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Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Today, 01:48 PM
Replies: 2,417
Views: 157,230
Posted By Puppycow
According to Google, 81.7% of the population is...

According to Google, 81.7% of the population is fully vaccinated. I don't know what percentage are up to date on their booster though. I'm not aware of any data source that shows whether the people...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Today, 06:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By Puppycow
I got the impression from the Scott Manley video...

I got the impression from the Scott Manley video that something weird happens and I don't think I can paraphrase what he said accurately, so just watch the video. He explains. This test should shed...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Today, 06:06 AM
Replies: 2,417
Views: 157,230
Posted By Puppycow
Here in Japan...

Here in Japan (https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html), the 7th wave is petering out, but shows signs of leveling off at a higher plateau than before.

I'll take the first 6 months of...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 06:14 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 857
Posted By Puppycow
Seriously? Didn't realize the weather was...

Seriously?

Didn't realize the weather was now a partisan political issue.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 11:57 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,074
Posted By Puppycow
Not me. Imagine that someone made a "naked...

Not me.

Imagine that someone made a "naked suit" made of skintight spandex, in skin color, and with plastic nipples and fake pubic hair and maybe even fake plastic genitals. Without a close...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 11:43 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,074
Posted By Puppycow
Deliberate obtuseness. Nipples real or simulated.

Deliberate obtuseness. Nipples real or simulated.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 07:22 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,074
Posted By Puppycow
Probably because in the past it was considered...

Probably because in the past it was considered that teachers had enough common sense to not dress in a wildly inappropriate manner even without a formal dress code. Because they are supposed to be...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 01:01 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,074
Posted By Puppycow
That may well have happened, but I haven't seen...

That may well have happened, but I haven't seen it reported.

These days it's so easy to threaten people in a semi-anonymous way via the internet, I assume that most people who are (a) either...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 11:44 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,074
Posted By Puppycow
I understand that. It's not clear to me who made...

I understand that. It's not clear to me who made any specific credible threat though. If anyone did, that would be a crime.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 11:23 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,074
Posted By Puppycow
Apparently the school has hired a private...

Apparently the school has hired a private security firm to provide extra security for Lemieux. That is at least a quantifiable additional cost. Whether the extra security is actually necessary is...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 10:35 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,074
Posted By Puppycow
From The Daily Mail article...

From The Daily Mail article (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11243855/School-board-implement-dress-code-force-trans-teacher-ditch-prosthetic-breasts.html):



As far as I can tell, no...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 09:05 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,074
Posted By Puppycow
Here in Japan, students aren't even allowed to...

Here in Japan, students aren't even allowed to color their hair or wear certain trendy hairstyles because they think it would be a distraction. I think the same goes for teachers, although you don't...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 04:45 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,074
Posted By Puppycow
After years of indoctrination none of them feel...

After years of indoctrination none of them feel safe to express any other opinion.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 25th September 2022, 02:28 AM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,871
Posted By Puppycow
Yeah, this. It's not a scientific question so...

Yeah, this. It's not a scientific question so much as just agreeing upon a definition. It's going to be "arbitrary" just like defining the difference between an "island" and a "continent" is...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 24th September 2022, 12:22 AM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,871
Posted By Puppycow
Nah. The centre of gravity of the Earth-Moon...

Nah. The centre of gravity of the Earth-Moon system lies within the earth. Sure, the moon has a tidal influence on the earth, making it wobble a bit, but it's much more massive than the moon.
...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 24th September 2022, 12:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By Puppycow
Good news: Lake Taupō volcano rumbles as...

Good news:

Lake Taupō volcano rumbles as alert level raised 'not unusual' - seismologist...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd September 2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,871
Posted By Puppycow
Only in the sense that it becomes increasingly...

Only in the sense that it becomes increasingly difficult to commit all of them to memory.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd September 2022, 01:17 AM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,871
Posted By Puppycow
Well if you really want to include Ceres, which...

Well if you really want to include Ceres, which is smaller than Charon, the moon of Pluto, then I guess we would end up with a lot more planets than just 10 or 11, wouldn't we?

