spent money on a box grader for the village streets to replace the blade grader. (The box grader is superior, as it digs deeper into the streets and prevents the street gravel from being shunted off the side of the streets.)

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:51:40am

Counter-apologist Holy Koolaid (Thomas Westbrook) talks about the bonkers Qnut AirBNB host he and a friend rented a rural home from. (10:00)

My Airbnb Host Drank the Koolaid!

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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:54:02am

re: #46 retired cynic

Par for the course.

72

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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 2:58:16am

re: #61 Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David

Here’s where the population of the internet shows they don’t know what 95% means.

or that it’s not exact, or a guarantee

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Apr 3, 2021 • 3:28:31am
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Apr 3, 2021 • 3:31:37am

I’m going to amble off to bed, you lucky devils. I’ll leave you with Postmodern Jukebox (4:01).

Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden) - New POSTMODERN JUKEBOX AT THE PIANO Album ft. Scott Bradlee

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Apr 3, 2021 • 3:33:49am

re: #61 Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David

Here’s where the population of the internet shows they don’t know what 95% means.

Assessing probabilities is not a human strength.

Trying to convince the anti-vaxxers that everyone needs to be vaccinated to truly reduce the chance of catching a virus is a hard thing to do.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Apr 3, 2021 • 3:34:42am
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Apr 3, 2021 • 3:49:09am

Jon Perry covers, in a reasonable way, the hot-button topic of SARS-Cov-2 origins:

Did COVID-19 come from a lab? Jon Perry fact checks claims from Bret Weinstein.

..

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steve_davis  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:00:13am

re: #59 teleskiguy

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oh godamnit. various things I will never say to anyone ever: “here, have a sip of this. I’m vaccinated.” “Here, let me put my tongue directly up your cat’s pooper because I’ve been vaccinated.” “Yes, I’d be happy to eat the food that just fell out of that baby’s mouth, because I’ve been vaccinated.” Being neurotic as hell has kept me alive to this point. No reason to change.

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steve_davis  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:13:14am

re: #102 Nojay UK

When the first Tesla cars hit the road the company set up a battery-swap station in California. It was used something like seven times in 18 months, only one car owner came back twice apparently. The others tried it once and didn’t like it. The battery tech and other car engineering has improved since then with fast charging and the like, the range between charges has increased for higher-end models while the number of street-side and home chargers has also increased obviating the demand for battery swap.

There’s a whole series of engineering reasons why battery swap isn’t really practical, at least for cars. Trucks are another matter but there aren’t any real electric long-distance transport options on the road yet, just a number of shiny futuristic prototypes and lots of PowerPoint presentations.

No reason why we can’t move though more aggressively to hybrids. Sure, we would still burn fuel in a gas engine, but we could really kick up the range. If I could afford it, I’d love a hybrid.

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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:19:53am

re: #76 Targetpractice

Matt was really hoping that whole bullshit about his being “extorted” would give him an “out” of those whole mess. But it’s just getting worse and worse by the hour.

matt’s already shown he’s got lousy judgement

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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:23:53am

re: #109 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

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compare that drum kit to the header just two threads ago

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:25:38am

re: #76 Targetpractice

Matt was really hoping that whole bullshit about his being “extorted” would give him an “out” of those whole mess. But it’s just getting worse and worse by the hour.

In the days of the Alternate Media Reality, that would have become the Alternate Reality. But we have seen that the ability to twist the narrative to fit the RW agenda is diminishing daily.

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:27:33am

re: #115 steve_davis

We also have a technology, which would require some government investment to make the jump from labs and small scale to giant factories, that is carbon neutral, renewable, and a direct drop in replacement for gasoline. Algae derived biogasoline. It requires no changes to the distribution infrastructure or to gas stations, and no changes to existing automobiles to use it, except for the addition of an octane booster for high compression engines that would normally require premium.

This could turn the whole “fleet” of vehicles on the road already carbon neutral as far as fuel is concerned. It could be used in conjunction with hybrids to make clean, partially electric high fuel economy vehicles that are actually useful for everyone and not just those that live in a high population density area.

It won’t depend on the power grid being updated to ultra modern quality and tech in a decade, or clean electric power generation on the scale required to replace every car and truck with an EV within that same time and have it not raise my power bill to multiples of my rent or a mortgage, both of which seem to be bonkers pipe-dreams to everyone with a realistic view point.

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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:29:05am
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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:32:27am

now that the former guy issued that brilliant statement about MLB, delta, coca cola etc, you think he’s gonna have his red ‘diet coke now’ button removed from his phone?

