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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

whathappenedtomonday Russia sponsoring environmental groups? (461 comments)

They might be, but the "sophisticated information and disinformation" game works both ways, you know.

Russia in secret plot against fracking Nato chief says. "I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations - environmental organisations working against shale gas - to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas. That is my interpretation.

I have met neighbors who said they know someone who is sure that Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen is full of shit, but I prefer to rely on facts instead of hearsay.

Anti fracking groups have AFAIK demanded that Rasmussen provide evidence for his "interpretation" or else apologize. Ah, here's the open letter.

It is interesting, though, Nato doing some product placement for the fracking industry, lashing out at Putin and saying: the devil hates fracking, so it must be a good thing. If you oppose it, you're obviously bought by the Kremlin, because everybody in the EU but Gazprom just loves fracking.

Next thing you know, we'll see some sort of a global Foreign Agent Law ... no, treaty, I mean treaty! Not a law, a treaty. My bad. Let's call it an agreement. And always remember: you can't trust the ... Russians.

about a month ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

whathappenedtomonday Re:U.S. Marshals Seize Cops’ Spying Records. (269 comments)

I find this case particularly amazing - in just three paragraphs you'll find a dozen reasons to be outraged -- or to dispair. After the first sentence you wonder if it is a parody, but it gets even better:

Recently, the Tallahassee police department revealed it had used stingrays at least 200 times since 2010 without telling any judge because the device's manufacturer made the police department sign a non-disclosure agreement that police claim prevented them from disclosing use of the device to the courts.

The ACLU has filed numerous records requests with police departments around the country in an effort to uncover how often the devices are used and how often courts are told about them.

In the Sarasota case, the U.S. Marshals Service claimed it owned the records Sarasota police offered to the ACLU because it had deputized the detective in the case, making all documentation in the case federal property. Before the ACLU could view the documents Sarasota had put aside for them, the agency dispatched a marshal from its office in Tampa to seize the records and move them to an undisclosed location.

about 2 months ago
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

whathappenedtomonday Re:purchase time (405 comments)

I might with the next one, but this one is still running fine after > 22.000 km, consumes around 2 l/100 km of gas (7 l tank, excellent cruising radius) and ~ 300 ml/1000 km of 2-stroke oil. Plus, I don't have to worry about the rather huge distance between my electrical outlets and the scooter's parking space. Also, I'd have to spend ~ 4.000 EUR for a decent electric model, which I don't currently have to spare.

Additionally, the direct injection engines are quite powerful. I have yet to test an electric scooter (other than a Segway, which is fun to drive, but no alternative), but I guess that an equally powerful electrical engine would have a considerably lower mileage. Things might look different at the time when I have to consider a new purchase.

about 4 months ago
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

whathappenedtomonday Re:purchase time (405 comments)

It's an Aprilia Scarabeo, see here or google ditech engine. Good overview of the advantages here.

about 4 months ago
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

whathappenedtomonday Re:purchase time (405 comments)

Granted, 2-strokes can be and usually are annoying and a source of serious pollution. They don't have to be, though. I drive a direct injection 2-stroke, and while it still does burn oil, [t]he amount of oil is so small that it has no noticeable effect on emissions, and it has none of the pass-through problems with oil as in a carbureted 2-stroke. It is a rather silent, efficient, low-cost and comparatively eco-friendly means of transportation. So, while carbureted 2-stroke scooter engines are annoying, that does not mean that all scooter suck.

about 4 months ago
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The Science of Solitary Confinement

whathappenedtomonday retributive justice? (326 comments)

I'd call it torture. Do it to your dog and people will say you are torturing it.

Solitary Confinement is Torture:

The devastating psychological and physical effects of prolonged solitary confinement are well documented by social scientists: prolonged solitary confinement causes prisoners significant mental harm and places them at grave risk of even more devastating future psychological harm.

