The Current State of the World thread

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  • Raz0rRaz0r Did you really just write that? Joined: Posts: 26,009 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
  • StarhammerStarhammer The Laughing Man of SRK. Joined: Posts: 20,743 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    I think her burqa's on too tight. Let some oxygen get to your brain gurl.

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  • InfernomanInfernoman Bro as Hell Joined: Posts: 9,567
    2 big earthquakes happened tonight. One off the coast of Costa Rica and another on the iran/iraq border I believe
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  • Jion_WansuJion_Wansu Joined: Posts: 6,155
    edited November 13
    Ever since the 8/21/2017 total solar eclipse across America; it seems more and more giant, chaotic, wrathful events have been happening, whether they are natural and/or man-made...

    I mean you had the multitudes of hurricanes, earthquakes, firestorms and other natural disasters around the world and America along with terrorism and massacres and such...

    And this just in:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-quake/strong-earthquake-hits-iraq-and-iran-killing-at-least-210-idUSKBN1DC0VZ



    Seems like something big happens at least once a week or once every 2 weeks or so. You guys/gals can't deny it...

    Speaking of the next total solar eclipse across America... the next one and this year's one basically intersect in the same city in the midwest like a cross or an x. X marks the spot...
  • DarksakulDarksakul Your lack of faith disturbs me Joined: Posts: 23,900
    Wasted wrote: »
    Agreed. :tup:

    Parris Agreement was a joke in the first place.
    Nothing but a bunch of Nations going "We super duper promise to do this shit" with no real enforcement or repercussions for breaking the agreement.

    Hell the UN can't even enforce the Geneva Convention, and people want to hold up the laughably ineffective both environmentally and politically Parris Agreement?

    China only cutting back not because of the Paris agreement, but they all realize done of their people can actually breathe in that shit.
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  • locoghoullocoghoul Fuck Chun Joined: Posts: 4,064
    When the US never signed Kyoto and Canada resigned itself shortly after agreeing, you laugh at people saying that X or Y president is going in the "wrong direction" when it comes to the environment

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  • StarhammerStarhammer The Laughing Man of SRK. Joined: Posts: 20,743 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Just a piece of random news.



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  • rehreh (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ (=‿‿= ✿) Joined: Posts: 1,309
    b0ThmJA.jpg
    When this guy is your new anchorman, you know something is going on.
    Welly well, coup d'état in Zimbabwe. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-zimbabwe-politics/zimbabwes-army-seizes-power-targets-criminals-around-mugabe-idUKKBN1DE1WB
    Mugabe placed under house arrest for now.
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  • StarhammerStarhammer The Laughing Man of SRK. Joined: Posts: 20,743 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    reh wrote: »
    b0ThmJA.jpg
    When this guy is your new anchorman, you know something is going on.
    Welly well, coup d'état in Zimbabwe. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-zimbabwe-politics/zimbabwes-army-seizes-power-targets-criminals-around-mugabe-idUKKBN1DE1WB
    Mugabe placed under house arrest for now.

    Hold up. They locked down Mugabe? :wow: I guess things were moving at a decent pace, but it feels like it just hit outta nowhere IMO.

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    Always think it's strange when black dudes accuse other black dudes of not being hood enough. Like isn't that a good thing?

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  • ReticentlyReticently Joined: Posts: 4,105
    edited November 15
  • crucadescrucades Its a Kinda Bullshit Joined: Posts: 11,577
    Mugabe under house arrest? they should burn his ass at the stake hes the worst piece of human trash of the last 3 generations.
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  • po pimpuspo pimpus Beyond Anger... Ultra Rage Joined: Posts: 26,051
    Preppy wrote: »
    Wow, they really are in de-nile.

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  • AzureAzure E-Sports is fucking retarded. Joined: Posts: 9,333 ✭✭✭ Former OG
    Jion_Wansu wrote: »
    Ever since the 8/21/2017 total solar eclipse across America; it seems more and more giant, chaotic, wrathful events have been happening, whether they are natural and/or man-made...

    I mean you had the multitudes of hurricanes, earthquakes, firestorms and other natural disasters around the world and America along with terrorism and massacres and such...

    And this just in:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-quake/strong-earthquake-hits-iraq-and-iran-killing-at-least-210-idUSKBN1DC0VZ



    Seems like something big happens at least once a week or once every 2 weeks or so. You guys/gals can't deny it...

