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Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 03, 2020, 06:43:07 PM »
If everybody is as sensible as you the economy may never recover. Our economies require consumption - much of which is throwaway.

Sorry for off-topic, just briefly: This is exactly what we have to do. Nothing short of that. Stop buying gewgaw. That would make a huge difference. Economy will adopt!

The politics / Re: The problem of social media
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:37:05 PM »
Nathan J. Robinson at it again. Brilliant article. Please read.

The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Tides
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:07:04 PM »
Cool! CloolCoolCool! :)

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: August 03, 2020, 11:17:37 AM »
Lincoln Sea, August 2nd.

Hey, Glenn. :)

How do you manage to have 5MB screenshots? This is actually pretty remarkable. My GIFs with many many frames are rarely bigger than 2MB.

The problem is, this is waaaay too big for just a picture. So i have a question to ask.

Please upload your screenshots to and save them as JPGs. They will be only a fraction of that size. This saves the forum server a lot of traffic (traffic is still expensive). Please keep in mind that every time someone clicks that thread it will be downloaded (which is a few thousand times a day) until your post is the 51st in the list.

Also, there are folks on the forum with a data capped internet connection. They just can't afford this massive data download.

Thanks for your understanding.

(Sorry, Oren, for the housekeeping post in the main thread. This message will self-destroy in 24h)

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: August 03, 2020, 10:32:28 AM »

Svalbard - The High Arctic

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: August 03, 2020, 09:18:07 AM »
The leads in the north of Greenland/Lincoln are worsening.

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency
« on: August 03, 2020, 07:53:21 AM »
Thank you, Rod, for that comment.

Yes, the kids might be young, but they are not stupid.

Kids today are, by default, internationalists. They grow up with friends on the internet from all over the world. They see that their country is different. And not in a good way different. They don't watch FoxNews/MSNBC all day, so the indoctrination and brainwashing dosen't work for them.

They see that other countries, poorer countries even, have things like 6 weeks vacation, universal health care, free education, a welfare safety net, etc and they want that in the US as well. Of course they do.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:09:49 PM »
BORGOF! Buy one rubble, get one free.

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 02:28:09 PM »
There are over two thirds of a million police officers in the United States, and 99% of them are heroes risking their lives to protect us from the muggers, rapists and murderers.

Police work is not at all a high-risk job. Half of police officers killed at the job died in car accidents BTW.

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Police work is not what keeps you safe. A functioning society is!

On the contrary, the police is killing law obeying Americans in tropes.

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Some of them are heroes. But mostly they are not. Many are just pathetic assholes who enjoy having power over others.

This article describes what happened at CHAZ

No, it doesn't. It's an exaggerated propaganda piece riddled with lies and false assumptions.

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 12:35:59 PM »
First, notice the word “protest” is not even in the constitution.

Well, there is the First Amendment. Protest is speech. So this is bogus from the beginning.

The more orderly sounding and peaceful word used is “petition,”

Nope, that's another thing. It's also speech, but another form.

and the only manner in which petitioning your government is protected in the US constitution is clearly stated as “peaceably.”

If the author wants peaceably protests, he can have it. 99% of protesters are peaceful and are punished for that with tear gas, lethal and less-lethal weapons, they are getting disappeared by GeStaPo troops, and police brutality (the very thing they protest).

If you are petitioning your government in any way that is not peaceable, you are not protected constitutionally, nor is your behavior advocated.

That translates to "human rights are only for the ones who keep quiet". That's fascistic. That's Naziism.

There is nothing in the constitution saying people can disturb the peace.

Would be nice if the police were doing that BTW.

There is nothing saying they can block streets.

The constitution also does not state that you are allowed to breathe. Does that mean you are not allowed to breathe? WOW, this article is something. Defying logic and reason on a whole new level.

There is nothing saying they can laser police officers in the eyeballs

Of course, it does. You are not allowed to cause bodily harm. If someone does that there will be a judge ruling over them. The government has every right to punish the people who do that.

But again, this does not invalidate the 99% of peaceful protesters.

This is all lawlessness, and the constitution expresses no protection for it whatsoever.

Again, conflating things in a malicious way. This author is a fascist. The US is supposed to be a democracy though.

Tom, how come you are posting stuff like this? What do you think you are achieving? Are you aware you are carrying the water for the ideology the US fought in the second world war and that you are pissing on the graves of everyone who lost his life to fascism?

May i ask, did your grandfather fight against the Nazis?

Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but Germany ....
« on: August 02, 2020, 10:52:06 AM »
Far-right extremist [sleeper] cells are everywhere. In the army, in the police, in reservist units.

Neo-Nazi groups and other extremists call it Day X — a mythical moment when Germany’s social order collapses, requiring committed far-right extremists, in their telling, to save themselves and rescue the nation. German authorities consider the scenario a pretext for a takeover of the government. “I fear we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.” There is infiltration of the very institutions, like the police, that are supposed to be investigating them. Members are often from former East Germany. They had already seen one system collapse. “It’s an advantage.” One group kept binders of names of people to be rounded up, taken away and shot. The "people file". Body bags and quick lime were purchased.

Compact, a prominent far-right magazine, with President Trump’s face on the cover, lay on a shelf. A selection of the president’s speeches had been translated into German in the issue. “I like Trump,” Mr. Gross said [a far-right member]. “The deep state is global,” Mr. Gross said. “It’s big capital, the big banks, Bill Gates." He still expects Day X, sooner or later. Riots linked to an economic meltdown. Or a blackout, because the German government is shuttering coal plants.

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Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 02, 2020, 08:28:53 AM »
Yes, but you obviously have trouble reading it correctly because of bias.

That is some chutzpah accusing Oren of all people to be biased. You, as the person who cites misinformation all the time.

You lost your track and it's horrible to watch. I wish you'd stop discrediting yourself and this forum. You make me being ashamed of being a part of this.

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency
« on: August 01, 2020, 09:57:36 PM »
The US always checked a lot of those bullet points. The demon sperm POTUS completed the list.

The 14 characteristics of fascism:

Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt recently wrote an article about fascism ("Fascism Anyone?," Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The excerpt is in accordance with the magazine's policy.

The 14 characteristics are:

Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .

Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: August 01, 2020, 08:27:07 PM »
... methane clathrate stability in the Laptev and Kara ...

Methane, surface level. Last 6 days.

The rest / Re: George Floyd murder and blowback
« on: August 01, 2020, 06:05:46 PM »

The forum / Re: Forum Decorum
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:31:17 PM »
because the only way one is allowed to view SARS-CoV-2 is as some alien zombie virus that causes a Hollywood blockbuster-level plague.



Arctic sea ice / Re: Global sea ice area and extent data
« on: August 01, 2020, 04:44:37 PM »
Another deep red month.

Click to enlarge.

Arctic sea ice / Re: 2020 Sea ice area and extent data
« on: August 01, 2020, 04:42:40 PM »
Another deep red month.

Click to enlarge.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: August 01, 2020, 10:32:43 AM »
Beaufort Sea via RAMMB-SLIDER extremely fast playing to obscure the clouds.

Click to play. Trigger warning: Strobe effect!

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: July 31, 2020, 07:10:47 PM »
2019 vs. 2020

The politics / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: July 31, 2020, 06:53:28 PM »
Important Twitter thread. Please read!

Today Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo unveiled the real nightmare scenario for the 2020 election—and the question of what Trump has legal authority to do has nothing to do with it. I hope you'll read on and retweet—as what I'm describing here is what America is heading for.

Autocracies aren't born in rule of law. They're not even primarily born in violence. Rather they arise *despite* rule of law—often on the strength of a benighted populism, in fact just the sort of populist movement Trump is building now over false fears of a "rigged" election.

The question isn't whether Trump has legal authority to move Election Day and thereby extend his presidency—he doesn't—but a different question: what happens if he just declares that he *does* have this power? And what if he can do so with a false *veneer* of legal legitimacy?

By October 31, Trump's decision not to combat COVID-19 (indeed to worsen the pandemic with every one of his words, actions, and decisions not to act), coupled with an incipient flu season, is likely to send America's COVID-19 data—infections, deaths—into its horrifying nadir.

Meanwhile, Trump has put a crony who's likely a witness in an ongoing federal criminal probe—a man who's a peer of perjurers (and worse) Michael Cohen, Elliott Broidy and Gordon Sondland—in charge of the United States Postal Service. Already, this crony is destroying the USPS.

If, on October 30, COVID-19 is cresting—as it likely will be—and the USPS is less able to deliver mail properly than at any point in recent history, as seems likely (and on Trump's end intentional), Trump's self-manufactured "case" for a national emergency will be at its apex.

Today, Mike Pompeo told us Trump lackey Barr—who has never refused the president anything, who appears to be a Trump co-conspirator in the Ukraine scandal, and who has already shown a penchant for violating the law—gets to decide if Trump can announce a change in Election Day.

Note that each time I use the anodyne euphemism "change in Election Day," what I'm describing is in fact apocalyptic—an artificial extension of the Trump presidency corresponding with the end of American democracy and the beginning of Trump's reign as America's first autocrat.

Barr has already instructed OLC (the Office of Legal Counsel) to produce opinions that violate all existing law (for that matter, we saw that during the prior GOP administration, Bush's, as to torture). Barr can get the OLC to crush a CIA whistleblower—or change Election Day.

I ask anyone reading this to simply play out the following hypothetical—the one I offer in the next tweet—which is "hypothetical" only insomuch as it takes everything we know about Trump, Pompeo, Barr, COVID-19, and the USPS *right now* and projects it 90 days into the future:

On October 30, Trump announces, with an OLC opinion "granting" him this power in hand, that he is moving the 2020 presidential election 120 days, after which time he will review the nation's ability to safely and securely conduct an election. He announces it via tweet and TV.

Understand that this would be illegal—and wouldn't change election day. But that wouldn't be the point. The point would be to *convince Trump voters not to vote*.

You may have to read the preceding sentence multiple times—it's counterintuitive unless you're a metamodernist.

This thread isn't on metamodernism. All you need to know is that on the day in June 2015 Trump announced his candidacy, I published a HuffPost essay declaring that what made Trump dangerous was his ability to manipulate reality (in a way theorists connect to "metamodernism").

The way to win an unwinnable election, using the sort of powerful reframing of events a certain way of thinking Trump instinctively (not intelligently or responsibly) employs, is not to turn out your voters... but *declare the election invalid once your voters don't show up*.

The purpose of the pre-election Trump announcement I am hypothesizing here would not be to help Trump *win* the 2020 election, but to convince so many Trump voters *not to vote* that the results of the election favor Biden by *so much* the election looks wholly illegitimate.

Imagine a scenario in which, with 3 branches of government—executive, judicial, legislative—you have the executive branch declaring the election was moved, the judicial branch (as yet) silent, and the legislative branch in chaos because no one in the GOP knows what to say/do.

By convincing his voters to stay home—because he's "moved the election"—Trump will have caused every GOP member of Congress to *lose their reelection*, *forcing* them to back his play and say that the election was delayed and therefore Biden didn't actually win on November 3.

The result: an executive branch that says the election was invalid; half the legislative branch (the GOP half) saying the election was invalid; election results that *look* invalid (as Biden has won by 50+ points); and a judicial branch that hasn't—and can't—say anything yet.

In that circumstance, what does "rule of law" even mean? You have a separation of powers issue—a conflict between branches of government—that the Supreme Court *must* hear, and because it's the most complex case ever heard by SCOTUS in US history, it's impossible to expedite.

The mere fact that Trump would have enacted this constitutional crisis just 96 hours pre-election means SCOTUS *can't* speak on it pre-election, and the complexity of the case would throw into chaos *all* state election deadlines. Which is basically the point of Trump's plot.

All Trump needs in this scenario is a) SCOTUS to move at its usual glacial pace, and b) GOP-run states (states with GOP secretaries of state running their elections) to *refuse to certify election results* or *choose electors* until the Supreme Court has acted on the issue.

I'm not even sure *Trump* would be the plaintiff in this case—as he and his GOP allies in Congress (and GOP secretaries of state) would so adamantly declare the election results invalid they might wait to make the *Democrats* sue in federal court, making them look desperate.

And how magnanimous Trump will be! He and his GOP allies will offer to *negotiate* with Democrats in lieu of them filing a federal suit. Trump will say, "We have to wait until this invisible plague is under control. That's *all* anyone is asking here." It'll sound persuasive!

Know what'll make it *more* persuasive? Election results so insane-looking—Biden 82%, Trump 15%—they'll make Egypt's el-Sisi blush. Biden will be half-inclined to *agree* with Trump on a do-over—knowing his term as an "illegitimate monarch" may be marked by historic violence.

Right now I need everyone in media; everyone on "legal Twitter"; everyone who's a professional political analyst to comment on this thread—or on your own feeds, it doesn't matter—explaining why this Trump plan wouldn't work. Why it isn't *exactly* what he's setting us up for.

Understand that I didn't develop this thread out of some fever dream. All I did was take statements and actions by Trump, Barr, and Pompeo; the current status of COVID-19 and the USPS (and who controls each); and the way of thinking Trump has exhibited *since June 2015*.

PS/ I understand—and empathize with, as a lawyer—those who reply, "Nah, he ceases to be POTUS on January 20th at noon."