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Nojay UK  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:42:35am

re: #119 Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David

It’s all energy. Fossil carbon (oil, gas, coal) is the residue of biological material which grew in sunlight hundreds of millions of years ago but we’re burning our way through that 100 million years of accumulated sunlight in a few centuries, starting with coal which fuelled, literally, the Industrial Revolution and moving on to oil, the 20th century energy source and now gas, the 21st century’s fuel of choice.

Manufactured biofuels need energy too, they don’t just grow on trees so to speak. Algae grown in tanks will need more energy input than they will provide when burned, same for all the PowerPoint wonder-fuels like hydrogen and ammonia and the like. The great thing about fossil carbon fuels is they’re already there in place, they will produce excess energy compared to the energy cost of producing them. They’re free money basically in terms of energy whereas anything we manufacture from CO2 and sunlight and wind will use up more electricity than the energy they return when we burn them.

Nuclear power is different but people are irrational on that subject so it’s mostly ignored or shunned when solutions to the world’s energy problem are considered. A few countries are developing real nuclear solutions to their energy needs, China and Russia mainly but the rest of the world is burning gas and pretending renewables will save us next year.

Oh, and before anyone says “Thorium!”, please don’t. It’s the Himalayan Salt of the nuclear business.

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William Lewis  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:48:58am

Just because I like it…

Vaughan Williams ~ The Lark Ascending

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Apr 3, 2021 • 4:53:54am

re: #122 Nojay UK

Manufactured biofuels need energy too, they don’t just grow on trees so to speak. Algae grown in tanks will need more energy input than they will provide when burned, same for all the PowerPoint wonder-fuels like hydrogen and ammonia and the like.

The energy comes from the sun.

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Nojay UK  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:16:05am

re: #124 Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David

The energy comes from the sun.

I had a horrible feeling you were going to say something like that…

The gallon of gas you put in your car’s tank is energy that came from the sun too. It’s just it was ten million years of sunshine a hundred million years and more ago.

If you wanted to create enough algae-based or other biofuel to replace that gallon of gas, it would take more than a hundred square metres of sunlight on land to grow enough biomaterial in a day to provide the same amount of energy after processing, and that’s for just one gallon of gas. The US burns its way through 337 million gallons of gas each day according to the EIA.

You’re going to need a lot more sunlight and/or land or do without energy if you depend on biofuels, and energy poverty is at the heart of real poverty — food, clean water, housing, they all need energy and the poorest countries and poorest people are energy-poor.

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William Lewis  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:22:28am

re: #122 Nojay UK

Oh, and before anyone says “Thorium!”, please don’t. It’s the Himalayan Salt of the nuclear business.

But can’t we use molten Himalayan Salt in a molten salt thorium breeder reactor?

/// < grinning, ducking and running. >

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sagehen  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:23:59am

re: #122 Nojay UK

Nuclear power is different but people are irrational on that subject so it’s mostly ignored or shunned when solutions to the world’s energy problem are considered.

You can call it irrational, but… FUKASHIMA.

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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:32:03am
If you could see my text messages from some of his current and former colleagues, I actually can’t repeat what some of them say on morning television. It’s because he has not made himself popular with most of his colleagues.”

— CNN correspondent Dana Bash, quoted by HuffPost, about Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

Quotes are quotes.
Not revealing them gives them all a pass

You’re a freaking reporter.
This is news
reporters report news.

Why open the genie’s bottle by reporting that these texts exist?
Since you did, if you don’t release the quotes you’re just a crappy reporter.

You either protect your confidential sources or you don’t.

This halfway tease is bullshit

Ps my tablet autocorrect now turns bullshit into bulkshit
Thanks lawhawk

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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:32:54am

re: #127 sagehen

You can call it irrational, but… FUKASHIMA.

And what caused the Fukushima Daiichi events? Was it something inherent to nuclear fission, or was it individuals and organizations cutting corners?

It was the latter. The reserve power infrastructure wasn’t secured against a tsunami, much less a century tsunami. Upgrades strongly recommended by the manufacturer of the reactors had not been performed.

And I strongly suspect that you also had issues with transparency wrt. incidents as well as safety culture, not only at the plant but in the corporation running them as well. And lacking safety culture and opacity wrt. incidents is how a reactor designed for 3,300 MW thermal goes beyond 33,000 MW thermal (the recording device cut off at that point).

Nuclear power is an option, but you have to be OCD on safety protocol and rotate staff regularly around tasks and facilities to avoid them getting too relaxed around the dragon, because in the instant you lose respect for the dragon… It bites. HARD.

