GreenStrong t1_jea8bzi wrote

There is data on it. Helicopters are inherently dangerous, and they have to practice flying low and fast in the dark, and inserting troops in dense groups. If they don't practice those things, they'll face increased risks on the battlefield. That isn't to say they can't do better with safety, but they have a bona fide need to practice dangerous flying.


GreenStrong t1_je52tdx wrote

JFK's older brother died flying one of these drones. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. spent most of the war piloting a sub- hunting aircraft over the North Atlantic. It was a dangerous job, but he never spotted an actual enemy. He volunteered for one last mission, they needed a pilot to get an experimental radio controlled plane off the ground, then bail out with a parachute while the plane flew on. The primitive vacuum tube based TV equipment overheated, and the plane blew up.

Their father was a prominent senator, and Joseph would have probably been the one to run for president, had he not exploded. Worth noting that for that generation, it was expected that a senator's two Harvard educated sons should both see combat. JFK was captain of a small PT boat that was sunk in battle. George H. Bush was another senator's son who nearly died in combat- he flew a plane that got shot down.


GreenStrong t1_jdvju8v wrote

The modern broiler chicken was only bred in the late 1940s. Undoubtedly, the breeds that create it mated many times in the past, but the farmers thought it was a useless defective monster. Chickens used to be expected to forage around the barnyard, and cornish cross broiler chickens aren't capable of it. They need to be kept in a highly regulated environment, they're constantly hungry and incredibly lazy. They reach maturity in 60-90 days and die of heart failure around one year.

Traditional chickens have about half the meat of a modern broiler. Roosters don't produce eggs, and they to destroy each other through combat, but testosterone makes the meat tough, so they would only be used for slow cooked stew. The really desirable meat was capon, produced from a castrated male chicken, but the testes are internal and the procedure had a high fatality rate.


GreenStrong t1_jdm0h8f wrote

The National Weather Service issues tornado watch’s several hours ahead of time to let people know that a tornado is possible, and they issue geographically specific warnings as soon as they form. Cell phones alert people, and there are even special analog radios that respond to the warnings, but stay silent otherwise.

Typically, people do have a few minutes of warning when these monster tornadoes are coming, but they are powerful that almost no shelter can withstand them. Small tornadoes arise and pass very quickly. The NWS often sends out warnings based on radar before they fully form, but they are inherently unpredictable. I was near a small tornado once, I was sitting outside on a porch enjoying the storm, and there were only a few seconds between when rain started blowing in on me and roofs blowing off off houses 200 yards away.


GreenStrong t1_jdi5oen wrote

BBC executive meeting:

"Do we know the hijacker's motives?"

"The news says it was radical Islam."

"Are we sure it wasn't that fucking song?"

"They say it was Bin Laden"

"Are we 100% certain it wasn't the song? Have you not contemplated flying a plane into a building when the song came on the radio?"

"Pull it."


GreenStrong t1_jcyjct1 wrote


GreenStrong t1_jao6t2v wrote

That distillery actually paid a mycologist to research the fungus, who found it was from an unidentified species. (The fungus had been observed and collected before, but misidentified as something else.

They couldn't really do anything about it, but the distillery did spend some real money to see if there was a solution.


GreenStrong t1_ja8cbfq wrote

Reasonable amateur's reaction to this comment thirteen months ago:

Bullshit. The Soviet/ Russian army is enormous and fairly sophisticated, they probably have dozens of flying radar platforms

Reasonable amateur's reaction to this comment today:

Bullshit. No way they have four working aircraft. Do you know the value of the scrap metal in those things?


GreenStrong t1_ja7vpwl wrote

From the article:

>One of the nine Awacs of the Russian aerospace forces worth $330m (was destroyed),

It is a big flying radar platform. In a modern air force, which Russia never had, it serves as the eyes of the entire force, identifying hostile and friendly aircraft at great distances. Ground based radars are limited by the curvature of the earth; they can't see over the horizon. The fact that Russia only had nine to start with is absurd.

It seems like they're trying to develop a new one, and hoping to introduce it to service in 2026. It will probably be like their T-14 tank, which was "completed" in 2014, and so far hasn't entered general production as an actual weapon.


