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And here's a Chuck that's way more violent and a higher kill count than John Wick (John Wick 3 did copy the motorcycle scene from this movie lol)



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Arts & Entertainment / Loki
« on: July 16, 2021, 12:33:22 PM »
Major spoilers in this. Haven't watched an episode, but this review tells me this isn't worth my time  :o


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Florida building collapse
« on: June 24, 2021, 02:35:54 PM »
https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/rescue-workers-pick-through-rubble-for-survivors-after-a-building-collapse-in-florida/news-story/da357c873165eccc646fb2dbfd823443

How the hell? 99 missing so far. That's terrible :(
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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said more than 80 units responded to the collapse at the building around 2am (4pm AEST). They said 55 apartment units collapsed and first responders rescued 35 people trapped inside.

Authorities say least 99 people are missing, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said there are 102 people who have been accounted for so far.

Surfside’s mayor Charles Burkett confirmed at least one person had died in hospital following the collapse.

“This morning I was told by the chief that we treated 10 people on the site, two of those 10 were transported to the hospital. One has passed away,” he said.


In an age where cameras are everywhere this collapse has video

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Arts & Entertainment / Amazon buys MGM - Stargate renewal?
« on: June 09, 2021, 11:13:53 AM »
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/former-stargate-producer-on-amazons-mgm-deal-no-doubt-well-see-new-series
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With news that Amazon is acquiring MGM in a deal valued at more than $8 billion, attention immediately turned to what that might mean for all the properties controlled by the company — namely stuff like James Bond, Stargate, and Robocop. Well, now one of the original producers on the old Stargate series has chimed in with his thoughts.

Joseph Mallozzi, who served as a producer on SG-1, Atlantis and Stargate Universe, offered up his take on the situation in a recent blog post. To be clear, Mallozzi has nothing to do with any new Stargate project at this point — though fellow original producer Brad Wright is developing plans for a revival, though there’s been no news on when or if that project might materialize. Of course, Amazon’s purchase of MGM will obviously play a critical role in any future decision-making.
More Stargate
The PORTAL project Portal in Vilnius
Almost a real-life Stargate: Sci-fi portal gives two-way window into cities hundreds of miles apart
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Stargate SG-1’s Amanda Tapping reveals she’s been approached to return for proposed new series

So for now, all fans can do it wait.

But what does Mallozzi think about it all? In his opinion from the outside looking in, there’s no doubt we’ll get a new Stargate project at some point, since Amazon will be looking to capitalize on all that juicy, beloved IP it just ponied up to buy. The question now is whether it’ll be a full-fledged reboot, or something that revives the original franchise and keeps that canon (and continuity, characters, etc.) in place.

“There’s no doubt that if this sale is finalized, we will see a new Stargate series sooner than later. The big question is ‘What will this new series look like?’ It’s no secret that longtime Stargate (SG-1, Atlantis, Universe) co-creator Brad Wright has been developing a new show,” he wrote. “In a best case scenario, an executive familiar with the franchise, and its amazing fandom, will recognize the huge potential there and fast-track his series. In the worst case scenario, someone else is brought in, 20 years of canon gets wiped out, and the fans get screwed. The latter is, in my view, most unlikely.”

It’s nice to see Mallozzi has hope things will work out in the end for Stargate, though in the meantime, he noted fans might want to take to social media to create some targeted buzz to let Amazon decision-makers know there’s still an active and fervent fanbase wanting to see more adventures soon.

A season of Stargate cost $50 million. In contrast, Amazon just forked out nearly $500 million for a season of Lord of the Rings

Who wants a return of Stargate? Or should it be left to RIP for fear they might screw it up like so many revivals of Star Trek?

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / 20 years to get to Alpha Centauri
« on: June 08, 2021, 11:29:42 AM »
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-08/canberra-anu-scientists-laser-sail-interstellar-space-discovery/100198228
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What lies beyond our solar system has long fascinated not just scientists but also writers and filmmakers, so murky are its depths.

And even the two probes that have made it beyond the heliosphere and into interstellar space — Voyagers 1 and 2 — did so only after decades of exploring our own planetary system.

Now, Canberra researchers say they have cracked the code to enable us to send a spacecraft even further, and at a far greater speed, to another planetary system altogether.

The spacecraft is also so small and delicate that scientists plan to send more than one in the hope that some of them will make it to Alpha Centauri, without being destroyed by an errant piece of space dust along the way.

The achievement is "very exciting" because it could enable us to record information from those planetary bodies within our lifetime — its predicted travel time is just 20 years.

Compare that to the roughly 44 years Voyager 2 spent nosing around Uranus and Neptune before continuing into the great beyond.

The study's lead author, Australian National University astrophysicist Chathura Bandutunga, said when they discovered the solution it was a kind of "eureka moment", when they worked out how many lasers, and in what formation, they would need to propel their spacecraft far enough and fast enough to reach its goal.

"We already have several crafts — Voyager included — [in interstellar space] but it will be many human lifetimes before they reach anywhere near another star," Dr Bandutunga said.


Ideally, a spacecraft will reach Alpha Centauri, the closest star system and closest planetary system to Earth's, and record images and scientific measurements that will be broadcast back to Earth.

Scientists estimate roughly 100 million individual lasers will be needed to generate the required optical power of about 100GW.

Fellow author Paul Sibley said the devil was in the detail when it came to unscrambling the lasers.

"We use a random digital signal to scramble the measurements from each laser and unscramble each one separately in digital signal processing," he said.

“This allows us to pick out only the measurements we need from a vast jumble of information. We can then break the problem into small arrays and link them together in sections."

While these measurements may seem confounding to the average eye, what is clear is that scientists have never got this close before.

"This project is really about making that travel from our star to another star possible within a human lifetime," Dr Bandutunga said.

Yay for Canberra. More of the story at the link

Hopefully if this project ever got up and running we dont just send everything at the one candidate. We should send them to worlds that are rocky, assured an atmosphere and orbiting a stable star in its Goldilocks zone. No point investing all that time and energy to visit a hot Jupiter or lifeless barren rock. Also we should totally seed the probes. Throw a copy of some of the seeds from the Svalbard seed vault, our DNA and proteins. Maybe if the world visited was lifeless, the mission wont be totally wasted and  we can give it a chance and kickstart a process. In that way, our legacy as humans will live on even if we blow each other to bits here :)


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I'm sure Australias illustrious PM with an ego that would rival Donald Trump himself would Google his own name. So hopefully Googles web crawlers bump this forums post to the top of the Scott Morrison search results

Not many of you people may know much about him. Australia is mostly unimportant in the grand scheme of things, even if our leaders try to convince us we are the greatest country in the world ::) (maybe we could be if the fat arse moved out of the way)

So here is is. An idiot, always trying to hard to look cool



Always saying the wrong thing. This example was taken when he greeted a Korean voter by saying 'ni hao'. Perhaps his empathy advisor should have told him to know who he was talking to first before jumping to conclusions


Tucking into some food (theres always one of these about every politician)


Still, at least he appears to be eating something normal looking. One of out other PMs (Tony Abbott) decided he would tuck into an onion. Raw. No one dared or asked him too. He just picked it up and ate it


Here is Scott Morrison harnessing his 'inner Trump'. A rude bastard pointing fingers

We know they were best buds after all...


Our PM Scott Morrison is devoid of empathy, compassion, diplomatic tact and frankly leadership qualities. He's objectively the worst PM we've ever had and we have had some shockers. And because he knows much of the public knows he's an incompetent POS, he's keeping Australia into a 'Hermit Kingdom' until after the election in 2022 costing our country billions which generations of people will be paying for. All for a better chance at winning. What a self serving son of a bitch. He'll slow down a vaccine rollout (by preventing measures that could speed it up) and he'll keep us locked down and forbidden to travel (even if we were all vaccinated) to keep the populous in fear and give us a sense of nationalism. He'll not want to mess up the zero to low covid rates we have by allowing free movement again.

