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Necroposting makes me sad sometimes.

Half a year ago is over 5yrs after the late mjm's post.
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A good thorough piece published half a year ago. Amazing what you may find when you browse https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/07/mh370-malaysia-airlines/590653/


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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by Frenzie -
Seems rather hyperbolic, but then again Trump is a walking talking hyperbole.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by ersi -
The most obvious contender for "what Trump gets out of this" is that he has been impeached and is going into an election year with stubbornly underwater approval ratings, and sees war with Iran as a Hail Mary pass to whip Americans into a wartime fever -- much as happened behind Bush in 2003 -- which might be enough to drag him across the line in what will likely be a close election.

(Trump on Nov. 16, 2011:
"Our president [Obama] will start a war with Iran because he has absolutely no ability to negotiate. He's weak and he's ineffective. So the only way he figures that he's going to get reelected -- and as sure as you're sitting there -- is to start a war with Iran.")

One of the most predictable aspects of Trump's narcissism is that he always projects his own flaws and evil impulses onto others. If he accused Obama of feeling an urge to start a war for political advantage, we can pretty much bet that same impulse lurks in Trump's own heart.
What a nasty little writer. But who can prove her wrong?

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The Lounge / Re: Random horse
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The Lounge / Re: Happy New Zealand!
Last post by ersi -
They seem to share same limited feeds. It should be possible to do better.
Yes, it seemed better last year. They keep getting worse.

Anyway most of the world has entered 2020 already, and we haven't gotten to Europe yet (Russia and Turkey excepted).
Even in 2020, Turkey is still not Europe.
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The Lounge / Re: Happy New Zealand!
Last post by jax -
They seem to share same limited feeds. It should be possible to do better.

Anyway most of the world has entered 2020 already, and we haven't gotten to Europe yet (Russia and Turkey excepted).

It struck me that the population growth in Africa will balance this out somewhat. The Americas will still be kind of a post scriptum, but at least there will be a significant number of people left when we get to Eurafrica. It would be an East Asian spike, a South Asian spike, but the biggest spike will be Eurafrica. Yay, us.

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The Lounge / Re: Happy New Zealand!
Last post by ersi -
Yeah, congrats NZ and Kiribati and the rest.

Same as last new year, I am trying to find a live stream on YT that show the celebration fireworks in most places in turn. Right now I cannot decide if USA Today is better than NBC or not.

Edit: The protesters in Hong Kong cleverly stole the spotlight holding the banner "Never Going Back".
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The Lounge / Re: Happy New Zealand!
Last post by jax -
The New Year/Division is pretty unevenly divided across the planet though.
2½ hour ago: tiny Pacific islands that have made sure to be first
1½ hour ago: New Zealand and more tiny islands
½ hour ago: Easternmost slice of Russia, more tiny islands
In ½ hour: most of Australia
In 1½ hour: Japan, the Koreas
In 2½ hours: China, Philippines
In 3½ hours: Indochina including Indonesia
In 6 hours: India
In 8½ hours: Main parts of Russia
In 9½ hours: Greece, Eastern Europe
In 10½ hours: Most of Europe
In 11½ hours: The slow parts of Europe
In 14½ hours: Brazil
In 16½ hours: East coast of North America
In 19½ hours: West coast of North America
In 20½ hours: Alaska
In 22½ hours: Hawaii
and finally some more Pacific islands

A bit excitement in hours to come, then slow (South Asia doesn't put up much of a show), OK around Europe, then the Atlantic trench, then NYC and fadeout. 
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The Lounge / Re: Happy New Zealand!
Last post by Frenzie -
Cold out. ;)