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am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “I will call you later.”

It's only 31 hours until we find out he faxed an attractive female president a dick pic

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Made Me Reconsider the Anthropocene

    “What motivates me, I confess, is not my concern for future geologists but my belief that this is philosophically a good thing to do because it makes people think about something that they otherwise wouldn’t think about,” Wing said. “I hear this idea from some of my colleagues that science is just supposed to keep its nose to the grindstone. But … like it or not, we are a pimple on the butt of society that’s supposed to do the thinking in some areas. ..."

Word.

But in regards to climate change, I want to strategically avoid encouraging anyone to think on geological timescales, and the resigned nihilism of these pieces is regrettable. Yes, climate change will probably define the next several hundred years, push people towards the poles, exacerbate natural disasters, contribute to at least hundreds of millions of deaths, etc., but I genuinely doubt that it wipes out humanity completely.

am_Unition  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: U.S. Launch of ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) - LGM 30 Minuteman

>entering launch commands without using the available numpad @0:51 (edit: The code is 0051! FALSE FLAG CONFIRMED)

brain: "Wow he must not enter these codes in very often. ...Oh, right. Good."

I laughed pretty hard at the CGI camera struggling to find the CGI missile.

The relatively technical information bothers me not a bit, because, really, it's like "Here's how we do it, and you'll never manage to do this, so check out what happens on our end before you die." If I remember correctly, they released this around the time of an actual Minuteman demonstration to throw some weight behind threats made to North Korea.

I laughed pretty hard again when the text "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" flashed onscreen after, we, uh, nuked a fuckin' metroplex. We did it!

am_Unition  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 2 Giuliani Associates Arrested on Campaign Finance Charges - The New York Times

And he made a statement an hour or two ago saying that he’d be returning the money.

That interview of ol’ Kev I linked to a couple weeks ago captured the moment he found out that the word “favor” was in the Zelensky transcript. Classic.

am_Unition  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 2 Giuliani Associates Arrested on Campaign Finance Charges - The New York Times

No but wait! It just keeps getting better.

Most of the articles on this have been updated to report that Rudy had lunch with these guys yesterday, hours before they were arrested.

And it just came out that Rudy had intended to fly to Vienna tonight. But... not to meet them.? He claims. Omg do you think Rudy's been lying about something??

Make no mistake, they're bringing these guys in for campaign finance law violation, but that's almost 100% a premise for getting them to squeal on Rudy/Trump's bullshit. And after Marie Yovanovitch is done with her House Committee(s) hearing tomorrow, oh boy, they're going to have a lot of squealing to do. I'm not gonna elaborate (for once), because we're all adults, and you can go Google if you want.

This thread of the impeachment inquiry, with these Ukrainian-American "businessmen", is going to be more nails in the Trump coffin than the GOP will know what to do with. They've all been so busy chasing conspiracy theories that this (a thing called "reality") is taking them by surprise, and they can't coordinate messaging whatsoever.

I love this. I love this all so much. Thank you, reality.

am_Unition  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 2 Giuliani Associates Arrested on Campaign Finance Charges - The New York Times

Much more info at the link from this comment:

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mark Chagall paintings make me queasy.

"My mom tells me I'm better than President Bush II, and he's a pretty famous painter." - Chagall, almost definitely

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Turkish Navy Surrounds Cyprus

I'm still remarkably angry. Suck it, outrage fatigue. It started on 9/26 with the WSJ report about eight requests to Zelensky. Things were cooling off for me until the Syria withdrawal announcement. I'm staunchly anti-war, but this was like 200 people tactically positioned to deter Erdogan's bullshit. Erdogan deserves far worse than the sanctions being proposed by Graham and Van Hollen today.

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Turkish Navy Surrounds Cyprus

Today.

Tomorrow: "When you think about it, Cyprus* wasn't around at D-Day either! All those parachuters, shooting Germans, not one shooter from Cyprus. Not one. Or Lebanon, where they said 'No' to Trump Tower Beirut, no help from the Lebani-, those people."

*a former territory of the United Kingdom that gained independence in 1960

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Could a habitable planet orbit a supermassive black hole?

Even if supermassive, primordial black holes are wormholes, there's the whole issue of the universe possibly ending juuuuust before you reach the event horizon, due to relativistic time dilation making time pass almost infinitely slower near the event horizon vs. anywhere further away from the black hole. If you survive the blue-shifted irradiation dosage. If the black hole is sufficiently large that you aren't ripped apart at a sub-atomic level.

It's fun to imagine in-situ observations of an event horizon in an attempt to validate theories. It's fun because it doesn't even make sense, even if you threw something microscopic down there on a perfectly massless fishing line.

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The White House Letter in Response to the Impeachment Inquiry

The problem is that there won't be anything resembling a trial in the Senate. Mitch is gonna say something like "And here, now, we will discuss the articles of impeachment: They have been sent to us by the House on a more-or-less party-line vote. Now that we have discussed these cLeArLy PaRtiSaN impeachment articles, we will take a vote this instant, because we need to acquit this poor, persecuted dictraitor so he can get back to fucking shit up, stat."

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

I'll meet you halfway:

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Could a habitable planet orbit a supermassive black hole?

Reading the headline, my immediate reaction was "No. OK, maybe one planet in a trillion or quadrillion-ish."

    ... he says, hopefully.

    ... he says with an increasing sense of misery.

    ... says Schnittman, with more than a hint of wishful thinking.

    This sense is quickly lost as he moves on to other reasons to be pessimistic.

This Schnittman guy sounds like the most expressive bi-polar astrophysicist ever (is he challenging my title?). Or, more likely, the author enjoys a fair bit of embellishment.

I had a homework assignment on nonlinear surface waves, and one case with the limit of ~0 background/unperturbed depth, with a near-infinite wave amplitude, like the waves on the Interstellar black hole planet. The difference is, in Interstellar, I presume that the wave/s is/are tidally locked with the black hole, and the planet beneath is rotating. There would have to be a sweet spot of rotation/revolution rate on the planet for the waves to be coherent, although it could cycle through phases or something for not-sweet-spot rotation rates. That'd be a chaotic system, though, so the concept of "phases" would at least somewhat break down. But yeah, for the same planet near nothing else, if you created a huge column of water and somehow gave it just the right amount of push, it does indeed propagate with relatively little change in shape or other characteristics.

Stop posting good shit, I have a job now.

am_Unition  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The White House Letter in Response to the Impeachment Inquiry

The House should vote to impeach relatively soon, and then if the Senate acquits, they should just keep adding charges after beginning another impeachment inquiry into one (or several) of the veritable cornucopia of possibilities. Trump's tax returns might turn up another round of offenses within a few weeks or months. I guess the argument against is that it cheapens the potency of impeachment? In the meantime, any important bipartisan laws can be passed, but there's not much point to attempt passing anything remotely progressive, since McConnell's got his self-described "legislative graveyard". Edit: Along came a perfect example of bipartisan legislation: Senators Lindsey Graham and Chris Van Hollen introduce plan for sanctions against Turkey

No one associated with the Ukraine area of the impeachment inquiry has defied a subpoena yet, so they can't be held in contempt of Congress. It's coming, though.