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Florida man tries to kiss Rattlesnake - gets bitten

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39956904

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The snake is believed to have escaped after its ordeal.
hahah
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Interesting though, I've seen some on the left trying to dismiss the concerns about Trump's and the NeoNazi's Russian connections as a rehash of the old 'red under the bed' scares. What they seem to be missing is that what is actually happening is an alignment of right wing forces, it's not 'Commie' Russia Trumps's followers are in cahoots with, it's the fascistic and distinctly anti-Communist oligarchy and the gangster and reactionary social base they represent.
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in terms of policy positions, christie is not the extremist pence is.  he's not the moderate he pretends to be either, but still not lunatic fringe like pence.

I mean, I had never even heard of the tobacco truther movement before I heard pence bought into it

Never heard that term before but I do know that all the techniques used by current denialists like global warming/pollution, vaccines etc were first perfected by the tobacco industry lobby (although arguably ultimately these techniques are rooted in magical thinking and religious brainwashing techniques)  - if you can get people to believe smoking is good for you or to even doubt the evidence that it isn't you can get them to believe anything.
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I was trying to imagine what "randomware" could be. 

Windows 10
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Point is even if he didn't have any investments he would still be gravitating towards the Russian oligarcy, it would be naive and simplistic to attribute his motivations to be primarily financial when they are in fact more based on shared political objectives.
I don't think trump has a political objective outside of making money.

Well there is more to making money than just making money, ultimately it's about power. I don't think for one second that Trump is fully aware of where he's heading or the political and social forces he represents, but I do think he likes to see himself as someone who is in the driving seat, even if he's not entirely.
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Trump certainly doesn't seem to think he has enough money. He's actively profiting from the presidency. And recall Melania Trump's lawsuit against a newspaper that alleged slander made her lose chances to profit from being first lady.

That's missing the point. Of course he's out to make more money, all capitalists are, but money is just one means to gain power and not the only one, so are alliances with emerging power blocs. Pinning his relationships and politics down to him being controlled due to investments removes his volition in the matter, this is a political relationship between like minded people, it may or may not also have an economic level, I would not be surprised if it did, but equally the lack of one would not mean there is no relationship. Which is all I was trying to say.
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Point is even if he didn't have any investments he would still be gravitating towards the Russian oligarcy, it would be naive and simplistic to attribute his motivations to be primarily financial when they are in fact more based on shared political objectives.
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I think the question of investments is something of a red herring anyway - he's got bags of cash so I doubt money is his primary focus now - it's power. This is about political relationships and the alignment of ultra right political forces globally (which Russia is playing a role in).
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So my new IRL BFF is a mechanic; he's proud to be blue-collar, hard-working, hard-drinking, and not a church goer.  Also homophobic and maybe a little racist.  He also loves Trump for reasons that he articulates about as well as Dave Hawkins.  We get to talking politics and I point out that while all politicians lie, Republicans are hypocrites in that they claim to be pro-family values but end up getting caught cheating and closeted gays all the time.  So he says something like "remember that politician that was caught in the bathroom doing the foot tapping thing?" And I say yeah, that was a republican.  He says no, it was a democrat.  So of course we google it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Craig_scandal

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Larry Craig--who at the time was a Republican United States Senator from Idaho

"Well, he's from Idaho."

Uh, ok?

Subject changes.

It's fascinating trying to understand his mindset.

No doubt Larry Craig is a hypocrite, having been one of the most reactionary voices against gay rights for decades, and ironically someone who created the climate that encourages the police to use this sort of harassment and entrapment to police homosexuality. But there's still something I find highly distasteful about that whole affair; I read the Wiki article and struggle myself to see what he actually did that warranted being arrested, and forcibly outing people is homophobic harassment in itself.
I thought leviticus was pretty clear about all this

What, tapping someone's foot?
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So my new IRL BFF is a mechanic; he's proud to be blue-collar, hard-working, hard-drinking, and not a church goer.  Also homophobic and maybe a little racist.  He also loves Trump for reasons that he articulates about as well as Dave Hawkins.  We get to talking politics and I point out that while all politicians lie, Republicans are hypocrites in that they claim to be pro-family values but end up getting caught cheating and closeted gays all the time.  So he says something like "remember that politician that was caught in the bathroom doing the foot tapping thing?" And I say yeah, that was a republican.  He says no, it was a democrat.  So of course we google it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Craig_scandal

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Larry Craig--who at the time was a Republican United States Senator from Idaho

"Well, he's from Idaho."

Uh, ok?

