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Messages - Worldtraveller

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It's so fucked up that it's even close. Makes me want to burn it all to the fucking ground.
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I need to find a link to the lenses. I think I might upgrade a bit to a lens that has a built handle with a tripod mount.

The one I'm looking might right now is the  [Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon F ] Amazon has it for under $1k. I'm going to play with the two lenses it came with for a while, probably look at seriously getting a really nice lens come summertime.
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Welp, pulled the trigger on a Nikon D3300. Looks like a pretty good deal, via Ebay.

Of course, the lens I'm eyeballing costs ~3x as much as the initial camera and 2 lenses that come with it. :D
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The point is you ask for a serious investigation, state that you will stand by the findings of the investigation, and demand bipartisan buy-in to the investigatory system. Once that investigation is completed, you then ask for the resignation. It's not that fucking hard.

Jumping the gun may seem "cleaner" but alt-right operatives are already turning this into a tool to get rid of anyone they don't want. Mike Cernovich is fucking laughing all the way to the bank here.
I really kinda hate it when I have to agree with teeth on something.  But yeah - this.
I think this hurts teeth way more than it does you.
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Murka...fuck yeah.
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It was all faked anyway. ;)
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Goddamnit Al
Not asking for their resignation would ALSO "play into the hands of Republicans" not least by giving them an excuse to tolerate Moore and Trump.
News tip, they don't just tolerate Moore and trump, they fucking embrace them.

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And forcing out Conyers but not Franken was a terrible look.
Forcing them out may not have been the correct approach, but Conyers' initial offense looked much worse than Franken's.

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Took Dems a while to get to the summit of the moral high ground, but better late than never. 
They'll lose even more influence, but at least they'll have the high ground...Fuck I hate that our system requires this kind of calculation, but if we had the GOP even from back in Reagan's day, I'd be all for taking the high ground. Now?  I'm not so sure it's the best option. :(
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Because optics apart, this isn't a prosecution so OF COURSE the default should be to believe the women, not least because the (correct) perception that you won't be believed is exactly why so few women actually break their silence.
Good point here. Fucking hell, I hate our dumb political system. Can we at least get more than 2 options?
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Gold. Well played, ksen, well played indeed.
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Wait...conspiracy theory time. Is Pandora a Shapiro sock?  :hmm:
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let me tell you a secret: they're morons, every last one of them
That can't be it. He's got a yuuge brain, bigly smarts even. 

There's got to be a better explanation.  :p
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They don't build 'em like they used to. :)
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I'm really starting to think that the rural/urban divide is bigger and more profound than the liberal/conservative divide.
Me too and it kinda bugs me because it's hard to articulate in a way that either side understands. Also, rural culture is way different between geographic areas. But in general, there's a freakish kind of cargo cultism on the rural end and there's a freakish kind of class-based inhumanity on the urban end and the two perspectives create an escalating positive feedback loop when they come into contact.
eh, it's a cartoonish dichotomy.  most people live in the suburbs.
I can totally get behind hating on suburban assholes.
:gonk:  I'm a self-hating suburban asshole...
Well, then it's unanimous.
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I'm not going to read dave's stupidity, but I find it endlessly amusing that after all these years, dave is still asking such basic questions. :D
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Holy shit...that's nuts.
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I wish that were even ironically funny.
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The republicans just effectively killed my baby brother.  :(

And no this is not the least bit hyperbole. He's undergoing chemo/radiation, and the docs give him a reasonable chance to make it through. So either he lives, and lives with debt he'll never have a chance of paying off in his lifetime (assuming he can convince the docs/hospitals to keep going), or he quits, and is dead, probably in under a year.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: this 401(k) shit
Has anyone here noted the proposed taxation of tuition waivers for graduate students?

Oh - also the elimination of the deduction for interest on student loans.

#MAGA
But they'll get to deduct expenses for their private jets! #priorities
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
...and now the trumspter fire is re-twitting dubious anti-muslim videos.

Still zero days without being a national embarrassment.
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I'm really starting to think that the rural/urban divide is bigger and more profound than the liberal/conservative divide.
Me too and it kinda bugs me because it's hard to articulate in a way that either side understands. Also, rural culture is way different between geographic areas. But in general, there's a freakish kind of cargo cultism on the rural end and there's a freakish kind of class-based inhumanity on the urban end and the two perspectives create an escalating positive feedback loop when they come into contact.
eh, it's a cartoonish dichotomy.  most people live in the suburbs.
Also, Pandora's a fucking idiot.  hth
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Science / I for one....well, you know the rest.
Super strong robot muscles.

https://wyss.harvard.edu/artificial-muscles-give-soft-robots-superpowers/

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researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created origami-inspired artificial muscles that add strength to soft robots, allowing them to lift objects that are up to 1,000 times their own weight using only air or water pressure, giving much-needed strength to soft robots. The study is published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
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"In addition to their muscle-like properties, these soft actuators are highly scalable. We have built them at sizes ranging from a few millimeters up to a meter, and their performance holds up across the board," Wood says. This feature means that the muscles can be used in numerous applications at multiple scales, such as miniature surgical devices, wearable robotic exoskeletons, transformable architecture, deep-sea manipulators for research or construction, and large deployable structures for space exploration.
A real Iron Man suit!?!  Sign me up!
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Science / Re: Space bacteria.
yeah, I think the wording there might be a bit off (it is from a russian science news site). I'm going to go looking for some related articles later if I get the chance.