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:33:28am

re: #127 sagehen

You can call it irrational, but… FUKASHIMA.

A plant built in 1971, with 1960s technology, in an earthquake prone location.

Nuclear plants are ticking timebombs of bullshit like this precisely because no one will let new plants with new tech be built to replace the old ones.

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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:36:08am

re: #125 Nojay UK

I had a horrible feeling you were going to say something like that…

The gallon of gas you put in your car’s tank is energy that came from the sun too. It’s just it was ten million years of sunshine a hundred million years and more ago.

If you wanted to create enough algae-based or other biofuel to replace that gallon of gas, it would take more than a hundred square metres of sunlight on land to grow enough biomaterial in a day to provide the same amount of energy after processing, and that’s for just one gallon of gas. The US burns its way through 337 million gallons of gas each day according to the EIA.

You’re going to need a lot more sunlight and/or land or do without energy if you depend on biofuels, and energy poverty is at the heart of real poverty — food, clean water, housing, they all need energy and the poorest countries and poorest people are energy-poor.

Diamonds are just carbon under pressure
Oh yeah, plus the time factor

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Florida Panhandler  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:42:19am

re: #80 Hecuba’s daughter

Glenn Elmer’s entire diatribe can be boiled down to “If we want to continue to be a shit-stain racist plurality that loves fascism and has an oversized quota of power in the US then we better thwart democracy at every opportunity.”

That’s about it.

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jeffreyw  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:42:33am

Good morning!

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Nojay UK  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:52:36am

re: #127 sagehen

Fukushima, not FUKASHIMA.

As of this year, ten years after the tsunami that killed at least 20,000 people the total number of deaths due to exposure to radiation and the radioactive materials released when the three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi blew up is… 2. That’s it, a super-disaster with a death toll that is less than the average American mass shooting incident.

In other news a giant super-disaster involving renewable energy happened a few weeks back, at least 150 dead. You may not have heard about it though or noticed it in passing in the news. Two hydroelectric dams being built in northern India collapsed when a glacier upstream broke up and the resulting tsunami of water swept away several villages and towns. Since it didn’t involve nuclear power ho hum, nothing to see here.

Before you say Chernobyl, the death toll over the past forty years from radiation release from that super-ultra-mega-disaster was… 34. In contrast the Piper Alpha disaster claimed 167 lives. Piper Alpha, never heard of it? Well, it wasn’t nuclear so obviously it wasn’t a real disaster.

Like I said there is an irrational fear of nuclear power that no amount of reality or facts will assuage, instead there are stories and myths and Chicken Littles in abundance.

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:53:03am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:57:33am

re: #127 sagehen

You can call it irrational, but… FUKASHIMA.

I recall when the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was dispatched to render disaster assistance.

Just imagine the Captain presenting his credentials: “We’re from the US Government and were here to help you!”

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 5:58:33am
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sagehen  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:03:53am

re: #129 Teukka

Nuclear power is an option, but you have to be OCD on safety protocol and rotate staff regularly around tasks and facilities to avoid them getting too relaxed around the dragon, because in the instant you lose respect for the dragon… It bites. HARD.

And what are the odds that a future regulatory regime will be strong enough to keep management from cutting corners? You know how they are. Just look to PG&E getting slipshod on transmission line maintenance. More than 100 deaths, millions of acres and tens of thousands of buildings turned to ashes, but at least people can go back in and rebuild and replant. Somebody gets clumsy or lazy at a nuclear facility, that won’t be the case.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:06:29am

Another reason that nuclear power seems inexpensive is because of liability caps. They are artificially low, ranging from $500 million to $1.5 billion, especially considering that Fukushima cost around $200 billion.

Chernobyl, back in the 1980’s came in at “only” $20 billion

But even for a figure like that, no power company could afford the insurance even if they found someone to offer it in the first place.

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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:12:12am

re: #138 sagehen

And what are the odds that a future regulatory regime will be strong enough to keep management from cutting corners? You know how they are. Just look to PG&E getting slipshod on transmission line maintenance. More than 100 deaths, millions of acres and tens of thousands of buildings turned to ashes, but at least people can go back in and rebuild and replant. Somebody gets clumsy or lazy at a nuclear facility, that won’t be the case.

Legislate so that deviating from the safety regime is met by swift and harsh punishment. Like, if you skimp on critical safety, whatever harm you cause will be tried as premeditated.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:16:07am

re: #140 Teukka

Legislate so that deviating from the safety regime is met by swift and harsh punishment. Like, if you skimp on critical safety, whatever harm you cause will be tried as premeditated.

