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  1. TerraPrime

    LGBTQ+ 5 -- Now With More Gender Outlaws

    Re: MFC Awesome sauce! :-) Re: Robin I accept the prevailing choice of "transgender," and I will respectfully use that as the default descriptor until I am told otherwise. But on a personal level I think it's a shame we lost the distinction between transsexual and transgender. Sex and gender are not the same, after all. Those who identify as a different gender aren't always identifying as a different sex. For instance, a very masculine woman is transgender because she's transgressing against the assigned gender. But she identifies as a woman, so she's not transsexual. In my mind, the two separate descriptors have their respective uses.
  2. TerraPrime

    U.S. Politics: And a Happy "Shithole" Year

    If only there were some sign or evidence during the campaign season to show that Trump is a fickle, inconstant, narcissistic, uninformed, self-aggrandizing, unprepared, conman so they could have wised up and thrown their support to a different candidate.
  3. TerraPrime

    Raw water

    I have a raw hose in my pants...
  4. TerraPrime

    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    I can't think of ways in which nuclear power is better than renewable energy sources - cost, effectiveness, accessibility (tech barrier), pollution. Fossil fuel is so completely woven into our civilization that it isn't realistic to expect one source will replace it all by itself. We will continue to have fossil fuels. But if we're lucky, we can reduce our reliance on it from 95%+ to say, 50%, and use combinations of renewables to make up the difference. If we can reduce carbon emissions by that much, I suspect we will have made a great effort to curb the damage of human activities on our weather system.
  5. TerraPrime

    U.S. Politics: And a Happy "Shithole" Year

    I don't think it's the technology - smart phones and internet. I think it's that we're using the platforms for free. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, etc., are all "free" to use. There is no monetary cost. What we pay is instead our privacy, our information reach, and our cultural context. By using it for free, we agreed to give up control in those areas. That's the problem, imo.
  6. TerraPrime

    Raw water

    Soon, Darwin Award will be entirely overwhelmed.
  7. TerraPrime

    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    There has been talks of oil farms using algae. The pictures I saw have thing bags of liquid hanging like laundry. The problem, as I see it, is that photosynthesis only converts the carbon in CO2 to other forms of carbon, which now needs to be disposed of. I think if we harvest the biomass and bury it, that'd be one way of removal of carbon in a net sense. If we use the oil from algae, then it's just recycling current carbon and doesn't remove carbon.
  8. TerraPrime

    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    It's far more feasible to store CO2 underground, rather than to convert to O2, trapped between impermeable layers. But, clearly, the energy required would have to come from either non fossil or from renewable fossil to make it worthwhile.
  9. TerraPrime

    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    In other news: 1. Oceanic apoxic dead zones have quadrupled in size since 1950. Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/04/oceans-suffocating-dead-zones-oxygen-starved 2. The new arctic climate is predicted to be dominated by rain, instead of snow. Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/nclimate3240 That article was published in March of 2017. Then, in Sept 2017, someone observed actual rainfall in the arctic: http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/01/04/how-often-does-it-rain-at-the-north-pole/ That's all.
  10. TerraPrime

    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    I don't know whether there's a tipping point of no return concerning CO2 that we've already passed, or not. I think we're probably close to it or have already passed it. However, I do know that regardless of any tipping point, changing our behavior to reduce our output is ALWAYS going to help. Even if the climate pattern is already changed beyond repair, certainly, adding less to it cannot be worse. In terms of risk analysis, I see no permutation where concerted efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission is a no-go.
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    U.S. Politics NEXT!

