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  1. I'm not sure how asking and/or expecting folks to take measures against this virus that might be detrimental to everyone - those asking/doing and those doing - can be seen acting in self-interest. Busybodyish, domineering and unwanted in the eyes of many, but not selfish - as those people have, most often, as much to lose from this spiralling on as anyone else does. They don't personally benefit from the things that they are asking for.
  2. There's a term for it - "perseverance porn" or somesuch. People get so carried away with these gestures of philanthropy that they don't seem to question the system that put such poor people in that position in the first place. It's the same with all those GoFundMe's for medical costs in the US - rather than celebrating hitting a target so someone can have lifesaving treatment, perhaps you should, you know, work towards having a healthcare system where that doesn't have to happen at all? Edit: Here it is.
  3. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54303942 Not altogether unexpected. I wonder what the response to this will be, should she be confirmed and then healthcare related legislation, chief among it Roe v Wade is challenged.
  4. My position remains the same: "living with the virus" and opening up, unless a place already has a low virus patient count and a top of the line tracking system to highlight and target outbreaks as they occur, is inviting a risk of exponential growth in virus cases and conequential massive strain on health resources. Some people evidently think, for whatever reason, that the risk is low enough to take the chance and that taking the risk is better than the losses that are happening now, economically and socially. Personally, I can't see how they can be so confident that the risk is
  5. https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-54285869 McConnell breaking ranks and assuring the transition of power will be peaceful whatever the outcome is. Reasonable of him to say, but I wonder how much of that is wishful thinking.
  6. Is the daft "academic that doesn't live in the real world" (whatever "real world" means) stereotype still so widespread that folks think that scientists aren't taking societal consequences into account? To say nothing of the fact that they're probably as dependent on the next pay slip as anyone else? A more likely and less prejudiced explanation is that the scientists have had to adapt their advice based on rapidly changing knowledge of this virus and, at the present time, consider that the more risk averse course is the best one for the time being, having taken everything, includi
  7. FWIW I'm prepared to believe the grand jury acted within the law to not prosecute here (though I'd add that in this case the law is an arse). I'm more thinking about this bloke who has taken the life of a presumed innocent woman and seemingly feels absolutely zero remorse for it, if that email is anything to go by. I'm not sure about anyone else, but if I'd killed someone, even by accident, I'd be feeling a bit shit about it for a while afterwards. And I'd also add that perhaps lack of empathy is not a desirable trait for a member of a police service.
  8. Yes - in fact exactly *because* it acts faster than light means that an observer traveling faster than light (like in a black hole) would be able to observe past events and therefore "time travel" - but only observe, not interact. Of course, seeing as no "information" can be transmitted out of a black hole and we're a long way from mastering FTL travel, that particular area will remain purely theoretical for a while yet.
  9. You should have heard me when Man City got that dodgy VAR peno against us back in February.
  10. Exactly how gravity can act "faster than light" is one of the true mysteries of astrophysics, that's for sure. To expand on the structure of a black hole a little more, most of what we see as "black" is in fact the "event horizon" - the point at which light cannot escape, hence, black. The core of the black hole itself - the singularity - is at the centre of that. Also, there are different types of black hole, based on size and how they originated.
  11. Black holes are most often (but not always) caused by the collapse of truly massive stars (usually more than 20 times the mass of our Sun). When a star runs out of hydrogen to convert to helium, the force of gravity at the centre of the star becomes much bigger than the outward gas pressure, which causes it to collapse - something that happens to most stars, including our own some 5 billion years from now. When a star with a high mass collapses, the force of gravity is so large (because of the increased mass) that it there is nothing, not even the force that binds subatomic particles together,
  12. Why? Once the virus had gone international, the Chinese didn't make various world governments act like idiots while others did rather well. Isn't it a hallmark of national sovereignty that the response to everything that goes on within the borders of a nation is the responsibility of that nation?
  13. Space is only black to visible light - in other wavelengths, like X-rays, gamma, radio, infrared and UV, there's a lot more going on. And that's how we know black holes are black - they don't throw out visible light in the way other bodies with mass do. Gravity dug the hole, and it's very efficient at it - the "stuff" (mass) hasn't actually gone anywhere, merely been compacted into a very, very small and dense area. Yes. And that, for me, is really rather sad.
  14. If you have any specific questions on this one, feel free to respond here or inbox me. One thing I will say is that the energy output of some black holes as they eject matter is truly gargantuan, so now that we know what we're looking for, they're not that difficult to find.
  15. This guy seems overly doomer and partisan even for my taste, but if things do end up getting ugly, these seem like viable scenarios of how it would all play out: https://medium.com/@mikeselinker/a-wargame-designer-describes-our-four-possible-civil-wars-cf5b2e980099
  16. https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-54274115 Yeah, this could get ugly.
  17. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54273317 ["Regardless of the outcome today or Wednesday, I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night," he wrote in the message, which was published by media outlets on Tuesday. "It's sad how the good guys are demonised, and the criminals are canonised." "Your civil rights mean nothing," he added, "but the criminal has total autonomy."] I wish I had the gall to be directly responsible for the death of an innocent woman, face next to zero consequences for it and be this OK with it afterwards.
  18. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-election-forecast/ https://www.realclearpolitics.com/ Two of the best places for following polling and latest news - impartial or take news from a variety of sources. As for the event itself - I've said enough on that topic for the time being and the only thing I'll add is I think this one could get ugly no matter what the result is or how it is achieved.
  19. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54256826 One of those things where talk is cheap, but seeing as the Chinese don't tend to make such sweeping statements without the ability to back them up (given how obsessed they are with face) I'd say they're probably capable of it.
  20. There's no reason to suspect that an effective vaccine won't be available in fairly short order. IMO it's reasonable to set current policy with that as an assumption.
  21. Yeah. I've got to say I've used hypocrisy as a base for an argument before - but even if such accusations are accurate, they don't actually mean much by themselves.
  22. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-54253408 Because what the world really needs right now is another nationalist pissing contest. No wonder Guterres was doing his nut - he must feel like pretty much the only adult in the room, Macron aside. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54254141 They have the votes to confirm, then. I wonder if the Dems will actually respond if and when they win the White House and Senate in Nov or if they're all mouth and no trousers yet again.
  23. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54246485 Back to the Moon! It's long past time.
  24. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54229799 Which one will be chosen at the end of this week, I wonder? And will two more Repubs join Murkowski and Collins (if they keep their own word) to block it? If it's Barrett and the end result is Roe v Wade being challenged, I can only see escalation as a result because that won't be taken lying down.
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