Texans just love them some government regulation…

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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:17:28am

re: #140 Teukka

Legislate so that deviating from the safety regime is met by swift and harsh punishment. Like, if you skimp on critical safety, whatever harm you cause will be tried as premeditated.

Also, even when harm doesn’t occur, harsh punishment for the danger you caused, like endangering the public or aggravated such, or attempt.

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BlueSpotinAL  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:21:22am

The whole problem with energy is that almost all of them have risks. Without nuclear, is there any way to meet growing energy demand without burning carbon? We KNOW that will raise temperatures and sea levels, and hence deaths for those populations living on thin margins (the poor). It is just diffuse.

I am going to step on the third rail here. The chief factor in growth of energy demand in first world countries is population growth. Every person wants the freedom to do things at a whim (which for most of the US is make a trip in a car to go somewhere), and travel. That is why the past year has been so hard and why people are so whiny.

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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:21:44am

re: #141 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Texans just love them some government regulation…

Like, hypothetical example of how the law would be written and work. You drive under the influence and inevitably crash and burn. First degree murder for every death. Aggravated assault for every injury. Aggravated vandalism or other applicable crime for any property damage. Someone lost their job because they came late because they were stuck in traffic because of your DUI, and you can prove it beyond reasonable doubt in court? Too bad…

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:23:58am
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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:25:56am

re: #143 BlueSpotinAL

The whole problem with energy is that almost all of them have risks. Without nuclear, is there any way to meet growing energy demand without burning carbon? We KNOW that will raise temperatures and sea levels, and hence deaths for those populations living on thin margins (the poor). It is just diffuse.

I am going to step on the third rail here. The chief factor in growth of energy demand in first world countries is population growth. Every person wants the freedom to do things at a whim (which for most of the US is make a trip in a car to go somewhere), and travel. That is why the past year has been so hard and why people are so whiny.

My hunch is that long-term, we need a global power grid, either HVDC or low-frequency HVAC, as well as come up with energy storage solutions. Other measures include mandatory powersave design requirements in new stuff, going over manfacturing of goods and see if you can make designs efficient by reusing parts of them (like, the casings of big electrical motors are energy-intensive to make, so, design them to last as long as possible, just requiring armature refurbs and rewindings). And as stop-gap measure, nuclear with ridiculous safety margins.

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Nojay UK  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:28:05am

re: #139 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Wrong, but that’s one of the other fairy stories that circulate about nuclear power. I blame Godzilla movies myself.

Nuclear power plant operators carry large amounts of insurance, same as airlines do. Because of their excellent safety record over the decades both industries get quite good rates. A super-disaster like Fukushima or Hurricane Katrina is covered by governments rather than insurance because it’s considered too big to be insured, same as the tsunami damage in Japan after the great Tohoku earthquake is being covered by the government (about 500 billion dollars IIRC). The Three Mile Island nuclear super-disaster (zero dead, two fewer than the incident at the Capitol yesterday) is being paid for by insurance carried by the reactor operators at the time.

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:29:02am
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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:31:39am

re: #144 Teukka

Like, hypothetical example of how the law would be written and work. You drive under the influence and inevitably crash and burn. First degree murder for every death. Aggravated assault for every injury. Aggravated vandalism or other applicable crime for any property damage. Someone lost their job because they came late because they were stuck in traffic because of your DUI, and you can prove it beyond reasonable doubt in court? Too bad…

That’s my approach to gun accountability
Draconian enforcement for **demonstrated** irresponsibility.
After a few cases everyone else will take their personal responsibility seriously.

I’d also be willing for all gun owner juries and I’d dare them to not take it seriously

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Dangerman  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:41:54am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:43:12am

re: #143 BlueSpotinAL

I am going to step on the third rail here. The chief factor in growth of energy demand in first world countries is population growth. Every person wants the freedom to do things at a whim (which for most of the US is make a trip in a car to go somewhere), and travel. That is why the past year has been so hard and why people are so whiny.

There is an attitude that prosperity is determined by the amount of resources we consume rather than the quality of life we create from them. One is easy to quantify, brag about (and earn money from). The other, less so.

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Nojay UK  Apr 3, 2021 • 6:57:52am

re: #151 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Energy growth in first-world countries is pretty much flat, actually. There’s a shift occurring in terms of the sources of that energy, from coal and oil to gas with a leavening of renewables to fig-leaf continuing fossil-fuel consumption but the actual levels of consumption haven’t changed that much, even with increasing population as energy efficiency factors have cut individual demands (LED light bulbs, for example and more efficient car engines).

