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Ukraine to Protect Its F-16 Fighter Fleet by Basing Planes ‘in Other Countries’
  • They're not insane: everything they've done are things they sincerely thought they could get away with, and up until Ukraine Putin has been correct in that regard.

    Pretending to be crazy is an effective strategy: ironically Nixon popularized it during the cold war.

    Attacking targets in NATO countries (even if "justified") is going to drastically increase the odds NATO gets directly involved in Ukraine -- something Putin absolutely doesn't want.

  • Hunter Biden withdraws from Presidential race following felony conviction
  • Clearly we need to spam pictures like this on social media. It's a totally normal thing to do when your preferred political candidate is convicted of a crime.

  • It’s quicker
  • The microwave is more efficient because you can do all the steps at once. Put teabag in mug, cover with water, microwave, leave and let steep. And if you forget about your tea it's already in the microwave -- just push the "add 30 seconds" button.

    I keep my Splenda and non-dairy creamer next to the microwave for added convenience.

  • agile is far left too. I will die on this hill
  • The different socio-economic theories are all different powerful, dangerous tools. They have different strengths and weaknesses, and they'll seriously hurt people if employed carelessly. They're also all better suited to some "jobs" and circumstances than others.

    My wild take: ideological purism is the mark of an idiot. Use what works where it works, modify it to do the job better, and make sure you have strong regulation/oversight to prevent it from going off the rails.

  • Beethoven's 9th Symphony
  • It's a great question that reinforces critical thinking.

    Having the tools is one thing, learning to apply them correctly to a problem is another.

  • Everyday, as an American
  • In a european brain the parts we dedicate to our intuitive, superior measurement system is instead used for other skills better suited to surviving in their environment.

    E.g. unironically liking techno music, smoking weirdly thin cigarettes, and in some places driving on the wrong side of the road.

  • Shit...
  • Huh, they actually do:

    And Matt Monson — who moved from the Dragon project to SpaceX’s satellite internet service Starlink — posted that Starlink uses a lot of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), and that they too have a lot of experience with Linux. “For some level of scope on Starlink, each launch of 60 satellites contains more than 4,000 Linux computers. The constellation has more than 30,000 Linux nodes (and more than 6,000 microcontrollers) in space right now.

    https://thenewstack.io/the-hardware-and-software-used-in-space/

  • Orange juice makers consider using alternative fruit as prices skyrocket
  • It's like they say: when you're making an orange juice you've gotta break a few eggs.

  • Millennials' retirement and homebuying plans may be a fantasy
  • I bought a run down, 900 sqft "starter home" in 2018, with the original plan of doing repairs and selling to upgrade in several years.

    Now? -- fuck that. I've fixed it up and I'm going to live here until I die.

  • Orange juice makers consider using alternative fruit as prices skyrocket
  • Predators? That sounds expensive, complicated, and could negatively affect profits.

    Can't we just spray the trees with massive quantities of something cheap and effective like DDT?

  • How was this show made
  • The one that pops up when you're talking to someone: the floating translucent panel with dialog choices.

    ... Do you not have one of those?

  • Nice to see us all agreeing for once
  • He's not a tankie: "tankie" only really applies to people that call themselves communists. The insult "tankie" was invented by communists calling out the hypocrisy of some of their self-proclaimed "fellow communists".

    Calling someone a tankie is saying "You're a piece of shit not only because you support these atrocities, but you dare call yourself a communist while doing so."

  • Get your vote in now!!
  • "unbacked"

    I'm assuming those quotes are referring to fiat currency. Faith in the solvency of the issuing government, widely agreed upon exchange rates, and regulated prices of goods are all forms of backing. Sure: you can argue that's "not enough" but crypto "currencies" don't even have that. Hence why their values fluctuate by the minute -- which defeats the entire purpose of "money".

    unregulated

    ... government controlled central banks and entire bodies of law exist to do just that. Nobody is regulating crypto.

    Crypto lacks the features that make money "money". It doesn't have a relatively stable, agreed upon value. It's not easily exchanged for goods or services. It technically can be used as "money" but that's true of anything -- trading cards, a pile of gravel, etc.

