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  1. SerHaHa

    Have people given up all hope?

    D+D must = dumb and dumber. What a way to ruin a show. I mean it was seriously downhill after season 4 IMO, but to take 2 years to write and film this nonsense...it's laugh out loud ridiculous.
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    Going solar, going solar, going solar

    We've had a large array at our lake home/property since 2012. We power 5 other homes plus ours, and could still put energy back into the Provincial grid here if we wanted to. This is a ground based system though, I haven't looked into a roof based system (yet), might do so in the future for our in city properties. https://imgur.com/cqL3Cq1 https://imgur.com/jMYrvtn
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    Electric Cars - Advise?

    OP, I would have NO fear purchasing any of the options you're considering. A friend of my father's is a Tesla "Ranger", one of very few here in Alberta, a roaming/at home technician/mechanic. Despite all the negative media, the Tesla cars I've seen and driven are fantastic, so much so we're getting an S next month. We already have a plug in hybrid van as well, and have put about 20k miles on it, using almost exclusively the electric battery to run it. My SO bought a Lexus LC500 last summer, we just got it out on the road after a long/cold winter here in central/Western Canada. We recently drove a friend's Tesla S/P100D for a week while in Malibu last month. SO has decided the LC500 is going out, and the model S is coming in. I don't disagree either. Fragile Bird - Our grocery getter/non truck winter vehicle is a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, 2018. It's a plug in hybrid type, very decent gas motor for long range highway trips if required still, but the vast majority of the driving with this vehicle is city, and we very rarely use up the 55km/35 mile-ish range of the battery, even in cold winter times, with electric seats/heaters going all the time. We just use the basic charger that came with it, but with the new S coming in May sometime, I'll be installing a faster charger for both. Right now the van will charge in about 8 or 9 hours overnight from 5 percent or lower up to 100. It's such a fantastic vehicle, the Pacifica, not using any fuel for most of our daily city driving, 10 year/unlimited warranty on the battery/electric systems. Very happy with it, and while I was very hesitant to get a hybrid or electric vehicle, I'm beyond sold on the technology as well as the usability. It's all massive pluses, and I've been a motor/gas/petrol head since I was 15 and got my first car and bike (1990 Honda VFR and a 1991 TT 300zx), and have had a long line of sports cars and 4x4 trucks in the last 30 years since then. IMO electric/hybrid vehicles are the future. I hope you find a plug in hybrid that suits you. We had that Pacifica Hybrid as a loaner when another vehicle was being repaired, and we both fell in love with hybrids/electric vehicles in that week. So much so we bought an identical van. Us, a hybrid van, it was laughable to our friends, until they ride in it, or borrow it. All have had a similar response as us.
  4. Hah, thanks, after 2 years of posting about NEEM here, you've finally corrected my confusion about a project/site which I've referenced other times here(and was the first to have mentioned NEEM on this forum). A tidbit back for you - I put NEEM in brackets as a reference for the tests done (tests using scientific method - part of my point), ON the NEEM core samples, NOT calling NEEM some method of scientific testing. Don't be obtuse, there is NO way you could have mistaken my meaning. You agree that temperatures were likely higher in the past time periods I used as examples (again, based on NEEM core analysis and results), and you take a stab at higher CO2 levels being the cause for this. Say this was the case - where did that CO2 come from, if there aren't man made technologies and use of fossil fuels to blame it on? This IS my point - modern science has no scientific proof that CO2 put into the atmosphere now as compared to 2k/5k/100k/etc years ago, is the major cause for current temperature changes and trends in the last century. To simplify - if there were no man made CO2 causes to blame thousands of years ago for warming/change with much higher temp ranges, how does this logically compare to blame placed squarely on man made CO2 today, yet with much, much lower temp ranges? How exactly is that supposed to compute? Warming trends now, blame man made CO2, greater warming treads in the past...crickets. Why isn't anyone asking the question that IF the planet warmed at a faster/higher rate in the past without man made causes, why are man made causes being held responsible for current slower/lower temperature increases now, particularly without any scientific method showing why and how? Personally I believe it's getting warmer across the planet. What I won't wholesale buy into without evidence, or a scientific explanation as to the discrepancies above, is that man made CO2/etc are completely, or even as a majority, to blame, not when it's been proven through scientific method that it got hotter at higher/faster rates in the not very distant past, without man made interference. Obviously there aren't ice core samples available to drill in every area of the planet - nor does there need to be. There are other places core samples are taken and analysis made, it isn't just NEEM, NEEM is just the one with the most available data, from a source that is very unlikely to be biased. There are core samples from Greenland that show the lead pollution from the industrial manufacturing of the Roman war machine. Italy is a long way from Greenland, planet models don't necessarily require temps/samples from local samples.
  5. So? What relevance does that have to the current human impact on the climate? How many humans lived on the planet during those times? https://phys.org/news/2013-01-deep-ice-cores-greenland-period.html What difference does it make how many humans are on earth regarding the temperatures being hotter 5k to 100k years ago than are projected now? If anything according to the global warning/climate change side, it should be warmer now due to having more humans, but it's not, and not going to be according to the global warning "science" projections. The relevance and difference regarding how many humans lived in 5k to 100k years ago times, and today, is obvious isn't it? There were fewer humans with no technology which is blamed for current climate change due to billions of humans alive today. Shouldn't the temperatures be swapped if the climate change argument is to be accurate and scientific based on it being "mankind's" fault? Funny how scientist from the same places who 40 years ago warned constantly of us entering a new ice age, are now passing off the NEEM results and data on astrophysics, using their typical "though to be", "could", and "perhaps" language.
  6. I never brought up the jetstream, I just responded to it with actual facts. Regarding NEEM - with 14 degrees F higher temps than the highest projections today, I don't understand how anyone can conclude that CO2 emissions/etc/whatever are responsible alone for the earth warming. It did so before, many times in the last 100k years, based on the only scientific test/modelling I've ever seen done using an actual scientific method (NEEM), and not just a bunch of subjective guesswork.
  7. One of the fastest jetstreams ever recorded just happened last month - one airliner caught a 200+knt speed bonus from it in fact. Central/Western Canada just experienced the coldest Jan/Feb winter since 1936 - in an area you can fit 6 United Kingdoms inside, and nearly all of Europe - or more - it averaged -26C, and there wasn't a single second of thawing in February. I know, it's "local weather". The NEEM Greenland ice core samples taken a few years ago, and the analysis done by actual climatologists, one of whom founded Greenpeace, have Ă—used actual scientific measurements that were observable and repeatable, and proven that at 2000, 5000, and 10000 years ago respectively, it got FAR warmer than even the most nightmare predictions we're hearing right now.
  8. SerHaHa

    Haircuts

    I too was fortunate enough to begin going bald at an early age. When I was 27 in the year 2000, my then wife told me there was no point in getting hair cuts anymore, and that I should just embrace the horror and take it all off. She bought me a $35 pair of clippers, spent 2 minutes zipping all my hair off, and it's stayed that way ever since. I buy a new pair of cordless clippers every year or so, spend $ on a good unit now, and use a bic or whatever razor is handy every morning shower, so I usually don't even need the clippers unless I was out deployed or whatever and couldn't bic it for various reasons. Simple, cheap, aerodynamic, cool in the summer. About the only downside is the Mr Clean look.
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    More Things Star Wars

    Agreed with others, I felt exactly this way myself, and couldn't have said it so well as you did here. I just don't understand all the hate TLJ received from the so called "defenders of Star Wars". Yes, it had some identity politics weaved into the words, and yes, there was a pretty strong feminist theme as well? So? Why is this oh so terrible? I felt what Daisy did in The Force Awakens was fantastic, wasn't too on the nose, and the combination of 3 superb actors in Ray, Finn, and Poe - none of whom are white males - was great (as a while male). I truly loved every second of that film. I think where Rian's points he was trying to assert in his filming were worthy inclusions, yet unforunately gave no-it-all pinheads ammunition with which to attack him, and others like Kelly Tran for ridiculous reasons. I'm very much looking forward to the next JJ episode, big time, and will be there opening night, twice. To hell with those who want boycotts and other BS. Also, if Ezra Bridger's character shows up, I'll be dancing a jig, for real, right in the aisle.
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    Jack Ryan - Amazon Prime Series

    Cool, I just thought I'd mention it as it's by FAR my fav TC novel, and has a large Russian component, even more so than Bear/Dragon, which was IMO TC's last "good" work (Ok, maybe Red Rabbit, but that's it). The submarine chapters and arcs are fantastic, for sure, especially the chapter where the Capt of the USS Chicago meets the drunk Norwegian Captain he inadvertently saved who blew his perfect approach on a huge Soviet convoy/objective. I collect all kinds of books, and have first edition HC Red Storms from a bunch of different countries, the Australian one with orange flames on the cover flap is my favorite. Have lots of other online/library access to it as well, if you wish to borrow it, PM me and I can sent one of my many copies to you gratus. Just finished Iron Fist 2, had to post phone Jack Ryan, watching it all tonight.
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    Jack Ryan - Amazon Prime Series

