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Im sure Dawkins is popular with the alt-right but the idea that he would support or identify with them or Trump seems outrageous!
Apparently enough people think it to warrant a video addressing it though?
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General Discussion / Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 05:24:52 AM »
Otherworldly.

And the traffic on the way back home was insane. The return drive back to Chicago from the Carbondale/Marion vicinity usually takes about 5.5 - 6 hours, but it took nearly 12 hours after the eclipse.
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What if, xenu forbid, Dr. Novella turned out he was cheating on his wife with a bevvy of starlets?

Such a matter would be no business of mine.


Or had embezzled funds donated to the SGU?

I would never give another penny to the SGU if that were the case.
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TV & Movies / Re: Marvel's The Defenders (Netflix)
« Last post by Harry Black on Today at 04:49:22 AM »
I found it weird that Electras strength seemed determined by whoever she was fighting at the time.
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General Discussion / Re: Firearm Owner Thread
« Last post by SkeptiQueer on Today at 01:47:11 AM »
Bersa is ripping off other designs, the HS2000 was a military contract gun, so the R&D was all paid for on both. The Sig 320 is being sold below cost so as to make profit from the civilian sales and the maintenance contracts, extra parts, etc.

Hi Points are retailed at $125 and I was offered a contract from Hi Point to buy guns for $65-ish as long as I hit a dollar number per year. Ravens (Lorcin? Whatever the current iteration is) are $100-ish wholesale. Keltec pocket pistols are $150 or less wholesale, and require a fair amount of finishing on the plastic and some of the metal to run reliably.

You can produce quality firearms for $200 if you have the manufacturing and design already, but you can't sell a semi-automatic handgun for that.

I though Keltecs were decent weapons?

Also if you want a good 380, how about a US company just doing a direct copy of the Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless. It would seem to be too old for any patents to still be enforceable.
Keltec are cheap and lacking a good fit and finish guy. Sometimes this has catastrophic results, sometimes it's fine.

With stuff like the S&W Sigma/SV series and Ruger's pocket guns, the market just isn't as strong for concealable full-metal frame guns. More tooling, labor, and other production costs. If you're on a budget the Turkish stuff (SAR, EAA semiautos but not revolvers) is pretty good. The market is also super depressed right now because nobody is coming to terk err gerns, so new designs or clones if old designs have to attract either collector or competition markets to justify the R&D cost. Beretta's APX (their trial pistol for the Army contract) is being massively discounted to try to minimize the losses, as Smith's M&P 2.0 as well.
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TV & Movies / Re: Marvel's The Defenders (Netflix)
« Last post by D'oh! on Today at 01:25:45 AM »
I found it to be just OK. The fight scenes were a big disappointment compared to the ones found in Daredevil (I didn't like all the quick cuts here), the big reveal of the villains' motive was kinda dull, and they totally undercut the ending by slapping on that final scene.

Hopefully, The Punisher is much better.
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General Discussion / Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Last post by UnicornPoop on August 21, 2017, 11:43:43 PM »
I camped at Myrtle Beach, SC with plans to go to Charleston for totality. But after checking the forecasts, I decided to head to Lake Murray in Columbia, SC.

I watched as the moon drifted slowly between the earth and sun. I noticed muted colors, then crescent shadows playing on the ground, getting ever more thinner. I watched as the slim crescent shortened to a point and disappear. I joked "Hey, where did the sun go?"

Then I took off my glasses. I was floored. OH MY GOD!! It was simultaneously beautiful and terrifying to behold. It was absolutely amazing. I felt small. There really are no words. I have listened to dozens of scientists and eclipse chasers explain what to expect. But nothing...NOTHING they said prepared me for this. It FELT spiritual. So so so many thoughts and feelings ran through my mind...the science, what ppl in the past must have thought when a total eclipse happened, the "why are we so fortunate to have this moon/sun ratio" to allow something like this to be witnessed...

Again, there are no words that can properly describe it. It HAS to be witnessed.

It is worth the drive. It is worth the plane flight. It is worth the risk of whatever it takes to get you there to see it.

I know I'm sounding overly dramatic. And I know seeing another one will never be the same as my first one. But if you've never seen one, no video, no painting, no poetic flourishes will ever capture what this natural event will make feel.


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Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by ella on August 21, 2017, 11:15:26 PM »
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General Discussion / Re: Firearm Owner Thread
« Last post by Desert Fox on August 21, 2017, 10:24:37 PM »
Bersa is ripping off other designs, the HS2000 was a military contract gun, so the R&D was all paid for on both. The Sig 320 is being sold below cost so as to make profit from the civilian sales and the maintenance contracts, extra parts, etc.

Hi Points are retailed at $125 and I was offered a contract from Hi Point to buy guns for $65-ish as long as I hit a dollar number per year. Ravens (Lorcin? Whatever the current iteration is) are $100-ish wholesale. Keltec pocket pistols are $150 or less wholesale, and require a fair amount of finishing on the plastic and some of the metal to run reliably.

You can produce quality firearms for $200 if you have the manufacturing and design already, but you can't sell a semi-automatic handgun for that.

I though Keltecs were decent weapons?

Also if you want a good 380, how about a US company just doing a direct copy of the Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless. It would seem to be too old for any patents to still be enforceable.
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