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Postby Caspian » Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:17 am

Check this out, then tell me it's awesome.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11917279
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Postby jotabe » Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:33 am

Yeah, i saw it earlier... that guy has to have nerves of steel... the train right in front of him and he drags the other guy just in the nick of time!
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Postby Jayelle » Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:38 am

Check this out, then tell me it's awesome.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11917279
Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap. My heart was in my throat! I think watching it without sound made it even more dramatic.
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Postby Rei » Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:14 pm

Daaaaang that's nuts. He just saunters over and casually saves the day.
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Postby Caspian » Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:27 pm

Have scientists cured HIV?!?!
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Postby Jayelle » Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:15 am

So... Japan had a huge earthquake...and a resulting tsunami.

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Postby Eaquae Legit » Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:39 am

I am so thankful that Hawaii and the west coast of North America were largely untouched.

I have seen some of the pictures of these earthquake-shattered homes, all flooded out, and ON FIRE. That just strikes me as massively unfair! I know that's silly to say, but I felt the same about the possibility of pestilence in Haiti after their earthquake. As if things weren't already bad enough.

I'm sad for everyone who died, and grateful that it seems it was relatively few, especially for such a massive quake - 8.9!!!

I'm not sure what else to say, because any time there's a disaster like this, all I can think to say just seems trite.


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Postby Gravity Defier » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:06 am

I'm not sure what else to say, because any time there's a disaster like this, all I can think to say just seems trite.
This. (I guess I could add the stupid comment that whenever stuff like this happens, I now think of Cameron but I'm not sure he would take that in the spirit it's intended to be taken.)

I'm assuming people have seen this video?

I don't want to be the fool to start saying, "We're having more earthquakes now, aren't we? The world's going to end!" but man, they seem to be hitting harder, if not more often. Haiti last year, Christchurch this year, and now this monster in Japan? I had a dream last week about us getting a big earthquake and it's freaking me out that we could.
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Postby Jayelle » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:07 pm

It's crazy about the nuclear plants. It's like... well, most of the people who were around when Hiroshima got bombed are dead, so here's some more radiation, Japan! Geez.
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Postby Wil » Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:37 pm

Unfortunate about that one nuclear power plant. Japan actually has 55 nuclear power plants around the country, which is awesome. The sad thing is, they prepared for events like this extremely well, they just didn't expect something so massive. In any case, what annoys me is how everyone keeps dropping in the name Chernobyl and saying that a massive disaster is going to happen. It can't. Not only is it a different reactor design, but Chernobyl didn't have a containment vessel around the core.

Sad thing is, this is just going to be more fuel for the anti-nuclear nutters to use.

Also sad is that you won't see headlines like: Japan well prepared for massive Earthquake - could have been much worse.

Cool facts: The coastline of Japan moved 8 feet, and the axis of the Earth tilted 4 inches.

Still, very sad all around.

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Postby Luet » Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:54 pm

Also sad is that you won't see headlines like: Japan well prepared for massive Earthquake - could have been much worse.
Actually the front page of the New York Times had this article which was all about how Japan was so well prepared for this and thus saved countless lives.
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Postby Wil » Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:16 pm

Good!

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Postby zeroguy » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:57 pm

Unfortunate about that one nuclear power plant. Japan actually has 55 nuclear power plants around the country, which is awesome. The sad thing is, they prepared for events like this extremely well, they just didn't expect something so massive.
Hmm, really? That's not what I've heard. What I gathered from discussing this with some nuclear people I know is that the situation is bad (not Chernobyl, but closer to Three Mile Island; still a problem), but is due to the plants in question being rather antiquated.
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Postby Wil » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:03 am

If the inner containment chamber isn't breached, then all is fine. If it is breached, then things are terrible. But, it's not nearly as bad as the news is letting on.

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Postby ender1 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:30 pm

No break for them yet, an expected 3 meter tsunami, eta 15 minutes.