Subject changes.

It's fascinating trying to understand his mindset.

No doubt Larry Craig is a hypocrite, having been one of the most reactionary voices against gay rights for decades, and ironically someone who created the climate that encourages the police to use this sort of harassment and entrapment to police homosexuality. But there's still something I find highly distasteful about that whole affair; I read the Wiki article and struggle myself to see what he actually did that warranted being arrested, and forcibly outing people is homophobic harassment in itself.
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: goat gifs
I see the goats, they don't actually seem to be doing anything remotely yoga ish though
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Saw GOTG2 over the weekend - it was OK, trying too hard
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Your president is unhinged:

https://apnews.com/c810d7de280a47e88848b0ac74690c83
Did he really do this?

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AP: Do you feel like that's one thing that you've changed, that you maybe are actually asking the direct questions about some of these things?
TRUMP: Yeah. Let me give me an example. A little before I took office there was a terrible article about the F-35 fighter jet. It was hundreds of billions of dollars over budget. It was seven years behind schedule. It was a disaster. So I called in Lockheed and I said, "I'm sorry, we're going to have to bid this out to another company, namely Boeing," or whoever else. But Boeing. And I called in Boeing and I started getting competing offers back and forth. ...
TRUMP: I saved $725 million on the 90 planes. Just 90. Now there are 3,000 planes that are going to be ordered. On 90 planes I saved $725 million. It's actually a little bit more than that, but it's $725 million. Gen. Mattis, who had to sign the deal when it came to his office, said, "I've never seen anything like this in my life." We went from a company that wanted more money for the planes to a company that cut. And the reason they cut -- same planes, same everything -- was because of me. I mean, because that's what I do.

Trump'll fix it

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Games / Re: Image Association
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Games / Re: Image Association
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Fucking nazis are getting bolder
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Games / Re: Image Association
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The real target was probably N Korea anyway; ISIS were just a convenient way to make a point.
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Revenge of the Sith - not as good as the second (this seems to be a theme, the second in the first series is also the best) but not as bad as I feared (although Lukas can't seem to resist adding something cutesy - this time it was the droids in the first battle).

Sad, tragic really.

Time scales are a bit weird though - I assumed at the start of the series that the Emperors greenish state was just the result of him ageing while soaking up the dark force (turning him outside as corrupt as he was inside) but in ROTS it's revealed he was scarred during his battle with Windu. But then at the end we see him watching a Death Star being constructed only it's just coming online when Luke and Leia are grownups - I can't believe it would take so long to construct give the second one just took a couple of years.

The in-universe reasoning is that it took 18 years to develop the Death Star super weapon aspect. The physical structure was built much faster. And once the super weapon technology was figured out, the Empire could build a 2nd Death Star much faster. And iirc the 2nd one was being built in secret and started much earlier than we see in ROTJ.

Rogue One seems to have answered most of my questions about this, cleverly fills in a lot of the gaps between the two story arcs. Really enjoyed it, probably the only Star Wars film with a sense of humour, but also sad and powerful. More than any of the other films you get a real impression of the heroism of the rebels, and also the complexity of rebellion; that it isn't always about being 'heroic' but also making tough choices and how such conflicts change people on both sides.
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That was pretty good - very Magnificent 7ish
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Seriously Loud Sonic Shrimp Named After Prog Rockers Pink Floyd



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The shrimp uses its claw to create a sonic blast so loud it stuns its prey. In fact, it's one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, louder than a gun shot. It snaps its claw at such a speed it creates a high-pressure cavitation bubble that, when it collapses, produces a sonic blast that can reach 210 decibels - powerful enough to stun and even kill its prey. For a split-second, the imploding bubble also generates temperatures of 4,400°C (7,950°F), which is nearly as hot as the surface of the Sun.

It was the shrimp's pink hue and talent for noise that helped give it its moniker. "I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old," explained zoologist and Pink Floyd fan Dr Sammy de Grave, from Oxford University's Museum of Natural History, in a statement. "I've seen them play live several times since, including the Hyde Park reunion gig for Live8 in 2005. The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favorite band

How does it avoid either vibrating itself to death or cooking its own claw?
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: thor ragnarok
Hope it's better than the first 2
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: The Cat Thread
Manul!



Ha I just realised that's what your avatar is  - they are very expressive cats. Just a pity those kittens may not have long lives if they stay in captivity, apparently they don't have particularly strong immune systems and may not be used to dealing with domestic cat viruses.

Then again if they get released they may carry something into the wild population.... :ohmy: