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Intro: Underpromise and overdeliver

  1. Institutional memory is important

    1. A very long running open source project is a very special kind of institutional memory.

    2. A project that is an ecosystem of open source projects even more special still.

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Last active June 2, 2024 03:20
Why more turbulence incidents?


Is the incidence rate of severe passenger aircraft turbulence increasing year over year?


Yes, the incidence rate of severe passenger aircraft turbulence is indeed increasing. Research suggests that air turbulence has become more common and is projected to grow even more frequent and severe due to climate change¹². Here are some key points:

  1. Increased Frequency: From 1979 to 2020, severe turbulence in some locations increased by as much as **55%**¹. This trend is consistent with the expected effects of climate change.
  2. Clear Air Turbulence: Clear air turbulence, which occurs at cruising altitudes, has become more frequent and intense. It's caused by differences in air temperature due to warmer air holding more water vapor².
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Created May 27, 2024 02:24
Ambiguously 4th street
You got a lotta nerve to say you are my friend,
But that's not where it's at, you had no faith to lose.
You just stood there grinning, when I was down,
You say, "How are you?", "Good luck", but you don't mean it.
You got a helping hand to lend, you just want to be on the side that's winning,
Do you take me for such a fool to think I'd make contact?
You say I let you down, you know it's not like that,
If you're so hurt, why then don't you show it?
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Last active May 25, 2024 02:58
Movie idea: Johnny Carson and Wayne Newton's feud

Copilot conversation about Johnny Carson and Wayne Newton's feud

I heard Johnny Carson and Wayne Newton had a feud. Was this true? If so, what was it about?


Certainly! The feud between Johnny Carson and Wayne Newton is well-documented and had its roots in a bitter battle over the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Let me provide you with the details:

Wayne Newton, known as the “Midnight Idol,” was at the height of his career on the Las Vegas Strip in 1980. He was the No. 1 headliner at numerous hotels, earning millions of dollars a year. Johnny Carson, on the other hand, was NBC’s top late-night talk-show host, responsible for a massive share of NBC’s profits. He also had connections to Las Vegas, owning a local television station and performing stand-up comedy on the Strip.

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The article discusses the growing divergence in political and social views between young men and women, particularly in developed countries. Here are some key points:

  • Diverging Views: Young women are becoming more liberal, while young men are not, leading to a significant gap in political opinions1.
  • Education and Experience: The gap is influenced by education levels, with women surpassing men in university degrees, and differing experiences of sexism.

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This Economist briefing examines the impact 3rd party candidates may have on the 2024 USA presidential election. While it doesn't mention ranked choice voting, it does state:

The problem is America’s first-past-the-post electoral system, which makes life much more difficult for smaller parties than a proportional system would.

At least they got that part right.

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The article by Timothy Snyder, dated March 19, 2024, discusses a rally held by Trump in Vandalia, Ohio, where he made a controversial statement about a "bloodbath for the country" if not elected president¹[1]. Here are the key points:

  • Rally Context: The rally began with a tribute to individuals convicted for their roles in the January 6th insurrection, referring to them as "hostages" and "unbelievable patriots," which sets a tone of violence and insurrection as acceptable political behavior.
  • Trump's Speech: He promised to pardon those convicts on his first day if elected and continued to propagate the "big lie" about the rigged 2020 election, reinforcing his narrative of victimhood and martyrdom²[2].
  • Historical Comparison: Snyder draws parallels between Trump's actions and fascist politics, particularly the cult of martyrdom that justifies violence, suggesting Trump's rhetoric is a call for insurrecti

From the perspective of a right wing conspiracy theorist, what are some reasons to dislike General Wesley K. Clark?

This is a difficult question to answer, as different conspiracy theorists may have different reasons to dislike General Wesley K. Clark, a retired four-star general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander. However, based on some web search results, here are some possible reasons:

  • Some right wing conspiracy theorists may view Clark as a globalist who supports the New World Order, a secret plan to create a totalitarian world government that would abolish national sovereignty and individual freedoms. They may point to his involvement in NATO's military intervention in Kosovo in 1999, which they see as an illegitimate act of aggression against a sovereign nation. They may also cite his endorsement of Hillary Clinton in 2008 and 2016, who they regard as a key figure in the globalist agenda¹².
  • Some right wing conspiracy theorists may accuse Clark of being a traitor who betrayed his oath to th
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Created February 11, 2024 17:14
And if you look at red vs. blue America, a lot of Europe has a higher economic output per capita than the majority of states supporting Trump.

To answer this question, we need to compare the GDP per capita of the U.S. states and the European countries, using a common currency and adjusting for differences in price levels. One way to do this is to use purchasing power parities (PPPs), which are exchange rates that equalize the purchasing power of different currencies by eliminating the differences in price levels between countries. ¹

Using the data from the IMF World Economic Outlook Database² and the Eurostat Statistics Explained³, we can calculate the volume indices of GDP per capita for the U.S. states and the European countries in 2022, based on PPPs and expressed in relation to the EU average (EU=100). The results are shown in the table below.

Country/State Volume index of GDP per capita (EU=100)
Luxembourg 256.0
Ireland 241.9
Switzerland 159.8
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Last active November 5, 2023 14:54
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