Remember this guys total stupidity. A country of 25 million with a very low active military and weapons talking about a war with China. A 1.4 billion strong country with a very high number of active military personnel and infrastructure and weapons to boot. His comments have been so gob smacking that even America is like WTF?
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/05/china/australia-china-war-military-mic-intl-hnk/index.html

This is a guy who thought he 'had' China and 'demanded' they apologise for tweet their diplomat sent mocking an Australian soldier with a knife to a child's throat. Did he really think they would throw themselves on their knees and apologise? He did lol. A PM whose government orders the AFP to raid journalists homes for daring to expose war crimes committed by our soldiers. So much for press freedom. Oh look at China what they do to journos. The irony ::)

So as you, Dear Leader Scott Morrison (and I know either you or your media team paid for by my tax to troll through the internet for mentions of your name) read this. Know that you are hated. Despised. You're a self serving POS who will burn in hell. A fitting end for such a fake and a fraud

And no. It doesn't matter how religious you want to pretend you are. You're still an evil self serving gluttonous bastard, greedy for power at any cost. To hell with you

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https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/mothers-heartbreaking-final-moments-with-son-after-deadly-road-rage-incident/news-story/45b345612d7c8de65d8dcb7cfd7ce47e

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Ms Cloonan said she had been driving Aiden to school on Friday morning in Orange when a white sedan cut her off on the 55 Freeway.

“As I started to merge away from them, I heard a really loud noise,” Ms Cloonan said. “And my son said, ‘Ow,’ and I had to pull over. And he got shot.”

“I pulled over and I took him out of the car and I tried to put my hand on his wounds while calling 911. Because he was losing a lot of blood,” she added.

The boy was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Hope she had insurance!

You guys must be so lucky to have the right to own guns so that you can shoot little kids when you get annoyed. Wow. So cool man. I wish Australia was more like you

I wonder what other happenings go on in America that would make me envious. ::)

Are you guys even America? Or Sudan? Serious question because you guys sound like you live in an anarchist hell.

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Arts & Entertainment / Korean movies you need to see
« on: May 23, 2021, 05:05:35 AM »
My Sassy Girl - Romantic comedy - this movie put South Korea cinema on the map back in 2001 and despite its 20 year age, does not show it and is still a great laugh today. Stars Jun Jihyun and Cha Tae-young


The Man from Nowhere 2010 - Revenge thriller. Koreans excel in the revenge movie genre. This movie is frequently referenced as one of their best and well known. Starring Won Bin - South Koreas heart throb apparently


Along with the Gods 1&2 2017-2018 These movies has so many genres. Action, drama, fantasy, comedy etc. Production values are right up there - not a cheap movie by any means. In the first movie, a firefighter dies on the job and has to traverse 7 trials (Betrayal, Violence, Filial Impiety, Murder, Indolence, Deceit, and Injustice) judged by 7 gods in 7 hells. Stars Ha Jong-woo, Cha Tae-hyun, Ma Dong-seok


Extreme Job 2019 - Action Comedy - this movie was very funny involving a group of police detectives who buy out a failing chicken restaurant to be able to stake out criminals across the road but the restaurant ends up being way too popular. This was also South Koreas highest grossing movie of all time. Starring the likes of Jin Seon-kyu, Lee Hanee and Ryu Seung-ryong


The Chaser 2008 - Crime, Action, Thriller, Revenge - not for the squeamish, this movie doesn't hold back on the violence. A disgraced police detective-turned-pimp who becomes involved in a breathless race against time to catch a psychopathic serial killer after one of his girls goes missing. Stars Ha Jung-woo and Kim Yoon-seok


The Villainess 2017 - Revenge!! - Kim Ok-bin stars as a woman who could probably beat the shit out of John Wick in this hyper violent revenge action movie. The story is a little more fleshed out than someone stealing her car and killing her dog too lol. The movie according to wiki "received a four-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival" Also, there were scenes from John Wick 3 (eg the motorcycle with swords scene) that clearly took inspiration from this film :)


The Wailing 2016 - Horror. This movie is a slow burn but very well paced movie. Doesn't rely on tacky predictable jump scares to creep you out. Set in a rural area, where a series of brutal murders have taken place, people become suspicious of a Japanese man who recently moved into the are. Starring Kwak Do-won, Jun Kunimura and Hwang Jung-min


Steel Rain 2017 - Action, Thriller. North Koreas leader is critically injured in a coup attempt and is taken across the border for treatment and protection. Starring Jung Woo-sung, Kwak Do-won and Lee Geung-young


The Thieves 2012 - Action, Comedy, Heist. The main cast is exclusively Koreas A list actors. A group of thieves band together to steal a 20 million dollar diamond but each appear to have their own agenda. It's impossible to do this movie justice in such a short description and is better to go in somewhat bling, but be assured it's very funny, full of action and plot twists. Stars Kim Yoon-seok, Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae, Kim Soo-hyun


A Bittersweet Life 2003 - Revenge. A gang member is sent by his boss to follow his young mistress to find out whether she is seeing another man. His is to kill them both if it is true, however he instead falls in love with her. Stars Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yeong-cheol, Shin Min-ah, Hwang Jung-min


Will You Be There 2016 - Fantasy, Drama. A man is given an oppurtunity to travel back in time by taking a pill to see the love he lost 30 years ago. However his younger self wants to save her life which would drastically avert the history of the older self wiping out his daughter from existence. Stars Kim Yoon-seok, Byun Yo-han and Chae Seo-jin


Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned Fantasy Drama. 3 children venture off and stumble upon a 'goblins egg' in a cave. 1 is rescued, another is found dead a few days later and a grown man appears claiming to be one of the lost boys. Stars Gang Dong-won, Shin Eun-soo, Kim Hee-won


Train To Busan 2016 Zombie movie. You probably all know about this one, doesn't need much introduction. A Father and daughter are on a high speed train to Busan when Korea is overrun by a zombie apocalypse with zombies infecting the passengers on the train Stars Gong Yoo, Ma Dong Seok, Kim Su-an


The Outlaws 2017 - Action, Crime, Gangster. Based on true events from 2004 when a new Chinese gang violently takes over the Korean gangs in a turf war and the police who used to be good at keeping the Korean gangs in check and peace have to take down the entire Chinese gang. Stars Ma Dong-seok, Yoon Kye-sang, Jo Jae-yoon


The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil 2019 Based on a true story about a serial killer who attacked and nearlly killed a gangster boss and the cop who wants to arrest the killer. The gangster reluctantly joins forced with teh cop to hunt down and arrest the killer, though the gangster has other ideas with what to do with him. Stars Ma Dong Seok, Kim Mu-yeol, Kim Sung-kyu


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Arts & Entertainment / American movies you liked
« on: May 22, 2021, 02:34:56 PM »
Ok, so here is a thread for American movies you actually liked. I was going through the blu rays I have and saw this gem I've seen several times



'John dies at the end' from 2012

It has supporting actors like Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones and Clancy Brown

It may not look or sound like much, did not have a huge budget (less than $1 million) but this movie was fricken awesome

Funny, crude, weird, horror etc. It was unique and great to watch. If I give this American creation an A+, you know it's worth your time

So have you seen this? And what other movies are great as well as being unique (that is not sequels, reboots or same stories and predictable plots told elsewhere)

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Health care should be a basic human right. Oh wait. It is :o

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The right to health is the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. The UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights has stated that health is a fundamental human right indispensable for the exercise of other human rights.

So how does 'the greatest nation on Earth' screw this up so bad?

I pay the grand total of $6 a month for my entire family to have ambulance cover (so if we needed one we don't have to pay)

Apart from that. Nothing. When my 2nd son was born he needed a lot of help and stayed nearly 2 weeks in hospital. If he were born in America, he'd be dead on account I don't have hundreds of thousands of dollars. In Australia, the cost was $0 and he's alive and well.

Sure a poofteenth of our income tax goes towards Medicare. I'm happy to pay that if it means I and everyone else can enjoy the basic right to health care

Your insurance options are also shit. You pay hundreds a month (I read the average was close to $500!!!) but still get little in return and may have to pay a fortune for treatment. And no insurance can mean death if you need treatment. I could get private cover if I wanted but it's largely a con here and not at all required to ensure I am taken care of if I am critically ill or injured, and like you guys, would also have out of pocket expenses to use it.

Most countries look at the screwed up way you do health care and honestly think you violate human rights with it. Given your so called wealth you can and should do better

If America really want to be a great country, it needs to excel in these areas.... Health, education and welfare.

And frankly it fails dismally at all 3

 



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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Guardians of the North
« on: May 20, 2021, 11:24:08 PM »
Someone give these guys a medal. They pose as underage girls on the internet to catch pedophiles

Some of them like these, burst into tears pleading to be let go lol



Search 'Guardians of the North' on YouTube for more. Legends. I bet their actions have saved many children from these monsters

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Arts & Entertainment / Indiana Jones 5 anyone?
« on: May 20, 2021, 11:03:11 PM »


Going to be brought to you by Disney!