It’s the developing world that’s booming in terms of energy consumption. The US, for example has been burning about 2.3 tonnes of coal per capita per annum for the last decade or so whereas India burns less than half a tonne of coal per capita per annum. Individually each Indian is energy-poor compared to people in the modern world. China is still playing catchup with a vast hinterland of rural dwellers who want washing machines and refrigerators and the electricity to power them, offset by the big coastal cities and high-speed rail lines and all the other obvious markers of modernism.

The bad news for everyone is that those developing countries will dig up and pump and burn any and all fossil-carbon fuel they can get their hands on because it’s cheap and available. Telling them renewables will supply their energy needs in thirty years time will get you laughed at.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:03:27am

re: #152 Nojay UK

The bad news for everyone is that those developing countries will dig up and pump and burn any and all fossil-carbon fuel they can get their hands on because it’s cheap and available. Telling them renewables will supply their energy needs in thirty years time will get you laughed at.

That is what got us into this mess in the first place: digging up and burning whatever was cheap and at hand.

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Belafon  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:04:47am

re: #129 Teukka

You still have to deal with the waste of nuclear power, which is exactly the same problem we have with fossil fuels.

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Belafon  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:09:35am

re: #144 Teukka

And I love the idea, but Wendall’s point is that there are plenty of places that feel that regulations get in the way of innovation and will convince enough people that abortion is bad so that they can write laws allowing companies to cut corners.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:09:54am

re: #154 Belafon

You still have to deal with the waste of nuclear power, which is exactly the same problem we have with fossil fuels.

Just a lot farther down the line…

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Belafon  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:15:10am

re: #156 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Just a lot farther down the line…

Yep, about 30 to 40 years from the moment we built all of those plants. And the human race as a whole is lousy about planning ahead.

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DodgerFan1988  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:19:31am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:22:10am

re: #157 Belafon

Yep, about 30 to 40 years from the moment we built all of those plants. And the human race as a whole is lousy about planning ahead.

and then for the next 10K years…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:29:57am

re: #158 DodgerFan1988

Anti-voting and anti-baseball…

How much longer until they become anti-Apple pie?

Anti-relief checks…

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Nojay UK  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:30:02am

re: #154 Belafon

You still have to deal with the waste of nuclear power, which is exactly the same problem we have with fossil fuels.

The world produces about 400 tonnes of actual nuclear power station waste a year (spent fuel consists of about 98% reusable uranium and plutonium, the real problematic waste materials are isotopes like Cs-137 etc. present in small quantities). Spent fuel fresh out of the reactor sits in pools cooling down as radioactive decay occurs then it is dry-casked where it sits radiating reduced levels of heat into a desert or a pit. This waste doesn’t go stomping across the landscape like Godzilla, it doesn’t glow green like in the Simpsons or blue like in the drama-documentary Chernobyl, it just sits there in a ceramic oxide form that’s harder than granite, radiating heat. If we want to get rid of this waste we can bury it deep in hard rock like the Finns plan to do or in stable clay like the French are proposing but right now there’s so little nuclear waste on hand it’s not worth spending the money to sequester it deep right now.

The world has to deal with 35 billion tonnes of fossil-fuel CO2 waste each year. That’s about a hundred thousand million times more dangerous waste than spent nuclear fuel contains and it’s all dumped into the atmosphere where it drives increasing levels of global climate change, threatening the lives and wellbeing of billions of people for decades to come.

You may be worrying about the wrong kind of energy waste.

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:32:00am
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A Mom Anon  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:34:30am

I am confused. I thought we had already hit over a hundred million vaccines in arms. News keeps saying we’re about to hit 100 million. Is there an accurate count from a reliable source?

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:35:04am

re: #163 A Mom Anon

I am confused. I thought we had already hit over a hundred million vaccines in arms. News keeps saying we’re about to hit 100 million. Is there an accurate count from a reliable source?

It may be 100 million fully vaccinated; that sounds pretty close.

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:36:04am
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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:38:11am

re: #163 A Mom Anon

I am confused. I thought we had already hit over a hundred million vaccines in arms. News keeps saying we’re about to hit 100 million. Is there an accurate count from a reliable source?

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:40:13am

re: #164 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

It may be 100 million fully vaccinated; that sounds pretty close.

