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Everything posted by maarsen

  1. Considering that the JWT is designed to mostly collect infrared light I doubt very much they are raw images. We don't see in the infrared part of the spectrum.
  2. I always thought McCain was a dipshit from even before his choosing Palin as a running mate. There was always something off about him.
  3. The parties themselves decide how long of a campaign to run. Candidates who are not well known want a longer race so as to have more time for extra media coverage. The guy in the lead wants a short race before his past catches up to him.
  4. Is there some new version of the upper class twit of the year contest that is being played here?
  5. I refused to adopt social media early on for just the reasons given in the article. Given that Elon Musk has just agreed to buy Twitter, I think this is even more relevant. I have long thought that Gresham's Law has a corollary that applies to information and as such I find social media to be a geometric progression to stupidity. Once you are a wit, twice and you are a halfway and then on down from there. I do think Musk has made the biggest mistake of his life in buying Twitter because as Greshham's Law says 'bad money drives out good money'. Bad speech will drive out good speech, along with advertisers.
  6. I just have to quibble here. Your link to the Nivelle Offensive was informative but infuriating also in that there was not a single mention of the Canadian Corp and the greatest general to serve in WWI, General Sir Authur Currie.
  7. I suppose, considering their age, that they could have been ex Stasi agents whose files Putin has access to, and is pressuring.
  8. Judging by the play it gets in the media even here in Canada, I imagine they are as numerous in per capital terms as Trump supporters. Media outlets do know their audience.
  9. I can never understand why the Republicans would want a Florida Man as a presidential candidate.
  10. With all the new research coming out, I don't think he has much to say in his field anymore either.
  11. I keep wondering when the Florida legislature decides to make pi equal to 3 so as to make math simpler for simple minded Floridians.
  12. I stopped listening or reading anything about or from Chomsky back in the 80s. I still see no reason to begin again.
  13. Being one of those I have to agree.
  14. I took the shingles one in my left arm and tetanus and pneumonia in my right which hurts the most.
  15. I just had my fourth Covid booster on Saturday. My arm was a bit tender for a bit and that was it. That is my usual reaction to any vaccination. I hope yours goes well.
  16. The UK being an island doesn't that mean anyone can be considered illegal?
  17. Well yesterday I made a huge error in judgement. I was at my doctor for a check up and he mentioned that I should get vaccinated for shingles, tetanus and pneumonia. Being the sort of person who says 'vaccinations? I laugh at vaccinations! Hah Hah Haaah!', I had all three done together. I had a horrible night last night and am just feeling reasonably good now.
  18. I saw an article on my news feed about a Russian drone show down and opened up. It had an older Canon camera in it velcroed down and the mode selector glued on the proper setting. Someone reasonably high up took the money meant for proper drones, pocketed that and bought a load of cheap stuff off of Ebay.
  19. A penis is called a tool here in North America so calling someone a tool is calling them a dick.
  20. I wouldn't pretend that any MEP's are of real importance. Given that the European Parliament has no real power, it tends to attract people who could not get elected to any position where their stance on issues has any real effect.
  21. Wasn't this same argument used for privatizing railways and such back in Thatcher's era?
  22. I just came back from a week in Cuba and while there I was told Cuba is changing their constitution to redefine marriage as being between two people and no longer between a man and a woman only.
  23. Unfortunately it tells us about the stupidity of others too.
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