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Erik of Hazelfield

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  1. Erik of Hazelfield

    Electric Cars - Advise?

    My sister has a new Leaf and she likes it a lot. She's short too so I guess it's ok for short people. When it comes to range and battery size, bigger is better. Buy as big a battery as you can afford. If you go for a used Leaf, make sure it has at least the 30 kWh battery. I wouldn't recommend anyone to buy anything less than that. There are several reasons for this: - Range decreases in cold weather, snow and in particular with higher speeds. If you only have 72 miles of range to begin with (like the 24 kWh Leaf) then you start getting awfully close to that 50 mile round trip of yours. You'll probably want some margin if you want to go shopping after work etc. - Battery capacity does decrease a little bit with age, which additionally reduces the range. It's usually not that bad but those percents can make a big difference if you're already on the edge, or none at all if you're not. - Fast charging is usually faster (measured in miles added per minute) for larger batteries. This has to do with the fact that the last few percents up to full charge is slower, and with a big battery you will spend a longer time in the fastest regime. Other car options for you: - BMW i3: high quality and fun to drive, but usually a bit pricey. Beware of the versions with small batteries. - VW E-Golf: surprisingly good. Like the i3 it has gotten incrementally higher battery capacity so make sure you know what you're buying. - Renault Zoe: Main competitor to the Leaf. Lots of range for the money if you can find a 41 kWh version. Beware of the 22 kWh version. I know I've been talking a lot about range here, but in the still immature used electric car market, I think it's a big deal. There's a world of difference between 100 and 150 miles. By the way, use the American EPA figures for range, they're accurate. NEDC is garbage. No one gets anywhere near that range.
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    International thread 2

    I feel so, so sorry. I visited that cathedral last June, my first time in Paris, and it was so serene, majestic and beautiful. I hope they repair it and try as best they can to restore it to its former shape, even if it will never be the same again. A true loss for humanity.
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    SpaceX's Big Falcon Topic 2

    So that's a double first, right? Recovering the fairings and landing all three boosters. Plus the first commercial Falcon Heavy launch. Really good day for SpaceX.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    This is probably it. I want to get fit, but I don't care all that much about it. And that's the same thing that always makes me fail. (Once I did try the blog way, posting pictures on Facebook and whatnot. Eventually I quietly stopped doing it due to lack of progress and it was getting embarrassing.) I guess my main motivation now is not to fail again. Hardly a very compelling cause, but there it is. I feel like if I don't succeed this time, I won't ever again be as fit as I'd like. Thanks for the advice though. I'll try to think of some ways of increasing my motivation.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    I am just sooo tired of my diet and fail miserably to stay at 2400 kcal/day. This had made me hit a plateau some 3 kg short of my goal. I've lost just 4 kg since Christmas, due to my 0.5 kg/week loss plan being offset all the time by days or even weeks of not following my diet. When I do keep to my calorie goal carefully I've found it works very reliably: down 0.5 kg per week. Does anyone have any tips on how to regain the inspiration to reach my goal? What worked for you?
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    UK Politics: What Goes DUP Must Come Down

    Ehm. Is it just me or DID she get a short extension, during which parliament DID vote on her deal? A vote she lost, for the third time. What's the point in doing it all again? What makes her think she'll win the vote this time?
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    This is my question too. And could this all be avoided if, after the deal gets voted down a third time (assuming they even find some way around Bercow's ruling), a coalition of soft brexiters, red unicorn brexiters and remainers vote to revoke article 50 unilaterally rather than having the UK crash out dealless? Or am I far too wishful here?
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    Is it just me or would the exact date of a possible delay play an incredibly important role in the eventual outcome? I'm thinking specifically of the upcoming EU elections in May. If the UK does not participate in the May elections (no pun intended), that means Remain, Long delay and Other deals are definitely off the table, thus forcing parliament to choose between May's deal and No deal. (I realize this is exactly what A Horse Named Stranger wrote a page back but I don't feel it was discussed enough). To add a question: does May have the authority to decide that the UK will not participate in the EU elections, or would that decision have to pass parliament as well? Or did last week's house decision on seeking a delay give her a carte blanche on the timing? If so that was a grave mistake.
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    What do you think needs to be done to combat the obesity epidemic?