    Speaking of the next total solar eclipse across America... the next one and this year's one basically intersect in the same city in the midwest like a cross or an x. X marks the spot...

    If so, then it would be the only thing of major global significance to ever occur in the MidWest.
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  • MCPMCP Joined: Posts: 2,202 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    This is a must read, IMHO.

    "The Uncounted"
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/16/magazine/uncounted-civilian-casualties-iraq-airstrikes.html
    American military planners go to great lengths to distinguish today’s precision strikes from the air raids of earlier wars, which were carried out with little or no regard for civilian casualties. They describe a target-selection process grounded in meticulously gathered intelligence, technological wizardry, carefully designed bureaucratic hurdles and extraordinary restraint.
    ...
    Our own reporting, conducted over 18 months, shows that the air war has been significantly less precise than the coalition claims. Between April 2016 and June 2017, we visited the sites of nearly 150 airstrikes across northern Iraq, not long after ISIS was evicted from them. We toured the wreckage; we interviewed hundreds of witnesses, survivors, family members, intelligence informants and local officials; we photographed bomb fragments, scoured local news sources, identified ISIS targets in the vicinity and mapped the destruction through satellite imagery.
    ...

    We found that one in five of the coalition strikes we identified resulted in civilian death, a rate more than 31 times that acknowledged by the coalition.
    The idea that civilian victims of American wars deserve compensation was, until recently, a radical notion floating on the edges of military doctrine. Under international humanitarian law, it is legal for states to kill civilians in war when they are not specifically targeted, so long as “indiscriminate attacks” are not used and the number of civilian deaths is not disproportionate to the military advantage gained. Compensating victims, the argument went, would hinder the state’s ability to wage war. Even the Foreign Claims Act, the one American law on the books that allows civilians to be compensated for injury or death at the hands of United States military personnel, exempts losses due to combat.
    When the Americans withdrew in 2011 (from Iraq), however, all condolence programs went defunct, and they were not revived when the United States began the war against ISIS in 2014.
    ...
    The two most recent military spending bills also authorized millions of dollars for condolence payments, but the Defense Department has failed to enact these provisions or even propose a plan for how it might disburse that money. In fact, in the course of our investigation, we learned that not a single person in Iraq or Syria has received a condolence payment for a civilian death since the war began in 2014. “There really isn’t a process,” a senior Central Command official told us. “It’s not that anyone is against it; it just hasn’t been done, so it’s almost an aspirational requirement.”
  • MCPMCP Joined: Posts: 2,202 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/science/japan-fukushima-nuclear-meltdown-fuel.html
    Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

    The Japanese government and companies used radiation-hardened machines to search for the fuel that escaped the plant’s ruined reactors.
    FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, Japan — Four engineers hunched before a bank of monitors, one holding what looked like a game controller. They had spent a month training for what they were about to do: pilot a small robot into the contaminated heart of the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant.

    Earlier robots had failed, getting caught on debris or suffering circuit malfunctions from excess radiation. But the newer version, called the Mini-Manbo, or “little sunfish,” was made of radiation-hardened materials with a sensor to help it avoid dangerous hot spots in the plant’s flooded reactor buildings.

    The size of a shoe box, the Manbo used tiny propellers to hover and glide through water in a manner similar to an aerial drone.

    After three days of carefully navigating through a shattered reactor building, the Manbo finally reached the heavily damaged Unit 3 reactor. There, the robot beamed back video of a gaping hole at the bottom of the reactor and, on the floor beneath it, clumps of what looked like solidified lava: the first images ever taken of the plant’s melted uranium fuel.

    ...

    “Until now, we didn’t know exactly where the fuel was, or what it looked like,” said Takahiro Kimoto, a general manager in the nuclear power division of the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco. “Now that we have seen it, we can make plans to retrieve it.”

    Tepco is keen to portray the plant as one big industrial cleanup site. About 7,000 people work here, building new water storage tanks, moving radioactive debris to a new disposal site, and erecting enormous scaffoldings over reactor buildings torn apart by the huge hydrogen explosions that occurred during the accident.

    Access to the plant is easier than it was just a year ago, when visitors still had to change into special protective clothing. These days, workers and visitors can move about all but the most dangerous areas in street clothes.
    Two images from the robot with explanation:


    Video from the robot without explanation: