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  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 17, 6:39pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

"Google’s data centers use around 260 million watts of power which accounts to 0.01% of global energy."

Running those for 24 * 365 hours would be 2,277,600 mega watt hours, or 2.27 tera watt hours.

Switzerland uses about 63 tera watt hours of electricity per year:

So the amount of electricity used by Bitcoin mining seems implausibly high, if it's really the same as Switzerland's electricity usage.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 17, 6:41pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

bob2356 says
This alternative vision argues that ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs, that order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign.

What we have now is the vision that argues that ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs, that order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful elite.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 17, 11:26pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

But buyers expecting a soulless sex slave will be mortified to discover she is programmed to enter "dummy" mode when bored with their attentions.

Her sensors are also designed to detect when touching becomes too aggressive or disrespectful which will also result in her turning into a lump of plastic.

Samantha already exists as a prototype and is expected to go into mass production soon with a £3,600 price tag.

She was invented by Spanish scientist Dr Sergi Santos and his very understanding wife of 16 years Maritsa Kissamitaki.

The emergence of sex robots and ultra-realistic love dolls has outraged those who complain the silicone bimbos are demeaning to women.

So the couple decided to give Samantha a mind of her own with responses that can be inpatient and irritable as well as charming.

Any model that does not have that extra "feature" of getting bored with the intentions of her owner is likely to sell much better.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 18, 8:01am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
Patrick says
Did the risk of nuclear war go up or down? Clearly it went down.

For how long ?

Or did the threat find a new home elsewhere on the globe ?


If reducing the risk of nuclear war where other presidents failed isn't good enough to get a little credit, then clearly there is absolutely nothing good he can get credit for, and it's just about hating on him.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 18, 7:37pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Aphroman says
Coming up on 18 months in office, has there been any valid criticism of him so far, or is he still batting 1.000?

Sure, he's kind of an asshole. That's a valid criticism.

But he has actually accomplished great things for the economy and national security.

Coming up on 18 months in office, has he received even the slightest credit from the left and their media for these accomplishments, or is he batting 0.000 somehow?
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 18, 7:53pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
Then again if Potus, the congress and everyone else were really serious, we would be going after the employers which is the real cause.

I agree here.

Any employer of illegals should get a day in jail (not a fine!) for every day of illegal employment.

But illegals are above all illegally lowering wages for the poorest American citizens. That they are doing this with the complicity of the US Chamber of Commerce does not take away from the fact that they are breaking our laws to make money at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 18, 8:08pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

The line between objective and subjective is not very clear.

Everything is an arrangement of forms which come and go - and they even come out of the mind and go back into the mind.

Take three sticks and make them into a triangle. Is there a triangle? It was a thought, now it is "real".

Scatter the sticks. Is there a triangle? Now it's just a memory.

You just happened to think about, form, and name an arrangement of things. And then destroy it.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 18, 8:19pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts
Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

Gosh, that looks an awful lot like a law to me.

In fact, it is a law. Let's enforce our laws.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 18, 8:21pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
how does this work concerning comments made about a non-white president
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 18, 10:35pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Won't someone please think of the children!
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 18, 10:42pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

You mean the objectively rapidly improving economy and the reduction in nuclear tension with North Korea?

The delusion is in denying those objective facts.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 18, 10:44pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Here's another excellent place for men that just does not put up with PC bullshit, preferring hard reality instead:
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 8:32am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Gosh, still absolutely zero evidence of any collusion with Russia after a year and a half.

How can this be? Could it (gasp) possibly have been deliberate bullshit run by the media under instructions from the failed Hillary campaign?

But that would mean that our media is simply the lapdog of globalization interests which profit by driving down wages for US citizens by exporting jobs and importing illegals. Say it ain't so!
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 8:35am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

MisterLefty says
climaxed in 1697 with the capture of Nojpetén, the island capital of the Itza kingdom, by Martín de Ursúa y Arizmendi

There is an Arizmendi bakery in SF. I wonder if there is some relation.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 8:37am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
could break your trust in the news entirely


As if the media could be any less trustworthy already.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 8:42am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

bob2356 says
So far we have a promise

Much more than we had before.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 9:42am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

LeonDurham says
No, LOTS of evidence. Literally TONS.

