InsuranceToTheRescue t1_jccgmin wrote

Some guy at the bar I tend for episodes 1 & 2 was going on and on and on about how great the show was. I loved it, especially seeing that it's one of the few video game to tv/movie conversions that's been done really well.

I came in the week episode 3 aired and he refused to talk about it. Refused to even continue watching the show. He was just so angry about it. He is going to deny himself an entire story, one of the best ever told in the modern day, because a couple of minor characters are gay.

I didn't have the heart to tell him about Ellie.


InsuranceToTheRescue t1_jbpf548 wrote

We should just institute the Wyoming Rule and be done with it. Reapportion House seats and increase their number so that each district has, as close as possible, the same number of reps per capita as the smallest constituent state.

So, for example, Wyoming's at large district has 578,803 people, making it the least populated state. The last census, under this rule, would have increased the number of House reps and reapportioned them all to each state so that, as best as possible, each rep is representing about 578,803 people.


InsuranceToTheRescue t1_jahx1c2 wrote

I always say that I'm practical. While I'm registered as a Dem, and have mostly voted for Dems, I live in a very heavily red area. I'm confident that if it was ever found out that I'm not a registered Republican, that pretty much everyone at both my jobs would harass me into quitting and/or moving.

Which makes the bartending a little difficult. Bunch of drunks talking politics and I'm sitting over here choosing my words carefully to make sure that they're largely blanket statements that don't really indicate who I'm talking about.


InsuranceToTheRescue t1_j9lvzej wrote

That's what you get when your entire police force is made up of high school dropouts, or roided up jocks that couldn't get a scholarship, who are trained as if they're an occupying military force instead of community guardians.

Many countries require a degree of some kind in criminal justice in order to become an officer. The US has hilariously lax training requirements.


InsuranceToTheRescue t1_j6o5bxp wrote

While wind & solar are the cheapest forms of energy for a lot of the country, there is still need for good old fashioned generators. Their inertia smooths out loading on the power plant and they are currently necessary. We can clean up how they're powered though. Start building modern nuclear reactors and a long term storage facility.


InsuranceToTheRescue t1_j6nq0b6 wrote

Also waiting for him to not have the protection of the DOJ & the US government. A lot of conservative legal theories basically believe that the President is immune to legal challenges, both personal and public, and that nothing the President does can be construed as illegal.


InsuranceToTheRescue t1_j6newio wrote

>Still blows my mind I grew up learning about this, and here we are so many years later still not really doing much.

  • 1824: Joseph Fourier first hypothesizes a greenhouse effect.
  • 1859: John Tyndall first calculates the current greenhouse effect at that time.
  • 1896: Svante Arrhenius first develops a model predicting changes based on composition of the atmosphere.
  • 1901: The term 'greenhouse effect' is coined.
  • 1902: Articles are printed recognizing the idea of global warming as a possible side effect of human industrial activity.
  • 1912: Articles are printed recognizing the greenhouse effect as fact and that consider human industrial activity may warm the planet after several hundred years.
  • 1938: Guy Callendar confirms CO2 as a greenhouse gas and his research suggested that Earth's average temperature had risen over the prior 50 years. Modern computer modeling has proven his calculations to be remarkably accurate.

We have known about this problem for over a hundred years. Our grandparents & great-grandparents knew about it. I can forgive initial ignorance of the problem as it was seen as somewhat beneficial. But global, annual industrial emissions then were about the same as what the US puts out daily now.

We have royally fucked up every step of the way. The way we have built the modern world since the industrial revolution is inherently destructive and cannot be sustained much longer. Now all of these industries are so interlinked, so connected, that the problem is uniquely positioned so its solutions will piss off everyone.

But we have made progress. We've overcome, what's probably, the biggest apprehension people have about fixing climate change: economics. We've proven that emissions aren't directly linked to growth. Countries have been able to reduce emissions in specific sectors without destroying their economies. That's some knowledge we desperately need to spread in order to win over the remaining dissenters. I mean, why complain if it isn't going to cost the economy or jobs?