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  1. Economic Left/Right: -9.5 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.51 definitely an extremist. *still
  2. Fundamentally, it's a private platform with shareholders. If Hopkins hits profits or spooks shareholders, and the Taleban don't - well … Twitter has to follow the money. Twitter can't, and doesn't have the responsibility, to decide who is worst, because it's clearly a meaningless question without further qualification, and it's a social media platform. It has to comply with laws but itself can't be held up as a moral arbiter. For Twitter to do anything but protect and further the financial interests of its shareholders - like Black Rock, et al - would be a fundamental dereliction of its duty.
  3. Sierra! I'm so pleased you saw this! We are all well thank you - wishing the very best to you, yours and your great nation! I still intend to visit one day!
  4. 15 years ago, there were a fair few members who lived in the USA. They're obviously still members, but I guess they look in less and less since the rise of facebook, etc.
  5. To our American friends, wishing you a brilliant 4th of July from all of us.
  6. I think the problem is mostly in the meaning of the term 'addiction'. It means a lot of different things, from "shopaholics" to physical opiate dependency. In terms of addiction in its widest sense, providing you use a safe route of administration, the risks from cannabis are minimal - unlike *almost* every other drug in the known universe, from nicotine to methamphetamine. Alcohol addicts almost always die from their addiction. Alcohol is where the focus needs to be - and thankfully, because it's not illegal, it can be further regulated - bans on advertising, standardised packaging, minimum pricing etc.
  7. Yeah the stuff grown in the UK has to be recalled due to fungal spore contamination 🙄 https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts/company-led-medicines-recall-noidecs-t20-slash-c4-thc-20-percent-cbd-4-percent-indica-cannabis-flower-unlicensed-medicine-and-noidecs-t20-slash-c4-thc-20-percent-cbd-4-percent-sativa-cannabis-flower-unlicensed-medicine?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=c37ce642-162a-44c5-a358-b50e88562667&utm_content=immediately Otherwise, no - well grown cannabis is the same whether it's "medicinal" or "recreational": only the phenotype matters in terms of terpene balance. Also - yeah - GPs can prescribe Sativex, not herbal. UK's herbal stock is all exported. They can prescribe Bedrocan but - https://bedrocan.com/medicinal-cannabis-lawful-but-still-difficult-to-obtain-2/
  8. Er, it can certainly be 'addictive'. You may not develop physical dependency or withdrawal, but in susceptible individuals it can certainly be habit forming. Of course, the same is true of alcohol and coffee, with the exception that, unlike cannabis, they also lead to physical dependency. Cannabis is probably the most under-utilised plant on the planet, given its uses, because of decades old group psychosis about Mexicans and Black men, instigated in the US in the 40 and funded to the tune of hundred of billions of dollars since 1971. The drug war is one of the US's largest exports, and it has indisputably caused misery and death for millions of people over the last 50 years. Drug use by most individuals carries a low risk of harm, and should obviously be a matter for health and social services, not the police and justice system. The deleterious effects of illegal drugs are magnified, and sometimes eclipsed entirely, by the harm to an individual that comes of entering the criminal justice system. It's total insanity, and after 18 years banging on about it, I'm pleased to see there is some progress, especially in the USA where you can now drive from Canada to Mexico without once leaving a 'recreational marijuana' state, and several states are already decriminalising and legalising psychedelics- whilst the UK is leading this side of the Atlantic in psychedelic research. People have known an understood the value of these substances for millenia. As the post 60s hysteria finally fades from memory, perhaps the future does finally hold some promise?
  9. Twaddle. Can't believe this is even a discussion any more.
  10. Yeah. I envisage the last 18" of the curtain would be draped over the ground in front of it, to catch falling pellets. Weights would help keep it in position. Loose tethers too, against it flapping in the wind.
  11. Mainly because I'd rather break my own windows by accident than send a pellet over my property boundary and break firearms law, but also because with brick walls on three sides of the target area, ricochets and flyers are rendered much safer.
  12. The neighbours are fine with this - as I was sure to let them know well ahead of time. I have a nice quiet rifle (supressed) and a very quiet backstop [box stuffed with rags, backed with a resin plate] so it all makes less noise than a staple gun - although have yet to modify the pellet catcher, so it clangs a bit. But some blu-tack or plumbers mait will take care of that easily enough. The curtain just needs to be able to catch the very occasional flyer. 99.5% of pellets hit the pellet catcher and/or the backstop. No pellets go through the house, or into neighbours gardens, as per the law. At the moment, these old rugs do the job, but they're unwieldy, soak up the rain, and take up a lot of room. My current thinking is swaying towards multiple layers of lighter synthetic fabric freely suspended. This will roll up nice and tight, and because its hanging freely, will move with the pellet, robbing it of energy. I'm also investigating stable mats - heavy rubber mats with textured faces for horse stables - but wondering about ricochet issues. If it works, I could set it up at the foot of the garden too - which means on days like today I could shoot from a table under cover in the basement, and get 15 yards to the target, which would be cool.
  13. So - I've bought a plinking airgun, and I'm shooting up the garden into a brick box formed by the garden wall, the house and the offshot kitchen wall. Obviously, I need to protect the window and glass in the basement door from stray pellets (I have a 2'x3' pellet catcher and a 14" target at 10m). At the moment I've got 4 heavy old rugs slung over a pole but need a more elegant, less bulky, and less smelly solution, so I can take the rugs to the tip. It needs to be flexible (roll up or concertina) slung-from-a-pole-or-line-able, and able to resist a .22 15 grain pellet at about 4-500fps (9-10 ftlbs at the muzzle) - and not too expensive. Polycarbonate 3mm sheets - too expensive Kevlar - too expensive Heavy Dacron - on the cusp of too expensive. Any novel, crazy ideas that could do this cheap?
  14. Free university education ended in name, in the UK, in 1993 with the abolition of the maintenance grant and the start of student loans. Until then means tested grants would fund students 100% for their living and tuition expenses. Pre-1992 it was possible to claim benefits as well. I don't see a concomicant rise in quality, now that all students are paying for their degrees - only a dilution, required to admit a much broader range of ability now that 50% of school leavers attend university, instead of the 5% that did 40 years ago.
  15. You can use that list of words + your passphrase to reconsitute your bitcoin wallet on a new device and clean install of the app.
  16. I think I'll follow Ghozer's lead with the 1080ti. Miners have pushed prices of GPUs to the point where it seems to be worth scalping. This way I know I can get some more output ports, a stab at ultrawide gaming and a stable desktop experience with QHD display. I can then bring a new box with new GPU to the table when funds allow, or needs must. Thanks for your advice, much appreciated.
  17. Ah that's exactly the sort of thing I needed to know! ^ Thanks again. Any particular brands to avoid or seek out? Just browsing ebay at the moment -
  18. Thanks! My budget is probably in the range of £300. TBH Although this 1050ti is capable, it's a cheaper, short card with few outputs, so a better equipped card with an improvement in performance, even if it couldnt do QHD gaming convincingly, would be good. Looking at the prices of cards at the moment, the market doesn't seem terribly sensible. Might consider splurging on a new box, and demoting this one to server duties as a dedicate Plex unit...
  19. So I have an old i5-4670K, 8gb Ram, with a GTX 1050ti - and I'd like to get an ultrawide monitor (something like MSI Optix MAG341CQ) to replace my Dell 23" HD (which is fine but feeling a bit cramped). Do I need a new video card to get reasonable performance on an ultrawide (QHD) monitor with a game like Satisfactory? Any recommendations?
  20. In this context "coloured" is a transitive verb - it's done to the object by the subject. That's one reason it's problematic as a phrase.
  21. Trump now needs to win 101.9% of the uncounted vote in PA. It's a slam dunk, with Biden's numbers looking better in battleground states than Reagan's in 1980. The USA is big and old enough to look after itself - it hasn't had to deal with a mad president before (to my knowledge), but I have no doubt it will deal with this one.
  22. Any reasonably modern PC/MAC wouldn't struggle with complex streaming tasks, providing it's a dedicated machine. Your main choice is the software. Spacial's SAM used to be the sine qua non of unattended radio station software, with complex automation script languages and all sorts, but I suspect it must have been superceded by now. If you really want to do internet radio, a PRS licence can be had for as little as £250 ish for a year (with limitations). Are people still using shoutcast? Something better must have come along by now.
  23. United Nuclear don't deliver to the UK, I'm afraid. There's so much on that site I love, not least the Uranium ceramic ware. Also, if you get 240 uCi in 50 nanograms, a 0.1 uCi sample of Polonium is likely to have a mass no higher than 0.0000000002084g It's the Kremlin's Calling Card.
  24. via wikipedia - A fatal 4.5 Sv dose can be caused by ingesting 8.8 MBq (240 μCi), about 50 nanograms (ng), or inhaling 1.8 MBq (49 μCi), about 10 ng. One gram of 210Po could thus in theory poison 20 million people, of whom 10 million would die.
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