    Rhom, you really need to read Red Storm Rising if you haven't - 1/2 the characters are Russians/Soviets, and one Soviet General in particular is the primary sort-of antagonist. The chapter with the Battle of Alfeld ranks up there in the top 5 of any warfare written in fiction or otherwise IMO, think as good as Blackwater Bay in ACOKs except circa 1988 era equipment. That said I do agree with your sentiment.
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    Jack Ryan - Amazon Prime Series

    I'm hitting this up tonight for an all night binge, I too watched Ozark first, and want to get this out of the way for Fist this weekend too. I remember watching an Alec Baldwin interview last year when he spoke about his time doing Hunt for Red October - he mentioned how when you flew in a plane circa 1986 to the mid 90s, every 2nd male in the cabin seemed to be reading a Tom Clancy novel. Struck home with me as I remember my drill band doing a tour of the South Pacific in the summer of 1988, I took 26 different flights that tour, and every single one, guys were reading TC novels that had just been released in paper back (Patriot Games IIRC, but it may have been Cardinal). My life intersected twice with Clancy, I worked in QA for Redstorm prior to it being bought out, back when Redstorm created the first Rainbow 6 game for the PC. I also interviewed John Gresham when I was the editor at Combatsim.com back in 2001, who was Clancy's long time research assistant and co-author of the non fiction series based on the various US military units and services. I still feel the best TC novel was one that didn't feature Jack Ryan, "Red Storm Rising" was and is still my favorite military based techno-thriller. Clancy co wrote it with Larry Bond, who had created the board game "Harpoon". RSR was based on a naval campaign from that board game which theorized that the Soviet Union could defeat NATO, particularly at sea, if they seized Iceland and eliminated the GIUK gap early in a war between Nato and the Warsaw Pact. Without Remorse also was excellent, all without much contribution from the Jack Ryan character.
  13. Agreed. The major character cast members have pretty much all posted things on their social media accounts in support of James Gunn. From what I've read Bautista is a particularly vocal defender of Gunn. Even the very conservative/Christian Chris Pratt has posted things in support of Gunn (in the manner of biblical quotes, but IMO there is nothing at all wrong with this, in fact he should be commended for using the forgiveness aspects of his book and religion instead of throwing that book at Gunn). It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if there was some form of cast member internal "revolt" going on with Marvel/Disney over this. I wonder how those cards would fall, if they were to pull the "if our director is out, so are we" play, contracts or not. There have been hints of this in what some of the actors have said publicly. I find this idea of ending careers over online speech ridiculous, even when it happens to those I don't particularly like, or say things I care for. This is something now that has crossed lines from what has regularly mostly affected stupid Conservative mouthpieces, to now somebody in the other side (Gunn). IMO this sucks, regardless of what anyone's political beliefs/stances are, that their speech and actions can cost them not only money and sponsors/etc, but now their actual job, as in Gunn's case. I don't like what Gunn tweeted in the past, but he's certainly explained himself more than adequately IMO, and in fact Marvel had vetted him and was fully aware of the past tweets already, as Gunn had been called to the carpet over them in the past already. So, why now fire him, just because some Conservatard with an agenda to defend Trump dug them up (again), and put them on blast? This type of knee jerk reaction by employers and companies over this nonsense needs to end, it's my hope somebody will sue a company over this type of dismissal, and win, giving some legal framework and some case law.
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    Board games!

    Anyone into Europa? I'd played the Western Europe campaign with a group in Calgary back in the 90s, the owner of The Sentry Box, probably the largest board/gaming store in Western Canada used to host it at his home. Good times. My interest in Axis and Allies as a youngster introduced me to that group and scene, I don't remember much about it now, other than it was a pretty great war game series. The only other war board game we played was "A line in the sand", which was a Desert Storm 1 board game, fairly simple but highly entertaining from what I recall.
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    Characters, being pansexual, or any-sexual - great, should be encouraged, and celebrated. Cheaping out by creating one of these characters as a robot...that's my issue with it, and it's crap. Should have made that more clear. Kennedy et al are half assing it IMO, if you want to make a statement, make it.
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