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  1. Re: Solomon Islands Govt suspends 'foreign' naval visits

    China can buy the Solomons, but can they hold them?
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    Re: What’s waiting fro me when I return

    https://www.conad.it/ricerca-negozi/conad-city-via-pietrapiana-42-50121--firenze--008635
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    Pope about to resign?

    Created 20 new cardinals on Saturday, now at a closed meeting where it is rumored he is discussing his resignation.

    Sam F will be happy. No more Pachamama - unless, that is, Francis makes his...
  4. Re: Skip Kilpatrick Is the BROTM of September…

    Yeah, but now we want results!
  5. Thread: Ciao

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    Re: Ciao

    Rent a car and drive then!
  6. Thread: Ciao

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    Re: Ciao

    Dude, go somewhere else! Odds are you'll be fine after a couple of days and will have five days or so to get to know someplace.

    I suggest Napoli. Grab a train, it's like 3 hours from Firenze.
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    Re: What’s waiting fro me when I return

    Cheer up, Joe. We are fighting two forest fires and two out of our three vehicles are out of action due to careless usage. Done the checklist thing, etc., too. I feel your pain.

    Had the covid...
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    Re: One third of Pakistan under water

    I heard climate change is not all bad because even though some places will have drought, other places will get more rain. That's good, right?
  9. Thread: Artemis 1

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    Re: Artemis 1

    So there is still hope for a boom! :)

    I feel sorry for the poor sobs who drove all the way down there just to see it fizz.
  10. Thread: Artemis 1

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    Re: Artemis 1

    Fizzzzz.....
  11. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Russia's strength has never been its economy or military spending. It was always its ability to throw more cannon fodder at the enemy than anyone else except China.
  12. Thread: Artemis 1

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    Re: Artemis 1

    I just hope if it goes boom it does so within camera range. But it is starting to look like it might go fizz...
  13. Thread: Artemis 1

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    Re: Artemis 1

    We should be at about T-90 minutes now, but apparently they are having "issues"...

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/08/29/artemis-1-launch-live-coverage/
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    Re: 100 mph, in an electric boat.

    I'd rather do 6 knots for 200 hours.
  15. Thread: Ciao

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    Re: Ciao

    ...with the brain still wine-dark from chianti and vin santo...
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    Re: Natural gas prices in Europe

    The long view: some people in Europe are suffering a bit right now because of Putin's carbon tax. In the long run that will prevent a lot of suffering by a lot of people all over the world.
  17. Thread: Lock him up?

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    Re: Lock him up?

    Or build a bridge out of him.
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    Poll: Re: BROTM for September… Vote here!

    Wait... who ran me?
  19. Re: Asparagopsis- Answer to Ruminant Methane Emissions

    I expected fart.
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    Re: BROTM for September… Nominations here…

    OTOH it was your idea, so I second your involuntary nomination! :d
  21. Thread: Lock him up?

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    Re: Lock him up?

    If they do lock him up, it will be ugly. Maybe ugly enough for a pardon, as nauseating as that would be.
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    Re: BROTM for September… Nominations here…

    I thought true southerners lived below the equator.
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    Re: Another unpopular opinion

    Did you notice the JWST went up in a regular rocket?
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    Re: Another unpopular opinion

    More senseless waste of money.
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    Re: Another unpopular opinion

    The real analogy is with climbing Mount Everest, or reaching the poles. Inspiring and all that, but not worthy of billions in public funding. And not much added to human knowledge. Expensive...
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    Re: Another unpopular opinion

    SLS = pork spread among the constituencies of key senators and congresspeople so that it cannot be cancelled. Boeing gets to sell multibillion dollar rockets made from obsolete technology and stuff...
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    Re: Another unpopular opinion

    All our knowledge of biology and geology is based on a sample of one - one single lineage of life forms, all with the same biochemistry, and one single planet studied up close. Even the Moon rocks...
  28. Re: so ya think you got mad mtb skills and you're a fair drone pilot to boot

    If I had to film that stunt I would fly the drone down the path slowly while I walked beside it, fine-tuning position and camera angles, and then just let it re-follow the path on autopilot while...
  29. Thread: The Kiwi PM

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    Re: The Kiwi PM

    Some of the worst enforcers of the double standard are indeed women. Stockholm syndrome, or perhaps too emotionally invested in the status quo. Religion doesn't help either.
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    Re: Another unpopular opinion

    You can live in Antarctica way longer than you can live on Mars. Years vs seconds.
  31. Thread: The Kiwi PM

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    Re: The Kiwi PM

    Now there is a photo of some of her guests, topless. For this, she had to apologize.

    Putin can pose topless himself, but a woman is held to a double standard.
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    Re: Another unpopular opinion

    Curiosity is tech from the 2000s, and yet it went to Mars decades before humans possibly could. Perseverance drives much faster, and now we have Mars helicopters.

    Putting humans on Mars will take...
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    Re: Another unpopular opinion

    NASA's science budget is only around 4 billion. Adding 10.8 bil would definitely move that needle.
  34. Re: Metal production needed to build one generation od renewable energy devices

    But the Bronze Age civilizations didn't have access to that.




    My point is that if current technology requires scarce metals, we need to work on new technology that doesn't. The Bronze Age...
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    Re: Another unpopular opinion

    I share the unpopular opinion. Human space exploration at this point is a tremendous waste of money. For a fraction of the cost we could have done sample returns from half a dozen planets by now.
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  36. Re: Metal production needed to build one generation od renewable energy devices

    Did the Bronze Age end because they ran out of tin? A very rare earth, tin, had to be brought by caravan all the way from Afghanistan.
  37. Thread: The Kiwi PM

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    Re: The Kiwi PM

    Yes, Finnish.
  38. Thread: The Kiwi PM

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    The Kiwi PM

    I can't believe she actually took the drug test. The retrograde patriarchy imposes itself.

    What's next, apologizing for being young and happy?
  39. Re: Metal production needed to build one generation od renewable energy devices

    What is the metal production needed to build one generation of fossil fuel devices?
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    Re: Shame of Thrones.

    You can always switch to History Channel and watch documentaries about how aliens built the pyramids.
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    Re: It's Going To Be Loud...

    Look at the trajectory of those shell holes. Looks more like a tank or light gun brought up close.
  42. Thread: Ciao

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    Re: Ciao

    And a pencil...
  43. Thread: Ciao

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    Re: Ciao

    I find cars way more intrusive and annoying, but they are allowed almost everywhere. Way noisier than drones, releasing toxic fumes, and they will run you over if you get in their way.

    Thankfully...
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    Re: It's Going To Be Loud...

    That's some accurate naval gunnery. The stuff around the pillbox looks undamaged. How could they pull that off back in 1944?
  45. Thread: Ciao

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    Re: Ciao

    I love how a bunch of people gleefully told Joe he would get in trouble for his drone video, and then couldn't accept that they were wrong...

    You all need to get out more. Drones are everywhere...
  46. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Quite possibly. Bush's invasion of Iraq made it a lot easier to convince people in other countries that real great powers can do such things and get away with it.

    Then again, no Kaiser, no...
  47. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    So one man's terrorist really is another man's freedom fighter...
  48. Re: America's small businesses are running out of workers

    Free market means if workers are in low supply, you have to raise wages.
  49. Thread: Ciao

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    Re: Ciao

    Now you are getting into serious pizza country!
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    Re: Contingencies For When Trump Is Arrested

    I hear the FBI also took the surveillance video showing who had access to the place where the files were kept...
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