Lol, tons.

I suppose if one ignores all the other meetings that both candidates had with people from various countries (Saudi, anyone?) and just look at the very few involving Russia, and squint real hard, you can almost see what you want to see. Except not really. Nothingburgers are not very filling.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 5:33pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

I don't know, these kinds of numbers scare me:

Profit Margin -29.80%
Operating Margin (ttm) -63.44%

  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 5:40pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

justme says
What is the SAT score cutoff point for West Point?

It's moderately competative academically. The harder part is getting a nomination from a US Congressman.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 5:50pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Kinda late, now that the Sackler family has made its billions from the opioid epidemic.

They should all be jailed.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 7:50pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote

In court papers, Arlington, Virginia-based Students for Fair Admissions said an Asian-American male applicant with a 25 percent chance of admission would have a 35 percent chance if he was white, 75 percent if he were Hispanic and a 95 percent chance if he were black.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 8:08pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy says
The solution is to deny federal funding - including research grants - to racist, anti-merit institutions.

Yes, and this is actually federal law: no institution which discriminates on race may receive federal funding.

It would be wonderful if Harvard were to lose funding over their obviously discriminatory practices.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 19, 9:31pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

I'm from the Midwest, and have to say the food quality there is very low most of the time.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 20, 7:48am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Aphroman says
Thanks a lot, Rudy guilianni. POS

Thanks, did not know about this:

The US government secured a criminal conviction against Purdue Pharma in the mid-2000s but failed to curb sales of the drug after Giuliani reached a deal to avoid a bar on Purdue doing business
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 20, 7:52am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

It would be more effective if it had more humor in it. Sounds kinda butthurt.

Their anti-littering billboards of "Don't Mess With Texas" were actually spot-on. Got the message across in a vaguely threatening Texan tone, but still funny.

Ideas for better wording for this sign?
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 20, 8:39am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Wow, thanks!

It really is a great birthday.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 20, 9:13am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Not bad, but could be funnier, and thus propagate better.

Graphics need to be sharper and more professional too.

Maybe it would be more effective to photoshop an MS 13 gang member into one of those agit-prop photos of children in cages currently being used by the press to get sympathy for the agenda to lower wages for the poorest US citizens.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 20, 9:20am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
Patrick says
I'm from the Midwest, and have to say the food quality there is very low most of the time.

Spoken like a true coastal elite ! Be very afraid Patrick, you politics may get hijacked next....

My politics have already been hijacked by reality. I used to be a leftist true believer who just could not understand how the right was so easily manipulated. Then I started understanding the fundamental self-interest and fears which drive the surface rationalizations on both sides.

Sure @WookieMan Chicago is a big city and you can get great food there. But in general, food in the Midwest is not good.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 20, 9:44am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

zzyzzx says
Patrick says
Ideas for better wording for this sign?

Sign should directions on how to get to California.

That's better for sure.

Or how about some play on the fact that California is actually far less tolerant of diversity of opinion than Texas is?
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 20, 11:36am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

P N Dr Lo R says
Patrick says
It really is a great birthday
And it is a true blessing that you now know you won't die young!

Lol, much too late for that.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 20, 12:54pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Funding requires victims!

If there are no victims to be found, it is necessary to invent them to keep the funding going.

Actual cases of rape have plummeted over the years. Fortunately, rape has been redefined to include all normal male behavior, so there will never again be lack of cause for complaint.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 20, 4:58pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Goran_K says

Now magically, and I predict, we will now move on from Russia, Stormy Daniels, Where is Melania, Kids being separated at the border by Clinton policy, to some new made up outrage that CNN commands its sheep to be angry at.

Yes, please start the countdown to next faux outrage. 10, 9, 8, ...

Maybe the few remaining CNN watchers are getting tired of the lame attempts at whipping up hatred for The Donald:

Out of the big three cable news networks, CNN has lost a big chunk in viewership, with the latest almost reaching 30 percent, while Fox News continues to enjoy being the most watched channel. ...

For CNN, when compared to the same week last year, they experienced an almost 30 percent drop. In 2017, they averaged 1.2 million viewers. This year, they only had around 844,000 viewers during primetime.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 20, 5:01pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Hassan_Rouhani says
Instead, it suggests changes in lifestyle could be what's behind these lower IQs, perhaps due to the way children are educated, the way they're brought up, and the things they spend time doing more and less (the types of play they engage in, whether they read books, and so on).

It's the phones.

They provide continuous distraction, training young brains not to concentrate on anything for very long. This lowers the ability to do anything mentally taxing, like taking an IQ test.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 21, 5:30pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
Food quality = Food quality is the quality characteristics of food that is acceptable to consumers. This includes external factors as appearance (size, shape, colour, gloss, and consistency), texture, and flavour; factors such as federal grade standards (e.g. of eggs) and internal (chemical, physical, microbial).

Please don't tell me the Bay Area has a lock on this ?

As to the second part - food in the Midwest is not good based on what ?

The only thing the bay area has over other areas I have frequented is great Dim-Sum and that is not even universal. There is great food all over this country including the Midwest.

So is it the overall food "quality", your personal taste in food or something else entirely ?

There is simply a bad feedback loop going on in the Midwest, where the large majority of people buy low-quality or highly processed food and think it's normal. They literally don't know what they are missing, for the most part.

And as result of buying patterns, the stores also stock low quality food. So the loop is complete: you buy what's on offer, and what's on offer is bad because that's the last thing you bought.

Sure, high-quality food is available in the Midwest if you want to put in the time to hunt it down, but most people don't. They don't even see why they should, since higher quality food is generally more expensive.

My first encounter with this phenomenon was bread when I was an exchange student in Germany one summer in high school. It was the first time in my life I had really good bread, and when I got back to the Midwest, I searched all the local stores in my town for good bread, but it was simply not to be found. It was all pre-sliced crap from factories. There are actually still bakeries in Germany and people really go to them to buy their morning bread.

Had the same experience with beer, which is generally far superior to anything you can buy in America. Even the beers exported from Germany to America kinda suck by comparison with the same beer in Germany. German beers were clearly marked with bottling and/or expiration dates. Americans falsely assume that beer does not decline in quality with age. It does.

And again, the same experience with coffee. The brown swill that I thought was coffee in the Midwest has very little resemblance to a strong cup made with freshly roasted high-quality beans.

And on and on with meats and even vegetables.

I do have to say the situation has greatly improved over the years, and I can go to the Midwest and find pretty much anything now, but the food in the Midwest is still generally lower quality than in California.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 21, 5:48pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

HeadSet says
After all, we are more prosperous than Mexico and should not deprive Mexico of the immigration advantages.


I'm not opposed to a reasonable amount of immigration by the way. I just think it should be legal immigration of relatively skilled workers, so that employers cannot undercut the wages of impoverished US citizens by hiring illegals.

Employers of illegals should go to jail.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 21, 5:51pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
they know too well what they are missing

I certainly did not know.

Nor did my parents, nor any of my quite numerous midwestern relatives.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 21, 7:24pm   ↑ like (6)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

Feux Follets says
The power people are still white and still fucking up the planet at a record pace.

Couple of points:

1. That statement itself is a perfect definition of racism: blaming a whole group, simply because of their origin, for the actions of a few members.
2. Those few members of the "power people" are very heavily Jewish, far out of proportion to the population.

Now it gets interesting: anti-white racism and hatred is very politically correct at the moment. But anti-semitism is not PC. How will this get resolved without the whole PC establishment imploding?
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 21, 8:02pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

Sinn Fein was always pro-Palestinian as far as I know. Palestinians are seen as fellow oppressed people by Irish nationalists. Didn't know about the Labour Party, but you seem to be correct. They are very pro-Palestinian.

That hard left is also heavily Jewish, which makes their hatred for Israel frankly bizarre and kind of hard to follow:

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was criticized by Jewish groups and left-wing lawmakers Tuesday, after attending a Passover seder organized by a far-left Jewish organization that is a fierce critic of Israel.

Jewdas calls itself a radical and alternative group, which frequently satirizes mainstream U.K. Jewish bodies. Its official Twitter account has called Israel “a steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of.”

So we have "Jewish groups and left-wing lawmakers" deeply opposed to a "far-left Jewish organization".

  Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 21, 9:54pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

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