Would our own moon...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 21st September 2022, 04:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By Puppycow
It's an interesting idea. Maybe it's even...

It's an interesting idea. Maybe it's even possible. But I imagine that it would be both risky and expensive to try. It would be safest when the volcano is dormant, but then people, being shortsighted...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 21st September 2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 5,045
Posted By Puppycow
I honestly have never even heard of “FFP3” or 2...

I honestly have never even heard of “FFP3” or 2 masks. I don’t think we have those in Japan. I don’t know why you would call surgical masks “useless” or put them in the same category as cloth masks...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 21st September 2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,871
Posted By Puppycow
In fact, they are. At least Mars is. The images...

In fact, they are. At least Mars is. The images we got are not even close to the best images we have of Mars.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 21st September 2022, 01:57 AM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,871
Posted By Puppycow
TBH, we already have lots of great images of the...

TBH, we already have lots of great images of the planets in our own solar system from other missions. Cassini for Saturn, Juno for Jupiter, New Horizons for Pluto. JWST will not be able to produce...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 20th September 2022, 09:57 PM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,871
Posted By Puppycow
I concur. Planet 9 may not even exist, and even...

I concur. Planet 9 may not even exist, and even if it does, they don't know where to point the telescope to see it. Time on this telescope is so valuable that I would imagine that they will only...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 20th September 2022, 04:25 AM
Replies: 1,197
Views: 19,343
Posted By Puppycow
Lack of blood flow to the brain perhaps

Lack of blood flow to the brain perhaps
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 20th September 2022, 04:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By Puppycow
Sounds like it could either be nothing at all or...

Sounds like it could either be nothing at all or the first rumblings of something very important.

I seems like this event is “due” in a sense. Maybe even overdue. But it could still be millennia...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 20th September 2022, 01:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By Puppycow
Should be CE, not BC: ...

Should be CE, not BC:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taup%C5%8D_Volcano#Dating_the_Taup%C5%8D_eruption

And even still, that is an estimate. No humans apparently lived there at the time.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th September 2022, 09:05 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 5,045
Posted By Puppycow
Do cloth masks do anything at all? There's an...

Do cloth masks do anything at all? There's an in-between option which is disposable surgical masks.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7510705/#R4


The only published randomized...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th September 2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,539
Posted By Puppycow
No, it's also the LGB bit. Maybe even primarily...

No, it's also the LGB bit. Maybe even primarily that.



In fact, if you look at the arguments being made in court, nothing about transgender issues is mentioned. Only same-sex relationships.
...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th September 2022, 07:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,539
Posted By Puppycow
Sounds reasonable to me. I'll betcha that...

Sounds reasonable to me.

I'll betcha that isn't the case, however. Almost certainly students can use governmental loans, scholarships or grants to go there. In fact Yeshiva University has a web...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 18th September 2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 5,045
Posted By Puppycow
Biden: ‘The pandemic is over’...

Biden: ‘The pandemic is over’ (https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/18/politics/biden-pandemic-60-minutes/index.html)
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 17th September 2022, 04:41 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 23,226
Posted By Puppycow
Mars Perseverance Rover Finds Organic Matter in...

Mars Perseverance Rover Finds Organic Matter in Rock (https://www.cnet.com/science/space/mars-perseverance-rover-finds-organic-matter-in-rock/)
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th September 2022, 08:52 AM
Replies: 1,197
Views: 19,343
Posted By Puppycow
The length of this thread makes me think: If you...

The length of this thread makes me think: If you speak up to complain about all of this fuss, are you just adding to the fuss?

I'm reminded of a word I learned recently: parasocial relationship
...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th September 2022, 12:52 AM
Replies: 1,197
Views: 19,343
Posted By Puppycow
We become accustomed to this monarchy and take it...

We become accustomed to this monarchy and take it for granted but it truly is an anachronism, isn’t it?

Note how in her later years, the queen was rarely seen with the trappings of her office...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th September 2022, 10:07 PM
Replies: 813
Views: 88,228
Posted By Puppycow
That makes some sense.

That makes some sense.
Forum: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories 12th September 2022, 09:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 888
Posted By Puppycow
And the Truthers will claim that it is fake ...