    This is, of course, the core of the problem. Personally I've come to accept that some "nanny state" regulations are beneficial. I live in Sweden which is probably one of the worst nanny states in the world. We can only buy alcoholic beverages at the state monopoly stores, there are heavy taxes on cigarettes and so on. Some 15 years ago we even passed a law prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants. The result? A resounding success. Very few people miss it. Even the smokers appreciate coming home after a night out without all their clothes smelling of smoke. Also I'm not so sure about the slippery slope argument. We used to have a drug store monopoly too. That was abolished, so now you can buy an aspirin at the local supermarket, which is also widely appreciated. This proves that even if you do implement some "nanny state" policies, you're not automatically on a path towards ever increasing restrictions. Some policies should be easier than others to pass. Maybe a soda tax isn't the way to go, but rather stuff like creating a junk food free environment in schools, or stopping junk food advertisements aimed towards children?
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    What do you think needs to be done to combat the obesity epidemic?

    I'm very sorry to hear that you've met such rude people at the gym. I've never experienced that - to me the gym is full of people minding their own business. The stories I've heard mostly involves pathetic guys at the gym trying to give unwanted advice to girls in some kind of vain pickup attempt. But I believe you, and it's a pity if stuff like that is making people reluctant to go to gyms, because it's the most effective training there is. Regarding the willpower and personal responsibility thing, I thought that debate was settled on page 2 or so. Yes, it's completely possible to change your ways and get fitter, but it doesn't work at the population level. We've been doing it for decades while obesity rates continue to increase.
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    What do you think needs to be done to combat the obesity epidemic?

    I don't get it. To me going to the gym is like visiting a shopping mall or riding the train. There are lots of people but you don't really interact with them. I would have no idea if they are nice or not. Those of you who have a different experience - what kind of behaviour do you see at the gym that makes you dislike the people there? It's an honest question. I like going to the gym and I want everyone to feel as welcome there as I do, but obviously that's not the case.
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    What do you think needs to be done to combat the obesity epidemic?

    I would argue that the bolded part is wrong. https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/dietary-guidelines-2010 Check out figure 3-6 in the full report, page 29. About 75% of the added sugar comes from completely predictable sources like soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, desserts, candy and so on. Hidden sugar in regular food is much less of a problem than us simply eating too much of the tasty stuff that we already know is unhealthy.
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    What do you think needs to be done to combat the obesity epidemic?

    Wait - fructose isn't sugar now? Like, Coke should be exempt from the tax as long as it's sweetened with high fructose corn syrup instead of sucrose? That's nonsense. All the sugars are hydrolysed in the body and they have similar effects. But fine, I agree that orange juice shouldn't block any legislation, I'm just pointing out the difficulties in making a general rule for how a sugar tax should be implemented. I'm not against it, I just think it will be hard to pass such legislation.
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    What do you think needs to be done to combat the obesity epidemic?

    I'dI agree that the soda tax is too narrow a scope to completely reverse the trend, but it's a start. What I fear is that a general sugar tax would be much more difficult to implement. First, is that a tax on all sugar or just added sugar? Things like orange juice and dried fruit contains loads of sugar naturally - would they be included or not? Where to draw the line between taxed and untaxed cereal? And of course ridiculously unhealthy food like French fries and bearnaise sauce would go completely untaxed due to their low sugar content.
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    What do you think needs to be done to combat the obesity epidemic?

    Yes. That's why I propose to start with a soda tax. It's reasonably easy to define and it's extremely well researched, with tons of evidence, that sugar sweetened drinks are bad for you. If the dieticians can agree on anything, it would be that.