I believe I heard Biden say yesterday that 100 million people have at least 1 shot. The graphic above supports that.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:40:59am

re: #167 darthstar

I believe I heard Biden say yesterday that 100 million people have at least 1 shot. The graphic above supports that.

Yeah, that looks correct.

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:41:32am

Also - remember that as the J&J gets ramped up we don’t have to divide by 2 the number of shots to the number fully vaccinated.

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:42:41am

re: #168 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Yeah, that looks correct.

Also, we had >20million shots in the last 7 days. At that rate we’ll be over 200 million shots in arms before the end of April.

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A Mom Anon  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:46:12am

re: #164 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

The way it’s being reported, especially locally just says numbers of vaccines not individuals. The CDC says around 56 million Americans have been fully vaccinated as of the end of this week. Which makes sense if most of the vaccines are the double dose type. I’ll admit my focus and processing skills are a bit messed up by anxiety, maybe I missed it. But I just heard again how we are quickly approaching 100 million vaccines given when it’s obvious we’re past that number now. Unless I’m totally missing something.

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:46:40am

Womp womp.

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Belafon  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:47:28am

re: #161 Nojay UK

sits radiating reduced levels of heat into a desert or a pit

It’s this passing the problem down the road that I’m talking about.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:50:27am

re: #172 darthstar

former Trump white house staffers are still struggling to find work

How did they get their jobs in the first place?

Are those traits and qualifications sought after by anyone else who is not a megalomaniac, sociopathic grifting pussy-grabber?

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:56:04am

re: #172 darthstar

Not impressed with their deserved misfortune until I hear about struggling to stay out of prison.

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Nojay UK  Apr 3, 2021 • 7:58:09am

re: #173 Belafon

It’s this passing the problem down the road that I’m talking about.

The Kyoto Protocols were agreed in 1997, declaring we must all stop burning fossil fuels or we will all die horrible deaths. At that time the CO2 level in the atmosphere was 363 parts per million (ppm).

The Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, declaring we must all stop burning fossil fuels or we will all die horrible deaths. At that time the CO2 level in the atmosphere was 400 ppm.

There will be another COP meeting held soon to state yet again that we must all stop burning fossil fuels or we will all die horrible deaths. Today in spring 2021 the CO2 level in the atmosphere is about 416 ppm.

It’s this passing the problem down the road that I’m talking about. In contrast the overhyped ‘problem’ of nuclear waste is a methane-laden fart in the wind.

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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:00:04am

re: #176 Nojay UK

The Kyoto Protocols were agreed in 1997, declaring we must all stop burning fossil fuels or we will all die horrible deaths. At that time the CO2 level in the atmosphere was 363 parts per million (ppm).

The Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, declaring we must all stop burning fossil fuels or we will all die horrible deaths. At that time the CO2 level in the atmosphere was 400 ppm.

There will be another COP meeting held soon to state yet again that we must all stop burning fossil fuels or we will all die horrible deaths. Today in spring 2021 the CO2 level in the atmosphere is about 416 ppm.

It’s this passing the problem down the road that I’m talking about. In contrast the overhyped ‘problem’ of nuclear waste is a methane-laden fart in the wind.

Also, just so you get the gravity of the problem, the threshold where CO2 begins to affect cognitive function adversely is somewhere between 500 to 1,000 ppm… We’re just shy of the needle going into the yellow region…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:01:47am

re: #177 Teukka

Also, just so you get the gravity of the problem, the threshold where CO2 begins to affect cognitive function adversely is between 500 to 1,000 ppm… We’re just shy of the needle going into the yellow region…

We are seeing climate change before our eyes and soon the results will not be us all facing a horrible death but facing major upheavals that could result in horrible deaths.

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plansbandc  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:02:17am

re: #12 Charles Johnson

A similar sign hangs at one of the parks where my dog and I used to walk.

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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:03:48am

re: #178 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

We are seeing climate change before our eyes and soon the results will not be us all facing a horrible death but facing major upheavals that could result in horrible deaths.

Ayup. We’re beyond stopping it. We’re well into what will become a white-knuckle bumpy ride…

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plansbandc  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:04:36am

re: #16 wrenchwench

Oh NO.

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plansbandc  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:07:40am

re: #44 Belafon

Damn it.

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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:09:05am

re: #180 Teukka

Ayup. We’re beyond stopping it. We’re well into what will become a white-knuckle bumpy ride…

Video to illustrate:

F*CK! (HAGANAI funny rollercoaster scene)

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A Mom Anon  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:12:29am

re: #172 darthstar

Maybe they’ll have to get a real job now. May they all have to take a huge pay cut and have to struggle like most working people do. AKA actually working.

