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Politics and Current Events / Re: bus - sub
Politics and Current Events / Re: bus - sub
the human driver of the other vehicle was at fault

Politics and Current Events / Re: bus - sub
the human driver of the other vehicle was at fault
There are probably 20+ towns like this in AZ alone. A few of them 'survive' with minimal population by having a little bit of tourist 'ghost town' thing going on, but there are towns that are literally nothing more than a few buildings anymore.

I've had to move x-country multiple times for work, so these assholes can just suck it up and go where the work is. Maybe it will do them some good to get out and be exposed to, you know, different people and ways of thinking.

They are cool places to explore on the motorcycle.
Mafia / Re: Trump Cabinet Mafia Signup
Oh... I think I'll wait another 3 weeks to sign up for that one.
Mafia / Re: Trump Cabinet Mafia Signup
who cares about how much work ST has on, he has no excuse not to sign up



he can, but not without risking political disaster, and I think even he gets that

eta: he said something in an interview a few months back, like "the longer I sit in this chair, the more the country will hold me responsible for the problems with obamacare."  it was unusually lucid of him.  if he really thinks that, in a serious and non-adhd way,  then he must realize that actively sabotaging obamacare would come back on him.  (and active sabotage would be required, if all the projections of the marketplaces being more or less stable are correct)

Is it more-or-less stable?  If prices keep going up people will drop out.  Insurance really is not affordable for those who earn a little too much to qualify for subsidies.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
How trite.

ETA:  Does this mean he won't be paying back all the money for private planes?
The story I saw said he was paying back ~$50k....of the $400k it cost.

Yeah, that's something like the equivalent of 1st class airfare for every flight he took which is what they're supposed to pay when family members tag along on a government plane.
Well that's great in theory but could you point me to some real life formations where this is occurring today?
Why? Why does a specific scenario have to be "happening today"?
Because we are interested in explaining the origin of phenomena.  Or at least I am interested in that. You may not be.
Why does an explanation for a given phenomenon need to include that same exact phenomenon happening today?
Well let me answer that with a question. Do you know of any process happening today which could have created that  formation in the "zoomed out" picture I posted?
Yes.  None have hit the Earth directly. But
There was another one about 100 years ago.
But there waa a one time  catastrophic event that happened many years ago that caused it.


Dave, Meteor Crater was formed 50,000 years ago. Why didn't the flood wipe out the evidence?
I never know if Americans know about it.

The books were very popular in the states, at least among my group of nerdy friends. Same with Monty Python, and to a lesser extent Benny Hill.  42 is pretty ingrained in pop culture.  Though Dave is a few years older than me, so maybe he was too busy becoming an Air Force pilot to read humor/sci-fi.

I swear I bought a copy of the movie on DVD or Blu-Ray when it came out, but now I can only find my copy of the original TV series.  I need to re-watch that for cheesy 80's nostalgia.
The book is basically the radio script though.
Is it? I haven't listened to that radio series either.

My 30 seconds of googling couldn't find it, but I have a vague recollection of Adams defending the differences in the different mediums (he was involved with the movie before his death) saying something about how he had no intention for them to be 100% faithful to each other. 
Yeah, there was a TV version in the 80s. That was my first exposure to it. It's kinda cheesy, but it's much more faithful than the movie. Still haven't actually listened to the whole radio version. I really need to do that.
More faithful to what?  The radio series came before the book, IIRC.
Philosophy / Re: A belief about death
That 2nd one is actually Abraham Lincoln.

Now Mitalipov is believed to have broken new ground both in the number of embryos experimented upon and by demonstrating that it is possible to safely and efficiently correct defective genes that cause inherited diseases.
Philosophy / Re: A belief about death
You've never heard of Jack Chick before?