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  1. This story would really have made more sense if Ashara Dayne was Jon’s mother, lining him up to wield Dawn - Lightbringer - one day as Azor Ahai reborn. Now we have a seemingly meaningless Dawn, and a seemingly meaningless extra Targ in Jon. Weird.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    So you are penalised for living in a sparsely populated country? Rather penalise countries that are over populated, meaning they overburden the resources of the geographical territory they have jurisdiction over.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    Just to briefly respond to the “solar panel on the car roof” point (I will have to come back to the other points later). Without looking at Hyundai’s proposal or Musk’s calculation, here are some basic facts to consider: Solar energy reaching the surface of the earth is about 1000W/sq m. Of that, current solar panel efficiency is about 25%, meaning it will convert about 250 watts into electricity. That means 0.25kwh generated per hour per square metre of car roof. Let’s say you can fit 5sqm of solar panels onto the car (not sure what the exact area size is). That would mean 1.25 kw/h generated per hour of sunlight. At an optimistic 10 hours of good sunlight per day, that’s maybe 12.5 kw/h generated per day. The Tesla Model 3 has a 75kwh battery. So that’s 15% of the battery charged. And how much does this system add to the cost and weight of the car? And once you get to the Performance models, and the future battery densities Tesla is working towards, the batteries will be even larger, while the surface area available for solar panels remains the same. So for a car with a (very) small battery and lower performance you might be able to generate “60% of the battery capacity per day”, but not for the type of aspirational vehicles Tesla is making.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    Don’t confuse likelihood with severity. Climate change is far more likely - in fact is close to certain to occur. But in terms of severity of impact, a large asteroid strike, pandemic, massive vulcanism or some other major celestial event etc. are far greater existential threats.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    The Mars goal is not a response to climate change. If anything, Tesla and fighting climate change is Musk’s second priority. Making humans a multi planetary civilization is his primary goal. He has said himself that the reason he is accumulating assets over his lifetime is to eventually plow it all into colonizing Mars. The fact that in the process he is ALSO making a leading contribution to fighting climate change is a bonus, I would say. Climate change is not our primary existential threat as a species. In fact, I would challenge that it is even an existential threat at all. It will make life worse for many people, and should be avoided if at all possible, but it won’t end us in the way an asteroid strike would, for example. Anyway, becoming a space faring civilization in the window of opportunity before some disaster or dwindling resources knocks us back to pre-space age capabilities will be the difference between us remaining a one planet species and eventually dying out, or escaping our gravity well and colonizing the galaxy. As for cars with solar roofs - Elon has addressed it before. He said the power generated by the available surface area is so low that it is not worth it.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    The horse-buggy riders of the early 1900’s probably said the same about the newfangled automobiles that appeared on their roads at the time.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    I’m not commenting on your personal position. I’m commenting on how widespread your position is on this site, and pointing out (once again) that this site is an echo chamber for a radical minority viewpoint which does not represent main stream politics. More interesting to me is why this forum happens to attract such a skewed sample of the population. My working hypothesis - with only anecdotal data to support it - is that what we are dealing with here is disproportionate representation from academia, either in the form of students or lecturers/ researchers, or ex academics /recent students, etc. And as Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro have pointed out so eloquently, academic institutions have radicalized dramatically in recent decades to the point of becoming bubbles of left wing extremism within broader society. I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure it out. Maybe it’s something else entirely.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    So - at a rough guess, merely for purposes of illustration - you have maybe 40% of the country supporting Trump/ Republican Party, maybe 10% undecided, maybe 30% supporting a moderate Democrat position and the remaining maybe 15-20% supporting the radical, socialist wing of the Democratic party. And yet on this site the general lamentation is that the 30% moderate Democrats are not left wing enough and that woe would befall the nation if a candidate from that 30% block is elected. You guys live in a bubble of radicalism.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    There’s already a law against murder.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    I don’t agree with the per capita part. The world is not one big democracy. Each nation is at a different level of development, industrialization and technological progress. And, yes, power and influence. Why not go with emissions per square km of territory owned, instead? If you have more territory, you have more trees, presumably to counter your emissions. Maybe countries should adjust their population growth to the territory they have to support it.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    No its not.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    No its not. The mass shooters typically aren't the guys participating in sports shooting, or religiously attending gun shows or generally prominent members of the gun owning community. Instead, they are generally outcast loners, hanging around in their mom's basement, sharing their poisonous thoughts over the internet. Yes America has always had lots of guns, and has always had a "gun culture". But now that ready availability of guns has intersected with the age of social media, inattentive parenting, the breakdown of the family structure, and a host of modern social ills that awkward misfits are unable to deal with psychologically. Mix that with access to guns and you get the phenomenon of mass shootings.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    A Tesla model 3 now offers better performance than an equivalent gas vehicle, with a supercharger network that covers the vast majority of the US population. Now if you could get it down to $30k, it would sell millions of cars. So the main resistance is price. But this is off topic for the change to meat, which just won’t make that big a difference, but affect the lifestyles of the vast majority of the population, basically needlessly.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    Because the barrier to electric vehicle usage is now largely price. The barrier to giving up meat is that meat is part of my natural diet and I don’t want to give it up, even if I pay 5 times for it what I could pay for some meat alternative.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    Yes. So the market driven answer is that once electric vehicles become cheaper than gas guzzling alternatives, the switch will happen naturally.
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