  • Get your vote in now!!
  • Crypto is an un-backed and unregulated security -- the value of which fluctuates wildly. Turns out most people don't like being paid in something that can drastically lose value in the span of hours.

    The few people and institutions that accept crypto as payment either immediately convert it back into real money or are "investors" treating it like the security it actually is.

  • Trump supporters try to doxx jurors and post violent threats after his conviction
  • Communism: an economic theory where the stated goal is achieving socio-economic equality.

    Social conservationism: a social theory based on returning to regressive "traditional values" and oppression of "deviants".

    Totally the same thing.

  • Shit...
  • I don't allow lunix in my house because it's an illegal hacker operation system. I can't believe an American hero like Elon would endorse something invented by the notorious Soviet computer hacker Linyos Torovoltos.

  • Crime
  • I don't think they're a shill: they're probably just an idiot.

  • North Korea Says Its Attempt to Put Another Spy Satellite Into Orbit Failed
  • Appear strong where you are weak.

    The value isn't it's (likely crap) utility, it's being able to say "Look at us: we're launching spy satellites just like technologically advanced countries! We're advancing our offensive capabilities! You'd better take us seriously!"

  • Trump told donors he will crush pro-Palestinian protests, deport demonstrators
  • One: you can be sued for anything regardless of if it's true or not. Someone could find some sleazebag lawyer and sue you for drowning hundreds of puppies while laughing about it -- does that make you a puppy killer?

    Two: We have presidents that we know directly ordered genocides of native people ... yet weren't sued for it.

  • Tunak Tunak Tun (Mid 2000s)

    Daler Mehndi's 1998 music video, in which the singer performs with 4 "clones" of himself. "Mehndi claims his music was often criticized for only being popular due to the abundance of beautiful, dancing women in his videos The singer responded by creating a video that featured nobody but himself." Apparently he wasn't wrong and the song went on to become the "biggest indi-pop hit at the time".

    The video caught the attention of the wider internet around 2006. The catchy song, dated visual effects, and absurdity of the "clones" fueled its spread.

    On a less fun note: in 2018 the singer and his brother Shamsar were convicted of human trafficking, accused of "cheating people of large sums of money by falsely promising to take them to America" and "illegally sending people abroad as a part of their dance troupes."

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    blockclubchicago.org Scientology Church Opens In South Loop, Raising Concerns Of Columbia College Students Living Next Door

    The controversial church held a grand opening Sunday of its public information center, which students said caused major disruptions.

    Scientology Church Opens In South Loop, Raising Concerns Of Columbia College Students Living Next Door
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    chicago.suntimes.com ‘Chicago rat hole’ mysteriously filled in, then restored by neighbors — ‘Chicago takes care of its own’

    Reports that the viral landmark had been filled with a plasterlike substance circulated on social media Friday morning, as well as stories of those working to return the creature’s imprint to its original glory.

    ‘Chicago rat hole’ mysteriously filled in, then restored by neighbors — ‘Chicago takes care of its own’

    ‘Chicago rat hole’ mysteriously filled in, then restored by neighbors — ‘Chicago takes care of its own’

    Reports that the viral landmark had been filled with a plasterlike substance circulated on social media Friday morning, as well as stories of those working to return the creature’s imprint to its original glory. By Violet Miller

    A woman who didn’t want to be identified due to possible “ratribution” removes debris from the iconic Chicago rat hole in Roscoe Village Friday.

    About a week after going viral, the Chicago “rat hole” brought Chicagoans together once again, this time to restore it.

    Reports that the longtime neighborhood fixture and landmark in the 1900 block of West Roscoe Street had been filled, perhaps with a plasterlike substance, circulated on social media Friday morning, followed by stories of those working to bring the creature’s imprint back to its original glory.

    Residents of the building next to the rat hole — who asked not to be identified for fear of “ratribution” from those who filled the hole — worked Friday afternoon to scrub away at what was left after some dedicated fans had scraped out most of what had briefly filled the hole.