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Postby Eaquae Legit » Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:44 pm

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/prayer-ritual- ... 1-663.html

This incident just strengthens my conviction that there should be mandatory "world religions" classes in all high schools. That is so dumb.
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Postby neo-dragon » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:17 pm

To be fair, they might have notified the flight crew beforehand. I can understand why people might be alarmed.
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Postby Rei » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:56 pm

Praying isn't illegal, and few would count praying as a threatening act. Odds are it didn't occur to them that following a generally non-offensive part of their religion would constitute a security concern.
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Postby Jebus » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:04 pm

I can understand the security concern, but this is something that surely a quick discussion with the passengers would have resolved.

I mean, I know a terrorist is never gonna admit to being a terrorist, but you could trick him, like by asking him how many virgins he's gonna be gifted with in the near future, or by drawing a stickman and writing "Allah" with an arrow point to the drawing and seeing if he flies into a rage.*


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Postby Eaquae Legit » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:14 pm

Odds are it didn't occur to them that following a generally non-offensive part of their religion would constitute a security concern.
And a fairly well-known one. I mean, Orthodox Jews tend to be pretty distinctive.

And what sort of half-way intelligent terrorist would wear his bomb openly on his forehead, of all places?
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Postby LilBee91 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:38 pm

Three Mexican Jews? Who wouldn't be suspicious?

In all seriousness, that is rather ridiculous. I've never actually seen an Orthodox Jew praying, but I don't understand how it could be construed as threatening. Are people really that paranoid about unfamiliar languages/rituals? Sigh.
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Postby mr_thebrain » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:47 pm

the prayer thingy is seriously weird looking, i admit, but it doesn't look anything like a bomb, seriously nothing to worry about.

the problem is two things
1: religious chanting can freak people out.
2: not enough people actually know what a tefillin is or looks like. but the box goes on the forehead and the leather strap wraps around the arm.
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Postby neo-dragon » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:06 pm

And of course, a fearful mind isn't exactly the most rational one. People jump at shadows.
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Postby Gravity Defier » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:35 pm

Three Mexican Jews? Who wouldn't be suspicious?
I laughed. Then I mentally changed your post to
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:03 pm

Canada's governing party found in contempt of parliament

I guess I'll be sending off for my absentee ballot next week...
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:46 pm

Vote's in, parliament is down. We'll see what happens next.
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Postby Caspian » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:28 pm

This makes Canada's fourth federal election in seven years.
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:51 pm

I almost hope that the NDP and Libs ask the GG for permission to form a coalition. That way we can skip the hassle for another couple years.

I'm very glad we have a constitutional lawyer in office as GG right now.
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Postby Rei » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:46 am

I'm very glad that Harper went out on the contempt issue and not the budget.

I'm kind of hoping that a coalition is formed and replaces the Tories without an election first. Hopefully after that eventually falls apart either Ignatief will have smartened up or be replaced, and in that time maybe Harper will be replaced. I'd love to be able to vote for someone instead of merely voting to try and keep someone else out.
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:21 pm

I am ever so slightly warming up to Ignatief.

That said, brilliant move, Elections Canada. Make your advance polling day during the Easter Triduum. Get shocked when all the churches who regularly host the polling stations say "we're booked, sorry." LOL.

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Postby Caspian » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:12 pm

Hey guys, did you know that there is a Canadian election going on right now? And the vote is on Tuesday!? And it looks like the NDP (a, by American standards, very left wing party) will be the official opposition and might even win!!?

For a lot of its history Canada has had a de-facto two party system. The NDP is a third party. It is crazy that they suddenly seem actually viable.
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Postby Jayelle » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:25 pm

Hey guys, did you know that there is a Canadian election going on right now? And the vote is on Tuesday!?
The vote is on Monday.
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Postby neo-dragon » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:28 pm

I have to admit, in the past I've been one of those "I'd probably vote for the NDP if I thought it wasn't pointless" types.

It's still probably pointless in my riding. And as of right now I don't plan on voting at all. But I think that it's most likely a good thing that the NDP is becoming more prominent.
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Postby Caspian » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:32 pm

Hey guys, did you know that there is a Canadian election going on right now? And the vote is on Tuesday!?
The vote is on Monday.
Whaa!?
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:22 pm

I have to admit, in the past I've been one of those "I'd probably vote for the NDP if I thought it wasn't pointless" types.

It's still probably pointless in my riding. And as of right now I don't plan on voting at all. But I think that it's most likely a good thing that the NDP is becoming more prominent.
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