And the Truthers will claim that it is fake

Any and all evidence that contradicts their belief system is fake
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th September 2022, 09:11 PM
Replies: 813
Views: 88,228
Posted By Puppycow
I wonder why they call it a "fighter" then? We...

I wonder why they call it a "fighter" then? We have a stealth "bomber" which is the B-2. Attack planes (like the A-7, A-7 and A-10) are traditionally designated with an "A" not an "F".
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 12th September 2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 742
Posted By Puppycow
Apple makes a huge profit just on the strength of...

Apple makes a huge profit just on the strength of its brand.

They make about 30% net profit on their devices...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th September 2022, 06:12 PM
Replies: 813
Views: 88,228
Posted By Puppycow
Speaking of F-117s and F-15s, the latter are like...

Speaking of F-117s and F-15s, the latter are like 50 years old now. Designed in 1969, first flew in 1972, and entered service in 1976. But they are still used by the Air Force even today. The F-117...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th September 2022, 04:19 AM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,871
Posted By Puppycow
Ah, thanks. That does clarify it. I guess it's...

Ah, thanks. That does clarify it. I guess it's actually closer to edge-on to our line of sight in that case.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 11th September 2022, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,871
Posted By Puppycow
I think I figured out this part too. The...

I think I figured out this part too. The Wikipedia article gives the inclination as 100 degrees, (+15/-6), so very nearly perpendicular from our perspective.

The temperature of the planet is also...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th September 2022, 05:07 AM
Replies: 813
Views: 88,228
Posted By Puppycow
I don't think they have any choice in the matter....

I don't think they have any choice in the matter. They are legally obligated to respond to FOIA requests, and if they cannot make the requested information public, they have to state their reasons...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th September 2022, 05:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 740
Posted By Puppycow
Yeah there does seem to have been a marked...

Yeah there does seem to have been a marked decrease in town-crying since the advent of radio. Newspapers might also be partially responsible for that, but there's not usually only a single cause.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 10th September 2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,871
Posted By Puppycow
The Wikipedia article I linked above has a photo...

The Wikipedia article I linked above has a photo with a circle representing the orbit of Neptune (30 AU) superimposed for scale. Pluto's orbit is more eccentric but the semi-major axis is at 39 AU....
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th September 2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 1,197
Views: 19,343
Posted By Puppycow
Oh, right. I forgot to mention that part. :o ...

Oh, right. I forgot to mention that part. :o

But "avoiding scandal" at least also seems to be required, which was why Edward VIII abdicated.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th September 2022, 07:31 AM
Replies: 1,197
Views: 19,343
Posted By Puppycow
Good that the expectations bar is set low for him...

Good that the expectations bar is set low for him too.

The main requirement of the job seems to be to not say too much other than what is scripted by others to be read, and avoid scandal. And...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th September 2022, 07:07 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,148
Posted By Puppycow
If there were no other applicants, then obviously...

If there were no other applicants, then obviously the job should fall to the only person who applied. In this case though, the problem would be with the hiring process, not the person who was hired...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th September 2022, 06:26 AM
Replies: 1,197
Views: 19,343
Posted By Puppycow
If we're being pedantic, I would say...

If we're being pedantic, I would say post-medieval, but clearly not modern. The costumes look to be 18th and 19th century-ish.

(The middle ages ended in the late 15th century, according to Google)
Forum: USA Politics 10th September 2022, 06:16 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 5,476
Posted By Puppycow
Although the man's politics are not really...

Although the man's politics are not really relevant here, this must be one of the creepiest crimes I've ever heard of.

Even if we turn a blind eye to the racial aspect, a very wealthy man...
Forum: USA Politics 10th September 2022, 05:49 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 5,476
Posted By Puppycow
Las Vegas reporter remembered as fearless force...

Las Vegas reporter remembered as fearless force after elected official, angry at journalist's work, is arrested in his death...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th September 2022, 05:25 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,148
Posted By Puppycow
Other than Jason Grant, who were the other...

Other than Jason Grant, who were the other candidates for the position?

I think anyone critical of this choice should make the case for one of the other individuals.
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