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Unlike the House, it sounds like the Senate intelligence committee has their shit together.  At least the Rep. and Dem heads are presenting a united front.
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/bridaineparnell/2017/03/29/skyscraper_suspended_on_asteroid/#74e5e5935194

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The asteroid that Analemma Tower is connected to would be placed in a geosynchronous orbit that would describe a figure of eight over the Earth. The tower would be moving at its slowest speed at the top and the bottom of the figure eight orbit, allowing its inhabitants to interact with Earthlings at these points.

The slowest part of the entire trajectory would happen over New York and the whole trip would take 24 hours. The loop would also include passes over the south east coast of the US, Cuba, Ecuador and Peru.
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I wonder when it will dawn on you guys that truth is truth and evidence is evidence regardless of the source.  It doesn't matter whether a particular site has the name "treehouse" in it or "Alex Jones" or "Flying Spaghetti Monster."

What matters is the content.

And we must use our noggins to determine whether the content -  or at least part of the content -  is worthwhile or not.

Yes, and when the source is Conservative Treehouse or Alex Jones, history has shown that they are not reliable, and we use our noggin to dismiss their stories until they demonstrate otherwise.
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Idiot facebook friend posted this.  I have no idea where he's getting his numbers from.

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The Insurance Fix... HERE IT IS... please repost this if you agree
the plan brought before the congressional committee caps all policies at 100k/year which will bring costs down to 75$/person. If someone needs 100,001 - 500k, they are automatically covered by reinsurance. Same for 500,001-1million, 1million to 4 million. Each group is less and less with the most expensive being very few. Most people are healthy.
The reinsurance is calculated and spread between all users raising the cost to 100-125/person.
This is coverage for what people need, not what they could need. As it is now, all people are covered for 4 million which is stupid.

I'd love to read Pandora's take on this if she's still around.
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I'm watching Jungletown on Viceland.  It's about someone trying to build a sustainable community in the jungle in Panama.

https://kaluyala.com/


eta:  It's getting the Reality TV treatment, so it's hard to tell if it's a huge clusterfuck, or just a minor one.
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After having my own comprehensively washed and fucked in 2011 I would never actively wish that on anyone.
Did you have it bleached too?  I hear that's all the rage.
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Yeah, I made that joke in one of the other threads.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
- you
- mean
- bullets?

  • Those aren't bullets
  • These are bullets
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I've experienced exactly one severe hurricane in my life and I wouldn't repeat it for money.
My parents had to evacuate 4 times one year.  They're like a mile from the ocean, so they take it seriously.
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"If Trump puts Russian dressing on his salad you guys would say he had ties to Russia"

As if he eats a salad.
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That's pretty cool. Professional disc golf seems like a non sequitur.



It pretty much is.  There are maybe a dozen people that can support themselves playing full time (and selling merchandise on the side).  Everyone else has a real job and is just gambling their entry fee on the weekends.
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Dave, have you defined landslide yet?

Regan set the bar pretty high in '84.  He won the popular vote 59%-41% and the electoral college 525-13.  Do you think Trump can come close to that?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1984
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I don't know anything about NATO or treaties, etc, but I am curious.  Besides the boorishness of handing the head of state a goddamn invoice like you just delivered a pallet of cement mix, what is the hangup with trying to get European countries to pay more for NATO defense programs?  I feel like people are just scandalized that the idea is even being suggested (again, all of President Dummy's antics aside), which makes no sense to me.  Are they underpaying?  Should they be paying more? I feel like I can't get a straight answer on this.

ETA: If they have pledged to pay 2%, and are not paying 2%, the someone needs to shame them into paying 2%.  Right?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Member_states_of_NATO#Military_expenditures

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To make the principle work, all countries are expected to chip in. NATO's official guidelines say member states should spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense.
Of the 28 countries in the alliance, only five -- the U.S., Greece, Poland, Estonia and the U.K. -- meet the target.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/08/news/nato-summit-spending-countries/

The wording in that article says 2% is a guideline, not some "spend 2% or risk being kicked out" requirement.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
  Besides the boorishness of handing the head of state a goddamn invoice like you just delivered a pallet of cement mix...
Running government like a business.
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Why would the ice caps need to be 'recovering' if there wasn't any warming? 

I know, I know, I shouldn't expect these fuckheads to even have that much consistency, but well, here we are. :) 
Because the loss was just temporary, and not some long term human-caused trend.

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Dave, you are betting on Trump winning in a landslide, how can I get some of of that action?
Has he defined landslide yet?
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Wall Street may be tiring of Trump. The stock market went down significantly
The DJI about tripled under Obama's tenure. I will be very surprised if it does under Trump.
To be fair, that's because it totally crashed under Bush.  If it continues to increase at the rate it has for the last 5-6 years that would be a huge win for Trump even if that's nothing like triple.
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What's an avatar bet?
The winner of the bet picks an Avatar that the loser has to use on this forum for a fixed period of time.
Deal.
Bookmarked

We still haven't settled on terms.  Dave needs to define landslide.
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What's an avatar bet?
The winner of the bet picks an Avatar that the loser has to use on this forum for a fixed period of time.
Deal.

We need to work out the specific terms of the bet.  You said Trump wins by a landslide in 2020.  Define landslide.