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You'll Rue The Day !

So many opportunities for people to whip out that phrase and nobody uses it anymore.  :sadcheer:
Games / Re: Image Association
Welp, it's still not 100% reporting but all the R's counties are in and at 99% Jones sits just shy of 21,000 votes. They better hope they find it in the military vote and that the provisionals subsequently don't come into play because I find it difficult to believe a recount is going do anything for him.

edit: Officials say absenteees have already have been counted and are represented in the official numbers.
Stop being Debbie downers.  This is great.

me  --->  :there:  <---  Pavlovs Dog
no I think this is just to finish sessions' term.  I think the seat is up again in 1 or 3 years.
Oh right. Shit.

this is a lot bigger than northam et al.  this is seismic.  this seat was not even supposed to be in danger for the gop. 

and now mcconnell's unworkable margin of 3 votes is down to 2.  on any given bill, he can afford to lose 2 senators out of mccain, collins, flake, murkowski, and corker.

I think fretting over 2018 just got kicked up a couple of notches. Bitches be serious.
that was surprisingly close to gracious

eta: the trump one
Yeah, my money is that Trump was not alone watching things play out and influenced him to tread "presidentially" one way or another.

Also, if someone could explain to Trump that "in a very short period of time" is six years from now and 75% of the way into the second term he's not going to get that would be great.
Elation is over.

I just remembered the Tax bill gets voted on next week and net neutrality is dust in the wind on Friday.

ravenscape --->  :thwack:  <--- me
Having gotten used to a ridiculously high percentage of disappointing news I'm not sure how to deal.

I think perhaps I'm elated.  :unsure:
98% in ~ Jones by 10,300 ~ all R counties reported in.

In case anybody isn't clicking through on this one and reading the thread, she is claiming as a continuously active voter in every major election she and many others have had their voter status suddenly changed to inactive. This means in on order to vote you have to complete a form which asks you things like which county you were born in, ID numbers, etc..

If I understand correctly this means you don't get a regular ballot but a special one that has to go through processing which chucks it into the trash if the form is incorrect, incomplete, or for any reason at all is unverifiable. So if you were born out of state, a naturalized citizen, or for any of another half dozen reasons you're shit out of luck.

Oh, and also! The Alabama State Supreme Court responded to the challenge by the sitting government who asserted they didn't have to keep any hard copy evidence of the ballots. In Alabama's system people complete a paper ballot which is scanned and the digital form is what is stored and counted. You be happy to learn that SC Judges issued a stay on the lower courts order to save all documentation for examination after the vote and the Alabama officials are now free to delete everything pretty much once the tally is complete.

Have a nice fucking day Alabamians!  :parrot:

Games / Re: Image Association

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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Welp, since the honor and reputation of the Presidency and the White House has been pretty much tossed down the hole in the outhouse, might as well go for the gold.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Trump to step down over the dozen or so accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. He responded this morning.

Gillibrand responds

edit: Cue Huckleberry Sanders claiming that the "media" is taking things out of context and disingenuously reading what they want into what Trump said.

TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: birds ?!
Thanks, Mike. :thumbsup:

I was just returning to edit that in. It wasn't possible to embed the source version.
TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: birds ?!

Amazing Mimicker - The Superb Lyrebird
It was the 1930s and a flute-playing farmer, living in Dorrigo - the northern-coastal area of New South Wales - had a special pet bird. That special pet was a lyrebird who was able to mimic certain phrases of the flute-player's music.

Some of the songs which the flutist played were popular tunes of the day, like "The Keel Row" and "Mosquito's Dance."

After a few years, the farmer released his pet bird into the adjacent forest of New England National Park (which features a "lyrebird walk"). As the tale is told, he never saw the bird again.

Thirty years or so later, Neville Fenton - a park ranger in the New England National Park, near Dorrigo - recorded a singing lyrebird. Listening to the bird's music, Fenton thought he was listening to a performing flutist.

Curious, Ranger Fenton sent his recording to someone who could analyze it. Norman Robinson, an ornithologist, filtered the tunes to separate the lyrebird's song. As it happens, a lyrebird can carry two different tunes at the same time.

