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Raklian

If you have herpes, don't go to space unless there's permanent artificial gravity. ;-)
Apr 11 2019 07:07 PM
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Raklian

Guys, don't forget to tune in to watch the Falcon Heavy launch tonight. Watch live at https://www.spacex.com/webcast
Apr 10 2019 04:59 PM
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    Outlook
    Black hole image and a falcon heavy launch. Good day today!
    Apr 10 2019 06:27 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    Scrubbed. Moved to tomorrow.
    Apr 11 2019 01:38 AM
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    eacao
    Falcon heavy launches to space

    Falcon heavy encounters black hole and experiences time dilation

    Crew lands on a world occupied by sentient apes

    Crew finds archaeological statue of liberty.
    Apr 11 2019 10:42 AM
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Raklian

2nd Season of One-Punch Man is coming out today on Hulu! I can hardly contain myself.
Apr 09 2019 02:55 PM
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    Outlook
    ONE PUUUUUUUUNNCCCCHHH
    Apr 09 2019 03:02 PM
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    Erowind
    Oh man, when will it be out Rak?loved the first season :D
    Apr 09 2019 06:26 PM
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Raklian

Situs inversus with levocardia - stuff I thought was reserved in the realm of fantasy but is in fact a medical reality for very few people. Wow.
Apr 08 2019 03:19 PM
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    Raklian
    So basically, it is a condition in which heart and abdominal organs are either reversed or mirrored from their normal positions.
    Apr 08 2019 03:20 PM
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    Erowind
    My appendix was removed for being on the wrong side when I was an infant believe it or not. I had abdominal surgery for an unrelated emergency, but when the doctors noticed that they decided to remove it too.
    Apr 08 2019 06:44 PM
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    zEVerzan
    I've consulted the bones and they still say "hard times ahead"
    Apr 09 2019 02:48 AM
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Raklian

Interesting bit of fact: a blue whale's heart weights as much as an adult cow.
Mar 24 2019 05:50 PM
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Raklian

Scouring across the Internet, I find that it looks increasingly likely US will be the first to house an exascale supercomputer.
Mar 22 2019 07:54 PM
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    Raklian
    With China a close second.
    Mar 22 2019 07:54 PM
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Raklian

I wouldn't mind buying an all-electric Ford Mustang.
Mar 20 2019 05:47 PM
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    Erowind
    More of a corvette guy myself, ditto.
    Mar 20 2019 08:22 PM
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    Zaphod
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=610Amyhpzzk
    Electric Jaguar E-type is more my thing.
    Mar 20 2019 09:23 PM
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Raklian

Anyone excited about SpaceX's maiden launch of the Crew Dragon to the ISS this Thursday? If all goes well, it's going to be ferrying live astronauts to ISS in April.
Feb 26 2019 08:43 PM
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    Erowind
    Absolutely, wishing them luck
    Feb 27 2019 09:54 PM
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Raklian

Fellow Americans, do you support a version of the Medicare for All idea proposed by various progressive Democrats?
Feb 03 2019 11:22 PM
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    Raklian
    I just don't understand the argument against it because taxes would be too high. I mean, we pay premiums for our private insurance, right? They're already a "tax" we pay for our medical care, right? That's not including copays and deductibles where are insane. I would think a simple tax would make a lot more sense in these circumstances.
    Feb 06 2019 03:32 AM
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    Erowind
    +1 Cody, Raklian
    Feb 06 2019 05:30 AM
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    Cody930
    @Raklian You're completely correct. We already pay so much in premiums, it would be equivalent to switching them to a tax, which translates to a 9-10% payroll tax for employers plus a very slight bump for employees. That's before the cost savings kick in so really everyone is saving money in the end. Matt Bruenig had a clarifying write-up about it - https://tinyurl.com/y82qwekr
    Feb 06 2019 02:55 PM
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Raklian

So Sen. Kamala Harris, a leading Democratic candidate for the US Presidency, proposes Medicare for All. Ok, great. Now, let's see if this will be the winning mandate going into the election, pitting against the GOP's version of an efficient healthcare - completely privatizing it.
Jan 29 2019 05:08 PM
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Raklian

The US government is now in a gridlock in the TRUEST sense. The gridlockiest it's ever been!
Jan 17 2019 09:06 PM
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    rennerpetey
    Agreed. Pelosi, the highest ranking Democrat, has basically entrenched herself and now its truly a battle of the wills. In a morbid way, its fun to watch two of the most powerful people in the US government be this petty. As long as polls keep saying the people blame Trump more than the Democrats, she'll keep going.
    Jan 17 2019 11:07 PM
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    Erowind
    This really isn't petty though, there's a clear ethical stake. The wall is wrong, inciting xenophobia against Hispanics and Latinx is wrong. Granted, I don't think Trump nor Pelosi and their government supporters actually care either way. Democrats and Republicans are both just opportunistic capitalists. Nevertheless, it would be a bad thing if Trump won in this case. But to say it's about 5bil when the government blows 5bil on other pointless nonsense is missing the nuance imo.
    Jan 18 2019 07:11 AM
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Raklian

Having read about this breaking news about Trump personally being under investigation by the FBI, I'm hoping one day to watch CNN and see Trump being escorted out of the White House in handcuffs surrounded by FBI officials.
Jan 12 2019 07:31 PM
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    joe00uk
    Apparently the FBI probe found nothing to link Trump and Russia.
    Jan 12 2019 11:58 PM
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    starspawn0
    False. New York Times, which broke the story: "No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials. An F.B.I. spokeswoman and a spokesman for the special counsel’s office both declined to comment."
    Jan 13 2019 12:53 AM
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    starspawn0
    The key word is PUBLICLY. The FBI investigation has been rolled into the Mueller investigation, and they have not, as yet, released their findings. Furthermore, that specific investigation is likely still ongoing.
    Jan 13 2019 12:56 AM
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Raklian

Want to track every tanker out in the oceans? Go there: https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=9707015
Jan 11 2019 10:43 PM
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    Raklian
    And then look closer at China's coast... so many stars... no.. ships!
    Jan 11 2019 10:48 PM
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    Maximus
    A snapshot of the vast scale of our global economy. That's not even taking planes and trucks into account.
    Jan 11 2019 11:24 PM
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    Maximus
    Trains as well.
    Jan 11 2019 11:28 PM
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Raklian

I'm seriously hoping that Mattis' resignation will galvanize Congress Republicans to side with the Democrats in their impeachment proceedings come in January when they take over the House.
Dec 23 2018 06:53 PM
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Raklian

Hundreds of billions dollars are being wiped out in the stock market selloff today.
Dec 20 2018 07:17 PM
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    caltrek
    A friend of mine would say to me "these losses are all paper." Meaning that the market is only an estimation at any given time of total wealth based on supply and demand considerations. Declining prices are thus not a loss in the real world, but "on paper" - meaning an adjustment in a theoretical estimated valuation.
    Dec 21 2018 08:27 PM
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    Raklian
    Let's say, hundreds of billions of dollars wiped out if investors/traders realize their losses by closing their trades.
    Dec 22 2018 08:58 PM
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    caltrek
    ^^^True, assuming that current closing prices are less than what was originally invested. If not, then we are talking about a lost opportunity for potential gains.
    Dec 23 2018 05:53 PM