    Since the viral post that started the rat hole obsession, residents of the building have become the unofficial “keepers” of “Lil Stucky” — the neighborhood name for the creature who once laid in the cement — sifting through any potentially dangerous tributes left and clearing the sidewalk of ice and snow.

    The guardians of the hole were not sure who was behind the filling-in. They said they had shoveled about 9 a.m. Friday and didn’t notice the imprint had been filled in under a layer of ice. Another neighbor — whose Ring doorbell camera wasn’t recording overnight — said they had seen people taking pictures with it around 1 a.m.

    Coins left in the hole were strewn about the sidewalk, though the shrine left to the side of the sidewalk seemed untouched. A clue might have been left behind by the culprits: a gray lid that could have been from the vessel holding the substance used to fill in the hole.

    “Everyone has seemed really good-natured, but you always worry something bad could happen,” they said. A woman who didn’t want to be identified due to possible “ratribution” cleans the iconic Chicago Rat Hole of a plaster type substance in the 1900 block of W. Roscoe St. in the Roscoe Village neighborhood, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024.

    A woman who didn’t want to be identified due to possible “ratribution” cleans out the beloved rat hole Friday.

    Jeff VanDam, an 11-year resident of the neighborhood, strolled a few houses down with a flathead screwdriver and hammer Friday afternoon to join in restoration efforts.

    He said his 6- and 10-year-old daughters love the rat hole — though they know it’s a squirrel — and he “had to” set out to ensure it was preserved.

    While most people have enjoyed the fuss over the landmark, he said he had heard some “annoyance” expressed by neighbors on the block, but that was mostly after someone installed a giant cross.

    “I’ve heard mixed things,” VanDam said. “Overall, people just appreciate that our wonderful block is getting attention — even if it’s to look at a rat hole.”

    The former New Yorker said the rat hole was a better representation of Chicago than other, more well-known landmarks, such as the Bean.

    “I think Chicago isn’t the Bean, but is things like the rat hole,” VanDam said. “It’s a small, quirky feature of a neighborhood where we get used to it, we care about it, and we want to protect it. That’s what happened today.” Some of the offerings left out for Chicago’s iconic Rat Hole in the 1900 block of W. Roscoe St. in the Roscoe Village neighborhood, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. Included was Hot Topic Cash, a recreation of an official dedication plaque, flowers and toys.

    Some of the offerings left outside Chicago’s rat hole include Hot Topic Cash, a recreation of an official dedication plaque, flowers and toys.

    Three friends who came to leave a tribute to Lil Stucky — a bottle of Jeppson’s Malört — agreed.

    Mo Flanagan, Olivia Grover and Perry Sadler met up to visit the landmark now that Chicago’s temperatures have become more tolerable after the deep freeze earlier this week.

    Flanagan, who lives in the Avondale neighborhood, said it’s things like the rat hole that set Chicago apart from other big cities like New York, and likened it to the Cubs’ superstition around goats.

    “Chicago’s a big city, but it has a lot of small-town gossip like this,” Flanagan said. Friends Olivia Grover, left, Mo Flanagan, center, and Perry Sadler take swigs of Malört next to Chicago’s iconic Rat Hole in the 1900 block of W. Roscoe St. in the Roscoe Village neighborhood, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. Earlier the Rat Hole was filled in with a plaster type substance but was cleaned out by neighbors.

    Friends Olivia Grover (from left), Mo Flanagan and Perry Sadler take swigs of Malört Friday next to Chicago’s rate hole.

    Sadler, a Wrigleyville resident, said he figured someone would interfere with the rat hole, and the trio discussed who it could be. Sadler put his bet on an angry neighbor.

    Regardless of the culprit, the three agreed seeing people come together only “added to the lore” of the rat hole and showed unity among the city’s residents.

    “I think it really speaks to the community aspect of this city,” said Grover, who lives in Ravenswood. “The Midwest is a caring place.”

    “Chicago takes care of its own,” Flanagan said.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_rat_hole

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