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  1. Not a major Star Trek fan, but I love this show already for the simple fact that there's a pitbull in there! If you follow Patrick Stewart on FB, you know that he fosters pitbulls (and makes videos that are +++++ing adorable). I bet the dog in the trailer is actually one of his buddies. I love pitbulls, and these doggos need some positive attention. If it comes from Patrick Stewart, that goes a long way.
  2. Right, could well be. But corruption requires someone to benefit personally. They didn't sell the stuff to the highest bidder, which is what a corrupt official would probably do. Just letting stuff sit around in a warehouse doesn't make sense from a corruption angle. Unless they decided that it might be safer to sell the equipment in a future disaster (which tend to happen in PR fairly regularly after all). But that doesn't sound terrible plausible.
  3. Royalty is an import/export business. If you go back in time far enough, pretty much every family is somehow imported.
  4. Just speaking for myself but Pippa's ye olde butte mainly.
  5. Unless there's a guy sitting in there bouncing up and down on all his cots while celebrating with bottled water, this doesn't sound like corruption. Sounds more like awful organization and incompetence.
  6. That's a pretty darn good price, even by German standards. Might need to retire in Des Moines!
  7. We, as a species, will be fine most likely. Unfortunately, the next couple generations may not be fine, and many will likely suffer immensely under the effects of climate change. As a species, we've also lived and thrived through pandemics, non-man caused climate changes etc. That's little comfort for the millions who got displaced or killed in the big shuffles that accompany these events. I doubt the climate-change benefitting nations such as Canada and Russia will graciously open their doors for all those people whose homes have gotten just a bit too hot or too under water to survive there. My personal conclusion is that I don't have to believe in the most extreme doomsday scenarios in order to support drastic measures to limit further climate change. It's going to get ugly enough as things are now. I also plan to buy some land in Idaho. My grand-grandkids might thank me for it.
  8. In 20+ years, that'll have to be an indoor beach.
  9. Germany. Trees, cold-ass beaches, mediocre weather. So just like the Pacific Northwest, and just how I like it. But with much cheaper beer.
  10. Apart from the other issues already mentioned here, the policy also seems pretty arbitrary. No one doubts that smokers are sick more often and are much more prone to all sorts of diseases. But as far as I know, nicotine itself - while an acute neurotoxin - is not a known carcinogenic and not definitely linked to any major long-term illnesses. In other words, too much nicotine at once can be very harmful, but it's not clear that nicotine carries any significant long-term health risks. What kills smokers is inhaling smoke, not inhaling nicotine (again, this is based on what I've read, not an expert). But just as current local, state, and federal policies reacting to the moral panic about vaping, lumping in consumption of vaped nicotine with smoking is insanity. Yes, smoking is dangerous, chewing tobacco is dangerous, vaping may well have some health risks. But making nicotine the common denominator here, is just plain stupid. Also, good luck finding enough nicotine-free dudes to work for you in this job market, U-Haul.
  11. Somewhat related and really interesting piece on how prevalent opioid addiction is among Maine's fishermen. The guy says he thinks up to 50% of the fishermen are affected by current or past addiction: https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/tonic-the-opioid-effect-maines-fishing-community-battles-with-heroin/594bebaeb5b5c8cb31a22874
  12. Paul Krugman had an interesting related piece in the NYT today: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/02/opinion/life-expectancy-united-states.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage TL;DR: There's a divide between blue and red states when it comes to changes in life expectancy. Life expectancy has steadily improved in coastal blue states with trends very similar to other developed countries. Red states are lagging far behind with life expectancies stagnating or falling. Krugman says "deaths of despair" are a factor, but the fact that Florida and Texas have also fallen behind shows that deaths of despair are certainly not the only cause. Other likely culprits according to Krugman: the education gap, lack of access to health services, obesity.
  13. I'm still unaware. Wake me up when I can see the meth from my airplane window.
  14. And LV can't crack down on them because the space that's offered isn't enough? Portland has gotten increasingly tough on public camping after growing pressure from businesses and residents. ODOT is going as far to put boulders underneath overpasses to discourage camping there. Band Aids, but it seems to work in those places.
  15. It is at least in part a mental health crisis, but mental health is only part of the picture. There are plenty of people managing a rough and very complex life on the streets without any major mental health issues. Cost of living plays a major role. If this weren't the case, homelessness wouldn't have skyrocketed as it has in recent years. Our mental healthcare system has sucked for a long time, but housing prices have gone up and up in recent years. When I moved to Portland in 2005, my wife and I paid $600 for a modest one-bedroom apartment. Now the same place is $1,100.