Once he isolated the tunes, Robinson was able to identify the lyrebird's music. He was singing his own version of "The Keel Row" and "Mosquito's Dance."

In his 2005 book, Why Birds Sing, David Rothenberg (a musicologist) comments on this seemingly farfetched story:

    This species [the superb lyrebird] possesses a shared and learned sense of song that is passed down from generation to generation ... Lyrebirds in the ... New England National Park were found to have flutelike elements in their song, a sound not heard in other populations of superb lyrebirds.

    Further analysis of the song showed that the phrase contained elements of two popular tunes of the 1930s, "Mosquito Dance" and "The Keel Row." As lyrebirds can sing two melodies simultaneously, through several generations this population had created its own distinctive territorial song blending the two melodies into a single compressed phrase, refining it from generation to generation.

    It is now seventy years since a lyrebird learned these fragments, and today the flute song has been heard a hundred kilometers from the original source. A human tune is spreading through the lyrebird world, as they've decided through generations to prefer just two shards of our particular music.

(Why Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery of Bird Song, by David Rothenberg, at pages 55-56.)

So ... the superb lyrebird (whose scientific name is Menura novaehollandiae) can incorporate flute sounds into its repertoire ... an amazing feat. But there's more to this story.

Can you imagine hearing a bird which makes the sound of a chainsaw ... or a clicking camera ... or a train? How about mimicking the song of another bird, in such a perfectly rendered way that even a potential mate of the mimicked species is fooled by it?

If you doubt that such a bird exists, "meet" the Superb Lyrebird in this clip from the BBC's "Planet Earth." You have to see it to believe that all the lyrebird's sounds are actually coming from the bird itself.

And ... in addition to everything else about this amazing bird ... males have a spectacular tail, resembling a Greek lyre when fully extended, which they show-off during their courtship displays.
Science / Re: The Cool Science Image Thread
Hi-res resources here. I believe the first image is a crop and conversion from the "brightened" tiff format.

Moons Labeled
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Cassini Image Mosaic: A Farewell to Saturn
In a fitting farewell to the planet that had been its home for over 13 years, the Cassini spacecraft took one last, lingering look at Saturn and its splendid rings during the final leg of its journey and snapped a series of images that has been assembled into a new mosaic.

Cassini's wide-angle camera acquired 42 red, green and blue images, covering the planet and its main rings from one end to the other, on Sept. 13, 2017. Imaging scientists stitched these frames together to make a natural color view. The scene also includes the moons Prometheus, Pandora, Janus, Epimetheus, Mimas and Enceladus.

There is much to remember and celebrate in marking the end of the mission. Cassini's exploration of Saturn and its environs was deep, comprehensive and historic.

"Cassini's scientific bounty has been truly spectacular -- a vast array of new results leading to new insights and surprises, from the tiniest of ring particles to the opening of new landscapes on Titan and Enceladus, to the deep interior of Saturn itself," said Robert West, Cassini's deputy imaging team leader at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The Cassini imaging team had been planning this special farewell view of Saturn for years. For some, when the end finally came, it was a difficult goodbye.

"It was all too easy to get used to receiving new images from the Saturn system on a daily basis, seeing new sights, watching things change," said Elizabeth Turtle, an imaging team associate at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland. "It was hard to say goodbye, but how lucky we were to be able to see it all through Cassini's eyes!"

For others, Cassini's farewell to Saturn is reminiscent of another parting from long ago.

"For 37 years, Voyager 1's last view of Saturn has been, for me, one of the most evocative images ever taken in the exploration of the solar system," said Carolyn Porco, former Voyager imaging team member and Cassini's imaging team leader at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. "In a similar vein, this 'Farewell to Saturn' will forevermore serve as a reminder of the dramatic conclusion to that wondrous time humankind spent in intimate study of our Sun's most iconic planetary system."

Launched in 1997, the Cassini spacecraft orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017. The mission made numerous dramatic discoveries, including the surprising geologic activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus and liquid methane seas on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Cassini ended its journey with a dramatic plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017, returning unique science data until it lost contact with Earth.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the U.S., England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team leader are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

More information about Cassini:
Just a heads up. that article is from 2015 not that things have changed much. A good percentage of those DMVs are now open only one or two days a week or even worse in the outlying predominately black areas they are only open one or two days a month. A fig leaf after the backlash over the closures.

