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[*disables social networking accounts*] [*social isolation increases*] Wait, why does this ALSO feel bad?
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smeeth1000
2042 days ago
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emdeesee
2041 days ago
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Well, when you put it that way...
Sherman, TX
acdha
2042 days ago
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Close to home
Washington, DC
rraszews
2042 days ago
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It's so sad that we can choose our friends from the entire world based on commonalities of interests and values, rather than the old fashioned way of choosing them based on accident of geography.
Columbia, MD
MaryEllenCG
2042 days ago
But sometimes it's good, because what if you live in a super-rural area, and there aren't really any people who share your interests?
MaryEllenCG
2042 days ago
Or, on review, you were being ironic, and I misread. Oops!
Covarr
2042 days ago
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You may lose the sea of toxicity, but you also lose cat videos. Is that really a trade-off you want to make?
East Helena, MT
olliejones
2042 days ago
Did it. Never felt better. But, I have a silly meatspace cat in my house.
Lythimus
2042 days ago
@olliejones, jokes on you, you're participating in a social network.
courtwatson
2042 days ago
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Yup. 2017...
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2042 days ago
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[*disables social networking accounts*] [*social isolation increases*] Wait, why does this ALSO feel bad?

Satellite view of a total eclipse

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The Japanese satellite Himawari caught yesterday's total solar eclipse as it moved across the Pacific Ocean.

Tags: Earth   Moon   Sun   space   video
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digdoug
2392 days ago
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man, i wish this damn satellite was over north america! #provincial
Louisville, KY

"Where are the solar powered cars?" and other questions about Mad Max: Fury Road

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I saw Mad Max: Fury Road yesterday (enjoyed it) but have a few questions.

1. With gasoline in such short supply, I'm surprised the various groups in the movie didn't take more advantage of solar power to generate energy for electric vehicles and such. Sunshine is obviously abundant in post-apocalyptic Australia and from the looks of what was scavenged from before the nuclear war and the ingenuity on display in getting what they found to function, they should have been able to find even rudimentary solar cells and get them to work.

2. Speaking of energy scarcity, I wonder if the troop-pumping-up and opponent-intimidating function of the flamethrowing guitar player was worth all of the fuel spewed out of the end of his instrument and energy consumed by the incredible number of speakers on his rig.

3. The roads in the movie were in remarkable shape, aside from the swampland. Who was responsible for their upkeep? Even dirt roads need maintenance or they develop potholes and washboarding. And for what reason were they kept in such good condition outside of the Citadel/Gas Town/Bullet Farm area? Aside from Furiosa's Rig, the chase party, and two smallish motorcycle gangs, I saw no other vehicular traffic on the roads...and who would have been semi-regularly traveling out past the canyon anyway? To where? For what?

4. What was the political and economic arrangement between the Citadel, Gas Town, and the Bullet Farm? Did the Citadel trade their water and crops for gas and bullets? Or was Immortan Joe, as the defender of the lone source of abundant fresh water in the region, the defacto leader of all three groups? The People Eater and Bullet Farmer certainly came a'running when Joe needed help retrieving his wives. There were obviously other sources of water in the region -- how else did the biker gangs survive? -- so you'd think that Gas Town and the Bullet Farm could have teamed up to squeeze Joe into giving them a better deal or even overthrowing him. Point is, there seemed to be a surprising lack of political friction between the three groups, which seems odd in an environment of scarcity.

5. Surely land was plentiful enough that large solar stills could have generated enough fresh water for people to live on without having to rely on the Citadel for it.

Tags: economics   energy   Mad Max   movies   politics
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steingart
2677 days ago
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someone put kotkot in a clean room/chem lab and let him to try to "fix a solar cell" and then maybe he'll STFU about "getting them to work"
Princeton, NJ
steingart
2675 days ago
Also as Einstein said (FWIU) "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

Who Owns What?

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Canada's degradation of pristine, intact forests leads world

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The world's precious few remaining large forests are fragmenting at an alarming rate, and the amount of degradation in Canada leads the world, threatening species such as woodland caribou, a new analysis suggests.

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Sask. Mounties euthanize beaver after suspect hacks its tail

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RCMP in Watrous are investigating how a mortally mortaly injured beaver came to be wandering down Main Street.

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