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Nojay UK  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:12:53am

re: #183 Teukka

More like this one (Sasameki Koto).

“Oh Jesus”.

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:15:08am

re: #129 Teukka

And what caused the Fukushima Daiichi events? Was it something inherent to nuclear fission, or was it individuals and organizations cutting corners?

It was the latter. The reserve power infrastructure wasn’t secured against a tsunami, much less a century tsunami. Upgrades strongly recommended by the manufacturer of the reactors had not been performed.

And I strongly suspect that you also had issues with transparency wrt. incidents as well as safety culture, not only at the plant but in the corporation running them as well. And lacking safety culture and opacity wrt. incidents is how a reactor designed for 3,300 MW thermal goes beyond 33,000 MW thermal (the recording device cut off at that point).

Nuclear power is an option, but you have to be OCD on safety protocol and rotate staff regularly around tasks and facilities to avoid them getting too relaxed around the dragon, because in the instant you lose respect for the dragon… It bites. HARD.

Also, we might want to avoid building nuclear power plants in megathrust earthquake zones, or the places tsunamis will subsequently hit.

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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:15:39am

re: #185 Nojay UK

More like this one (Sasameki Koto).

“Oh Jesus”.

Whatever expletives you prefer :3 Like, there is a lot of Japanese expletives just following that clip in Haganai… White knuckles guaranteed, or your money back…

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:17:23am

re: #134 Nojay UK

Before you say Chernobyl, the death toll over the past forty years from radiation release from that super-ultra-mega-disaster was… 34. In contrast the Piper Alpha disaster claimed 167 lives. Piper Alpha, never heard of it? Well, it wasn’t nuclear so obviously it wasn’t a real disaster.

Like I said there is an irrational fear of nuclear power that no amount of reality or facts will assuage, instead there are stories and myths and Chicken Littles in abundance.

I do not object to nuclear power but there has to be a better way of eliminating nuclear waste. However, 34 deaths from Chernobyl is an official figure focused on those who were directly involved with the disaster; there is no reliable number of those who later died from cancer or other ailments acquired due to exposure to radiation circulating in the atmosphere. Certainly any figures from Russia itself are highly suspect.

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:19:20am

re: #133 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Western good morning!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:28:44am

re: #174 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

How did they get their jobs in the first place?

No one who was actually qualified wanted to work for Trump.

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mmmirele  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:30:55am

re: #87 Targetpractice

It feels like it needs to be repeated daily: “The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel, not a blueprint!”

I’m gonna be honest and I’m sorry, but whenever I see a bearded person, I think two things: 1) those asshats at the church near my house who want to execute women for getting abortions, 2) the thousands upon thousands of bearded white guys wearing jeans and plaid shirts, swarming into the YUM! Center in Louisville to listen to hours of more white guys preaching Calvinism and 3) Commander Waterford. Ah NOPE.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:31:09am

Saturday morning Kitteh!

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:31:24am

re: #164 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

It may be 100 million fully vaccinated; that sounds pretty close.

Possibly they’re talking about the second hundred million, to be completed by May.

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PhillyPretzel  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:34:35am

re: #192 Eclectic Cyborg

That is a beautiful kitty.

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Nojay UK  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:38:26am

re: #188 Hecuba’s daughter

I do not object to nuclear power but there has to be a better way of eliminating nuclear waste.

Why? Long-term storage in dry casks until deep geological burial is required will work. Radioactive decay means the waste gets less radioactive as time passes and a few million years storage in stable strata (granite, salt, clay) will deal with most of it. The Russians (BN-800) and Chinese (CFR-600) are building and operating fast-spectrum reactors that should, note I said should be able to “eat” spent fuel and destroy nuclear waste. They’re not turning them out like gumdrops on a production line yet though so the amount of waste they can deal with is limited.

It may be we’ll want the spent fuel to stay available for reprocessing to recover the uranium and plutonium to burn in future reactors but right now fresh-mined yellowcake is ridiculously cheap and reprocessing hasn’t been a priority for most nations. The Finns will be burying spent fuel without reprocessing, the French will be containerising and geologically sequestering waste derived from reprocessing lines.

However, 34 deaths from Chernobyl is an official figure focused on those who were directly involved with the disaster; there is no reliable number of those who later died from cancer or other ailments acquired due to exposure to radiation circulating in the atmosphere. Certainly any figures from Russia itself are highly suspect.