So now when you can travel to the one DMV, when it's actually open in your county, if you don't have all the acceptable documentation and get turned away you have to wait weeks or even a month to try again during the work week.  (dig the days and all that red text which only highlights some of the extremely limited business days)

Thank jebus the Supreme Court rolled back the meat of the totally outdated and unnecessary Voters Rights Act now that institutionalized racism is a thing of the past.

Games / Re: Image Association
Games / Re: Image Association
Reporters Must Ask Roy Moore How He Received His First Judge's Gavel

I couldn't say why I was rereading Roy Moore's autobiography, So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom, last night.

Maybe it was masochism, or maybe I felt the need to better understand the culture warrior's demented version of American constitutional history, but something was nagging at me -- as if I had forgotten some detail that would pull everything together if only I took the time to read his self-serving screed once again.

Turns out the little voice in my head was right, and I didn't have to endure the whole thing to find it. In Chapter Six, the twice-removed former judge writes about the way he went about decorating his new courtroom after Gov. Guy Hunt appointed him to the circuit court in 1992.

"I began by obtaining a great seal of Alabama," he says, "and a new flag from the administrative office of courts. A friend gave me a brass eagle for the window and a small set of the scales of justice. I used these to decorate the bookshelves behind my bench. Another friend furnished a gavel for my desk."

In the next paragraph, Moore finds the Ten Commandments idol he has built at home and decides it should sit in his courtroom. That decision is what eventually brought the ACLU to his courtroom, launching his career as an evangelical martyr and constitutional pseudohistorian, but it was not the thing I was looking for.

Let's back up: "Another friend furnished a gavel for my desk." What friend was that?

Roy Moore does not say.

And maybe there is a reason.

Let us now recall Debbie Wesson Gibson, one of the women who says she dated or encountered Moore. She was 17 and he was 34 at the time. Recently, Moore has stood behind the pulpits of churches angrily denying that he ever met her or knew Gibson.

Speaking at a community center in the tiny town of Henegar on November 29th, Moore insisted that "I do not know any of these women," including Gibson, saying that their claims were "completely false" and "malicious."

Two days later at a small church in Theodosia, Moore repeated his claim that "I do not know any of these women, did not date any of these women." That includes Gibson.

Of course, Moore told Sean Hannity a month ago that he did know Gibson and another teenager he dated at the time, though he said he could not remember "specific dates" with them.

Earlier this week, Mrs. Gibson showed the Washington Post some receipts of their relationship that she found in her attic -- specifically, her senior scrapbook, which contained both a handwritten graduation card from Moore and a note from her first date with him.

"He called me a liar," Gibson told reporter Stephanie McCrummen. Mrs. Gibson had remained fond of Moore all these years and has described him as a perfect gentleman on their dates. Now she's mad that he pretends not to know her. "Roy Moore made an egregious mistake to attack that one thing -- my integrity," she says.

Although they stopped dating when she left for college, "she said she helped Moore when he was campaigning for circuit court judge in 1982, and remembers tucking fliers under windshield wipers at the Kmart parking lot," McCrummen reported. And:

She said that when she became engaged, Moore insisted on meeting her fiance to make sure he was "good enough for me." She said that when Moore was first appointed as a circuit court judge in 1992, she sent him a gavel engraved with his name and a congratulatory note and that her family and his exchanged Christmas cards some years.

To recap: Roy Moore says that "a friend" gave him a gavel in 1992.

Debbie Wesson Gibson says that she gave Roy Moore a gavel in 1992.

Roy Moore first admitted that he dated Debbie Gibson, but now he has never met her and does not know her.

Reporters need to ask Roy: Who was the "friend" that gave you that gavel you mentioned in your book? Is it the woman Moore now says he never met and never knew?

The only part this author is forgetting is that Moore's supporters ultimately don't give a shit if he's lying or not.
Games / Re: Image Association
Games / Re: Image Association