Again, that's the view that *law* determines if a coup is successful, not the brute force of populism and logistics—the logic undergirding Trump's actions now.

In the scenario I've described, yes, the law would suggest Biden—having won the election 82% to 15%; with less than 270 electoral votes; and with all GOP politicians and all GOP secretaries of state and most GOP voters saying he won a fake election—is the president. So what?

What would in mean—in that scenario—for someone to be "president"? And that's the question the five ultra-conservative justices of the Supreme Court would have to decide, probably on a timeline so glacial it couldn't be concluded effectively until early January 2021 at best.

More importantly, that's the question *Democrats* would have to decide—and would probably be deciding in the midst of historic Republican protests and threats of violence all across the country. Would *Democrats* consider it their best move to accept that election "victory"?

We learned in January '20 that impeachments are about politics, not law—though they're supposed to adhere to rule of law. In January '21 we may learn *elections* are *also* about politics, not law. What happens if Dems must allow a do-over to preserve the peace of our Union?

This scenario works for Trump even if early voting depresses Biden's win to (say) 62% to 36%. It may even work without Barr aboard. It may work if the "don't vote" effort is homegrown, inspired and supported by Trump but not demanded by him. The premise itself is the thing.

The solution here is for America to publicly discuss this scenario *now*—and invalidate it. GOP politicians must agree to abide by the election results even if Trump convinces his voters not to show up. Barr must state clearly that Trump cannot legally "move" election day.

Constitutional law experts must play out how SCOTUS would act. Election law experts must do scenario-planning on how misconduct by GOP secretaries of state could be thwarted. Dems must educate Republicans on who's POTUS on January 20 if SCOTUS is still working on a ruling.

Democrats must announce now that there'll be no "do-over" election—and anyone who opts not to vote is making a decision they must *live by*. Emergency assistance must be provided to USPS. Social media should deem Trump tweets on moving election day "election interference."

It's amazing to see responses saying "the military wouldn't allow it" or "Pelosi would be POTUS." Again, this sort of coup happens through *politics, rhetoric, and the reframing of reality with GOP pol/voter support*—it has nothing to do with law, violence or the military.

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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: July 31, 2020, 10:36:41 AM »
I'm really surprised at how long it can take for what appears as slush on worldview to melt out.


Is it the lack of movement, which creates a cool pocket?

SST shows a -ve anomaly. Therefore my bet is on the cool pocket (i.e. micro-climate).

The politics / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: July 31, 2020, 10:28:19 AM »
Yes, Neven, i understands your point. You think it's all fake. No one's fears are rational. People should line up to die for the economy. The economic downturn is only a function of the MSM hyping us all up. People don't die from Covid, but because they are irresponsible fucks who happen to eat the wrong things. The old and sick deserve to die, they would have died anyway. Yady yady yada...

The forum / Re: Forum Decorum
« on: July 31, 2020, 09:18:26 AM »
Missing Nanning!  :'(

Consequences / Re: The Holocene Extinction
« on: July 31, 2020, 07:58:07 AM »
Brandolini's law, also known as the bullshit asymmetry principle, is an internet adage which emphasizes the difficulty of debunking bullshit: "The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it."

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We have this a lot here. I wish we wouldn't have this.

Walrus, i have homework for you. Read this:

On Bullshit is a 2005 book (originally a 1986 essay) by philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt which presents a theory of bullshit that defines the concept and analyzes the applications of bullshit in the context of communication. Frankfurt determines that bullshit is speech intended to persuade without regard for truth. The liar cares about the truth and attempts to hide it; the bullshitter doesn't care if what they say is true or false, but rather only cares whether their listener is persuaded.

Free to read here >>

The rest / Re: George Floyd murder and blowback
« on: July 30, 2020, 07:37:03 PM »
So much this:

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: July 30, 2020, 06:07:19 PM »
Sea surface temperature anomalies. Holy macaroni...

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: July 30, 2020, 03:01:44 PM »
I don't understand, they found RNA, which is obvious with infected people around.

But did they find actually infectious virus? Am i missing something?

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: July 30, 2020, 02:27:40 PM »
ᑖᒻ ᔅᑳᑦ und ᖃᓂᐅᔮᖅᐸᐃᑦ

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: July 30, 2020, 12:00:35 PM »
I'm not an expert, but I have seen enough artifacts caused by clouds and rain to agree, they do confuse the sensors.


I've seen it too often by now to believe in a coincidence.

The politics / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: July 30, 2020, 10:47:49 AM »
Pmt, i agree. It's a problem!

Don't make any unfounded assumptions about members though. Don't fall into the scapegoating trap yourself. It's what we fight, not what we do.

Play the ball, not the man.

The rest / Re: George Floyd murder and blowback
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:28:19 AM »

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: July 29, 2020, 08:30:59 PM »
This thread becomes completely unreadable since quoting is done incorrectly all over the place.

The things YOU say must be AFTER the closing quote tag (i.e. [ /quote ]).

For EVERY opening quote tag (i.e.[ quote ]) there must be a corresponding closing quote tag (i.e.[ /quote ]).

Everything you are not responding to should be deleted.

It's not too hard folks.

Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: July 29, 2020, 10:18:19 AM »
However, this is not ok. This is a failure.

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Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but Germany ....
« on: July 28, 2020, 07:52:35 PM »
Germany: Fox steals over 100 shoes in Berlin

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Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: July 28, 2020, 07:39:47 PM »
Of course, this could just be a coincidence...

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency
« on: July 28, 2020, 05:32:04 PM »
The moment their leaders tell them.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: July 27, 2020, 07:38:42 PM »
Did the whole thing fall apart?


The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:40:51 PM »
The last one is true indeed. If it wasn't true, marketing wouldn't be an economic sector at all.

The second last is also true for a lot of people. If it wasn't true, there would be no spam emails.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: July 27, 2020, 09:29:23 AM »
Thanks for the clarification, Pauldry.

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: July 27, 2020, 08:01:46 AM »
Trump owes the world suicide.

The politics / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: July 26, 2020, 09:18:28 PM »
Well, at least you acknowledge that there is corruption

Well, of course, i do! :)

This is why i was such a passionate Bernie supporter. I was of the opinion that a non-corrupt guy would be one of the first steps towards progress. The electorate opted for corruption BAU.

Sad! No progress possible.

The politics / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: July 26, 2020, 08:52:02 PM »
Instead they represent themselves.

Right, Walrus, forgot the most important point in my list: Corruption!

Still.  It is better today that in previous times.

Yeah, even women and black people are now allowed to vote. WOW!

Sorry for the snark, but i can't see progress, no matter how hard i look for it.

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: July 26, 2020, 08:19:47 PM »
Dr John Campbell is very good, been reporting since January 2020 from the UK, called it a Pandemic in February. Lucky i seen it coming watching China in January and stockpiled food way before the March Toilet roll Apocolypse.

Thanks for sharing, Glenn. Subscribed!

The politics / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: July 26, 2020, 08:15:35 PM »
The Elections have become increasingly fairer over the centuries

Gerrymandering, electoral college, voter suppression, closing voting places in black communities, elections on weekdays, voting machines instead of pencil and paper, etc, etc, etc.

The US is not democratic, never has been!

Consequences / Re: Population: Public Enemy No. 1
« on: July 26, 2020, 07:45:59 PM »
Sorry, Glenn, but this is just not the case.

315,000 people are born today and the day is not even over.

The Covid deaths will not outweigh the newborn. It's not even close. Even if SARS-CoV-II mutates and becomes even more deadly, it's hard to imagine it would kill more people than there are newborns.

Edit: 316,000 now. During the writing of this post 1000 newborn people...

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: July 26, 2020, 07:04:34 PM »
Last week in data. The Fram export GIF is longer today, covers almost 3 weeks (since i couldn't post them recently due to a technical problem).

Click to play.

The politics / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: July 26, 2020, 03:55:44 PM »
Pmt, the pandemic is giving the filthy fascist a lot of possibilities to curb voter turnout and opens ways to manipulate. This is why i think there will be an election.

Just not a democratic one.

Developers Corner / Re: Test space
« on: July 26, 2020, 03:50:10 PM »
Most welcome, Oren and John.

Let's go the extra mile to save traffic and energy on our nice little forum.

Exemplary function galore. ;)

Glen, that is pretty straight forward. Just click the 'Attachment and other options' below the input window. There you can choose a file from your computer to upload.

Generally, i would say it should be compressed (i.e. JPEG format).

A good way to compress images is to upload them to a website like There you can compress/convert to JPEG/scale/crop/etc.

If you have an image that is 500 pixels or below of canvas size, it will be displayed by the forum software as it is. If it's bigger, the forum software would shrink it and only show the full resolution if you click on it.

There is also a posibility to load pictures from an external source. In this case, you copy&paste the image link, select the link, and click the 'Insert Image' button (above the input window).

Hope that answers your question. :)

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