No, that’s the number of deaths from exposure to radiation that escaped the plant as determined by the UN research teams. Most of those deaths can be attributed to crap health services that didn’t catch thyroid cancers quickly enough to save lives. There are other effects of radiation exposure from Chernobyl such as possible early cataract formation in peoples eyes but the numbers are so low it’s difficult to attribute the effects absolutely. The UNSCEAR people worked on this for over twenty years, I think their last report came out in 2005 and they admit their data is badly compromised by the political situation of the 1990s in Ukraine but the actual effects of the radiation on the general health of locals as well as the ‘liquidators’ is pretty clear. Sensational press reports during and after the disaster were just that, sensational.

It turns out radiation is one of those things people react hysterically to, irrational fears fed by bad fiction and quasi-religious enviromentalists.

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Belafon  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:38:52am

re: #188 Hecuba’s daughter

And I’m not sure “evacuating an entire area” is a great example.

I’m not against nuclear power - I used to be a nuke electrician in the Navy - but I want a system better maintained than how Texas has managed its electrical system, and there will need to be more plants here in Texas and other places that are run the same way, and I want a better solution on the waste than “leave it for the next generation.”

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:49:36am

Coming over the newswires that hip-hop star DMX is in grave condition following a drug overdose in his home.

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Belafon  Apr 3, 2021 • 8:52:48am
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Belafon  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:06:39am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:09:18am

re: #199 Belafon

Also, there’s STILL quite a bit we don’t know about this virus.

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Belafon  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:15:32am
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Belafon  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:16:18am
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wrenchwench  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:18:15am

re: #201 Belafon

We are all guinea pigs now.

Anymouse has a nice collection of photos. Or had.

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wrenchwench  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:23:06am

I’m scheduled for a shot next Weds.

Squeak.

Unrelated handy photo of a flufftail.
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A Cranky One  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:38:27am

Ha.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CNMBmn_Dqgd/?igshid=d2bv4s0c1bdb

(The gentleman in the SUV is Evander Holyfield).

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wrenchwench  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:41:03am

One of my favorite birbs. Two, actually.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:45:12am
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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:56:00am

Got my feet wet today…but the boys enjoyed it.

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dat_said  Apr 3, 2021 • 9:57:37am

re: #206 wrenchwench

One of my favorite birbs. Two, actually.

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Three trumpeter swans graced us with their presence on the backyard pond/swamp this morning. They’re just flying thru but it’s always so sweet to see. Six dropped by last week for a few hours too.

Also saw some pied-billed grebes this morning so it looks like they’re back for the season. Fun ones to watch especially when they do their submarining trick.

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PhillyPretzel  Apr 3, 2021 • 10:00:14am

I just got one of my orders from amazon. I bought one of those extra thick mats for hard floors. It is wonderful to walk on it. I have not taken my sneakers off and walked in my socks over it yet.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 3, 2021 • 10:06:47am

re: #113 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Jon Perry covers, in a reasonable way, the hot-button topic of SARS-Cov-2 origins:

[Embedded content]

Video

..

Forwarded that video to friends; one who is a fan of Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying was grateful to receive a thoughtful exploration of the question on how the disease reached humans.

Worldwide, coronavirus cases and deaths are both on the rise; a new surge is here, and whether aggressive vaccination programs will actually stop it is something we will have to wait to see — but the more it circulates, the more likely even more aggressive forms will emerge.

We all should be grateful that there wasn’t a significant anti-vax community back in the 50’s and 60’s; if there had been, smallpox would still be out in the wild and a million+ people throughout the world could be dying from it each year. Or maybe the anti-vax movement could only arise in a world where highly lethal airborne diseases had been vanquished and too many had no memory of what it was like living in a time where there was widespread fear of highly contagious diseases.

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retired cynic  Apr 3, 2021 • 10:17:32am

re: #206 wrenchwench

One of my favorite birbs. Two, actually.

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‘round here, old country folk called ‘em “silver shitters”

And if you have ever seen them cut loose in the sun, you know why!

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🌹UOJB!  Apr 3, 2021 • 10:18:06am
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Teukka  Apr 3, 2021 • 10:21:57am

Truth of the day:

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darthstar  Apr 3, 2021 • 10:22:48am
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Belafon  Apr 3, 2021 • 10:24:30am

re: #211 Hecuba’s daughter

There were anti-mask people during the 1918 pandemic; had there been vaccines, they would have opposed those as well.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2021 • 10:30:21am
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steve_davis  Apr 3, 2021 • 10:31:31am

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