    Or the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in Iraq.
  12. On a different note: There is an upcoming SCOTUS case that's going to have a significant ramification on our economy. It's Janus v. AFSCME. The decision on this case will have direct implication on the viability of public sector unions (teachers unions and AFSCME in particular). There's a lot of background that I will leave in the end for those who want to read. But essentially, right after Scalia's demise, the court was split 4-4. With Gorsuch, the split is almost certain to be 5-4 against the unions. If the ruling goes as expected, there'll be other implications beyond public sector union, as well. It will also touch on other forms of fees collected from members who don't all agree on an issue, such as student activities fees at colleges and even municipal fees. Background: In the U.S. unions for public sector employees operate on the premise of exclusive representation. This means that once a union is certified, it has exclusive representation right for all the people whose job descriptions are included in the charter for the union. The contract that the union representatives negotiate with the employer (government or its representatives, like school boards) will apply to everyone under the charter, whether the individual workers want it to, or not. Consequently, everyone covered will pay for the functioning of the union, whether they want to, or not. The court has ruled before that this compulsion of fees is justified because of the nature of unions. The Abood ruling in 1977 specifically separated out the activities that the unions commit for the benefit of enforcing the collective bargaining agreement versus other activities, and only the former will be charged to union members. In this case, the plaintiff argues that since negotiations of public sector unions are always going to be with the government, and the government's side's decision is a direct impact on revenue allocation, that means that contract negotiation between public sector unions and the government is a form of political speech. This means that compelling them to pay fees is compelling to engage in political speech. Therefore, the plaintiff argues, people who benefit from the union contract should not be compelled to pay that fee. They will, nevertheless, receive the benefits of the contact, such as paid time leave provisions, work safety provisions, etc. In other words, anyone who wants it can receive free benefits, after the ruling. The most immediate foreseeable impact is that unions will lose a lot of members - why pay for a service when you can now get it for free? The second impact is that with the loss of members, and membership dues, unions will be less effective in representing workers, and will become irrelevant. That's really the end-goal of the national conglomerate (spearheaded by the Koch's brothers) that puts in money and resources to push for this shift. Also worth noting that Janus wasn't the original plaintiff. It was actually Governor Rauner of Illinois. They brought the case against AFSCME, on the same premise, trying to destroy AFSCME. The case was ruled as having no standing since Rauner wasn't a member of AFSCME. So they then found someone who's an ideological conservative to stand in as the plaintiff. This is an astroturf law suite if there ever was one.
  13. TerraPrime

    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    But there's more to the story of beef eating thant he methane they produce. In the U.S., the vast majority of corn produced is used as animal feed to fatten up the cattle faster. Reduction in consumption of conventionally/industrially raised cattle will significantly cut down the need for corn, which in turn will reduce the carbon load of our system since conventional farming relies on fertilizers and fossil-fuel powered machines. So there's a very strong downstream impact for reducing beef consumption in the U.S. Also, really, the hypotheticals of "if we stop doing X completely" aren't meant to be proposed solutions. They're usually meant to highlight the significance of a particular contributing factor to the complex, over all problem we face. We could as well say what if every household in the US installs a 4 mm^2 solar panel, or what if all the cars switch to biodiesel, etc.
  14. TerraPrime

    LGBTQ+ 5 -- Now With More Gender Outlaws

    I haven't followed the board for a while and just now caught up in this thread. Much love to all my peoples. <3 Last week, I started a conversation with an FtM individual on the kink board I post on, and he challenged me that despite how I see myself as trans-friendly, my actions do not match it. Specifically, he pointed out how my description of my sexuality is very trans-exclusionary. And he was/is right. So now I've been deep in the weeds for a few days now wrestling the gnarly conflagration of sexuality, sexual attraction, indoctrinated gender presentations, masculinity, and the definition of homosexuality. This process has so far been pretty difficult and challenging, and also quite exciting. I feel that despite having been in the LBGT community since forever, I have been really forced to confront my own unexamined defaults about trans individuals on the topic of sexual partners. This whole process was a quick reminder to myself that I have so much baggage of my own to unpack, and also, how insidiously subtle a lot of these preconceived notions are in controlling our world views.
  15. TerraPrime

    US Politics: the Moore things change...

    That'd depend on how deep the pockets are for Bannon's cadre of white supremacist donors, I'd think.