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Offline Mikem

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #750 on: April 21, 2015, 10:27:12 AM »
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Ethan Alter

Italian spacefarer and Star Trek fan Samantha Cristoforetti got Twitter buzzing when she posted a snapshot direct from the International Space Station proudly clad in Starfleet regalia. (The specific uniform is from Star Trek: Voyager.)



This is just the coolest thing I've seen. When I'm old and decrepit I can tell stories of the International Space Station and how cool it's crew were.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #751 on: April 21, 2015, 10:42:20 AM »
That's awesome,  ;D

in other news a woman was arrested at JFK trying to smuggle in cocaine in her underwear and a girdle.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/cops-woman-arrested-at-jfk-hid-cocaine-in-girdle-underwear/ar-AAbqIj5?ocid=iehp

My biggest surprise is that Girdles still exist. o_O

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #752 on: April 21, 2015, 11:45:28 AM »
We've known about these godless epicentres of pure suckitude and void for a while.

I'd like you to elaborate here, Kyth. What did Sunderland do to you?

(the only thing that comes to my mind when I hear that name is "the guy who dissected the Swamp Thing"... I know, I'm a hopeless comic geek


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This is very cool indeed!

On somewhat related note, the Japanese MagLev train broke train speed record:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3047627/Japanese-Maglev-breaks-12-year-speed-record-Train-FLOATS-366mph-faster-tomorrow-s-test-run.html

Let me stress that this is a freaking *levitating* train. A kind of thing we used to read in SF books about...

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #753 on: April 21, 2015, 01:25:07 PM »
I'd like you to elaborate here, Kyth. What did Sunderland do to you?

(the only thing that comes to my mind when I hear that name is "the guy who dissected the Swamp Thing"... I know, I'm a hopeless comic geek
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Eh, as Dashenka mentioned there's a long-standing hatred between Newcastle and Sunderland.  Football stuff mainly, nowadays. 

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #754 on: April 21, 2015, 01:36:23 PM »
And you are from Newcastle?

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #755 on: April 21, 2015, 01:40:49 PM »
Yeah

Offline Dashenka

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #756 on: April 21, 2015, 01:44:39 PM »
Wicked... Great city... almost as good as London :)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #757 on: April 24, 2015, 09:33:00 AM »
 Locally, we had two earthquakes happen last night. They hit in the evening and were not real strong (just enough to be noticed), but since this isn't an area known for earth movement (north Idaho), it was a little frightening. The first one was 4.2 and the second 4.1. The ground just shook/rumbled for about 5-8 seconds.  Hopefully it doesn't happen again.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #758 on: April 24, 2015, 11:28:39 AM »
This kind of news makes me extremely happy that I live in a region that's seismically stable, has no volcanoes, a sea where a tsunami might happen etc. Back here, we only have to worry about floods and localized tornadoes...

In other news, Poland doesn't seem to get a break regarding the Holocaust and the Nazis lately:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/204609,Mattel-under-fire-for-Nazi-Poland-game

"Nazi Poland"? What the heck, Mattel?  >:(

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #759 on: April 25, 2015, 09:26:35 AM »
Chile's Cabulco Volcano erupted twice this week, once on Wednesday and again on Thursday, with scientists warning that there may be a third and 'more agressive' eruption soon to come. People are being evacuated.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/24/calbuco-eruption-locals-advised-to-evacuate

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #760 on: April 25, 2015, 01:41:05 PM »
The earthquake that struck Nepal has claimed over 1000 lifes now...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32467986


Number is expected to rise significantly. The airport is also damaged and because of the geographic location of Nepal, getting goods in by plane is extremely difficult.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #761 on: April 25, 2015, 01:55:34 PM »
 Yeah, I heard Nepal got hammered hard. 7.8-7.9 or so.Gods and goddesses help the dead and wounded and I hope China and India, as well as the rest of the world offers what help they can, without strings attached. And that any Nepalese separatists/rebels/insurrectionists, or any criminals don't take the opportunity to try and do something during the chaos..

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #762 on: April 25, 2015, 02:01:15 PM »
India is helping already I believe. I don't know about China. Doubt they will help Nepal cause it has a lot of refugees from Tibet.
« Last Edit: April 25, 2015, 02:29:16 PM by Dashenka »

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #763 on: April 26, 2015, 08:13:50 AM »
There was talk recently about China wanting to build a railway from Tibet to Kathmandu through the Himalayas (and beneath Mount Everest) to move towards linking up the Chinese and Indian railway networks - I don't figure this massive earthquake will further those plans. If the railway had been in place it would have suffered serious damage this time around, in some of the toughest terrain in the world.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #764 on: April 27, 2015, 04:31:08 PM »
There is live coverage of active rioting and looting in several parts of Baltimore, Maryland in response to the death of Freddie Gray. There was supposed to be just peaceful protesting but now things have spiralled completely out of control and even the gangs are threatening to kill officers.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #765 on: April 27, 2015, 05:23:14 PM »
 http://fox2now.com/2015/04/23/new-kinloch-mayor-blocked-by-police-from-entering-city-hall/


 What the hell? Come on Kinlock city officials, let the woman in. She won fair and square. Sheesh. Some people take losing bad apparently.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #766 on: April 27, 2015, 06:09:01 PM »
There is live coverage of active rioting and looting in several parts of Baltimore, Maryland in response to the death of Freddie Gray. There was supposed to be just peaceful protesting but now things have spiralled completely out of control and even the gangs are threatening to kill officers.

Nation Guard have been activated. Rioters cutting holes in a fire line as a CVS burns and looting. See all of this bring back to the summer and Ferguson. This all just makes me sad...

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #767 on: April 27, 2015, 06:22:15 PM »
All this makes me so sad, all it does is make things worse for everyone.   :-(

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #768 on: April 27, 2015, 08:39:53 PM »
https://screen.yahoo.com/raw-looters-target-stores-baltimore-223541961.html

This is why we need a Police State sometimes. This is why I believe People, in the plural form, are stupid. This is why I would support a harsher response.

I mean just look at them. Like ants. No regard for civility or property. That CVS store was later set ablaze.

I wonder if the National Guard's been deployed to the city yet.

Nation Guard have been activated.

Nevermind.
« Last Edit: April 27, 2015, 08:41:12 PM by Mikem »

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #769 on: April 27, 2015, 09:20:33 PM »
https://screen.yahoo.com/raw-looters-target-stores-baltimore-223541961.html

This is why we need a Police State sometimes. This is why I believe People, in the plural form, are stupid. This is why I would support a harsher response.

I mean just look at them. Like ants. No regard for civility or property. That CVS store was later set ablaze.

 A police state as in complete surveillance and vastly expanded police/military control/dictatorship?

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #770 on: April 27, 2015, 10:08:38 PM »
A police state as in complete surveillance and vastly expanded police/military control/dictatorship?

That's pushing it to the extreme. Yes the police should be expanded and the military already has some control, ie. the national guard being able to be deployed to civil unrest situations. I don't want a dictatorship but when people decide to act like animals then our civil authority should treat them as such.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #771 on: April 28, 2015, 05:26:07 AM »
Security apparatus should be strong enough to put down riots like those, there is a call for more harsh methods as it seems the peaceful strategy is not working. I fear that if something like that happened in my country, the police wouldn't be able to do anything as they've been reduced to driving drunken people from place a to b.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #772 on: April 28, 2015, 06:34:16 AM »
Turns out China IS helping victims of the earthquake. They got a tent camp set up in the south east of China for the people.

Just when you thought you'd seen it all...

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #773 on: April 28, 2015, 09:27:09 AM »
That's pushing it to the extreme. Yes the police should be expanded and the military already has some control, ie. the national guard being able to be deployed to civil unrest situations. I don't want a dictatorship but when people decide to act like animals then our civil authority should treat them as such.

 When people think of Police State, a military style dictatorship with heavily armed police with informers and military back-up all over the place all the time is what comes to mind for most people I think. The police states we have seen in the last century alone, those in fiction: Orwell's 1984, the government of Britain in V for Vendetta and so on. It doesn't paint a pretty picture.

 That being said, I think there is a fine line that needs to be walked. The police need the authority and training and equipment to keep the peace, without going overboard on it. Additional training (PSAs might help some?) for the citizens on what kind of protect is allowed. Marching and protecting is fine. Rioting and looting and burning is not. If there is one form of punishment I would like to see reinstated is all looters being shot. All too often I have heard it is alright for looters, and arsonists to do what they do when there are riots. That needs to be stomped on HARD. If rioters and looters knew they'd be killed if they started doing anything out of the law, they would be far less inclined to do that kind of stuff.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #774 on: April 28, 2015, 09:34:56 AM »
When people think of Police State, a military style dictatorship with heavily armed police with informers and military back-up all over the place all the time is what comes to mind for most people I think. The police states we have seen in the last century alone, those in fiction: Orwell's 1984, the government of Britain in V for Vendetta and so on. It doesn't paint a pretty picture.

 That being said, I think there is a fine line that needs to be walked. The police need the authority and training and equipment to keep the peace, without going overboard on it. Additional training (PSAs might help some?) for the citizens on what kind of protect is allowed. Marching and protecting is fine. Rioting and looting and burning is not. If there is one form of punishment I would like to see reinstated is all looters being shot. All too often I have heard it is alright for looters, and arsonists to do what they do when there are riots. That needs to be stomped on HARD. If rioters and looters knew they'd be killed if they started doing anything out of the law, they would be far less inclined to do that kind of stuff.

Don't be so sure of that. Arresting people involved in this kind of activity lately, especially if they get even the most minor of injury during their arrest, has often fueled greater outrage and violence on the part of the protesters. You'd basically be inviting far more carnage that way. Not that I think letting them run rampant is a good idea, but we've already proven "shoot first, ask questions later" isn't going to work.