Researchers have demonstrated that prolonged solitary confinement causes a persistent and heightened state of anxiety and nervousness, headaches, insomnia, lethargy or chronic tiredness, nightmares, heart palpitations, and fear of impending nervous breakdowns. Other documented effects include obsessive ruminations, confused thought processes, an oversensitivity to stimuli, irrational anger, social withdrawal, hallucinations, violent fantasies, emotional flatness, mood swings, chronic depression, feelings of overall deterioration, as well as suicidal ideation

about 5 months ago
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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

whathappenedtomonday Re:Sort of Weird (169 comments)

No, not a bullshit concept, and not that hard to understand: Fundamental human rights are not "a privilege society around you grants you"; you can buy a car and drive it, or buy land - those are privileges. You need to follow some rules to do either. Not so your human rights: as you -- hopefully -- are a human being, you possess certain rights; if society or any government for that matter does not grant you those rights, you are deprived from what civilized humanity has agreed to be the most basic things each and every human being posseses. Not so much a concept, it's rather a state, and you entered it simply by being born. There is no debate whether those rights exist. They just do. You did not just miss a memo here.

about 5 months ago
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Is Europa Too Prickly To Land On?

whathappenedtomonday This is ... (140 comments)

... not completely unrelated and not exactly offtopic, but if we ever land there, I'd like the footage to resemble this: Europa Report.

about 8 months ago
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

whathappenedtomonday Re:Not possible (237 comments)

After a year of monitoring

Yay! It's safe! *phew*

1 year,8 days
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TSA 'Secured' Metrodome During Recent Football Game

whathappenedtomonday domestic security? (364 comments)

Ok, I get that, and I also get that none of this is about security, but merely about control and power. What I don't get is why the security theater / homeland security smoke screen is so effective, but that's probably just me and owed to the fact that I've been taught history. History tells us where all of this will lead. As we now by now: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

about a year and a half ago
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TSA 'Secured' Metrodome During Recent Football Game

whathappenedtomonday Re:Hey TSA: Fuck off (364 comments)

I can't help but wonder how long until nobody flies, goes to public events, or even leaves their fucking house.

Way to go. Stay home! Shut up! Do not attract attention! When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will.

about a year and a half ago
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Global Warming On Pace For 4 Degrees: World Bank Worried

whathappenedtomonday Re:Cause? (439 comments)

This is something that really bothers me -- especially when people point out that there were periods in earth's history when CO2 levels were much higher, and temperature levels didn't rise according to the increases in CO2. What they don't seem to understand is that the planet and its climate were completely different systems back then -- today, the forests that used to balance the system just don't exist anymore, and yet, we burn vast amounts of fossil fuels -- the very carbon the system buried in millions of years is released within a few hundred years (in the blink of an eye in geological terms), and we keep removing earth's lungs and mess with dynamic systems that are far from undestood. But some keep saying: nah, can't be us, how could puny humans mess with earth's climate?!

about a year and a half ago
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Global Warming On Pace For 4 Degrees: World Bank Worried

whathappenedtomonday Re:Quick... (439 comments)

More than 1 billion people don't have access to safe drinking water, and >2.5 billion people lack adequate sanitation. >3000 children die every day from water borne diseases. Go ahead, talk to them about reverse osmosis. Better yet, fund it for them.

Water shortages aren't making headlines

where you live. Just because you are not aware of something does not mean it's not happening. Just saying.

BTW, a drought is something like a water shortage, ain't it?

about a year and a half ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

whathappenedtomonday Re:OH - Mentor (821 comments)

(same equipment as 2 years ago, I think)

Not quite, according to salon.com, "uncertified, 'experimental' software patches have been installed on machines in 39 counties of the key swing state."

about a year and a half ago
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What tech would you un-invent?

whathappenedtomonday Re:un-invent, please! (572 comments)

a gold-backed (or silver-backed, etc.) economy ignores several fundamental problems with doing this.

Sure, but your post does not help much as to what they are and how they could be solved. Then again, you seem to suggest to just keep printing new money (which is what is happening globally, cause we're still in a financial crisis, where we will remain, because the system suggests to be held in a 'crisis state', since that increases the interest of those that hold huge values). Without going into too much detail, how bout this: backing your currency with anything but just "let there be money" out of nowhere wouldn't be so bad, would it?

Then again, this doesn't even remotely touch the basic things that are wrong with the global economies and the financial markets, so it's probably a moot point... .

about 2 years ago

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2006 warmest year on record in the U.S

whathappenedtomonday whathappenedtomonday writes  |  more than 7 years ago The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reports that 2006 was the warmes year on record in the US. "No cause for alarm. Enjoy it while you have it," said Mike Halpert, head of forecast operations at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. Jeff Masters disagrees and "had a lot of trouble enjoying the phenomenally warm weather of the past month here in Michigan." Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog at wunderground.com as usual has lots of interesting graphs and charts.

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