The first 3 were awesome. The 4th jumped the shark and this 5th one? What do you think? Were you hanging out for it? Did you want one? Does it need one? Does having Disney in control fill you with confidence they will make it the BEST ONE EVER!?

Or is this yet another case where Disney wants to take a name and think they can just slap whatever pile of garbage together to 'print money' from the suckers that watch it

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Bill Gates
« on: May 16, 2021, 11:23:50 PM »
What a sleazy, unfaithful piece of shit. Now the skeletons come out of the closet about his affairs, friendship with the pedophile Epstein and his sleazy approaching of women (many who rejected him) while a married man

He must be cringe worthy and disgusting if even being the world's richest man was not enough enticement to have a dinner with him

We also hear what a POS he was to his wife, demanding he be allowed to have 'get aways' and affairs with his ex girlfriend and resenting her doing anything with philanthropy or having her name on the foundation. Wanted the spotlight and attention all to himself. That is not philanthropy. That's just shameless self promotion. None of that foundation from his part, has anything to do with doing good in the world. It's all about his own self image. That's not how charity works.

To hell with him. He could have at least been honest and been a resentful tight arse like Steve Jobs. His true heart is just as black and cold

Seriously the more you read about Americans the more it reads like a really tacky and bad soap opera

Can't wait for America to fall into a heap of it's own filth and the world to finally breathe a collective sigh of relief that it's no longer influential

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / If one second were 1mm3
« on: May 15, 2021, 12:29:07 PM »


Cool video using physical space to represent time.

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / China to land on Mars
« on: May 11, 2021, 05:34:23 PM »
https://abc.net.au/news/science/2021-05-12/mars-china-tianwen-1-mission-zhurong-rover-landing/100101552

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China is planning to land a spacecraft and rover on Mars this month.

If it succeeds, it will become just the third nation to safely touch down on the Red Planet after Russia and the United States.

China's Tianwen-1 orbiter joined spacecraft from five other space agencies circling Mars in February.

Since then, Tianwen-1 has been mapping the surface of Mars and getting ready to land its first rover, Zhurong, named after an ancient god of fire.

While the exact landing date is unclear, i's likely to be mid this month, according to reports from Chinese state media.

China's Mars exploration program may be less mature than NASA's, but the Tianwen-1 mission will make a significant contribution to the science community, said David Flannery of Queensland University of Technology, who works on NASA's Perseverance mission.

"It is a capable mission that has some really ambitious science goals," he said.  

It's also an important stepping stone to more sophisticated missions, in the same way that early NASA missions such as Pathfinder, which landed the first rover Sojourner in 1997, paved the way for the US Mars program, he said.

Of course you have heard little about it. It's buried in the less important and out of sight news stories. Heaven forbid a country that's not America achieves anything remarkable. If thus we're a NASA mission it would be front headline news with count down timers



If the lander fails - you will hear about it for sure
If the lander succeeds - you won't hear much about it. Will be like a slow news day

The American propaganda system at work.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Are you still really YOU?
« on: May 09, 2021, 03:30:46 PM »
Here's a fun thing to try. If you were active on a forum 15-20 years ago and still have access to it (some of you old timers here can look at your earliest posts), read the things you wrote

Do you remember writing it? Sounding like it? When I was into cars ages ago I was a member of a forum that is still around but close to death from inactivity and just for shits I looked at my posts and inbox and the knowledge I had and the style I wrote.... WTF? Totally not me today!

Go back and read them. You will cringe!  >:D

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Why is America so racist?
« on: May 07, 2021, 11:09:12 AM »
America is so racist that they wanted their own 'international film' to win an award (Minari). So get an American production and director to cast Koreans and speak some Korean in it and call it 'foreign language'. Of course, America being America had to have the entire movie set in and based around America. ::)

I guess they got pretty pissed when 'Parasite' cleaned the floor with them last time. Remember how Trump reacted got when South Korea dared get recognition for their efforts?


Also every time I want to look up the actors from foreign films such as in Asia, I find IMDB to be utterly useless. Barely any photos of the actors. Hardly anything written in the profiles. Incomplete movie credits and it goes on. A simple internet search of the actors name reveals so much about them it's clear if the actor isn't white and American, they just don't give an F.

I thought the 'I' in IMDB stood for 'International' I guess Americas idea of International is Canada. You really have no idea there is an entire world out there peopled with people that make better movies than you.

