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    Space Launches, Landings, and Destinations - SpaceX Thread #3

    Or maybe they buy into and share his vision, which far exceeds that of the old profit driven dinosaurs like ULA, Boeing and LM.
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    Space Launches, Landings, and Destinations - SpaceX Thread #3

    Sigh. You simply don’t understand this topic. The whole point of orbital refuelling is to mitigate the tyranny of the rocket equation. Keep laughing, then. But stop wasting my time and do it elsewhere. I tried to point you in the right direction, but you clearly aren’t interested.
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    Space Launches, Landings, and Destinations - SpaceX Thread #3

    Useful tip: Know your subject before launching what you think is an ironclad attack. Maybe spend a bit of time researching what is taking place in this sphere and then try again. It will avoid unnecessary embarrassment. As a summary, to save you some time, SpaceX has already dropped the cost to launch a kg to orbit from the industry standard $10,000/kg for a typical launch to around $2000/kg on a Falcon 9. Falcon Heavy beats even that - getting as low as $1500/kg. Starship, even conservatively speaking, is designed to bring that down to around $100-$200/kg. To understand the implication of this - that is cheaper than the cost/kg that a science fiction style Space Elevator is able to achieve. At those launch costs, orbital refuelling becomes a trivial cost, enabling a fuel rich mission architecture. Where a 1 ton payload has been the maximum Nasa has been able to land on Mars - at the cost of billions of dollars, 100 ton payloads become the norm in SpaceX’s fuel rich system design. At a fraction of the previous cost. Fuel is significantly less than 1% of the cost of a space mission. It is throwing away the rocket that makes it so expensive. That is the paradigm shift that SpaceX has achieved, and continuous to drive at a pace of innovation that hasn’t been seen in the field of rocketry since the 1960’s. As I said, do yourself a favour and educate yourself on this topic.
  4. Can we have a definitive thread to discuss the implications of the Show for the future book plot. Which parts are true and which are nonsense? I have my thoughts. Let's discuss. So let's start with the Iron Throne. I don't think Bran becomes King. I cannot see any path to him being elected King by the other Great Lords. There will be a Great Council, but like always politics will win the day, and the faction with the most support will choose the King. Just like Jon's election as Lord Commander back in Book 3.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Piers Morgan’s latest column is a beauty. Apart from calling out Remoaners for the undemocratic whiners they are, and telling Hollywood celebs to but out of politics, he also points out that Corbyn is so radical he makes AOC look like a centrist. Why are there so many Marxists in the world these days? A discredited ideology that just won’t die.
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    Space Launches, Landings, and Destinations - SpaceX Thread #3

    1000 years from now Elon Musk will be recorded in history as the man who made humanity a multi-planetary species. His efforts at Tesla will fade into insignificance, but freeing us from this rock will be his lasting achievement. Musk City as the capital of Mars will probably be the Martian equivalent of Washington DC to commemorate his contribution. He will be remembered long after von Braun’s name has been forgotten.
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    Space Launches, Landings, and Destinations - SpaceX Thread #3

    Some broad, uninformed statements on this thread.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Nigel Farage made Brexit happen when he won the referendum. He might be the most important British politician since Churchill, when all is said and done. He created the fork in the road which may change Britain forever.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    I remember when he first rose to prominence - after the Milliband fiasco was it? -and these exact sentiments were raised. He was loved by a radical fringe, but most didn’t expect him to last long because he is so extreme. Somehow he has stuck around much longer than his shelf life, but the chickens have now come home to roost. The radicals just didn’t want to accept that. He is the AOC of British politics, just in the shape of a cardigan clad grandpa.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Maybe, just maybe, the support for Brexit has not diminished, but had in fact increased since the Referendum. Unpalatable to Remainers, I know, but seems to be borne out by the predicted election results.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Next up Scotxit, or whatever the Scottish version of Brexit is called. “Self rule rules!” The world is making more sense already.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Which suggests that it was distaste for that outcome - an eventual second referendum - that drove the voters to Johnson, rather than the fear of Corbyn, who as you say would not have had much power anyway. Bringing us right back to the People’s Vote on Brexit.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    There’s truth to that. At the same time, Johnson seemed to bumble through so much of his campaign that the only clear message he really got through was to “Get Brexit Done”. And that seems to have resonated strongly with the electorate. Edit Seems like the winning combination was “Get Brexit Done” and “Not Corbyn”. Both of which seem quite obvious winning themes. But only in hindsight to the left, I guess.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Well, I guess they got their “Second People’s Vote”.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    As Piers Morgan just said - Twitter loses again.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Once again, the members of this forum proving to be a leftwing fringe group woefully out of touch with the main stream in the English speaking world. Usually the retort is that it is just Conservative America which is out of touch, and that these woke views are more aligned to the rest of the Western world. But from America to Australia and now in Britain the English speaking world has delivered so much “winning” to conservatives that it has been a pretty pleasant decade to be of a right wing persuasion, I must confess. Today just shows again that you guys are the radicals, and in the major English speaking nations people mostly don’t share your views. To our unhappy British friends on the board, well, I guess you can always still move to New Zealand, which seems a bit of an outlier to the mainstream Anglophile world as well.
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    The search goes on for the Hooded Man

    I just realised for the first time that the Hooded Man is probably not actually Hooded. I always wondered how Theon knew their eyes were meeting if he was wearing a hood. Now it dawned on me that it is not actually stated that he was wearing his hood. Just that his cloak was hooded and it was flapping behind him in the wind. In fact, both the hood and the rest of the cloak could be flapping behind him from that description. Which explains why Theon can meet his eyes so easily. This implies that he is not someone Theon has met before, as he does not recognize the man.
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    Space Launches, Landings, and Destinations - SpaceX Thread #3

    Ah, the sweet taste of victory. Musk found not guilty. And that $190m claim was indeed absurd.
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    Space Launches, Landings, and Destinations - SpaceX Thread #3

    No answers to my question then. Can a compensatory amount be substantially - as in, orders of magnitude - more than the wildest realistic material damages the plaintiff has suffered?
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    Space Launches, Landings, and Destinations - SpaceX Thread #3

    Any legal experts who can give me an idea of what is actually at stake in Elon’s defamation trial? Unsworth has asked for $75k compensation. Is that (plus legal fees) the extent of Musk’s possible exposure, or can an emotional jury dish out any arbitrary penalty amount based on his net worth? Surely Unsworth can’t go from Joe Nobody to a billionaire thanks to the fact that the guy who defamed him just happened to be super rich? The latter would seem unfair to me, but hey, I’m no legal expert.
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    Bond 25: No Time To Die

    Just watched the trailer. And indeed, it had the now obligatory young, sassy female upstaging and probably being set up to replace the longstanding, veteran hero. Did they learn nothing from the Star Wars fiasco? Think I’ll give this one a skip - but then, Bond has been way too flawed and emotionally vulnerable since Craig took over anyway. Time for him to die indeed.
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    Space Launches, Landings, and Destinations - SpaceX Thread #3

    They don’t have time. They want to build a colony on Mars and see it grow to a small city in Elon’s lifetime.
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    The Walking Dead: The Judith and Negan Show (Comic Spoilers)

    So I haven’t watched Walking Dead for some time. Kind of lost interest when the show went to shit. One question: Is everyone just over the fact that Negan beat Glenn’s head in with a baseball bat? Cause that’s not something you should ever get over. Redemption arcs are so overrated. The only fitting ending for this Show is if Rick parachutes out of a helicopter in the last scene, shouts Yippeekyaay mother*****r and bashes Negan’s head in with the butt of his Colt Python.
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    I don’t understand the fixation on loans. A loan doesn’t make you wealthier. It just give you access to cash by reducing your asset value in exchange. Why do you want to tax loans? You seem to suggest that because someone can fund a certain lifestyle from debt, he should be penalized for it. Why? Borrowing money against your assets is a fundamental principle of our economic system. Sounds more like a lifestyle tax to me. Turn it around and answer this: What do you gain by disincentivizing borrowing? Say Bezos stops taking out loans then. How does that benefit the left’s agenda? He still owns $100bn worth of stock. All you achieve is forcing him to not live like he owns that much. So is it about penalizing him for spending his money then? So the poor don’t feel bad seeing his high life style? It’s ok if he owns $100bn, as long as he doesn’t spend it?
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    Yes, he should of course be able to. In his personal capacity. A financing institution will do a risk assessment based on the assets he can put up as security, and charge him a risk based interest rate. Why should he not have that right like any other person? That doesn’t change the fact that share values are volatile and it is inappropriate to levy tax at someone based on the current, unrealized market value of the shares. Also your understanding of accrued loss in your earlier reply appears wildly off the mark. His capital gain at time of selling the shares is the difference between the original acquisition cost - which was presumably close to zero if he was the founder - and the eventual selling price. So dropping from a former market value of $40bn to $10bn is not a loss if it is still worth $10bn more than when he started the company. A good demonstration of this conflation between capital appreciation and income that the wealth taxers seem stuck on.
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