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Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Today, 12:36 AM
Replies: 2,296
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Posted By Puppycow
I think the current wave in Japan (the 7th) got...

I think the current wave in Japan (the 7th) got started a little later than in other parts. Doesn't seem to have peaked here quite yet, but based on the effective reproduction number, it should peak...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 05:02 PM
Replies: 788
Views: 82,811
Posted By Puppycow
Yes, note that if you watch it on YouTube, you...

Yes, note that if you watch it on YouTube, you can adjust the playback speed down to 0.25X, which allows you to see it more clearly. There's gray clouds in the sky, a helicopter emerges into a gap...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 04:24 PM
Replies: 788
Views: 82,811
Posted By Puppycow
After thinking on it a while and watching it...

After thinking on it a while and watching it again, I think it's just a helicopter emerging from behind a cloud and then disappearing behind another cloud.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 01:17 PM
Replies: 788
Views: 82,811
Posted By Puppycow
Is there any sort of explainer about how video...

Is there any sort of explainer about how video compression can result in artifacts like this?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 01:13 PM
Replies: 788
Views: 82,811
Posted By Puppycow
I don't suppose it's possible to see the original...

I don't suppose it's possible to see the original uncompressed video?

The way it moves looks like a helicopter, but it's not clear.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th August 2022, 11:24 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 2,777
Posted By Puppycow
ETs really need to up their game. Look what...

ETs really need to up their game. Look what humans can do:

1lnBmYAiduo
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th August 2022, 11:14 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 2,777
Posted By Puppycow
Well, that settles it. He has an engineering...

Well, that settles it. He has an engineering degree in electronics. Aliens must be real.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th August 2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 2,777
Posted By Puppycow
Oh, I see. I had the sound off when I watched it...

Oh, I see. I had the sound off when I watched it the first time.

A brief flash of light from a source that isn't immediately apparent, and a weird sound. Doesn't seem very conclusive to me. I...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th August 2022, 08:43 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 2,777
Posted By Puppycow
Can someone explain to me what is unusual in the...

Can someone explain to me what is unusual in the video? I don't see anything but what appears to be a power outage.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 05:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 333
Posted By Puppycow
In theory, but is there any actual evidence to...

In theory, but is there any actual evidence to support that? I thought that "theories break down" when you are talking about a black hole. I believed that most of my life, but I think it's an act of...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 05:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,646
Posted By Puppycow
Indeed. I see that less than a year passed...

Indeed. I see that less than a year passed between Apollo 8 and Apollo 11, and only about 3-plus years between Apollo 11 and Apollo 17. It was all done very rapidly. Took longer to make the James...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 12:27 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,646
Posted By Puppycow
Yeah, I knew the first manned mission would be in...

Yeah, I knew the first manned mission would be in 2024 at the earliest. I guess I'm not surprised that it isn't going to be a moon landing either. It was the same with Apollo, wasn't it? After all,...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 12:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 333
Posted By Puppycow
A very large number, I'm sure. I doubt infinitely...

A very large number, I'm sure. I doubt infinitely large. Isn't it true that as the radius gets smaller, the rate of rotation increases? Also, wouldn't you agree that what I described verbally is...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 6th August 2022, 08:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 333
Posted By Puppycow
Well black holes do seem to have a spin...

Well black holes do seem to have a spin nevertheless. They give off great jets of energy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrophysical_jet) from the poles when feeding. I don't really understand why,...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 6th August 2022, 05:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 333
Posted By Puppycow
Uhhh, good luck with that. What I do...

Uhhh, good luck with that.


What I do know is very basic: when the radius of a spinning object gets smaller, it spins faster. The famous example is a figure skater pulling her/his arms in when...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 6th August 2022, 05:20 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 12,509
Posted By Puppycow
I see only idle speculation, nothing from Musk...

I see only idle speculation, nothing from Musk himself. They are reading waaay too much into a few tweets.

Also, Disney is a $200 billion company, or has been recently, although with share price...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 6th August 2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,646
Posted By Puppycow
The final Apollo mission, Apollo 17, was in...

The final Apollo mission, Apollo 17, was in December of 1972, almost 50 years ago. I was barely 2 years old, and too young to remember. Whoever would have thought that it would take over 50 years...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 6th August 2022, 04:15 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,411
Posted By Puppycow
Yes, this exactly. I hope to not have my...