GreenStrong t1_j9uolp1 wrote

The dialect is regional, not isolated to the island, and they probably find ways to exchange genetic material with other people in the region. Rumor has it that they go at it with enthusiasm. Just a bit down the coast they call this accent an "Ocracoke Brogue" or simply a "Hoi Toide" (high tide) accent.

Dialect changes over time in ways that are not predictable, but which follow consistent patterns, simply because we have to make words sound different from each other. The rhoticity of this dialect and fragments left over from the tail end of the great vowel shift are how linguists know this dialect has seen relatively little change. But it is a mistake to think that everyone talked this way in the 1700s. Accents in England are very diverse based on region and social class, and they were even more so before things like public education, railroads, and mass media. This Shakespeare dialog is a pretty well sourced performance of late 1600s London English, but people from other parts of the country would have sounded different, and colonists would have developed idiosyncratic regional dialects.


GreenStrong t1_j0hufb6 wrote

What a bizarre coincidence, I had a technician form a private exterminator service say almost the exact same thing. "There's a reason why raccoons aren't kept as pets. They're violent assholes that will destroy everything you love. Everything! They'll crash your car, sleep with your wife, lie to your parents, max out credit cards in your name... Why Rocky? all I wanted to do was love you."

Did your guy say the second part too? We may have met the same pest control tech.


GreenStrong t1_ivgngqj wrote

>Messing with nature doesn't end well.

From that perspective, you should favor this effort. Ades egypti mosquitoes are an invasive species from Africa, there were zero of them in Brazil, or anywhere in the Americas, before 1492.

To generalize a bit more, the ecosystem absolutely needs mosquitoes, but it probably doesn't need the ones that are major human disease vectors. There are dozens of mosquito species in any given location, and this treatment is species- specific.


GreenStrong t1_iuiff5y wrote

Old mining tunnels were certainly a nightmare. But they did know how to ventilate them. They would sometimes dig a vertical shaft connected to a tunnel and set a fire in it. The fire would draw air in, and send smoke up. They could configure it so that it drew air from the working face, and sent it up and out.

Mines didn't have torches, they had small lamps. It was dark and hellish. Miners had short lives.


GreenStrong t1_iui3cyw wrote

It takes a huge amount of energy to break the bonds between the atoms of nitrogen in the atmosphere. The bond is so strong that concentrated nitrate fertilizer is a high explosive. Fertilizer bombs are very real, and fertilizer factories sometimes explode The city of Lebanon was devastated when a warehouse full of fertilizer exploded. Basically, in order to make nitrogen based fertilizer, energy is pumped into nitrogen, and it is capable of releasing that energy with catastrophic speed. Some plants- mostly in the legume family (beans) can partner with bacteria in their roots, they pay the bacteria energy (sugar) in exchange for nitrate. But it is so expensive, most plants evolved to just use what is present in the environment.


GreenStrong t1_isoy32i wrote

Possibly, but frogs are pretty industrious about hopping around and finding breeding pools. Many species prefer these transient pools where there won't be aquatic predators. I would guess that they can smell water. If you don't see frogs hanging around and signing during the day, tree frogs are a strong possibility.

I'm in North Carolina, and I get both green frogs and grey tree frogs in my pond if I don't have goldfish. The green frogs definitely hang out and sing for mates when there are no goldfish or only young ones, but they go elsewhere when the goldfish are bigger than an inch or two.


GreenStrong t1_ism07e5 wrote


GreenStrong t1_is5vq4n wrote

Jones is actually quite careful to avoid directly inciting his followers to violence. He portrays a batshit crazy alternate reality where baby eating satanists run the whole world and they're perpetually on the verge of exterminating most of humanity, but he never suggests that people actually do anything about it. This keeps him within the boundaries of the letter of criminal law. On January 6th, he was foaming at the mouth and screaming at the crowd about the horrible satanists in the capitol, but when they abandoned his rantings to actually march on the capitol, he meekly reminded them that they were exiting the permitted boundary of the demonstration and that they could get tickets if they strayed onto the rest of the national mall.

He has finally faced consequences in civil court for the harm he inflicted on Sandy Hook victim's families. It took way too long, but he set himself up as a free speech martyr, and the court system gave him an unreasonable number of opportunities to actually engage with the process and make a reasonable argument.