As for the awards, dump the 'foreign' shit altogether and allow each movie to be judged and capable of the same award based on its merits. After all, one mans foreign film is another mans domestic film.

This may mean that you guys don't win as many token awards anymore. So be it. (also deserved given Hollywood's tendency to make sequels no one asked for, reboots no one wants, shitty writing, predictable formula/plots, over reliance on CGI and political/woke crap the movie goers don't want to be lectured on by a bunch of privileged upper class morons)

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https://abc.net.au/news/2021-04-23/elon-musk-offers-millions-remove-carbon-dioxide-earth-day/100090080

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Billionaire Elon Musk has offered inventors $US100 million ($129 million) on Earth Day to fight global warming by developing carbon dioxide removal technology for the "largest incentive prize in history".

Here's an idea. Plant some frigging trees and quit chopping them all down!

Another 'how do I get my name and fugly mug in the news' by Elon again


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The Lounge / A heart warming story to put a smile on your face today
« on: April 20, 2021, 12:09:47 AM »
https://www.sanparks.org/about/news/?id=58214

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South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 18 April 2021 reported the death of a suspected poacher in the Kruger National Park (KNP) and the arrest of one accomplice which took place yesterday on 17 April. The deceased and his accomplices were fleeing from Rangers when they ran into a breeding herd of elephants.

Field Rangers were out on a routine patrol at the Phabeni area when they detected incoming spoor and made a follow up in pursuit of the suspects. Three individuals were spotted by the Rangers and attempted to run away, but Rangers requested backup from the Airwing and K9 unit. When they realised they had been spotted, the suspected poachers dropped an axe and a bag with their provisions in an attempt to escape from the rangers.

One of the suspects was arrested following assistance from the Airwing and K9 unit. The suspect informed the rangers that the group had run into a herd of elephants and was not sure if his accomplice had managed to escape. The Rangers discovered his accomplice badly trampled and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. The third suspect is said to have been injured in the eye but continued to flee. A rifle was recovered and the case was referred to police, who together with the pathology team attended to the scene.




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https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56799755

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The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world.

Confirmation came via a satellite at Mars which relayed the chopper's data back to Earth.

The space agency is promising more adventurous flights in the days ahead.

Thought there would have been more hype about this but then realised 'oh its NASA, not Elon Musk' so this has clearly flown under most people's radars

Still, I could think of better ways to spend billions of dollars than to hover a drone for under a minute. A nice one only costs a couple of dollars and you can fly for much longer, do manoeuvres, go higher and faster. A few more dollars and you can get a nice camera that can take 4K+ quality videos and not the grainy shit from the one they sent to Mars

It's American tax dollars anyway. Glad my money isn't wasted on that nonsense

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / Elon Musk kills another 2 people
« on: April 19, 2021, 05:07:28 AM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/18/business/tesla-fatal-crash-texas.html

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Two men were killed in Texas after a Tesla they were in crashed on Saturday and caught fire with neither of the men behind the wheel, the authorities said.

Mark Herman, the Harris County Precinct 4 constable, said that physical evidence from the scene and interviews with witnesses led officials “to believe no one was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.”

The vehicle, a 2019 Model S, was going at a “high rate of speed” around a curve at 11:25 p.m. local time when it went off the road about 100 feet and hit a tree, Constable Herman said. The crash occurred in a residential area in the Woodlands, an area about 30 miles north of Houston.

The men were 59 and 69 years old. One was in the front passenger seat and one in the rear seat, Constable Herman said.

He said that minutes before the crash, the men’s wives watched them leave in the Tesla after they said they wanted to go for a drive and were talking about the vehicle’s Autopilot feature.

Normally, I would say they were dickheads because they were not behind the wheel but in Teslas case, it is an advertised feature so this should have been 'OK'

I still dont understand the allure of Teslas or driverless cars in general. Take a damn bus if you dont want to do the driving. Why pay all that extra money but remove the whole experience and control of the vehicle and delegate it to a stupid computer chip?

Changing the gears, hearing the roar or purr of a motor. The WHOOSH of a BOV..... Man, why pay 10x the cost for a car that has zero noise and drives its self removing your control

My friend lives 1200km away. If I want to drive to see him, I could leave before breakfast and be there at dinner. I could do it all on a single tank of fuel as well (65L of diesel). Now if he wanted to see me, not only would he have to take a very scenic route to cater for special recharging stations so a much longer journey, if he left before breakfast he may arrive to me by lunch time the next day having to sleep a night somewhere. (unless he sleeps in the car that's accommodation cost added lol!) He better hope he's the only one using the charging stations otherwise it will be very slow to recharge. Where I can fill up in 5 minutes, he might be stuck for hours. And only to chug him maybe another 400km.

What a fucking waste of $250K. I paid $13K for mine. He brags 'haha, I dont have to pay for fuel'. LOL With the initial expense of $250K That's more than a 150 years worth of fuel cost compared to mine in 1 hit. Worst case I pay $1500 a year in fuel. And my car isn't so precious I need to bother with full insurance on it either. Another cost I'm sure he would have to do and would be quite costly lol

In short, Teslas are not only shitty death traps, but they are much slower to go long distance, are boring as hell and ridiculously expensive. Their environmental credentials are also questionable given the rare precious mineral of lithium required for mass production but I'm sure Elon doesn't mind 3rd world countries children helping to mine it for him




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Arts & Entertainment / The Call
« on: April 14, 2021, 08:32:41 AM »
If you have not watched this science fiction thriller on Netflix then WTF are you doing!!??


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Connected by phone in the same home but 20 years apart, a serial killer puts another woman's past -- and life -- on the line to change her own fate.

Now I know some people absolutely loathe foreign movies where they have to read subtitles. But for Gods sake, do the very talented actors what they deserve and listen to their stunning performances and not some overly tacky horrible English dub. For a laugh I redid a scene in the English dub and my God it was cringe worthy awful bad

You will not regret watching this! I am flabbergasted why Korean movies are not more popular given the shite that is Hollywood these days.

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So some guy, totally drunk, on drugs and going over 80km/h over the speed limit here, mows down 7 kids walking for ice cream. 4 dead, another left in critical condition for months and what sentence do you think he gets?

He'll be out in 21 years minimum (full sentence 28 years) . Is a child's life really worth not much more than 5 years? Less if you consider his traffic offenses (driving drunk, on drugs and speeding) as well as the injuries inflicted on the others.

WTF is wrong with Australia? God damn a life should be worth more than this. This is probably 'concurrent sentencing' at work. The biggest croc of shit in the justice system that ever existed.

https://abc.net.au/news/2021-04-09/drunk-driver-samuel-davidson-jailed-for-oatlands-crash/100057958

I imagine in America he'd be put away for the remainder of his miserable life.

God bless America. And damn Australia to hell! >:(

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The Lounge / Australia is like setting life's difficulty to Extreme
« on: March 23, 2021, 06:57:29 PM »
Raging bushfires one year, torrential downpour and floods the next. And if that wasn't enough, we get among the most deadly spiders and snakes you can find in your backyard or house

So these floods have caused thousands of spiders to scramble looking for higher ground.



They were always among us, now we just see the extent



Snakes, Crocodiles and sharks are warned about in flood waters too. When someone is born in Australia, God must be thinking 'So, you have chosen death'



Literally the fire devastation just last year

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Arts & Entertainment / RIP Cliff Simon
« on: March 12, 2021, 05:40:46 PM »
https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/celebrity-deaths/stargate-sg1-actor-cliff-simon-58-dies-in-tragic-kiteboarding-accident/news-story/85d63886dbcc05802bcc0b9b1fa067f7

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Actor Cliff Simon, best known for his portrayal of the villain Ba’al on the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1, has died in a tragic kiteboarding accident. He was 58.

Simon, who previously taught windsurfing and waterskiing, died on Tuesday March 9 at Topanga Beach, California.

His wife Colette confirmed the news in a statement on Facebook in which she shared her “unimaginable heartbreak”.

“He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you loved to hate, Ba’al, from Stargate SG-1,” she wrote.

“But, as he said, ‘Acting is what I do, it’s only a part of who I am.’ And he was SO much more – a true original, an adventurer, a sailor, swimmer, dancer, actor, author. There is a gaping hole where he once stood on this earth. He was loved by too many to mention and had a great impact on so many lives.

“A small saving grace to this tragedy is that he was doing one of the things he loved most and passed away on the beach near the water, which was his temple.”

A former athlete and veteran, Simon also made guest appearances in series like NCIS: Los Angeles, Days of Our Lives, The Americans and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.




One of the coolest and most memorable Gua'ulds. Ba'al. I don't think there are any clones of him left. Thanks a lot SG1 >:(

RIP Cliff

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The Lounge / The damn semi colon key
« on: March 12, 2021, 06:56:19 AM »
I have to ask.... Does anyone else have the problem whenever they want to use an apostrophe, they end up tapping the semi colon key instead? So you end up typing words like can;t, don;t instead of can't, don't etc?

I think a few years ago my work changed the keyboard and my 'muscle memory' still wont adapt to the different spacing? I don't know. I know I never used to have this issue

Does anyone else do this?

I know, first world problem and all ::)

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Curfew on men!
« on: March 12, 2021, 12:51:31 AM »
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-12/murder-of-sarah-everard-sparks-outpouring-of-anger-in-uk/13241616

The UK wants to put a curfew on men disallowing them to be outdoors after 6pm

This call for a curfew isn't coming from some loon trolling for shits and giggles. It's coming from the UK Parliament

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   This evening I threatened in the House of Lords to bring an amendment to next appropriate Bill to impose a 6pm curfew on men on streets. #SarahEverard
    — Jenny Jones (@GreenJennyJones) March 10, 2021

Not even sure how this would work or be legal..... I mean, discriminating against an entire sex on the basis of their gender? Curbing their freedom of movement. Probably a human rights violation right there. Not to mention the massive damage to the economy that may hit night life areas given they are not permitted to be out after 6pm

Imagine being a boy growing up being told that because you are male, you are toxic, violent and will probably rape people one day. What would that do to their self worth? Maybe they will think that is the expectation of them. or maybe the goal is to get them all to trans to women??

99+% of men are civilized good people. Whilst there is an issue around violence against women and the perpetrators being mostly men, we need men to be part of the solution. Not told they are all a problem and lock them away

Also not sure why women get so offended when they are told to be mindful of their safety. I should be free to walk down dark crime ridden alleyways without the fear of being mugged but I don't walk down them because I'm playing it safe. Even when I'm walking alone to my car at night, I wont take 'short cuts' if there is no lighting or people/traffic. I'll even hold my car keys in a manner I could stab someone if they wanted to mug me. If you know there is a potential of danger in your area where you like to jog or have to walk, taking precautions to mitigate the risk is sound advice. Locking men away is not an answer. And it is certainly not a solution

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Suggestions & Concerns / Weeding out the inactive spambot members
« on: March 11, 2021, 08:33:22 AM »
If you check this out members on this forum, you can clearly see all the spam bots. No one uses Yahoo anymore and if you hover over the web link icon, you can see that almost all of them are just spam promoting adult websites or the like

https://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?action=mlist;sort=registered;start=0;desc

Also note that almost all the new members that joined in the last few months have 0 posts

I don't know if there is a script you could run which removes a member if they still have 0 posts after a set time. It would remove many of the bots that are connected with the site

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Social credit scores
« on: March 02, 2021, 11:49:25 AM »
How would you guys feel for a social credit scoring system like that in China? Jaywalking? Lose points. Litter? Lose points? Being a dick? Lose points

A loss of points may bar you from going on public transport or certain entertainment or other facilities and the like. However if you think about how this could be applied it would require neighbours to dob you in or massive levels of CCTV cameras with very good facial recognition technology which some people may find uneasy

Also if there is no reward or incentive to do a good deed, those that do are doing so because it's from the heart. They do it because they are nice. If you incentivize doing good deeds, you may not be helping that old lady cross the street because you're a nice guy, you're only doing it because you want something in return. People would just look so fake and shallow - regardless of noble intentions.

In some ways, I don't mind the idea. Sure there's the creepy CCTV and facial recognition tech but don't many people give away all their information on social media anyway? And looking at how society is trending these days, perhaps we should be incentivizing people to do good things for one another, even if the motivation is ultimately selfish

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The Lounge / Cinnabun coming to Australia
« on: February 26, 2021, 02:10:51 AM »
https://www.taste.com.au/articles/cinnabon-coming-australia/k1xejhxx

I first heard if these in the movie 'Daddy's Home' with Mark Wahlberg

Are they really that good? Or does Costco do pretty much the same thing with their offerings




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