Yes, this exactly. I hope to not have my insurance pay off. It's just there to cushion the blow, but with any insurance, you hope to not need it.
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 5th August 2022, 06:35 PM
Replies: 1,027
Views: 185,107
Posted By Puppycow
It may not be a lot of money for Jones, but I am...

It may not be a lot of money for Jones, but I am happy for the plaintiffs, because $4 million is still a lot for normal people. They might get as much as $12 million, minus whatever legal fees they...
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 5th August 2022, 06:29 PM
Replies: 1,027
Views: 185,107
Posted By Puppycow
So in effect, what is the cap? Jones's...

So in effect, what is the cap?

Jones's laywer claims that it is $750,000 per plaintiff, but Reuters doesn't say whether that is true or not.

I wish Reuters would let some other lawyer comment...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 5th August 2022, 05:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 589
Posted By Puppycow
Actually, I should revise what I said above...

Actually, I should revise what I said above slightly. There are GDP numbers released each month. The first two are preliminary and the third one is final. So Q1 is now final. Q2 is still preliminary:...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 5th August 2022, 05:27 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,411
Posted By Puppycow
So much of this depends on each person's life...

So much of this depends on each person's life situation.

Do you have children or dependents? I have life insurance because I do. If I didn't, I wouldn't bother to pay for life insurance.
...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 5th August 2022, 01:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 589
Posted By Puppycow
Technically, GDP numbers are subject to revision,...

Technically, GDP numbers are subject to revision, and numbers for the most recent two quarters will always be preliminary estimates. I don't dispute that there is a recession, but it doesn't really...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 5th August 2022, 01:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 589
Posted By Puppycow
YBBnQmRcRI4 Some analysis of the real estate...

YBBnQmRcRI4

Some analysis of the real estate crisis in China. Could be a big deal, maybe. One thing for sure is that China wants to suppress this news.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 5th August 2022, 10:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 589
Posted By Puppycow
Funny how good news is bad for stocks: ...

Funny how good news is bad for stocks:

Stocks fall after strong July jobs report points to more Fed action (https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/04/stock-market-news-futures-open-to-close.html)
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 4th August 2022, 09:17 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,411
Posted By Puppycow
In the US, apparently, the cost of health care...

In the US, apparently, the cost of health care may vary depending on whether you are insured or not. The health insurance companies negotiate prices with health care providers.

So, e.g., the same...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 4th August 2022, 09:02 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,411
Posted By Puppycow
So, two things here to consider. On your latter...

So, two things here to consider. On your latter point, I think it's important to consider what kinds of insurance you might need, and what kinds you can do without.

On the former point, all...
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 4th August 2022, 01:17 PM
Replies: 1,027
Views: 185,107
Posted By Puppycow
Watching a stream about this now: ...

Watching a stream about this now:

https://www.twitch.tv/hasanabi

Jones is self-immolating. He's defaming the judge, the jury, while the trial is ongoing.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 27th July 2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 1,565
Posted By Puppycow
Could the universe be older than they thought? ...

Could the universe be older than they thought?

I'll wait for the scientific community to weigh in on whether there is actually a redshift of 20, and if so, what that would imply about the age of...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 24th July 2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,105
Posted By Puppycow
I don't understand. Wouldn't they be vulnerable...

I don't understand. Wouldn't they be vulnerable anyway if children aren't vaccinated?

Or is the idea that you want the virus to be more prevalent so that everyone gets it in childhood? Is this...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd July 2022, 06:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 750
Posted By Puppycow
If memory serves, Rockland County has a rather...

If memory serves, Rockland County has a rather unique population.

Yes, Wikipedia confirms:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockland_County,_New_York



Also, it's a hotbed for anti-vaccine...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd July 2022, 04:00 AM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 71,574
Posted By Puppycow
This whole discussion reminds me that I did come...

This whole discussion reminds me that I did come across a video just the other day from a guy that did his own image processing on the data. He also shows how to do it, for anyone who is curious. I...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 21st July 2022, 09:17 PM
Replies: 2,296
Views: 142,127
Posted By Puppycow
In Japan, case numbers are in fact increasing...

In Japan, case numbers are in fact increasing faster than in any previous wave. I also saw on the news that the positivity rate is higher than ever (positive tests/total tests given). Over 40%...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 21st July 2022, 08:43 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 5,279
Posted By Puppycow
It could be like the OJ case. Although at least...

It could be like the OJ case. Although at least that one got to trial. But he was acquitted, and Ron Goldman's father sued him for wrongful death and won.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 21st July 2022, 04:58 AM
Replies: 2,318
Views: 99,575
Posted By Puppycow
Dave Chappelle Show Canceled by Minneapolis Venue...

Dave Chappelle Show Canceled by Minneapolis Venue After Social Media Backlash (https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/dave-chappelle-show-canceled-minneapolis-1235321631/)



Are they saying it would...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 21st July 2022, 04:10 AM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 71,574
Posted By Puppycow
That makes a lot of sense to me. Just cancel out...

That makes a lot of sense to me. Just cancel out the red-shift, right? You can probably also work out what visible light waves would be present from the infrared waves and known physics of blackbody...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 20th July 2022, 05:25 PM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 71,574
Posted By Puppycow
Not exactly. First of all, what would "true"...

Not exactly. First of all, what would "true" color actually mean? The color that the light was when it was emitted (before being red-shifted into the infrared, which human eyes cannot see)? But...
Forum: USA Politics 19th July 2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,042
Posted By Puppycow
And what is "the hidden hand"? Biden was...

And what is "the hidden hand"?

Biden was elected because people didn't want 4 more years of Trump.
Forum: USA Politics 19th July 2022, 06:39 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,042
Posted By Puppycow
I was a bit too young to remember much about...

I was a bit too young to remember much about Carter's campaign, I understand that he ran as sort of an Anti-Nixon. Someone whose appeal was more about that he had an actual moral compass and didn't...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 19th July 2022, 06:29 PM
Replies: 369
Split Thread: What is a light-year
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Posted By Puppycow
I can't believe this is even a discussion. A...

I can't believe this is even a discussion. A lightyear is a measure of distance, full stop.
Forum: USA Politics 18th July 2022, 06:45 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,042
Posted By Puppycow
http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/pictur...

http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=200&pictureid=1705 From my album. You should have one too in your user control panel. You can import emoticons that aren't in the...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 18th July 2022, 01:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By Puppycow
Yeah. Which is why anarchists are such fools. ...

Yeah. Which is why anarchists are such fools.

Not having a government isn't possible. It's a question of what kind of government you want to have. As soon as there is no government it means that...
Forum: USA Politics 18th July 2022, 01:42 AM
Replies: 1,826
Views: 37,266
Posted By Puppycow
Yeah, I heard about that. Strange. It somehow...

Yeah, I heard about that. Strange. It somehow magically isn't an abortion even though it's the same procedure.
Forum: USA Politics 17th July 2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,042
Posted By Puppycow
Although traveling in Air Force one seems like it...

Although traveling in Air Force one seems like it shouldn't be too difficult. Isn't there even a bed for the president and his wife? I know what you mean though. I often fly across the Pacific in...
Forum: USA Politics 17th July 2022, 06:27 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,042
Posted By Puppycow
Yeah, didn't think about that, but if we're going...

Yeah, didn't think about that, but if we're going to say that Biden shouldn't run, and Harris is pretty unappealing, we need to come up with a plausible alternative. People are out there. They may...
Forum: USA Politics 17th July 2022, 06:04 PM
Replies: 1,826
Views: 37,266
Posted By Puppycow
I get that you don't want to talk about...

I get that you don't want to talk about 10-year-old rape victims because it's inconvenient to your ideology, but I see that you have no good answer. Should a 10-year-old rape victim, or a rape victim...
Forum: USA Politics 17th July 2022, 05:50 PM
Replies: 1,826
Views: 37,266
Posted By Puppycow
Yes, that 10-year-old rape should have taken...

Yes, that 10-year-old rape should have taken personal responsibility for her actions. She should have been on birth control.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 17th July 2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By Puppycow
Of course, I don't mean literal manure, but the...

Of course, I don't mean literal manure, but the metaphorical BS that religions sell.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 17th July 2022, 05:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By Puppycow
Shower thoughts and navel gazing

If you sell groceries, you must pay a tax.

If you sell ********, that's tax-exempt.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 16th July 2022, 12:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,111
Posted By Puppycow
Interesting: ...

Interesting:


https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14671731
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